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Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library

Sat, 2014-02-08 03:05

The Barack H. Obama Foundation launched this week, with the goal of raising millions of dollars to fund the 44th president's library and museum. The politics of picking a city for the venture, however, makes fundraising look easy.

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Trenton's Mayor Mack Found Guilty Of Bribery, Fraud Charges

Fri, 2014-02-07 17:02

A federal jury has found Mayor Tony F. Mack of Trenton, N.J., guilty of six charges ranging from extortion and bribery to fraud. Mack's brother was also convicted of some charges in the case, which involved plans for a parking garage.

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Stomach Bug Closes Landmark New York Resort

Fri, 2014-02-07 14:58

The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, N.Y., closed Friday afternoon so that cleaning crews from a company that specializes in disaster responses can scour the place after an outbreak of intestinal illness. Norovirus appears to be the culprit.

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Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire

Fri, 2014-02-07 14:40

Communication breakdowns can be fatal for firefighters, but are all too easy when crews are shrouded in smoke and a blaze is moving fast. Florida, with its millions of acres of forest and grassland, has rolled out a new system that can pinpoint crews without relying on voice communication.

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Alleged Silk Road Mastermind Pleads Not Guilty To Trafficking

Fri, 2014-02-07 14:35

Ross William Ulbricht, who allegedly ran the shadowy online marketplace before his arrest in October, is set to stand trial in November.

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House Republicans May Get To Immigration, Just Not Now

Fri, 2014-02-07 14:11

In politics, it often comes down to timing. And right now, the timing just isn't good for congressional Republicans to take up an immigration overhaul.

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Alex Rodriguez Drops Lawsuit Against Baseball, Players Union

Fri, 2014-02-07 14:00

The federal lawsuit was Rodriguez's last chance at trying to overturn a 162-game suspension. Major League Baseball said dropping the lawsuit meant Rodriguez wanted to return to the focus to the game.

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Olympic Photo Of The Day: Giant Head Edition

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:35

Imagery from Russia's recent past – including the hammer and sickle that adorned the flag of the Soviet Union – is seen in the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Olympics Friday.

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Disappointing Jobs Data May Point To A Tougher 2014

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:19

After consistent improvements in 2013, employment growth has downshifted over the past two months. Economists fear that could be pointing to slower growth in 2014.

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After A Stroke, Women's Lives Are Worse Than Men's

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:12

Women's reduced ability to recover physically after a stroke may have big effects on their quality of life. Researchers don't know why women don't fare as well as men after strokes, but they say it's a topic in need of attention.

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Iran's President Rouhani Gets The Benefit Of The Doubt, For Now

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

Iran is preparing for a national holiday celebrating the Islamic Revolution 35 years ago, and NPR's Peter Kenyon is among the few foreign journalists in Tehran for the event. He's found that the optimism that greeted President Hassan Rouhani's election last year has moderated — but not vanished.

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In The Wake Of Tragedy, The Possibility of Understanding

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

Emily Bazelon recommends a memoir about facing the danger and squalor of addiction and eventually overcoming it, while Abigail Deutsche ponders the love story at the heart of Edward St. Aubyn's novel Bad News: The one between a man and his drugs.

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Muslims Flee CAR Capital, Chased By Christian Jeers

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

A convoy of nearly 500 vehicles full of Muslim families filed out of the capital of Central African Republic on Friday, watched closely by crowds of cheering Christians. Two months of sectarian violence preceded the exodus, which Associated Press photographer Jerome Delay witnessed firsthand. Melissa Block speaks to Delay about the situation.

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Beneath The Bunting, Afghan Shadow Campaign Kicks Off

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

The Afghan presidential campaign is under way, and on the surface it looks like what you'd see in any other democracy. But underneath the decorations and sloganeering lies the shadowy practice of wooing tribal elders, warlords and other influential Afghans who can "deliver" votes or, in some cases, prevent opponents' voters from making it to the polls.

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Pakistan And Taliban Come To The Negotiating Table

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

Pakistan's government and the Pakistani Taliban are holding a first round of peace talks in Islamabad. Expectations are low for any substantial progress toward ending what has been a particularly bloody insurgency. Some analysts believe that the Pakistani military will soon launch a major offensive against the militants in their strongholds along the border with Afghanistan.

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Glory And Glitches At Sochi Opening Ceremonies

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

The 2014 Winter Olympics officially opened Friday with a ceremony celebrating Russian culture and introducing Olympic athletes from around the world. NPR's Robert Smith was at the ceremony in Sochi and joins us to recount the pomp and pitfalls on display.

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Job Growth Runs Cold In January

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

The U.S. Labor Department reported disappointing hiring numbers on Friday. In January, employers added just 113,000 jobs, though the unemployment rate fell slightly to 6.6 percent.

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Allegations Reconvene Woody Allen's Trial By Media

Fri, 2014-02-07 13:00

Actress Mia Farrow and two of her children have revived allegations that the film director sexually abused his adopted daughter more than 20 years ago. The charges and counter-charges are playing out not in the legal system but in social media, on blogs and in big-name publications.

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Virginia Textbooks To Recognize S. Korea's 'East Sea' Claim

Fri, 2014-02-07 12:52

State lawmakers heard from Korean Americans and Japanese lobbyists before deciding to have the Sea of Japan designated also as the East Sea, the term Seoul prefers.

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Ambassador To Argentina Nominee Has Never Been To the Country

Fri, 2014-02-07 12:09

Noah Bryson Mamet's admission follows other embarrassing Obama nominee performances in the Senate.

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