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Looking To Escape The Polar Vortex? Head North To Alaska

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

Many Alaskans are watching the lower 48 suffer through the cold and snowy winter with one reaction: envy. That's because Alaska is enduring the opposite, facing record high temperatures and extremely low snow totals. Alaska Public Radio Network's Annie Feidt reports that the unusual weather has made it difficult for residents to enjoy the winter sports, like skiing, that are popular in the state.

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Building Pressure May Mean Progress In Israeli Peace Talks

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

As political sparring has gotten increasingly nasty in Israel, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has found himself caught in the crossfire for his role in the peace talks. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki points to this criticism as a sign that Israeli and Palestinian sides are getting down to the painful details. Neither side wants to be labeled as the one to end negotiations, but outsiders are nevertheless striving to exert diplomatic and financial pressure in order to ensure talks continue. Some say that this pressure alone may get a framework for peace signed.

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Legislators Make A Field Trip To Investigate W.Va Spill

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

Several members of Congress are convening a field hearing on January's toxic water crisis in West Virginia, gathering in Charleston to listen to officials testify about the safety of the water. While officials testified that the water was now suitable for drinking and bathing, there is one word nobody would use to describe the water: safe.

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In Britain, Deluge Shows No Signs Of Slowing

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

The winter weather in Britain is even worse than people expected this year. For more than a month now, the British Isles have been battered with storms that have destroyed train tracks, blocked roads and flooded large parts of the country. And as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from London, there's no end in sight to the dismal weather.

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Troubled Cease-Fire In Syria Still Leaves Some Evacuees Dead

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

Melissa Block speaks with Sam Dagher of The Wall Street Journal about the latest developments in the Syrian city of Homs. A temporary humanitarian cease-fire has been extended for three more days since the U.N.-brokered deal took effect Friday. Hundreds of civilians have been evacuated from Homs' Old City, a rebel-held territory that has been under siege by government forces for more than a year.

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For Openly Gay Football Player, Coming Out Came In Stages

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

Former University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced over the weekend that he was gay. Sam, who likely will soon enter the upcoming NFL draft, may become the first openly gay player ever in the NFL. Melissa Block gets the story behind Sam's decision from Cyd Zeigler, the editor and co-founder of OutSports, a sports news website that is dedicated to covering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes.

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Out Of The Closet And Into The Draft: Michael Sam's NFL Prospects

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

Former University of Missouri football player Michael Sam revealed over the weekend that he is gay. Sam, an All-American defensive lineman, may become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL if he is selected in this year's draft. Since he made his announcement, reactions have streamed in from every corner of the football world.

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Fate Of Former New Orleans Mayor Now In Jury's Hands

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

The jury has begun deliberations in the federal corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin is accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from businessmen in exchange for steering city business their way after Hurricane Katrina. NPR's Debbie Elliott was in court on Monday and speaks to host Robert Siegel about the day's developments.

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'Dancing Fish,' 'Ammonites' And A Literary Life Well-Lived

Mon, 2014-02-10 13:00

For 44 years, British author Penelope Lively has been publishing children's books, short stories and novels. Her latest book, Dancing Fish and Ammonites, is subtitled, "A Memoir," but critic Ellah Allfrey says it is "more a collection of thoughts, a scattering of advice and a reading list to treasure."

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The Science Of Munchies: Why The Scent Of A Burger Gives Us A High

Mon, 2014-02-10 12:39

Skipping a meal triggers the munchies in a similar way that marijuana does, a study in mice finds. And it works, at least in rodents, by boosting the sense of smell. Receptors in the brain that get activated when the animals are stoned also light up after they've been fasting.

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Interest Groups Gear Up For Next Supreme Court Vacancy

Mon, 2014-02-10 12:38

With Republicans growing more confident about their prospects for taking over the U.S. Senate this fall, activists from both parties are starting to fire up the message machines for the next Supreme Court opening.

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Egypt's Crackdown Widens, But Insurgency Still Burns

Mon, 2014-02-10 11:48

The Egyptian security forces have targeted the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now classified as a terrorist group. But the crackdown has gone well beyond the one Islamist organization and now encompasses most everyone voicing dissent.

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Egypt's Crackdown Widens, But Insurgency Still Burns

Mon, 2014-02-10 11:48

The Egyptian security forces have targeted the Muslim Brotherhood, which is now classified as a terrorist group. But the crackdown has gone well beyond the one Islamist organization and now encompasses most everyone voicing dissent.

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Copenhagen Zoo's Scientific Director Defends Killing Giraffe

Mon, 2014-02-10 11:45

Bengt Holst said euthanizing the 2-year-old giraffe was for the good of the greater giraffe population and it also served as an opportunity to "educate people."

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Militants In Iraq Blow Themselves Up At Bomb Training Camp

Mon, 2014-02-10 11:11

Iraqi officials believe a belt packed with explosives detonated as an instructor was conducting a demonstration. About 20 militants were killed and 15 or so were wounded. It appears that no innocent bystanders were hurt.

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So Far At The Games, A Low-Key Response To Russia's Anti-Gay Law

Mon, 2014-02-10 11:03

There haven't been any pronouncements in favor of gay rights at news conferences or on medal stands yet. And LGBT activists aren't too surprised.

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Olympic Photo Of The Day: Speedskater Hug

Mon, 2014-02-10 10:42

Gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada celebrates with his girlfriend and fellow speedskater, Marianne St-Gelais, after winning the men's 1,500-meter short-track speedskating.

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U.S. Citizen May Be Targeted With Drone Strike: Reports

Mon, 2014-02-10 10:11

Multiple news outlets are reporting being told by U.S. officials that the Obama administration is considering whether to try to kill a U.S. citizen who has allegedly joined al-Qaida overseas. The individual, whose name has not been released, is alleged to be planning attacks against Americans.

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'Lung In A Box' Keeps Organs Breathing Before Transplants

Mon, 2014-02-10 09:49

For decades, doctors have transported donor organs chilled on ice in a plain old cooler. But a company is trying to come up with a better way to carry the lifesaving organs. The experimental machines keep hearts beating and lungs moving outside the body.

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'Lung In A Box' Keeps Organs Breathing Before Transplants

Mon, 2014-02-10 09:49

For decades, doctors have transported donor organs chilled on ice in a plain old cooler. But a company is trying to come up with a better way to carry the life-saving organs. The experimental machines keep hearts beating and lungs moving outside the body.

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