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3:11pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Economy

At Davos, U.S. Economic Recovery Widely Lauded

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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3:11pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Politics

Rep. Van Hollen: Obama's Focused On Helping Middle Class

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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3:11pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Sports

'Deflate-Gate' Is 'Sour Grapes' Or Serious Business, Depending Who You Ask

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:28 pm

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3:11pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Law

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Air Marshal Whistleblower

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:30 pm

Former air marshal Robert MacLean blew the whistle after he was informed that missions on overnight, long-distance flights were being canceled. The announcement came just days after air marshals were warned of terrorist threats.
LM Otero AP

The U.S. Supreme Court, by a 7-to-2 vote, ruled in favor of a fired air marshal on Wednesday. In a decision of great interest to federal employees and air travelers, the court said that the air marshal's alert about safety concerns was shielded by the federal whistleblower protection law.

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3:08pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:55 pm

Vapor from an e-cigarette obscures the user's face in a London coffee bar.
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Vapor produced by electronic cigarettes can contain a surprisingly high concentration of formaldehyde — a known carcinogen — researchers reported Wednesday.

The findings, described in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine, intensify concern about the safety of electronic cigarettes, which have become increasingly popular.

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3:03pm

Wed January 21, 2015
All Tech Considered

This Is True: Facebook Starts Cracking Down On Hoax News Stories

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 3:45 pm

A Facebook worker at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook announced it will start flagging hoax news stories in users' News Feeds.
Paul Sakuma AP

Facebook's on a mission to make your News Feed a little more truthful.

The social media giant has announced it will start doing more to alert users when stories they're seeing in their feeds are fake. And it will allow users to start flagging hoaxes themselves. But Facebook says it won't remove false stories. And the company says it won't start "reviewing content and making a determination on its accuracy."

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2:35pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Middle East

Scholar: U.S. Drone Use Has Contributed To Yemen's Instability

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
News

Voters Said Yes, But D.C. And Congress Continue To Spar Over Pot

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

Adam Eidinger, chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, puts up Initiative 71 posters in October. The measure to legalize possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana was approved by a wide margin of local voters.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

More than 115,000 District of Columbia residents voted in favor of a marijuana legalization ballot initiative in November, putting 70 percent of the city's voters behind the measure that permits residents to possess up to 2 ounces of pot and grow their own.

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Politics

Obama Draws Battle Lines In State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Politics

Sen. Jeff Flake: Republicans Can Work With President On Trade

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Law

Standard & Poor's Settles In SEC Ratings Fraud Case

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Planet Money

Tired Of Paying For Checked Baggage? You're Actually Getting A Good Deal

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Latin America

Historic Diplomatic Talks Begin In Cuba

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Europe

Police, Counter-Demonstrators Dampen Anti-Islam March In Leipzig

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Economy

Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:00 pm

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2:26pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Around the Nation

Virginia Searches For A New State Song

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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1:03pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Shots - Health News

Scientists Give Genetically Modified Organisms A Safety Switch

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:37 pm

Scientists reprogrammed the common bacterium E. coli so it requires a synthetic amino acid to live.
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Researchers at Harvard and Yale have used some extreme gene-manipulation tools to engineer safety features into designer organisms.

This work goes far beyond traditional genetic engineering, which involves moving a gene from one organism to another. In this case, they're actually rewriting the language of genetics.

The goal is to make modified organisms safer to use, and also to protect them against viruses that can wreak havoc on pharmaceutical production.

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12:16pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Parallels

Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

Written during the Soviet era, Mikhail Bulgakov's classic novel, The Master and Margarita, continues to resonate in today's Russia.
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In times of turmoil, Russians turn to their great writers for inspiration.

One of those writers is Mikhail Bulgakov, who died 75 years ago. Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin liked some of Bulgakov's work, but he considered most of it too dangerous to publish. A museum in Moscow shows that the work is just as relevant as ever.

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11:33am

Wed January 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Boehner Invites Israel's Netanyahu To Address Congress On Iran

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 12:55 pm

House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on Iran on Feb. 11. The White House, which was not consulted about the invitation, called it a departure from diplomatic protocol.

NPR's Ailsa Chang tells our Newscast unit that Boehner, R-Ohio, defended his decision not to consult with the White House.

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10:51am

Wed January 21, 2015
Parallels

The Challenge Of Fact-Checking North Korea

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 1:16 pm

North Korean defector Shin Dong-hyuk came to prominence in a 2012 book about his life in a North Korean prisoner camp. He now says some key parts of his story were not true. His case highlights the difficulty in confirming information in a closed society like North Korea.
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Shin Dong-hyuk told a powerful story about the misery of life in a North Korean prison camp, becoming the most famous defector from that notoriously reclusive country.

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10:13am

Wed January 21, 2015
Movie Interviews

Benedict Cumberbatch On Alan Turing's Awkwardness And Sherlock's Sex Appeal

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:58 am

The Imitation Game, starring Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, follows the story of mathematician Alan Turing — from his efforts to break Germany's Enigma code during World War II to his conviction for homosexuality.
Jack English Courtesy of Black Bear Films

It's been a good year for Benedict Cumberbatch. The English actor has earned an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the film The Imitation Game, and he's won critical acclaim — and a big following — for his performance on TV's Sherlock.

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10:13am

Wed January 21, 2015
Movie Reviews

'Leviathan' And 'Red Army' Deliver A Peek Inside Russia, Now And Then

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:27 am

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10:13am

Wed January 21, 2015
Music

Sleater-Kinney Comes Roaring Back With 'No Cities To Love'

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:27 am

Sleater-Kinney is one of the most widely-praised rock bands of the last 20 years. The band formed in the mid-90s in Olympia, Wash., and went on to record seven albums. The group split up in 2006, but have reunited to release a new album, called No Cities to Love, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says it's a strong comeback.

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9:54am

Wed January 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Is Your Online Password On The Worst-Password List?

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 10:24 am

That's the worst password, according to SplashData. It's probably also a bad idea to leave it on your keyboard.
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Over the years, NPR has done many stories on Internet passwords and how to come up with a secure one.

Lazy About Your Online Passwords? Take Control With These New Tips

The Most Secure Password In The World Might Be You

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9:12am

Wed January 21, 2015
The Two-Way

Anti-Islam Protesters Plan Massive Rally In Leipzig, Germany

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 4:24 pm

German police officers gather in preparation for a demonstration by members of LEGIDA, the Leipzig arm of the anti-immigrant movement PEGIDA.
Hannibal Hanschke Reuters/Landov

Organizers say as many as 60,000 people could attend an anti-Islamization rally in the eastern German city of Leipzig, in what could be one of the biggest protests there since pro-democracy marches a quarter-century ago.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, who is in Leipzig, tells our Newscast unit:

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