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With A Son Missing, Family Questions Jordan's Mission Against ISIS

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:11

The family of the Jordanian air force pilot recently captured in Syria has deep misgivings about the kingdom's decision to join the U.S. in the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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Oakland A's Play Hardball To Win Distraught Young Fan's Allegiance

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:09

It's always tough to see your favorite player leave your favorite team. One young Toronto Blue Jays fan took it especially hard when the team traded infielder Brett Lawrie.

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Why I Asked Tina Fey About 'Charlie Hebdo' At The TV Critics Press Tour

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:59

At the TV Critics Association's press tour, journalists can struggle to connect news on the industry to real life. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Tina Fey's words on satire and freedom resonated.

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Auto industry has a record year (for safety fines)

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:57

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today its cumulative list of fines and civil penalties against automakers.

The biggest — also revealed today — is a $70 million fine for Honda for failing to report 1,729 death and injury claims to the federal government.

Last year the NHTSA  issued a total of $126 million in fines ... the most ever.

Out Of the Shadows And Onto Menus: Foie Gras Is Back In California

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:56

Chefs across California are celebrating a judge's decision to end the state's ban on the sale of foie gras. Many had continued to serve the delicacy, made from fatty duck or goose liver, illegally.

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Boston Bombing Survivor Readies For Testimony

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:52

Melissa Block talks with Boston bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory-DiMartino. Her left leg was amputated last November after multiple surgeries to save it.

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Paris Attack Suspect Had Known Terrorism Connections

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:41

Melissa Block talks to Elaine Sciolino, former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, about the suspects in Wednesday's attack on the office of a satirical publication.

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'Charlie Hebdo' Attack Punctuates Exisiting Political Tensions

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:23

Robert Siegel talks to Patrick Weil, professor and senior research fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne.

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U.S. Olympic Committee Poised To Name 2024 Bid City

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:22

This is a nervous time for officials in Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the four finalists who want to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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France Mobilizes 88,000 Police, Soldiers In Manhunt

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:16

French police are still searching for the gunmen who killed 12 people in Wednesday's attack on the Charlie Ebdo publication in Paris.

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In Haiti, Time Running Out To Schedule Overdue Elections

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Time is running out in Haiti for a political compromise before the Jan. 12 date when the majority of the country's legislators' terms will expire. Opposition senators are refusing to negotiate with the embattled president, and if an agreement is not hammered out, Michel Martelly will rule by decree.

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Privacy, Security Focal Points At CES

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

From Goldkey's smart watch that can make encrypted phone calls, to the iWallet that prevents hackers from stealing your credit card information, tech companies at CES are focusing this year on privacy gadgets. Melissa Block talks to CNET's Lindsey Turrentine about the latest in personal privacy technology at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show.

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Senate Renews Terrorism Insurance Program

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

A renewal of a just-lapsed terrorism program became the first bill passed by Congress this year. Opponents had argued that shopping mall developers, sports stadium owners and others should not get taxpayer support, but supporters who say such private insurance would be too expensive, prevailed in both chambers.

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Investigation Finds No Evidence NFL Saw Second Ray Rice Video

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

An independent investigation found no evidence the NFL saw a second video that showed a detailed assault by running back Ray Rice of his then fiance.

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Honda Fined $70 Million For Underreporting Safety Issues

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Honda has agreed to pay a $70 million fine for failing to report more than 1,700 death and injury claims in the largest penalty levied against a carmaker by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Honda's violations were first disclosed last year during investigations into defective Takata airbags in Hondas and other vehicles. NHTSA did not specify the exact nature of what Honda failed to report. Honda blamed the matter of "inadvertent data entry or computer programming errors."

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Remembering The Victims Of The 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block take a moment to remember the 12 victims of Wednesday's shooting in Paris.

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Congress Renews Post-Terrorist Attack Insurance Payments

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:12

Opponents had argued that shopping mall developers, sports stadium owners and others shouldn't get taxpayer support. Supporters, who say private insurance would be too expensive, prevailed.

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How The Skin Disease Psoriasis Costs Us Billions

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 12:04

People with the autoimmune disease psoriasis can need a lot of medical care and can miss a lot of work. A review adds up the big-dollar cost of a disease that often flies under the radar.

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Pentagon's Money-Saver: U.S. Troops To Leave 15 European Sites

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:55

The Department of Defense says it will pull out of bases in the U.K., Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal.

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That's what they call a canvas in the big city

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-08 11:31

If you happen to live in a big city, you probably have noticed huge advertisements on the sides of buildings. Not digital billboards or vinyl sheets with computer-printed graphics. But hand-painted art, literally as big as a building.

"Walldogs" is the industry term for the people who paint these murals. It is also the name of a Los Angeles-based company that does that kind of work here in town.

Owner Riley Forsythe has been in the business of painting advertisements and billboards for 40 years. Outdoor advertising and billboards were much more difficult to create in the pre-digital era.

"Before 1990, all the large billboards, including Los Angeles, were all hand-painted. Most people don’t know that," says Forsythe. "All of us were trained to paint photo-realistically, to reproduce the artwork as accurate as possible on these billboards, at scale."

Listen to the full interview with Forsythe in the audio player above.