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Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 00:24

Many people watched other people playing video games on the video-sharing site in 2013. But it wasn't all about games; educational videos, particularly those that explain science concepts or use fun animation, were also big hits.

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Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 00:23

A handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say it's time to turn your finances over to bots. Algorithms can monitor a person's financial behavior better than most advisers, they say, and aren't biased by commissions or complex fee structures.

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$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 00:22

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a class of drugs that can cure most hepatitis C infections. That's great news for the more than 3 million Americans infected. But the high cost — $84,000 per course of treatment — means some patients could miss out.

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Films With Black Actors, Directors Go To 11 In 2013

NPR News - Mon, 2013-12-30 00:21

This year's 11 top-grossing films starring black actors and by black directors almost doubles the number of last year's slate of comparable films. Industry watchers say Hollywood needs a stronger infrastructure of support for black filmmakers to sustain this level of racial diversity on and off the screen.

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Wet Snow Complicates Power Restoration In Maine

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 23:21

A band of heavy, wet snow is causing renewed concerns for utility companies in Maine just a week after an ice storm left parts of northern New England in the dark.

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Report: 70 Journalists Died On The Job In 2013

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 23:06

At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013. That includes 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

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Successive Suicide Bombings In Russia Kill Dozens

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 22:49

A blast that tore through an electric bus in the southern Russian city of Volgograd during Monday's morning rush hour, killing 14, was probably carried out by suicide bombers from the same organization behind a railway explosion a day earlier, officials said.

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Remembering Eydie Gorme, A Vegas Singer Without The Drama

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 14:40

Eydie Gorme was most famous for being half of the husband-and-wife singing duo Steve and Eydie, with her husband of nearly 60 years, Steve Lawrence. But on her own she was known for her range, her deftness in English and Spanish and her sense of humor. She passed away in August in Las Vegas.

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The FBI Investigator Who Coined The Term 'Serial Killer'

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 14:13

Robert Ressler spent his career researching crimes that were tough to understand. He thought that by figuring out how — and why — violent criminals worked, he could help police identify suspects. He came face to face with notorious killers like Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy. Ressler died earlier this year. He was 76.

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Air Evacuation Is Being Considered For Antarctic Passengers

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 13:39

Two vessels with ice breaking equipment have failed to rescue the ship. A third is on its way, but if it fails, passengers may have to be rescued via helicopter.

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French High Court OKs 75 Percent Tax For Top Earners

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 12:22

The millionaire tax was a campaign promise from French President François Hollande. Film star Gerard Depardieu famously fled the country to avoid paying the tax.

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'League Of Their Own' Inspiration Didn't Mind A Dirty Skirt

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 12:00

Baseball legend Lavonne "Pepper" Paire Davis was the inspiration for Geena Davis' character in A League of Their Own. In the 1940s, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League put young women on the field at a time when they just didn't play ball. Paire Davis died earlier this year at age 88.

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Lebanese Ambassador To U.S. Remembered As A Voice For Moderation

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 11:35

At his funeral in Beirut, Sunnis discussed what Mohamad Chatah's killing means for the future of moderation in Lebanon.

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Years Of Turmoil Weigh On Beirut As Syria Strains Lebanon

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 10:37

Violence from the crisis next door in Syria has been seeping into Lebanon for months. The city is also absorbing a new flood of Syrian refugees. One man who has lived in the city his whole life says it might finally be time to leave.

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Lost In 2013: Three Nobel Scientists Who Saw Something In Us

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 09:20

Three groundbreaking scientists, all of whom won the Nobel Prize for their discoveries, died in 2013. Francois Jacob figured out how genes work. Frederick Sanger, who sequenced the first genome, is one of only four people to win two Nobel Prizes. David Hubel found out how to listen to the brain.

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Abortion Rights Groups Say It's Time To Stop Playing Defense

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 09:03

Activists across the nation want to counter the onslaught of regulations that limit abortions and regulate clinics with new laws that protect access to abortion.

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GOP Leaders Reject Report That Benghazi Wasn't Linked To Al-Qaida

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 08:53

Republicans are casting doubt on a New York Times report that backs the Obama administration's version of events.

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Target's Word May Not Be Enough to Keep Your Stolen PINs Safe

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 08:08

Despite news that hackers stole PIN data from the giant retailer Target during prime buying season, shoppers say they will still use their cards to ring up purchases there. Target says the PINs are encrypted, but security experts say that given time, hackers could still outwit the system.

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Enrollment Through Federal Health Market Surges In December

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 07:03

Almost 1 million people signed up through the federal marketplace in December, the White House said on Sunday. That's the vast majority of the 1.1 million people who have signed up for health care since HealthCare.gov launched on Oct. 1.

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At Least One Rocket Fired From Lebanon Hits Israel

NPR News - Sun, 2013-12-29 05:58

The flare-up in tensions comes while Israelis and Palestinians negotiate a peace deal and just as Israel announced it would release 26 longtime Palestinian prisoners.

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