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A Cheesy Meltdown: Kraft Warns Of Velveeta Shortage

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 03:02

Kraft confirms that shortages are in store of its creamy processed cheese — part of a popular concoction with salsa served on a nacho chip or two. One reason? Seasonal demand — in other words, it's Super Bowl time.

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Even In Snowden-Friendly Brazil, Asylum May Be 'Bridge Too Far'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 00:31

Should they or shouldn't they? That's the question Brazilians are asking themselves after Edward Snowden's "open letter" lauding Brazil's role in protecting privacy rights and alluding to his hand in uncovering spying against their president.

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31-Year-Old Hopes To Ski Past Her (Younger) Competitors

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 00:30

Holly Brooks made the switch from coach to world-class athlete in 2009, after an epiphany on a hospital gurney. Now she's hoping to compete in the Winter Olympics for a second time. She says she has something many of her younger competitors lack: perspective.

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31-Year-Old Hopes To Ski Past Her (Younger) Competitors

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 00:30

Holly Brooks made the switch from coach to world-class athlete in 2009, after an epiphany on a hospital gurney. Now she's hoping to compete in the Winter Olympics for a second time. She says she has something many of her younger competitors lack: perspective.

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Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles

NPR News - Wed, 2014-01-08 00:29

In 1964, President Johnson traveled to Martin County, Ky., to try to sell his "war on poverty" to the American public. The initiative spawned dozens of government programs, including Medicaid and Head Start. Residents in Martin County say the programs helped — but what they really need is steady work.

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Think You're Cold And Hungry? Try Eating In Antarctica

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 16:21

The polar vortex putting much of the U.S. in a deep freeze may have you reaching for the comfort cookies. But in Antarctica — where the coldest temperatures on Earth have been recorded — 5,000 calories a day isn't a bad idea. One thing the continent's history teaches us: When life is stripped down to man versus the most brutal elements, bring plenty of snacks.

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Top Diets Of 2014 (Hint: It's Probably Not What You Think)

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 16:05

Of 32 diets ranked by a panel convened by U.S. News & World Report, the DASH diet came out on top. Never heard of it? It's not a buzzword, but it's been around for a long time, and there's solid evidence that it works, not just for weight control but also to lower high blood pressure.

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Lindsey Vonn Is Out, But Some Advertisers May Still Win

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 15:36

Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn's decision to withdraw from the 2014 Winter Olympics could mean big changes for companies that were planning to capitalize on her name — and on her potential wins. But some of Vonn's sponsors may find her announcement actually opens new advertising opportunities.

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U.S. Air Force Helicopter Crashes In England, Killing 4 Service Members

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 15:24

The Air Force said the Pave Hawk helicopter was on a training mission on the east coast of England.

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Senate Unexpectedly Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:43

After a procedural vote in the Senate on a bill that would temporarily extend emergency insurance for the jobless, President Obama held a White House press conference to pressure Congress to keep the momentum going. But Republican leaders say they need spending cuts or job-creation plans in return.

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Tech Fit For The Showroom, But The Runway Might Have To Wait

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:25

Wearable technology is often said to look dorky. "Stylish" and "fashionable" are not words anyone would associate with devices like Google Glass or smart watches. But companies are now working to embed technology into clothing so that it's unobtrusive or even attractive.

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50 Years After Landmark Warning, 8 Million Fewer Smoking Deaths

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 14:22

Back in 1964, people smoked cigarettes at work, in restaurants and in grocery stores. Few would have predicted that a report from the U.S. surgeon general would spark a public health revolution that has increased life expectancy in this country by 30 percent.

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Cold Weather Tips To Keep Your Pets In Good Health

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:54

Keep the dog away when you're shoveling snow. Some can't resist jumping toward the flying flakes, and a dog is no match for a shovel blade. The sweet taste of antifreeze can be enticing for pets, but ethylene glycol, the main antifreeze, is also quite toxic. Clean up spills and drips.

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With Department Steeped In Scandal, L.A. County Sheriff Will Retire

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:48

Lee Baca announced his retirement a month after more than a dozen of his deputies were charged with beating inmates and jail visitors.

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Ex-Defense Secretary Gates Takes Aim At Obama In New Book

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 13:40

In Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates says the president was unsure the Afghan surge would work and was openly distrustful of military leaders. "I never doubted Obama's support for the troops, only his support for their mission," he writes. The book is scheduled for release Jan. 14.

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Meditation Can Help Manage Anxiety, Depression And Pain

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 12:47

Hospitals now offer meditation classes, but doctors have questioned whether this ancient discipline has any medical benefits. It can help with symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, an analysis says. But there's no evidence it helps with sleep or weight issues.

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GOP's 2014 Resolution: Keep Pounding Democrats On Obamacare

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:54

As far as Republicans are concerned, the ACA is the gift that keeps giving. That's why the RNC announced a series of hard-hitting radio ads aimed at various House and Senate Democrats.

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Venezuelan Beauty Queen, Telenovela Star Killed In Robbery

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:26

The 29-year-old Mónica Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and went on to star in many soap operas aired in the United States by the Telemundo network.

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It's So Cold That You Might Need A Sweater To Read This

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:22

It's too cold to ski in parts of Minnesota, your favorite pizza place in Chicago might not be delivering, and schools are closing even in central Georgia. The polar vortex is throwing off everyday life around the nation.

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Extreme Cold Convinces Escaped Convict To Give Up: VIDEO

NPR News - Tue, 2014-01-07 11:18

How cold is it? It's so cold that at least one escapee from prison asked to be put back behind bars. Robert Vick walked away from a minimum security facility in Kentucky on Sunday. By Monday evening, he'd had enough. So he turned himself in.

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