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Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:50

The Public Bike System Company is the main supplier for bike-sharing systems around the country, from San Francisco to New York City, and it declared bankruptcy Monday. But experts say this isn't a big bump in the road — and in fact, bike-sharing is here to stay.

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The elements: Carbon's all around

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 15:33

In the latest of their ongoing talks about the elements, Kai and the BBC’s Justin Rowlatt discuss carbon – what it is, what it bonds with, and how it’s commoditized.  Justin mulls on the limited success of carbon dioxide emission pricing in Europe.

He and Kai also discuss carbon dioxide, which some say is to blame for global warming. They say its ability to absorb infrared radiation adversely affects the earth’s ozone layer, even though it's present in relatively small quantities. 

Justin ponders the effect of the discovery of carbon’s energy-storing properties on global growth which, since the Industrial Revolution have been dramatic. 

Critics Seize On Blurry Details In Wendy Davis Story

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:48

Inconsistencies in the Texas Democrat's teenage mother-to-Harvard Law School graduate narrative have put Davis and her high-profile campaign for governor on the defensive.

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Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:35

The Olympic sport is like gymnastics in the air, but in the final few rounds, aerialists can't use the same trick twice. Come go time, they have to figure out which trick to do, based on what their competitors have just done.

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Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:27

The meeting in March will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter. The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Roman Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.

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One Killed, Suspect In Custody In Purdue University Shooting

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 14:10

The shooting suspect and his alleged victim were reportedly teaching assistants in electrical and computer engineering, under the same professor. The shooting sparked a partial evacuation order Tuesday afternoon.

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Why I'm saying goodbye to the NFL

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:58

I fell in love on a Monday night.

Now, many might say that a teenage girl can't know about such things. But that night, as I watched the Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett roll downfield 99 yards for a touchdown, I fell head-over-heels in love with the NFL.

It was January 3, 1983. Dallas vs. Minnesota. Tony Dorsett was so free, so graceful, and so powerful to me. And watching him break free of his competitors, those who wanted to bring him down and stop him from reaching his goal, I was in awe. And I knew then that his run capsulized all that I wanted to accomplish in my life.

That football game is one of my most cherished childhood memories. I have been a passionate NFL fan since that moment -- though I switch my loyalties to the Philadelphia Eagles, my hometown team. I ended up spending much of my career in sports journalism, a dream job if ever there was one.

But after 30 years, my love and respect for the game is fading. And I'm seriously considering giving up football completely.

I've come to this pass because of the NFL's concussion crisis.

The NFL has consistently has denied any connection. But many of the men who play the game feel differently.

When I watch the games today, the awe is gone. And I thank God that my son never wanted to play football, that it was basketball that stole his heart.

Today, instead of telling kids how football inspired me to go after what I want in life, I advise them and their parents to avoid the game at all costs. It's not safe at any level.

I've worked with former NFLers who suffer blackouts in midsentence, after being diagnosed with numerous concussions over their careers. And many of us knew Junior Seau and other football players who have taken their own lives. And too many of us in the sports industry stood by and watched yesterday's heroes implode, or fall into depression in retirement.

If my beloved NFL continues to lie and deny while men and boys are suffering and dying, well, then it's time for this fan to say good-bye.

Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Wife Charged With Corruption

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:18

At issue are gifts Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, received from a political donor. The 14-count indictment includes conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges.

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Obama's Marijuana Remarks Light Up Legalization Debate

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:14

Even those who support decriminalizing marijuana were careful not to claim that Obama's remarks had altered the overall political dynamics of the debate.

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High Court Considers Legality Of 'Fair Share' Union Fees

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could decimate public employee unions. At issue is whether nonunion workers can be forced to pay fees that help cover the cost of negotiating a union contract from which they benefit.

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Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

An arctic air mass is blanketing the eastern half of the nation today, bringing with it high winds and heavy snow accumulations in some areas. Thousands of flights have been cancelled, schools are closed and federal government offices are closed. Those who don't have to drive or be somewhere also have an opinion on the weather.

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Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims' attorneys. The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse. The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims' lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities.

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Former Va. Gov. And Wife Face 14-Count Indictment

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been charged with illegally accepting gifts and loans from a political donor. The indictment, filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, marks a substantial escalation of a scandal that has marred the end of McDonnell's term in office.

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Report Claims 'Systematic Torture And Killing' By Syrian Regime

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

A new report released Monday claims to show direct evidence of torture by the Syrian government, presenting documents and photographs of scarred, emaciated corpses. For more about the findings, Melissa Block talks to Professor David Crane, the first chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and one of the authors of the report.

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After Hibernation, Rosetta Seeks Its Stone

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

The Rosetta spacecraft has awakened. It was put in hibernation for 31 months while its orbit took it nearly half a billion miles from the sun, too far for its solar arrays to keep the spacecraft operational. But now it's close enough, and European Space Agency mission managers will start preparing for Rosetta's rendezvous with a comet later this year.

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In Kenya, A Fraught Return To The Site Of A Massacre

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

In Nairobi, four men are on trial for assisting the terrorists who stormed Westgate Mall in September in an attack that killed at least 67 people. On Tuesday, the judge and lawyers on both sides left the stuffy confines of the courtroom and took a field trip — back inside the mall itself. The prosecution said that the trip was necessary to understand how and where the attack was carried out. But the trip — and this trial — has also seemed like a search for closure, in a case that four months later still has so many unanswered questions.

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State Of Emergency Raises New Questions In Bangkok

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

Thailand's government has declared a 60-day state of emergency in an effort to rein in the anti-government demonstrators who are intent on disrupting next month's snap election. The state of emergency means that the Thai authorities can impose curfews, detain suspects without charge and ban public gatherings of more than five people. But officials insist they will not use the declaration to attempt to remove anti-government protesters from the sites they have been occupying in Bangkok.

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Table's Laid And Guests Are Ready: Syria Peace Talks Set To Begin

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

A peace conference on Syria is due to begin Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. The start of the conference comes after more than three years of violent conflict and 24 hours of uncertainty over Iran's surprise invitation. But the invitation has been withdrawn, and the diplomats are set to assume their places at the negotiating table.

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Cheese To The Rescue: Surprising Spray Melts Road Ice

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 12:55

Citing definite gains in cost and efficiency, a Wisconsin county used 38,000 gallons of liquid cheese brine on its icy roads last winter. The homegrown product is a "win-win" for a nearby dairy and the county, a transportation official says.

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Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-21 12:52

Whole Foods recently decided it would not buy produce from farmers who used treated sewage sludge, also known as biosolids, on their fields. But scientists say this is a mistake — the material is safe and benefits the environment in lots of different ways.

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