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5:07 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Obama Wraps Up Visit To India

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5:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Greece Looks To Renegotiate Bailout Terms

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:06 am

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5:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Syrian President Assad Talks To 'Foreign Affairs' Magazine

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:06 am

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5:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Argentina's President Takes Aim At Country's Intelligence Agency

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:21 am

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5:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

LRA Rebel Commander Appears Before International Criminal Court

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:11 am

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5:02 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Punch Brothers May Look Like A Bluegrass Band But Their Sound Is Unique

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:07 am

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Movies
3:39 am
Tue January 27, 2015

'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Alex Gibney's Going Clear is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.
Sam Painter Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

Over in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Critic Kenneth Turan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about some of the festival's must-see films, including documentaries about Scientology, rape on college campuses and Nina Simone, and a romantic drama based on a novel by Colm Tóibín.


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Parallels
3:37 am
Tue January 27, 2015

Russian Threats Expose Europe's Military Cutbacks

A soldier from the Swedish army participates in a military exercise at Hagshult Airbase in Sweden in November.
Jonathan Nackstrand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

An international cat-and-mouse game played out in the waters of Stockholm a few months ago.

The "mouse" was a foreign submarine — Russia is the main suspect — that got away.

And as Russia's military becomes more aggressive, European leaders fear they do not have the military power to deal with this new threat.

Take Sweden, for instance. Its days of military might are long gone.

The numbers tell the story, says Karlis Neretnieks, who used to run Sweden's National Defense College and has had a long career in the military.

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The Two-Way
9:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

New England Expected To Bear The Brunt Of Nor'easter

Snow falls around the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan.
Patrick Sison AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:51 am

Updated: 3:25 a.m. ET Tuesday:

Along the East Coast, people are waiting to see what Mother Nature unleashes. Forecasters had predicted the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow and hurricane-force winds. But early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded some of the numbers. It says New England will get slammed the hardest but not as badly as had been expected.

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The Two-Way
8:07 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Argentina's President Dissolves Intelligence Agency, Citing Prosecutor's Death

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez unveiled her plan to replace her country's intelligence service with a new agency. She delivered a televised speech while seated in a wheelchair in Buenos Aires.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 10:33 pm

One week after an Argentine prosecutor was found dead on the eve of his testimony about an alleged government cover-up of a terrorist attack, President Cristina Fernandez has announced the dissolution of her government's intelligence agency.

Fernandez said she plans to shut down the SI, the Secretariat of Intelligence, in favor of a newly created agency, the Federal Intelligence Agency. She said it's time to reform the intelligence service because the existing one "has not served the national interests."

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Latin America
7:45 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Argentina's President Says She Will Disband Intelligence Agency

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 10:15 pm

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The Two-Way
7:25 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Backed By U.S.-Led Coalition, Kurds Take Kobani From ISIS

Kurds in Istanbul wave the flags of the outlawed PKK on Monday after Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group out of Kobani, Syria.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:26 am

Kurdish militiamen have wrested control of the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, according to activists. Syrian-Kurdish refugees in neighboring Turkey have been celebrating the apparent liberation of their town.

Kobani represents the first instance that the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has openly coordinated with a local fighting force on the ground in Syria. Syrian-Kurdish militiamen bolstered by rebel Free Syrian Army battalions and Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga received airdrops of American weaponry and major air support.

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U.S.
7:14 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

A herd of caribou begins the long trek across the Arctic plains in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Peter Mather SN/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:02 am

President Obama says he will ask Congress to give wilderness status to protect more than 12 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The president announced his intention Sunday in a video, describing the area as a pristine habitat with abundant wildlife.

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Shots - Health News
5:14 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:51 am

The Obama administration said Monday that it wants to speed up changes to Medicare so that within four years half of its traditional spending will go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that coordinate patient care.

The shift is being made to stress quality and frugality over payment by the procedure, test and visit.

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The Two-Way
5:13 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Jeffrey Sterling, Former CIA Officer, Is Convicted Of Espionage

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:28 pm

A former CIA officer who was accused of giving a journalist classified information about U.S. plans to spoil Iran's nuclear program has been convicted of espionage in federal court.

Jeffrey Sterling, 47, was officially fired from the CIA in 2002; he was indicted for espionage in 2011 and now faces the possibility of dozens of years in prison. He'll be sentenced in April.

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Goats and Soda
5:12 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

2 Approaches To Ending Smoking: Laws And Labels

An employee in a Sydney bookshop in 2012 adjusts packaged cigarettes, which have to be sold in identical olive-brown packets bearing the same typeface and largely covered with graphic health warnings.
William West AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:15 pm

We hear it from smokers struggling to quit all the time: "If only they'd make it illegal, then I'd have to quit."

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It's All Politics
5:05 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

The CBO's Good News, Bad News Economic Report

Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas W. Elmendorf holds a briefing for reporters on the CBO's updated budget and economic outlook on Monday on Capitol Hill.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:58 pm

The federal deficit is on track to its lowest level as a percentage of the economy since 2007, and the economy is stronger than expected.

That's the good news from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's new economic outlook released Monday. "Economic activity will expand at a solid pace in 2015 and over the next few years — reducing the amount of underused resources, or 'slack,' in the economy," the report said.

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U.S.
4:41 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Accused Bomber's Lawyers Say Boston Jury Pool Is Too Biased

A memorial at the site of the first explosion in the Boston Marathon bombing. Defense attorneys say too many people in the potential jury pool have some kind of personal connection to the case.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:02 am

The search for jurors in the case of accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is taking longer than expected.

Defense attorneys say it's nearly impossible to find open-minded, unbiased jurors around Boston. They're asking yet again for the judge to move the trial somewhere else.

From the beginning, defense attorneys have argued the entire jury pool has been poisoned by what they call "a narrative of guilt" from a "tidal wave" of media coverage. Now, Tsarnaev's lawyers say jurors' own comments on a court questionnaire prove widespread bias.

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The Two-Way
4:20 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

An Asteroid Is Passing Very Close To Earth Today. Here's How To See It

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will be visible in parts of the sky tonight. Visibility is expected to peak around 9 p.m. ET, as shown in this NASA graphic.
Sky & Telescope

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:46 pm

By the time you read this post, asteroid 2004 BL86 will already have come as close to us as it's going to get as it flies by Earth. At about 11:19 a.m. ET today, it was nearly 745,000 miles away from our planet. That's only about three times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

But don't worry, you may still be able to catch a glimpse of the huge hunk of rock tonight.

When and how can I see the asteroid?

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NPR Story
4:16 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

BONUS: Falling Off A Cliff

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