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With Senate's OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads To Obama

Thu, 2014-01-16 15:45

The wide-ranging federal spending bill will prevent any gaps in government funding as well as take some of the sting out of automatic spending cuts. The House approved it Wednesday.

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Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame

Thu, 2014-01-16 15:22

High schooler Megan Yurko won more than $21,000 last year in cowgirl barrel races. The sport requires circling three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern at top speed, and Yurko hopes she'll leave this weekend's world championship competition as the top ranked racer.

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Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; Russell Johnson Was 89

Thu, 2014-01-16 15:14

Russell Johnson, the actor whose job it was to be the voice of reason and calm on an island of shipwrecked ninnies, reportedly died of natural causes at his home in Washington state. Johnson's role as the Professor on the 1960s comedy Gilligan's Island endeared him to audiences.

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What Do You Do If Your Refrigerator Begins Sending Malicious Emails?

Thu, 2014-01-16 15:08

Consumers are beginning to buy Internet-connected appliances, but companies haven't done enough to protect the machines from hackers, says an information security expert.

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NSA Reportedly Collected Millions Of Phone Texts Every Day

Thu, 2014-01-16 14:00

A presentation slide cited by The Guardian is subtitled "SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit." The top secret Dishfire text-collection program was reportedly both global and arbitrary.

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U.S. Biathlete Gives Up Olympic Spot To Her Twin Sister

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:37

Lanny and Tracy Barnes competed on the U.S. Olympic team in 2006, and Lanny competed in 2010. This year, Tracy gave her spot on the team to Lanny, who was ill during the selection races and just missed qualifying. "The Olympics are about more than just competing," Tracy says.

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For Obama And Senate Democrats, The Goal Is Mutual Protection

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:37

For President Obama and Senate Democrats, it's all about mutual aid. The president needs their support to achieve whatever of his remaining agenda he can get through Congress. They need him to help raise money for their re-election campaigns.

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Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold?

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:32

On Thursday, Lockheed Martin and the sporting goods company Under Armour unveiled long-awaited photos of the new U.S. speedskating uniform they're calling "Mach 39." Unlike other suits, it's not made entirely of smooth, slippery fabric to reduce air drag.

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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:11

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.

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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:11

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.

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3 Arrested In Southern California Fire

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:06

The fire, apparently started at a camp site, has swept through more than 1,500 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles.

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GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Republican hopes of picking up the six seats needed to capture the U.S. Senate include a suddenly interesting race. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a top White House aide to President George W. Bush, announced that he'll challenge popular Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

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Republican Strategist Enters The Senate Race In Virginia

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Republican Party strategist Ed Gillespie announced on Thursday that he's running for the Senate. He is taking on Mark R. Warner, the freshman Democratic senator and former governor of Virginia.

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On Eve Of Obama's Recommendations, Intel Panel Member Talks NSA

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Audie talks with Richard Clarke, a former U.S. cybersecurity adviser and member of President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. On the day before the president is set to announce reforms to the government's surveillance activities, Clarke drops by to discuss the group's recommendations.

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The Obamas Hope To Ease Path For Low-Income Students

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted a meeting with college presidents and organizations involved in raising the number of low-income students who pursue a college degree. No more than half of low income high school graduates apply to college right after graduation, compared to 82 percent for high-income students. The administration says it's intent on closing that gap.

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When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

The Pentagon responds to backlash about the veterans pension cuts included in the proposed congressional budget deal. The cuts, which extend to survivors' benefits and special compensation for combat, have riled veterans groups and several lawmakers.

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Veterans Groups Speak Out Against Pension Cuts

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

Veterans groups are upset about the cut to military pensions in the proposed budget deal. They see it as a broken promise and a sign that veterans are considered politically expendable.

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An Unusual Twist In Recent West Bank Clash

Thu, 2014-01-16 13:00

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, near-daily incidents between Jewish settlers and Palestinians keep tensions at a constant simmer. Olive trees are destroyed, tires are slashed, mosques are defaced. But Palestinians defused further violence in a confrontation last week when they protected Jewish settlers.

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Lawmakers Roll Out Voting Rights Act Fix

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:52

A bipartisan group of lawmakers took the first step Thursday to patch a gaping hole in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In June, the Supreme Court eviscerated a key part of the law that allowed for federal oversight of states with a history of discrimination at the ballot box.

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ln A Global Economy, Why's It So Expensive To Transfer My Money?

Thu, 2014-01-16 12:48

NPR's Ari Shapiro, who recently arrived in London, reports that all the wonders of modern technology have somehow not managed to reduce the time or the maddeningly high costs of transferring money across national borders.

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