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McCain Lays Al-Qaida Surge In Iraq At Obama's Feet

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 15:42

Al-Qaida has gained control in an area where 1,300 U.S. troops lost their lives during the Iraq War. Troops who came home are now wondering whether it was all in vain, the Arizona Republican says. He says the total withdrawal of troops from Iraq left a vacuum that's being filled by America's enemies.

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Solar Flare Will Hit Earth Thursday; Northern Lights May Expand South

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 15:34

Tired of reading about intensely cold temperatures? How about an intense solar flare that's being blamed for disrupting a NASA mission? The good news is that the flare is also expected to expand the viewing field of the aurora borealis.

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News Or Ad? Online Advertisers Hope You'll Click To Find Out

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 15:07

The New York Times' new Web redesign includes "native advertising": articles written by people working for the paper's advertisers. BuzzFeed and other outlets have already embraced the ads, but critics say the lines between paid and original content are sometimes just too blurry.

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As Temps Drop, Gas Prices Rise, Along With Demand For Fuel

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 14:45

The country is producing more natural gas than it can burn, but frigid weather has made it harder for companies to deliver that gas to those who need it, especially in densely populated areas in the Northeast. As a result, prices have skyrocketed.

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White House Defends War Policy Against Memoir's Harsh Critique

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 14:11

Press secretary Jay Carney responds to a new book by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, saying disagreement is a welcome part of a "robust" policymaking process.

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As Rebels Fight Rebels, Grim Reports From A Syrian City

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 14:11

Syria's civil war keeps getting more complicated. In the latest twist, fractious rebel groups have united to fight extremists linked to al-Qaida. Both sides oppose the Syrian government, but for now they are pointing their guns at each other and a nasty battle is taking place in the northern city of Raqqa.

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Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 14:11

Residents of Martin County, Ky., where President Johnson traveled to promote his War on Poverty in 1964, say they need jobs more than government aid. Coal mines are shutting down, and many local college grads say they have to leave the county if they want to make a living.

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Gallup: Record Number Of Americans Identify As Independents

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 13:47

The uptick reflects a trend in recent years toward eschewing party labels. It's a shift that's hurt the GOP more than the Democratic Party.

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Same-Sex Marriages No Longer Recognized, Utah Tells Agencies

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 13:35

The move by the governor's office clouds the legal status of hundreds of same-sex couples who were granted marriage licenses after Utah's ban was overturned on Dec. 20.

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Germany's Merkel To Visit U.S. Amid Anger Over NSA Spying

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 13:28

The trip would mark a thawing of relations between the allies that were strained by reports the National Security Agency spied on the German chancellor. A German government spokesman said Wednesday Angela Merkel would visit Washington in the coming months.

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So Are 2 Drinks A Day Really Too Many?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 13:27

Scientists aren't entirely sure if moderate alcohol consumption is good for your heart. But they're very clear on the risks of drinking. And it turns out that moderate alcohol use is a lot stingier than most of us think, public health officials say.

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This GMO Apple Won't Brown. Will That Sour The Fruit's Image?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 13:15

A small Canadian company has created a genetically engineered apple that doesn't go brown when you slice it. It's waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But some apple producers are worried that this new product will taint the apple's wholesome, all-natural image.

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TV Makers Look To Pack More Pixels Into Your Home TV With 4K

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 13:07

TV makers, studios and streaming companies are all getting behind 4K TVs, which offer higher resolutions than even high-definition TVs. Some say it could worry Hollywood and lead to even less risk-taking in movies, but the technology still has significant hurdles to overcome.

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As Costs Soar, Who Will Pay For The Panama Canal's Expansion?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 12:49

The canal is being widened to handle much larger ships. But after five years of building, the project is expected to cost at least $1.6 billion more than planned. The builders and the canal operators both say the other side should pay.

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Sealant Inspired By Beach Worm Could Become Surgical Superglue

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 11:27

Scientists have engineered a natural adhesive that can patch a hole in a pig's heart. The experimental glue is nontoxic, dissolves in the body and withstands high pressure inside a beating heart. But there's still a long way to go before the superglue could replace sutures in the operating room or on the battlefield.

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