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4:50 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

To Attract Foreign Tourists, Brand USA Turns To ... Rosanne Cash

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 5:36 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

NSA surveillance appears to have damaged America's reputation abroad, but the U.S. government is hoping that one person can turn it around. Rosanne Cash.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LAND OF DREAMS")

ROSANNE CASH: (Singing) I heard you calling from the start. A river...

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The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Hoboken Mayor Says Christie Administration Held Sandy Aid 'Hostage'

Originally published on Sun January 19, 2014 9:06 am

The mayor of Hoboken, N.J., says the administration of Gov. Chris Christie told her if she did not back a local development deal, her city would not receive the aid she asked for to rebuild after Super Storm Sandy.

Dawn Zimmer, a Democrat, made the comments about the Republican administration in an interview with MSNBC on Saturday.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Watch: The Metrodome Roof Deflates In 35 Minutes

Fans cheer on Dec. 29, during the last NFL football game ever played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Ann Heisenfelt AP

The roof of the Metrodome in Minneapolis was deflated one last time this morning.

Thirty-one years worth of history were symbolically released in 35 minutes, after officials from the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority opened the vents and turned off the fans:

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Shots - Health News
1:55 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Workers prepare Chinese traditional medicine for customers in Beijing.
Alexander F. Yuan AP

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 7:08 am

In the quest for new treatments, U.S. researchers are looking to traditional Chinese medicines, some of the oldest remedies in the world.

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The Salt
1:07 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

To appeal to the high-rollers of the world, like the ones in The Wolf of Wall Street with Leonardo DiCaprio, restaurants are doling out more expensive sides.
Mary Cybulski AP

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 4:57 pm

There's a lot that's over the top about "The Wolf of Wall Street," the Oscar-nominated film that's up for best pictures. Including the side dishes.

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The Two-Way
12:51 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Missouri Bill Would Add Firing Squad As Death Penalty Option

This is the execution room at the Potosi Correctional Center in Potosi, Miss., as it looked on Jan. 17, 1990. Death by lethal injection was the method used at the prison.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 2:28 pm

A bill introduced in the Missouri Statehouse adds a firing squad as an option for carrying out the death penalty in the state.

The bill would give the state another option besides lethal gas and lethal injection, which has run into speed bumps because pharmaceutical companies have halted the sale of one of the drugs used in those executions.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Syrian Coalition Votes To Attend Geneva Peace Talks

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 2:16 pm

The Western-backed umbrella group of Syrian rebels has voted to attend peace talks with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Swiss city of Montreux.

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday after a vote held in Istanbul, Turkey.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Dissenters Pushed Aside, Egyptian Voters Approve New Constitution

A boy looks at Egypt's security forces as they try to disperse supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo on Friday.
Aly Hazzaa AP

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 2:02 pm

Almost all Egyptians who turned out to vote last week approved a new constitution, Egypt's Supreme Electoral Committee said on Saturday, according to the state-owned newspaper Al Ahram.

The newspaper reports that 38.6 percent of registered voters went to the polls and 98.1 percent of them voted in favor of the new constitution in the first vote since Mohammed Morsi was toppled in a 2013 coup.

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Latin America
10:35 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On

Civilian militia members stand guard in the town of Nueva Italia on Monday. Since a government crackdown last weekend, militia groups say they have laid down their weapons against drug traffickers.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 6:20 pm

After a week of fighting between civilian militias, drug traffickers and federal forces, there is a tense calm in the western Mexico state of Michoacan.

It's been the site of clashes between civilian militias defending themselves from ruthless drug traffickers, and federal forces trying to regain control.

For now, businesses are slowly reopening, school will restart on Monday, and the militias who took up arms have put down their weapons. It's unclear how long this fragile peace will last.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Sat January 18, 2014

India Reels Over Sudden Death Of Official's Wife

Shashi Tharoor listens to his wife Sunanda Pushkar at their wedding reception in New Delhi, India in 2010.
AP

Originally published on Sat January 18, 2014 3:21 pm

India is reeling after the death of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of government minister Shashi Tharoor. As NPR's Julie McCarthy reports from New Delhi, Tharoor, who was a United Nations official for years, and his wife had been at the center of a social media scandal that grabbed national headlines.

Julie filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Tharoor, the flamboyant diplomat turned politician, found his wife Pushkar dead in a room at a luxury hotel in Delhi.

"The cause of death is under investigation.

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