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4:34pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Middle East

Even At $30 A Barrel, Saudis Are Still Making Money On Oil

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:11 pm

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4:34pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Middle East

What Will New King Mean For Women In Saudi Arabia?

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:30 pm

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4:33pm

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Alabama Chief Justice: Federal Courts Don't Hold Sway On Marriage

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 7:10 pm

Robert Bate of Birmingham holds signs endorsing same-sex marriage outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., Monday. On Tuesday, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court said federal courts are overstepping their jurisdiction in deciding cases about the issue.
Tamika Moore AL.com/Landov

Days after a federal judge in Alabama ruled in favor of a same-sex couple who want their marriage recognized, the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court has sent a letter telling the governor that federal courts don't have jurisdiction over what constitutes a marriage in Alabama.

Chief Justice Roy Moore said that Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade "has raised serious, legitimate concerns about the propriety of federal court jurisdiction over the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment."

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4:27pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Parallels

On Holocaust Day, Argentina's Jews Despair Over Deaths, Old And New

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:30 pm

Holocaust survivors light candles during a ceremony at the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) building for Holocaust Victims Memory Day in Buenos Aires, the site of a deadly bombing two decades ago.
Alejandro Pagni AFP/Getty Images

In more normal times, the annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony would have drawn the Jewish community to a somber ceremony at Argentina's Foreign Ministry. But a large part of the community decided to boycott the event Tuesday and hold its own on the site of a deadly bombing two decades ago.

The speakers, including the treasurer of the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations, Mario Comisarenco, wanted to make clear why.

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4:26pm

Tue January 27, 2015
The Salt

Watch 'Bob's Burgers'? Now You Can Eat Them, Too

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:34 pm

Bob Belcher, titular hero of Bob's Burgers, bites into one of his creations. Each episode features daily burger specials with chuckle-inducing names. The burgers were born in the show writers' imagination and brought to life in Cole Bowden's kitchen.
Fox via Getty Images

The animated Fox series Bob's Burgers centers on the Belcher family, who is trying to run a halfway successful restaurant. A cult favorite, the show is full of pathos and humor — including the daily burger specials with chuckle-inducing names featured in each episode.

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3:56pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Parallels

A Holocaust Survivor, Spared From Gas Chamber By Twist Of Fate

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 6:30 pm

Jack Mandelbaum, a Holocaust survivor from the Polish city of Gdynia, poses in front of a photograph showing him as a youth.
Tobias Schwarz AFP/Getty Images

Seventy years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi concentration camps.

Some 300 Holocaust survivors were at Auschwitz on Tuesday, along with several European presidents and other government officials, to honor at least 1.1 million people who were murdered, 1 million of whom were Jewish.

Among those killed there were Jack Mandelbaum's mother and brother. The Polish-born Mandelbaum survived, spared at the last minute by an officer of the dreaded SS who yanked the teen away from his family and sent him instead to a forced labor camp.

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3:51pm

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Administration Proposes Opening Up Atlantic To Drilling

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:11 pm

The Obama administration has for the first time opened up parts of the Atlantic coast to drilling while at the same time designating an additional nearly 10 million acres in energy-rich Alaska as off-limits to any future oil and gas leasing.

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1:23pm

Tue January 27, 2015
Music Interviews

At The BBC, The Beatles Shocked An Institution

Between 1962 and 1965, The Beatles were featured on 53 BBC radio programs. For The Beatles: The BBC Archives, executive producer Kevin Howlett had to search for many of these recordings, and they weren't easy to find.

Originally broadcast Nov. 27, 2013.

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1:14pm

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Meets New Saudi King, Balancing Human Rights, U.S. Interests

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:39 pm

President Obama meets Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia today to meet newly crowned King Salman and said in an interview that the U.S. needs to balance its concerns about Saudi human rights with "immediate concerns" such as counterterrorism and regional stability.

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11:47am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Number Of Exonerations Last Year Reached New High, Report Finds

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:40 pm

A record 125 people were exonerated last year in the U.S. after being falsely convicted of crimes, according to a new report. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013.

Much of the increase was due to one county in Texas. Thirty-three people in Harris County had their drug convictions thrown out after lab tests found they tested negative for the presence of illegal substances.

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11:45am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Salt

Beef Packers Block Plan To Revive Growth-Promoting Drug

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:08 pm

Cattle in holding pens at the Simplot feedlot located next to a slaughterhouse in Burbank, Washington on Dec. 26, 2013. Merck & Co Inc is testing lower dosages of its controversial cattle growth drug Zilmax drug in an effort to resume its sales to the $44 billion U.S. beef industry.
Ross Courtney Reuters/Landov

For more than a year, a once-popular drug that makes cattle put on weight faster has been stuck in a kind of veterinary purgatory.

As far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned, the drug, Zilmax, is legal to use. But large meat packers, which dominate the industry, have ostracized it after the drug was accused of making animals suffer. The drug's manufacturer, Merck, has been working on a plan to rehabilitate it. But that effort has stalled.

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11:16am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR Ed

A Teacher's 'Pinch Me' Moment: Cheering The Super Bowl From The Sidelines

The Patriots cheerleaders perform in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts in the 2015 AFC Championship game.
Elsa Getty Images

The NPR Ed team is discovering what teachers do when they're not teaching. Cartoonist? Carpenter? Dolphin trainer? Explore our Secret Lives of Teachers series.

Most teachers will watch the Super Bowl at home, cracking open a beer maybe, or yelling at their flat-screen TVs. Lauren Schneider will be right there on the sidelines, cheering on Tom Brady and her team just feet from the action.

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10:28am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

'I Don't Trust U.S. Politics,' Fidel Castro Reportedly Writes

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:51 am

Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, has remained silent ever since the the U.S. and Cuba announced plans for a rapprochement back in December.

Late last night, the official newspaper of the island's Communist party released a letter reportedly written by Castro.

If you remember, Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in 2006. He handed over the presidency to his brother Raúl and ever since, rumors of his death have emerged every few weeks.

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10:17am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Auschwitz's Liberation

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:07 pm

Holocaust survivors walk outside the gate of the of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Tuesday.
Alik Keplicz AP

Holocaust survivors gathered along with several world leaders today to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Red Army of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed.

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10:13am

Tue January 27, 2015
Middle East

Mourning In Riyadh: Obama Visits New Saudi King To Offer Condolences

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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9:59am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

The Cape Bears Brunt Of Blizzard's Onslaught

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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9:28am

Tue January 27, 2015
Global Health

It's Been A Hard 12-Step Road For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:54 pm

Frederica Boswell NPR

Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover on a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean?

Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.

Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn't work. Then he discovered a 12-step program in Mombasa, Kenya.

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9:28am

Tue January 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidy?

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:08 pm

Insurance and the subsidies available to buy it can be confusing. Here are some answers to recent questions from people who are running into difficulties with premiums and tax credits on their marketplace plans.

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9:03am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:18 pm

Official game balls for this year's Super Bowl sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio.
Rick Osentoski AP

"The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story. The Times, and just about everyone else, is talking about the perhaps-tampering-with-gameballs allegations levied against the New England Patriots — specifically coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Both Belichick and Brady have denied any wrongdoing.

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8:52am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Boston Copes With Its Deepening Blanket Of Snow

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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8:46am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:32 pm

Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET

The son of the man who reportedly shot and wounded two policeman said his father, 68-year-old Raymond K. Kmetz, had a history of making threats. Nathan Kmetz said he would provide additional information about his father later on Tuesday.

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8:05am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

LOOK! The Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Tuesday Has Its Own Moon

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:33 pm

A series of images show that asteroid 2004 BL86 has a small moon.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

In celestial terms, asteroid 2004 BL86 pretty much buzzed Earth, coming within 745,000 miles of our planet.

As NPR's Sam Sanders explained, it's the closest this asteroid will pass by Earth for at least the next two centuries. So when it flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on it.

Scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., captured a stunning set of images that revealed 2004 BL86 has a small moon.

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7:35am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Rhode Island School Releases Snow Day Video

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 7:39 am

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7:11am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Thieves With A Guilty Conscience Return Stolen Items

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:26 am

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6:49am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Winter Blizzard Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:04 pm

A woman cross country skis on snow-covered roads during a winter blizzard in Boston, Mass. Tuesday.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize.

Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.

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5:18am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Family's Long Fight With Pentagon Returns Name To Unknown Soldier

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:27 pm

Arthur H. "Bud" Kelder (left) died in World War II.
Courtesy of the Kelder family

The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines — and the subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation last year — have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.

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5:02am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR Story

Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:59 pm

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5:02am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR Story

Greece Looks To Renegotiate Bailout Terms

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:13 pm

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3:48am

Tue January 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

Will Crocker Getty Images

Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

The numbers are grim. Almost 680,000 children in the United States were the victims of abuse and neglect in 2013. More than 1,500 of them died.

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3:39am

Tue January 27, 2015
Movies

'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

Alex Gibney's Going Clear is based on a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright.
Sam Painter Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Over in Park City, Utah, the Sundance Film Festival is in full swing. Critic Kenneth Turan tells NPR's Renee Montagne about some of the festival's must-see films, including documentaries about Scientology, rape on college campuses and Nina Simone, and a romantic drama based on a novel by Colm Tóibín.


Interview Highlights

On the festival's stand-out documentaries

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