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Las Vegas Braces Itself For Record Highs — In The Low 70s

The National Weather Service says Las Vegas could surpass record warm temperatures for late January, with Thursday's high predicted near 74 degrees.
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Food Stamp Cuts, Cold Weather Put Extra Strain On Food Pantries

Food pantries are bracing for higher demand from their communities in the coming weeks. National hunger organizations say the best way to help is to give money to local food banks and pantries instead of donating food.
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The Strange Case Of Marlise Munoz And John Peter Smith Hospital

After collapsing on her kitchen floor, Munoz was hospitalized and kept on life support despite her wishes. A Texas law protects a hospital from liability as long it keeps a pregnant patient on life support.
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In Vermont, A Network Of Help For Opiate-Addicted Mothers

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin attracted national attention this month when he devoted his entire annual State of the State speech to heroin addiction in Vermont. As the state expands addiction treatment services, it's also trying to come to grips with one of the most difficult and emotional aspects of the problem: pregnant women addicted to opiates.
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House GOP Leaders Begin To Move On Immigration

While the Senate passed an immigration overhaul last June, the House has done nothing so far because of resistance from many of its Republican members. That could change soon, as GOP leadership is floating general ideas for possible legislation.
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Obama Seeks Minimum Wage Hike With Mic And Pen

President Obama will renew his call for a higher minimum wage in his State of the Union address. But while he waits for Congress to act on that request, Obama also plans to order a higher minimum wage for all government contractors.
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A Homemade Wooden Luge Track Launches Teen To Sochi

When Tucker West was 6, his father built an 800-foot-long luge track in their backyard. Now, at 18, West is the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic luge team.
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Deep South, Meet Deep Freeze

Winter weather is sweeping through the Deep South on Tuesday. It's cold and snowing in areas that rarely ever see arctic blasts such as this one. Southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and Alabama have all seen snow today.
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On Obama's Agenda: Immigration, Inequality And Unfinished Business

Ahead of the State of the Union, Robert Siegel sits down with White House press secretary Jay Carney. They discuss President Obama's plans for Tuesday night's address to Congress and millions of Americans.
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Hoping For Hope: Obama Seeks A Return To Optimism In Address

On Tuesday night, President Obama will lay out his priorities before Congress and, more importantly, the country at large. NPR's national political correspondent, Mara Liasson, speaks with Audie Cornish about what the president hopes to accomplish with this year's State of the Union.

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