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Economy Ended 2013 With Growth Still Strong, Data Suggest

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The U.S. economy grew at a healthy 3.2 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.

Coming on the heels of the third quarter's even better 4.1 percent pace, the news suggests the economy finished 2013 in better shape than ...

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Racing's Michael Schumacher Being Brought Out Of Coma

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The sedation that put race car legend Michael Schumacher into a medically induced coma after he suffered a serious head injury while skiing in France last month is gradually being reduced "to allow the start of the waking up process," the German driver's manager said Thursday.

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Two Days Later, Atlantans Get Back To Cars Abandoned In Storm

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Update at 1:15 p.m. ET. Recovery Of Cars Is Underway:

We're starting to see photos of drivers in Atlanta being reunited with their cars, two days after the ice and snow storm that caused havoc on roads there.

As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes, with "more than 2,000 cars ...

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Missing For 112 Years, First Porsche Is Found In Warehouse

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Even the famed German automaker concedes that it "may resemble an old horse-drawn carriage."

But the recently rediscovered "first Porsche in the world" — dubbed the P1 — was a technological marvel for its time. It "included a compact electric drive weighing 286 pounds," writes the ...

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Northwestern Football Players Want To Unionize: Is That OK?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Even during a week when the NFL's Super Bowl is dominating sports pages and sports talk shows, college football is back in the headlines because players at Northwestern University have voted to form a union.

As NPR's David Schaper said on Morning Edition, the players "argue ...

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VIDEO: Congressman Threatens To Throw Reporter Off Balcony

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Update at 12:35 p.m. ET. Grimm Apologizes; Says He 'Overreacted':

"@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he 'overreacted.' I accepted his apology," tweets NY1 reporter Michael Scotto, who was the object of Rep. Michael Grimm's anger Tuesday night.

As we reported earlier, the Republican congressman from ...

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'Rush Hour From Hell' Drags On In Icy Southern Cities

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Update at 12:17 p.m. ET. 'Obviously, There Were Errors':

During a televised press conference, the governor of Georgia and the mayor of Atlanta both said they would take responsibility for the mess unfolding across Atlanta's highways.

CNN reports that the broad effect is now coming to light: Officials says one ...

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No, Queen Elizabeth Is Not Down To Her 'Last Million'

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Did you hear about Queen Elizabeth II? That times are tough for Britain's monarch?

Or as an inspired headline writer at Australia's Canberra Times put it:

Royal no longer flush — Queen 'down to her last million'

Well, don't schedule a telethon for her just yet.

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Super Bowl Tickets Are 'Cheap,' And Weather Isn't Only Reason

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sure, the game-time temperature's going to be in the low-30s or high-20s at Sunday's Super Bowl in New Jersey.

But brokers say that's not the only reason why tickets to the game aren't going for super-high prices on the websites where they're being resold.

"The issue with the ...

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Opposition 'Gaining Ground' In Ukraine?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Demonstrators in Kiev's main square are welcoming the news that Ukraine's "widely despised" prime minister is stepping down, that anti-protest laws have been repealed and that protesters may get amnesty, NPR's Corey Flintoff reports.

The Washington Post says those are among "growing signs" that the opposition is "gaining ...

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Emergencies Declared As Deep Freeze Hits Deep South

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

In Louisiana:

-- "Jindal declares state of emergency, urges caution ahead of winter storm." (The Times-Picayune)

In Mississippi:

"Storm warning: Emergency plans put in place." (Clarion-Ledger)

In Alabama:

-- "Several county schools in Birmingham area closed, delayed or dismissing early because of weather Tuesday." (

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Obama To Raise Minimum Wage For Federal Contracts

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

News broke this morning that President Obama will announce during his State of the Union address tonight that he's going to sign an executive order raising the minimum wage in new federal contracts.

And as stories about that were popping up on news sites, one of the president's ...

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Pete Seeger, Folk Music Icon And Activist, Dies At 94

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pete Seeger, "a tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness," died Monday at the age of 94.

As former NPR broadcaster Paul Brown adds in an appreciation he prepared for Morning Edition, Seeger's tools "were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm ...

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Rat-A-Phooey! That Ghost Ship May Not Be Infested With Rodents

Monday, January 27, 2014

As creepily fascinating as the story may be, the tale about a "rat-infested ghost ship" supposedly headed toward Britain may need to be filed in the too-good-to-be-true category.

Our friends at Weekend Edition caught up with the salvage hunter who had been widely quoted saying that the 300-foot ...

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CEO Of A Bitcoin Exchange Charged With Money Laundering

Monday, January 27, 2014

Charlie Shrem, CEO of the BitInstant bitcoin exchange, and another man have been charged with allegedly laundering money for individuals who illegally bought drugs online.

Pretty Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, alleged Monday that Shrem and underground bitcoin exchanger Robert Faiella ("a.k.a. BTCKing") ...

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Relic Containing Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen

Monday, January 27, 2014

One of only three known containers holding what's said to be Pope John Paul II's blood was stolen over the weekend from a small church in the mountains of Italy's central Abruzzo region.

According to the BBC, the thief or thieves "left the collection box, but took a ...

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Egypt's El-Sissi Promoted, Military Says He Should Run For President

Monday, January 27, 2014

Update at 1:53 p.m. ET. El-Sissi Should Run For President:

NPR's Leila Fadel sends us this update from Cairo:

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces says that Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi should heed the calls of the people to run for president and that el-Sissi is free act as his ...

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Rep. Radel Resigns; Pleaded Guilty To Cocaine Possession

Monday, January 27, 2014

Update at 1:55 p.m. ET. Letter Sent To Boehner:

Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel of Florida, Politico writes, "sent a letter on Monday to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announcing his resignation, saying it 'is my belief that professionally I cannot fully and effectively serve as a United States ...

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UPDATED: Ukrainian President Offers To 'Scrap' Anti-Protest Law

Monday, January 27, 2014

Update at 5:23 p.m. ET. President Offers To Scrap Anti-Protest Law:

As the protests continued, Ukraine's president made another concession on Monday: He said he would scrap a law that made protesting illegal. The law fueled already violent protests and helped them spread into areas of the country that ...

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