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Long-Awaited College Football Playoff Finally Here

In one semifinal, top-ranked Alabama is pitted against Ohio State. In the other, defending champion and undefeated Florida State takes on Oregon. Robert Siegel talks to Grantland's Holly Anderson.
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Fatal Shooting By Toddler Brings Attention To Concealed Weapons

A Blackfoot, Idaho, mother was fatally shot Tuesday by her two-year-old son. Robert Siegel talks to Blackfoot mayor Paul Loomis about the community's response and gun culture in the state.
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'Gilmore Girls' Actor Edward Herrmann, Who Also Portrayed FDR, Dies

He played the head vampire in The Lost Boys, a three-term president on TV and a beloved grandfather. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his manager said.
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Woman Remembered As Passioniate Activist For The Wrongly Convicted

For more than a decade, Jane Raley fought to overturn the convictions of prison inmates who were actually innocent. She died on Christmas Day.
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In Sacramento, Fighting Hunger Requires More Than Charity

One in seven households in the U.S. won't have enough to eat sometime in the coming year, according to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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2014 A Tumultuous Year For Police Officers

Anger and protests against police have caused some officers to reflect on the jobs they do and the perception of them in their communities.
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Rain Eases California Drought Anxiety, If Not The Actual Drought

This year was the third-driest on record for the state, but recent storms, plus new groundwater regulations, have given the hardest-hit agricultural towns a glimmer of hope.
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After Years Of Conflict, U.S. Mission Shifts In Afghanistan

With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.
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No-Kill Shelters Save Millions Of Unwanted Pets — But Not All Of Them

In the 20 years since San Francisco's SPCA guaranteed adoption for healthy dogs, shelters and rescue groups have embraced the no-kill approach. But the term means different things to different people.
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2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.

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