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Obama Launches Task Force To Combat Sexual Assault

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama's Council on Women and Girls presented its report on sexual assault, calling it an epidemic especially on college campuses. The report claims that one in five women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetimes. Only 12 percent of victims actually report it, though.

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In Syrian Conference, Former Diplomat Hears Echoes Of The Balkans

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

As the peace conference on Syria begins in the Swiss city of Montreaux, Robert Siegel talks to Lord David Owen, the former British foreign secretary. They discuss Owen's experience with a similarly fraught peace process, when he sought to broker a peace plan between the Serbians and Bosnians in the 1990s.

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Syrian Peace Talks Open With Bitterness And A Bit Of Hope

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

The long-anticipated Syrian peace conference commenced on Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland. The opening day marked the first time Syrian government and opposition members came together in the same room. Each side blamed the other for the three years of bloodshed in Syria. NPR's Deborah Amos offers a recap and analysis of the day's events from Switzerland.

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In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

Because North Carolina didn't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, many low-income people who could otherwise benefit from the law don't. But there are often ways to bump up their incomes just enough to help them qualify for subsidized coverage.

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English Only? For Mainland Puerto Ricans, The Answer Is Often 'Yes'

Wed, 2014-01-22 13:00

Puerto Ricans are less likely to speak Spanish at home, compared with other Latinos living in the U.S. According to an NPR poll, only 20 percent of Puerto Ricans speak Spanish at home — less than half the percentage for respondents overall.

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Debate: Is The Affordable Care Act Beyond Repair?

Wed, 2014-01-22 12:07

Two teams of medical doctors and political columnists face off over the hot-button health care law in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. Is Obamacare fundamentally flawed or poised to transform the health care system for the better?

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Buying A Detroit House For $500, And Then Explaining Why

Tue, 2014-01-21 17:23

Drew Philip made waves this month by explaining to the Internet why he bought a house in struggling Detroit for $500. In his much-discussed story for Buzzfeed, Philip said that he is part of "another Detroit," one where people are working to help each other and save their city.

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Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

Tue, 2014-01-21 15:50

The Public Bike System Company is the main supplier for bike-sharing systems around the country, from San Francisco to New York City, and it declared bankruptcy Monday. But experts say this isn't a big bump in the road — and in fact, bike-sharing is here to stay.

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Big Bike-Sharing Supplier's Bankruptcy Doesn't Doom U.S. Programs

Tue, 2014-01-21 15:50

The Public Bike System Company is the main supplier for bike-sharing systems around the country, from San Francisco to New York City, and it declared bankruptcy Monday. But experts say this isn't a big bump in the road — and in fact, bike-sharing is here to stay.

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Critics Seize On Blurry Details In Wendy Davis Story

Tue, 2014-01-21 14:48

Inconsistencies in the Texas Democrat's teenage mother-to-Harvard Law School graduate narrative have put Davis and her high-profile campaign for governor on the defensive.

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Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

Tue, 2014-01-21 14:35

The Olympic sport is like gymnastics in the air, but in the final few rounds, aerialists can't use the same trick twice. Come go time, they have to figure out which trick to do, based on what their competitors have just done.

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Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date

Tue, 2014-01-21 14:27

The meeting in March will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter. The president and the pontiff have a shared interest in fighting income inequality, but the Roman Catholic Church still has serious differences with the president on issues such as abortion.

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One Killed, Suspect In Custody In Purdue University Shooting

Tue, 2014-01-21 14:10

The shooting suspect and his alleged victim were reportedly teaching assistants in electrical and computer engineering, under the same professor. The shooting sparked a partial evacuation order Tuesday afternoon.

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Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell, Wife Charged With Corruption

Tue, 2014-01-21 13:18

At issue are gifts Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, received from a political donor. The 14-count indictment includes conspiracy, wire fraud and other charges.

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Obama's Marijuana Remarks Light Up Legalization Debate

Tue, 2014-01-21 13:14

Even those who support decriminalizing marijuana were careful not to claim that Obama's remarks had altered the overall political dynamics of the debate.

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High Court Considers Legality Of 'Fair Share' Union Fees

Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could decimate public employee unions. At issue is whether nonunion workers can be forced to pay fees that help cover the cost of negotiating a union contract from which they benefit.

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Storm And Stress Visit The East Coast

Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

An arctic air mass is blanketing the eastern half of the nation today, bringing with it high winds and heavy snow accumulations in some areas. Thousands of flights have been cancelled, schools are closed and federal government offices are closed. Those who don't have to drive or be somewhere also have an opinion on the weather.

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Documents Reveal Decades Of Child Abuse Among Some Chicago Priests

Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

Papers documenting allegation of sexual abuse by priests in the Chicago Archdiocese were released to the public today by victims' attorneys. The documents cover only 30 of at least 65 priests for whom the Chicago church says it has substantiated claims of child abuse. The papers, put online, were made available through settlements between Church and victims' lawyers. Church officials said most of the abuse occurred before 1988, none after 1996, and that all were ultimately reported to authorities.

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Former Va. Gov. And Wife Face 14-Count Indictment

Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been charged with illegally accepting gifts and loans from a political donor. The indictment, filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, marks a substantial escalation of a scandal that has marred the end of McDonnell's term in office.

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Report Claims 'Systematic Torture And Killing' By Syrian Regime

Tue, 2014-01-21 13:00

A new report released Monday claims to show direct evidence of torture by the Syrian government, presenting documents and photographs of scarred, emaciated corpses. For more about the findings, Melissa Block talks to Professor David Crane, the first chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone and one of the authors of the report.

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