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Rhode Island School Releases Snow Day Video

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:06am

Of all the ways to declare a snow day, this may be the best. The Moses Brown school in Providence released a music video with the refrain: "School is closed, school is closed."

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'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 6:03am

Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin calls says the book has both technical prowess and grace.

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Winter Storm Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:49am

The forecasts had called for up to 30 inches of snow for the city, but the historic storm failed to materialize. By early morning, however, parts of Massachusetts had gotten more than a foot of snow.

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Pentagon Identifies World War II Veteran Featured In NPR/ProPublica Investigation

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:17am

After a long legal battle waged by a family member, the remains of Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder have been identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

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Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

President Obama has proposed changing the tax treatment of college savings accounts known as 529s. Some are calling this a tax increase on the middle class, but the White House defends the move as being part of a larger package designed to make college more affordable.

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Syrian President Assad Talks To 'Foreign Affairs' Magazine

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

The civil war in Syria has been going on for almost four years. "Foreign Affairs" managing editor Jonathan Tepperman recently met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. He talks to Steve Inskeep about how Assad views the conflict.

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Greece Looks To Renegotiate Bailout Terms

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

The newly elected leadership in Greece is against budget cuts imposed by the European economic zone in return for bailing it out. Renee Montagne talks to Tom Nuttall of The Economist.

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Argentina's President Takes Aim At Country's Intelligence Agency

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

Cristina Fernandez went on TV to say she would do away with the agency. It was the latest episode in the mysterious shooting death of a prosecutor who was investigating a 20-year-old terrorist attack.

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How Much Oil And Gas Is At Stake In ANWR?

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

Alaska politicians are furious about Obama's proposal to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development. They've argued ANWR is vital to the state's economic future.

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Murkowski Critical Of Proposal For Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski about White House plans to designate 12 million acres of the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness.

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Northeast Hunkers Down As Snow Storm Hits

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

Forecasters are tracking a winter storm that is moving across the Northeast. In many areas, officials declared emergencies and urged people to stay indoors for their own safety.

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LRA Rebel Commander Appears Before International Criminal Court

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

At a hearing in The Hague, Dominic Ongwen faced war crime charges. As the top Ugandan rebel commander of the Lord's Resistance Army, he's accused of forcing child soldiers to beat, maim and kill.

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Punch Brothers May Look Like A Bluegrass Band But Their Sound Is Unique

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

Punch Brothers sing of distraction and isolation in the digital age on their new album The Phosphorescent Blues. While the group may look like a typical bluegrass band, the sound is all their own.

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Meteorologist Tracks 'Beast' Of A Winter Storm

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

The storm threatening the Northeast will have some people digging out for days. Renee Montagne talks to Ryan Hanrahan, a meteorologist with TV station WVIT in Hartford, Conn., to put it into context.

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Snow Response Blind-Sides Many A Political Career

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

In 1969, New York City was hit with 15 inches of snow. Nearly half the city's snow-removal equipment was out of order. The storm became known as "Lindsay's Storm," for Mayor John Lindsay.

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Critics Worry Nuclear Reactor Deal With India Has A Dark Side

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

The administration says the reactors are good for the climate, good for American industry and for strengthening ties with India. But some worry the deal also has a dark side.

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Obama Wraps Up Visit To India

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 4:01am

After three days, President Obama ended his visit by urging Indians to safeguard the rights of women and of religious freedom.

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Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:47am

Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, an independent report finds.

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'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:39am

Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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Threats From Russia Underscores Europe's Need To Boost Military

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 2:37am

A series of military confrontations and growing tensions between Western Europe and Russia means armed conflict in northern Europe seems plausible — and shows how ill-prepared the region is now.

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