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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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In 2012, Health Care Costs Grow More Slowly Than U.S. Economy

Health care spending continued to rise in 2012, but it did so at a relatively low rate for the 4th year in a row. The report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Spending said overall spending on health care increased 3.7 percent over the previous year.
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Patients, Consumer Advocates Question Hip Implant Settlement

Lawyers for thousands of patients who had to have their defective hip replacements removed have reached a settlement with the company that made the faulty device. Many patients, however, aren't satisfied, and consumer advocates say the case illustrates what's wrong with how the government regulates implantable medical devices.
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Florida State Beat Auburn To Become College Football Champs

No. 1 Florida State defeated No. 2 Auburn 34-31 in Monday night's final BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. There will be a playoff system next year.
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Millions Forced To Cope With Frigid Weather

The coldest temperatures in years and gusty winds that blasted the Midwest are expected to travel as far south as Brownsville, Texas, and Central Florida. The arctic air has caused temperatures to drop 20 to 40 degrees below average in several states and forced businesses and schools to close.
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Blowing Bubbles And Other Cold Weather Experiments

Morning Edition listeners test the physics of extreme cold with some home-made science experiments.

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