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NPR Story
5:06 am
Thu December 4, 2014

NASA's Orion Capsule Built To Take Humans Into Deep Space

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 7:57 am

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Around the Nation
5:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Texas Death Row Case Draws Attention To Mentally Ill Convicts

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 7:41 am

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The legal process is scheduled to end in Texas today for Scott Panetti. He's a convicted killer set for execution. He's drawn worldwide attention because he has a 36-year history of chronic schizophrenia. From Dallas, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports.

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Asia
5:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Lumberjack Yukiko Koyama cuts pine trees on a hillside overlooking Matsumoto City in Nagano prefecture on Japan's central Honshu island. Koyama's employment at a local timber mill is partially subsidized by a government program to get more Japanese women into the workforce.
Yo Nagaya NPR

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 7:59 pm

Yukiko Koyama kicked around Tokyo for a few years looking for the right job. For a while, she designed costumes for classical ballet dancers. But she longed to work in the great outdoors, and to find a job she could really sink her teeth into.

Two years ago, she found just the right thing for her: sinking a chainsaw's teeth into the pine forests of Matsumoto City in landlocked Nagano prefecture. Forests there on the central island of Honshu have been growing since the end of World War II, and many are in need of weeding.

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Europe
5:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Pedestrians walk past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble in Moscow on Wednesday. The ruble was trading at about 35 to the U.S. dollar this summer. Now it's more than 50 rubles to the dollar and the currency has been hitting record lows recently.
Vasily Maximov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 12:12 pm

Russia's economy has taken a series of heavy hits in the past few months, and now it seems to be in the midst of a perfect storm.

The country depends heavily on oil exports, and prices are down sharply. The Russian currency is losing value fast. And U.S. and European sanctions, imposed after Russia's takeover of Crimea, are biting hard.

President Vladimir Putin remains defiant, saying sanctions will never bring Russia to its knees.

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Europe
5:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

French Lawmakers Vote To Recognize Palestinian State

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 7:41 am

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NH News
10:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Giving Tuesday "Counterbalances Consumption"

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You’ve no doubt heard about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but today is Giving Tuesday, a program that looks to promote the needs of nonprofit groups, rather than retail outlets.

In just a few short years, the effort has grown to include thousands of organizations.  One of them is the Concord-based Community Loan Fund.  President Juliana Eades explains what her group does and what she hopes to see on Giving Tuesday.

 

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Strange News
6:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Man Ends Fight With Girlfriend By Driving Into Pole, Walking Away

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:44 am

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Strange News
6:13 am
Tue December 2, 2014

For This Reindeer, The Game Is Hide And Seek

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:44 am

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Tue December 2, 2014

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

The Orion capsule is poised to make its first test flight Thursday. If all goes as planned, the unmanned vehicle will orbit Earth twice before splashing into the Pacific Ocean.
Kim Shiflett NASA

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 3:43 pm

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it.

"I mean, technically, NASA doesn't have another spaceship, do they?" she asks incredulously during a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

She's hardly the only one who doesn't know about this new spacecraft. In fact, none of a half-dozen tourists NPR interviewed in the museum's lobby was aware of the Orion spaceship.

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Study Shows Riding The Quiet Car Is Crushing Your Spirit

Originally published on Thu December 18, 2014 6:16 pm

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Star Wars Fans Force Sands Back From Darth Vader's Tunisia Birthplace

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:44 am

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NPR Story
4:59 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Attorney General's Talk Doesn't Satisfy Those Troubled By Ferguson

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:44 am

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Asia
7:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Chinese Chicken Breeder Builds DIY Orange Submarine

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 7:24 am

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Sports
7:05 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Actor Mickey Rourke Takes Another Jab At Boxing

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 7:27 am

At age 62, actor Mickey Rourke last week returned to his other love: boxing.

He fought a match in Moscow and won.

True, some dismissed his opponent.

He's described by the Daily Mail as a man who's lost 9 of 10 pro matches and is homeless.

Still Rourke won, and said of returning to the ring, "It's better to live in fear than go on in shame."

He plans more fights in Russia, though there's no word when he faces Vladimir Putin.

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All Tech Considered
5:21 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Kiva robots maneuver around one of Amazon's newest distribution centers on Sunday in Tracy, Calif.
Brandon Bailey AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:42 pm

For many online retailers, Cyber Monday is likely to be the peak shopping day of the year. To handle the onslaught of orders, Amazon has begun rolling out a new robot army.

The Amazon order-fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif., is more than a million square feet — or 28 football fields, if you prefer — filled with orange and yellow bins flying this way and that on conveyor belts. Chances are, if you ordered a bunch of items in the San Francisco Bay Area recently, Amazon put that box together here.

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