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Officers Ask Map App To Remove Police-Tracking

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:34

In the aftermath of the shooting death of two NYPD officers, law enforcement officials are asking the popular navigation app Waze to remove a feature that allows users to see officers' locations.

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VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:27

Millions of Americans who served in Korea, World War II and Vietnam are reaching their 70s and beyond. So the VA is putting focus on how to make veterans comfortable in their final weeks and months.

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Singing The Blues, A U.S. Envoy Hopes To Boost Ties With Ecuador

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:26

In South America, left-wing governments hostile to the U.S. are tossing out diplomats or shunning them entirely. In Ecuador, U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm is using music to do something about it.

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Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:25

Tony Simmons is a former heroin addict and drug runner who had been in and out of jail. Today, he helps many of Baltimore's 3,000 homeless residents — with housing guidance, advice and hugs.

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Tiger Skins And Rhino Horns: Can A Trade Deal Halt The Trafficking?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:23

A proposed U.S.-Asia trade pact calls for incorporating the issue wildlife trafficking. The goal is to slow the poaching of endangered animals such as elephants, tigers and rhinos.

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Group Urges Swedes To Evade Subway Fares, And Even Insures Against Fines

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 23:21

Fare-dodging in Stockholm's system has become a movement, and the group's members don't try to hide what they're doing — in fact, they advertise it.

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Apple Sold 30,000 iPhones An Hour Last Quarter, Scored Record Profits

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 20:39

The tech giant sold 74 million phones in three months.

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Winter Storm Winds Down, But Blizzard Conditions Persist

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 17:32

Blizzard warnings were declared from Rhode Island to parts of New Hampshire and Maine Tuesday. Since Sunday, parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts have had more than two feet of snow.

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Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty In Rape Case

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 16:19

When Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are sentenced in March, they face decades in prison. Vandenburg was also convicted of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography.

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Obama Administration Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:56

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.

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Koch Brothers Put Price Tag On 2016: $889 Million

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:28

The political network led by industrialists Charles and David Koch plans to spend about as much money as the entire national Republican Party spent in the last presidential election cycle.

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Tell us what the economy feels like to you

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:13

It’s doing better by lots of measurements – but people don’t feel it. Which is part of what President Obama was out stumping for through November.

The data says the economy’s doing better – much better. But does it feel better? How’s your economy doing? 

Tell us your story below, and we might include it in the show.


For Dollars Donated To Vaccine Campaigns, Norway Wears The Crown

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 14:12

Donations to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization hit $7.5 billion. The UK and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were the most generous dollar-wise. Norway is the per capita champ.

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Pakistanis View Obama's India Visit With A Touch Of Irritation

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:57

Obama's trip to India has prompted Pakistanis to leaf back through their visitors' book with an aggrieved eye, and reinforced their view that U.S. policy tends toward cynical pragmatism.

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In Case You Were Wondering, Marshawn Lynch Is Here For One Reason

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:51

At a (mandatory) NFL media appearance for the upcoming Super Bowl, Lynch stuck to one response Tuesday: "I'm just here so I won't get fined."

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How Did Obama Play In India? We Ask Four Villagers To Weigh In

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:37

President Obama paid a visit, watched a parade and promised $4 billion in investments and loans. He made headlines, of course — but what did the village people think of it all?

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Operator Of Drone That Crashed At White House Works At Intelligence Agency

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:25

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said one of its employees was operating the quad copter that crashed Monday on the grounds of the executive mansion. The worker was off duty at the time.

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Southern California's Water Supply Threatened By Next Major Quake

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:22

As if the drought wasn't bad enough, four of the area's aqueducts sit on the San Andreas Fault. Engineers are working to protect the water system against the next major earthquake.

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To Protect His Son, A Father Asks School To Bar Unvaccinated Children

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-27 13:05

A 6-year-old can't be vaccinated against measles because he is recovering from leukemia. He faces a higher risk because parents at his California school have chosen not to vaccinate their kids.

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Looking for meaning in a fractional gas price increase

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2015-01-27 12:58

The long slide in oil and gas prices might be coming to an end.

Tuesday was the first time in four months that the price of a gallon of gas was more expensive than it was the day before, according to the American Automobile Association.

Specifically, on Monday the national average was $2.033, and Tuesday it rose to $2.038.

Maybe I'm just reading too much into statistics.