5:51am

Thu February 14, 2013
Africa

Olympic Athlete Charged With Girlfriend's Murder

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 6:40 am

Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder after his girlfriend was shot dead Thursday at his home in South Africa. Pistorius is the sprinter and double-amputee known as "Blade Runner."

5:05am

Thu February 14, 2013
Business

Lew Expected To Be Confirmed As Treasury Secretary

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

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Jack Lew, President Obama's pick for Treasury secretary, appears headed toward confirmation by the full Senate. He fared well during his confirmation hearing at the Senate Finance Committee yesterday.

But as NPR's John Ydstie reports, Lew did get some pointed questions from Republicans about his brief career in the private sector as an executive of Citigroup.

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5:01am

Thu February 14, 2013
NPR Story

Clashes Mark Bahrain's 2nd Anniversary Of Uprising

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

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Two years ago today, more than 100,000 people rallied in the Gulf nation of Bahrain; a peacefully protest against the rule of their autocratic king. Despite harsh government repression, the protests continue. Many Bahrainis are critical of U.S. support for the country's monarch despite the growing popular opposition.

Independent producer Reese Erlich reports from Bahrain's capital, Manama.

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5:01am

Thu February 14, 2013
NPR Story

Scientist Gets Research Donations From Crowd Funding

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 10:44 am

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What do you do when you're a scientist and you have no job and no money for your research? If you're Ethan Perlstein, you try crowd funding. He raised $25,000 to investigate where the drug methamphetamine is stored in the brain.

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5:01am

Thu February 14, 2013
NPR Story

Obama Tries To Move Spotlight Off Deficit Reduction

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

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Pre-school is one example of how President Obama says the government can play a constructive role in the U.S. economy. In his State of the Union speech, President Obama tried to refocus a debate that, for two years, has been all about cutting. The president is highlighting government programs that even many Republicans support.

Here's NPR's Scott Horsley.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: The U.S. economy is slowly recovering from the Great Recession, but President Obama says the government could be doing more to help.

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3:11am

Thu February 14, 2013
Middle East

Protests Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Bahrain Uprising

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 8:38 am

Riot police arrest an anti-government protester during a pro-democracy protest in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on Jan. 18.
Hasan Jamali AP

The movement opposing Bahrain's autocratic monarchy is gaining strength in what has become the longest-running uprising of the Arab Spring. Feb. 14 marks the revolt's second anniversary. The opposition predicts more demonstrations on Friday.

Two years ago, a diverse movement that included both Shiite and Sunni Muslims united to oppose the dictatorial rule of the Sunni ruling family. The royals have successfully used divide-and-rule tactics, and today the opposition is largely Shiite.

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2:09am

Thu February 14, 2013
Planet Money

Mavericks, Hot Documents And Beer

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

Lawrence Jackson AP

The boards of American Airlines and US Airways just approved a merger of the two airlines. But the deal still has to win the approval of antitrust regulators at the Justice Department — regulators who last month sued to stop a merger between the beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and Grupo Modelo, which brews Corona.

The antitrust division has dozens of economists on staff. Their job, essentially, is to figure out whether a merger would reduce competition so much that a company could raise prices without losing business to competitors.

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2:06am

Thu February 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

When It Comes To Fashion, Shouldn't There Be An App For That?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

Fashion from designers like Oscar de la Renta were on display at Fashion Week in New York.
Kathy Willens AP

Thursday is the last day of New York Fashion Week, and some cutting-edge design will be presented in the tents at Lincoln Center — literally. Standing on the runway will be computer programmer types rather than models. This follows an event that kicked off Fashion Week — something called a "hackathon."

A hackathon, explains Liz Bacelar, is a "fast-paced competition in which graphic designers, software developers and people with ideas, they come together to build an app in 24 hours. "

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2:04am

Thu February 14, 2013
Law

The Drug Laws That Changed How We Punish

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

The Jan. 4, 1973, edition of the New York Daily News reports that Gov. Rockefeller's State of the State speech called for a life sentence for drug pushers.
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The United States puts more people behind bars than any other country, five times as many per capita compared with Britain or Spain.

It wasn't always like this. Half a century ago, relatively few people were locked up, and those inmates generally served short sentences. But 40 years ago, New York passed strict sentencing guidelines known as the "Rockefeller drug laws" — after their champion, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller — that put even low-level criminals behind bars for decades.

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2:01am

Thu February 14, 2013
Latin America

Will 'Made In Haiti' Factories Improve Life In Haiti?

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 2:05 am

Workers prepare the foundation for a new warehouse and manufacturing facility at the Caracol Industrial Park in northern Haiti. The park, which opened last year, is still under construction.
David Gilkey NPR

Three years after the devastating Port-au-Prince earthquake, one of the largest international relief projects in Haiti isn't anywhere near where the quake hit. It's an industrial park on the north coast halfway between Cap-Haitien and the border with the Dominican Republic.

Aid agencies are pouring millions of dollars into the project to encourage people to move out of the overcrowded capital and create jobs. Critics, however, say the jobs don't pay enough to lift people out of poverty.

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