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Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: As It Happened

Fri, 2014-02-07 08:00

Large-scale pageantry opened the Sochi Olympics Friday, in a symbolically rich Opening Ceremony that was marred by an early and highly visible mistake — one of five massive Olympic rings failed to fully appear.

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Maker Of $1,000 Hepatitis C Pill Looks To Cut Its Cost Overseas

Fri, 2014-02-07 07:53

The U.S. recently approved a drug that can quickly cure hepatitis C in many patients. But its high price means the treatment is out of reach for millions of people in the developing world. Now the pill's manufacturer is talking with Indian producers to reduce the treatment cost to $2,000. But critics say the price drop won't be enough.

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Maker Of $1,000 Hepatitis C Pill Looks To Cut Its Cost Overseas

Fri, 2014-02-07 07:53

The U.S. recently approved a drug that can quickly cure hepatitis C in many patients. But its high price means the treatment is out of reach for millions of people in the developing world. Now the pill's manufacturer is talking with Indian producers to reduce the treatment cost to $2,000. But critics say the price drop won't be enough.

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American WWII Bomb Unearthed, Defused In Central Hong Kong

Fri, 2014-02-07 07:51

The 2,000-pound bomb was too big to explode in place — usually the safest option. Instead, it had to be dismantled after some 2,200 residents were evacuated from surrounding apartment buildings.

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Jury Awards Nearly $17 Million In Grain Bin Deaths

Fri, 2014-02-07 07:19

Two Illinois teens were killed when they were sucked under corn in a grain bin where they were working. A third worker was trapped for six hours. NPR and the Center for Public Integrity told their story in an investigative series about the lack of regulation at such facilities.

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Much-Needed Snow Arrives In The Nation's West

Fri, 2014-02-07 06:12

Parts of Oregon and Washington got up to a foot of snow earlier in the week and could get 6 to 12 inches more. Colorado, which has suffered its worst "snow drought" since the 1980s, could also get a big dusting.

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Biden: 'No Obvious Reason' He Shouldn't Run For President

Fri, 2014-02-07 05:20

"That doesn't mean I'm the only guy that can do it," the vice president tells CNN. "But if no one else, I think, can, and I think I can, then I'd run." He's far behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a recent poll of Democrats. Biden said he'll decide by summer 2015.

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What's Wrong With Getting Help On A 'Personal' Essay?

Fri, 2014-02-07 05:18

The organization that hands out Rhodes Scholarships says application essays — which are often heavily edited by family, advisers and universities — no longer reflect a student's true "values and aspirations." In a new rule, the organization says that help is no longer allowed.

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Dogs Do Their Doodies And Salmon Swim Home Magnetically

Fri, 2014-02-07 04:45

Last month, there was word that dogs use the magnetic field to decide which way to face when they do their business. Now there's research that indicates Chinook salmon have an "inherited magnetic map" that lets them navigate thousands of miles of ocean waters and rivers.

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Job Growth Less Than Expected, But Unemployment Hits 5-Year Low

Fri, 2014-02-07 03:45

While the jobless rate edged down to 6.6 percent in January from December's 6.7 percent, only 113,000 jobs were added to payrolls. That's well below what was anticipated.

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Last Native Klallam Speaker Dies In Washington State At 103

Fri, 2014-02-07 01:29

The last person to have spoken the Klallam language from birth and the eldest member among the Klallam American Indian tribes of the Pacific Northwest has died in Port Angeles, family and tribal members said. Hazel M. Sampson was 103.

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Behind The Movie, Tales From The Real-Life 'Monuments Men'

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:27

George Clooney anchors a thriller about a celebrated military unit that worked to recover and protect precious art and artifacts during the chaos at the end of World War II. NPR's Joel Rose reports on the mission — and some of the surviving members.

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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:26

Barbara Amaya was 12 when she ran away and ended up in the hands of a sex trafficker. When she escaped, she went years without speaking about her ordeal — until her daughter ran away, too.

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Post Office Could Rack Up Billions By Offering Money Services

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:26

As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a cash card that would allow customers to load their paychecks and pay bills online. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities.

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In Team Event, Figure Skating Rivals Cheer For Each Other

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:24

This is the first Olympics where figure skaters from each country are competing as teams. It's twice the skating, which is great for ratings, but it also means athletes in this individualized sport now have to work together.

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U.S. Still Working For Syria Resolution, Envoy To U.N. Says

Fri, 2014-02-07 00:23

Samantha Power tells NPR the U.S. is enlisting the help of Russia in particular to secure humanitarian access to civilians trapped in the fighting.

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TSA Temporarily Bans Liquids, Gels On Flights To And From Russia

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:53

The ban follows Wednesday's warning over explosives potentially hidden in toothpaste. Delta, which flies directly to Russia, said passengers have to check in for their flights with an airline representative, not through their mobile phone or a kiosk.

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A Legend At The Plate And In The Booth: Ralph Kiner Dies At 91

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:47

Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players.

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In Sochi, An Olympic Artist Sees The 'Possible'

Thu, 2014-02-06 15:30

Artist Marc Ahr has been drawing the Olympics for 22 years. For him, it doesn't matter what the press narrative is, how the countries are preparing, or even who wins or loses. Asked about negative news surrounding Sochi, he says that here, "everything is impossible, but everything is possible."

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Another Florida Case Puts 'Stand Your Ground' Back In Court

Thu, 2014-02-06 14:52

In a courtroom in Jacksonville, Fla., on Thursday, prosecutors and the defense laid out different versions of how 47-year-old Michael Dunn, who is white, came to shoot and kill Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old.

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