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Europe
4:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Paris Attack Suspects Would Have Been Hard To Track

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Paris-based terrorism and security expert Jean-Charles Brisard about the terrorist cell in France known as the Buttes-Chaumont network in which Cherif Kouachi, one of the suspects in Wednesday's attack in Paris, was involved.

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Movie Interviews
4:24 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

'I Was A Dramatic Kid': For Jessica Chastain, Acting Came Naturally

Jessica Chastain says her grandmother has played a key role in her career. "I've taken her to the Oscars both years," Chastain says. "She's really a special lady and has helped me in more ways than I could ever explain."
Rafa Rivas AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

The new movie A Most Violent Year is set in New York City in 1981 — a chaotic time of spiraling crime. The story involves corruption in the heating oil industry: the hijacking of fuel tankers, a businessman trying to stay on the straight and narrow, and a prosecutor who has that businessman in his sights. And finally, there's the story of the businessman's wife ... who may hold all the cards.

Jessica Chastain plays Anna Morales, the upwardly mobile daughter of a Brooklyn gangster. She keeps the books for her husband's fuel business — as well as a number of secrets.

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Politics
3:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Congressional Budget Watchdogs Change The Way They Keep Score

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 6:02 pm

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Commentary
3:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Former 'Onion' Editor On Why We Need Satire

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

Former Onion editor Joe Randazzo reacts to the attack of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this week.

A version of this essay originally appeared on MSNBC.com.

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Energy
3:36 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

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All Tech Considered
5:15 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Look Out, This Poker-Playing Computer Is Unbeatable

Dealer Omar Abu-Eid adjusts a stack of chips before the first day of the World Series of Poker's main event in Las Vegas last July. Humans still reign in most versions of poker. Whew.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 8:00 pm

Researchers have developed a computer program they say can beat any human on the planet at a particular variant of Texas Hold'em poker.

The scientists aren't planning to clean up with their powerful poker bot. Instead, they hope it can help computers become better decision-makers in the face of uncertainty. The work is published Thursday in the journal Science.

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Fine Art
5:09 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

A Nun Inspired By Warhol: The Forgotten Pop Art Of Sister Corita Kent

Sister Corita Kent stands in front of her work, including for eleanor, at Immaculate Heart College in 1964.
Courtesy of Corita Art Center

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 10:21 am

Corita Kent's silkscreens were once compared to Andy Warhol's; her banners and posters were featured at civil rights and anti-war rallies in the 1960s and '70s; she made the covers of Newsweek and The Saturday Evening Post; and she even created a popular postage stamp. Yet today, Kent seems to have fallen through the cracks of art history.

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Europe
5:08 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

France Observes Official Day Of Mourning After Attack

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:29 pm

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Parallels
4:11 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

With A Son Missing, Family Questions Jordan's Mission Against ISIS

Safi al-Kasasbeh and his wife Saafia are the parents of Moath al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian air force pilot captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria. The worried parents are proud of their son, but say Jordan should not be involved in the coalition against ISIS.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 6:13 am

In Jordan, the talk these days centers on the fate of the Jordanian pilot who was captured by the self-styled Islamic State after his plane crashed in Syria on Christmas Eve.

Little is known about the condition of Moath al-Kasasbeh since the extremists tweeted pictures of him, bloody and bewildered, after the crash.

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Sports
4:09 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Oakland A's Play Hardball To Win Distraught Young Fan's Allegiance

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:29 pm

It's always tough to see your favorite player leave your favorite team. One young Toronto Blue Jays fan took it especially hard when the team traded infielder Brett Lawrie — but her sad story has a happy ending.

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Around the Nation
3:52 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Boston Bombing Survivor Readies For Testimony

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:29 pm

Melissa Block talks with Boston bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory-DiMartino. Her left leg was amputated last November after multiple surgeries to save it. She says she has to testify at the trial and is apprehensive about it.

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Europe
3:16 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

France Mobilizes 88,000 Police, Soldiers In Manhunt

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:29 pm

French police are still searching for the gunmen who killed 12 people in Wednesday's attack on the Charlie Ebdo publication in Paris. They also investigated what appears to have been a second attack on Thursday, in which two police officers were shot — one fatally.

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World
3:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

In Haiti, Time Running Out To Schedule Overdue Elections

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 12:34 pm

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Technology
3:12 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Privacy, Security Focal Points At CES

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:29 pm

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Remembrances
5:17 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Remembering 'Generation Mex' Writer And Proud Outsider Michele Serros

Serros, pictured here in February 2014, got her big break as a college student in 1993.
Rachel Buchan AP

When Michele Serros burst onto the literary scene in the 1990s, she was a new kind of Latina writer: She didn't speak much Spanish, she listened to ABBA and she was a vegan who liked to surf and skateboard. Her success as a writer, poet and comedic commentator made her an inspirational voice for Chicanas of her generation and beyond.

Serros, who Newsweek once hailed as a "Woman to Watch for the New Century," died of cancer Sunday at her home in Berkeley, Calif. She was 48 years old.

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Law
4:46 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Undue Burden In Texas At Issue In Federal Court

Women with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health demonstrate outside of 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday in New Orleans. A federal appeals court in New Orleans is considering whether a Texas law puts up an unconstitutional obstacle to women seeking abortions.
Jonathan Bachman AP

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 5:17 pm

Opening arguments began Wednesday in the case against the Texas law requiring abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. Opponents say it would have the effect of closing a significant number of the state's clinics. Melissa Block talks to Carrie Feibel of Houston Public Media.

All Tech Considered
4:46 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

When It Comes To Smartphones, Are Americans Dumb?

Irene Chen and Longlai Zuo, with the China-based company Quality Technology Industrial, show off their top-line phones, which cost about $100.
Aarti Shahani NPR

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 1:20 pm

As you might imagine, there are smartphones everywhere at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Tonino Lamborghini [a company not related to the famous car brand] has a new phone out for $6,000. Samsung's Galaxy series is on display in a dazzling showroom.

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Statehouse and Politics
4:46 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

A Plan To Put Your Driver's License On Your Phone

A screen shot taken from a video demonstrating how Iowa's digital driver's license would look on a smartphone.
Iowa Department of Transportation

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 1:20 pm

We're doing more and more things with our smartphones, so why not use them to store our driver's license? But when you think about it, you may not be comfortable handing your phone over to a police officer.

Motorists in Iowa may be among the first in the nation to be able to whip out their smartphones to access their licenses at traffic stops. The Iowa Department of Transportation is developing a smartphone app that would allow drivers to access a digitally encoded license that would take the place of the conventional plastic ID card.

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Shots - Health News
3:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

By measuring activity in different parts of the brain, neuroscientsts can get a sense of how some people will respond to treatments.
John Lund Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 4:55 pm

Brain scans may soon be able to help predict a person's future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Information from these scans increasingly is able to suggest whether a child will have trouble with math, say, or whether someone with mental illness is going to respond to a particular treatment, according to a review of dozens of studies published Wednesday in the journal Neuron.

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Health
3:45 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Why The U.S. Still Bans Blood Donations From Some U.K. Travelers

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 5:17 pm

Rules governing who can donate blood in the United States have recently changed. But anyone who spent more than three months in the UK between 1980 and 1996 is still prohibited from donating. That rule is in place to minimize the risk of spreading Mad Cow Disease. Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Lorna Williamson about how the risk is mitigated in the UK.

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National Security
3:33 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

White House: Paris Attack An Evolution Of Terror Threat

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 5:17 pm

In a statement on Wednesday, President Obama pledged support for the French authorities after the terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Melissa Block talks to White House counterterrorism advisor Lisa Monaco.

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Law
4:45 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Botched Lethal Injection Executions Reignite Death Penalty Debate

Arizona Department of Corrections inmate Joseph Wood was executed by lethal injection in July. It took 15 doses and nearly two hours for him to die.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm

This past year, the number of inmates executed in America was the lowest in two decades at 35, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Republican Majority Makes Boehner's Job Easier — And Harder

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm

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Research News
3:56 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Kids May Not Benefit From Extended Isolation After Concussions

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm

New research suggests isolating children with concussions for more than two days may do more harm than good compared to adults. So what's the best approach to treating concussed children? Melissa Block talks with lead researcher Dr. Danny G. Thomas of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Starting Over
3:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

An Army Chaplain, First Tested By War, Finds His Faith Renewed

As an Army chaplain in Iraq, David Peters administered last rites and grieved with survivors. When he came home, he says, he "fell apart emotionally and spiritually."
Courtesy of Robert K. Chambers

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 7:25 am

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service.

But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous route. Peters lost the very faith he was supposed to embody for his soldiers — but has also found his way back.

Peters grew up in a fundamentalist evangelical church in Pennsylvania, served as youth minister and then went to war in Baghdad as a chaplain in the U.S. Army in 2005.

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Business
3:54 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

DishTV's New Service Targets Cable Cord Cutters

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 5:36 pm

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All Tech Considered
5:31 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

U.S. Credit Cards Tackle Fraud With Embedded Chips, But No PINs

To protect against fraud, U.S. banks will be issuing credit cards with small computer chips. But some experts say using a PIN to complete a transaction is more secure than a signature.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 10:00 am

This year, there will be an important change in the way Americans use their credit cards. More banks will be issuing cards with small computer chips, a move they say will protect against credit card fraud.

But banks are stopping short of another step that will make credit card usage even safer. And a lot of retailers aren't too happy about it.

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All Tech Considered
5:31 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Prosecutors Say Tools For Hiding Online Hinder Cybercrime Crackdowns

Using Tor, or The Onion Router, enables users to hide their online activities. Advocates say the network protects the privacy of activists. But prosecutors say it's used extensively by criminals — and is making it harder for law enforcement to do its job.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:30 pm

Prosecutors say tools that cloak online identities are complicating their efforts to police all kinds of crime.

Take the case of a former head of cybersecurity for the Department of Health and Human Services, Timothy DeFoggi. Prosecutors say they found graphic images of children on a laptop computer in his home.

DeFoggi once led cybersecurity efforts for HHS, but in this case, the Justice Department says, he used his expertise to hide from the law, along with other users of child porn sites, on a network called Tor.

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Law
4:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Same-Sex Marriages Start In Florida

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 5:31 pm

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Today, Florida became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage after an extended legal battle in state and federal courts. NPR's Greg Allen was at the courthouse in Miami for today's ruling.

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All Tech Considered
4:17 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

Self-Tracking Gadgets That Play Doctor Abound At CES

The San Francisco-based startup CellScope has built a tool to do ear exams at home, instead of going to the doctor.
Cellscope

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 12:30 pm

When your kid's ear is throbbing at 2 a.m., you might want to grab the car keys and head to the emergency room. But now you can pick up your iPhone instead.

A startup called CellScope has built a little ear probe that you clip on top of your iPhone camera. The footage streams into an app where you can view the inside the ear.

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