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2:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Feinstein Proposal Would Lock In Anti-Torture Measures

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:09 pm

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Politics
2:18 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

White House Says It Should Have Sent More Senior Official To Unity March

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:20 pm

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The Salt
10:14 am
Mon January 12, 2015

What Might Be Missing From MyPlate? Water

The University of California's Nutrition Policy Institute has proposed that MyPlate include an icon for water.
UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Sometime in the next few weeks, we'll be hearing from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The panel of nutrition experts is tasked with reviewing the latest science on nutrition and medicine and making recommendations on how to update the next version of the federal government's guidance on eating.

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Shots - Health News
8:46 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 8:49 am

My Nintendo Wii character, my Mii, looks a lot like me. She has the same haircut, the same skin tone and even the same eyebrow shape. And while my Mii plays tennis slightly better than I do, I designed her to be a real, virtual me (albeit with balls for hands).

But it turns out I might not have needed to mimic my appearance to let people know what I'm like.

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NPR Ed
5:28 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Meet The Classroom Of The Future

A blended learning classroom at David Boody Jr. High School in New York City.
Courtesy of New Classrooms

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:17 am

The classroom of the future probably won't be led by a robot with arms and legs, but it may be guided by a digital brain.

It may look like this: one room, about the size of a basketball court; more than 100 students, all plugged into a laptop; and 15 teachers and teaching assistants.

This isn't just the future, it's the sixth grade math class at David Boody Jr. High School in Brooklyn, near Coney Island. Beneath all the human buzz, something other than humans is running the show: algorithms.

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The Two-Way
5:04 am
Mon January 12, 2015

White House: We Should Have Sent 'Higher-Profile' Official To Paris

World leaders, including, from the left, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mali's Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, France's Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel, EU President Donald Tusk and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas march in Paris on Sunday to honor the victims of three days of bloodshed. A White House spokesman acknowledged "we should have sent someone with a higher profile."
Philippe Wojazer AP

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:45 pm

Update at 1:40 p.m. ET. White House Backs Down:

"We should have sent someone with a higher profile," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during a briefing Monday.

The admission came a day after criticism surfaced over the fact that the United States was not represented by a high-ranking official at a unity rally in Paris. The British, German, Israeli and Palestinian leaders all had been present.

Earnest said, however, that President Obama would have liked to have been present, but the security situation would have been impossible.

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Around the Nation
2:59 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Demonstrators In Birmingham, Ala., Rally In Support Of Police

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:56 pm

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The Salt
1:26 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Iowa's Largest City Sues Over Farm Fertilizer Runoff In Rivers

The city of Des Moines, Iowa, sits on the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. The city's water works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in these waterways.
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Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:09 pm

Des Moines, Iowa, is confronting the farms that surround it over pollution in two rivers that supply the city with drinking water. Des Moines Water Works says it will sue three neighboring counties for high nitrate levels in the Raccoon and Des Moines rivers. It's a novel attempt to control fertilizer runoff from farms, which has been largely unregulated.

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Shots - Health News
1:22 am
Mon January 12, 2015

The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

Semmelweis considered scientific inquiry part of his mission as a physician.
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Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 8:49 am

This is the story of a man whose ideas could have saved a lot of lives and spared countless numbers of women and newborns' feverish and agonizing deaths.

You'll notice I said "could have."

The year was 1846, and our would-be hero was a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis.

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National Security
3:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

How The CIA Almost Lost A Key Informant

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 4:45 pm

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Dexter Filkins of The New Yorker recently went through what we did learn about the CIA's interrogation of one of those defendants - the self proclaimed mastermind of the 9-11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Dexter Filkins, welcome to the program.

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Around the Nation
3:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

States And Businesses Continue Playing The Keystone XL Waiting Game

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 4:45 pm

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In 2012, this program traveled to Oklahoma and Nebraska and talked to folks about the Keystone XL pipeline.

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National Security
3:11 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Will Obama Be Able To Keep His Promise Of Closing Guantanamo Bay?

Originally published on Sun January 11, 2015 4:45 pm

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Code Switch
10:32 am
Sun January 11, 2015

'Selma' Stirs Powerful Memories In Its Namesake Town

Selma residents, many with firsthand connections to the city's civil rights movement, file into the Walton Theater for a free screening of Selma.
Andrew Yeager NPR

It's a half-hour until showtime in Selma, Ala., and the majority of the auditorium seats are already taken.

Paramount Pictures is offering free screenings of Selma, the film depicting the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery marches which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In the movie's namesake town, the audience is excited.

In the front row, in the far left seat, is George Sallie, 85. He's black, grew up near Selma and was drafted as young man.

"Went to Korea fighting for someone else's freedom, and really I didn't have freedom myself," Sallie says.

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On Aging
5:50 am
Sun January 11, 2015

For The Record: Aging Out And Moving On

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 2:13 pm

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Science
3:43 am
Sun January 11, 2015

A Musical Memorial For The Face Of Extinction

Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 10:05 am

Lonesome George was a celebrity tortoise. Millions of humans made the pilgrimage to see him while he lived, and his death was international news.

Why?

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Shots - Health News
3:37 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

In Oregon, Medicaid Now Covers Transgender Medical Care

When Alexis Paige lost her job, she was afraid she would have to discontinue her estrogen treatments. That can't happen now under the Oregon Health Plan.
Cree Jude Gordon Courtesy Alexis Paige

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:17 pm

Oregon began covering the cost of reassignment surgery for transgender people on Medicaid in January. It also covers things like hormone therapy and puberty suppression.

By doing so, Oregon joins a handful of other states that have recently taken steps to help people with gender dysphoria, or the conflict between the gender people identify with and their physical gender.

Some question the validity of coverage, but people in the transgender community are thrilled.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Sat January 10, 2015

George Zimmerman Again Arrested On Assault Charges

A booking photo provided by the Seminole County Public Affairs shows George Zimmerman on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. In the latest in a string of run-ins with the law in the past two years, Zimmerman has been charged with aggravated assault.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:43 pm

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer acquitted in the 2013 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested in Florida late Friday and has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon.

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Sat January 10, 2015

SpaceX Launch Successful; Recovery Attempt 'Close, But No Cigar'

The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 4:46 pm

SpaceX has successfully launched another resupply mission to the International Space Station months after a competitor in the private space-launch business suffered a catastrophic lift-off that resulted in the unmanned rocket's destruction.

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Economy
8:33 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Employment Is Up. Paychecks, Not So Much

A protester demonstrates for higher wages for fast food workers in Jackson, Miss., in December. Employers are hiring more people, but overall, the wages they're paying remain flat.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 9:31 am

The U.S. economy saw the strongest job growth last year since 1999, according to statistics released Friday by the Department of Labor. The country gained another 252,000 jobs in December.

That's the good news — but this jobs report also dashed some hopes for fatter paychecks. Employers are hiring more people, but overall, the wages they're paying remain flat.

A month ago, it seemed wages were starting to pick up — but those November numbers were revised lower. In December, wages actually fell slightly.

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NPR Ed
7:23 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Sketchucation: #EdPredictions For 2015

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 9:43 am

So what will happen in the education world this year? Last week we brought you some provocative predictions. We were also curious to see what you thought.

With a little magic from our illustrator, LA Johnson, here are a few of our favorites from the #EdPredictions hashtag:

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Around the Nation
5:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Former Dolphin Fullback Swims Nine Miles To Safety

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 4:34 pm

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Politics
5:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Keystone Supporters Hope Amendments Will Soften Pipeline Opposition

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 9:31 am

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Space
5:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Rocket Landing At Sea Was 'Close But No Cigar'

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 9:31 am

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SpaceX's unmanned mission this morning both succeeded and struck out. It launched on schedule from Cape Canaveral at 4:47 a.m. on a mission to send cargo to the International Space Station.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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Sports
5:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Skiing The Back Country Is Intoxicating, And Dangerous

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 9:31 am

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Politics
5:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

California's Brown On Governing: 'Practice Tends To Make More Perfect'

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 9:31 am

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Goats and Soda
3:52 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Back In D.C. From The Ebola Hot Zone, I Broke Out In A Fever

NPR reporters Sami Yenigun and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton at work in Liberia in December.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 12:11 pm

Today is my 22nd day back from Liberia, which, as any reporter or health worker who has been in this Ebola hot zone will tell you, is a good day. Yesterday was the last day that I had to report my temperature to the CDC. I've passed the 21-day incubation period for the virus. My temperature is 98.6 degrees. I'm in the clear.

But three weeks ago, I wasn't feeling so good.

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The Two-Way
7:26 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Massive Pile-Up Snares 123 Cars On Michigan Interstate

A multi-vehicle crash reportedly killed one person and set off explosions in a truck carrying fireworks on I-94 west of Battle Creek, Mich., Friday.
Mark Bugnaski MLIVE.COM /Landov

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 2:15 pm

Some 123 cars were caught by a massive crash that shut down Interstate 94 in Michigan Friday. One fatality was reported, from a scene a witness calls "unreal." Several vehicles caught on fire, including a semi carrying fireworks; video footage shows flames and smoke billowing out amid a barrage of explosions.

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The Two-Way
5:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Retired Gen. Petraeus Should Face Charges, Prosecutors Say

Federal prosecutors recommend filing charges against retired Gen. David Petraeus over classified documents that he's accused of leaking when he headed the CIA. When Petraeus resigned his post in 2012, he cited an extramarital affair with a woman whom investigators suspected of receiving secret data.

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Energy
3:42 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Nebraska Ruling On Pipeline Could Be A Blow To TransCanada

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

The Senate is set to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline, although President Obama has vowed to veto it. What does Nebraska's Supreme Court ruling allowing the pipeline to proceed mean for the administration and those opposed to the expansion? Melissa Block talks with attorney Brian Jorde, who represents the Nebraska landowners challenging the pipeline.

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The Two-Way
3:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

New York Police Commissioner Confirms Work Slowdown By Officers

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks during an NYPD swearing-in ceremony in New York on Jan. 7. He confirmed to NPR today that there had been a work slowdown by officers in the weeks since two police officers were shot dead. He said the matter was being corrected.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 3:06 pm

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton confirmed there had been a work slowdown by officers in the weeks since two police officers were shot dead, but added that the matter was being corrected.

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