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U.S. Speedskaters Get A Little Help From Their Friends

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:53

U.S. Olympic teams have been more successful in speedskating than in any other winter sport. The secret to their success includes talent, skill and hard work, but there's also a network of support that buoys the team.

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Was That Jump A 6? Subjectivity In Olympic Judging

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Vote-trading scandals in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics forced the International Skating Union to make major changes to its judging system, including obscuring which judge issued which mark. Sports correspondent Mike Pesca discusses the issue of transparency and subjectivity in Olympics judging with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Collecting The Letters Of Wartime

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Letters written in a time of war reflect almost universal longing and loss, no matter the century or the enemy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Andrew Carroll, the director of the Center for American War Letters, about his personal collection of wartime correspondence from every American conflict, going back to 1776.

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France Takes A Stand, Crushing Ivory Beneath The Eiffel Tower

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

France became the first European country this week to join a worldwide effort to destroy ivory. The goal is to send a warning to ivory traffickers and to anyone who might not consider buying it a serious crime.

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New Criminal Sentencing Efforts Aim To Reduce Prison Crowding

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

This week the Justice Department encouraged people sent to prison under tough old drug laws to apply for clemency. The Senate Judiciary Committee also advanced a bill that advocates call the biggest sentencing reform in decades. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Plan Aims To Assure Afghanistan Aid Goes Where It's Supposed To

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

This coming week, the U.S. Agency for International Development plans to announce a new monitoring program that is designed to keep track of the aid dollars being spent in Afghanistan. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Larry Sampler, head of USAID programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Al-Qaida Steps In To Step Out Of Syria

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Al-Qaida's central leadership has cut ties with the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, or ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, about what this split tells us about the future of al-Qaida.

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Aid Workers Continue Efforts To Reach Besieged Syrian City

Sun, 2014-02-09 05:00

Humanitarian workers continue to try to evacuate civilians from the besieged Syrian city of Homs as negotiators in Geneva prepare for the next round of peace talks. NPR's Rachel Martin gets the latest from reporter Alice Fordham in Geneva.

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U.S. Sweeps Slopestyle Snowboarding With Women's Gold

Sun, 2014-02-09 04:54

In a near flawless run, Jamie Anderson took the medal a day after teammate Sage Kotsenburg clinched the men's gold.

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The World's Most Optimistic Law: Banning Graffiti In Karachi

Sun, 2014-02-09 02:48

Pakistani lawmakers may have overreached when they approved a measure that makes it a crime, punishable by jail time, to spray graffiti in the chaotic and often lawless city Karachi.

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Turning A Million Cubic Yards Of Post-Typhoon Trash Into Jobs

Sun, 2014-02-09 02:46

Some call Tim Walsh the disaster garbage man, but he prefers waste management specialist. After major natural disasters, the Briton comes to clean up and put people to work. Amid destruction he's seen from Indonesia to the Philippines, he's learned that there's opportunity, and hope, even in a dump.

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Sochi Games Expose Indian Corruption And Redemption

Sat, 2014-02-08 14:17

Luger Shiva Keshavan faces an uphill battle not only to train for the Olympics, but even to carry his country's flag. He and fellow Indian athletes are officially "stateless" at the games.

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Tennessee Weighs The Cost Of A Free College Education

Sat, 2014-02-08 14:00

Tennessee's governor has proposed to pay community college tuition for anyone who needs it. The plan is intended to help boost higher education completion rates for the state, which ranks near the bottom nationwide.

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Iran: Warships Will Steam Close To U.S. Waters As 'A Message'

Sat, 2014-02-08 12:44

An admiral in charge of Iran's 'Northern Navy' said 'fleets' are already making way for Atlantic waters, but he did not say the number or type of vessels.

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Syrian Humanitarian Convoy Reportedly Attacked

Sat, 2014-02-08 10:16

The Syrian Red Crescent says its workers were wounded as they tried to deliver aid to a rebel-held section of the besieged city of Homs.

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Holder Orders Equal Treatment For Married Same-Sex Couples

Sat, 2014-02-08 09:19

The attorney general has ordered "full and equal protection" for such couples, a move that has far-reaching repercussions for how they're treated in federal proceedings.

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French Court Orders Google To Display Notice On Its Search Page

Sat, 2014-02-08 08:35

The Internet giant has been ordered to publish a public notice that it violated French regulations on user privacy and was ordered to pay a $200,000 fine.

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Is Early Sochi Criticism Par For The Course?

Sat, 2014-02-08 07:52

The Sochi Olympics have been criticized for poor preparation, security concerns, and Russia's policies on human and animal rights. The Russians aren't pleased. But host-bashing is a popular pastime.

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Is Early Sochi Criticism Par For The Course?

Sat, 2014-02-08 07:52

The Sochi Olympics have been criticized for poor preparation, security concerns, and Russia's policies on human and animal rights. The Russians aren't pleased. But host-bashing is a popular pastime.

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Panama Canal Expansion Suspended Over Cost-Overrun Dispute

Sat, 2014-02-08 07:23

A Spanish-led consortium working to build a new lock system to accommodate larger ships says it will stop work until a deal is reached.

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