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2:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Office Depot Announces Plans To Merge With OfficeMax

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:11 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block, with this accounting of the rapid pace of deal making in corporate America. This month alone, U.S. Airways and American Airlines merged, Comcast bought up NBC Universal, Warren Buffett teamed up with a Brazilian firm to buy the Heinz Company, and Michael Dell helped take the public company that bears his name private.

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Shots - Health News
2:06 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Feds Outline What Insurers Must Cover, Down To Polyp Removal

Colonoscopy copay? Zero.
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Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 7:41 am

The Obama administration on Wednesday released its final rule on essential health benefits, which sets out the coverage insurers must offer starting in 2014.

Insurers must cover 10 broad categories of care, including emergency services, maternity care, hospital and doctors' services, mental health and substance abuse care and prescription drugs.

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It's All Politics
2:05 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Romney To Return To Political Scene For CPAC Speech

Mitt Romney spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2012. The former Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to speak to the group again next month.
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Mitt Romney will make his return to the political world at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference, the host American Conservative Union announced Wednesday.

"The thousands gathered at CPAC this year are eager to hear from the former 2012 GOP presidential candidate at his first public appearance since the elections," ACU Chairman Al Cardenas said in a statement. "We look forward to hearing Governor Romney's comments on the current state of affairs in America and the world, and his perspective on the future of the conservative movement."

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Afghanistan
1:57 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

The Afghan Battle Over A Law To Protect Women

Students in Kabul protest violence against women in Kabul last fall. Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree in 2009 protecting women's rights, but parliament has not passed a law making the decree permanent.
Mohammad Ismail Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:11 pm

Afghan President Hamid Karzai issued a decree in 2009 banning violence against women. But the parliament, which is currently on its winter recess, has been unable to pass it and give it permanence as a law.

There's major disagreement on key provisions where Islamic and secular law come into conflict. And activists say the gains made in women's rights since the fall of the Taliban in 2001 are slipping away.

Masooda Karokhi, a female member of parliament, has been pushing to get the proposal through the male-dominated legislature.

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Sports
1:39 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

NASCAR Champ Finds Fans With Beer, Tweets And Bangin' Fenders

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, gets out of his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona on Feb. 17.
Jonathan Ferrey Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:11 pm

The first big race of the NASCAR season is on Sunday, and Brad Keselowski, the sport's brash, young champion, will begin defending his title.

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All Tech Considered
1:23 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Google's Glass Project: Can You Make The Grade?

This view from Google Glass shows the wearable technology's perspective. Selected applicants will be chosen via social media and given the opportunity to try them.
Google

Originally published on Thu March 20, 2014 2:35 pm

Google's Glass has been in the works for some time, but now the company is inviting people to submit ideas for how the wearable technology could be used.

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Nation's West, Midwest In Path Of Massive Winter Storm

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 4:44 am

As many as 30 million people living from Oklahoma to the Ohio Valley are in the path of a storm moving east out of California that could dump several inches of snow in some areas and freezing rain and sleet elsewhere in the next few days.

According to the Weather Channel, the storm is caused by an "upper-level dip in the jet stream," on Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
12:46 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Antarctic Penguin Turns Up In New Zealand; Vets Say Condition 'Touch And Go'

The original "Happy Feet" ready for release aboard The New Zealand research vessel Tangaroa in Aug. 2011.
Hagen Hopkins Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:47 pm

New Zealand seems to be the destination of choice for wayward Antarctic penguins.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Tea Party Group Apologizes To Rove For Photoshopping Him As Nazi

American political consultant Karl Rove.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:43 pm

The conservative group Tea Party Patriots has apologized to GOP strategist Karl Rove after an "outside vendor" sent an email with a photoshopped image of Rove wearing a Nazi uniform.

"Wipe that smirk off Rove's face," the subject of the email read.

In a statement, the group said the image was "inappropriate."

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Cash-Strapped Postal Service To Launch A New Clothing Line

A mailman for the U.S. Postal Service delivers mail on November 15, 2012 in Miami, Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

The U.S. Postal Service is getting creative in its search for new revenue after last year's $15.9 billion budget shortfall. The agency says it will debut a new clothing and accessories line called Rain Heat & Snow, inspired by its unofficial motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

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The Two-Way
12:19 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Former Sen. Domenici Reveals 'Son Born In Secrecy'

Former Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M.
Madeline Marshall UPI /Landov

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 2:19 pm

Stepping forward now because he thought others were about to "breach this privacy," former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici has told the Albuquerque Journal that he fathered a son outside of his marriage more than 30 years ago.

The mother is Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of another prominent Republican politician — former Nevada Sen. and Gov. Paul Laxalt. Their son is Adam Paul Laxalt, a lawyer in Nevada according to the Journal.

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The Salt
10:52 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Diet And Acne: For A Clearer Complexion, Cut The Empty Carbs

For better skin, maybe you should stick to the whole grain bagels.
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If you're prone to outbreaks of acne, you may want to try cutting back on empty carbs and sweets. Researchers are revisiting the connections between diet and pimples, and a growing body of evidence suggests that eating a diet rich in high glycemic index foods may be tied to flare-ups.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Sen. John McCain Faces Angry Town Hall Over Immigration Platform

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a town hall on Tuesday, in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
Matt York AP

In Washington, both parties seem to be in agreement that immigration reform is necessary.

Just this morning, NPR politics correspondent Mara Liasson said reform is in the "political interest of both sides to support it."

Surely Sen. John McCain, one of the Republican leaders working on bipartisan legislation, may feel differently after a town hall in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Tuesday.

Constituents grilled McCain over the issue and McCain vigorously defended his position.

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Shots - Health News
10:28 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Overdose Deaths From Narcotics Keep Climbing

Hydrocodone pills, the generic version of Vicodin, shown at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.
Toby Talbot AP

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 4:12 pm

For the 11th year running, deaths from drug overdoses rose in the U.S in 2010.

Pharmaceuticals were involved in more than half of the 38,329 overdose deaths that year.

Opioid painkillers, such as hydrocodone, or Vicodin, were the most common prescription drugs implicated. They were cited in 16,651 fatalities, or 44 percent of the total.

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National Security
10:07 am
Wed February 20, 2013

How Could The U.S. Respond To Chinese Hacking?

A Chinese soldier stands guard Tuesday in front of the Shanghai building that houses military Unit 61398. A U.S. cybersecurity company says the unit is behind nearly 150 computer attacks on U.S. and other Western companies and organizations in recent years. China denies the allegation.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 10:07 am

If the Chinese military is regularly hacking into the computers of U.S. organizations, as an American security firm says, it raises all sorts of questions about how the U.S. should respond.

Is this a job for the military or the intelligence agencies? What role should diplomats and trade officials be playing?

The report issued this week by the IT security consultancy Mandiant says it has traced the hacking activity to the People's Liberation Army's Unit 61398, which has "systematically stolen hundreds of terabytes of data from at least 141 organizations."

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Politics
10:03 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Same Old Standoff In Washington?

President Obama wants Congress to act fast to avoid massive government budget cuts that could hit in March. Washington is seeing more gridlock as Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest in politics.

Pop Culture
10:03 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Should Lena Dunham Be Playing Ping Pong Naked?

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 3:57 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Aristotle and Dante are the names of two important philosophers from history, but they're also the names of the principle characters in an award-winning new young adult novel about two Mexican-American boys and their journey of self-discovery. We'll hear from the author of "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe." That is just ahead.

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The Two-Way
9:04 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Japan: Probe Of Battery Fire On Boeing 787 Finds Improper Wiring

The first Boeing 787-881 Dreamliner delivered to All Nippon Airlines.
Keith Draycott FlickrVision

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 11:33 am

Two reports on troubles with lithium ion batteries aboard Boeing's 787 Dreamliner:

In Japan, where a battery on an All Nippon Airlines 787 overheated and began smoking on Jan. 16, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing, the Transport Ministry released a report Wednesday saying it found that the battery in question had been improperly wired.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Wed February 20, 2013

OfficeMax, Office Depot Confirm Merger Deal

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The deal has been talked about for days. Now it's official:

"OfficeMax Incorporated and Office Depot, Inc. today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement," reads a statement posted online by Office Depot.

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Biden: For Protection; 'Buy A Shotgun, Buy A Shotgun'

Vice President Biden earlier this month during a roundtable discussion on gun control at Girard College in Philadelphia.
Tim Shaffer Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 10:00 am

Vice President Joe Biden's advice to his wife about protecting their home in Delaware:

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The Salt
8:18 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Calorie Counts: Fatally Flawed, Or Our Best Defense Against Pudge?

Could it all be wrong? Some scientists say calorie counts are too inaccurate to be trusted.
Ed Ou AP

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Guilty Plea From Jesse Jackson Jr. Over 'Lavish' Spending

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., as he entered court in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 2:51 pm

  • NPR's David Schaper reporting

We most recently updated the top of this post at 2:50 p.m. ET.

Saying that "I've never been more clear in my life" about what he was doing, a tearful Jesse Jackson Jr. on Wednesday pleaded guilty to using about $750,000 in campaign funds collected for his congressional races to buy himself presents that included a Rolex watch worth more than $43,000.

The former congressman, a Democrat from Chicago, appeared in a Washington, D.C., courtroom. When he's sentenced in June, he could get a prison term of nearly five years.

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World
7:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

In Bail Hearing, Pistorius Says Girlfriend's Death Was Accidental

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Single-Family Housing Starts Edged Up In January

Going up: A construction worker at a housing development in San Mateo, Calif., in June 2012.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Work was begun on 0.8 percent more single-family homes in January than had been started the month before, the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

And the number of single-family starts was up 20 percent from January 2012.

A 26.1 percent drop in starts, from December to January, on construction of apartment buildings and other multi-family homes dampened the news somewhat.

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The Two-Way
6:13 am
Wed February 20, 2013

'It Felt Like An Earthquake': One Still Missing After Kansas City Explosion

Fire fighters and utility workers at the scene of a massive gas explosion and fire Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.
Orlin Wagner AP

"It sounded like thunder, but it felt like an earthquake," Tracey Truitt, a lawyer who was working in a nearby building, tells the Kansas City Star about an explosion Tuesday evening that leveled a restaurant in the city's Country Club Plaza.

At least 16 people were injured and as of early this morning one person remained missing, the Star says.

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Europe
6:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Museum Goers Strip Down To View Nude Exhibit

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:41 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. An exhibit in a Vienna Museum titled "Nude Men From 1800 to the Present Day" drew a group of 60 present-day men who stripped down to view it. It was a special after-hours tour; they viewed the exhibition in nothing but socks and shoes. The tour guide was dressed. One of the men who viewed the art in his birthday suit first saw it while clothed. He said it's perfect to see naked men as a naked man. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Europe
5:56 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Italy Edges Out Election Pollsters

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 7:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Italy is trying to keep pollsters from influencing the outcome of an approaching election. Pollsters still do surveys for private clients, but are banned from publishing results. Some websites have found coded ways to report surveys. A gambling site reports polls disguised as fake horse racing results, with horses named after political parties. Another site offers fake cardinals supposedly contending to be pope.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
5:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Pistorius's Story Challenged: Witness Heard Screams And Shots, Police Say

South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius in a Pretoria court Wednesday.
EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 11:41 am

A neighbor has told investigators that he heard "gunshots ... a female screaming two-three times, then more gunshots" coming from the South African home of Oscar Pistorius in the early morning hours of Feb. 14, a police officer testified Wednesday at a bail hearing for the Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

The witness has also told investigators about "non-stop talking" and sounds "like fighting" coming from Pistorius's home between the hours of 2 a.m. and 3 a.m.

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The Two-Way
4:58 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Book News: Hilary Mantel Gets A Sales Boost After Kate Middleton Controversy

Hilary Mantel accepts the Costa Book Of The Year award in January.
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The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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