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WASHINGTON (AP) Barack Obama may be the president, but even he calls Bruce Springsteen "the Boss." The president hosted Springsteen along with actor Robert De Niro and comedian Mel Brooks at the Kennedy Center Honors last night in Washington. Springsteen says getting the Kennedy Center honor is "satisfying."

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro riders are leaving less money on their fare cards. Metro says the shift means it cannot count on an estimated $11 million in next year's proposed budget. In the past, Metro banked on the fact riders would throw away fare cards with a few cents left.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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