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5:42am

Fri January 30, 2015
Author Interviews

Should Ray Rice Get A Second Chance? 'Maybe,' Parcells Says

Bill Parcells has been coach to the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, the New England Patriots, and the New York Jets.
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Hall of Fame football coach Bill Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, coached three other teams, and mentored young coaches who would go onto success, including Bill Belichick, who's taking the New England Patriots into the Super Bowl this Sunday. Parcells spoke with NPR's David Greene about his recent book, Parcells: A Football Life, and discussed the attention paid to player behavior off the field this NFL season.

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5:40am

Fri January 30, 2015
Media

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

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5:17am

Fri January 30, 2015
Planet Money

Winning At Short Selling May Not Be A Reason To Celebrate

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5:14am

Fri January 30, 2015
Sports

Patriots Meet Seahawks In Super Bowl XLIX On Sunday

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4:20am

Fri January 30, 2015
StoryCorps

African-American NASCAR Driver Raced Like 'A Great Artist'

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:07 am

Frank Scott (left) with Warrick Scott (right) at StoryCorps in Danville, Va. Frank's father, Wendell Scott, was one of the first African-American NASCAR drivers to win a race at the elite level.
StoryCorps

The NASCAR Hall of Fame inducts an African-American driver for the first time Friday night.

Wendell Scott drove during the Jim Crow era, and he was the first African-American to win a race at NASCAR's elite major league level. He died in 1990.

Scott's career began in 1952, and his racing team was his family. They would travel to races together from their home in Virginia and his sons served as his pit crew.

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4:17am

Fri January 30, 2015
Shots - Health News

Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:07 am

Augustine Goba (right) heads the laboratory at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. He and colleagues analyzed the viral genetics in blood samples from 78 Ebola patients early in the epidemic.
Stephen Gire AP

Viruses are usually thought of as the bad guys — causing everything from Ebola and AIDS to hepatitis and measles. But scientists have been following the curious story of a particular virus that might actually be good for you.

The virus is called GB Virus-C, and more than a billion people alive today have apparently been infected with it at some point during their lives, says Dr. Jack Stapleton, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Iowa.

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4:15am

Fri January 30, 2015
Author Interviews

From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:07 am

The Vatican Bank is "essentially an offshore bank in the middle of a foreign country," says Gerald Posner. His new book God's Bankers explores the history of money and power in the Vatican. Above, an aerial view of St. Peter's basilica in Vatican City.
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For decades, the Catholic Church has been dogged by scandals involving money. The Vatican — a sovereign country — controls its own finances through the Vatican Bank. It developed as a cross between the Federal Reserve and an offshore bank. In a new history, God's Bankers, Gerald Posner explains that its roots go back to the mid-19th century.

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4:14am

Fri January 30, 2015
Parallels

Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:07 am

Russian tourists typically flock to the luxury ski resort of Megeve in the French Alps, but the weak ruble has kept them away this year.
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Russia's worsening economy is having an impact far beyond its borders — even affecting Alpine ski resorts where Russians once flocked.

For the past decade, they've come in large numbers to ski the fabled Alpine slopes around Mont Blanc. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away. And that's having an effect on the wintertime economy in the region.

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4:03am

Fri January 30, 2015
It's All Politics

4 Reasons Why It's Veto Season At The White House

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 5:07 am

President Obama has said he will veto the Keystone XL pipeline project, which passed in the Senate on Wednesday. Historically, political scientists say 90 percent of veto threats are issued behind the scenes but Obama has issued nine veto threats so far — in public.
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President Obama is about to get his first veto opportunity of the new Congress. A bill that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline project will be on his desk soon. He's promised to veto it and that's unusual. In his first six years in office, Obama issued just two vetoes — the fewest of any president going all the way back to James Garfield, and Garfield only served 199 days in office!

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6:16pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Author Interviews

The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

What if you could drink the elixir of life — sip from a magical spring that would make you live forever? Would you do it? That's the question at the heart of Natalie Babbitt's Tuck Everlasting, a celebrated book for young readers that's marking its 40th anniversary this year.

In the book, 10-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. The father, Angus Tuck, takes Winnie out in a rowboat to explain how unnatural it is to live forever; how the great wheel of life has to turn:

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