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Jeb Bush Announces He Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 7:34am

Bush, a GOP favorite, said he would establish a political action committee in January to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America."

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Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 7:26am

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.

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Thousands Lay Flowers At The Site Of Hostage Siege In Sydney

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 6:24am

A day after two people plus a gunman were killed, thousands of Australians left bouquets of flowers at a makeshift shrine. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife visited and signed a condolence book.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 5:22am

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the option isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Russia's Rate Increase Fails To Stop Currency's Steep Decline

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 4:41am

The ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar today despite efforts by the Russian central bank to stabilize it.

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Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 4:03am

Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?

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Taliban Gunmen Storm School, Kill Dozens In Pakistan

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 3:35am

Officials said at least 126 were killed, more than half of them students. The school is run by the military and the Taliban said they were retaliating for a recent military offensive.

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 1:03am

Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.

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From Judges To Inmates, Finding The Human Casualties Of Mandatory Sentencing

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 1:03am

Amid the backdrop of debate inside Washington and across the country, an NPR series will focus on the human toll of the tough mandatory minimum prison terms for drug crimes.

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Kurdish Officials Worry About Kurds Joining The Islamic State

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:46am

In the Kurdish city of Halabja, young men have been disappearing to join ISIS. It's a trend the authorities don't really want to discuss. But they are clamping down to try to make it stop.

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'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:36am

"Reshoring," or bringing U.S. jobs back from overseas, is not as prevalent as has been reported, a consulting firm's research finds. The study found a total of 300 cases from 2013.

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Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:28am

The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?

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President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:26am

Tensions between police and communities of color are grabbing the nation's attention — all the way up to the White House. The Obama administration has announced a new task force to tackle the problem.

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Argentina's Approach To Inflation: Ditch The Peso, Hoard U.S. Dollars

NPR Top Stories - December 16, 2014 - 12:24am

The country's inflation rate is running around 40 percent this year, according to private economists. As a hedge, Argentines are always looking for ways to get their hands on U.S. dollars.

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Hustle Behind The Wheel: What It's Like To Be An Uber Driver

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 4:26pm

The ride-hailing service says it is creating 20,000 driver jobs every month. While this makes the service better for customers, drivers worry it will drive prices — and their earnings — down.

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The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 3:31pm

A job that's been open in President Obama's administration since July of 2013 was finally filled Monday, as the Senate voted to confirm Vivek Murthy as America's new surgeon general.

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Russia Boosts Interest Rates To 17 Percent Amid Currency's Slide

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 2:50pm

The move to raise rates from 10.5 percent is aimed at limiting the ruble's slide and curbing inflation. Sanctions and low oil prices have made it the world's worst-performing major currency this year.

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Chinese Man Cleared Of Rape, Murder 18 Years After His Execution

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 2:20pm

Chinese authorities offered a rare apology to the family of the 18-year-old from Inner Mongolia. Another man had confessed to the crime after his arrest in 2005.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: The Lessons He's Learned From Fighting Ebola

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 2:12pm

"We run the risk of going from hysteria to a sense of indifference," says the now-recovered physician. "And I think that is even more dangerous than our fear."

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Sydney Residents Rally To Head Off Anti-Muslim Violence

NPR Top Stories - December 15, 2014 - 2:12pm

Audie Cornish talks to Australian terrorism expert David Kilcullen about the relationship between the Australian government and Muslim communities.

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