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Study Finds Huge Disparities In Costs Of Common Surgeries

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:41pm

Robert Siegel talks to Maureen Sullivan, senior vice president of strategic services and chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which did the study.

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U.S.-Cuba Talks First Step In Long Process Of Restoring Relations

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

U.S. diplomats have wrapped up two days of talks with Cuban officials — the highest-level meeting in 35 years. The aim is to start talking through how to restore diplomatic relations following the historic warming of ties announced last month by President Obama and President Raul Castro.

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Paris Attacks Refocus Attention On Homegrown Terrorist Threats

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

Thousands of European men and women have traveled to Syria to fight, and some have returned home — possibly battle hardened. The concern is that they haven't come back to resume their lives, but instead have been dispatched by al Qaida or the so-called Islamic State to attack the West.

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U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

The White House is facing uncertainty in the wake of political turmoil in Yemen and political transition in Saudi Arabia.

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U.S. Careful Amid Turmoil And Transition In Yemen, Saudi Arabia

NPR Politics - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

The White House is facing uncertainty in the wake of political turmoil in Yemen and political transition in Saudi Arabia.

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Sundance A Lab For Changing Models In Film, TV

NPR Arts & Culture - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

Audie Cornish speaks with film reporter Steve Zeitchik of the Los Angeles Times about the trends, breakouts and mood at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

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When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

NPR Arts & Culture - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.

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International Criminal Court To Try Former Child Soldier With War Crimes

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

The international criminal court in the Hague was founded to prosecute those who commit war crimes — particularly the crime of abducting and conscripting children as soldiers. But for the first time in that court's 15 year history, it's putting on trial a man who was once a victim of that same crime.

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Investigation Into Paris Attack Leads Authorities To Spain

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:35pm

In the wake of attacks in Paris, part of the investigation into terror cells in Europe has led to Spain. One of the Paris gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, is believed to have visited Madrid in the days before he burst into a kosher market, killing four people.

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DNA Exonerates Man Who Served Nearly 40 Years For Murder

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:30pm

Joseph Sledge, now 70, spent 37 years in prison for a crime that a three-judge panel said Friday he did not commit.

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Iowa Freedom Summit Looks Something Like 2016 Is Underway

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:23pm

Republican presidential contenders have converged in Des Moines for the Iowa Freedom Summit, an event hosted by conservative lightning rod Steve King.

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Iowa Freedom Summit Looks Something Like 2016 Is Underway

NPR Politics - January 23, 2015 - 4:23pm

Republican presidential contenders have converged in Des Moines for the Iowa Freedom Summit, an event hosted by conservative lightning rod Steve King.

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Why Would Marco Rubio Run For President? Why Wouldn't He?

NPR Politics - January 23, 2015 - 4:19pm

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is putting out the word that he is pushing ahead with a 2016 presidential run.

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After The Slaughter, A Pakistani School Seeks To Heal

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:16pm

In northwest Pakistan, a school has reopened after last month's Taliban attack that killed more than 130. Most all of the survivors chose to come back, but the healing will take years, they say.

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'American Sniper' Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

NPR Arts & Culture - January 23, 2015 - 4:13pm

American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been a surprise hit at the box office. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, some say the movie misrepresents Kyle and glorifies war.

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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

NPR Health&Science - January 23, 2015 - 4:06pm

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:06pm

As vessels become more porous, researchers say, they allow toxins in the bloodstream to reach, and damage, delicate brain cells and raise the risk for dementia.

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Brewers Gone Wild: Taming Unpredictable Yeast For Flavorful Beer

NPR Health&Science - January 23, 2015 - 4:01pm

A handful U.S. craft brewers are reviving an age-old way of making beer that was practically unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to the wacky world of Brett, a local yeast that can impart funky flavors.

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Brewers Gone Wild: Taming Unpredictable Yeast For Flavorful Beer

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 4:01pm

A handful U.S. craft brewers are reviving an age-old way of making beer that was practically unthinkable a decade ago. Welcome to the wacky world of Brett, a local yeast can impart funky flavors.

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NFL Hires Investigators, Says Patriots Used Under-Inflated Balls

NPR News - January 23, 2015 - 3:55pm

It's the latest twist in a story that, to some, exemplifies the over-hyped talking points that often get blown out of proportion during the two-week wait for the Super Bowl.

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