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10:36 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Shiite Rebels Shell Yemeni Leader's House, Seize Presidential Palace

Houses of local residents are seen damaged in clashes that erupted between presidential guards and Shiite Houthi fighters in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday.
Hani Ali Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:07 pm

Update at 11:55 a.m. ET

The Yemeni president's house is being shelled by Shiite rebels, and the presidential palace reportedly has been seized.

Nadia al-Saqqaf, the information minister, said on Twitter that President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's house was being shelled by Shiite rebels whom Saqqaf called "militias seeking to overthrow the ruling system."

She said Hadi's home has been under attack since 3 p.m.

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Author Interviews
10:09 am
Tue January 20, 2015

'Gateway To Freedom': Heroes, Danger And Loss On The Underground Railroad

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:35 am

Until 2007, when it was unearthed by a Columbia University undergraduate, few scholars were aware of the record of fugitive slaves written by Sydney Howard Gay. Gay was a key Underground Railroad operative from the mid-1840s until the eve of the Civil War. He was also the editor of the weekly newspaper the National Anti-Slavery Standard.

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It's All Politics
9:53 am
Tue January 20, 2015

The State Of The Union Is ... 'Free And Restless'?

During his 1965 State of the Union address, President Lyndon Johnson said, "This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope."
AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:30 pm

Presidents often characterize the state of the union as "strong." Last year, in fact, President Obama remarked: "It is you, our citizens, who make the state of our union strong."

It seems whatever the crisis du jour is, the State of the Union address is a chance for the president to sneak in some optimism. In 2012, as the economy limped back, Obama still found occasion for the s-word: "The state of our union is getting stronger. And we've come too far to turn back now."

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The Two-Way
9:38 am
Tue January 20, 2015

White House Seeks More Time From Congress On Iran

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:41 pm

The White House says it could consider congressional action against Iran later in the year, but emphasized it wants more time to see if negotiations over the Islamic republic's nuclear program can work.

"If Congress wants to act later in the year, we could consider that, but at the moment they ought to give us the space to let these negotiations work," Denis McDonough, White House chief of staff, tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Jury Selection To Start In Aurora, Colo., Mass Shooting Trial

A view of the jury box, right, inside Courtroom 201, where jury selection in the trial of Aurora movie theater shootings defendant James Holmes is to begin Tuesday at the Arapahoe County District Court in Centennial, Colo.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:18 pm

Jury selection starts today in the trial of James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting in July 2012.

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NPR History Dept.
8:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Beware Of Japanese Balloon Bombs

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 1:21 pm

Those who forget the past are liable to trip over it.

Just a few months ago a couple of forestry workers in Lumby, British Columbia — about 250 miles north of the U.S. border — happened upon a 70-year-old Japanese balloon bomb.

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Middle East
7:58 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Why Was Iran's President Riding The Subway?

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The Two-Way
7:51 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Islamic State, In Video, Threatens To Kill 2 Japanese Hostages

A photo from a video clip posted on YouTube shows a man with a knife threatening two captives identified as Haruna Yukawa (right) and Kenji Goto Jogo. The Islamic State says it wants $200 million for their release.
Kyodo /Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:12 pm

Updated at 12:10 p.m. ET

The group that calls itself the Islamic State, in a direct address to Japan's prime minister, is threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless it gets $200 million within 72 hours. The demand in a video posted online comes as Shinzo Abe is visiting the Middle East.

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Asia
7:31 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Chinese Prisoners Inovate How To Get Out Of Jail

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama, In Tonight's State Of The Union, Will Focus On Middle Class

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:41 pm

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight and is expected to focus on the state of the economy and its impact on the middle class.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
6:07 am
Tue January 20, 2015

What If Heaven Is Not For Real?

An 1870 engraving by Gustave Dore depicts the vision of the golden ladder, a scene from Dante's Paradiso.
D. Walker iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:47 am

Last week, a young man named Alex Malarkey made news when he publicly retracted his story that he'd been to heaven. This, understandably, may not seem like news to some people. But Malarkey's story, based on the tragedy of an auto accident when he was just 6 years old, became a best-selling book called The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven.

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Law
5:31 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Jury Selection To Begin In 2012 Aurora Theater Mass Shooting

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:07 pm

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Politics
5:21 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Georgia Pushes For An SEC Presidential Primary

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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Politics
5:17 am
Tue January 20, 2015

5 Years After Citizens United, Secret Money Floods Into U.S. Politics

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 3:42 pm

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Politics
5:09 am
Tue January 20, 2015

IRS Budget Cuts May Make For An Unpleasant Tax Filing Season

Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:18 pm

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday began accepting tax returns electronically, and paper returns will begin to be processed at the same time. In a statement, the IRS reminded taxpayers that filing electronically is the most accurate way to file a tax return and the fastest way to get a refund.

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama To Press For Higher Taxes On Wealthy Taxpayers

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 2:01 pm

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

U.S. Should End Its Export Ban On Crude Oil, Study Says

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Why Europe's Economy Threatens Global Growth

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

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Economy
4:06 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery

When Ed Neufeldt introduced President Obama in 2009, Elkhart, Ind. had the dubious distinction of having the highest unemployment rate in the country, close to 20 percent. The county's job numbers have recovered, but Neufeldt's now working three part-time jobs.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 1:58 pm

If Elkhart County, Ind. was the symbol of the recession, then Ed Neufeldt became the face of the unemployed worker.

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Business
3:18 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Analysts Watch For Impacts Of European Economic Weakness On U.S.

A new BMW X4 vehicle is unveiled during a March 2014 news conference at the BMW manufacturing plant in Greer, S.C.
Chuck Burton AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 7:58 am

With the European economy barely growing, leaders there are worried about deflation. To boost growth and stabilize prices, the European Central Bank is expected to take a bold step at its Thursday meeting.

It would start buying up government bonds on a huge scale — just as the Federal Reserve did here beginning in 2007. The hope is that it would pump enough cash into the economy to get it moving.

This effort, known as quantitative easing, would impact the U.S. economy, too — especially in the Southeast.

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Law
1:03 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Should Judicial Candidates Be Allowed To Solicit Campaign Money?

Judge Adrian Adams is helped with his robe by his daughters during a robing ceremony Friday in Gretna, La. Adams won a race for 24th Judicial District Court in November behind a campaign that raised a modest $22,350, including several four-figure donations from attorneys and law firms. Louisiana law, like Florida law, bars judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.
Brett Duke The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 8:56 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in a case testing whether states, in the name of preserving judicial impartiality, may bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

There was a time when judicial elections were a pretty tame affair, with relatively little money spent, and candidates in most states limited in how they could campaign. Not anymore.

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The Two-Way
12:16 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Highway Overpass In Cincinnati Collapses; 1 Dead

One construction worker was killed and a truck driver injured when a section of overpass collapsed onto southbound I-75 on Monday night. Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black says they don't know why the section of road fell.
Bill Rinehart WVXU

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:51 am

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET.

A construction worker was killed and the driver of a semi-tractor trailer was injured when a section of overpass collapsed on southbound Interstate 75, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

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Author Interviews
6:05 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

Burton Malkiel, author of A Random Walk Down Wall Street, says investors in broadly based index funds do better in the long run than stock pickers.
Toby Richards AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:55 am

In 1973, Burton Malkiel published a very readable guide to investing called A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He didn't rest with the first edition, though. Over the past 42 years — as we've lived through bubbles and crashes, scandals and fads — Malkiel has returned more than a few times to his seminal Walk.

In fact, this year he plans to release the book's 11th edition.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Paddle Boarder Who Wanted To See Orcas Gets An Up-Close Look

An orca swam directly at — and then under — Rich German's paddle board off the California coast recently.
Rich German YouTube

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:38 am

Rich German says he had been dreaming of getting a close look at orcas. That dream came true recently, as a pod of five orcas swam around — and even under — German while he stood on his paddle board off of Laguna Beach, Calif.

The intimate sighting came after years in which German says he has seen graceful sea animals, from dolphins to blue whales.

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The Two-Way
4:46 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Suspected Israeli Strike Kills Iranian General Advising Syrian Troops

Lebanese Hezbollah supporters carry the coffin of Jihad Mughniyeh during his funeral in Beirut on Monday. Mughniyeh was one of six ranking members of Hezbollah killed in a suspected Israeli strike Sunday. Iran says a general of its elite Revolutionary Guards was also killed.
Joseph Eid AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm

Iran says a general in the country's elite Revolutionary Guard was killed by an Israeli airstrike in Syria on Sunday that also killed several ranking members of Hezbollah.

Though these aren't the first Iranians or Hezbollah fighters to be killed in Syria, this incident stands out because these men were on the Syrian Golan Heights, within 10 miles of Israel's northeastern border.

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Politics
4:09 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Obama Can Expect An Unfriendly Audience — But There's A History Here

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm

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Sports
4:09 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

On Championship Sunday, A Blowout, A Scandal Brewing And A Game For The Ages

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm

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History
4:09 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Cold Casing: The Mystery Of The Long-Lost Winchester Rifle

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm

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Here's a lost and found story. What we assume was lost more than a hundred years ago was a rifle. Archaeologist Eva Jensen found it during a survey in Nevada's Great Basin National Park. She was looking for Native American artifacts.

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Health Care
4:09 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

Mental health therapist Shaundra Drysdale updates daily use numbers inside a crisis support services center in Greeley, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 7:32 pm

It's been two and a half years since the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting in which James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Jury selection for the 2012 incident is scheduled to start Tuesday. One of the reasons why it took so long to get to court was the battle over Holmes' psychiatric evaluations. After the shooting, Colorado legislators approved $20 million to change how people going through a mental health crisis can get help.

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