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Borscht Make Your Heart Beet? They're Serving 70,000 Gallons In Sochi

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:55

Organizers of the Winter Games are preparing to serve up quite a bit of the hearty deep-red Russian staple soup. Which is kind of ironic, says Russian food writer Anya von Bremzen, since borscht carries with it complicated political implications. And not all borschts are created equal, Bremzen warns.

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High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:40

The Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court ruling on Arizona's "fetal pain" law has abortion rights advocates hailing the move as a signal the court isn't inclined to take on the 40-year precedent of Roe v. Wade.

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Alex Rodriguez Sues Baseball, Players Union Over Suspension

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:34

Rodriguez also made public a decision by an independent arbitrator who ordered a 162-game suspension. The Yankees third baseman is accused of using performance-enhancing drugs.

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Older Folks Get Modest Memory Boost From Brain Boot Camp

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:30

Older people who took a few weeks of classes to train their brains reported doing slightly better at activities of daily living a decade later compared with people who hadn't been trained. But the perceived difference might be explained by the expectation that training would help.

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Sandwich Monday: The Breaded Steak Sandwich

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:16

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the famous "Breaded Steak Sandwich" from Ricobene's in Chicago. Yes, it's what it sounds like, and no, you're not dreaming.

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With TV And Games, Sony's Head Is In The Cloud

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, Sony amped up its talk of "transforming the living room" with its announcement of cloud-based gaming and television services.

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At Trade Show, Microsoft's Absence Looms Large

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

Microsoft did not make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, nearly absent from the trade show for the first time in many years. Audie Cornish talks with David Linthicum, a blogger at InfoWorld, about where things stand with Microsoft.

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How The Hackers Did It: A Dicussion About Target's Data Breach

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

Millions of American customers of both Target and high-end retailer Neiman Marcus had their credit card information stolen over the 2013 holiday season. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Rasch, former Department of Justice prosecutor for cyber crimes, about how hackers may have acquired so much sensitive information — and what might be done with it.

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West Virginia Tap Water Ban Awaits A Good Flush

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The ban on tap water is slowly lifting in and around Charleston, W.Va., where a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been living without clean tap water for five straight days. With schools and many businesses closed, many local residents have had to change their daily routines.

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Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.

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Young People Account For A Quarter Of Health Care Enrollees

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The Obama administration released new enrollment numbers on Monday for the government's health insurance exchange. The numbers address the demographics of enrollees in the exchange. Administration officials are encouraged that people under the age of 35 constitute approximately a quarter of enrollees.

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Review Of Terrorism Cases Finds NSA Spying Helped Very Little

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 11:50

A report by the New America Foundation found that information obtained from the NSA's phone metadata program spurred just 1.8 percent of the cases. Government claims of the spying programs success were "overblown," the study found.

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Chomp! Fish Snatches Bird In Flight: VIDEO

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 11:36

The African tigerfish can apparently leap into the air to catch fast-flying birds as they zoom by. There have been tales about this impressive feat. Now there's video of it.

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Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 11:19

Some states view legalizing marijuana as a way to find new tax revenue. But decriminalization can also remove a strong funding source for police: property forfeitures from drug dealers.

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Italians To New Yorkers: 'Forkgate' Scandal? Fuhggedaboutit

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 10:18

New York City's newly minted mayor found himself at the center of a minor scandal Friday after eating pizza "like a tourist." His offense? Tackling a slice with — gasp! — a fork and knife. Turns out, he's got some plausible deniability, Italians say.

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Japan's Suntory To Buy Maker Of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 09:20

The companies said the transaction is worth $16 billion and has been unanimously approved by both boards. It deal will create the world's third-largest maker of premium distilled spirits.

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Supreme Court Declines To Consider Arizona Abortion Law

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 09:17

The high court declined the state's request to review a lower court ruling that struck down its ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That effectively blocks the law permanently, since the appeals court found it unconstitutional.

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New Problem For Christie: Audit Of Sandy-Related Spending

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 09:00

The New Jersey governor's office is already under fire over some seemingly dirty tricks involving the George Washington Bridge. Now there are questions about money spent on ads designed to bring back tourists after Hurricane Sandy.

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Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-13 08:40

Francis, who has been criticized by some conservative Catholics for not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said the practice is "horrific."

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