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Warning: In Bitter Cold, Beware The 'Umbles'

Sun, 2014-01-26 08:11

Icy vortices, trains of snowstorms, treacherous temperatures — many people are having to learn some harsh lessons about harsh weather.

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McCain's 'Liberal' Record Earns Him Censure From Arizona GOP

Sun, 2014-01-26 08:05

The five-term senator and former presidential candidate, has gone soft on conservative principles, his state's GOP leadership says.

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Police ID Maryland Mall Shooter, But Still Search For Motive

Sun, 2014-01-26 07:18

Authorities also said they found a backpack near the assailant's body that contained "crude explosives" made of "flash powder and household items."

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Protesters In Ukraine Vow To Step Up Pressure On Government

Sun, 2014-01-26 06:36

Protesters in Kiev tried to storm a cultural center where hundreds of riot police were deployed Sunday, a day after the government of Viktor Yanukovych offered top posts to the opposition in a failed effort to defuse tensions.

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Russia May Be Key To Syria Talks

Sun, 2014-01-26 06:19

Russia may be the world power with the greatest influence over Syria. As diplomatic talks on Syria continue in Geneva between the two sides, what is Russia's role? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Russian-American journalist Vladimir Pozner.

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Stan Wawrinka Beats Ailing Nadal To Win Australian Open Final

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:55

The Swiss underdog won his first Grand Slam singles title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 upset of favored Rafael Nadal, who suffered a back injury.

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5 Things To Know About The Grammy Awards Show

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:20

Among other things, Daft Punk is up for Album of the Year, the Beatles will get a Lifetime Achievement award and Madonna and Beyoncé might perform together.

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Yankees Spend Big On Masahiro Tanaka

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:00

The Yankees signed the Japanese superstar pitcher this week for a whopping $155 million. NPR's Rachel Martin talks sports with sports correspondent Mike Pesca about what that means for the Bronx Bombers' bottom line.

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Mars Rover Turns 3-Month Mission Into Decade Of Exploration

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:00

Opportunity, NASA's Mars Rover, landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004. It was supposed to be a three-month mission, but 10 years later the rover is still investigating the red planet and sending data and images back to NASA. Jim Bell, an astronomer at Arizona State University, talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about Opportunity's decade on Mars.

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Ukraine Opposition Rejects President's Concessions

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:00

Anti-government activists in Ukraine plan another big demonstration in the capital of Kiev on Sunday — the first major protest since the government introduced new restrictive laws aimed at curbing the protests. NPR's Corey Flintoff talks to NPR's Rachel Martin from the streets of Kiev, where violence has mounted in recent days.

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Teacher Job Protections Vs. Students' Education In Calif.

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:00

A potentially landmark lawsuit goes to trial Monday in California. At issue: whether job protections for public school teachers undermine a student's constitutional right to an adequate education. The students and parents who filed the lawsuit see it as a potential model for challenging teacher protection laws in other states. Unions and state officials say the lawsuit demonizes teachers and has no merit.

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Economic Opportunity A Big Topic For State Of The Union Speech

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:00

The president will deliver his State of the Union address Tuesday. NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what to expect.

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Paramount Cuts Film, Giving The Starring Role To Digital

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:00

The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Paramount Pictures will stop distributing its movies in film, moving to a completely digital format. It isn't just cinephiles who are reeling; archivists rely on film as a medium that will stand the test of time. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, about the implications of Paramount's move.

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Ski Jump Champion Takes Her Impeccable Style To Sochi

Sun, 2014-01-26 05:00

Sarah Hendrickson is 19 years old and the reigning world champ in women's ski jumping. She's coming back from a severe knee injury. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Hendrickson about her Olympic goals.

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For Persian Jews, America Means 'Religious Pluralism At Its Best'

Sun, 2014-01-26 04:00

Judaism has a rich history in Iran dating back millennia. But in the late 1970s, thousands of Iranian Jews fled to the U.S. in search of a new home. They have integrated their ancient Persian heritage into American life.

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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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