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Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport 'Dirty Energy'

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:09am

Despite veto threats, the House sent the Keystone XL pipeline bill to President Obama. David Greene talks to Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council about environmental issues.

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Smoking's Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:42am

Tobacco's link to lung cancer, stroke and heart attack is well known. But smokers are also more likely to die from kidney failure, infections, and breast cancer, a revised tally suggests.

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Cockatoo Mimics Marital Spats

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 6:15am

A couple in North Carolina recently adopted a bird from a couple who was going through a divorce. Ever since, Peaches the cockatoo has been mimicking the marital spats of her previous owners.

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Environmentally Friendly Straw Houses For Sale In Britain

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:30am

Researchers say the material is so efficient it could offer savings up to 90 percent on energy bills.

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White House Reaches Out To Uninsured Americans, Jarrett Says

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 5:00am

The deadline to sign up for health coverage for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act is Sunday. Renee Montagne talks to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett about the looming deadline.

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Minsk Meeting Aimed At Stopping Fighting In Eastern Ukraine

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

Leaders from France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia are scheduled to meet in the Belarus capital of Minsk on Wednesday to try to work out a peace deal for the war in Ukraine.

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On Revolution Day, Iran's President Calls For A 'Win-Win' Nuke Deal

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

Iran's leaders sounded a positive note about the possibility of a deal on Iran's nuclear program. Still, a final agreement is considered uncertain at best.

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The 50 Most Effective Ways To Transform The Developing World

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has pinpointed the tools with the greatest impact, from affordable tablets for schoolkids to an electrical grid in a box.

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Sen. Kaine Pushes For Vote On Military Strikes Against ISIS

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

As the White House decides to seek congressional approval to conduct the war against militants of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, Renee Montagne talks to Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

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Aid Worker Held By ISIS Put Beliefs Into Action, Friends Say

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

Kayla Mueller, 26, has been confirmed dead by her parents and the White House. She had been held by Islamic State militants since 2013. Friends gathered in Prescott, Ariz., to remember her.

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Proceedings Underway In 'American Sniper' Trial

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

Opening statements are being heard Wednesday in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, a former Marine accused of killing Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Kyle is the subject of the movie American Sniper.

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Iran Signals More Openness Toward Nuclear Deal

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

Iran's leaders have been negotiating a nuclear deal with the U.S. and other countries. A deal could transform Iran, although a final agreement is considered uncertain at best.

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Jon Stewart To Leave 'Daily Show,' NBC Suspends Brian Williams

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

NBC News announced it suspended anchor Brian Williams without pay for six months over a story inaccuracy. And, Jon Stewart revealed he would leave Comedy Central's The Daily Show later this year.

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Berkeley Lab Identifies Game-Changing Technologies

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has pinpointed tech breakthroughs that could impact global development. Renee Montagne talks to Shashi Buluswar about implementing some of the ideas.

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Examining The Years Since Egypt's Arab Spring

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

It's been four years since Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak resigned during the Arab Spring. Since then, the new government has cracked down on dissent.

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Tiny Desk Concert Judges To Announce Contest Winner

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

More than 400 performances since the Tiny Desk Concert series began, NPR Music on Thursday will announce the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest to find a great undiscovered musician.

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How Banks Are Transforming Canada's Cannabis Industry

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:07am

In the U.S., possessing and selling marijuana is a federal crime, so banks have ignored this emerging market. In Canada, financial institutions are beginning to back corporate cannabis producers.

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Deford: 'Gentleman and Coach' Dean Smith Did What He Believed In

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:41am

The Hall of Famer led the University of North Carolina to two national titles during his 35-year career coaching basketball. Commentator Frank Deford remembers Smith, who died Saturday.

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What Causes Breast Cancer? These Families Want To Help Find Out

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:40am

Many things raise the risk for cancer, including exposure to various toxins and radiation. But our knowledge about the range of chemicals and compounds that can trigger cancer is limited.

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What It Means To Play Pablo Casals' Cello

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:39am

"I would call him the grandfather of classical music of the 20th century," says cellist Amit Peled, who grew up idolizing the late master and now tours with his instrument.

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