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12:25 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

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Music
12:25 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Producer Cosimo Matassa Always Believed In New Orleans

New Orleans music didn't do as well in the 1960s, a few hits notwithstanding, as it had done. Musicians left town, major labels lost interest, and Motown and Memphis took over the black music charts. Nonetheless, the late Cosimo Matassa, who owned the only recording studio in town, kept busy. Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has the story today.

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The Two-Way
12:24 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Who Is The New Saudi King?

Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud makes his first speech as king following the death of his half-brother Abdullah on Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 2:03 pm

King Salman, who has assumed the Saudi monarchy after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah, has promised it will be business as usual in the oil-rich Arab kingdom.

Salman, 79, has pledged to "continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment."

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Goodbye, Garden Yeti: In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files For Bankruptcy

A signature SkyMall item: The hot dog bun toaster.
SkyMall

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:28 pm

SkyMall, the ubiquitous in-flight catalog that always reliably greets you in the seatback pocket, is falling victim to technological innovation.

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Shots - Health News
10:55 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Young Women And Men Seek More Equal Roles At Work And Home

Tooga Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:02 pm

Young women these days are encouraged to lean in, to want and have it all. And national polls show the idea that a woman's place is in the home has been losing traction among young people since the 1960s.

Given the option, the majority of young men and women say they would prefer to share both work and domestic duties equally with their spouses, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Sociological Review.

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Argentine President Now Says Prosecutor's Death 'Not A Suicide'

Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association community center, talks to journalists in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2013. Nisman was found shot dead in his apartment on Sunday.
Natacha Pisarenko AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:41 pm

Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez has done an about-face on her initial statements that prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death earlier this week was suicide.

Nisman, 51, had been investigating an alleged government cover-up of Iran's suspected role in the 1994 bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people.

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Goats and Soda
9:25 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Dear World: Bill And Melinda Gates Have 'Big Bets' For 2030

Cellphones are everywhere in the developing world, as this Nairobi street scene shows. Bill and Melinda Gates believe the phones can be used for everything from farmer education to instant banking.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 12:19 pm

Each year for the past six years, Bill and Melinda Gates have written a letter about how their foundation is trying to make the world a better place, how they're trying to improve health and education and end poverty. Their 2015 letter was published Wednesday on the foundation's blog. (Note: The Gates Foundation is a supporter of NPR.)

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Fri January 23, 2015

TSA Agents Discovered 2,212 Guns At Airport Checkpoints In 2014

TSA agents, like this one at Chicago's Midway International Airport, discovered more than 2,000 firearms at the nation's airports last year — the overwhelming majority of them loaded, according to new data.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:08 pm

The Transportation Security Administration found more than 2,000 firearms at the nation's airports last year — the overwhelming majority of them loaded, the Department of Homeland Security said today.

TSA agents discovered 2,212 firearms — or a little more than six a day — in carry-on bags; 83 percent of them were loaded, the department said.

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It's All Politics
9:06 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Senate Says Climate Change Real, But Not Really Our Fault

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was the only senator to vote against an amendment calling climate change "real and not a hoax."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 1:20 pm

Breathtakingly broad as its jurisdiction may be, the U.S. Senate does not usually vote on the validity of scientific theories.

This week, it did. And science won. The Senate voted that climate change is real, and not a hoax. The vote was 98-1.

The vote was about an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The near-unanimity of the climate change judgment was notable, because so many senators have cast doubt on ideas of "global warming."

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Yemeni Rebels Call For Mass Rallies After President Steps Down

Houthi Shiite Yemeni carry coffins of fellow men killed during recent clashes with presidential guard forces, during their funeral procession in Sanaa, Yemen, on Friday.
Hani Mohammed AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:44 pm

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET

Yemen's Houthi rebels, who have controlled the capital, Sanaa, for months, are staging mass rallies there today in the wake of the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his Cabinet.

Hadi on Thursday "succumbed to an apparent coup attempt" by the rebels, The Washington Post says.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Thai Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Ousted Premier

Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, arrives at parliament in Bangkok, Thailand on Thursday, to face an impeachment vote.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 12:23 pm

Thai legislators installed by the country's military junta have voted to impeach ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on charges of criminal negligence related to her government's failed effort to prop up the price of rice.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Fate Of Japanese Hostages Unclear After Islamic State's Deadline Lapses

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government is working to secure the release of Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto. A deadline imposed by the so-called Islamic State for the men's release has lapsed.
Koji Sasahara AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 12:23 pm

The fate of two Japanese hostages threatened with death by the self-styled Islamic State is unclear after the expiration of a 72-hour deadline imposed by the militants for Japan to pay $200 million to secure its citizens' release.

The Associated Press and Japanese news organizations are reporting that the militants posted a video today with a warning that "the countdown has begun." The AP adds: "The posting which appeared Friday shows a clock counting down to zero along with gruesome images of other hostages who have been beheaded by the Islamic State group."

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Television
6:23 am
Fri January 23, 2015

What Is ... 'Morning Edition'?

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 10:41 am

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Europe
6:19 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Soccer Player Suspended For Making Calls During Match

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 7:14 am

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The Two-Way
6:05 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Saudi King Abdullah Leaves Behind A Complex Legacy

Saudi King Abdullah, seen here last November, died early Friday. NPR's Kelly McEvers says he was a man who laid the foundation for reform in the conservative Arab country.
AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 12:14 pm

Saudis are mourning the passing of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at the age of 90 after a long illness.

As NPR's Kelly McEvers reported, he is being remembered as a man who laid the foundation for reform in the conservative Arab country. Dignitaries from around the world, including Vice President Joe Biden, will gather today in Saudi Arabia for Abdullah's funeral. Several Arab countries have declared a day of mourning.

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Research News
4:03 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Why NFL Teams Should Reconsider Giving Coaches The Heave-Ho

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 7:14 am

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Sports
4:03 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Will 'Deflategate' Let The Air Out Of Super Bowl Hype?

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 7:14 am

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Latin America
4:03 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Questions Over Prosecutor's Death Envelop Argentina

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 7:14 am

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Shots - Health News
2:37 am
Fri January 23, 2015

A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

Daniel Horowitz for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 3:24 pm

For someone who is blind, a simple click can be the sound of sight.

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All Tech Considered
7:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Police Departments Issuing Body Cameras Discover Drawbacks

A Philadelphia police officer demonstrates a body-worn camera being used as part of a pilot project last December.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 12:03 pm

Wearable video cameras are fast becoming standard-issue gear for American police. The cameras promise a technological answer to complaints about racial bias and excessive force.

But in fact, the beneficial effects of body cameras are not well-established yet. And the police departments that rushed to buy them are now dealing with some unintended consequences.

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Parallels
6:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Saudi King Abdullah, Who Laid Foundation For Reform, Dies

Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is seen in September 2011.
Ahmed Abdelrahman AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:46 am

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia has died. He was 90 and had been hospitalized for a lung infection.

Abdullah was born before Saudi Arabia was even a country. It was the early 1920s, and his father, Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, set out to conquer the tribes of the Arabian Peninsula. In one famous battle, ibn Saud surrounded the capital of a rival tribe.

"Famously, instead of executing everybody, he invited them to be his guests," says Robert Lacey, author of two books on Saudi Arabia.

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The Two-Way
5:36 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Dies; Witnessed A New Era

Saudi state TV reported Friday Saudi King Abdullah died at the age of 90.
Brendan Smialowski AP

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:03 pm

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died. The health of Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud had previously been the subject of rumors; word emerged earlier this month that he was indeed ill with a lung infection.

Abdullah was 90 years old. He ruled Saudi Arabia for nearly 10 years, having assumed the throne after his brother King Fahd died in 2005.

The kingdom's new ruler is King Salman, Abdullah's half-brother, according to state TV. Salman is reportedly 79.

The news has just emerged. We'll update this post as we learn new details.

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Parallels
5:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

For Many French Jews, Anti-Semitism Has A Clear Source

French soldiers stand guard in front of the entrance of a synagogue in Lille, northern France, earlier this month.
Philippe Huguen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:18 pm

"Making aliyah," or returning to Israel, is usually a cause for celebration among Jews. But recently fear has pushed many Jews to leave France — a record 7,000 departed last year.

And that was before the recent Paris attacks that included the killing of four Jews at a kosher grocery store.

Jean Marc Illouz, a former senior correspondent for French television, who is also Jewish, says he's been pushing back against what he calls ridiculous comments on the Internet about anti-Semitism in France. He says Americans seem to think it's a resurgence of Nazism.

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Parallels
5:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks, spent 20 months in Fleury-Merogis prison just outside Paris, where he crossed paths with a radical imam with ties to Osama bin Laden.This photo shows the men's building in May 2014.
Charles Platiau Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:57 pm

Among the sweeping changes France is proposing in the aftermath of this month's terrorist attacks in Paris are new measures to fight Islamic radicalization in its prisons. It is an enormous problem brought into starker relief because two of the suspects in the attacks earlier this month were products of the French penal system.

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Business
5:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Family Dollar shareholders agreed Thursday to sell the company to rival chain, Dollar Tree for $8.7 billion. Family Dollar turned down a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust concerns.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:49 pm

The Great Recession hobbled the U.S. economy and crushed many businesses, but some companies thrived, including the so-called "dollar" stores.

Shoppers flocked to them because you could buy a lot with not much money. And as the economy rebounds, people are still going to some. But one chain, Family Dollar, hasn't kept pace with its competitors.

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