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Sweet 16 And Barreling Toward Cowgirl Racing Fame

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:22pm

High schooler Megan Yurko won more than $21,000 last year in cowgirl barrel races. The sport requires circling three barrels in a cloverleaf pattern at top speed, and Yurko hopes she'll leave this weekend's world championship competition as the top ranked racer.

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U.S. Biathlete Gives Up Olympic Spot To Her Twin Sister

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:37pm

Lanny and Tracy Barnes competed on the U.S. Olympic team in 2006, and Lanny competed in 2010. This year, Tracy gave her spot on the team to Lanny, who was ill during the selection races and just missed qualifying. "The Olympics are about more than just competing," Tracy says.

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Snubs And Surprises Abound In Oscar Nominations

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:35pm

Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday morning, and some notable names went missing. But, as NPR film critic Bob Mondello observes, in such a strong year for movies and performances, there were bound to be a few deserving ones that got snubbed.

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Will Team USA's High-Tech Speedskating Suit Pay Off In Gold?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:32pm

On Thursday, Lockheed Martin and the sporting goods company Under Armour unveiled long-awaited photos of the new U.S. speedskating uniform they're calling "Mach 39." Unlike other suits, it's not made entirely of smooth, slippery fabric to reduce air drag.

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To Save Threatened Owl, Another Species Is Shot

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:11pm

The rare northern spotted owl species faces habitat loss and, now, intruding barred owls. A biologist, and the federal government, have made a difficult decision — killing one owl to ward off the extinction of another.

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GOP's Gillespie Injects Intrigue Into Virginia Senate Race

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

Republican hopes of picking up the six seats needed to capture the U.S. Senate include a suddenly interesting race. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee and a top White House aide to President George W. Bush, announced that he'll challenge popular Democratic Sen. Mark Warner.

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White House Makes College For Low-Income Students A Priority

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

President Obama met on Thursday with over 140 college presidents from across the nation to discuss ways of helping lower-income students enroll in college. Tuition costs, student-loan debt and admissions policies were on the agenda.

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On Eve Of Obama's Recommendations, Intel Panel Member Talks NSA

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

Audie talks with Richard Clarke, a former U.S. cybersecurity adviser and member of President Obama's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies. On the day before the president is set to announce reforms to the government's surveillance activities, Clarke drops by to discuss the group's recommendations.

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Troubadour Radio: 'Jam Band' Releases A New Album For Kids

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

Husband and wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis are the act behind Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. The Latin Grammy winners have released a new album, and it comes in the form of a radio show. Kids music reviewer Stefan Shepherd says that this couple has demonstrated they're not afraid to reinvent their sound.

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West Virginia Chemical Regulations Stay Beneath The Microscope

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

The chemical spill from the Freedom Industries tank farm has raised questions around chemical regulatory procedures. For more information, Melissa Block speaks with Ken Ward, a reporter with The Charleston Gazette.

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At The Australian Open, The Heat Is On — More Than Ever

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

The 2014 Australian Open is breaking records for heat. High temperatures are being recorded in Melbourne, making this year's Australian Open one of the hottest ever. For more on the oppressive heat, Melissa Block speaks with Jon Wertheim, an executive editor with Sports Illustrated who is covering the tournament in Melbourne.

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Letters: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

Melissa Block and Audie Cornish read emails from listeners about the effect that Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has had on them.

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When It Comes To Cuts, Pentagon Claims An Eye On The Future

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

The Pentagon responds to backlash about the veterans pension cuts included in the proposed congressional budget deal. The cuts, which extend to survivors' benefits and special compensation for combat, have riled veterans groups and several lawmakers.

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Veterans Groups Speak Out Against Pension Cuts

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

Veterans groups are upset about the cut to military pensions in the proposed budget deal. They see it as a broken promise and a sign that veterans are considered politically expendable.

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An Unusual Twist In Recent West Bank Clash

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 3:00pm

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, near-daily incidents between Jewish settlers and Palestinians keep tensions at a constant simmer. Olive trees are destroyed, tires are slashed, mosques are defaced. But Palestinians defused further violence in a confrontation last week when they protected Jewish settlers.

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Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:54pm

An anti-SeaWorld movement has unfolded online and on social media in the wake of the documentary about the death of an orca trainer at the park. Musical acts and schoolchildren have boycotted the theme park — but it's still drawing big crowds.

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German Farmers Fear For Europe's Bacon With U.S. Trade Deal

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:19pm

German farmers protested Wednesday against a free trade deal with the U.S. that could lift restrictions on American meat sold in Europe. The farmers say they are worried not just about poor quality meat but about unfair competition.

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Senate Committee Lays Blame For Benghazi With State Department

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:02pm

The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a new bipartisan report on the 2012 Benghazi attack. The report finds that the attack was preventable. According to the committee, fault lies with the State Department for failing to provide adequate security or heed warnings about a deteriorating security situation. The committee claims that individuals associated with al-Qaida affiliates participated in the attack, but it stops short of saying the attack was pre-planned. The report also does not implicate the "core" al-Qaida leadership.

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These Guitars Are For The Birds — Literally

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

A new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., features a flock of 70 finches and an array of tuned and amplified guitars. As the flock fills the open room, the birds are free to land on the guitars, making music of their own as they move and jump off the instruments.

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Will Fans Return To A Nicer 'Idol'?

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:00pm

American Idol is back tonight. The program was once indisputably the biggest thing on TV, based partly on the entertainment value of watching the judges snipe at each other. Recently, rival singing competition, The Voice has been successful on the strength of the good-natured banter between its judges. Can Idol be nicer — and will that make it more successful?

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