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Why There Will Likely Never Be Another Pastor Like Billy Graham

The pastor to presidents — that's how Billy Graham was known. He earned that role because he earned their trust, and there will likely never be another like him.

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Kurds Asking For Help From Syrian Forces To Repel Turkish Attacks In Syrian War

The Syrian war has taken a new twist as Kurds have asked for help from Syrian forces to repel Turkish attacks. It's an area where the U.S., Iran and Russia are already on the ground backing various sides.

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Tanzania's Biggest City Finds Success With Region's First Bus Rapid Transit System

Dar es Salaam is the only East African city with a bus rapid transit system. It is a model for so many African cities that are growing at an intense pace, but don't have the kind of money they need to build more expensive infrastructure.

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West Point Posthumously Admits Florida Shooting Victim Who Helped His Classmates Escape

Peter Wang died holding open a door to help his classmates escape last week's shooting in Parkland, Fla. It was his dream to go to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Now, the academy's posthumously admitted him.

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After Florida Shooting, Trump Meets With Students and Teachers

President Trump held a meeting today with students and teachers affected by last week's school shooting in Florida, as well as other prominent massacres.

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Famous Evangelist, 'America's Pastor' Billy Graham Dies At 99

Billy Graham, the most famous American evangelist of the 20th century, has died. He preached during a time when the U.S. was less polarized politically and culturally, and he was known as "America's Pastor." Largely silenced by illness in his final years, Graham was somewhat eclipsed by his son Franklin, who took his father's ministry in a far more conservative direction.

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U.N. Calling For Ceasefire After Hundreds Of Civilians Killed In Damascus Suburb

A Syrian government offensive against a rebel-held suburb of Damascus has killed hundreds of civilians. The United Nations and humanitarian groups are urgently calling for a ceasefire to little effect so far.

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Students From Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Rallying For Gun Control in Tallahassee

Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to Florida's capital to push for gun control legislation. They're holding a rally and meeting with dozens of legislators.

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Yale's Whiffenpoofs A Cappella Group Admits First Woman

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Sofia Campoamor, the first female member to be selected to for Yale's a cappella group, The Whiffenpoofs, since its founding in 1909.

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U.S. Women Win First Medal In Cross-Country Skiing, As Women Figure Skaters Fall Short

It was an up and down day for the United States at the Winter Olympics. All three of the U.S. women figure skaters fell or stumbled during their performances in the short program, while the U.S. women won their first ever medal in cross-country skiing.

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Pakistan Says It Dodged U.S. Efforts To Put It On A Terror-Finance List

"Our efforts paid" off, says Pakistan's foreign minister, claiming a global task force failed to reach consensus on punishing the country.

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You Don't Need a Personal Genetics Test to Take Charge of Your Health

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:35
That in-home DNA test won't tell you much about how to eat or exercise. Fortunately, you don't need it to.
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Iran's National Information Network: Faster Speeds, but at What Cost?

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In this Internet Monitor research bulletin, Berkman Klein Center Affiliate Simin Kargar analyzes the effectiveness of the Iranian government’s campaign to encourage domestic content consumption and hosting through its National Information Network.

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In this Internet Monitor research bulletin, Berkman Klein Center Affiliate Simin Kargar analyzes the effectiveness of the Iranian government’s campaign to encourage domestic content consumption and hosting through its National Information Network.

With over $6 billion invested, the NIN is the most costly national telecommunications project in the history of the Islamic Republic. Other affiliated costs align well with the NIN’s overarching goals: $1.5 billion on a domestic search engines project and $135,000 in additional subsidies to go toward mature development of domestic messaging applications. This strategy is to substantially cut reliance on international applications such as Telegram.

The recent events in Iran put the investment to the test and underscored the challenges of fundamentally changing user behavior. While an increase in speed allows for services that potentially improve access and more sophisticated information sharing, these benefits only apply to domestically hosted platforms that have not been popular. As the recent protests affirmed, when popular international tools became inaccessible, users showed little interest to limit their traffic to domestic websites and tools, even at a discounted price. Despite Iran’s concerted efforts to popularize the NIN’s application, appealing to users and acquiring their trust may be much harder than the government had envisioned.

Read the complete bulletin on the Internet Monitor site.

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Even The Hamburglar Might Like McDonald's New Vegan Burger (We Did)

Sales of McDonald's new soy-based McVegan have far surpassed estimates in Sweden, where half the population says it's interested in more vegetarian options. Are diners just curious or truly lovin' it?

(Image credit: McDonald's Sweden)

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Snakelike Skin Gives a Robot the Power to Crawl

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 14:00
Researchers report today that they’ve designed an inflatable robot with its own scales that automatically pop out to get a grip.
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He'll Take 'Gubernatorial Debate' For 400: Trebek Tries Out Moderator's Chair

The longtime game show host has described himself in the past as a political independent and has expressed interest in one day moderating a presidential debate as well.

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WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Injects $50 Million in Newly Formed Signal Foundation

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:30
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has taken on the leadership of the non-profit behind that popular encryption app—and given it a serious injection of cash.
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FACT CHECK: Why Didn't Obama Stop Russia's Election Interference In 2016?

President Trump now accepts that Russia launched a wave of active measures against the U.S. but blames his predecessor for not taking any action.

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Did An IV Cocktail Of Vitamins And Drugs Save This Lumberjack From Sepsis?

A 51-year-old man nearly died from septic shock, when a crushing injury led to overwhelming infection. After getting an experimental treatment, he's recovering well, but some doctors want more proof.

(Image credit: Ian C. Bates for NPR)

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More Ways Than Ever To Watch The Olympics, And Fewer Are Watching In Prime Time

Prime-time viewership is lower than it was for the Sochi Winter Games, though NBC is still drawing more viewers in prime time than its competitors.

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