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Event For Controversial Cartoonist Targeted With Deadly Shooting

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 12:54

One person was killed and three police were injured in Copenhagen, after gunmen opened fire at a meeting featuring Swedish artist Lars Vilks. The cartoonist is known for his depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

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WATCH: The Sun Like You've Never Seen It

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 11:00

NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center has released a video composite of some of the imagery taken over the past five years by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. It's nothing short of breathtaking.

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Attack On Copenhagen Cafe Apparently Aimed At Cartoonist

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 07:31

Artist Lars Vilks, who has received numerous death threats for the publication in 2007 of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, was attending a free-speech gathering in the Danish capital.

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Canadian Police Say They've Foiled Would-Be Valentine's Day Massacre

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 06:52

One suspect reportedly killed himself when his home was surrounded by authorities. A 23-year-old woman from Illinois was among three people arrested in connection with the alleged plot.

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Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 05:51

Voting machines purchased after the 2000 elections are coming to the end of their useful lives. States are looking to buy new equipment but there's little money and technology is changing rapidly.

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Another Blizzard Curls In From The Northeast

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 05:25

From New York to Maine, the upper Atlantic coast is bracing for yet another major winter storm.

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More Tales Of Great Teachers

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 05:08

We're celebrating teachers past and present. Here's another selection of the best that you've sent us.

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West Coast Port Closures Are Hitting Several Industries Hard

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 04:32

No cargo will go in or out of 29 West Coast ports this weekend because of a labor dispute that has been dragging on for months. And now the economic impacts of the shutdown are starting to be felt.

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Shelling Continues In Eastern Ukraine Ahead Of Truce

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 04:16

A cease-fire deal forged earlier this week in Minsk is set to go into effect at midnight Ukraine time, but skepticism abounds over the deal, the second in six months.

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The Other Chocolate Tries For Sweet Redemption

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Some say white chocolate has a bad reputation because of its history of poor quality ingredients. But aficionados say its mellow sweetness can bring out flavors that bitter dark chocolate smothers.

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With New Cardinals, Pope Aims To Widen Horizons Of Church Leadership

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

In a formal ceremony, 20 prelates became princes of the Catholic Church. The new cardinals mark a shift in the church under Pope Francis toward poor nations — and away from Europe.

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Fighting In Ukraine Appears Untouched By Peace Deals And Cease-Fires

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has continued despite a peace deal and a cease-fire set to begin Sunday. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Courtney Weaver of the Financial Times from Donetsk.

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Pope Welcomes 20 New Cardinals

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Twenty Catholic prelates become princes of the church on Saturday. Many of them come from poor countries, reflecting the pope's focus on ministering to the impoverished.

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Embattled Oregon Governor Says He Will Resign

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he'll resign next week, just months after re-election. He had been under pressure to resign amid ethics investigations related to his fiancée's consulting work.

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Video Made The Internet Star: YouTube Turns 10

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

YouTube was registered as a domain name 10 years ago today, and yes, it's gone viral. NPR's Scott Simon looks back on a decade's worth of cat videos, politics, self-help and everything in between.

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Buried Boston Copes With Piles Of Snow

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Boston has been buried under piles of snow this winter. The streets are covered and there's more snow on the way. Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi talks to NPR's Scott Simon about how the city is coping.

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Not Everyone Agrees On How To Tame Obama's Cyber 'Wild West'

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

President Obama wants to stop cyberattacks by getting companies and law enforcement to coordinate. He signed an executive order that could pave the way, but some in the business world are skeptical.

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Valentine's Day Has Another Side: Fighting For Freedoms For Women

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:03

The V-Day Movement aims to fight unfair laws that abuse and discriminate against women. In Malta, for example, a man can abduct a woman and get away with it if he marries her.

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How Long Is An Ebola Victim's Body Contagious? You Don't Want To Know

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:03

New research confirms that even after a victim dies, viral cells on the corpse can infect others for as long as 7 days.

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From the Hills to the Valley

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:00

Next week, we are launching a new series! It’s called From the Hills to the Valley. And yes, that would be Hollywood and Silicon Valley, respectively.

In some ways, the two industries could not be more different. Hollywood was born and then flourished for over a century because of the technology of the movie screen. It still revolves around that screen. Silicon Valley happened decades later. It was the product of computing, and often emerged in garages in Palo Alto.

But, how different are venture capitalists investing in tech from heads of major hollywood studios? And how similar are artists making content for youtube to the stars who appear on big buck productions? Whatever the differences, they are growing. As Amazon and Netflix get deeper into the entertainment industry, and as Hollywood studios and Google trade accusations, the two industries seem at odds with each other now than ever before.

We are going to take a look at the tensions and parallels that exist in these two parts of California. Where does Hollywood meet Silicon Valley? And where do they diverge?

We have a great line-up of interviews, from YouTube star Hank Green talking about how he thrives outside of the traditional studio model to writer and actor, Issa Rae, on her transition from producing a web series to piloting a show on HBO.

And much more. The series begins on Monday with New York Times Magazine staff writer, Jenna Wortham, who talk about why the culture of technology resists Hollywood narratives.

Here's YouTube star Hank Green in a popular video about how to pronounce "gif":

And here's a video from Issa Rae, promoting her new book "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl":

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