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More States Raise Minimum Wage, But Debate Continues

The minimum wage goes up in more than 20 states as the new year begins. President Obama wants the federal minimum to go up even more, but some affected industries say it will put a chill on hiring.
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New Year Brings New Batch Of Laws On Chickens, Recycling And Consent

In California, a law defines when "yes" means "yes" in an effort to reduce sexual assaults on college campuses. And in New York, residents are now required to recycle old electronics.
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Florida's Gay Marriage Advocates Fighting A Battle They Thought They'd Won

Gay and lesbian couples in Florida are waiting to hear whether Jan. 6 will be the day they can get start getting married. It's a battle gay marriage advocates thought they'd already won, but continues to be mired in legal wrangling.
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2014 Yielded Bumper Crop Of Judicial Confirmations

The number of judicial vacancies is now at its lowest point since Obama took office. All told, the president has seen more than 300 judges confirmed, including a record number of women and minorities.
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WATCH: Full Video Of President Obama's Interview With NPR

The interview was wide-ranging and nuanced. Obama touched on topics ranging from Iran to his view of race relations in the country to the new political reality of a Legislature controlled by the GOP.
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Iowa Woman Cited For Mailing Neighbors Cow Poop

The website she used promised to anonymously mail her neighbors a package of cow dung. Police quickly suspected her because of ongoing problems with her barking dog, and accused her of harassment.
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Heart Emoji Got Much Attention In 2014

The Global Language Monitor's Top Word of 2014 is not a word, it's an emoji of a heart. The company says the spread of pictures in place of words reflects a broader transformation of English.
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Why Cutting A CEO's Pay Can Be Very Difficult

Lots of people talk about CEO pay. But you almost never hear about someone actually trying to cut the pay of a sitting CEO. Our Planet Money team has the story of someone who did.
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4-Top Teams Meet New Year's Day In College Football Playoffs

This first day of 2015 is a historic day for college football. Playoffs begin, and there are two semi-final games: Oregon plays Florida State and later, Alabama takes on Ohio State.
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Flood Damage Repaired, Aging Congregation Still Faces Challenges

Chapel of the Interlude in Drake, Colo., was damaged in 2013 when a flood brought mud, sticks and other debris into the building. So the aging congregation came together and restored their oasis.

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