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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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A Resolution For Foodies Who Want To Do Good: Pick A Campaign

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 13:39

Want to change the food system? You can vote with your fork, but you can also support a campaign that's confronting the problems head on.

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Donna Douglas, Elly May On 'The Beverly Hillbillies,' Dies At 81

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 13:13

The actress who played the tomboy daughter of Ozark mountain man Jed Clampett also appeared on screen alongside Elvis Presley and starred in a classic episode of The Twilight Zone.

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For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

We saw a lot of dystopias in both films and books this year. Author Jason Sheehan has had enough. He plans to celebrate the new year with some science fiction that's actually hopeful about the future.

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After Uprising, A Struggle To Restore Tunisia's Ancient Emblems

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

Preservationists are struggling to renew the ancient Medina in Tunis — one of the oldest Arab Muslim cities and a warren of elegant doorways, fountains and faded palaces mansions.

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Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.

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Flu Vaccines Still Helpful Even When The Strain Is Different

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

The influenza season is under way and experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn it may be particularly severe. We have an update on the flu and what you can do to protect yourself.

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Life Getting Tougher For Syrian Migrants, Refugees In Russia

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

Even Syrians who made their way to Russia long before their country's civil war are finding life tougher since the war started, with employers exploiting their desperation for a safe home.

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A Battle To Wash Away A Fountain's Controversial Namesake

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

In Washington, D.C., a local commissioner is working to get Sen. Francis Newlands' name removed from a fountain. Newlands was an outspoken white supremacist who tried to repeal the 15th Amendment.

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When A Rebel Is Homesick, He Might Be Willing To Surrender

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

To help end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Michael Sharp sits among the banana trees and talks with the fierce fighters about memories of the past and dreams for their children.

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Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:18

Scientists are growing mock organs made of human cells to better study diseases and to help test drugs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are working on a gut-on-a-chip.

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Fun Fact Friday: Beans and a lot of things

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:05
We're starting Fun Fact Friday, a list of the sometimes silly, but always interesting information we picked up over the previous week at Marketplace. Share your favorite Marketplace fun facts with us on Twitter @Marketplace or on our Facebook page.

OK, we'll go first:

  • Fun fact: Hangover cures don’t work … mostly because scientists don’t know why we get them.
For years, pharmaceutical companies and ... well ... pretty much everyone on New Year's day have tried to find a way around hangovers. But according to Marketplace reporter Stan Alcorn's report, the search may be in vain. Champagne wishes and hangover-cure dreams
  • Fun fact: The company Fuhu has a ball pit in the middle of its office.
Fuhu, maker of Nabi tablets for kids, estimates it has grown about 158,000 percent over the past year. You can find the full report, and a picture of the ball pit here.   Fuhu: The company that grew 158,000 percent in 2014
  • Fun fact: Coffee, bourbon and bacon are going to be more expensive next year.
Stock up now, or you’ll pay later. Things that will cost you more this year
  • Fun fact: You can rent a $378 Kate Spade necklace for $65.
At Rent the Runway, women rent formal-wear instead of buying. CEO and co-founder, Jennifer Hyman, says she believes fashion subscriptions will only get more popular. Fashion's new fairy godmother: Designer dress rental
  • Fun fact: Adidas released a soccer ball that uses sensors to measure your kick.
This technology can provide data and information like how fast the ball travels, how much it spins, and where to kick it for the best results. Internet's only just begun to run your life
  • Fun fact: The guys who invented the New Year's glasses shaped like digits didn't get rich off their idea.
In a battle over intellectual property, Richard Sclafani and Peter Caruso, the inventors of the glasses, lost out thanks to a multitude of knockoffs. They put the digits in New Year's glasses

Why the Domino's Pizza mascot 'the Noid' vanished

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-02 12:05

In the late 1980s, the Noid was pizza's worst enemy. He made pies arrive cold, late or crushed, with cheese stuck to the top of the box – at least that's what Domino's ads would have you believe.

Domino's could "avoid the Noid," delivering hot, fresh pizzas in 30 minutes or less. The Noid ads were a huge success, spawning toys and even a video game. 

But it all came crashing down in 1989, when the Noid suffered what may be the worst PR disaster in history. Zachary Crockett has written about the Noid for Priceonomics, and he tells us the strange, sad story.

Six brand mascots potentially as strange and popular as the Noid

Mac Tonight

Mr. Six

Slimer

The mascot for Hi-C's popular "Ecto Cooler" until 2001, 17 years after the release of "Ghostbusters."

Bob the Baby

Not to be confused with the E-Trade baby, who didn't get his own show on CBS.

Cavemen

These guys also inspired a short-lived TV series, starring a young Nick Kroll.

The King

This plastic-faced mascot was polarizing, but popular enough to appear in several video games.

30 Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Wreckage, Officials Say

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:54

Twenty-one other bodies were pulled from the Java Sea near Borneo. The Airbus A320 crashed Saturday with 162 passengers and crew aboard.

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Some Not-So-Conventional Wisdom About The Next Congress

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-02 11:54

Will Republicans have to prove they can govern and will Democrats be totally irrelevant? Will the president's veto pen get a workout? Here's a second look at some wisdom about the next Congress.

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