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Something Winter This Way Comes: The South Braces For Storms

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

A debilitating winter storm is creating havoc across the Deep South on Wednesday. As much as a foot of snow is expected in Georgia and the Carolinas. Ice will also be a problem: Forecasters say that up to an inch of it will coat roads and power lines. Jim Burress of member station WABE reports from Atlanta that hundreds of thousands of people are without electricity.

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American Speedskaters Leave Ice Disappointed

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

U.S. speedskating took a big hit in Sochi today, coming out of the 1,000-meter competition with no medals. The team's highest rank was eighth, earned by Shani Davis, who has dominated this race in the past.

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More Findings, More Questions About Value Of Mammograms

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

A long-running study has been raising questions about the value of mammography for younger women, and recently it has produced yet more evidence to cast doubt on routine screening. The study found no evidence that screening saved lives, even after 25 years of follow-up. Rather, screening may lead instead to unnecessary treatment for many women. The findings are unlikely to settle debate over the value of mammography.

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Face Of Katrina Recovery Found Guilty Of Corruption Charges

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

Wednesday in New Orleans, a federal jury convicted former Mayor Ray Nagin on 20 of 21 corruption counts. The two-term mayor was in office when Hurricane Katrina struck and was the public face of the city during the city's rebuilding. Federal prosecutors say that it was during this time he took bribes to steer rebuilding contracts to businessmen.

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Surprise Pot Hole Claims 8 Vintage Corvettes

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

The National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., met with a rude surprise on Wednesday morning. A sinkhole — 40 feet wide and 20 feet deep — opened beneath part of the museum, swallowing eight vintage Corvettes. To find out more, Robert Siegel speaks with Katie Frassinelli, the museum's communications manager.

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Two Decades From War, Unrest Simmers Anew In Bosnia

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

In Bosnia-Herzegovina, protesters have begun to gather in several towns to demand the resignation of the regional government. Their complaints range from corruption to unemployment, but some say the roots of the unrest can be found in the flawed system established two decades ago, in the wake of sectarian civil war. Robert Siegel speaks with Reuters correspondent Matt Robinson about the changes that need to be made and the unclear path forward.

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Behind Besieged Walls, UN Peacekeeper Sees War's Toll On Syrians

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

In the war-torn Syrian city of Homs, a tenuous cease-fire is set to expire on Wednesday. Fighting has centered on a district within Homs known as the Old City, a rebel-held area under siege by government forces for more than a year. For more on the cease-fire and evacuation, Melissa Block talks with Matt Hollingworth, the Syria director for the United Nations World Programme.

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At 102, Reflections On Race And The End Of Life

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

Rosa Finnegan worked until she was 101. Even now, she says, she's still learning things about herself. "Even as old as I am," she says, "you think you're not prejudiced, but all of a sudden you really find out you are. How stupid I was. 'Cause before you know it, it's all over."

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Risky Tech Fixes For Climate Becoming Likelier, Critic Warns

Wed, 2014-02-12 13:00

As time runs out to put the brakes on global warming, world leaders seem loathe to reduce gas emissions, because it's politically hard, says social scientist Clive Hamilton. Instead, he worries, we'll try to engineer the atmosphere — a tech fix that sounds quicker and simpler – but is fraught with risk.

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Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

Wed, 2014-02-12 12:48

Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are at odds over whether military commanders should retain control over pursuing prosecution in sexual assault cases.

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With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House

Wed, 2014-02-12 12:45

The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.

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One More Year, Yankees' Jeter Says, Announcing Retirement Plan

Wed, 2014-02-12 12:21

"I want to start by saying thank you," New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter tells fans. The idea of Jeter retiring from pro ball has been a subject of debate in recent years, driven in part by his age and a nagging ankle injury.

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For Lower-Income Students, Snow Days Can Be Hungry Days

Wed, 2014-02-12 11:42

When bad weather shuts down school or delays its openings, it locks out many needy kids from a key source of nutrition. Some 70 percent of U.S. schoolchildren who eat school lunches get them for free or at reduced prices.

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Niche Online Dating Promises A Different Site For Every Preference

Wed, 2014-02-12 11:01

The cyber-dating industry is stretching far beyond its mass-market beginnings, with niche dating sites for every lifestyle or preference. "You name the obscure interest, there's probably a site for it," says online dating expert Dan Slater.

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Wed, 2014-02-12 10:58

Ray Nagin was indicted last January, when prosecutors said he engaged in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.

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Judge Dismisses Assisted Suicide Case Against Pennsylvania Nurse

Wed, 2014-02-12 10:15

Barbara Mancini was charged with assisting her father's suicide by providing him with a lethal dose of morphine. A judge's decision in her favor is the latest in a series of developments signaling a reluctance of courts and state legislatures to criminalize medical care that may hasten death.

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Scientists Say Their Giant Laser Has Produced Nuclear Fusion

Wed, 2014-02-12 10:01

Researchers from California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say they've figured out how to get their laser to squeeze hydrogen atoms together to make helium atoms, releasing energy in the process. It's an important step in the decades-long quest for fusion energy.

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Justice Thomas: Americans More Race Conscious Now Than In '60s

Wed, 2014-02-12 09:44

Speaking to university students in Florida, Clarence Thomas also said that "the worst I have been treated was by northern liberal elites."

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Global Military Spending Set To Rise In 2014

Wed, 2014-02-12 08:28

For the first time in five years, worldwide military spending is expected to go up, with China and Russia leading the way. The U.S. military budget is facing pressure, but the $600 billion in annual spending is roughly the same as the next 14 countries combined.

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Weekly Un-Innovation: There's Nothing To See Here

Wed, 2014-02-12 08:16

Forget high-tech gadgets that are supposed to make your life easier. Today, we're writing about ... Nothing. Pim de Graaff, a copywriter from Amsterdam, creates handmade black wooden blocks called Nothing to remind you that you already have enough stuff.

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