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The Beatles, As America First Loved Them

Sun, 2014-02-09 08:47

Later, they'd get weird, experimental, and rebellious, but when the Beatles made their U.S. television debut 50 years ago, they were still just a band — but a magically brilliant band.

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Beatlemania! When The Fab Four Rocked The Lunchroom

Sun, 2014-02-09 07:56

Soon after they arrived on U.S. shores, The Beatles infiltrated just about every part of American pop culture — including lunchboxes. Fans have been known to shell out more than $1,000 for an authentic 1960s lunchbox featuring the band.

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Is It Enough Rain For Drought-Stricken California?

Sun, 2014-02-09 07:53

The San Francisco Bay area has gotten about 3 inches so far this season, but normally it should have received 14.5 inches.

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Oil, Gas Drilling Seems To Make The Earth Slip And Go Boom

Sun, 2014-02-09 07:47

People who have never experienced earthquakes are starting to feel rumbles, which scientists say may be linked to the rise in oil and gas activity. Along with the quakes are shockingly loud noises that can put residents on edge.

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New Team Figure Skating Already Has Its Share Of Controversy

Sun, 2014-02-09 07:20

The U.S. and Russian teams are fending off accusations from a French sports website that they are colluding to help each other win medals.

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Birth Control And Blood Clots: Women Still Weighing The Risks

Sun, 2014-02-09 06:47

The drug company Merck has agreed to settle with thousands of claimants who sued over the contraceptive NuvaRing. Hormonal birth control has never escaped controversy when it comes to potentially serious side effects, so how do women sort through the data and make a decision that works for them.

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Bangladesh Factory Owners Surrender In 2012 Fire That Killed 112

Sun, 2014-02-09 06:00

The deaths in the fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory, which supplied U.S. and European retailers, were blamed on blocked exits and managers who prevented workers from escaping.

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U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:53

U.S. Olympic teams have been more successful in speedskating than in any other winter sport. The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.

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Was That Jump A 6? Subjectivity In Olympic Judging

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Vote-trading scandals in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics forced the International Skating Union to make major changes to its judging system, including obscuring which judge issued which mark. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca discusses the issue of transparency and subjectivity in Olympics judging with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Collecting The Letters Of Wartime

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Letters written in a time of war reflect almost universal longing and loss, no matter the century or the enemy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Andrew Carroll, the director of the Center for American War Letters, about his personal collection of wartime correspondence from every American conflict, going back to 1776.

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France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

France became the first European country this week to join a worldwide effort to destroy ivory. The goal is to send a warning to ivory traffickers and to anyone who might not consider buying it a serious crime.

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New Criminal Sentencing Efforts Aim To Reduce Prison Crowding

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

This week the Justice Department encouraged people sent to prison under tough old drug laws to apply for clemency. The Senate Judiciary Committee also advanced a bill that advocates call the biggest sentencing reform in decades. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Plan Aims To Assure Afghanistan Aid Goes Where It's Supposed To

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

This coming week, the U.S. Agency for International Development plans to announce a new monitoring program that is designed to keep track of the aid dollars being spent in Afghanistan. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Larry Sampler, head of USAID programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Al-Qaida Steps In To Step Out Of Syria

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Al-Qaida's central leadership has cut ties with the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, or ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, about what this split tells us about the future of al-Qaida.

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Aid Workers Continue Efforts To Reach Besieged Syrian City

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Humanitarian workers continue to try to evacuate civilians from the besieged Syrian city of Homs as negotiators in Geneva prepare for the next round of peace talks. NPR's Rachel Martin gets the latest from reporter Alice Fordham in Geneva.

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U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold

Sun, 2014-02-09 04:54

In a near flawless run, Jamie Anderson took the medal a day after teammate Sage Kotsenburg clinched the men's gold.

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The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi

Sun, 2014-02-09 02:48

Pakistani lawmakers may have overreached when they approved a measure that makes it a crime, punishable by jail time, to spray graffiti in the chaotic and often lawless city Karachi.

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Turning A Million Cubic Yards Of Post-Typhoon Trash Into Jobs

Sun, 2014-02-09 02:46

Some call Tim Walsh the disaster garbage man, but he prefers waste management specialist. After major natural disasters, the Briton comes to clean up and put people to work. Amid destruction he's seen from Indonesia to the Philippines, he's learned that there's opportunity, and hope, even in a dump.

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Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption

Sat, 2014-02-08 14:17

Luger Shiva Keshavan faces an uphill battle not only to train for the Olympics, but even to carry his country's flag. He and fellow Indian athletes are officially "stateless" at the games.

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Tennessee Weighs The Cost Of A Free College Education

Sat, 2014-02-08 14:00

Tennessee's governor has proposed to pay community college tuition for anyone who needs it. The plan is intended to help boost higher education completion rates for the state, which ranks near the bottom nationwide.

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