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Bon Voyage Voyager — Old Friends Take Stock

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 2:27am

Long gone, but never forgotten, Voyager 1 is about 12 billion miles from home and now sailing through interstellar space, scientists were thrilled to confirm in 2013. The spacecraft carries with it a generation's dreams.

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In Memoriam: 2013

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 1:00am

Follow along as NPR Music remembers some of the great musicians who died this year.

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Blessed Feathers: Nomadic And Loving It

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 1:00am

When Donivan Berube got a job at a pizzeria and met Jacquelyn Beaupre, he had no idea that it would challenge his faith and change his life.

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Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:04am

On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. His 12 years in office were ground breaking, locally and globally.

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Crushed Strawberry Won't Ruin Harrisburg's New Year

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 5:07am

For the past 14 years, people in the Pennsylvania capital have been lowering a giant strawberry to mark the new year. During a test drop, the 65 pound fiberglass strawberry dropped three stories and shattered. Organizers say they'll have a new one ready for New Year's Eve.

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How Do You Get A Cow Out Of Your Swimming Pool?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 4:19am

This is not the set up for a bad joke, it's a real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the pool. Along with a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out.

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TV Prank Reveals News Media Shortcoming

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's fake twerking video not only made thousand of people believe a woman accidentally set herself on fire by twerking upside down, it fooled loads of news outlets into playing the fraudulent clip as if it were real. In one swoop, Kimmel uncovered how reliant many news programs are on found material they cannot or do not verify.

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If The NAFTA Vote Were Held Today, How Would It Fare?

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

A year before his Democratic Party would lose control of the House for the first time in generations, President Clinton pushed the North American Free Trade Agreement through Congress. The vote in the House was 234-200, and most of the votes in favor came from Republicans. Most of the lawmakers who approved that deal are gone, but 80 remain. Twenty years later, would they vote the same way?

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Egyptian Authorities Detain Foreign Journalists

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

The crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has begun netting foreign journalists. A team from Al Jazeera English was detained by police on Sunday. Renee Montagne talks to Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution center in Doha about the latest developments.

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JPMorgan Chase Faces Regulatory issues

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

Morning Edition has been looking back at the year through numbers — and the number for today is $15 billion. That's the approximate amount JP Morgan Chase has agreed to pay out in various fines and settlements this year. The company is widely seen as a well-managed bank but it faces big regulatory problems and its legal bills are mounting.

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South Sudanese Look For Refuge From Fighting

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

For thousands of displaced South Sudanese caught in the crossfire of warring factions, the question of who rules their fledgling country is the least of their concerns. More immediately, they're looking for food, drinkable water and refuge from fighting that threatens to escalate into a civil war.

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Japanese Vending Machines Sell Bras

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

In Japan, you can buy an incredible range of things from vending machines: bags of rice, fishing tackle or fresh flowers. And now you can add bras to that list — in particular the wireless "Fun Fun Week" bra.

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French High Court Approves 75 Percent Tax For Top Earners

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

The millionaire tax was a campaign promise from French President Francois Hollande. Film star Gerard Depardieu famously fled the country to avoid paying the tax.

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2013 Was A Breakthrough Year For Nuclear Diplomacy

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

In November, an agreement was reached to suspend much of Iran's nuclear program. Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will be back at the table working on a comprehensive deal to limit Iran's nuclear activity and bring an end to punitive economic sanctions. Analysts say those talks will be exponentially harder than the ones concluded this year.

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2 Bombings In Russia Raise Olympic Security Questions

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 3:43am

One of southern Russia's largest cities is reeling from two deadly bombings in the last 24 hours. The violence took place in Volgograd which is hundreds of miles from Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will be held. This has raised questions about whether these acts of terrorism are related to the staging of the Olympics.

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Cinnamon Can Help Lower Blood Sugar, But One Variety May Be Best

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:47am

For years, there have been hints that adding cinnamon to your diet can help control blood sugar. And a recent spat of studies adds to the evidence that the effect is real. But if you want to incorporate more of this aromatic spice in your diet, the variety may matter.

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Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:24am

Many people watched other people playing video games on the video-sharing site in 2013. But it wasn't all about games; educational videos, particularly those that explain science concepts or use fun animation, were also big hits.

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Can Robots Manage Your Money Better Than You? Startups Say Yes

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:23am

A handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say it's time to turn your finances over to bots. Algorithms can monitor a person's financial behavior better than most advisers, they say, and aren't biased by commissions or complex fee structures.

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$1,000 Pill For Hepatitis C Spurs Debate Over Drug Prices

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 2:22am

Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a class of drugs that can cure most hepatitis C infections. That's great news for the more than 3 million Americans infected. But the high cost — $84,000 per course of treatment — means some patients could miss out.

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