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Republican Senator Steps Down As Maryland Minority Leader

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Maryland's Senate minority leader is stepping down. Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman, who represents Howard County, says he's decided to move aside because he holds more moderate views on social issues than a majority of the members of the Senate Republican caucus.

Kittleman is working on legislation to allow civil unions for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples that would give them the same rights married couples currently enjoy.

The senator says he hasn't decided yet whether to introduce the measure. The Senate Republican caucus is expected to choose a new minority leader on Friday.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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