10:43am

Tue February 5, 2013
Education

College: How To Do More Than Just 'Get By'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we'd like to talk about education, as we often do, and we know that college students are back on campus for the spring term, and we have to assume that a good number of them are not feeling so great about the first term. Why do we say that? In large part because, as we've reported previously, the data shows that too many students are struggling, not just to get into college but to finish within a reasonable amount of time.

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10:43am

Tue February 5, 2013
Your Money

Score More Dates By Improving Your Credit

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:03 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, people often talk about the struggle to get into college but for many students, finishing is really the big challenge. Our next guest has some practical tips for students, to help them make it to the finish line.

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10:42am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Where In The U.S. Should You Leave 3 Hours Early For A 30-Minute Drive?

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:16 pm

Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

This news got our attention, and not just because The Two-Way's home office is in the nation's capital:

Washington, D.C., and its surrounding suburbs are the worst place in the nation to be if you absolutely, positively have to get to an important appointment on time.

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10:09am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn Crashes In Austrian Event

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 12:36 pm

Skier Lindsay Vonn is airlifted after crashing during the women's Super-G event in Schladming, Austria, possibly injuring her knee, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.
Luca Bruno AP

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association says that American skier Lindsey Vonn crashed during the women's world Super-G competition in Austria today and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Reports indicate she may have a serious knee injury.

The gold-winning Olympian was trailing the race leader by 0.12 seconds, according to the USSA, when she crashed. She was taken for medical treatment by helicopter, which the organization says is 'standard protocol'.

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10:05am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Calls For Small Package Of Cuts, Tax Changes To Head Off 'Sequester'

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 6:02 am

President Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters /Landov

(We updated the top of this post at 1:30 p.m. ET.)

Looking to head off deep, automatic spending cuts set to kick in on March 1, President Obama on Tuesday afternoon said that to avoid the negative economic effects that come with "political disfunction," Congress should move quickly to pass "a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms" that won't hurt the economy.

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9:48am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Salt

Why Health Officials Want You To Eat More Potassium

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:32 am

It's a real bummer to be told to eat less of something. Especially when it's salt, the ubiquitous ingredient that seems to make everything taste a little better.

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9:29am

Tue February 5, 2013
U.S.

Ala. Bunker Standoff Ends With Gunman Dead, Boy Alive

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Seigel.

A week-long hostage standoff in Alabama is over. Last week in the southeastern part of the state, a man kidnapped a boy from a school bus and took him into an underground bunker. Authorities had been trying to negotiate his release ever since. Late today, it was announced that the kidnapper is dead and the five-year-old hostage is OK.

Here's the FBI's Steve Richardson giving a statement in Midland City.

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9:21am

Tue February 5, 2013
Business

Shreveport firm seeks backers for video game project

Moonbot Studios' founder Bill Joyce said the firm's third video game project, "The Golem," will be completed entirely in-house.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A Gothic adventure video game is under development by Oscar-winning Moonbot Studios in Shreveport. Company officials have launched an online crowd-sourcing fundraiser through Kickstarter. They aim to raise $750,000, along with grassroots buzz from gamers. The game, “The Golem,” will be created entirely in-house by Moonbot’s 50 employees. At a Monday news conference, principal Brandon Oldenburg said the project was on the back burner for a couple years.

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9:06am

Tue February 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Will Your Long-Term Care Coverage Keep Up With Changing Times?

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:39 am

The health services offered in 30 years may not be explicitly covered by the long-term care insurance you buy today.
Pamela Moore iStockphoto.com

If you're investing to protect yourself from something that may happen 20 or 30 years down the road, you'd like to be confident that your plan will keep pace with the times.

That's a calculation purchasers of long-term care insurance have to make. But a provision in those policies that people rely on to help ensure their coverage will meet their needs decades hence may fall short.

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8:48am

Tue February 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Dell Seals $24.2 Billion Buyout Deal; Founder Among Buyers

Originally published on Tue February 5, 2013 11:56 am

Matt Rourke AP

"Slumping personal computer maker Dell is selling itself for $24.4 billion to its founder and a group of investors that includes Microsoft," The Associated Press writes, in "the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up financing for risky maneuvers like this."

The wire service adds that "the complex agreement announced Tuesday will end Dell Inc.'s nearly 25-year history as a publicly traded company. Shareholders are receiving $13.65 per share for their stock. ... Founder Michael Dell will remain the company's CEO and largest shareholder."

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