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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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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

New York pastry chef Brooks Headley calls his cookbook Fancy Desserts. But his Italian grandmother is his real inspiration, he says, and she was all about homestyle: simple and fresh.
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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

It's been months since a nurse who treated Ebola patients in Africa was quarantined by New Jersey's governor upon arrival at Newark airport. But a legacy of confusion about state travel rules remains.
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With Rescue Dogs In Demand, More Shelters Look Far Afield For Fido

In many parts of the country, demand for adoptive pets outstrips the supply of healthy dogs. Many shelters and rescue groups now import dogs from other states — and even other countries.
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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.
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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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