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2:27pm

Sat January 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Patriots' Coach: Team 'Followed Rules' On Inflation Of Footballs

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 3:24 pm

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick speaks during an NFL football news conference at Gillette Stadium, on Saturday in Foxborough, Mass. Belichick defended the team against allegations they had cheated by using underinflated footballs in a championship game.
Steven Senne AP

New England Patriots' Head Coach Bill Belichick defended his team and quarterback Tom Brady against accusations of cheating amid the so-called "Deflategate" controversy that erupted last weekend when underinflated footballs were used in

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11:22am

Sat January 24, 2015
It's All Politics

Closing Gitmo 'Going To Be Very Difficult,' Hagel Says

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:25 am

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, shown here in his Pentagon office Friday, explained that transferring Guantanamo Bay detainees required action from many parts of the federal government.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

President Obama wants to close the prison at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay before leaving office. But his departing defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, told NPR News the job is "going to be very difficult" to complete in that time.

Hagel made that remark in an exit interview Friday, one of only a handful he granted as he prepared to vacate his expansive office at the Pentagon. The interview will air Monday on Morning Edition.

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10:12am

Sat January 24, 2015
The Two-Way

First Attempt To Lift AirAsia Fuselage Fails

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:24 am

Crew members carry a bag containing the body believed to be a victim of AirAsia Flight 8501 to a waiting helicopter on the deck of Indonesian Navy ship KRI Banda Aceh, on the Java Sea, Indonesia, on Friday.
Natanael Pohan AP

A first attempt to lift the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia Airbus A320 to the surface of the Java Sea failed today, according to officials.

The BBC reports that "ropes around the fuselage snapped."

According to the BBC:

"[Seven] metres (22ft) from the surface, strong currents and the sharp edges of the emergency door of the aircraft cut the rope connecting the bag to the fuselage.

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9:32am

Sat January 24, 2015
Europe

Foe Of 'Fiscal Waterboarding' Leads Going Into Greek Election

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 2:58 am

The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot in Athens on Sunday. His anti-austerity party was ahead in earlier polling.
Aris Messinis Getty Images

Years of austerity have worn down Greeks, who will choose a new government Sunday. Greek voters are expected to elect the first anti-austerity party in the Eurozone.

Maria Tsitoura, one of those voters, is a lively grandmother in her 70s. Like many retirees in Greece, she shares her small pension with her grown children, whose salaries have dropped by more than half in the last four years.

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9:31am

Sat January 24, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Al Michaels, Review Of Sleater-Kinney's New Album, David Morris

Al Michaels will announce the Super Bowl game between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Feb. 1.
Doug Pensinger Getty Images

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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9:28am

Sat January 24, 2015
Digital Life

Facebook Aims To Weed Fakes From Your News Feed

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:11 am

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8:13am

Sat January 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Video Purports To Show Beheaded Japanese Hostage

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 3:02 pm

A passerby watches a TV news program reporting two Japanese hostages, Kenji Goto, left, and Haruna Yukawa, held by the Islamic State group, in Tokyo, on Friday.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Updated at 4:55 p.m. ET

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the purported beheading of a Japanese hostage by his ISIS captors an "outrageous and unacceptable" act that had left him speechless.

The remarks came after a video surfaced showing what appears to be one hostage holding a photo of his decapitated fellow abductee.

"This is an outrageous and unacceptable act of violence," Abe told reporters as he arrived at his office after midnight for an emergency meeting, according to Reuters. "We strongly demand the immediate release."

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7:15am

Sat January 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Ukraine Rebel Leader Claims New Attack On Mariupol

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:30 am

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a street near a burning building after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, on Saturday.
Reuters /Landov

Updated at 10:15 a.m. ET

A main leader of Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine reportedly says the separatists have launched an attack on the port city of Mariupol, where rocket fire killed at least 15 people in an open-air market and residential area.

"Today an offensive was launched on Mariupol. This will be the best possible monument to all our dead," Alexander Zakharchenko was quoted as saying by Russia's RIA news agency.

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6:10am

Sat January 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama To Cut Short India Visit For Stop In Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 11:33 am

A National Cadet Corps cadet walks past the saluting base during the full dress rehearsal for Republic Day parades in Kolkata, India, on Saturday. President Obama will be the chief guest at the parade.
Bikas Das AP

President Obama will cut short a trip to India to make room on his itinerary to visit Saudi Arabia to pay respects to the late King Abdullah, who died on Friday.

Obama was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday and spend three days in India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a trip that was to have included a visit to the Taj Mahal.

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5:59am

Sat January 24, 2015
Shots - Health News

App Links Sex Assault Survivors To Help, But Who Downloads It?

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 5:48 am

The UASK app helps sexually assaulted college students in D.C. access a range of services, from rides to the hospital to phone numbers for counselors. The information is personalized to their school. Another version of the app, ASK, provides the same resources to non-students.
Emily Jan NPR

Maya Weinstein is now a happy, bubbly junior at the George Washington University. But she says that two years ago, just a few weeks after she arrived on campus as a freshman, she was sexually assaulted by a fellow student.

"It was one of those 'acquaintance rape' things that people forget about, even though they are way more common," she says.

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5:03am

Sat January 24, 2015
Goats and Soda

'En Garde' Takes On New Urgency In A Duel With Machetes

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 6:16 am

Machete master Alfred Avril instructs his son, Jean-Paul.
Richard Patterson Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Two men are sparring on a wooded slope in Haiti. Each has one hand behind his back. From afar, it looks as if they're fencing. But instead of using swords, the men are wielding machetes.

Yes, you read that right. They are aiming machetes at each other.

The older man is "Professor" Alfred Avril, a 70-year-old Haitian farmer who is also a master of tire machet, or Haitian machete fencing. He's quick but deliberate in his movements. His son and student, Jean-Paul, sways backward, descending to the ground to dodge the strikes.

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11:01pm

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Chicago Cubs Legend Ernie Banks, 1st Black Player In Team History, Dies

The Chicago Cubs' Ernie Banks poses in 1970. The Cubs announced Friday night that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83.
AP

Baseball's Chicago Cubs report that Hall of Fame shortstop Ernie Banks has died. "Mr. Cub," who began his career in the Negro leagues, was the first black player for the team — eighth in the majors overall — and played in 14 All-Star games in his 19 seasons, all with the Cubs.

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4:23pm

Fri January 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Agrees To Rule On Constitutionality Of Execution Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam, which is at issue in the Oklahoma death row prisoners' lawsuit. The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the drug is effective at preventing unconstitutional suffering.
AP

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to review Oklahoma's method of execution by lethal injection. The justices agreed to hear the Oklahoma case a week after refusing to halt another execution that used the same drug formula.

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3:44pm

Fri January 23, 2015
NPR Story

UVA Sororities Push To Host Their Own Parties

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:49 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Nicolette Gendron, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority at the University of Virginia and a writer for the C-Ville Weekly. She did a survey of sorority members on campus about how they would feel if sororities were allowed to serve alcohol and host parties under the same rules as fraternities. She says most women, including herself, feel that women would have more control and feel safer from sexual predation if they could host parties in their own houses.

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3:44pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Code Switch

In Recruitment Effort, Akron Police Seeks To Mirror The Community

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

The Akron Police Department training class works out at Kent State Basic Police Officer Training Academy. Donald Clayton is the only African-American in the class of 20.
M.L. Schultze WKSU

Two years ago, the Akron, Ohio, police recruiting video began with pulsing music and an image of police in helmets and camouflage with assault rifles ready. This year, the most prominent video demonstrates how to prepare for the physical tests to be hired.

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3:44pm

Fri January 23, 2015
News

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:29 pm

Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The number of Americans buying autos approached a record high last year. It's one more sign of how much the economy is improving.

But there's a big potential downside that's evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom. Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments.

When Chris Westervelt moved from Texas to Alaska to take a job, he decided to trade in his Mazda for a car that could handle snow and ice.

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2:49pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Middle East

New Generation Of Saudi Royals In Line To Run Country

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

For 62 years, Saudi Arabia has been ruled by sons of the founder of the Kingdom, Abdul Aziz. The new king is a part of this generation, as is the crown prince he has named. But eventually the monarchy will have to pass to the next generation, which is made up of thousands of princes. Robert Siegel talks to Middle East specialist Joseph Braude about Saudi succession.

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2:41pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Health Care

Study Finds Huge Disparities In Costs Of Common Surgeries

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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2:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Author Interviews

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

Frank Sinatra captured by photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph during a 1943 concert. Author Ben Yagoda points to Sinatra as one of the interpreters who helped revive the Great American Songbook.
William "PoPsie" Randolph Courtesy of Riverhead

Writer Ben Yagoda has set out to explain a shift in American popular culture, one that happened in the early 1950s. Before then, songwriters like Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin and Jerome Kern wrote popular songs that achieved a notable artistry, both in lyrics and music.

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2:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Parallels

After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:42 pm

Pakistani soldiers escort students as they leave the Army Public School in Peshawar on Jan. 12. The school has reopened after last month's attack by the Pakistani Taliban that killed more than 130, most of them teenage students.
A Majeed AFP/Getty

"From the outside, we may look healed up," explains Samina Irshad, section head of the Middle School at the Army Public School in Pakistan's frontier city of Peshawar.

But don't be fooled by appearances.

Irshad continues: "Our internal wounds, they'll take time." In fact, she estimates, it will take years.

Who knows how long it takes to recover from a massacre that included the death of 132 students, mostly teenaged boys, and 12 of Irshad's colleagues, including the school principal?

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2:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Iowa Freedom Summit Looks Something Like 2016 Is Underway

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:19 am

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, seen here at the inauguration of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Take a nearly century-old theater in downtown Des Moines. Fill it to capacity — that's 1,200 audience members and another 200 credentialed media — bring in a lineup that includes almost 10 would-be, might-be, could-be Republican presidential hopefuls, and it's looking like the 2016 campaign is officially underway.

Rep. Steve King of Iowa, a conservative from the northwest corner of the state, is hosting the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday along with Citizens United.

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2:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Europe

Investigation Into Paris Attack Leads Authorities To Spain

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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2:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Politics

U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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2:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Europe

Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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2:36pm

Fri January 23, 2015
Latin America

U.S.-Cuba Talks First Step In Long Process Of Restoring Relations

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:18 pm

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