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This Is (Not) The Most Important Story Of The Year

Sun, 2013-12-29 02:03

Stories that titillate, amuse or arouse flash-in-the-pan outrage may be more widely read and shared than solid information. Celebrity and scandals have always attracted media attention, but in the Internet age the balance is shifting more toward entertainment.

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No Al-Qaida Link In Benghazi Attack, 'New York Times' Reports

Sat, 2013-12-28 17:38

The attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in the Libyan city on Sept. 11, 2012, killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. The newspaper says the attack was led by local fighters and was fueled in large part by anger at a video denigrating Islam.

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Student Killed In Clashes At Egyptian University

Sat, 2013-12-28 15:40

The violence at Al-Azhar university between police and students who support the Muslim Brotherhood comes amid a government crackdown against the organization. The crackdown is being intensified ahead of a constitutional referendum next month.

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What It Costs To Cover Your Noggin In Jerusalem

Sat, 2013-12-28 12:29

Jews, Muslims and tourists just trying to avoid sunburn all have their own distinct headwear in Jerusalem. NPR's Emily Harris takes us on a shopping tour in the Holy Land.

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Thousands Still Without Power Across North

Sat, 2013-12-28 12:20

Nearly 29,000 homes in Michigan still have no electricity — down from 200,000 after last week's ice storms. And more snow expected in New England could raise the number of those in the region without power.

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The Internet Hoaxes That Had Us All Clicking For More

Sat, 2013-12-28 12:17

Fake stories on the Internet are not new, but their nature is changing. They seem to be more calculated, more elaborate and have a deeper intent to elicit a swell of emotion. Grantland writer Tess Lynch explains why she thinks 2013 was the year of the hoax — and which story even fooled her.

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Rebel Leader Skeptical Of South Sudan Cease-Fire Offer

Sat, 2013-12-28 12:14

A senior official in South Sudan said Saturday that government troops will attack the main rebel stronghold if the rebels turn down a proposed cease-fire. The government had offered a truce on Friday to end two weeks of ethnic violence that has killed more than a thousand people.

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Injured Veteran Keeps Up His Fight, Deciding To Live

Sat, 2013-12-28 10:11

In April, we heard from combat veteran Tomas Young, who had suffered a gunshot to the spine in Iraq in 2004. His condition had degraded to the point that he chose to end his care and wait to die. But since then, Young had a change of heart. "I just came to the conclusion that I wanted some more time with my wife," he says.

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The Hunt For Meteorites Begins In Antarctica

Sat, 2013-12-28 09:54

Each winter, a team of scientists sets out on a search for those rare shooting stars that make it to the ground instead of burning up in the sky. There aren't many better places to look for these space rocks than Antarctica, often in areas where no human has set foot before.

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A Scientist's New Job: Keeping The Polar Bears' Plight Public

Sat, 2013-12-28 07:10

Global warming is pushing species like the polar bear to the brink of extinction. It's not a typical conservation problem, so one government biologist discovered the best way he could help save the great white bears was to quit his job.

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A Tragic Year For Wildland Firefighters Ends In Reflection

Sat, 2013-12-28 06:49

Thirty-four firefighters died in the line of duty this year. The unusually high number is sparking a larger conversation about the dangers firefighters face as more homes are built in and around drought-stricken forests.

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Up Next For Joe Biden, A Busy Year — And A Choice

Sat, 2013-12-28 06:23

As the vice president enters his sixth year as President Obama's second-in-command, there comes the natural question: What's next? A long-time senator, Biden has run for president before, and is making some moves that suggest he may do so one last time.

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More Than 1 Million Americans Lose Unemployment Benefits

Sat, 2013-12-28 05:20

Beyond drastically curtailing a safety-net for jobless workers, allowing the benefits to expire sets up a major political fight for the coming new year.

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On The Trail Of A Mountain Lion, Hunters Hope To Help

Sat, 2013-12-28 02:02

Mountain lions are slowly making a comeback, but they live at constant risk of getting hit by cars or shot. In Santa Cruz, Calif., one project tracks how the lions live — and it's already helping to protect the big cats nationwide.

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Rushing Toward Chaos: Covering The Aftermath Of Typhoon Haiyan

Sat, 2013-12-28 02:00

NPR's Jason Beaubien and David Gilkey have covered calamities all over the globe. But the recent aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines was particularly daunting. Jason describes the extreme challenges they faced.

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