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5:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Online Review-Rigging Firms To Pay Fines In Yogurt Shop Sting

A sting operation involving a Brooklyn yogurt shop was part of an investigation by New York's attorney general that found companies had flooded ratings websites with fake consumer reviews.
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 7:50 pm

The practice of writing fake online reviews has landed 19 companies in hot water in New York, where the attorney general announced penalties Monday over what he says are attempts to manipulate consumers.

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman says the companies will pay more than $350,000 in fines after an investigation found that firms "had flooded the Internet with fake consumer reviews on websites such as Yelp, Google Local, and CitySearch," according to a press release from his office.

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This Is NPR
5:10 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

NPR Listeners Love The Outdoors

Claire Mueller NPR

Okay, we know it's officially fall now. So it's a fine time for all you outdoors-loving NPR listeners (and to be fair, NPR-loving outdoors types) to get out there and enjoy the fresh air.

We think Terry Gross would agree.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Shots - Health News
4:53 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders?

Knight (left) and Bucheli take soil samples from beneath one of the decomposing bodies.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:30 pm

In the woods outside Huntsville, Texas, scientists are trying to determine whether they can use the microbes that live on the human body as microscopic witnesses that could help catch criminals.

It's a strange scene at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility. At first, it's easy to miss the human bodies scattered among the tall pines, wild grass and weeds.

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Around the Nation
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A Young Afghan War Survivor Touches Two American Lives

Arefa with Jami Valentine (left) and Staci Freeman. Arefa, who first stayed with the sisters while receiving medical care last year, came back to the U.S. this summer for follow-up treatment.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

When Staci Freeman and her sister Jami Valentine first took in a child ravaged by war in Afghanistan last year, Arefa was a 6-year-old in Hello Kitty shoes, who quickly turned the daily routine of changing her head bandages into a counting game.

When Arefa arrived in Los Angeles from central Afghanistan, three years after being injured, Freeman says, third-degree burns mapped her body, and her head was an open bleeding wound.

"When she came, she came crying and in pain and her head hurt," Freeman says.

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World
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Optimism Surrounds Iranian President's Visit To New York

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Iran's new president addresses the United Nations in New York tomorrow. The speech comes amid near daily signals that Tehran is eager to engage with the West and resolve some long-standing issues. Under moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani, Iran has released political prisoners, launched a new push to resolve questions about its nuclear program and offered to help mediate the conflict in Syria.

NPR's Peter Kenyon has more on this new Iranian image and the hope and skepticism it's stirring.

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Science
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Don't Try To Clean That Messy Desk

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

When you fall in love with science, ordinary, everyday stuff can suddenly seem extraordinary. That's how NPR blog or an astrophysicist Adam Frank sees it. So look around your house: the mail, the kids' toys, the mess on your desk, the constant daily chaos. Adam Frank says it's all just the universe having its way with your life.

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Around the Nation
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Flooding Ravages Colorado Ranch

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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Vice President Biden visited Colorado today to survey the damage from torrential rains and flooding. He viewed much of the damage from a Black Hawk helicopter and he delivered this message of support.

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Business
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

New Rules Allow Companies To Advertise For Dollars

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

Someday soon you'll see a new kind of advertising on TV and the Internet. A federal law went into effect today allowing private companies to solicit investors for the first time. The new rules are supposed to make it easier for startup companies to raise money. But NPR's Jim Zarroli reports they could also generate more fraud.

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Business
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

BlackBerry Agrees To Sell Itself For $4.7 Billion

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

I'm Robert Siegel, and it's time now for All Tech Considered.

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Africa
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Al-Shabab, Once Thought Weakened, Is Still A Threat

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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We're going to hear more now about the group behind the deadly attack on a shopping mall in Kenya this weekend. The militant group al-Shabab emerged as a dangerous terrorist organization seven years ago in Somalia. But it has suffered major setbacks there in the past few years. And now, with a single devastating attack across the border in Nairobi, the group is trying to demonstrate that it's still relevant. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

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Education
4:37 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Florida Governor Alters The Plan For Common Core

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:38 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Support for nationwide education standards known as the Common Core received another setback today. Florida's governor announced that his state is stepping back from its role as one of the leaders of the effort. Rick Scott, who faces re-election next year, says Florida will no longer serve as the fiscal agent for a group of states developing tests to measure student achievement.

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The Two-Way
4:29 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

IRS Official At Center Of Political Scandal Will Retire

Lois Lerner, the head of the IRS division that handles applications for tax-exempt status, listens to opening statements during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee before refusing to testify on May 22.
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 5:20 pm

Lois Lerner, the Internal Revenue Service official who ran the division engulfed in a scandal over special scrutiny of Tea Party and patriot groups seeking tax exemption, will retire.

The IRS announced Monday that Lerner would step down after being placed on paid leave in May. She refused that month to answer questions at a congressional hearing, citing the Fifth Amendment right not to incriminate herself.

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The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

$4.7 Billion Deal Would Take BlackBerry Private

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins officially unveils the Z10 smartphone in January.
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 4:11 pm

A consortium of investors lead by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited has offered BlackBerry a $4.7 billion buyout, pending "due diligence," the company said on Monday.

The deal would take the struggling telecommunications firm into the private market, paying investors about $9 per share in cash. In a press release, BlackBerry said:

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World Cafe
2:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

World Cafe Next: テ《geir

テ《geir.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 10:16 am

  • Hear Two Songs By テ《geir

Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of World Cafe: Next. Our featured artist is テ《geir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album (In the Silence) in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland.

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The Salt
2:49 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Sandwich Monday: The Woody Allen

The Woody Allen. There's a quarter in this photograph to give you a sense of scale, but it's so tiny you can't see it.
NPR

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:36 pm

So many great sandwiches have been named after great directors: the reuben, named for the great Ingmar Reuben, and the cheese sandwich, named for James Cameron. The Carnegie Deli in New York created the "Woody Allen," and our own Eleven City Diner here in Chicago copied it "oh so close." It's a double-decker corned beef and pastrami on rye.

Ian: Boy, the pastrami at this place is really good. And in such large portions!

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
2:45 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Does Science Require Faith?

Are faith and reason just like oil and water?
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Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 3:38 pm

Does science require faith? According to astronomer Phil Plait, the answer is:

No.

According to the physicist at Ask A Mathematician / Ask A Physicist, the answer is:

No. Exactly No.

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World Cafe
2:35 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 11:46 am

In this installment of Vintage Cafe, we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' performance from Oct. 8, 2010.

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Parallels
2:32 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Somalia's Al-Shabab: 4 Things To Know

Heavy smoke rises from the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, on Monday. The Somali militant group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the attack.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 5:36 pm

Al-Shabab, the Somali group that has claimed responsibility for the attack on a Nairobi mall, began as a group fighting inside its homeland. But it has evolved into an al-Qaida affiliate that draws members from other countries and views Somalia as a front in the war against the West.

Here are some key things to know about the group:

Who Are Al-Shabab?

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The Two-Way
2:28 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

High-Level Meeting Set Between Kerry, Iranian Counterpart

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a news conference earlier this month.
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Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 11:26 am

Secretary of State John Kerry plans to meet his Iranian counterpart this week for the highest-level face-to-face between Washington and Tehran in six years.

The meeting with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and representatives of five other world powers 窶 Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany 窶 would come as newly elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visits the United Nations in New York. The talks would center on Iran's nuclear program.

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The Fresh Air Interview
2:18 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A More Reflective Leap On Elton John's 'Diving Board'

Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."
Joseph Guay Courtesy of the artist

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