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3:44pm

Fri January 23, 2015
NPR Story

UVA Sororities Push To Host Their Own Parties

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:22 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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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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6:01pm

Thu January 22, 2015
All Tech Considered

Police Departments Issuing Body Cameras Discover Drawbacks

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 11:03 am

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

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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5:28pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Parallels

Saudi King Abdullah, Who Laid Foundation For Reform, Dies

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 10:46 am

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

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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4:28pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Business

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:49 pm

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

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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4:28pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Parallels

French Prisons Prove To Be Effective Incubators For Islamic Extremism

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 5:57 pm

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

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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4:28pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Parallels

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

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:18 pm

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

"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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3:13pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Europe

Fighting Spikes Again In Ukraine

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:28 pm

Audie Cornish talks to Kiev-based journalist David Stern about the ongoing fighting in Ukraine. Ukrainian officials acknowledged on Thursday that rebel fighters had taken control of its airport in Donetsk. A trolley bus had also been shelled by artillery, killing at least eight people.

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3:13pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Movie Interviews

'Red Army' Explores How The Cold War Played Out On Ice

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 8:14 am

The documentary Red Army profiles Viacheslav "Slava" Fetisov — one of the most decorated athletes in Soviet history.
Slava Fetisov Slava Fetisov/Sony Pictures Classics

When the U.S. Olympic hockey team upset the Soviet Union in 1980's "Miracle on Ice," President Jimmy Carter called coach Herb Brooks to congratulate him on the win.

"Tell the whole team that we're extremely proud of them," Carter said. "I think it just proves that our way of life is the proper way to continue on."

The other way of life, the Soviet way — which produced some of the best hockey players in the world — only went on for another decade or so.

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2:33pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Shots - Health News

States Continue Push To Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:32 pm

Anti-abortion activists participate in the annual "March for Life" in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

House Republicans decided Wednesday night to shelve a bill that would have banned abortion at 20 weeks post-conception. But 10 states already ban abortions at 20 weeks and two others are defending such laws in court.

Activists are pushing for bans in at least three more states; a panel in the South Carolina Legislature passed one Thursday.

But under the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, a woman has the right to an abortion for several weeks after that, until the point when the fetus is considered viable.

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2:24pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Sports

Patriots' Coach 'Shocked' At Allegations Of Deflated Footballs

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 6:19 pm

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2:24pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Europe

European Central Bank To Try Its Hand At Quantitative Easing

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:28 pm

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5:37pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Around the Nation

California Prisons Aim To Keep Sex Between Inmates Safe, If Illegal

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:13 pm

A Los Angeles County Department of Public Health worker shows condoms for weekly distribution to inmates in the Men's Central Jail.
George Lavender

There's an inconspicuous metal box mounted on the wall of the gym at San Francisco County Jail No. 4.

When Kate Monico Klein turns a knob, the machine releases a condom in a small cardboard packet. Machines like this one — dispensing free condoms — are installed in all of the county's male jails.

"We set [the machine] off to the side, so that people would have a minor amount of privacy," explains Monico Klein, director of HIV services for Jail Health, a division of the county's health department.

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4:20pm

Wed January 21, 2015
All Tech Considered

The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:01 pm

President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement a strict policy of net neutrality and to oppose content providers in restricting bandwidth to customers.
Michael Bocchieri Getty Images

In Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Obama offered a number of ideas for improving the economy. Among them was a nod to the role the Internet plays in economic development.

"I intend to protect a free and open Internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks," Obama said.

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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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3:11pm

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
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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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
Around the Nation

Virginia Searches For A New State Song

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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4:17pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

Africa's Soccer Tourney Takes Guinea's Mind Off Ebola

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 7:22 am

Guinea's defender Fode Camara (left) heads the ball over Ivory Coast's forward Wilfried Bony in the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

Red, gold and green – Guinea's national colors — filled the streets of the capital, Conakry, early this morning. Guineans of all ages proudly wore the colors on their T-shirts, headbands, dresses and shorts. Children, with their cheeks and foreheads painted, ran around the street cheering, blowing whistles and waving their nation's flags.

But by 3 p.m. the streets were dead.

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4:10pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Around the Nation

French Quarter Sees Violent Crime Surge; Residents Demand Changes

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:25 am

New Orleans police officer Patrick Schneider patrols Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter on Saturday.
Jason Saul WWNO

New Orleans' most visited neighborhood rarely sees the type of violent crime that plagues other parts of the city. Recently, several high-profile robberies have rattled the region and led to criticism of the police department and the mayor, both of whom are rethinking safety measures.

Over the next few weeks, more and more visitors will roam the city's famous French Quarter, drinks in hand, for Mardi Gras. In less than 2 square miles, the French Quarter combines hotels, restaurants, street performers, and all-night bars with historic homes and tight-knit neighbors.

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3:05pm

Tue January 20, 2015
Middle East

Saudi Arabia Builds Iraq Border Wall To Protect Against ISIS

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 9:25 am

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