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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

After complaints from residents, this tree in Reading, Pa., is being replaced.
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The people of Reading, Pennsylvania, didn't have the same compassion that Charlie Brown had.

A 50-foot spruce tree — called "nasty," "pathetic" and "ugly" — will be replaced with a prettier pine.

As the AP reports, the tree was put up by the city in a public space and the complaints started immediately. The tree was missing tons of branches and it had unseemly shape.

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Race
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

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Politics
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama"s Plan

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Africa
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Tunisian Election Complete's Its Transition To Democracy

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Middle East
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

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Around the Nation
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

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Politics
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 5:49 am

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Humans
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

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National Security
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

Lt. Cpl. Brittany Holloway helps to direct the driver of a light armored vehicle during training at Camp Lejeune, where female marines are enduring the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 7:47 am

Sgt. Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt, and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster.

Rodriguez is at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, taking part in a Marine Corp experiment to determine whether women will be allowed to serve in ground combat units.

"A lot of people think that we can't do it," she says. "I don't think the same."

As she runs, Rodriguez stares at a photo, the iconic shot of Marines planting the American flag at Iwo Jima.

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Middle East
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

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Race
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

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Shots - Health News
3:52 am
Sun November 23, 2014

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Even cleaning a bathroom daily didn't much affect the make-up of the community of microbes living there, scientists say.
Claire Eggers NPR

The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.

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The Protojournalist
3:51 am
Sun November 23, 2014

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 4:52 am

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.

People – young and old – got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash. and points in between.

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Law
3:49 am
Sun November 23, 2014

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham got married in California, but lives in Mississippi. Now she wants her home state to recognize her same-sex marriage so she can get divorced.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 5:21 am

In 2008, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham traveled with her then-partner from their home in Mississippi to San Francisco, a few months after gay marriage became legal in California. They'd been together for about a year and a half before they decided to get married.

After the ceremony, they went back to Mississippi, where they lived together. Then a year later, they decided to split up. The state of Mississippi doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, however, so they couldn't get a divorce there.

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The Two-Way
12:59 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Washington, D.C., Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, but started out as a champion for the city's disenfranchised.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 7:25 am

Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the District's disenfranchised, but won national notoriety after he was caught on FBI video with an ex-girlfriend and crack cocaine in 1990.

He was considered by many to be the district's most charismatic and controversial politician.

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Interviews
3:53 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

How One Family Is Reacting To Obama's Immigration Plan

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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Latin America
3:53 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Still Few Answers In Killing Of 43 Students In Mexico

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Tess Vigeland.

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Middle East
3:21 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

What Does Its Chosen Banner Say About ISIS?

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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The so-called Islamic State or ISIS is known for its social media savvy. But the pictures and videos you see online feature a much more traditional propaganda technique - the group's flag.

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Around the Nation
3:21 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Fifty Years Later, A Look At How Harvard's Women MBAs Have Fared

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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Digital Life
3:21 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Car Ride Service Puts Gender In The Driver's Seat

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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STELLA MATEO: I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I came here when I was 15 years old. And I have a degree in accounting, and I'm the mother of two daughters and the CEO of my household (laughter). I say that with pride.

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