The state Senate has given initial backing to a bill that would require uranium mines and mills to clean up nuclear waste before accepting more radioactive material…and, Colorado Democrat Michael Bennet says it is a shame his colleagues would not begin debate on financial regulatory reform yesterday.

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Days after breaking the siege of Mount Sinjar and freeing trapped Yazidis there, peshmerga forces were pressing an offensive to retake the town itself from the Islamist militia.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · Rubio, appearing on ABC’s This Week, lashed out at Paul, who has expressed support for opening trade with the island nation after a decades-long embargo.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · The election pits interim President Moncef Marzouki against challenger Beji Caid Essebsi, who held a post in the ousted regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · The actress stars in the new film Into The Woods, in theaters Thursday. On screen she’s a natural. But as a kid, she had a stutter so severe she could hardly say her own name.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · A filmmaker invited white residents of Buffalo, N.Y., to speak candidly about race. Karen Grigsby Bates finds the results are thought-provoking, often surprising and sometimes disturbing.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · So how does Santa know when you’re awake? Our audio holiday card (fictionally) tells you how the North Pole operates — amid office politics, ethical conundrums and hours of surveillance video.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · In the 1960s, the Beatles sent their most loyal fans a Christmas gift every year — a flexi-disc. NPR’s Rachel Martin talks to music writer Colin Fleming about the annual holiday single.
 

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December 21, 2014 | KCRW · The singer and guitarist revisits “Hi-Fi,” from his much-loved breakthrough album, Transistor Radio.
 

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December 21, 2014 | NPR · If we’re being honest, there was no consensus in R&B this year. Too many things happened, and we missed some ground-hugging gems, even a couple made by legends. These are ten of those.
 

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