The state senate has initially passed a bill to legalize civil unions. The debate on the senate floor was subdued and tearful, and many lawmakers spoke in support of the measure. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · The tick was with a feather from a dinosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period. Modern ticks love to bite mammals, and scientists have long wondered what the tiny vampires ate millions of years ago.
 

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · The decision comes one week after the International Olympic Committee suspended Russia’s national team over a system of doping.
 

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · Although humans are blamed for the extinction of the dog-like Australian marsupial some 80 years ago, researchers say its problems may have started more than 70,000 years ago.
 

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · Escape from the holiday whirl with three tasty romances, featuring a duke with an epic library, a young girl finding herself in the big city and a proper lady finding love where she least expects it.
 

December 11, 2017 | NPR · The 75th Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. Among the nominees is actor Christopher Plummer, for his role replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World, after Spacey faced allegations of sexual misconduct.
 

December 11, 2017 | NPR · It’s the time of year when you start hearing superlative lists — best of, worst of, least, most, etc. This week on All Things Considered you’ll hear some “Highly Specific Superlatives.” First up, a movie roundup including best prop trend, worst accent and best coats.
 

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · No release date, yet, but the teaser video for Jack White’s new album is bizarre.
 

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · The singer says the new track from her upcoming album, Historian, is a breakup song. But like the rest of the record, it’s ultimately about hope and how far it can go.
 

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December 12, 2017 | NPR · The indie-rock band’s new album out this Friday, Recreational Hate, was originally offered as a “secret” vinyl for fans.
 

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