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Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:35

Thousands of European men and women have traveled to Syria to fight, and some have returned home — possibly battle hardened. The concern is that they haven't come back to resume their lives, but instead have been dispatched by al Qaida or the so-called Islamic State to attack the West.

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U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:35

The White House is facing uncertainty in the wake of political turmoil in Yemen and political transition in Saudi Arabia.

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International Criminal Court To Try Former Child Soldier With War Crimes

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:35

The international criminal court in the Hague was founded to prosecute those who commit war crimes — particularly the crime of abducting and conscripting children as soldiers. But for the first time in that court's 15 year history, it's putting on trial a man who was once a victim of that same crime.

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Investigation Into Paris Attack Leads Authorities To Spain

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:35

In the wake of attacks in Paris, part of the investigation into terror cells in Europe has led to Spain. One of the Paris gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, is believed to have visited Madrid in the days before he burst into a kosher market, killing four people.

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DNA Exonerates Man Who Served Nearly 40 Years For Murder

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:30

Joseph Sledge, now 70, spent 37 years in prison for a crime that a three-judge panel said today he did not commit.

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Iowa Freedom Summit Looks Something Like 2016 Is Underway

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:23

Republican presidential contenders have converged in Des Moines for the Iowa Freedom Summit, an event hosted by conservative lightning rod Steve King.

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After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:16

In northwest Pakistan, a school has reopened after last month's Taliban attack that killed more than 130. Most all of the survivors chose to come back, but the healing will take years, they say.

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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:06

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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Brewers Gone Wild: Taming Unpredictable Yeast For Flavorful Beer

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 12:02

A handful U.S. craft brewers are reviving an age-old way of making beer that was practically unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to the wacky world of Brett, a local yeast can impart funky flavors.

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NFL Hires Investigators, Says Patriots Used Under-Inflated Balls

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:55

It's the latest twist in a story that, to some, exemplifies the over-hyped talking points that often get blown out of proportion during the two-week wait for the Super Bowl.

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Taking Antibiotics During Travel Fosters Drug-Resistant Germs

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:36

Many of us take antibiotics when we get tummy troubles in developing countries. Scientists say this opens the door for a dangerous visitor in the GI tract. These microbes can stick around for months.

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SkyMall files for bankruptcy. Blame your phone.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:19

If you are someone who likes to hop a flight, kick back in your seat and start thumbing through a SkyMall catalog know this: Those days may be numbered.  

With shrinking sales, SkyMall's parent company filed for Chapter 11. Turns out, the retailer famous for its Bigfoot Garden Yeti and other odd and assorted goods is facing too much competition from cellphones and tablets.  

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Was the Box IPO worth the wait?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:18

The first big tech IPO of the year happened Friday: Box, best known for enterprise cloud storage services, debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. At closing, shares were up nearly 66% from a starting price of $14. It was a good day for the company, but a day that was originally scheduled to happen last spring. Why does a company delay an IPO?

UPS delivers on holiday orders – and hurts itself

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 11:16

UPS is warning that its earnings will fall short for the fourth quarter of last year, mostly because the company overcompensated for the shipping woes of 2013, when it delivered a surge of last-minute packages after Christmas.

For 2014, it hired more workers and invested in more equipment than was needed to handle what turned out to be an easier Christmas shipping season. E-commerce is a bigger part of UPS’ business now, and it is also hard to forecast. Will cost-cutting hurt performance next year?

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For The Saudis, A Smooth Succession At A Difficult Moment

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:21

The royal family carried out the transition to a new monarch without a hitch. Still, the region is facing unprecedented turmoil and King Salman assumes the monarchy with several major challenges.

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Ukrainian Separatists Reportedly Abandon Peace Talks

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 10:16

The rebels are reported to have seized control of the Donetsk Airport days after the Kiev government had declared it had taken the destroyed facility.

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Will global temperature rise inspire a behavior shift?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:42

Last year, the world experienced a significant jump -- a rise in global temperature...

2014 was the hottest year on record, and just this week, a group of scientists moved the hands on the Doomsday Clock -- that's when mankind wipes out our own existence at midnight --- to 11:57 pm. That's the closest the clock has been to midnight since the height of the cold war.

One of the main reasons behind the move is climate change. 

But it's still hard to get people to act differently, especially when the consequences for inaction seem so far off in the future. For politicians, creating policy that causes pain in the present and not seeing the payoff directly can seem like a bad decision. 

To explain some of the leaps that global governments and populations have to take to slow and stop climate change, we spoke to Ann Carlson, the co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA Law.

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The leap not taken: Wage growth

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:36

Despite creating more jobs, wages are still flat. Median household income in the US is lower now than it was fifteen years ago, and over the last year, the average hourly wage only rose 40 cents. 

So how do we make a leap towards higher wages, as a country? Heather Boushey, executive director at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth joined Marketplace Weekend to talk about how to increase wages, and what's holding us back. 

Listen to the whole segment in the audio player above. 

Who Is The New Saudi King?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:24

King Salman, 79, presided over the dramatic transformation of Riyadh with a record for good governance, but he is not viewed as a reformer and is unlikely to change the course of Saudi politics.

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Your Wallet: Financial Crash

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-23 08:42

What goes up must come down. Or hit a brick wall. We're talking crashes.

If you have a story about about a time your personal economy crashed, tell us. What happened? How did you make it through?

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