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1:57 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., announces he will vote to pass the health care reform bill after President Obama agreed to sign an executive order reaffirming the ban on the use of federal funds to provide abortions, March 21, 2010.
Alex Brandon AP

This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it.

Why did it need quite so many Republican votes? Because the GOP can no longer count on a contingent of Democrats to help out on abortion-related votes.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

U.S. Drone Strikes Target Suspected Al-Qaida Militants In Yemen

A U.S. drone strike on suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen killed at least three people, just days after the U.S.-backed government resigned in the face of an uprising by Shiite Houthi rebels, effectively leaving the country with no government.

The Associated Press reports that the strike, which occurred in the central province of Marib, targeted a vehicle carrying three men near the border with neighboring Shabwa province, an al-Qaida stronghold. The news agency also quoted an al-Qaida member as saying two of the slain fighters were Yemenis, one Saudi. Here's more:

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Book Reviews
1:14 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

One of Megan Mayhew Bergman's short stories is based on the life of dancer and actress Butterfly McQueen.
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Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:02 pm

Almost Famous Women is the kind of "high concept" short-story collection that invites skepticism. These stories are about 13 historical women whose names you mostly might sort-of recognize. Beryl Markham, Butterfly McQueen and Shirley Jackson are slam-dunks, but Romaine Brooks and Joe Carstairs are a bit blurrier. While the family names of Allegra Byron, Dolly Wilde and Norma Millay betray their relation to important figures, we don't know what they did. And who the heck was Hazel Eaton or Tiny Davis?

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Author Interviews
1:14 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:17 pm

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The Two-Way
12:31 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

India's Modi Makes A Name For Himself — Literally — In Meeting With Obama

An up-close shot of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit reveals its telltale lettering: his name, in stripes of gold down his jacket.
Prakash Singh AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:00 pm

There are many ways in diplomacy to make a name for yourself. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken this message literally.

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Shots - Health News
11:46 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana

A marijuana bud displayed in Denver. Don't legalize pot, the pediatricians say, but don't lock teenagers up for using it, either.
Seth McConnell The Denver Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:04 pm

Across the country, efforts to make marijuana more accessible have quickly gained traction. Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, and recreational use is also legal in four states and the District of Columbia.

Science, however, hasn't quite caught up. Largely due to its illegal status, there's been very little research done on marijuana's health effects. And researchers don't fully understand how pot affects the developing teenage brain.

This may explain the why the nation's pediatricians have changed their recommendations on marijuana and children.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Greece's Left-Wing Prime Minister Takes Charge

Newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras waves on his way to enter his new offices in Athens on Monday.
Orestis Panagiotou EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:33 pm

Alexis Tsipras, who led his left-wing Syriza party to an improbable win in Greece's parliamentary election, was sworn in today amid fears about what his win means for the country's bailout agreements with the European Union.

Reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens, who is following the story, tells our Newscast unit that Tsipras now leads the first anti-austerity government in Europe. She adds:

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Mon January 26, 2015

'Quad Copter' Flew Into, Crashed On White House Grounds, Secret Service Says

Secret Service officers patrol in front of the White House on Jan. 20.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 11:07 am

Updated at 11:04 a.m. ET

The Secret Service has identified the device that was found overnight on the White House grounds as a "quad copter."

The agency said an on-duty Secret Service officer saw and heard the 2-foot-wide commercial "quad copter" fly low onto the grounds of the executive mansion at about 3:08 a.m. ET. It crashed on the southeast side, the agency said in a statement.

"There was an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared," a spokesman said in the statement.

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:44 pm

Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

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The Two-Way
7:49 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Obama Attends India's Republic Day Celebrations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Obama watch the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, India, on Monday.
Stephen Crowley AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 11:29 am

President Obama became the first U.S. head of state to attend India's annual Republic Day parade, which marks the day the country adopted its constitution.

NPR's Scott Horsley, who is traveling with Obama, says the parade is "partly a showcase for the country's military might, but there are also floats honoring everything from India's female mountain climbers to its home-grown industrial development."

Julie McCarthy, who is NPR's correspondent in India, says it "was a jaunty occasion despite the rain."

Julie tells our Newscast unit:

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