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3:20pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

2015 Will Continue Streak Of Shrinking U.S. Budget Deficit

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:22 pm

A chart shows the U.S. federal government's spending and revenues, from 1965 projected forward to 2025.
Congressional Budget Office

The federal budget deficit will fall in 2015, the sixth consecutive year of decreases relative to the overall economy, according to new figures by the Congressional Budget Office. The office also says the U.S. economy will expand at a "solid pace" for the next few years.

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3:11pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Salt

Tossing Out Food In The Trash? In Seattle, You'll Be Fined For That

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:38 pm

Seattle garbage collector Anousone Sadettanh empties a small residential garbage bin into his truck in 2014. It is now illegal to toss out food with the trash in the city. Residents will get warning tags for now; the city will start imposing fines in July.
Elaine Thompson AP

In Seattle, wasting food will now earn you a scarlet letter — well, a scarlet tag, to be more accurate.

The bright red tag, posted on a garbage bin, tells everyone who sees it that you've violated a new city law that makes it illegal to put food into trash cans.

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2:23pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Goats and Soda

Guinea's Grand Imam Pulls No Punches In His Ebola Message

Guinea's Grand Imam, El Hadj Mamadou Saliou Camara, tells his fellow clerics: "If there is any doubt at all, then no one must touch the body."
Kevin Leahy NPR

"Ebola — you have to do more," roars the barrel-bellied cleric El Hadj Mamadou Saliou Camara, with his white beard and mustache, in a snow-white boubou, the traditional flowing gown of West Africa.

That's the message he delivered over the weekend to hundreds of his fellow clerics, who gathered in Kindia, the third largest city in Guinea and a major crossroads. Many of the residents still blame Westerners for bringing the virus to their country.

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1:57pm

Mon January 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Abortion Vote Shows How Much Democrats' World Has Changed

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 8:25 am

Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., announces he will vote to pass the health care reform bill after President Obama agreed to sign an executive order reaffirming the ban on the use of federal funds to provide abortions, March 21, 2010.
Alex Brandon AP

This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it.

Why did it need quite so many Republican votes? Because the GOP can no longer count on a contingent of Democrats to help out on abortion-related votes.

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1:47pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Drone Strikes Target Suspected Al-Qaida Militants In Yemen

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:38 pm

A U.S. drone strike on suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen killed at least three people, just days after the U.S.-backed government resigned in the face of an uprising by Shiite Houthi rebels, effectively leaving the country with no government.

The Associated Press reports that the strike, which occurred in the central province of Marib, targeted a vehicle carrying three men near the border with neighboring Shabwa province, an al-Qaida stronghold. The news agency also quoted an al-Qaida member as saying two of the slain fighters were Yemenis, one Saudi. Here's more:

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1:16pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Book Reviews

These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:17 pm

One of Megan Mayhew Bergman's short stories is based on the life of dancer and actress Butterfly McQueen.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Almost Famous Women is the kind of "high concept" short-story collection that invites skepticism. These stories are about 13 historical women whose names you mostly might sort-of recognize. Beryl Markham, Butterfly McQueen and Shirley Jackson are slam-dunks, but Romaine Brooks and Joe Carstairs are a bit blurrier. While the family names of Allegra Byron, Dolly Wilde and Norma Millay betray their relation to important figures, we don't know what they did. And who the heck was Hazel Eaton or Tiny Davis?

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1:14pm

Mon January 26, 2015
Author Interviews

'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:17 pm

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12:31pm

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

India's Modi Makes A Name For Himself — Literally — In Meeting With Obama

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:02 pm

An up-close shot of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit reveals its telltale lettering: his name, in stripes of gold down his jacket.
Prakash Singh AFP/Getty Images

There are many ways in diplomacy to make a name for yourself. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to have taken this message literally.

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11:46am

Mon January 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

Pediatricians Say Don't Lock Up Teenagers For Using Marijuana

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:04 pm

A marijuana bud displayed in Denver. Don't legalize pot, the pediatricians say, but don't lock teenagers up for using it, either.
Seth McConnell The Denver Post/Getty Images

Across the country, efforts to make marijuana more accessible have quickly gained traction. Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, and recreational use is also legal in four states and the District of Columbia.

Science, however, hasn't quite caught up. Largely due to its illegal status, there's been very little research done on marijuana's health effects. And researchers don't fully understand how pot affects the developing teenage brain.

This may explain the why the nation's pediatricians have changed their recommendations on marijuana and children.

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11:08am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Greece's Left-Wing Prime Minister Takes Charge

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:31 pm

Newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras enters his new offices in Athens on Monday.
Orestis Panagiotou EPA/Landov

Alexis Tsipras, who led his left-wing Syriza party to a momentous win in Greece's parliamentary election, was sworn in today amid fears about what his win means for the country's bailout agreements with the European Union.

Reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens, who is following the story, tells our Newscast unit that Tsipras now leads the first anti-austerity government in Europe. She adds:

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8:18am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

'Quad Copter' Flew Into, Crashed On White House Grounds, Secret Service Says

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:34 pm

The Secret Service released this photo of a "quad copter" that crashed on the White House grounds Monday. The agency says the copter's operator reported crashing it this morning.
Secret Service

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

The Secret Service has identified a device that was found overnight on the White House grounds as a "quad copter." The agency says the person who had been operating the device reported that it crashed after they lost control.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, the Secret Service said an individual called around 9:30 this morning to "self-report" the crashed copter. The agency adds that the person has been cooperative, and that the incident seems to stem from "recreational use of the device."

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8:03am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Ed

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:22 pm

LA Johnson/NPR

Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

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7:49am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Obama Attends India's Republic Day Celebrations

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:58 pm

Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

President Obama became the first U.S. head of state to attend India's annual Republic Day parade, which marks the day the country adopted its constitution.

NPR's Scott Horsley, who is traveling with Obama, says the parade is "partly a showcase for the country's military might, but there are also floats honoring everything from India's female mountain climbers to its home-grown industrial development."

Julie McCarthy, who is NPR's correspondent in India, says it "was a jaunty occasion despite the rain."

Julie tells our Newscast unit:

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7:22am

Mon January 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Fallen Prey To Love's Cruel Sting?

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:03 am

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7:22am

Mon January 26, 2015
Around the Nation

Another Coyote Found Wandering New York City

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:03 am

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7:03am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

From New Jersey To Maine, Northeast Braces For Massive Blizzard

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:26 pm

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration posted this photo taken Monday of the storm bearing down on the U.S. Northeast.
NOAA

Update at 12:20 p.m. ET

Nearly 30 million people in the Northeast are bracing for what the National Weather Service is calling a potentially historic blizzard that could bring more than 2 feet of snow today and Tuesday to parts of the region.

Blizzard warnings have been issued all the way from the New Jersey shore to coastal New England from this afternoon through late Tuesday.

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6:19am

Mon January 26, 2015
Television

Sling TV Could Be Cable-Cutter's Dream

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:03 am

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Story

A Closer Look At Saturday's Iowa Freedom Summit

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:03 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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Cokie Roberts joins us most Mondays to talk politics. And she's with us in this morning. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Story

Weekend Shelling Kills 30 People In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 7:48 pm

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
NPR Story

Greek Voters Usher Leftist Party Into Office

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:03 am

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

High Schools Seek A Safer Path Back From Concussion

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 10:53 am

High school athlete Graham Hill, number 50, suffered a concussion in 2013 while playing football at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas.
Courtesy of Jeffrey McWhorter

Nearly half of all reported sports concussions occur during a high school football game or practice. And even when injured bodies are ready to get back on the field, injured brains might not be ready to return to class.

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5:04am

Mon January 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Hagel: Stress Of 'Nonstop War' Forcing Out Good Soldiers

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 8:58 am

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, speaking to NPR's Morning Edition, says he's concerned about retaining qualified U.S. military service members amid the "stress and strain" of more than 13 years of continuous warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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4:33am

Mon January 26, 2015
Shots - Health News

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:28 pm

Ultrasound is often used for prenatal screening. It's just one of several prenatal screenings available to pregnant women.
iStockphoto

When Amy Seitz got pregnant with her second child last year, she knew that being 35 years old meant there was an increased chance of chromosomal disorders like Down syndrome. She wanted to be screened, and she knew just what kind of screening she wanted — a test that's so new, some women and doctors don't quite realize what they've signed up for.

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4:01am

Mon January 26, 2015
Michel Martin, Going There

Rising Football Star: Prepare For The Worst, Pray For The Best

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:17 am

Varsity football captain Nahshon Ellerbe is a senior at Trinity Christian Academy in Addison, Texas.
Jeffrey McWhorter Trinity Christian Academy

As the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Sunday, a scandal about under-inflated footballs is still dominating headlines.

While that subject has been a trending topic on Twitter, it is just the latest in a series of controversies this season. So many recent stories about the nation's most popular sport have focused on domestic abuse and sexual assault allegations, as well as the dangerous effects of concussions and other long-term health consequences for players.

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5:32pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Code Switch

Black Doll Show Inspires With Wakandan Heroes And Jazz Superstars

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 6:38 pm

For the past 34 years, the William Grant Still Arts Center has held a Black Doll Show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country.
Priska Neely NPR

At The William Grant Still Arts Center in the West Adams neighborhood in Los Angeles, jazz superstars and comic book superheroes are gathered together — in miniature, as part of the Black Doll Show.

For the past 34 years, the center has held a doll show to showcase diverse dolls for children. The exhibit features dolls submitted by artists and collectors from around the country. This year's theme is A League Supreme: Jazz Superheroes.

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5:27pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Sports

Putting #Deflategate To The Test

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 6:38 pm

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick held a surprise press conference yesterday, not to talk about next week's Super Bowl, but about, well, you know, deflated footballs.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

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5:24pm

Sun January 25, 2015
Around the Nation

Rising Oceans A Slow-Moving Disaster, But Also A Business Opportunity

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 11:19 pm

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5:24pm

Sun January 25, 2015
My Big Break

How'd A Cartoonist Sell His First Drawing? It Only Took 610 Tries

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 9:43 am

After moving back home, Tom Toro didn't know what to do with his life. But a stack of magazines at a used book sale gave him an idea. "There they were," Toro says. "Cartoons in among the articles."
Courtesy of Tom Toro

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

Tom Toro didn't always dream of becoming a cartoonist at The New Yorker. Sure, he drew cartoons in college, but he didn't see that as a career path. Instead, he went to film school at NYU.

Then he came to the sudden realization that he was in the wrong field — and he had no idea what he was going to do.

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4:58pm

Sun January 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Got $15 Million? Actor Rowan Atkinson Has A Car For Sale

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 6:31 pm

Rowan Atkinson gestures during an interview in 2007. The famous British comedian who plays Mr. Bean is selling his McLaren F1 race car.
Alex Grimm AP

Mr. Bean is selling his car.

No, not the lime green British Leyland Mini that was the prop for so many of the character's antics. We're talking about the purple McLaren F1 "supercar" owned by the actor who plays Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson. It's the same car that Atkinson famously wrapped around a tree in 2011.

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3:07pm

Sun January 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Ukraine's President Hopes To Revive Shattered Peace Process

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 6:37 pm

Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko speaks at a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine on Sunday.
Mykola Lazarenko ITAR-TASS/Landov

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko says he will "calm" fighting between his forces and Russian-backed separatists in the country's east a day after rocket fire killed 30 people in and around the port city of Mariupol.

Poroshenko, speaking after an emergency meeting of Ukraine's security council, said reviving a shattered peace deal agreed in September was the only way out of the conflict.

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