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Syria Denies Reports Of President Assad's Defiant Comments

Sun, 2014-01-19 07:40

Quotes attributed to Bashar Assad, saying he would not step down, are inaccurate, Syria said. Such a comment, observers said, would be stumbling block in peace negotiations.

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Former NBA Star Dennis Rodman Checks Into Alcohol Rehab

Sun, 2014-01-19 07:19

Rodman is just back from a controversial trip to North Korea. He was slammed for caustic comments he made about an American being detained in the country.

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Dozens Injured By Blast At Anti-Government Rally In Thailand

Sun, 2014-01-19 05:10

On Friday a grenade attack on protesters injured 39. The attacks are raising fears that the country's political crisis is worsening.

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From Ashes To Ashes To Diamonds: A Way To Treasure The Dead

Sun, 2014-01-19 02:17

Diamonds are supposed to be a girl's best friend. Now, they might also be her mother, father or grandmother. Turning your loved one's ashes into a diamond is one way to keep them close forever.

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Cooking With Conifers: An Evergreen Trick That's Newly Hip

Sun, 2014-01-19 02:16

American chefs from coast to coast are using evergreens to develop unique flavors in dishes from white fir and sorrel broth to pine needle vinegar to smoked mussels. It's a food trend with roots that go back centuries.

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The NFL: Big Business With Big Tax Breaks

Sat, 2014-01-18 14:00

The administrative branch of the National Football League is tax-exempt, and many wealthy team owners can get generous subsidies from local governments for stadiums. Critics argue the public money could be better spent elsewhere. But can you put a price on the love of the game?

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Hoboken Mayor Says Christie Administration Held Sandy Aid 'Hostage'

Sat, 2014-01-18 13:57

A spokesman for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called the allegations "outlandishly false."

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Watch: The Metrodome Roof Deflates In 35 Minutes

Sat, 2014-01-18 12:15

Deflating the roof marked the end of a 31-year era in Minneapolis. The Vikings played their final game in the dome on Dec. 29.

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Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Sat, 2014-01-18 11:56

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine that has become the gold standard. But there are more misses than hits.

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Missouri Bill Would Add Firing Squad As Death Penalty Option

Sat, 2014-01-18 10:46

In recent months, states have been running out of a drug used for the lethal injection. This bill aims to give Missouri another option. One of the bill's sponsors says a firing squad is "no less humane than lethal injection."

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And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

Sat, 2014-01-18 10:10

In the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street, just about everything is over the top – including the side dishes. But it turns out, a memorable scene involving extravagantly priced sides isn't so far from the truth. These days, chefs are giving these former afterthoughts starring roles of their own – and they come with big price tags to match.

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And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

Sat, 2014-01-18 10:10

In the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street, just about everything is over the top – including the side dishes. But it turns out, a memorable scene involving extravagantly priced sides isn't so far from the truth. These days, chefs are making these former afterthoughts starring roles of their own – and they come with big price tags to match.

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Syrian Coalition Votes To Attend Geneva Peace Talks

Sat, 2014-01-18 09:37

Ahmad Jarba, the president of the Syrian Coalition, said this was "a major step from tyranny to freedom for the people of Syria."

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Dissenters Pushed Aside, Egyptian Voters Approve New Constitution

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:50

The charter increases the power of institutions crucial in the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. The vote was marked by many irregularities as well as voter intimidation.

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98 Percent Of Egyptians Approve New Constitution, Officials Say

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:50

The charter increases the power of institutions crucial in the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. The vote was marked by many irregularities as well as voter intimidation.

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Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:30

Federal forces are backing away from a plan to disarm the civilian militias that are defending their communities from ruthless drug traffickers. In the western state of Michoacan, it's unclear how long the fragile peace will last.

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India Reels Over Sudden Death Of Official's Wife

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:06

Sunanda Pushkar's death was preceded by a very public Twitter feud about an alleged affair by her husband.

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In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Sat, 2014-01-18 07:38

Eastern Kentucky is a place known as the poster child of the War on Poverty. When NPR's Pam Fessler traveled there to report, she was warned that people would be reluctant to talk because they were tired of being depicted as poor. Instead, she got an earful.

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UPDATED: Student In Philadelphia School Shooting Surrenders

Sat, 2014-01-18 06:36

The shooting injured two fellow students. Police say teens may have been playing with a gun when it went off.

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Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

Sat, 2014-01-18 06:26

Under a deal mediated by a federal bankruptcy judge, a group of local and national foundations this week pledged more than $330 million to help Detroit's pension fund and protect the city's valuable art collection. Bio-chemical entrepreneur Paul Schaap is one of the donors; he speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the effort.

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