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Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements

One of the many policy riders tucked inside the trillion-dollar spending bill reverses a rule that long-haul truckers take two nights off for every 70 hours they drive. Safety groups are angry.
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Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History

Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court told Ollie's Barbecue in Birmingham, Ala., that the government had a right to order it — and all restaurants — to seat African-Americans.
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2 U.S. Soldiers Among More Than A Dozen Killed In Afghan Attacks

An Afghan Supreme Court official and 12 mine clearers were also among those killed in several attacks since late Friday.
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NYT Reporter: Brutal Interrogations Rose In CIA's Post-9/11 Chaos

NPR's Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti about the evolution of the CIA's approach to counter-terrorism, from interrogations to drone attacks.
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Holder Won't Force NYT Journalist To Reveal Source

The Justice Department has decided not to make journalist James Risen reveal a source. Correspondent David Folkenflik tells NPR's Scott Simon about a case that became a flashpoint for press freedom.
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Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu

The end of the 113th Congress means a lot of goodbyes for retiring members and for those who lost in November. That means, at least for a moment, partisanship took some time off on the Senate floor.
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Activists Gather On Washington Mall To Protest Police Violence

Civil rights leaders and other activists are marching in Washington, D.C., following the shooting deaths of blacks by police officers. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Hansi Lo Wang on the scene.
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Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote

The Senate is poised to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill that narrowly cleared the House this week, but anger about the measure from both parties has delayed the proceedings.
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Yale Law Professor: Torture Is Never Justified

Whether or not the CIA's interrogation techniques produced viable intelligence, they were still morally wrong, says Bloomberg View columnist Stephen Carter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon why.
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Outrage Over Chinese Takeout Brings To Mind A Maxim

When Ben Edelman was overcharged for his takeout, he threatened legal action. After the story went viral, he apologized. It made NPR's Scott Simon wonder if it might be better to be wise than right.

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