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Boston Time Capsule Reveals Colonial Trove

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The time capsule found at the Massachusetts State House in Boston has been opened, revealing objects from 1795.

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Greek Opposition Party Seizes On Public's Anger Over Austerity Measures

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

We've been hearing a lot about economic anxiety in Europe lately. Much of that anxiety center's around Greece. Steve Inskeep talks to economist Platon Tinios about what's happening in Greece.

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Obama Begins State Of The Union Preview In Michigan

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

President Obama hits the road to promote his upcoming State of the Union address, and perhaps, to try to steal the spotlight away from Republicans in their first week leading the new Congress.

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NOAA To Upgrade Its Computer-Driven Weather Forecasts

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced it will boost its computer forecasting ability ten-fold. Steve Inskeep talks to Jason Samenow, weather editor of The Washington Post.

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Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

In New York and Tehran, visitors in both cities are invited to enter a portal for 10 minutes or longer to communicate with a stranger, as though they're standing in the same room.

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Shell Reaches Settlement Over Oil Spills In Niger Delta

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Royal Dutch Shell reached an out-of-court settlement with a Nigerian fishing and farming community for two oil spills in 2008. About $85 million will go to individuals as well as the local government.

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'Empire' Showcases Wealthy Black Family That Started Out Poor

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

NPR's TV Critic, Eric Deggans, reviews Empire, a new family drama on Fox set in the world of a hip hop empire, created by Lee Daniels and starring Terrence Howard.

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ESPN, Other Networks To Be Streamed On Dish Network's Sling TV

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Linda Wertheimer talks to John Ourand from Sports Business Journal about ESPN's decision to start a streaming service. The service is being done in partnership with Dish Network.

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Fla. Gov. Scott Starts Second Term With Markedly Different Tone

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

Rick Scott was elected four years ago with Tea Party support. As re-election approached, he moderated many of his conservative views, even supporting Medicaid expansion, an idea he'd long opposed.

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Mitch McConnell Begins Dream Job As Senate Majority Leader

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:07am

The Kentucky Republican never really thought about running for president while growing up. Instead, he dreamed of being Senate majority leader. That dream came true on Tuesday.

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Marian Anderson's Groundbreaking Met Opera Moment

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:40am

Sixty years ago opera singer Marian Anderson made her long overdue debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera. She was the first African-American soloist to do so.

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U.S. Court Weighs Texas Law's Burden On Women Seeking Abortions

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:40am

The law — which mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure — has already forced the closure of dozens of clinics that provide abortion.

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Crowning The 33rd-Best Football Team In America

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:39am

As we eagerly await the first official college football championship, commentator Frank Deford says it's intriguing that the U.S. places as much emphasis on college sports as it does on the pros.

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A Bed Of Mouse Cells Helps Human Cells Thrive In The Lab

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 2:37am

Researchers have developed a powerful method for growing human cells in the laboratory that has led to some unusual findings. Cell tests suggest a malaria drug might work against cervical cancer.

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Oregon Ducks' Football Team To Change Uniforms

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 5:25am

The team made it to the game that will decide college football's national champion. And now they won't be in green and yellow. They'll play in new white jerseys with gray numbers and silver accents.

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Wayne State University Releases Annual Word Lists

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 5:20am

Words on the comeback list: caterwaul and rapscallion. Words that should be banished: bae, polar vortex and flapdoodle.

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2 Promising U.S. Skiers Killed In Alps Avalanche

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Coaches and friends are mourning the loss of two American prospects in World Cup skiing. They died Monday in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps. Linda Wertheimer talks to Sasha Rearick, head coach of the U.S. ski team.

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Lebanon Imposes Restrictions On Syrian Refugees

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

It's now more difficult for Syrian refugees to enter into neighboring Lebanon. On Monday, Lebanon imposed new visa-like restrictions on Syrian refugees entering the country. Steve Inskeep talks to Ron Redmond, a spokeman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

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3 Western States Counter Administration's Proposal For Medicare Expansion

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

States have another year to get full funding for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Conservative states are scrambling to pick up the funds while not calling the move expansion. Utah, Wyoming and Montana all have governors who are trying to get the money but their legislators are coming up with sparser counter-proposals that may derail all the efforts.

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2 Americans Face Charges Over Gambia Coup Attempt

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 4:00am

Two US citizens are charged with trying to overthrow the government of the tiny West African nation of Gambia. The charges stem from a December 30th coup attempt.

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