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Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 11:08

The actor, whose repertoire includes an eclectic array of challenging roles, won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film Capote.

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Race Toward Afghan Election Starts, With Skepticism In The Lead

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 10:05

With the presidential campaigns underway, one of the questions commonly asked around Kabul is whether the election will be held at all this year. If it is, there are a handful of candidates who are likely to come out ahead.

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Poll: Support For High School Football, Despite Concussion Risks

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 09:55

An NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport. But 44 percent of those surveyed said equipment and safety need to be improved.

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Ukraine Protests Set To Widen As President Ends Sick Leave

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 09:46

Viktor Yanukovych, who announced he was going on sick leave last week, says he will return to work on Monday. But the opposition plans to step up protests.

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Super Bowl XLVIII: A Political Guide

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 09:20

Neither the Seahawks nor the Broncos are among the top NFL teams when it comes to political contributions, but they're still plenty active.

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Sap Discovery Could Turn Syrup-Making Upside Down

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 07:57

For centuries, people thought sap had to flow down a tree's body through a spigot at the bottom. But researchers have discovered that sap can flow upwards, too, which allows syrup production from much younger trees, and could even turn maple syrup into a row crop.

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Christie's Office Blasts Latest Bridgegate Accusations

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 07:09

An email sent to donors and journalists says accusations by former aide David Wildstein have been misrepresented.

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Should Uber Be Responsible For Driver Recklessness?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 06:54

The family of a 6-year-old girl who was hit and killed by an Uber driver is suing the ride-sharing company. They say the driver was distracted by the mobile app he used to find his next fare.

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Thai Election Largely Peaceful, Despite Fears Of Violence

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:27

Although a few hundred polling stations in the capital were shut down by anti-government activists, the vast majority of them across the country remained open.

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Ancient Syrian City A Wasteland Of Modern Violence

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The ancient Syrian city of Homs was one of the first parts of the country to rise up against the Assad regime. Now, it's very difficult for western reporters to visit the city. We take a rare glimpse inside the city, from spring 2013, when the fighting was already fierce. (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on June 3, 2013.)

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After Crushing Bad Luck, A Free Bungee Jump

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

German tourists Paul Zeller and Nico Reiner were enjoying a vacation on New Zealand's South Island when a tree fell and crushed their car. NPR's Rachel Martin takes a moment to note that the tourists were offered free bungee jumps as compensation.

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Violence Gives Way To Calmer Thai Elections

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Tensions are high in Thailand, after several were injured in protests in the capital, Bangkok, ahead of elections Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with reporter Michael Sullivan about the significance of the elections.

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Oil Train Derailments Spur Calls For Safety Measures

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Roughly a million barrels of oil are being drilled from the North Dakota plains every day. Tens of millions of dollars have been put toward infrastructure for transporting that oil out of state, but recent derailments and explosions involving oil tanker trains are prompting calls for a slow-down.

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Why A Do-Nothing Immigration Strategy Might Work For GOP

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The conservative magazine The National Review is offering House Republicans a strategy on immigration reform: Do nothing. National Review editor Rich Lowry tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks the best political move for Republican lawmakers is to hold off on passing an immigration bill.

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Despite Scars Of War, Karachi Holds Onto Its Chutzpah

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

Karachi is Pakistan's economic hub, its major port and its largest city. It's also the country's most violent and crime-ridden city. But it's not all blood and thunder. Witness the musical Grease, now playing to packed houses in Karachi.

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Seahawks, Broncos Fans Mingle In D.C. Watering Hole

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

All season long, it's been a convivial scene at Washington's Penn Quarter sports bar, where fans of the Denver Broncos cheered their team alongside fans of the Seattle Seahawks. The question is, what will happen there on Super Bowl Sunday, when the two teams face off?

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Homs Is Birthplace Of Syrian Protest

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 05:00

The city of Homs has been under siege since the Syrian civil war began. Dr. Zaher Sahloul, president of the Syrian American Medical Society, tells NPR's Rachel Martin that Homs is the historical center of anti-government protests.

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Shadow Seen! Groundhog Predicts 6 More Weeks Of Cold

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 04:43

Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.

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5 Points To Help Simplify Sunday's Super Bowl

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 02:31

Ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl XLVIII, NPR's Mike Pesca dams up the river of hype to create a cool lagoon of Super Bowl reason.

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Press Here To Say You Survived The Latest Bomb In Lebanon

NPR News - Sun, 2014-02-02 02:31

Bombings are a frequent reality of living in Lebanon, so Lebanese student Sandra Hassan made an app to alert let friends and family know you're okay after violence strikes. It's getting a lot more attention that she had originally imagined.

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