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Man Accused In 1998 Bombings Of U.S. Embassies Dies In Custody

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 04:07

Abu Anas al-Libi, who was captured in 2013, stood accused of conspiracy to kill Americans in connection with the explosions at embassy compounds in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people.

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NASA Hopes A Hack Will Overcome Mars Rover's Memory Gap

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

The Mars rover Opportunity is getting on in years. It has been on Mars' surface for over a decade, and now it's having memory problems. NASA has come up with a plan to fix it.

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The Week In Sports: NFL Playoffs, College Football Finals

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

College football has a championship coming, the NBA's LeBron James is out with injuries, and the NFL playoffs are starting. ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Eric Westervelt what to watch for.

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Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

Solar energy had a banner year in 2014. But as more U.S. households make their own electricity, they're paying electric utilities less. Utility companies across the nation are fighting back.

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Rift Between NYC Mayor And Police Could Become Dangerous

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to New York Times police reporter David Goodman about what's behind New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's fraught relationship with the city's police.

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Orca Calf Shows Signs Of Orca Midwifery

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

A whale researcher has a new hypothesis about orca whales: Whale "midwives" may be assisting births.

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Author: Mitch McConnell's Focus On Winning Is 'Single-Minded'

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

The new Senate majority leader will soon take office. NPR's Eric Westervelt asks Alec MacGillis, author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell, what his leadership might look like.

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U.S. Sanctions Against North Korea Are Mostly Symbolic

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

The cyber attack on Sony has prompted the U.S. to impose new sanctions on North Korea. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with correspondent Tamara Keith about why the U.S. is taking this action.

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U.N.'s Anthony Banbury: Zero Cases Of Ebola Is The Only Option

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 03:58

Anthony Banbury is stepping down as the head of the U.N.'s Ebola mission. He says the Ebola can't become entrenched in West Africa. And he thinks the fight is heading in the right direction.

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Libyan On Trial For 1998 U.S. Embassy Bombings Dies

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 01:28

A man accused by federal prosecutors of being an al-Qaida member involved in the bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania died of complications from liver surgery, his wife said.

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Tech Week: FBI Still Blames North Korea; App Encourages Sharing

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 01:21

This week in tech, private security experts continued to question the FBI's claim that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures. Also, a new app connects people and their stuff.

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Tech Week: FBI Still Blames North Korea; App Encourages Sharing

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 01:21

This week in tech, private security experts continued to question the FBI's claim that North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures. Also, a new app connects people and their stuff.

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15 Education Predictions for 2015

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 01:19

From educators, academics, liberals, conservatives, teachers, a student ... and Arne Duncan.

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15 Education Predictions for 2015

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-03 01:19

From educators, academics, liberals, conservatives, teachers, a student ... and Arne Duncan.

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Underwater Cameras Said To Identify AirAsia Jet

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 20:04

Bad weather continues to hamper the search for bodies, but the chief search official says a remotely operated vehicle has found the missing jet that crashed last Sunday.

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7-Year-Old Survives Ky. Small Plane Crash

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 19:55

The girl walked to a home nearby and reported the crash, which killed the other four people on board.

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Mario Cuomo: He was a powerful, poetic speaker

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:51

Three-term New York governor Mario Cuomo died Thursday at 82 from heart failure.

Cuomo is remembered for, among other things, his rhetorical skills. Perhaps most notable is his speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, where he talked about inequality and rebuked President Ronald Reagan's notion that America is "a shining city on a hill."

"There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit in your shining city," Cuomo said.

"It was partly numbers," says poet Robert Pinsky. "And it was understanding how to make numbers comprehensible and forceful that was so powerful in that speech."

The speech has influenced the way politicians talk about economic inequality on both sides of the aisle. Watch it below.

Mario Cuomo and the language of divide

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:51

Three-term New York governor Mario Cuomo died Thursday at 82 from heart failure.

Cuomo is remembered for, among other things, his rhetorical skills. Perhaps most notable is his speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention, where he talked about inequality and rebuked President Ronald Reagan's notion that America is "a shining city on a hill."

"There is despair, Mr. President, in the faces that you don't see, in the places that you don't visit in your shining city," Cuomo said.

"It was partly numbers," says poet Robert Pinsky. "And it was understanding how to make numbers comprehensible and forceful that was so powerful in that speech."

The speech has influenced the way politicians talk about economic inequality on both sides of the aisle. Watch it below.

Snow Angels: Men Dig Out Moose Buried By Avalanche

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 15:28

The snowmobilers who found the moose said they couldn't leave it to die. But they risked becoming buried in an avalanche themselves to save it.

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Our Most Popular Stories Of 2014: Ebola ... And Bed Rails?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 14:12

In July, the Goats and Soda blog was born. We came into a world obsessed with Ebola. But our readers also loved stories about chocolate, bed rails and jet-setting viruses.

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