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8:13 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Mourning In Riyadh: Obama Visits New Saudi King To Offer Condolences

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Around the Nation
7:59 am
Tue January 27, 2015

The Cape Bears Brunt Of Blizzard's Onslaught

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Shots - Health News
7:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidy?

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 12:12 pm

Insurance and the subsidies available to buy it can be confusing. Here are some answers to recent questions from people who are running into difficulties with premiums and tax credits on their marketplace plans.

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Around the Nation
7:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Boston Copes With Its Deepening Blanket Of Snow

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Global Health
7:28 am
Tue January 27, 2015

It's Been A Hard 12-Step Road For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts

Frederica Boswell NPR

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:54 pm

Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover on a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean?

Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.

Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn't work. Then he discovered a 12-step program in Mombasa, Kenya.

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NPR History Dept.
7:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz

Official game balls for this year's Super Bowl sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio.
Rick Osentoski AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:18 pm

"The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story. The Times, and just about everyone else, is talking about the perhaps-tampering-with-gameballs allegations levied against the New England Patriots — specifically coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Both Belichick and Brady have denied any wrongdoing.

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:32 pm

Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET

The son of the man who reportedly shot and wounded two policeman said his father, 68-year-old Raymond K. Kmetz, had a history of making threats. Nathan Kmetz said he would provide additional information about his father later on Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
6:05 am
Tue January 27, 2015

LOOK! The Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Tuesday Has Its Own Moon

A series of images show that asteroid 2004 BL86 has a small moon.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:33 pm

In celestial terms, asteroid 2004 BL86 pretty much buzzed Earth, coming within 745,000 miles of our planet.

As NPR's Sam Sanders explained, it's the closest this asteroid will pass by Earth for at least the next two centuries. So when it flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on it.

Scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., captured a stunning set of images that revealed 2004 BL86 has a small moon.

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Deceptive Cadence
6:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Fifty Years Of Steve Reich's 'It's Gonna Rain'

Steve Reich, with a phase-shifting pulse gate, photographed in New York in 1969.
Nonesuch

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:14 pm

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Winter Blizzard Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast

A woman cross country skis on snow-covered roads during a winter blizzard in Boston, Mass. Tuesday.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:04 pm

First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize.

Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.

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Around the Nation
5:11 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Thieves With A Guilty Conscience Return Stolen Items

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Rhode Island School Releases Snow Day Video

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Of all the ways to declare a snow day, this may be the best. The Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I., released a music video featuring the head of schools.

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue January 27, 2015

'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:53 am

Reading Esther Freud's eighth novel — about an English boy's unlikely but life-expanding friendship with Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh — is a bit like watching a watercolor painting take shape. Mr. Mac and Me begins with delicate dabs of color, as 13-year-old Thomas Maggs, the only surviving son of an abusive alcoholic pub proprietor and his long-suffering wife, paints a plaintive picture of life at the aptly named Blue Anchor, in the Sussex village of Walberswick.

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Media
4:53 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Syrian President Assad Talks To 'Foreign Affairs' Magazine

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:00 pm

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Latin America
4:21 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Argentina's President Takes Aim At Country's Intelligence Agency

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:19 pm

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Around the Nation
4:15 am
Tue January 27, 2015

How Much Oil And Gas Is At Stake In ANWR?

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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How much oil and gas is really at stake at ANWR? Well, nobody's really sure. NPR's Martin Kaste reports this decades-old political fight is based on rough estimates of what's really in the ground.

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Politics
4:14 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Murkowski Critical Of Proposal For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:38 am

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Europe
4:11 am
Tue January 27, 2015

LRA Rebel Commander Appears Before International Criminal Court

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Music News
4:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Punch Brothers May Look Like A Bluegrass Band But Their Sound Is Unique

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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The Two-Way
3:18 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Family's Long Fight With Pentagon Returns Name To Unknown Soldier

Arthur H. "Bud" Kelder (left) died in World War II.
Courtesy of the Kelder family

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:27 pm

The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines — and the subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation last year — have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.

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Asia
3:08 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Critics Worry Nuclear Reactor Deal With India Has A Dark Side

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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Asia
3:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Wraps Up Visit To India

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:59 pm

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Greece Looks To Renegotiate Bailout Terms

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:13 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:48 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Will Crocker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.

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Movies
1:39 am
Tue January 27, 2015

'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Alex Gibney's Going Clear is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.
Sam Painter Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

Over in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Critic Kenneth Turan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about some of the festival's must-see films, including documentaries about Scientology, rape on college campuses and Nina Simone, and a romantic drama based on a novel by Colm Tóibín.


Interview Highlights

On the festival's stand-out documentaries

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Parallels
1:37 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Russian Threats Expose Europe's Military Cutbacks

A soldier from the Swedish army participates in a military exercise at Hagshult Airbase in Sweden in November.
Jonathan Nackstrand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:27 am

An international cat-and-mouse game played out in the waters of Stockholm a few months ago.

The "mouse" was a foreign submarine — Russia is the main suspect — that got away.

And as Russia's military becomes more aggressive, European leaders fear they do not have the military power to deal with this new threat.

Take Sweden, for instance. Its days of military might are long gone.

The numbers tell the story, says Karlis Neretnieks, who used to run Sweden's National Defense College and has had a long career in the military.

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The Two-Way
7:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New England Expected To Bear The Brunt Of Nor'easter

Snow falls around the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan.
Patrick Sison AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:51 am

Updated: 3:25 a.m. ET Tuesday:

Along the East Coast, people are waiting to see what Mother Nature unleashes. Forecasters had predicted the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow and hurricane-force winds. But early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded some of the numbers. It says New England will get slammed the hardest but not as badly as had been expected.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Argentina's President Dissolves Intelligence Agency, Citing Prosecutor's Death

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez unveiled her plan to replace her country's intelligence service with a new agency. She delivered a televised speech while seated in a wheelchair in Buenos Aires.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:33 pm

One week after an Argentine prosecutor was found dead on the eve of his testimony about an alleged government cover-up of a terrorist attack, President Cristina Fernandez has announced the dissolution of her government's intelligence agency.

Fernandez said she plans to shut down the SI, the Secretariat of Intelligence, in favor of a newly created agency, the Federal Intelligence Agency. She said it's time to reform the intelligence service because the existing one "has not served the national interests."

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