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7:59am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

The Cape Bears Brunt Of Blizzard's Onslaught

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

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7:28am

Tue January 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidy?

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:08 pm

Insurance and the subsidies available to buy it can be confusing. Here are some answers to recent questions from people who are running into difficulties with premiums and tax credits on their marketplace plans.

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7:06am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Boston Copes With Its Deepening Blanket Of Snow

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

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7:04am

Tue January 27, 2015
Global Health

It's Been A Hard 12-Step Road For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:54 pm

Frederica Boswell NPR

Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover on a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean?

Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.

Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn't work. Then he discovered a 12-step program in Mombasa, Kenya.

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7:03am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 12:18 pm

Official game balls for this year's Super Bowl sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio.
Rick Osentoski AP

"The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story. The Times, and just about everyone else, is talking about the perhaps-tampering-with-gameballs allegations levied against the New England Patriots — specifically coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Both Belichick and Brady have denied any wrongdoing.

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6:46am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:32 pm

Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET

The son of the man who reportedly shot and wounded two policeman said his father, 68-year-old Raymond K. Kmetz, had a history of making threats. Nathan Kmetz said he would provide additional information about his father later on Tuesday.

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6:05am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

LOOK! The Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Tuesday Has Its Own Moon

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:33 pm

A series of images show that asteroid 2004 BL86 has a small moon.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

In celestial terms, asteroid 2004 BL86 pretty much buzzed Earth, coming within 745,000 miles of our planet.

As NPR's Sam Sanders explained, it's the closest this asteroid will pass by Earth for at least the next two centuries. So when it flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on it.

Scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., captured a stunning set of images that revealed 2004 BL86 has a small moon.

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5:12am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Winter Blizzard Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:04 pm

A woman cross country skis on snow-covered roads during a winter blizzard in Boston, Mass. Tuesday.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize.

Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.

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5:11am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Thieves With A Guilty Conscience Return Stolen Items

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:26 am

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5:07am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Rhode Island School Releases Snow Day Video

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:39 am

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3:18am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Family's Long Fight With Pentagon Returns Name To Unknown Soldier

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:27 pm

Arthur H. "Bud" Kelder (left) died in World War II.
Courtesy of the Kelder family

The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines — and the subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation last year — have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.

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3:02am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR Story

Syrian President Assad Talks To 'Foreign Affairs' Magazine

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:07 pm

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3:02am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR Story

Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:59 pm

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3:02am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR Story

Greece Looks To Renegotiate Bailout Terms

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:13 pm

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1:48am

Tue January 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

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

Will Crocker Getty Images

Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.

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1:39am

Tue January 27, 2015
Movies

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

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

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

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.


Interview Highlights

On the festival's stand-out documentaries

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1:37am

Tue January 27, 2015
Parallels

Russian Threats Expose Europe's Military Cutbacks

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

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

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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5:45pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Latin America

Argentina's President Says She Will Disband Intelligence Agency

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:15 pm

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5:14pm

Mon January 26, 2015
U.S.

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

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 10:14 am

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

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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3:58pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Animals

On The Ant Highway, There's Never A Backup

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:45 pm

A team of Indian physicists has made a mathematical model that purports to explain why ants don't have traffic jams. NPR's Joe Palca explains as part of his series, Joe's Big Idea.

This story originally aired on Morning Edition on January 19, 2015.

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3:14pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 9:51 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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3:13pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Jeffrey Sterling, Former CIA Officer, Is Convicted Of Espionage

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:28 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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2:42pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:46 pm

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

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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2:41pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Europe

Greece's Left-Wing Prime Minister Takes Charge

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:45 pm

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2:41pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Europe

Looking At How Greece's New Government Will Fare In Eurozone

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:45 pm

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