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Forest Service May Try To Recoup Rim Fire Costs With Logging

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a large salvage logging operation in the area affected by last year's historic Rim Fire, which burned 410-square miles of California's Sierra Nevada. The proposal is meeting stiff opposition from environmental groups who say the land is better left untouched.

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Giving Up Info To Drive A Worthy Risk For Maryland's Undocumented

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

Maryland has just become one of several states that allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. Such licenses are issued as long as the immigrants show some form of legal ID — such as a passport — and they will have to take road exams. But critics worry about security risks, and costs to the state.

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Al-Qaida-Linked Militia Gains Control Of Fallujah

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

Robert Siegel talks to independent journalist Jane Arraf about the takeover of Fallujah and Ramadi by an al-Qaida-linked group. Arraf is based in Baghdad and was in Fallujah three weeks ago.

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Google Glass Devotee Knows You're Staring

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

Wired writer Mat Honan has spent much of the past year wearing Google Glass, the device that brings the Internet, a camera and other high-tech features right to your face — literally. He says the reaction from his family and friends has definitely been mixed.

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Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

The Senate returned from its two-week holiday break on Monday. Senators confirmed the nomination of Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve Board and delayed a vote on an extension of unemployment insurance.

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U.S. Supreme Court Halts Gay Marriages In Utah

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously granted a stay in the Utah gay marriage case, putting a stop to the weddings until an intermediate appeals court has heard and ruled on the matter. It could be a potentially precedent-setting case.

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UNC May Have Passed Football Players With 'Phantom' Classes

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

The University of North Carolina is embroiled in an academic fraud case involving students who received high grades for classes that were never held. Many of those students happen to be football players. The case has resulted in the indictment of a professor, who was a department chair. Audie Cornish talks to Dan Kane, an investigative journalist at The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh.

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Many Fans Not Sad To See End Of Bowl Championship Series

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

On Monday night, Florida State and Auburn battle for the national college football title. It will be the last championship under the much maligned Bowl Championship Series, or BCS. A new playoff system kicks off next season, but will it be better?

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Book Review: 'Famous Writers I Have Known'

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

Alan Cheuse reviews a new novel by James Magnuson, Famous Writers I Have Known.

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Powerful 'Polar Vortex' Makes Rare Appearance In U.S.

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 2:57pm

Jason Samenow, The Washington Post's weather editor and chief meteorologist of the Capital Weather Gang, tells Robert Siegel about the weather phenomenon known as the "polar vortex." It means frigid temperatures and wind chill in much of the country.

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The Internet's Cicada: A Mystery Without An Answer

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 5:11pm

Two years ago, strange sets of bewildering puzzles appeared on the Internet, with a message encouraging "highly intelligent individuals" to try to break the code. The code led to more clues spanning a global Internet mystery, that has yet to be solved.

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Calif. Toxin Law Warns Consumers, But Can Burden Businesses

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:54pm

Proposition 65 requires businesses to post public announcements about toxic chemicals in in their products. The law has been on the books for more than 20 years, and though it protects consumers, some say lawsuits over compliance disproportionately affect small businesses.

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WWII Female Air Force Pilots Still Flying High

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

From 1943 to 1944, the Women Airforce Service Pilots flew more than 60 million miles across the United States chartering soldiers, test-flying planes and conducting training exercises during World War II. The 1,102 female pilots were honored at the Rose Parade on Wednesday, with eight veteran pilots taking a ride atop their float.

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Forget The Compass: Follow The Way Your Dog Poops

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

Researchers in Germany and the Czech Republic have found that dogs strongly prefer to relieve themselves facing either North or South, rather than East or West. Their research suggests it's all part of the Earth's magnetic fields.

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Upcoming Books To Read In 2014

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to Daniel Alarcon, the author of At Night We Walk in Circles, about the new books he is most excited about for 2014.

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Costs Climb As Sochi Winter Olympics Approaches

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

The Sochi Winter Olympics are on track to being the most expensive games in Olympic history. A $265 million ski jump, 42,000 hotel rooms and a $51 billion budget. It's been called a financial fiasco, as Josh Yaffa of Bloomberg Businessweek tells NPR's Arun Rath.

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Electronic Rights At The U.S. Border: What They Can Search

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 4:20pm

This week, a federal judge upheld the government's right to search, without a warrant or "reasonable suspicion," a traveler's electronic devices at U.S. borders. The case had revolved around an American whose laptop was searched as he entered the U.S. from Canada. The federal government says such searches are rare, and, when they occur, help to protect the country. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Susan Stellin, a contributor to The New York Times, about the ruling and what rights people have at U.S. borders.

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In High-Drama Parody, Will Ferrell Reveals 'Spoils Of Babylon'

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 3:35pm

The book, written in the 1970s, was made into a miniseries and never saw the light of day — until now. Actually, everything about The Spoils of Babylon is pure fiction. It's a parody of the big, bloated miniseries of the 1970s and '80s, complete with forbidden love between a sister and her adopted brother.

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Women Decide Their Place Isn't In The Illegal Gun Trade

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:57pm

Women play an outsized role in the underground firearms marketplace. Often they handle illegal guns that are not for for their own use, but for men close to them. One Boston program is campaigning against gun violence, drawing connections between "crime guns" and domestic violence.

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Phil Everly: Harmony To His Brother's Melody

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:20pm

The Everly Brothers influenced an entire generation of popular musicians. Don's voice usually handled the melody, but Phil gave the higher accompanying harmony to that melody, which defined the brothers' sound. Phil Everly died Friday from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 74.

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