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4:03am

Thu January 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad, Automatic Cuts Made In 2013

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 7:07 am

President Obama speaks to the media after the automatic budget cuts associated with the sequester took effect in March 2013.
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When President Obama meets with House Democrats tonight during their retreat in Philadelphia, officials say he'll lay out the details of his budget proposal, which will include reversal of large cuts to federal spending instituted in 2013.

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3:56am

Thu January 29, 2015
Latin America

Examining The Sinister Background Of Argentina's Spy Agency

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 11:04 am

A woman holds up a portrait of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman near the funeral home where a private wake was held for him Wednesday in Buenos Aires.
Rodrigo Abd AP

The mysterious death of an Argentine prosecutor has brought attention to the dark history of the country's intelligence agency. The Intelligence Secretariat began in the aftermath of World War II, when its first mission was to help Nazis fleeing Germany find shelter in Argentina. This strange and troubling start foreshadowed the murky dealings to come.

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3:44am

Thu January 29, 2015
Latin America

Argentine Prosecutor Was A Divisive Figure In Life And In Death

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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3:03am

Thu January 29, 2015
NPR Story

Why Don't More People Short Stocks? It's A Great Way To Lose Big Bucks

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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3:03am

Thu January 29, 2015
NPR Story

Attorney General Nomination Expected To Advance To Full Senate

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 2:49 pm

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3:03am

Thu January 29, 2015
NPR Story

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Debate At Koch Brothers Forum

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:50 am

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Let's hear some early themes of the presidential campaign. Three possible Republican contenders appeared last weekend at a forum. It was organized by the billionaire Koch brothers and moderated by ABC's Jonathan Karl.

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2:14am

Thu January 29, 2015
Economy

For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:21 am

Jed Brown drives 100 miles each day to work between Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Cheaper gas is making his commute more manageable, but he doesn't expect the low prices to last.
Uri Berliner NPR

With wages still stuck for many Americans, the big drop in gasoline prices is the equivalent of an unexpected cash bonus for the nation's drivers.

The average American household is expected to save $750 this year from lower gas prices, according to the Energy Department.

But Thomas Kinnaman, an economist at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., says it's instructive to look beyond the word "average."

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2:14am

Thu January 29, 2015
Business

And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:46 am

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The ouster of Bryan Stockton from his perch as CEO at Mattel this week came as the toymaker's best-known brands like Barbie stagnate and it loses business to Web-based games.

Stockton himself said last year that Mattel lacked an innovative culture and blamed it in part on something specific: bad meetings. That's a common and persistent corporate ailment.

Scott Ryan-Hart is a cartographer for the Ohio Department of Transportation, where a typical meeting can last more than two hours.

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2:12am

Thu January 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:32 am

Lori Lomas, an insurance agent with Feather Financial in Quincy, Calif., has noticed that her clients in San Francisco have many more health carrier options than her mountain neighbors.
Pauline Bartolone for KXJZ

After the insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act first went live in late 2013, Lori Lomas started combing the website of Covered California on a hunt for good deals for her clients. Lomas is an agent at Feather Financial, in the Sierra Nevada town of Quincy, Calif.; she's been selling health policies in rural communities for more than 20 years.

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4:28pm

Wed January 28, 2015
The Salt

Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:44 am

You want a cup of decaf. Your significant other is craving the fully caffeinated stuff. With the simple push of a button, Keurig's single-serving K-Cup coffee pods can make both of you happy.

But those convenient little plastic pods can pile up quickly, and they're not recyclable. And that's created a monster of an environmental mess, says Mike Hachey. Literally.

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4:25pm

Wed January 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Charles Townes, Laser Pioneer, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:18 am

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes was single-minded about a lot of things, colleagues say. And also a very nice guy.
Julian Wasser The LIFE Images Collection/Getty

Charles Townes, a physicist who won the Nobel Prize for his part in the invention of the laser died Tuesday at 99.

Townes is best remembered for thinking up the basic principles of the laser while sitting on a park bench. Later in life he advised the U.S. government and helped uncover the secrets of our Milky Way galaxy.

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4:20pm

Wed January 28, 2015
All Tech Considered

'Maker Space' Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 6:49 pm

Emily Neblett, a patient at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., demonstrates circuit pieces from the mobile maker space that are connected by magnets.
Noah Nelson Youth Radio

All around the country, computer hackers, artists and other do-it-yourselfers are meeting up in "maker spaces," to share tools and build cool stuff together, such as robots or musical instruments. Maker spaces are popping up in all sorts of places: school auditoriums, libraries, under tents at community festivals, and now, even at the hospital.

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4:20pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Parallels

Amid Fighting In Donetsk, On Edge And Seeking Safety Underground

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 7:01 pm

A woman sits inside a bomb shelter in Donetsk on Wednesday. Some local residents have lived in bomb shelters and basements for more than a month, looking for cover from artillery strikes.
Alexander Ermochenko Xinhua/Landov

As war rages in eastern Ukraine, European Union foreign ministers are preparing to meet Thursday to consider drastic new sanctions against Russia.

The EU and the United States say Moscow's troops and weapons are directly involved in an offensive by anti-government militias in Ukraine's eastern provinces.

The offensive is the latest phase in a war that has racked the region since last April — and it's grinding hard on the civilians who are caught in the middle.

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4:20pm

Wed January 28, 2015
U.S.

Beefed-Up Border Security Proposal Unsettles Texas Business Leaders

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4:10pm

Wed January 28, 2015
The Two-Way

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson Steps Down

McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson is retiring and will be replaced by Steve Easterbrook, the fast-food giant said in a statement.

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4:01pm

Wed January 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Back From The Dead: A Cat Returns Home 5 Days After His Burial

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 8:14 am

Lori Piper, right, and Aleks Gramza treat Bart on Tuesday at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Bart was hit by a car, buried and apparently crawled back to his owner five days later.
Danyelle Ho AP

We wrote about dogs today and so, in the interest of bipartisanship, this story is about cats – one cat in particular: Bart.

Bart's owner, Ellis Hutson, 52, of Tampa, Fla., said he found the 1 1/2-year-old feline last week in the middle of the street. The cat was lifeless and lying in a pool of blood after apparently being struck by a car.

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3:36pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Book News & Features

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 6:35 am

Laura Ingalls Wilder entertained generations of children with her Little House series, which was loosely based on her family's pioneering life. Her memoir, Pioneer Girl, was published in 2014.
South Dakota State Historical Society

In 2014, the South Dakota State Historical Society published the annotated autobiography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House books. Her memoir, titled Pioneer Girl, sold like hotcakes. The initial print run of 15,000 was snapped up in just a few weeks. So was an additional run of 15,000 more copies. Now, the historical society is waiting on a third run of 45,000 books — enough to fill current demand and have some leftovers.

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3:36pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Middle East

Jordan Tests Coalition Against ISIS With Offer To Negotiate

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:25 pm

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3:36pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Business

Yes, Your Toilet Paper Squares And Rolls Are Shrinking

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:20 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Steven Chercover, a research analyst who studies the paper and forest industries, about the trend of shrinking toilet paper rolls. The old standard square sheet of 4.5 inches wide by 4.5 inches long has been getting increasingly smaller.

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3:36pm

Wed January 28, 2015
World

Israeli Soldiers Killed In Renewed Fighting With Hezbollah

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:20 pm

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3:36pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Sports

Super Bowl Coaches More Alike Than You Might Think

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:20 pm

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3:36pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Television

In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:20 pm

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3:36pm

Wed January 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

Florida Health Officials Hope To Test GMO Mosquitoes This Spring

Originally published on Thu January 29, 2015 5:27 pm

A couple of male, genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes take flight.
Dr Derric Nimmo/Oxitec

The FDA is considering whether to approve the experimental use of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys to help stop the spread of dengue fever and other diseases. Mosquito control officials in the region say they hope to get approval to begin releasing the insects in the Keys as soon as this spring.

There are few places in the United States where mosquito control is as critical as the Florida Keys. In this southernmost county of the continental U.S., mosquitoes are a year-round public health problem and controlling them is a top priority.

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3:06pm

Wed January 28, 2015
All Tech Considered

Remaking The U.S. Government's Online Image, One Website At A Time

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 4:35 pm

Leah Bannon (sitting) works on her laptop at 18F, a GSA project that aims to make government websites more user friendly and change the way government buys IT systems.
Emily Jan NPR

When you think of the federal government and computers, these days, the image that likely comes to mind is the botched rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.

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3:02pm

Wed January 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Ad Fumble: GoDaddy Pulls Super Bowl Puppy Commercial Amid Outrage

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 5:47 pm

A still from the GoDaddy Super Bowl ad that the company has now pulled.
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