"It is a waste of time. We will not allow a conference to take place. It won't happen," Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid said Thursday about the possibility of the two chambers reconciling Department of Homeland Security funding bills. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Politics

House Not Quite Ready To 'Suck It Up' Over Homeland Security Funding

For a few days now, most Senate Republicans have come to terms with how this story would end. But the House has a new plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security for just three weeks.

A field of unharvested wheat is seen in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, England, in 2012. Wheat wasn't cultivated in Britain until some 6,000 years ago, but DNA evidence suggests early Britons were eating the grain at least 8,000 years ago. Darren Staples/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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The Salt

Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It

Scientists have recovered cultivated wheat DNA from an 8,000-year-old submerged site off the British coast. The finding suggests hunter-gatherers were trading for the grain long before they grew it.

President Obama makes remarks Monday on his proposal to tighten consumer protections for people saving for retirement, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Labor Secretary Tom Perez listen. Getty Images hide caption

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Business

White House Move To Protect Nest Eggs Sparks Hopes And Fears

The Labor Department will draft new rules requiring retirement advisers to put consumers' best interests first. The industry warns low-income people might lose out on financial planning advice.

A man takes a "selfie" while waiting in line to cast his vote in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race in November. Darren Hauck/Getty Images hide caption

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All Tech Considered

'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling NHPR

New Hampshire is the first state to outlaw voting booth selfies. Some call the ban unconstitutional and are challenging it in court. Others argue selfies compromise privacy and enable voter coercion.

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ɉdouard Manet's 1873 oil on canvas, The Railway, is on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Los Angeles until March 2. It is on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Studio A/Courtesy of Norton Simon Museum hide caption

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Fine Art

Impressionist Hero Édouard Manet Gets The Star Treatment In LA

Manet was not himself an impressionist, but he mightily influenced the movement. Two of his paintings are now in Los Angeles. The Railway is making its West Coast debut, and Spring just sold for $65 million.

Kevin Spacey's President Frank Underwood is embattled and often frustrated in the third season of Netflix's House of Cards. David Giesbrecht/Courtesy of Netflix hide caption

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Television

This Season On 'House Of Cards,' It's Tough To Be The Boss

New episodes of Netflix's House of Cards debut today, and NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says this season's challenges may please critics who say the show's vision of Washington, D.C. runs too smoothly.

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All Tech Considered

Long Before Net Neutrality, Rules Leveled The Landscape For Phone Services

The new FCC rules require service providers to be a neutral gateway to the Internet. The move has precedent in the 1930s, when regulators enacted "common carrier" rules on phone service companies.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the audience at his last Conservative Political Action Conference appearance in March 2013. Bush is to appear again Friday, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential campaign. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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It's All Politics

Jeb Bush Takes 2016 Show Into Unfriendly Territory At CPAC

Bush has appeared almost exclusively before friendly audiences since leaving the Florida governorship eight years ago, but today he faces a less-receptive crowd of conservative activists.

Relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks are periodically flown down to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to witness court proceedings against five men accused of plotting the attacks. For the witnesses of the most recent court session, the experience raised questions about justice, humanity and the ethics of the death penalty. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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National Security

Families Of Sept. 11 Victims Watch Guantanamo Hearings With Mixed Feelings

Five men are charged with planning the Sept. 11 attacks. When they appear for proceedings in Guantanamo Bay, people who lost loved ones that day are flown down to the courtroom to bear witness.

Jay Austin's tiny house in Washington, D.C., has 10-foot ceilings, a loft bed over the bathroom and a galley-style kitchen. Franklyn Cater/NPR hide caption

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Cities Project

Living Small In The City: With More Singles, Micro-Housing Gets Big

Single people represent the fastest growing category of households in the U.S. That's made small dwellings — from micro-apartments to stand-alone tiny houses, a niche force in the real estate market.

Doctors Nowiba Mugambi and Erica Palys discuss a patient's X-ray at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. The hospital plans to open a new cancer treatment center in April. Evelyn Hockstein/Courtesy of AMPATH hide caption

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Goats and Soda

How Tents And Fried Chicken Help Stop Childhood Cancers

There's little money for cancer care in the developing world. Many children with curable cancers die. But two doctors believe it's time to stop accepting cancer as a death sentence in poor countries.

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