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The Intimidating Task Behind This Season's Cutest Breakout Star

One of the new characters in the latest Star Wars, BB-8, is one adorable droid. With only a sketch of the final product, its creators didn't know how much fuss would come from the harmless robot.
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Coloradans Will Put Single-Payer Health Care To A Vote

Colorado voters made the state the first to legalize recreational pot. In 2016, a ballot initiative could establish another first: a single-payer health system that provides universal coverage.
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Are You An Evangelical? Are You Sure?

"Evangelical" is one of the most poorly defined terms in the U.S. political conversation.
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Chicago HS Students Boycott Cafeteria Food, Calling It Unhealthy

Students at Roosevelt High School in Chicago are boycotting the free cafeteria food, which they say is unhealthy. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with reporter Monica Eng in Chicago.
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President Obama Talks Terrorism In Year-End Press Conference

Terrorist attacks and the ongoing battle with the Islamic State cast a shadow over some of the accomplishments the president tried to highlight in his year-end news conference on Friday.
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Why Are 'Hoverboards' Literally Catching Fire?

Reports of the boards burning up have focused attention on shoddy lithium-ion batteries. While most devices with the batteries are made safely, precautions can be taken in choosing and using them.
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Fact Check: Did Obama Withdraw From Iraq Too Soon, Allowing ISIS To Grow?

Republicans have hammered President Obama for underestimating ISIS and naively allowing it to grow by leaving Iraq. But the withdrawal is only one factor in the rise of the extremists.
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#MemeOfTheWeek: Hillary Clinton's Awkward Love For Beyoncé

Most politicians aren't cool. And maybe that's ok.
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DNC Restores Sanders Campaign's Access To Voter Files After Data Breach

A software glitch let Sanders staffers see data from rival Hillary Clinton's files. But Sanders said the retaliation went too far, and filed a lawsuit in federal court to regain access to the data.

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Manhunt Underway For 'Affluenza' Teen

Ethan Couch was sentenced to probation in 2013 for killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck when he was 16. Now 18, Couch is on the run, possibly with his mother, after violating parole.

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