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Protests In Iran Continue With Reports Of 20 Killed And Hundreds Arrested

Violent protests in Iran are continuing since they began six days ago. They're highlighting economic problems and the question of what impact U.S. sanctions have on Iranians.

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What Accounts For Commercial Airlines' Safest Year In History

There were no passenger airline crashes anywhere in the world last year, making 2017 the safest year in history for commercial airlines. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Bloomberg News aviation reporter, about what accounts for the safest year worldwide.

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Peter Martins Leaves New York City Ballet Amid Allegations Of Sexual Misconduct

In a letter to the New York City Ballet, Peter Martins announced he has decided to retire as its artistic director and head of its school. The announcement follows allegations from current and former dancers of sexual misconduct and physical abuse.

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A Look At The Legal Consequences Of Swatting After Police Shoot Innocent Man

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Neal Katyal, professor of law at Georgetown University, and former acting solicitor general of the U.S., about the legal issues surrounding the swatting case which resulted in an innocent man being shot to death in Wichita, Kan., in response to a fake 911 call that came from the Los Angeles area.

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80 Prisoners Still At Large In Brazil After Jail Riot

Dozens of prisoners remain at large after a New Year's Day riot at a jail in central Brazil. Nine prisoners were killed. The violence erupted when rival gangs at the prison clashed.

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'Los Angeles Times' Newsroom Employees To Vote On Unionizing

This week newsroom employees at the Los Angeles Times will vote on joining a union. The paper has not fared well since it was first sold to the Tribune company in 2000, with rounds of layoffs and buyouts that continued under new ownership called Tronc. Now, fresh concerns are surfacing over the paper's new editor-in-chief, Lewis D'vorkin.

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Risks And Benefits Of The U.S. Speaking Out About Iran

President Trump has tweeted his support for protesters in Iran. But what could the U.S. realistically do to help? NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Gary Sick of Columbia University about U.S. policy options on Iran.

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'Time's Up' Aims To Give Women Support Across All Industries

A new initiative to combat sexual harassment was launched on New Year's Day. It's called Time's Up, and has the force of 300 prominent women from the entertainment industry behind it. Time's Up aims to give women support across all industries, not just Hollywood. It also includes a legal defense fund, spearheaded by lawyer Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to first lady Michelle Obama.

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Ireland's Culture Shifts From Being One Of Europe's Most Socially Conservative Countries

Long considered among Europe's most socially conservative countries, Ireland is holding a referendum next year to legalize abortion. The vote follows another that legalized same-sex marriage, and the election of the country's first, gay prime minister.

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South Korea Will Take Up North Korea On Its Offer To Hold Diplomatic Talks

South Korea is hoping to hold its first official diplomatic meeting with North Korea in more than two years. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Frank Aum, senior expert on North Korea at the United States Institute of Peace, about the upcoming meeting and the impact such high talks might have on the United States' relations with both countries.

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Why Europe Is Willing To Regulate Tech More Than The U.S.

Though Congress has had many tech executives testify on Capitol Hill about their operations, it hasn't led to any major regulations of the tech industry. Europe, on the other hand, seems far more willing to impose limitations. NPR's Ari Shapiro discusses why that might be with Harvard law professor Jonathan Zittrain.

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Former Pakistani Ambassador To The U.S. Considers Implications Of Trump's Tweet

President Trump's first tweet of 2018 was extremely critical of Pakistan, threatening to withhold U.S. aid to the country. Former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani speaks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about the implications of such a threat.

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Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch Announces Retirement, With Speculation Focused On Romney

The longest serving Republican in the Senate says he will not seek an eighth term this fall. Former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is said to be mulling a bid for the open seat.

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Hoda Kotb Named Co-Anchor Of 'Today' Show, Replacing Matt Lauer

Kotb has filled in for Lauer since he was fired in late November for inappropriate sexual behavior. Now it's official: Kotb and Savannah Guthrie are Today's first all-female anchor team.

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Neuroscientist Predicts 'Much Better Treatment' For Alzheimer's Is 10 Years Away

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is The Pursuit of Memory.

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Commercial Airliners Had Their Safest Year Ever, Flight Trackers Say

There were no fatalities on commercial passenger jets anywhere in the world in 2017, according to two groups that track airplane crash data. Air travel has grown steadily safer in the past decades.

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From Hooch To Haute Cuisine: A Nearly Extinct Bootlegger's Corn Gets A Second Shot

Jimmy Red — the heirloom bootleg "whiskey" corn — was almost lost forever, until someone revived it. Now it's thriving and the darling of Southern chefs and distillers.

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Braun MultiQuick 9: This High-Powered Immersion Blender Is One Cool Whip

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 12:00
Braun's latest hand blender blows through foodstuffs that lesser sticks can’t crack.
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Extreme Cold Grips Much Of The U.S.

2018 is off to a frigid start. From Texas to the mid-Atlantic to the Ohio Valley, temperatures are significantly colder than average, with sometimes fatal consequences.

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From the Earth, Moon and Beyond

NASA Image of the Day - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 11:18
THE OSIRIS-REx mission will map and return samples from asteroid Bennu, a carbon-rich hunk of rock that might contain organic materials or molecular precursors to life. OSIRIS-Rex is expected to reach Bennu in August, 2018.
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