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Hang In There Another Day Or So — Warmer Air Is Coming

While bone-chilling temperatures remain across much of the nation, there are some fun (and safe) things to do. Morning Edition is asking for photos about what some very cool folks are up to.
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Owner Of Confiscated Raccoon Runs For Tenn. Governor

Mark Brown's raccoon Rebekah was confiscated after he posted videos of him dancing and showering with his pet. Tenn. law prohibits keeping native animals captured in the wild as pets. Brown tried but failed to get the law changed.
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Detroit Barber Fails To Break Haircut Record

It's actually not that surprising that Detroit barber Brian 'B-Dogg' Price didn't get enough volunteers to help him break the record for most haircuts in one hour. The current record is 34. Would you like a haircut that took less that two minutes?
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Florida State Wins A Thriller To Take College Championship

A wild final 4 1/2 minutes was capped by Florida State's winning touchdown that came with just 13 seconds left in the game. So the much-debated Bowl Championship Series system ends with a great game.
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Polar Vortex Blamed For Dangerously Cold Weather

A phenomenon called the Polar Vortex is responsible for one of the nation's coldest periods in two decades. David Greene talks to Andrew Freedman, senior science writer for Climate Central, an independent non-profit organization researching and reporting on the science and impacts of climate change.
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Catholic School Students Protest Firing Over Gay Marriage

The vice principal of a suburban Seattle Catholic school says he was fired for marrying a man. The school's lawyer says the administrator resigned when he was told he'd broken the rules. Students have been protesting the school's anti-gay-marriage policy, but legal precedents appear to be on the side of the school and diocese.
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Class Trumps Race When It Comes To Internet Access

A new study finds that income and age play a larger role in access to high-speed Internet than race. Among lower-income African-Americans, smartphones are often a way to make up for not having a broadband connection at home. But using a mobile device as a primary means of accessing the Internet has drawbacks.
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Senate OKs Yellen, To Take Up Jobless Benefits Tuesday

The Senate on Monday voted to confirm Janet Yellen as the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve. But it delayed at the last minute taking a procedural vote on extending federal jobless benefits.
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High Court Stops Gay Marriages In Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court issued the order on Monday and it puts gay marriages on hold until an appeal is decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Utah had been allowing gay marriages since Dec. 20.
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Great Lakes Solution To Asian Carp Issue Would Be Costly

The invasive species of fish has already taken over parts of the Mississippi River and its tributaries. There are fears it could decimate native fisheries in the Great Lakes. A new report detailing options for keeping Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes indicates it would be costly and could take decades.

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