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As PC Sales Drop, Intel Delays A Plant Opening And Cuts Jobs

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 00:35

Intel planned to open a massive chip plant in Arizona, and President Obama even visited it and called it "an example of an America that's within our reach." But demand for PCs has slowed, and it's left the company rethinking its next moves.

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Silencing Many Hospital Alarms Leads To Better Health Care

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 00:35

Alarms are good and necessary things in hospital care — except when there are so many that caregivers miss signals of a patient in crisis. Trying to conquer "alarm fatigue," one hospital turned off the beeps — and found that patient care actually improved.

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Grand Canyon May Be Older (And Younger) Than You Think

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 00:34

About 6 million years ago, a new mineral analysis suggests, a mighty river zigzagging across the Colorado plateau may have found its way into older gorges, greatly enlarging them to create the West's most spectacular canyon. Still, some geologists aren't sold.

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Legacy Of Forced March Still Haunts Navajo Nation

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 00:33

In a series of marches that began in 1864, the U.S. Army forced thousands of Navajo and Mescalero Apache people to walk 400 miles to an isolated reservation; more than a third died. Some say today's ills in Indian Country — severe poverty, suicide, addiction — have their roots in the "Long Walk."

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Bernanke's Fed Legacy: A Tenure Full Of Tough Decisions

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 00:32

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will preside over his last Fed policy-making meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. During his two terms as chairman, he faced a global financial crisis that threatened to become financial Armageddon, followed by a deep recession.

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How Parents And The Internet Transformed Clubfoot Treatment

NPR News - Mon, 2014-01-27 00:32

Clubfoot is a common birth defect that can make walking difficult. It used to be treated with surgery, which could have serious side effects, but a simple nonsurgical solution is now the norm. It took years of pushing by parents for that treatment to become accepted.

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Daft Punk, Lorde And Macklemore Win Major Grammy Awards

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 21:31

Daft Punk picked up trophies for album and record of the year, Lorde won two awards for "Royals," and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis took home four, including Best New Artist.

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'Nothing Is Fixed': Recovery Is Slow In Typhoon-Hit Philippine City

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 14:46

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the strongest storms ever recorded at landfall when it struck the Philippines late last year. More than 6,000 people were killed and millions more were displaced, and authorities are still struggling with clearing away debris, rebuilding houses and counting the dead.

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Tested At Last, Rape Kits Give Evidence To Victims' Stories

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 14:36

Like many cities nationwide, Cleveland is sending thousands of decades-old rape kits for testing. Investigators expect to reopen as many overlooked rape cases, but for some, justice comes too late.

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The Tonight Show And The Business Of Late Night

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 14:00

After hosting The Tonight Show for two decades, Jay Leno will pass the torch to Jimmy Fallon in February. NPR's Kelly McEvers tals with Matt Belloni, executive editor for The Hollywood Reporter, about the business of late-night talk shows.

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Taking Stock Of The Northern Plains Oil Boom

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 14:00

Beginning next week, NPR News will be taking an in-depth look at the unprecedented oil drilling boom happening on the Northern Plains, where the state of North Dakota has fast become one of the nation's most productive drilling regions. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with NPR reporter Kirk Siegler, back from a recent reporting trip in North Dakota for the series.

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Heinrich Himmler's Private Letters Published In German Newspaper

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 13:38

The collection features some 700 letters that the leader of the Nazis' notorious SS corps wrote to his wife. Editors at Die Welt say Himmler's writings show the intimate thoughts of a "clearly cold, feeling-less, self-righteous bureaucrat."

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Billionaire Compares Outrage Over Rich In S.F. To Kristallnacht

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 13:10

As class tensions intensify in the Bay Area, a venture capitalist is comparing the treatment of the tech-affluent to that of the Jews during a deadly raid in the Holocaust.

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Hospital In Texas Removes Life Support From Brain Dead Woman

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 12:23

Marlise Munoz, who was 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism, was the subject of a weeks-long court battle.

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Deal Gives Women, Children Safe Passage From Besieged Syrian City

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 10:47

The city of Homs was one of the first to rebel against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. It has been besieged by government forces for more than a year.

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Study Complicates The Debate Over Income Inequality

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 09:49

What does the growing income gap between the richest and poorest Americans mean for social mobility? An academic study published last week found that, contrary to popular perception, it has not gotten harder to climb the income ladder in the U.S. in the last two decades.

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Thailand's Anti-Government Protesters Move To Block Voting

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 09:20

Activists seeking the ouster of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have managed to shut down nearly all of the polling stations in the capital Bangkok and disrupt early voting in several outlying provinces.

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A Crusader Against Corruption, Chinese Activist Sentenced To Jail

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 09:02

A Chinese court sentenced Xu Zhiyong, a leading proponent of civil society, to four years in jail on Sunday. China's government has recently jailed officials and issued new rules to curb corruption, but it's apparently not an effort that independent citizens groups can join.

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New Law Puts Gloves On California Bartenders

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 08:16

A new food safety law in California bans culinary workers from touching uncooked food with their bare hands. That means bartenders can no longer drop ice cubes or add garnishes without gloves on, and that's got some unhappy.

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Warning: In Bitter Cold, Beware The 'Umbles'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-01-26 08:11

Icy vortices, trains of snowstorms, treacherous temperatures — many people are having to learn some harsh lessons about harsh weather.

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