The New York Times

National Book Award Goes to Phil Klay for His Short Story Collection

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:50pm
Mr. Klay won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for his debut short story collection, “Redeployment,” which draws on his experience as a Marine who served in Iraq.






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John T. Downey Dies at 84; Held Captive for 20 Years

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:29pm
Mr. Downey became the longest-serving American prisoner of war by surviving more than 20 years in Chinese prisons after being shot down over Manchuria in 1952.
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National Briefing | Midwest: Ohio: Man Convicted in 1975 Killing Is to Be Freed

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:06pm
A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed that he lied as a boy when he told jurors he had seen the deadly attack.






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National Briefing | Rockies: Montana: Judge Overturns Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:02pm
A judge ruled in Federal District Court that Montana’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to unions of a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.






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National Briefing | Midwest: Indiana: Rites Set for American Killed by Islamic State

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:58pm
A funeral service for Peter Kassig, a former Army Ranger who was beheaded last weekend by Islamic State extremists, will be held Friday at an Islamic center in Fishers, Ind.






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Massachusetts Town Votes to End Bid for Tobacco Ban

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:51pm
A week after a public hearing of angry citizens was cut short, the Board of Health in Westminster, Mass., voted to stop pursuing a proposed ban on tobacco.






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Immigration Has Republican Governors Seething and Facing Practical Challenges

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:44pm
New legal protections for five million illegal immigrants would thrust the issue back into the states, creating issues like the granting of driver’s licenses or in-state college tuition.






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Snow Piles Up in Buffalo Area, With More Expected; at Least 7 Die

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:44pm
A lake-effect storm has left parts of western New York buried under five feet of snow, a total that is likely to grow in the next several days.






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Obama Names Fatigue Specialist to Lead Traffic Safety Agency

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:43pm
The announcement, after a series of auto safety crises, comes almost a year after the departure of the previous top regulator.
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World Briefing: Somalia: Gunmen Kill Minnesota Man

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:43pm
Gunmen shot and killed a Somali-American from Minnesota who had left his job to help the fledgling city government in Mogadishu with urban planning and drainage systems.
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Obama’s Immigration Plan Could Shield Five Million

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:43pm
New details about the broad reach of the president’s planned executive action on immigration emerged as he prepared to speak to the nation in a prime-time address on Thursday night.






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U.S. Regulators Call for Takata Airbag Recall to Be Extended Nationwide

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:43pm
Facing growing criticism, a federal agency moved to widen a safety recall that has been limited to a few areas associated with high humidity.






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As Ferguson Grand Jury Report Looms, Police Say They Don’t Fear Protests

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:58pm
A grand jury will soon decide whether to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown. Many police departments across the country said they were preparing for protests but expecting little trouble.






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University of California Is Set to Raise Tuition

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:27pm
Despite protests and a last-ditch effort by Gov. Jerry Brown to block an increase in costs, the University of California Board of Regents approved a plan to raise tuition 27.6 percent over five years.






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N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Could Go On, Even if a Law Expires

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 9:00pm
Senate Republicans on Tuesday night used a filibuster to block consideration of a bill to end and replace the N.S.A. phone records program.
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Missouri Attorney General Puts Limit on Contributions

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:34pm
Chris Koster, a Democrat, said he would refuse money from any company he had investigated after allegations that he dropped out of a multistate inquiry of an energy drink maker and settled for less than other states received in a case against a drug company.
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Low Inflation Replaces Joblessness as Reason Fed Won’t Raise Rates

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:15pm
Minutes of the October meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers indicate they see little reason to change course and expect steady economic and job growth to continue.
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight to Court

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:03pm
Seven law students and undergraduates filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the president and fellows of Harvard College for what they call “mismanagement of charitable funds.”






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Mail Monitoring Rarely Denied, Postal Service Says

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 7:42pm
Out of about 6,700 requests to gather information for law enforcement agencies last year, only 10 were rejected, according to testimony at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.






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Business Briefing: Justice Dept. Sets Record in Penalties for Fraud

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 7:38pm
The Justice Department collected a record $24.7 billion in penalties from fraud and other cases in fiscal year 2014, the agency said on Wednesday, as fines against banks for financial misconduct soared.
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