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Albuquerque Police Officers Face Murder Charges Over 2014 Shooting

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 10:24

James Boyd, 38, was killed after being confronted for illegally camping in the city's foothills. Months later, two officers who shot him are being charged with murder.

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Cuba Frees 53 Political Prisoners As Part Of Deal, U.S. Says

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 10:11

A senior administration official said Cuba has made good on conditions of last month's historic agreement to begin normalizing ties with the U.S.

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CentCom's Twitter Feed, YouTube Channel Hacked

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 09:30

The hackers then put out Islamic State propaganda and published what they purported was a phone list of retired U.S. generals.

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What World Leaders Say, And What They Do

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 09:26

Many leaders have criticized the attacks in Paris. How does this square with their own records on freedom of the press and human rights?

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Duncan's Post-NCLB Vision Maintains Testing

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

The Education Secretary calls for scrapping the "tired" No Child Left Behind law — but advocates keeping annual tests.

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What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 08:14

Since the 2010 Dietary Guidelines, more evidence has piled up showing the benefits of drinking water and the risks of sugary beverages. So scientists say it's time for a water symbol on MyPlate.

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Quiz: What matters most in online education?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 08:07

U.S. News & World Report released rankings for more than 1,200 online programs.

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Ford's New Aluminum F-150, VW Golf Take Top Detroit Auto Show Honors

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 07:44

Also notable was the unveiling of General Motors' all-electric Chevrolet Bolt concept car, which seems a clear rival to the Tesla.

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Pakistani School, At Center Of Taliban Massacre, Reopens

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 07:23

Taliban militants killed about 150 people at the military school in an attack last month. Students returned Monday amid heavy security.

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5 Years After Haiti's Earthquake, Where Did The $13.5 Billion Go?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 07:06

Governments and nonprofits have insisted on keeping control of their projects in Haiti. So projects have cost several times more than they should. And Haiti is a long way from "building back better."

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Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You Think

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 06:46

Even if your avatar for games and social media doesn't look at all like you, it still says a lot about your personality, a study finds. Want to look friendly? Skip the shades, wear a sweater.

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NPR Appoints Longtime Print Reporter As New Ombudsman

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 05:35

Elizabeth Jensen, who has written extensively about public broadcasting, says she is keen to explain NPR's journalistic choices to the public and offer criticism when warranted.

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NYPD Officers Have Faced Light Punishments For Chokeholds, Report Finds

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 04:51

The Inspector General found chokeholds were sometimes used as a first act of physical force and in the 10 cases reviewed, most officers were given light punishments.

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Meet The Classroom Of The Future

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:28

When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.

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Kerry Announces Paris Trip, Brushes Off Criticism On Missing March

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:01

The Obama administration was criticized for not sending a high-ranking official to a unity rally in Paris. The British, German, Israeli and Palestinian leaders were all at the march.

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PODCAST: Golf greens go green

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:00

First up, we have a preview of the North American International Auto Show. Plus, the first-ever college football playoff championship game is played Monday under the most generic name possible: the College Football Playoff Championship Game. We look at the marketing strategy behind the non-name. And since the recession, hundreds golf courses have been closed in the U.S.—but what happens to all that green? Turns some golf courses are going even greener— in some cases they're getting turned into wetlands by conversation groups.

TV Wins At Golden Globes Hint At A TV Revolution

NPR News - Mon, 2015-01-12 03:00

Transparent, a show about a man coming out as transgender, won two Golden Globes — the first wins for original programming by Amazon.

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It's all about the hardware at Detroit auto show

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:00

The North American International Auto Show kicks off in Detroit this week. This year’s show is going to be all about showing off hardware after a year of booming sales, falling gas prices and growing consumer confidence. Trucks sales are expected to strong in 2015, especially small and midsize models.

“Pickup trucks in particular, from parts of the market that have not been well represented until now,” says Bill Visnic, Edmunds.com editor. 

While cheap gas may be driving sales of trucks and SUVS for now, automakers are doubling-down on fuel-efficiency.

“We’re living in this new trend where everything is going to be kind of environmentally responsible too,” says Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports. “So those high performance vehicles and sports cars, they’re going to be hybrids, they’re going to be plug-in hybrids, they’re going to be electric.”

General Motors also hopes to make a splash with plug-in electric cars. GM has rolled out an upgrade to its hybrid-electric Volt, as well as new Bolt concept car. With a range of 200 miles and a cost of around $30,000 (including state and federal rebates), the Bolt would be a cheaper alternative to rival Tesla.

“We don't make $100,000 cars, this is what the [Chevy] brand is about,” says Stuart Norris, director of advanced vehicle design at GM. As with other automakers, GM is banking on a return to higher gas prices.

“This is a long-term vision. We can't have our electrification strategy being driven by local gas-price fluctuations," he says.

The Bolt is scheduled to hit the market in 2017.

Old golf courses become new kind of wilderness

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:00

I'm in a dry overgrown field of thistles and goldenrod with Michael Enright, the conservation manager with Five Rivers Metroparks.  

“I’ve been to Africa several times and it reminds me of the savannah there when I look out across it,” says Enright.

Not too long ago, this was a trim, manicured golf course called Larch Tree. The private course in the Dayton suburb of Trotwood went out of business after the recession, and the parks district bought it to turn the 190 acres back into a mix of wetlands, streams and grasses. The property is adjacent to wetland restoration area of over 350 acres already owned by MetroParks, so the project will result in more than 500 acres of contiguous wildlife habitat just west of Dayton.

A Clean Ohio restoration grant helped cover much of the cost of the purchase. Enright says it helps that property values around here are low and not much is getting built; they weren’t competing with developers for the land.

“The economic downturn certainly has aided open space preservation,” Enright says.

Golf courses have been closing down by the dozens, and old greens have gone wild in Michigan, Tennessee and even California in the last few years. Florida attorney Dawn Meyers says in her neck of the woods, developers often grab up property quickly, but she says the neighbors usually don’t want a bunch of buildings going in.

“They like the view, they like the open space and they don’t want to see it developed into anything else,” Meyers says. She says parks or wildlife areas could be a good option.”No matter what happens on this property, it’s not going to be a golf course any more.”

For Dayton’s parks district, the deal is working out pretty well: once the restoration is done, MetroParks will pay it off by selling wetland mitigation credits to developers who’ve destroyed wetlands elsewhere—it’s called mitigation banking. In California, at least one company is working on a golf course conversion into a mitigation bank as a private enterprise.

As we’re leaving Larch Tree, a neighbor, Elmer Williams, pulls up in a van.

“Are you allowed to fish in here?” He’s been fishing the pond since the golf course closed—he’s happy it’s gonna be a park. “I think it’s great! You know, someone needs to take it over and make it back to something good. Add more fish.”

The marshy ponds and crumbling trails are already open to the public.

A preview of the North American International Auto Show

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-01-12 02:00

The North American International Auto Show kicks off in Detroit this week. This year’s show is going to be all about showing off hardware after a year of booming sales, falling gas prices and growing consumer confidence. Trucks sales are expected to strong in 2015, especially small and mid-size models.

“Pickup trucks in particular, from parts of the market that have not been well represented until now,” says Edmunds.com editor Bill Visnic. 

While cheap gas may be driving sales of trucks and SUVS for now, automakers are doubling-down on fuel-efficiency.

“We’re living in this new trend where everything is going to be kind of environmentally responsible too,” notes Jake Fisher, Director of Auto Testing at Consumer Reports. “So, those high performance vehicles and sports cars, they’re going to be hybrids, they’re going to be plug-in hybrids, they’re going to be electric.”

General Motors also hopes to make a splash with plug-in electric cars. GM has rolled out an upgrade to its hybrid-electric Volt, as well as new Bolt concept car—that’s Bolt with a “B”. With a range of 200 miles and a cost around $30,000 (including state and federal rebates), the Bolt would be a cheaper alternative to rival Tesla.

“We don't make $100,000 cars, this is what the [Chevy] brand is about,” says Stuart Norris, Director of Advanced Vehicle Design at GM. As with other automakers, GM is banking on a return to higher gas prices.

“This is a long term vision. We can't have our electrification strategy being driven by local gas-price fluctuations," he says.

The Bolt is scheduled to hit the market in 2017.

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