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For Some Olympians, Games Are Golden Ticket To Politics

Sun, 2014-02-16 12:58

At least six former Olympians have been elected to Congress. The games offer ambitious athletes something essential to a career in politics: name recognition.

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Norwegian Mass Killer Demands 'Adult' Video Games In Prison

Sun, 2014-02-16 11:54

Anders Behring Breivik, the right-wing extremist who was convicted in the 2011 massacre of 77 people, says his prison conditions are nothing short of "torture."

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States Want Kids To Learn A Lot — Maybe Too Much

Sun, 2014-02-16 10:37

When state legislators impose mandates on schools, educators get nervous. Sometimes, lawmakers want kids to learn legitimate skills; other times, they try to micromanage lessons down to the historical event.

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Research Shows New Flu Viruses Often Arise In Domestic Animals

Sun, 2014-02-16 10:17

Scientists have apparently been wrong about where new flu viruses come from, and they've underestimated the viruses' connection to horses. The dogma is that new viruses always incubate in wild migratory birds first, then get into domestic poultry, and then jump into mammals — especially pigs and humans.

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U.S. Men's Hockey Beats Slovenia, Securing Spot In Quarterfinals

Sun, 2014-02-16 10:15

The 5-1 victory at Sochi's Shayba Arena comes a day after the Americans defeated the Russians in a preliminary round.

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Kerry Warns Indonesia: Climate Change Threatens 'Entire Way Of Life'

Sun, 2014-02-16 08:41

The secretary of state spoke to a group of students in the capital, Jakarta, saying climate skeptics "are simply burying their heads in the sand."

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Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Sun, 2014-02-16 07:12

Rutgers professor Jennifer Francis says the warming polar air is causing the jet stream to meander, slowing down the march of weather systems across the northern latitudes.

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U.S. Men's Alpine Skiers Grab Bronze And Silver

Sun, 2014-02-16 06:42

Bode Miller becomes the oldest person ever to win a medal in Alpine skiing at the Olympics, taking bronze. Underdog Andrew Weibrecht garners silver.

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The Green Rush Begins: Investors Get In On Pot's Ground Floor

Sun, 2014-02-16 06:09

With medical marijuana legal in 20 different states, a "green rush" has started among venture capitalists looking to invest in the pot-related industry.

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Reversal Of Fortune In CAR Has Muslims Fleeing For Their Lives

Sun, 2014-02-16 05:48

In the Central African Republic, Muslim rebels seized power last year and then lost it to Christian militias. France and other countries' peacekeeping troops are helping Muslims evacuate, as East Africa correspondent Gregory Warner tells NPR's Rachel Martin.

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It's Proven To Save Lives, So Why Is Maine Opposed To Narcan?

Sun, 2014-02-16 05:36

In some states, the overdose antidote known as Narcan is becoming more popular among law enforcement. Not the state of Maine; that state's governor is opposing a bill that would put Narcan in the hands of more first-responders.

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Schools Fall Behind In Helping Students With Mental Health Issues

Sun, 2014-02-16 05:00

A recent Newsweek investigation found that at many colleges and universities, being open about a mental health disorder can mean getting kicked out of school. Newsweek reporter Katie J.M. Baker speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the story.

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Fla. Man Guilty Of Lesser Charges In 'Loud Music' Murder Case

Sun, 2014-02-16 05:00

A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., returned a mixed verdict Saturday in the trial of Michael Dunn, charged in the shooting death of teenager Jordan Davis. Unable to reach a verdict on the charge of murder, the jury found Dunn guilty on four other counts.

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Scientists Discover Universe's Oldest Star

Sun, 2014-02-16 05:00

The star is 4 billion years older than any other found to date. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Timothy Beers of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Arizona.

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Texas Town Brings Out Its Debs For George Washington's Birthday

Sun, 2014-02-16 05:00

In Laredo, Texas, an elite debutante ball is one of many events held to celebrate George Washington's birthday. A new documentary, Las Marthas, explores the tradition. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to director Christina Ibarra.

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Haiti's First Cardinal Remains A Priest Of The People

Sun, 2014-02-16 05:00

Haiti has its first inductee into the College of Cardinals. Haitian Bishop Chibly Langlois is one of 19 men chosen by Pope Francis for elevation. Seven of the new group hail from the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.

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200 Trapped In Abandoned South African Gold Mine

Sun, 2014-02-16 04:54

Rescuers are trying to reach the people, who were discovered after screams were heard coming from a mine near Johannesburg. Illegal mining is common in the region.

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How Most Anyone Can Find Photos Of Secret Government Sites

Sun, 2014-02-16 02:31

Just by searching online, researchers found the buildings where the North Korean military is believed to be building launchers for ballistic missiles. Google Earth and cheap satellite images make this kind of intelligence gathering possible for most anyone with an Internet connection.

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'Sports Chaplains' Bring The Gospel To Olympic Village

Sun, 2014-02-16 02:26

Among the most visible Americans at the Sochi Olympics are a group of evangelical Christians decked out in black cowboy hats and bristling with pins that help start conversations. For the chaplains, every connection is a chance to make friends and proselytize.

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Water-Skiing On Snow: Skijorers Aren't Just Horsing Around

Sun, 2014-02-16 02:26

The odd sport of skijoring was a demonstration sport at the 1928 Winter Olympics, and hasn't been celebrated on the world stage since. But enthusiasts in New Hampshire and elsewhere are trying to bring it back — and it looks like they're gaining some traction.

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