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Robot Flies Economy From LA To Frankfurt

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 6:17am

German researchers purchased the robot named Athena, and found a passenger seat was cheaper than shipping her in a box.

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Dozens Killed As Taliban Gunmen Storm Pakistani School

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 5:45am

Officials in Pakistan say Taliban gunmen stormed a military school in the northwestern city of Peshawar. Steve Inskeep talks to Katherine Houreld, a reporter with Reuters.

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Contestant From War-Torn Syria Wins 'Arab Idol'

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:26am

Over the weekend, a champion was crowned in the Middle East's version of American Idol. Syrians cheered as 21-year-old Hazem Sherif from the war-scarred city of Aleppo was announced the winner.

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Sony On The Defensive After Hackers Attack Its Computer Network

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Unidentified hackers have been releasing internal documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at "Wired" magazine, about the attack which has caused turmoil at the studio. Zetter is the author of the new book, "Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon."

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Hostage Drama Unfolds Violently In Sydney

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Australia is coming to terms with the violent outcome of a tense hostage siege in Sydney. A lone gunman, with apparent sympathies to radical Islamist groups in the Middle East, held some 50 people hostage before being killed as a police SWAT team stormed the building. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Stuart Cohen about the incident.

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Denmark Files Claim To Portion Of The Arctic

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Denmark and Greenland are claiming ownership of about 350,000 square miles of the Arctic. Some of that territory includes the North Pole. They've filed paperwork with the U.N. to start the process of making it officials. But that could take years, and other countries are staking claim to the territory as well.

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast-Growing Restaurant Scene

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. In one month this summer, for example, 40 restaurants opened.

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Search For Missing Students In Mexico Turns Up Graves Of Others

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

The search for 43 missing students in Guerrero state has yielded a dozen graves, and some 30 bodies unrelated to the case. That's given hope to other families hoping to find their missing loved ones.

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Search For Missing Students In Mexico Turns Up Clandestine Graves

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

During the search for 43 missing students in the Mexican state of Guerrero, more than a dozen other graves have been found in and around the area of Iguala.

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Top Chefs Discover Denver's Fast Growing Restaurant Scene

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

Thanks in part to the nearby oil and gas boom, Denver is seeing a flood of affluent professionals with a hunger for good food. The city's population has ballooned in the last couple of years.

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Siding With Obama On Deportations Hurts Saldana's Bipartisan Support

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 4:10am

The Senate is to vote Tuesday on Sarah Saldana's nomination to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Republicans believe she will be too sympathetic to the president's actions on deportations.

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Judge Regrets Harsh Human Toll Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 3:03am

Thousands of people are imprisoned for decades, if not life, because of tough drug sentences. Now judges, lawyers and advocates ask whether it's time to dial back those penalties.

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Kurdish Officials Worry About Kurds Joining The Islamic State

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:46am

In the Kurdish city of Halabja, young men have been disappearing to join ISIS. It's a trend the authorities don't really want to discuss. But they are clamping down to try to make it stop.

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'Reshoring' Trend Has Little Impact On U.S. Economy, Study Finds

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:36am

"Reshoring," or bringing U.S. jobs back from overseas, is not as prevalent as has been reported, a consulting firm's research finds. The study found a total of 300 cases from 2013.

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Alaska's Governor Eager To Expand Medicaid

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:28am

The state's last top guy was hostile to Obamacare. But Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, sees Medicaid expansion as a cost-effective no-brainer. Can he convince Republicans in Alaska's legislature?

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President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:26am

Tensions between police and communities of color are grabbing the nation's attention — all the way up to the White House. The Obama administration has announced a new task force to tackle the problem.

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Argentina's Approach To Inflation: Ditch The Peso, Hoard U.S. Dollars

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:24am

The country's inflation rate is running around 40 percent this year, according to private economists. As a hedge, Argentines are always looking for ways to get their hands on U.S. dollars.

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Painting Or Photograph? With Richard Estes, It's Hard To Tell

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:21am

The American artist starts by taking dozens of photos of the same thing. Then he paints it, staying as faithful to photos as he can. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has an exhibition of his work.

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Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:00am

In the face of abuse concerns, Medicare covered more prescriptions for potent controlled substances in 2012 than in 2011. Top prescribers often have faced disciplinary action or criminal charges.

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Element Of Marriage Proposal Damages Building

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 5:04am

A Dutchman planned to use a crane to perch himself outside his girlfriend's window. He wanted to serenade her before popping the question. Even though the crane tipped over, she said yes.

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