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Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 00:14

For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.

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4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 00:03

In his first six years in office, President Obama issued just two vetoes, the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield. But that's about to change.

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Death Row Records Co-Founder Involved In Fatal Hit-And Run

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 23:32

The attorney for Marion Knight says his client plans to turn himself in to police after he accidentally ran over and killed a friend and injured another man as he fled attackers in Compton, Calif.

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Arrested For Resisting Arrest — Yes, It's Possible

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 17:07

Resisting arrest is usually a secondary charge against someone already being arrested for something else, but not always.

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Car Safety Improves: Study Lists Those With Most, And Least, Driver Deaths

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 16:54

For 2011 models through the 2012 calendar year, driver deaths per million registered vehicle years fell to 28 from 48 just three years earlier, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Rise In Measles Cases Marks A 'Wake-Up Call' For U.S.

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 15:21

The latest wave of measles cases and potential infections is in Arizona, where 1,000 people may have been exposed to measles from seven people confirmed to have been infected.

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Guess everything costs more in New York City

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-01-29 15:03

We are, as you know, a show about business and economics, so we try to find the money in everything we do. But occasionally we struggle to find an angle.

Take, just for instance, the blizzard earlier this week. I mean ... can you really do a "what's the cost of snow" story?

Turns out, you can.

Over the past 12 years in New York City, snow and ice removal costs have averaged about $1.8 million per inch.

This according to a recent post-storm report from the City Comptroller.

Ebola Cases Plummet In West Africa, As Endgame Begins

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 15:00

Only 99 Ebola cases were reported worldwide last week. That's the lowest weekly count since June. But getting down to zero cases is still a long way off.

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'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:15

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the 'female husband' was a person of great interest.

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Some Businesses Say Immigrant Workers Are Harder To Find

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:10

The president's recent executive actions will allow millions of immigrants to stay in the U.S. But many businesses say those changes aren't enough to help them find and keep all the workers they need.

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Pro Football Hall Of Fame Tackles Assisted Living Center

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 14:10

Canton, Ohio, has launched an ambitious expansion plan, including assisted living for Hall of Famers. The concept is part business, part nostalgia and part a sense of responsibility to ballplayers.

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Study Finds Court Fees Also Punish The Families Of Those Who Owe

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:51

The Center for Community Alternatives says that formerly incarcerated men and women rely heavily upon family, almost always receiving cash from them.

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Dartmouth Bans Hard Liquor On Campus

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:44

The Ivy League school is also introducing a mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention and education program for students. The steps are part of efforts to reform social life at the college.

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Scientists, General Public Have Divergent Views On Science, Report Says

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:26

A Pew Research Center study shows that the two groups disagree most strongly on the safety of GM foods, the use of animals in research, climate change and human evolution.

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With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:16

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 13:10

NBC's Parenthood airs its final episode, wrapping after six seasons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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To Protect His Son, Father Pushes School To Bar Unimmunized Kids

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Melissa Block talks to Carl Krawitt, whose son Rhett is in remission from leukemia but still cannot be vaccinated for measles. Rhett attends school in Marin County Calif., where nearly seven percent of students are not vaccinated. Mr. Krawitt has asked the local superintendent of schools to "require immunization as a condition of attendance."

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Prosecutor's Murky Death Could Impact Argentina's Elections

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Argentina is focused on the funeral of a prosecutor who died mysteriously. And the nation's politics — with elections this fall — reverberate over the 20-year-old bombing he was investigating.

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The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

David Kestenbaum of NPR's Planet Money tells the story of the first stock ever shorted. It's a tale of intrigue, lies, sabotage and a life of exile.

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Mormon LGBT Announcement Met With Cheers, Skepticism

NPR News - Thu, 2015-01-29 12:59

Robert Siegel talks to Mormon leader Elder Dallin Oaks about the press conference this week where the church announced it would support LGBT anti-discrimination legislation in return for laws that protect religious freedom.

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