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Police Say White Powder Mailed To N.J. Hotels Was Cornstarch

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:01

The letters were sent to several New Jersey hotels near the site of Sunday's Super Bowl, as well as the office of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

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Former Christie Appointee Claims N.J. Gov. Knew About Lane Closures

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:00

In a letter released by his attorney, the Port Authority official who personally oversaw the George Washington Bridge lane closures is alleging that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about the action. David Wildstein asserts that evidence exists that will contradict Christie's claims to ignorance about the motives behind the lane closures.

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State Dept. Delivers Unwelcome News For Keystone Opponents

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:00

The department's final environmental assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline found that blocking the project probably wouldn't stop the development of Canada's tar sands. But the review didn't endorse the pipeline either. Secretary Kerry — and, ultimately, President Obama — will have the final say.

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Assad Regime Slows In Handing Over Chemical Weapons

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:00

The U.S. and international monitors are expressing concern over delays in the the handover of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal. Many experts now suspect that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime may be dragging its feet.

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Syria Peace Talks Take A Break

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:00

The Syria peace talks in Geneva adjourn with no breakthroughs or substantive signs of progress. But international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi says there is some common ground between the government and its opponents, and he announced that the talks will resume on Feb. 10.

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Obama Hosts Business Leaders, Hopes They Change How They Hire

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:00

President Obama is hosting business leaders at the White House in order to discuss possible solutions to long-term unemployment. The president says that he hopes for companies to revise their hiring practices, which often appear to be stacked against those who have been unemployed for six months or more.

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Celebration Is In The Air. Or Is That Just Snow?

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:00

Patty Chang Anker recommends a cookbook that eases the anxieties of anyone trying to cook Chinese-American meals, and Lev Grossman reminds us that there is a Seussian storm comparable to the one that shut down Atlanta this week.

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'Still Turning Heads' At Lunar New Year, An All-Female Lion Dance Troupe

Fri, 2014-01-31 13:00

A group of Asian-American women in Boston are redefining a Lunar New Year tradition every year by performing in an all-female lion and dragon dance troupe. The Chinese martial art is traditionally performed by men, often during new year's parades. The Lunar New Year starts Friday.

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U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review

Fri, 2014-01-31 12:20

The report concludes that the production of Canada's tar-sand crude, which causes more greenhouse gases than other forms, won't be affected if the pipeline moves forward.

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School's Out For Online Students In 'State Sponsors Of Terrorism'

Fri, 2014-01-31 12:10

Students in Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria — countries under U.S. trade and economic sanctions — were blocked from accessing material on Coursera this week. The company, one of the largest providers of massive open online courses, says it's working with the U.S. government on a resolution.

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School's Out For Online Students In 'State Sponsors Of Terrorism'

Fri, 2014-01-31 12:10

Students in Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria — countries under U.S. trade and economic sanctions — were blocked from accessing material on Coursera this week. The company, one of the largest providers of massive open online courses, says it's working with the U.S. government on a resolution.

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It's True: Snowiest Places Are Least Likely To Close Schools

Fri, 2014-01-31 11:51

Crunching some data, a Reddit user has come up with a map that sure seems to confirm what many have been saying: It doesn't doesn't take much, if any, snow to close schools in much of the South. But up North? A foot or more is going to have to fall before the kids get to stay home.

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PHOTOS: When Barn-Sized Boulder Meets Barn, Barn Loses

Fri, 2014-01-31 09:32

The images from northern Italy are stunning. A massive boulder broke free from a mountainside and tore a destructive path through a farm. The good news: No one was hurt.

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The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Fri, 2014-01-31 09:02

The Super Bowl is upon us! From the commercials, to counting how many times Peyton Manning yells "Omaha," the Barbershop guys share what they're looking forward to the most.

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Indian Country Sets Priorities With State Of Nations Address

Fri, 2014-01-31 09:00

Just days after President Obama delivered his State of the Union, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby gave the annual State of Indian Nations address. Host Michel Martin speaks to Cladoosby about the issues facing Indian country this year.

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WATCH: Skydivers Save Unconscious Comrade In Midair Rescue

Fri, 2014-01-31 08:55

James Lee's helmet cam records his fellow skydivers coordinating a life-saving maneuver as he plummets toward the ground from 12,500 feet.

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Last Cars Towed In Atlanta; Ice Is Gone, Traffic Is Moving

Fri, 2014-01-31 07:57

Three days after ice-covered roads forced more than 2,000 drivers to abandon their vehicles, traffic is flowing again. State police and members of the National Guard spent the better part of two days helping people get their cars started again or towing vehicles away.

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Australia OKs Dumping Dredged Mud In Great Barrier Reef Park

Fri, 2014-01-31 07:45

The dredging operation is part of a plan to expand a coal port in Queensland. Environmentalists have warned that dumping sediment could kill off delicate corals, but park officials said dredging would be "subject to strict environmental conditions."

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Canada Used Airport Wi-Fi To Track Travelers, Snowden Leak Alleges

Fri, 2014-01-31 07:19

The latest secret revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shows how Canada's spy agency experimented with using free Wi-Fi signals to follow travelers. Officials tell CBC News that they were only collecting "metadata," not the contents of communications.

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Panama To Free Crewmembers Of Seized North Korean Ship

Fri, 2014-01-31 06:48

The Chong Chon Gang and its crew of 35 have been held since July, when Panamanian authorities found Cuban weapons aboard in violation of U.N. sanctions against Pyongyang.

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