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NYPD Commissioner Is A Man Caught In The Middle

The ongoing work slowdown by the NYPD puts police commissioner William Bratton in a tough spot. Bratton was hired to improve relations between the NYPD and the community, as he's credited with doing in Los Angeles. But first, he will have to ease tensions between city hall and the department's rank-and-file.
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In Midwest, Bitterly Cold Temps Keep Students At Home

In Chicago, a city that relishes their ability to deal with the harsh realities of winter the cold weather forced the closing of its schools on Wednesday. While classes were cancelled in over 100 districts, buildings were open to accept students who had nowhere to go and could not stay home alone.
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Compound From Soil Bacteria May Help Fight Dangerous Germs

A natural compound kills germs that have become resistant to antibiotics, researchers say. If it works in humans, it could help combat diseases like tuberculosis.
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Did Editorials Influence Obama's Decision To Normalize Relations With Cuba?

The New York Times' Ernesto Londono wrote editorials urging Obama to end the embargo. He tells of the changes he saw when he visited Cuba last month and how he sees the new relationship evolving.
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Should Minnesota Bid Adieu To The Midwest, Hello North?

A panel in Minnesota wants to establish a new region called the North. Supporters say it will help the area differentiate itself from other parts of the Midwest.
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Oregon, Ohio, Wants You To Know They Are Buckeye Fans

As Ohio State gets ready to play Oregon in the college football championship, the town is temporarily changing its name. It will be known as: "Oregon, Ohio Buckeyes on the Bay, City of Duck Hunters."
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Man Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story

Frederick County, Md., Council Member Kirby Delauter threatened a local reporter with a lawsuit for using his name in a story without permission. The Frederick News-Post responded in an editorial.
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New House Leadership Passes A Tax Cut 'Scoreboard'

"Dynamic scoring" would favor tax cuts as a way to bring in more revenue for the government. But critics of the system are calling it "a gimmick."
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NOAA To Upgrade Its Computer-Driven Weather Forecasts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will boost its computer forecasting ability ten-fold. Steve Inskeep talks to Jason Samenow, weather editor of The Washington Post.
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That's So Joe: How The Senate Swearing-In Became Must-See TV

The vice president welcomed senators and their families to Tuesday's photo-op ceremony — and he did it in typical Biden fashion.

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