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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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Study Finds No Link Between Baby Formula Made From Cow's Milk And Diabetes Risk

Researchers found children fed formula with whole-milk proteins had no greater risk for developing Type 1 diabetes than those fed formula containing broken-down proteins.

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Financial Stability Oversight Council: Structure and Activities

CRS report via FAS – Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC): Structure and Activities. Jeffrey M. Stupak, Analyst in Macroeconomic Policy. December 22, 2017.

Summary: “The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and its Office of Financial Research (OFR) were established by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111- 203) to address several potential sources of systemic risk. Some observers argue that communication and coordination of financial regulators was insufficient to prevent the financial crisis of 2008. To foster coordination and communication, the FSOC assembles the heads of federal financial regulators, representatives from state regulatory bodies, and an independent insurance expert in a single venue. The OFR supports the FSOC with data collection, research, and analysis. The FSOC does not generally have direct regulatory authority; its role is to make policy recommendations to member agencies where authority already exists or to Congress where additional authority is needed. However, it is responsible for monitoring financial stability and designating nonbank financial companies and financial market utilities as systemic, which subjects those entities to heightened prudential regulation and the direct regulatory authority of other agencies. The FSOC considers a company to pose a threat to financial stability if a company’s financial distress or activities could be transmitted to other firms or markets, causing broader disruptions to financial intermediation or other financial market functions. Three of the many relevant factors used for designation include leverage, interconnectedness with other systemically important nonbank financial institutions (SIFIs), and whether a primary prudential regulator already has responsibility for the SIFI and the activity.”

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These Abandoned Theme Parks Are Guaranteed To Make You Nostalgic

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 10:00
Photographer Seph Lawless traveled the world to capture images of childhood paradises lost.
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What Should We Expect From Trump In 2018?

The president is back in Washington, D.C., after spending the holidays in Palm Beach. What are the top items on his agenda for the new year? NPR's political editor has ideas on what to watch.

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Logan Paul, YouTube Star, Apologizes As Critics Slam Video Showing Dead Body

Before publishing footage from Japan's "suicide forest," Logan Paul said, "tomorrow's vlog will be the craziest and most real video I've ever uploaded."

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Iran's Supreme Leader Blames Tehran's 'Enemies' For Inciting Protests

Ali Khamenei said "enemies of Iran" were meddling in the country using money, weapons and intelligence assets to create havoc in the Islamic country.

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Navigating the Uncanny Valley of Food 

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 08:00
In the food industry, innovation frequently means *imitation*. But that's not the best thing for your taste buds, or the planet.
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Top Stories: Iran Protests; Anti-Sexual Harassment Effort In Hollywood

Also: South Korea calls for new talks with North Korea; bitter wind chills surge south in the U.S.; and Gretchen Carlson becomes the new board chair of the Miss America Organization.

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Pakistani Leaders Fire Back At Trump Tweet Accusing Them Of 'Lies & Deceit'

In his first tweet of the new year, the president said Islamabad had been playing U.S. leaders for fools by taking billions in foreign aid and continuing to harbor Afghan extremists.

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This App Collects Spare Change to Bail People Out of Jail

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 07:00
The creators of Appolition want to help free people who are jailed because they can't afford bail amounts as low as $100.
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Hacker Lexicon: What Is Sinkholing?

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 01/02/2018 - 07:00
What's one good way to bring down a botnet? Send that traffic to a sinkhole.
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