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French Police Close In On Suspects In Newspaper Shooting

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-09 00:58

Heavily armed brothers suspected in the deadly storming of a satirical weekly were cornered inside a printing house near Charles de Gaulle airport and appear to have taken a hostage, officials said.

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A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 23:26

The new GED is more expensive, computer-based and tougher. As a result some states are embracing alternative tests, and the number of GEDs awarded last year fell.

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Obama In Tennessee To Promote Free Community College

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 23:25

President Obama is on the road as part of his effort to jump-start his 2015 agenda. Today he's in Tennessee, talking about higher education.

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Andrae Crouch, 'Father Of Modern Gospel,' Dies

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 18:19

Crouch wrote songs for Elvis Presley, sang backup on Michael Jackson tracks, led the choir for Madonna's "Like A Prayer," and was nominated for an Oscar after composing music for "The Color Purple."

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Details Emerge About Suspects In 'Charlie' Attack; Manhunt Continues

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 17:24

Thursday was a national day of mourning in France, even as a force some 88,000-strong provided sought two men suspected of killing 12 people at a satirical magazine's office in Paris.

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Honda Fined $70 Million For Underreporting Deaths And Injuries

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 15:56

The National Highway Safety Administration says the Japanese automaker failed to report over 1,700 death and injury claims over 11 years.

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Is North Korea really responsible for the Sony hack?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:50

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech yesterday and doubled down on the FBI's decision to name North Korea as the source of the late November cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

According to the FBI, the hackers made some sloppy mistakes. They often used a proxy system to hide their real location but in a few cases signed into a Sony server and posted online without concealing their location. The FBI says their IP address is known to be exclusively used by North Korea.

Kim Zetter, a reporter at Wired and author of "Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon," isn't convinced North Korea is to blame for the attack.

"We still don’t have all of the evidence and all of the information that’s backing his strong claim there," Zetter says.

A few things that give Zetter pause:

  • We don’t know what this IP address is or what it’s connected to.
  • The FBI is saying that this IP address is exclusively used by North Korea. How do we know that?
  • Initial communication from the hackers never mentioned the movie "The Interview." It appeared to be an extortion attempt to get money out of Sony.

The FBI has requested that the government  unclassify information related to the case, so that more can be publicly disclosed.

As for Sony? They’re still struggling and are working on replacing equipment.

Look Out: This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:15

Forget chess. Poker may be even harder for a computer. But a software program has now "solved" a variant of Texas Hold'em, the bot's creators say. And nothing can keep it from winning.

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France Observes Official Day Of Mourning After Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:08

Parisians responded to Wednesday's terrorist attack with a mixture of shock, fear and defiance.

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A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 14:00

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, we're seeing an old debate about the rules of humor that seem to be in opposition. One side says nothing is sacred. The other maintains a right to offense.

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When Morale Dips, Some Cops Walk The Beat — But Do The Minimum

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:43

Arrests and ticketing are way down in New York City. Many believe it's a way for officers to show frustration with the mayor. If so, it wouldn't be the first time cops have protested by slowing down.

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Saudi Blogger To Be Publicly Flogged For Insulting Islam

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:31

Raif Badawi was sentenced in May to a decade in prison and 1,000 lashes for comments made in Free Saudi Liberals, a website he created. Starting Friday, he will receive 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks.

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On His 80th Birthday, Shake It Like Elvis With A Milkshake

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:28

The legendary singer had equally outsized eating habits, including his famous affinity for peanut butter, bananas and bacon. Celebrity chef Sean Brock has created a drink in the King's honor.

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With A Son Missing, Family Questions Jordan's Mission Against ISIS

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:11

The family of the Jordanian air force pilot recently captured in Syria has deep misgivings about the kingdom's decision to join the U.S. in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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Oakland A's Play Hardball To Win Distraught Young Fan's Allegiance

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:09

It's always tough to see your favorite player leave your favorite team. One young Toronto Blue Jays fan took it especially hard when the team traded infielder Brett Lawrie.

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Why I Asked Tina Fey About 'Charlie Hebdo' At The TV Critics Press Tour

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:59

At the TV Critics Association's press tour, journalists can struggle to connect news on the industry to real life. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Tina Fey's words on satire and freedom resonated.

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Auto industry has a record year (for safety fines)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:57

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today its cumulative list of fines and civil penalties against automakers.

The biggest — also revealed today — is a $70 million fine for Honda for failing to report 1,729 death and injury claims to the federal government.

Last year the NHTSA  issued a total of $126 million in fines ... the most ever.

Out Of the Shadows And Onto Menus: Foie Gras Is Back In California

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:56

Chefs across California are celebrating a judge's decision to end the state's ban on the sale of foie gras. Many had continued to serve the delicacy, made from fatty duck or goose liver, illegally.

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Boston Bombing Survivor Readies For Testimony

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:52

Melissa Block talks with Boston bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory-DiMartino. Her left leg was amputated last November after multiple surgeries to save it.

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Paris Attack Suspect Had Known Terrorism Connections

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:41

Melissa Block talks to Elaine Sciolino, former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, about the suspects in Wednesday's attack on the office of a satirical publication.

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