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Yemeni Al-Qaida Leader Claims Responsibility For Paris Attack

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 01:45

Nasr al-Ansi, a top commander of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, appeared in an 11-minute Internet video posted Wednesday, saying the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was in "vengeance for the prophet."

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An unexpected drop ends a strong year for JPMorgan

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-01-14 01:30
7 percent

That's how much JPMorgan Chase's profit dropped in the fourth quarter, as reported on Wednesday. The decrease was unexpected, but they still finish 2014 with a reported $21.8 billion, the highest ever annual profit for the company.

$45.19

That's how low the price of Brent Crude got Tuesday. Goldman Sachs predicted the freefall will finally stop at $42 a barrel, but Quartz says it's possible we might hit the $32 low point of December 2008.

$300 million

That's how much online craft and vintage market Etsy is looking to raise in its upcoming IPO. That's a lot of hand quilted tea cozies. It could be the largest IPO for a New York tech company since 1999. 

$3,347

The average tuition and fees students at two-year colleges for the 2014-2015 academic year, or about a fifth of those students total budget, when transportation, supplies, housing and other costs are considered. According to the Washington Post's Wonkblog, those additional costs will create a much higher barrier to entry for students than President Barack Obama's free community college plan suggests.

5,700 rupees

That's how much Samsung's smartphone, the  Z1 handset, goes on sale for in India on Wednesday. As the BBC reports, the phone is a notable departure from Android, as this is the first phone that uses Samsung's own operating system called Tizen.

16 billion

The total page views Buzzfeed got in 2014. Let that sink in for a second

Why Our Feelings Toward Some African-Americans Change On MLK Day

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 01:03

Martin Luther King Day honors a great African-American leader — so you may think it's a day many Americans would also honor today's prominent African-Americans in our lives today. But you'd be wrong.

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U.S. Responsible For Paris Terror Attacks, Russian TV Network Says

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 01:03

A Russian TV station has broadcast an unchallenged claim that the terrorist attacks in Paris were the work of U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Miami Rejects Hosting Cuban Consulate, But Tampa Wants It

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 01:03

In anticipation of talks to re-establish diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, Miami officials say they don't want a Cuban Consulate. In Tampa, though, officials say they'd welcome it.

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Homeland Security Budget Caught Up In Immigration Politics

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 01:03

The House is set to pass a $40 billion spending bill that pays for the Department of Homeland Security to the end of the budget year — but also invalidates President Obama's executive actions on deportations.

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Tough Attorney General Pick Loretta Lynch Vies For Senate Confirmation

NPR News - Wed, 2015-01-14 01:03

Lynch grew up in a state where her parents fought for the vote. She could be the first black woman, and mom, to lead the Justice Department.

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Indiana's Veterans Service Officers Help Vets Get More Benefits

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 23:18

Veterans Service Officers often help veterans successfully navigate the complicated benefits process. But not all vets in Indiana know about VSOs or have access to them.

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North Carolina Rethinks The Common Core

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 23:17

Some states have been quick to drop the new national academic standards — but North Carolina is taking its time before deciding the Common Core's future in 2015.

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Ads Say 'No More' To Domestic Violence, But Will Audience Listen?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 23:16

If you watched any football over the weekend, you likely saw an ad from the "No More" campaign. The idea is to raise awareness about domestic violence — and to bolster the NFL's image.

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Health Insurance Startup Collapses In Iowa

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 23:16

Obamacare provided billions in seed money to help establish insurance companies called co-ops. One of the biggest has now gone under, and its state overseer is telling clients to switch carriers.

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In Brazil, A Once-High-Flying Economy Takes A Tumble

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 23:14

A few years ago amid a global recession, Brazil was the darling of the financial markets. But last year, the country barely avoided recession. Prices are soaring, and investors are looking elsewhere.

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For S.C.'s Poet Laureate, An Inauguration Poem Without An Inaugural Audience

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 23:13

State officials say they cut Marjory Wentworth's two-minute poem for time, but many residents say it was the mention of the state's history with slavery that got it tossed.

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NASCAR's Kurt Busch Testifies That Ex-Girlfriend Is An Assassin

NPR News - Tue, 2015-01-13 17:50

Race car driver Kurt Busch and others told a Dover, Del., court this week that his former girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll, is an assassin. Driscoll did not deny the claims.

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