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New York City's New Top Cop's Broken Windows Background

Robert Siegel talks with criminologist George Kelling, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, about the career and policing style of William Bratton, who was named NYPD Police Commissioner Thursday.
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DeBlasio Appoints New Commissioner To Run NYPD

New York City Mayor-Elect Bill deBlasio named William Bratton to head the city's police department Thursday. Bratton was New York's police commissioner in the 1990s, and was police chief in Los Angeles and commissioner in Boston. He'll return to the role as head of the nation's largest police department as the NYPD faces a crossroads. Despite unprecedentedly low crime rates in the city, the department has come under scrutiny in recent years for its controversial stop-and-frisk policy — tactics the mayor-elect has strongly criticized for souring relations between police and minority communities.
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Illinois Governor Signs Pension Rescue Plan

The law aims to plug a $100 billion shortfall in the state's pension system, which is considered the nation's worst-funded.
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For Biden, All The World's A Stage For Possible 2016 Run

The Asia trip is generating the kind of video and headlines that could prove useful if the vice president decides to run for president in 2016.
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White House: President Briefly Lived With Kenyan-Born Uncle

After first denying the two ever met, the White House on Thursday says that as a Harvard Law School student at Cambridge, the president briefly lived with his uncle, Onyango Obama.
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Cuteness Alert: Christmas Cats TV Is Streaming Live

The scene you'll find at Christmas Cats TV is a unique one. A woman sits in a den that includes a Christmas tree, a hearth and some presents — and lots of cute cats, some of which are wearing holiday sweaters.
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Some Stranded Whales In Fla. Moving Out To Sea

Rescuers say that they've spotted at least 20 pilot whales in deeper water — a positive sign after the animals were discovered beached in a remote area of the Everglades on Tuesday.
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Beyond Good Cop/Bad Cop: A Look At Real-Life Interrogations

How close are TV interrogations to the real thing? Not very, says Douglas Starr. In a New Yorker article, he explores the "gold standard" of interrogation methods, developed in the 1940s. But there's concern that this technique is based on outdated science, and may produce false confessions.
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Fast-Food Workers Cry Poverty Wages As McDonald's Buys Luxury Jet

Thousands of restaurant workers protested Thursday in cities around the country, calling for an increase in wages to $15 an hour. Many fast-food workers make so little that they rely on public assistance to get by, even as profits at many franchises have nearly doubled in recent years. But not everyone agrees that raising the minimum wage will fix the problem.
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New York City's Fire Commissioner On Extinguishing Racial Gap

Two years after a federal judge ruled that New York City's fire department's tests discriminated against blacks and Hispanics, nearly 62 percent of graduates from the most recent class of the FDNY's training academy are minorities.

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