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One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 01:46

Moving the American Gut Project to a biotech hub like San Diego may speed the jump from basic research to real treatments. At least that's microbe tracker Rob Knight's plan.

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Obama To Call For Hike In Capital Gains Tax In State Of The Union

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 16:48

The president's speech Tuesday will call for other populist tax changes, like eliminating tax breaks on inheritances and offering new tax credits for the middle and working class.

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Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 13:31

Russia is proposing peace talks in Moscow, and the U.S. seems to be backing the idea, but some opposition groups resist cooperating with a country that's been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Sit. Stay. Call 911: FIDO Vest Gives Service Dogs An Upgrade

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 13:20

Wearable tech is popping up everywhere, and now there's a new vest that has GPS, can make phone calls and can talk back like Siri. But it's not for people — it's for service dogs.

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Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 12:15

The arrests are said to include Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind a foiled plot to conduct attacks in Belgium.

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MTV Pimps Cars, Brazil Pimps Trash Carts

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 11:18

It's the brainstorm of a street artist, who wanted folks to pay more respect to the pickers who collect recyclable garbage that would otherwise pile up in landfills.

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France Approves Secret Burials For 'Charlie Hebdo' Attackers

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 10:28

Said Kouachi has reportedly already been buried at the city of Reims, where he lived before the deadly attack. His brother, Cherif, is to be buried at his hometown of Gennevilliers, outside of Paris.

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Hollande: Anti-'Charlie' Protesters Don't Understand French Values

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 07:04

As demonstrations against the satirical magazine are staged in many parts of the Muslim world, the French president defends what he says is his country's principle of freedom of expression.

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Traveling To Cuba Getting Easier, But Expect Turbulence On The Way

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 06:51

Miami businesses expect an upsurge in trade and travel to Cuba under new rules, but travel for tourism is still prohibited and the island has only a limited number of hotel rooms.

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And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 06:13

It's happened enough that it's a thing: A stellar actor is awarded for a not-so-stellar role. Many feel it happened again this week with the Oscar nominations.

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Undersea Tunnel In Europe Shut Down After Fire; No Injuries

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 06:00

The Channel Tunnel that connects England and France was shut down after the fire broke out on a truck that was being transported by rail.

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As Cities Push For Their Own Broadband, Cable Firms Say Not So Fast

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 05:43

Some U.S. cities are bypassing private Internet providers and creating their own, faster networks. But laws in 19 states impede those efforts, and some cities want the FCC to get involved.

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United Noshes: Dinner Party Aims To Eat Its Way Through Global Cuisine

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 05:38

A couple is cooking its way through meals from all 193 members of the United Nations. The series of dinner parties for friends and strangers is also a fundraiser and way to foster global connections.

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Gunmen Kidnap Top Official In Yemen

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 05:08

President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's chief of staff is kidnapped from his car in the heart of the capital Sanaa. Security officials blame Houthi rebels.

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Storm Causes Pope To Cut Short Visit To Typhoon Hit Tacloban

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 04:25

Francis led a prayer in memory of the thousands killed last year by Typhoon Haiyan — the strongest cyclone ever to make landfall.

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In Nigeria, Boko Haram Continues Its Campaign Of Terror

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 03:43

World attention has focused lately on terrorism in Paris, but meanwhile Boko Haram has murdered thousands this month. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with journalist Alex Perry about the Nigerian group.

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Falling Oil Prices: Good For Drivers, Bad For Banks

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 03:30

Lending money to energy companies can be pretty profitable. But if oil prices drop enough, the threat of bank defaults becomes real, Portales Partners analyst Charles Peabody tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage Nationwide

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 03:30

The Supreme Court announced Friday it would hear appeals this term from four circuit courts that ruled on gay marriage last year. NPR's Nina Totenberg and Scott Simon discuss the implications.

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Split By War, Siblings Reunite As Refugees

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 03:30

Three Syrian refugee siblings manage to reunite branches of their family after years of displacement and separation — in Germany. But one of them is gravely ill.

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An Early Lineup Emerges For 2016 Presidential Race

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 03:30

The 2016 Republican presidential field is getting crowded. Is the Democratic field already filled by one? NPR's Scott Simon talks presidential politics with politics editor Ron Elving.

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