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23 Aftershocks Detected
9:48 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Damage Reported in 5.1-Magnitude Quake Near Los Angeles

A man picks up fallen goods at a CVS store after an earthquake hit Friday near La Mirada, Calif. The magnitude-5.1 earthquake was widely felt in the Los Angeles area and surrounding counties.
Credit Jae C. Hong/AP

An earthquake shook part of Southern California Friday night, breaking water pipes and rattling nerves with aftershocks that went on into the night. The 5.1-magnitude quake hit at a shallow depth about 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

While the quake didn't inflict severe damage in the area around its epicenter, it caused many problems, from water main breaks to a rockslide. Thousands of people felt its effects; there haven't been reports of serious injuries.

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Stepping down this spring
1:15 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Carl Kasell To Retire From 'Wait, Wait...'

Carl Kasell, newsman, quiz judge, and magician, tells WNIJ staffers that Nina Totenberg was the first person he ever cut in half, during a 2011 visit to DeKalb.
Credit Diane Drake / WNIJ

Carl Kasell is retiring from "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" and moves into his new role as Scorekeeper Emeritus of the NPR news quiz.

 

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NPR Live Blog
1:12 am
Wed January 29, 2014

President Calls For 'Year Of Action'

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With the country slowly digging itself out of recession, some of his legislative priorities buried under Washington's partisanship and his approval ratings at some of their lowest levels, President Obama called for "a year of action" during his fifth State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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Needs President's Signature
5:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

$1.1 Trillion Budget Fix Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate easily passed the massive budget bill today, sending the plan on to President Obama. The $1.1 trillion dollar bill funds the government through September.

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Breaking
4:07 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

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Nelson Mandela was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen. He died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world.

President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.

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Illinois
11:38 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Willis Tower No Longer Tallest In U.S.

Chicago's Willis Tower has lost its title. One World Trade Center — the New York City skyscraper that now rises from the site of the Twin Towers, destroyed during the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11 — has been declared the tallest building in the U.S. by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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Government
9:21 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

No Progress After Meeting, Boehner Reports

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, stepped out of the White House this evening after a 90-minute meeting with President Obama and reported no progress.

"They will not negotiate," Boehner said. "All we are asking for here is a discussion and fairness for the American people on Obamacare."

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Government
1:19 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown Passes Senate

The Senate has voted to approve a "continuing resolution" to keep the federal government functioning past a Monday night deadline, but it first voted to strip out a provision that would have defunded Obamacare.

The bill is certain to meet a roadblock in the GOP-dominated House, where key members have vowed to reinstate language aimed at derailing the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Developing
1:07 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

President Will Seek Congressional OK For Syria Action

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama as the President speaks Saturday in the White House Rose Garden.
Credit Charles Dharapak/AP

President Obama said Saturday he had decided to take military action against Syria in response to its use of chemical weapons, but that he will seek a congressional mandate for the action that could come "tomorrow, next week or one month from now."

Speaking from the Rose Garden, the president said he believed that he had the authority to act without Congress, but said he thinks "our country will be better off" if he had it.

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National
5:28 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Asiana Flight Tried To Abort Landing Seconds Before Crash

Asiana Airlines Flight 214 tried to abort its landing and come in for another try just 1 1/2 seconds before it crashed Saturday at San Francisco airport, killing two people and injuring dozens of others.

That was the information gleaned from the jetliner's cockpit voice recorder, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board said at a Sunday news conference. NTSB chief Deborah Hersman also said about 7 seconds prior to impact, there was a call to increase speed.

She said the flight data recorder captured the entire flight.

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