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Stories for December 14, 2013

Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wins Heisman Trophy

Dec. 14
Greg Henderson / NPR
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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the nation's top-rated passer who led his team to college football's title game in his first season, was named the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Saturday as the country's best collegiate player.

Tug Of Authority Over Legal Gap In Online Privacy

Dec. 14
NPR Staff / NPR
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Even the most mundane online tasks require us to hand over sensitive data. Privacy policies pass by with an easy click. Yes, each company has its own legal language about the risks we take on, but the standards for consumer protection are murky.

In Newtown, Making Promises To Transform A Tragedy

Dec. 14
Craig LeMoult / NPR
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Nicole Hockley says she used to be the kind of person who knew where she was going in life. Then, last Dec. 14, her 6-year-old son, Dylan, was one of the 26 victims killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Tornado Victims Find Snapshots Of Solace In Far-Flung Photos

Dec. 14
Emily Siner / NPR
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The tornado on Nov. 17 missed the house of Darin Repp's cousins in Washington, Ill. But less than a half-mile away, it flattened rows of homes, uprooted trees and flung cars around the neighborhood like a child with a temper tantrum.

Major Disaster Declared In Calif. Due To Rim Fire

Dec. 14
Associated Press
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President Obama on Friday declared a major disaster in California as a result of the Rim Fire that burned for more than two months, ravaging 400 square miles of the state.

Autopsy: BART Workers Didn't Follow Safety Rules

Dec. 14
Associated Press

Autopsies conducted on two workers who were struck and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit train during a labor strike have revealed that the men did not follow the agency's safety protocols.

San Diego Water Authority Enters High-Stakes Water Fight

Dec. 14
Associated Press

A trial beginning Tuesday in San Francisco will test the San Diego County Water Authority's claim that the region's 3.1 million residents are subsidizing nearly all the rest of Southern California.

Rape Accusation Still Shadows Heisman Finalist

Dec. 14
Tom Goldman / NPR
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On Saturday night, there's a very good chance Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will win the Heisman Trophy, awarded each year to the best college football player in the country.

Senate Takes a Break After 48-Hour Debate

Dec. 14
David Welna / NPR
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After pulling two consecutive all-nighters, a bleary-eyed Senate is taking a breather on Saturday.

A Common Story: Bullet's Trajectory Interrupts Child's Path

Dec. 14
Keith O'Brien / NPR

Murders are down in New Orleans this year, bucking a national trend. Still, gun violence remains a problem -- and children can't escape it. They're left with scars both physical and emotional.

White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries

Dec. 14
Mara Liasson / NPR
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It's not big enough to be called a shakeup, but the new hire announced this week at the White House is important: John Podesta will come on board in January as a counselor to the president.

A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins'

Dec. 14
Tovia Smith / NPR
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As much as Dec. 14 will forever be a day of unfathomable grief for Nelba Márquez-Greene, Dec. 13 will be one of unending gratitude.

Parents Say School Security Has Increased Since Newtown Massacre

Dec. 14
Eric Westervelt / NPR

Most parents of elementary school-age children say their schools boosted security following last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a poll from NPR in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.