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Troubles Are Up In The Middle East, But Oil Prices Are Down. Huh?

In the past, when political tensions increased, oil prices went up too amid supply risks. But now OPEC's power is down and U.S. oil supplies are much greater, helping hold prices steady.
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Latest U.S. Casualties Raise Questions About U.S. Role In Afghanistan

One special operations soldier was killed and two others were wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman insists that U.S. soldiers are there to "train, advise and assist."
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Central American Families Fear Deportation As Raids Begin

Immigration agents are rounding up Central American families who entered the U.S. illegally within the past two years. They are mainly mothers with children whose asylum claims have been rejected.
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Best Diets 2016: From Fastest Weight Loss To Conquering Cravings

U.S. News & World Report's annual diet rankings give top marks to a meal-replacement plan to shed pounds fast. There's also a low-carb diet to stave off cravings; its virtues are sung in a new book.
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Automakers Mark Moves Into Tech With Expanded Presence At CES

Consumers love gadgets and they're demanding more of them in their cars. At the Consumer Electronics Show, automakers are unveiling hints of the increasingly automated car of the future.
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Oregon Occupation Sheds Light On Local Frustrations, But Divides Residents

Some in the community of Burns, Ore., welcome the attention on long-running conflict between ranchers and the federal government. Others question the out-of-town militants' tactics and goals.
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In Tight Iowa Race, Ted Cruz Is Counting On Evangelical Voters

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is barnstorming across Iowa, where his appeal to evangelical voters is making him a threat to GOP front-runner Donald Trump in the first caucus state.
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Dealers Reluctant To Welcome New Gun Control Measures

President Obama's new measures on gun sales would create a more level playing field for licensed dealers, but those dealers are loath to endorse anything that smacks of gun control.
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In Emotional Speech, Obama Announces Executive Action On Gun Control

On Tuesday at the White House, President Obama announced new executive actions on gun control, including changes to the nation's system of background checks.
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Obama Announcement On Gun Control Measures Sparks Republican Outrage

President Obama formally announced Tuesday new executive actions on gun control. NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Rep. Bradley Byrne of Alabama for the reaction from Republican lawmakers.

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