6:45am

Thu February 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Will Comcast Get Federal OK To Buy Time Warner?

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 10:44 am

Gene J. Puskar AP
(We put a new top on this story at 9:25 a.m. ET and added an update at 10:15 a.m. ET.)

As NPR's David Folkenflik pointed out earlier today, Comcast's proposed $45 billion purchase of fellow cable company Time Warner will receive some scrutiny from federal officials. Here's some more about that part of the story:

Politico writes that:

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6:03am

Thu February 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Winter Storm Shuts Northeast; South Still Reeling

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 8:13 pm

Snow was piling up along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue early Thursday morning.
Carlo Allegri Reuters/Landov

(We're adding details to this post as the day continues.)

The forecasters said it would be "crippling," "mind-boggling" and historic.

Well, this time around we can't complain about them getting it wrong.

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5:09am

Thu February 13, 2014
Business

Businesses Hope Weather Doesn't Interfere With Valentine's Day

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:29 am

The snowstorm is also interfering with Valentine's Day. Mary Beth Reagan, owner of The Flower Pot in Knoxville, Tenn., says that day is very important to business and even a couple of inches of snow could be trouble.

5:09am

Thu February 13, 2014
Business

Cable Deal: Comcast To Buy Time Warner

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:29 am

Comcast has confirmed it is buying Time Warner. The merger would combine the country's two largest cable companies and likely draw scrutiny from regulators.

5:09am

Thu February 13, 2014
Business

Fed Chief Yellen Testifies Without Market-Moving Mistake

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:29 am

The new head of the Federal Reserve made her debut this week in a marathon hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution about Janet Yellin's first days as chair of the Fed, and what message she sent to Congress in six hours of testimony.

5:09am

Thu February 13, 2014
Business

Pilot Shortage Forces Republic Airways To Cut Service

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:29 am

Indianapolis-based Republic Airways has a problem: It can't find enough pilots to fly its planes. And so it plans to take more than two dozen of its jets out of service. Six months ago, the FAA boosted the number of hours it takes to qualify as a commercial pilot, and that has made it difficult for small, regional carriers to get the pilots they need.

5:09am

Thu February 13, 2014
Politics

Big Changes To Employer-Based Health Care Won't Come Easy

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:29 am

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Transcript

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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5:09am

Thu February 13, 2014
Sports

Where Does The U.S. Stand In The Olympic Medal Count?

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 7:29 am

Speed skater Shani Davis is the latest star American athlete to miss the medal stand. He's joined by Alpine Skier Bode Miller, who didn't do well in his run and Shaun White, among others. We look at where the Americans stand in the medal count.

5:09am

Thu February 13, 2014
Sports

In Front Of A Home Crowd, Russia Has Hockey History On Its Mind

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 3:07 pm

Russia forward Alexander Ovechkin steps out onto the ice Thursday before a match against Slovenia. The Russians won 5-2. On Saturday, they'll meet Team USA.
Mark Humphrey AP

There is a weird contradiction in Olympic hockey: On one hand, these professional players from the NHL arrive in a small town like movie stars.

They show up a week late, trailed by TV cameras and Russians begging for autographs.

And then they have to go back to basics. Early Thursday, members of Team USA were on the ice, doing the kind of simple drills that you'd see in a peewee hockey league.

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3:03am

Thu February 13, 2014
Science

Ancient DNA Ties Native Americans From Two Continents To Clovis

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 8:01 pm

Until recently, finding characteristic stone and bone tools was the only way to trace the fate of the Clovis people, whose culture appeared in North America about 13,000 years ago.
Sarah L. Anzick Nature

The mysterious Clovis culture, which appeared in North America about 13,000 years ago, appears to be the forerunner of Native Americans throughout the Americas, according to a study in Nature. Scientists have read the genetic sequence of a baby from a Clovis burial site in Montana to help fill out the story of the earliest Americans.

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