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'Spirit Of Family' Unites Ladysmith Black Mambazo

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 11:23

South Africa's award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo have been singing their message of peace and unity for 50 years. They join host Michel Martin for a special performance chat.

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U.S. Will Seek Death Penalty In Boston Bombing Case

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 11:17

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prosecutors argue, committed the offenses in a "heinous, cruel and depraved manner." He betrayed his country and showed no remorse and that's why they're seeking the death penalty.

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Snowy Owl That Enchanted D.C. Is Hit By A Bus

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 11:12

Police took the bird to the National Zoo where she was treated for her injuries. Snowy owls normally live in the Arctic, but every few winters they venture south in search of food.

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New York City Agrees To Reform Stop-And-Frisk Tactics

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 10:27

Making good on a campaign promise, Mayor Bill de Blasio will no longer appeal a ruling that found the program violated the civil rights of thousands of black and Latino residents.

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This Photo Of Lake Michigan Will Make You Shiver

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 10:00

Even from space, the ice, snow and clouds blowing across the water are chilling. All five of the Great Lakes are icing up earlier than they have in a few decades. But experts say it's not all that unusual. It's just an old-fashioned cold winter.

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Justice Dept. Seeks To Expand Clemency For Some Drug Offenders

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:36

Deputy Attorney General James Cole asked lawyers to make their clients aware of new clemency opportunities. By commuting sentences, the Obama administration is trying to correct the different treatment given to crack-cocaine and powder-cocaine offenses.

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Rep. Henry Waxman, Ferocious Liberal, Says He Will Retire

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:34

After four decades on Capitol Hill, the California Democrat plans to step down at the end of the year. He leaves a deep legacy in health and environmental law, including clean-air rules and tobacco restrictions.

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Access To Toilets And Books Improves Life For Kids Across The Globe

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:25

Since 1990, nearly 2 billion people have gained clean toilets, or at least decent outhouses. And many more children in the developing world now eat better, go to school and get medical treatment. The advances mean that fewer children are dying of preventable diseases.

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Your Nose Knows Which Foods Are Fattiest

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:24

Low-fat ice cream just won't cut it for you? Maybe it's your nose telling you it's not the real deal. Researchers have found that people can actually smell differences in dietary fat in food. It's an ability that might have helped our ancestors find the best foods to survive on.

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Rep. Henry Waxman stepping down after 20 terms

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 09:08

Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman just announced this morning that he is retiring after 20 terms. Waxman was a powerful player when it came to regulation of the Telecom industry. He also was on the record for supporting what he called a "free and open internet." Tony Rahm, a technology reporter at Politico in Washington DC, discusses Waxman's career. Click the audio player above to listen to the interview.

Air Force Cheating Scandal Widens; 92 Nuclear Officers Linked

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:48

The scope of the scandal has grown sharply. Now, nearly 20 percent of the 500 officers in the nuclear weapons corps are implicated. The secretary of the Air Force says there are "systemic problems" in a command that has control over nuclear missiles.

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U.S.: Syria Behind Schedule On Dismantling Chemical Stockpile

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:47

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed concerns expressed by the international watchdog group overseeing the operation that Syria is not meeting deadlines for handing over dangerous chemicals.

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Grade Inflation In The Maple Syrup Aisle: Now Everything Is An 'A'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:33

If you like richer, darker, more intense maple syrup, you should pick Grade B. But the idea that B beats A seems counter-intuitive to lots of consumers who are just looking for something sweet to pour on their morning pancakes. So the syrup industry has revamped its grading system.

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Grade Inflation In The Maple Syrup Aisle: Now Everything Is An 'A'

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:33

If you like richer, darker, more intense maple syrup, you should pick Grade B. But the idea that B beats A seems counter-intuitive to lots of consumers who are just looking for something sweet to pour on their morning pancakes. So the syrup industry has revamped its grading system.

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At GOP Retreat, House Members Regroup On Immigration

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:30

Speaker John Boehner of Ohio is expected to present fellow Republicans with a one-sheet document that lays out principles for rewriting immigration laws. His caucus is split on the issue, so it's unclear whether he has the support to move forward with legislation.

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Sports Writer Ray Didinger On The Myth Of The 'Dumb' Football Player

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:00

Didinger, who has been covering football for decades, says there's a lot of thought that goes into successfully executing a football play. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies, "I really don't think you can be truly a dumb guy and play this game at the NFL level."

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Ron 'Jaws' Jaworski On What It's Like To Play The Super Bowl

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 08:00

Jaworski spent 16 years in the NFL, most of them with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team he took to the Super Bowl in 1981. Now the former quarterback works as a football analyst for ESPN. He tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies about what it feels like to play in the big game.

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PODCAST: Cuba seeks foreign investment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 07:50

Investors are pulling out of places like Turkey and South Africa, and putting their money into older markets. How much does the Fed have to do with it?

The president didn’t say much about college affordability in his state of the union address this week, unlike in previous years, but some members of Congress are pushing the issue. U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would waive tuition at public universities. Instead, students would pay a percentage of their incomes after graduation.

Cuba is trying to lure foreign investment with a multi-million dollar shipping port. The $957 million overhaul of the port of Mariel, in west Havana, is being financed by Brazil, and is in the heart of a special economic development zone.

Putting Yankee Stadium on ice

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-01-30 07:29

All this week, Marketplace Tech has been talking about sports and technology for our "Gaming the System" series. Today, we take you to a hockey rink right about the spot that A-Rod usually stands -- that's right, Yankee Stadium. On the eve of a big outdoor hockey game at New York's Yankee Stadium, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson finds out how the NHL is converting a baseball field to a hockey arena. Click the audio player above to hear his interview with Kris King, senior vice president of hockey operations for the NHL.

Popular Testosterone Therapy May Raise Risk Of Heart Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2014-01-30 07:14

Men who take testosterone supplements double their risk of heart attacks, a study finds. That was true for men over 65 and for younger men with heart disease. Testosterone supplements have become increasingly popular as a way to counter flagging libido.

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