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Accenture To Replace CGI Federal Running Obamacare Site

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 16:49

The main contractor behind the embattled Affordable Care Act enrollment site, which suffered major technological issues after its Oct. 1 debut, will be replaced early this year.

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Neiman Marcus Notifying Customers Whose Cards Were Compromised

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 13:42

The Wall Street Journal reports the breach affected fewer than one million cards. The retailer has not released estimates on how many cards were compromised.

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Egyptians To Vote On New Constitution For Troubled Nation

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

Next week, Egypt holds yet another referendum on its constitution. We talk to political scientist Nathan Brown on what the likely outcome is, and if it could mean more stability in the country.

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Ariel Sharon's Death Sparks Strong Emotions Across Middle East

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon died Saturday at the age of 85. Israelis mourned the death of the celebrated politician and army general. But Palestinians reacted differently to the death of the controversial leader, who pushed for Jewish settlement of Palestinian territories.

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When The Right To Religion Conflicts With A Changing Society

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

Nuns sue to avoid contraceptive coverage. A baker refuses to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. These ongoing battles bring into question the scope of the right to religious liberty in America. Where do one person's rights end and another's begin?

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McDonnell Douglas DC-9 Flies Into Retirement

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 13:00

A Delta Air Lines flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta on Monday marked the end of an era for the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The passenger jet first took flight in 1965 and was known for its relatively small size, which let it land on short runways and expand air travel across the nation.

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A Feud That Lasted A Lifetime: Ariel Sharon Vs. Yasser Arafat

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 12:51

From its earliest days to its current state, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can largely be tracked by charting the lives of these arch-rivals. The two played major roles in shaping events, yet the enduring conflict has now outlasted both of them.

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Lieutenant Governors Make Headlines — For All The Wrong Reasons

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 12:49

Over the past year, four lieutenant governors have resigned amid scandal. Lieutenant governors may not have much power, but they're certainly capable of getting into trouble.

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5 Simple Habits Can Help Doctors Connect With Patients

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 10:53

Patients feel more satisfied with their care when their doctors take a minute to sit down beside them. But harried doctors often fail to remember niceties like that. All the memorization of medical school seems to crowd out common courtesy, especially for interns just starting to see patients.

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Alex Rodriguez Suspended For 2014 Season, Arbitrator Decides

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 09:32

The independent arbitrator upheld most of a 211-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball. Alex Rodriguez said he would appeal the decision in a federal court.

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The War Over Poverty: A Deep Divide On How To Help

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 08:47

On the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" speech, the clash between Republicans and Democrats on how to alleviate poverty has come front and center. Republicans insist that anti-poverty programs have failed; Democrats say they have worked and should be expanded.

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Tell Us The 6 Songs Of Your Life

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 08:11

From nursery tunes to wedding marches to funeral dirges — what does your soundtrack sound like?

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The Other Political Scandal: New York Mayor De Blasio And 'Forkgate'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:52

The populist mayor took a decidedly formal approach with a slice of pizza. And New Yorkers took notice.

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Gates Memoir Tests Civilian-Military Rules Of Engagement

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:48

In Duty, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes that the Obama team was always "suspicious" of the military and never trusted senior leaders. The memoir is a case study in a long-standing cultural divide between the White House and the military.

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Hundreds Of Thousands Still Without Water In W. Va.

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 07:07

A chemical spill contaminated the local water supply near Charleston. Inspectors found that the company responsible for the spill had not taken any steps to contain it by the time inspectors arrived on Thursday.

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Ariel Sharon, Whose Life And Career Shaped Israeli History, Dies

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:14

The former prime minister, who had been in a coma after suffering a massive stroke in 2006, died on Saturday. Sharon's career spanned the birth of the nation and most of its essential turning points. Israelis had a love-hate relationship with him that was beginning to soften only shortly before his death.

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Will The Colts Run Out Of Luck Against Patriots?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

Saturday's NFL playoffs pits Tom Brady's Patriots against the Colts and the Seahawks against the Saints. Over on the other side of the world, will Serena serve herself into history — again? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine, about the sports stories of the week and sports to come.

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Al-Qaida-Linked Group Faces Backlash In Iraq

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

The al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has played a key role in the war against Syria's government but now faces a major onslaught from other rebel forces. ISIS militants are also under fire in neighboring Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon and correspondent Deb Amos discuss how ISIS arose and what it wants to achieve.

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Israel's Ariel Sharon: A Man Of War's Journey Toward Peace

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

Israel's former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a devastating stroke in 2006 at the height of his political power, died Saturday after spending eight years in a coma. NPR's Scott Simon remembers Sharon with former ambassador Dennis Ross, who has played a leading role in shaping U.S. policy on Israel.

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The Cigarette's Powerful Cultural Allure

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-11 05:00

Nearly 20 percent of Americans still smoke, in spite of what we know about the dangers. Part of the reason is the allure of a cigarette, so elemental to classic scenes in movies, television shows and books. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Richard Klein, author of Cigarettes are Sublime, about smoking and American culture.

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