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Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon

Sun, 2014-01-26 02:06

Porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since April. Its effect on the pork industry is small so far, but analysts say it could send pork prices rising if it isn't controlled.

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Can This 'Perfect Match' Dance Their Way To Gold?

Sun, 2014-01-26 02:06

No U.S. skating team has ever won Olympic gold in ice dancing. Some experts wonder whether it even qualifies as a sport. But Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, known for their blend of athletic power, speed and flair, are helping to dispel that notion.

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Cutting Spousal Benefits Might Not Save Firms Money After All

Sat, 2014-01-25 16:49

UPS and other employers looking to reduce spending are cutting back on health care coverage for employees' spouses. But a new study shows that if every employer starts doing this, then nobody wins.

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Mediator: 'Haven't Achieved Much' At Syrian Peace Talks

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:18

On the first day of face-to-face meetings, representatives of the two sides made eye contact, but spoke only through the U.N. mediator.

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West Virginians Confused About Water Safety, Despite State's All Clear

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

West Virginia is still assessing the impact of a major chemical spill on Jan. 9 into the Elk River, which left 300,000 people without safe drinking water for days. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with Ken Ward Jr., a reporter for the Charleston Gazette, about the spill, and public reaction to conflicting messages from health officials.

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Ukrainian President Stuns Protesters With Offer Of Government Jobs

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

The political crisis in Ukraine is spreading, with tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Kiev's central square, demanding that President Viktor Yanukovych step down. From Kiev, NPR's Corey Flintoff speaks with guest host Kelly McEvers about some surprising developments.

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Syria Grants Rare But Scripted Glimpse To Western Journalists

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

Negotiations between the Syrian government and Syrian opposition leaders continue in Geneva this weekend. Guest host Kelly McEvers talks to Frederik Pleitgen of CNN, who is in Damascus, reporting about the current situation on the ground in Syria.

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Syrian Government, Opposition Begin Peace Talks With 'Half Steps'

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

This week, representatives of the Syrian government and opposition met in Geneva, Switzerland, beginning negotiations to end Syria's violent civil war. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, who is following developments at the international conference.

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Three Years After Uprising, Egypt Remains Deeply Divided

Sat, 2014-01-25 13:00

Protests and violent clashes erupted throughout Egypt on Saturday, as the country marked the third anniversary of the beginning of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. At least 29 people died in the violence, according to Egyptian officials. Guest host Kelly McEvers speaks with NPR's Leila Fadel, who is in Cairo.

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Nearly 30 Killed As Egypt Celebrates Revolution's Anniversary

Sat, 2014-01-25 12:33

While thousands of Egyptians celebrated throughout the capital, marking the start of the revolution three years ago, Islamist counter-demonstrations were crushed.

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How Vaccine Fears Fueled The Resurgence Of Preventable Diseases

Sat, 2014-01-25 10:13

An interactive map shows how measles and whooping cough have made a comeback in the U.S. and Europe, even though they're easily prevented by a few shots. The surge of these diseases coincides with changes in views about vaccine safety.

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3 Dead In Shooting At Baltimore-Area Shopping Mall

Sat, 2014-01-25 09:18

Police say one of the dead is the shooter. Reports of shots fired at the Columbia, Md., shopping complex came into dispatchers about 11:15 a.m. ET.

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Smoker May Have Caused Retirement Home Fire; Dozens Still Missing

Sat, 2014-01-25 08:19

The official death toll from the blaze that swept through the Residence du Havre in Quebec province is eight, but 30 people are still unaccounted for in the frozen debris.

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Three Years Later, Tahrir Protesters Drained And Defeated

Sat, 2014-01-25 07:54

On Jan. 25, 2011, millions of Egyptians took to the streets of Cairo to demand President Hosni Mubarak step down. Now those who led the revolution have all but disappeared, and iconic Tahrir Square is a bitter place for many — a reminder of a momentary high in a battle they say they have lost.

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Li Wins Australian Open; Ralph Lauren Overdoes Olympic Cardigan

Sat, 2014-01-25 07:03

The Australian Open is drawing to a close with Li Na of China winning the women's tournament on Saturday. If Rafael Nadal wins on Sunday, he'll be the first man to win all the majors twice in the era of opens. Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and ESPN the Magazine joins NPR's Jacki Lyden to talk tennis and weigh in on the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms.

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Security Fears Jangle Olympic Nerves In Sochi

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:57

The Olympics are less than two weeks away. The Russian host city of Sochi is busily preparing for the influx of athletes and media, but it's the security preparations that have people talking. Andrei Soldatov, the editor-in-chief of www.Agentura.ru, spoke to NPR's Jacki Lyden about security for the Games.

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A Ghost Ship With Cannibal Rats? A Story Too Grim To Be True

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:56

Newspapers from the U.K. to the U.S. were reporting a sensational story this week about an abandoned cruise ship drifting across the Atlantic with a crew of cannibal rats aboard. It sounded too outrageous to be true, so we dug into the story and smelled, well, a rat.

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American University Of Afghanistan Rocked By Kabul Bombing

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:53

When a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a popular restaurant in Kabul on Jan. 17, two of those who died worked for the American University of Afghanistan. Their deaths have shaken the young campus, which has been largely immune from violence. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks to the university's president, C. Michael Smith, about how the bombing has affected both students and faculty.

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U.S. Team Trains In Brazil To Prepare For World Cup

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:46

The U.S. World Cup soccer team is in Brazil for 12 days of training and acclimation. The team drew a challenging schedule for the competition and will be playing in the northern cities of Natal and Recife as well as the Amazonian city of Manaus.

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Aid Organizations Hope Talks Lead To Mobility In Syria

Sat, 2014-01-25 06:40

Fighting in Syria has internally displaced some 4 million people, and aid has only reached half of them. Humanitarian groups hope the talks in Geneva will allow them to get more aid into the country. NPR's Jacki Lyden speaks with Khaled Erksoussi, the head of operations for the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

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