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Republican Leaders Vow New Congress Will Get Things Done

It's the first time since the 2006 election that both chambers will be controlled by Republicans. They pledge an end to gridlock, but they still have to work with the same Democratic president.
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Entrepreneurs Find Ways To Make Money From Carbon Emissions

President Obama in September set a formidable goal for American industry and agriculture — reduce greenhouse gases by a quarter in 10 years. But several states are ahead of the game.
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Former GOP Sen. Edward Brooke Dies At 95

Former U.S. Senator Edward Brooke died on Saturday. He was 95. When he took office in 1966, Brooke became the first popularly elected African American in the Senate.
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Jury Selection To Begin Monday In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, is charged with 30 counts of murder and terrorism. He faces the death penalty if convicted. An appeals court rejected an emergency bid to move the trial.
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What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

Sure, you resolve to exercise more, but somehow it never happens. It could be that your environment is sabotaging you, psychologists say. A famous study about heroin and the Vietnam War explains how.
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How Driver's License Suspensions Unfairly Target The Poor

Losing your driver's license is a serious penalty, but often it's for nothing to do with unsafe driving. Without one, many who can't afford to pay the fines have a hard time finding or keeping a job.
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She Left The Nightlife Behind To Become A Life Coach

A former exotic dancer and dominatrix, Mira Johnson now coaches others on reinventing themselves. Her clients know she won't judge them, she says, no matter what choices they've made in life.
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In This New Year, Is It Time To Nix The Thank-You Letter?

In The Guardian, Peter Ormerod argues it's time to end the ritual of forcing children to write often-formulaic letters. Instead, he says, try for something that's less of a chore and more sincere.
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Jury Selection To Begin In Trial Of Boston Bombing Suspect

The trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins on Monday, and some 1,200 prospective jurors have been summoned. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Milton Valencia of the Boston Globe.
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NYPD Officer's Funeral Binds Diversity In Culture And Opinion

NYPD Officer Wenjian Liu is being laid to rest Sunday. Liu and his partner were killed last month. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with WNYC's Stephen Nessen from the scene about what mourners are saying.

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