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South Korea Sentences 'Nut Rage' Executive To 1 Year In Prison

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 23:36

Cho Hyun-ah was found guilty of forcing a flight to change its route. She was angered she had been offered macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a dish and had a confrontation with the cabin crew.

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Bob Simon, '60 Minutes' Correspondent, Killed In NYC Car Crash

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 20:50

Bob Simon was among a handful of elite journalists to cover most major overseas conflicts and news stories since the late 1960s, CBS said. Simon was 73.

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After Plenty Of Starts And Stops, Satellite DSCOVR Starts Its Million-Mile Journey

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 15:02

The satellite is expected to stream back images of Earth on a daily basis. The idea was first proposed by Al Gore back in 1998.

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Human Rights Watch Documents Mass Rapes In Darfur

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 14:19

In one town, the organization found, Sudanese army forces raped more than 200 women and girls. The government of Sudan has denied that its forces are raping civilians.

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Wisconsin Sculptor Rebuilds After 60-Foot Ice Sculpture Collapses

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

On the shores of Lake Superior, a man built an unusual ice sculpture using a unique robotic sprayer system. But after warm weather caused its collapse, the sculptor is determined to rebuild.

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DNA Evidence Frees Illinois Man Convicted Of Rape, Murder In 1984

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 13:42

A Cook County judge agreed to vacate Christopher Abernathy's 1987 conviction following a request from the prosecutor. Abernathy, now 48, was freed today after spending nearly 30 years in prison.

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Sneak Peek At The Ebola Diaries: A Doctor Opens Her Heart, Journal

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 13:32

For six weeks, American doctor blogged almost every day while volunteering at an Ebola treatment center. Her writings offer a rare look into a world we've only gotten glimpses of.

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Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian Remembered As Successful, Controversial

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 13:22

Hall of Fame college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has died. He was 84. Tarkanian was known as an innovator who challenged convention — both on an off the court.

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Forget Beads: Cajun Mardi Gras Means A Grand, Drunken Chicken Chase

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 13:18

Courir de Mardi Gras is an old tradition in rural Louisiana. From early morning on, costumed revelers go house to house, drinking, singing and collecting ingredients for a big ole pot of gumbo.

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House Sends Keystone XL Pipeline Measure To Obama Despite Veto Threat

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 13:18

Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override a presidential veto. It's unlikely to be the last standoff between the GOP and the president on energy issues.

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NYPD Officer Indicted By Grand Jury For Unarmed Man's Death

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 13:16

Officer Peter Liang faces multiple counts, including manslaughter, for shooting Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old black man, during a routine patrol in November.

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Brian Williams's Suspension Brings Attention To Tom Brokaw

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:57

We look at the fraught relationship between NBC's Brian Williams (who has been suspended without pay for six months) and his predecessor, Tom Brokaw.

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Political Unrest In Yemen A Blow To U.S. Counterrorism Efforts

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:50

Rachel Martin speaks with Stephen Seche, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen about the decision to close down the U.S. embassy in Sana'a and how that could affect U.S. counterterrorism efforts in Yemen.

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Ukrainian Lawmaker: 'We Are Hostages Of Putin'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:42

Robert Siegel talks to Mustafa Nayyem, who is in Washington, D.C., to receive the Wilson Center Ion Ratiu Award for his reform work in Ukraine.

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Why 3-wheeled cars never caught on

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:34

 In a piece for WIRED Magazine, Jordan Golson breaks down the history of the three-wheeled car.  

It is taken as gospel that vehicles should have an even number of wheels. Two, four, even six. But that hasn’t kept more than a few people from thinking three was the magic number.

 From the very earliest days of motoring, engineers have toyed with three-wheeled automobiles. In fact, the Benz Patent Motorwagen, generally considered the first motorcar, rolled on three wheels. Since then, the idea has come and gone, usually adopted by lovable, slightly eccentric boutique automakers like Morgan Motors or startups like the dearly departed Aptera Motors, although big players like Toyota have played the game too. (For the sake of this discussion, we’ll focus on cars, which we’ll define as having side-by-side seating and at least some semblance of an enclosed body.)

 But four wheels work just fine, so why take one away?

 “Car companies are always looking to sell something that’s different,” Golson says.  

 According to Golson, three-wheelers have plenty of setbacks too.

 “People typically buy their cars so they can haul around their families and their stuff, and a three-wheeled car doesn’t really do that very well,” he says.  

 So why were three-wheeled cars like the Reliant Robin so popular in England 30 years ago?

“They were popular because they were taxed as motorcycles,” says Golson. “So they were cheaper to own, and you only had to have a motorcycle license to ride them.”

Three-wheeled cars of old weren’t the safest either.

“You basically have as much protection as you would on a motorcycle, which is to say, none,” Golson says.  “It has all the bad parts of a motorcycle, and it has all the bad parts of a car.”

Don't expected a resurgence of the three-wheeled car any time soon. But that doesn’t mean four wheels is the pinnacle of car formats.

“If the car companies can figure out a way to solve a problem that no one else has solved you might see one that’s really popular,” says Golson. “But until they do that, the demand just isn’t there.”

Gitmo Translator's Past At CIA Throws Wrench In Sept. 11 Trial

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:33

Government prosecutors confirmed in a Guantanamo Bay war court today that an interpreter for one of five alleged co-conspirators in the Sept. 11 attacks had earlier worked for the CIA. But they insisted no federal agency had tried to place the interpreter on the defense team to gather intelligence. Defense lawyers cried foul and asked that all further proceedings be suspended until the issue is resolved.

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Jon Stewart Changed How Young People View The News, Politics

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:33

When Jon Stewart announced on Tuesday that he is leaving the host chair of The Daily Show on Comedy Central later this year, he prompted great dismay among his many fans. The show has influenced a generation of young people — especially liberals and Democrats — and changed how they view both the news and politics.

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Chicago Little League Team Stripped Of U.S. Championship

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:33

Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team — that was lauded for their play and sportsmanship, even honored at the White House — has been stripped of their U.S. championship title. On Wednesday, league officials said adult mangers of the team cheated by skirting fair play rules that require all players to live inside the same geographical boundaries.

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New Dietary Guidelines May Lighten Caution Against Cholesterol

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:33

New dietary advice is on its way. A panel of top experts — appointed by the federal government — is expected to update recommendations on what we should be eating. And one thing on the mind of the panel is dietary cholesterol. Americans have been told for decades to limit cholesterol-rich foods, but advice may be changing.

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'Frozen Conflict' May Be Ukraine's Best Hope, For Now

NPR News - Wed, 2015-02-11 12:33

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France met in Belarus on Wednesday in an effort to stop the war in Ukraine. The negotiation comes amid the heaviest fighting yet in eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed rebels have been gaining ground in a fierce offensive.

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