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7:56 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Rival South Sudan Factions Agree To Talks, Cease-Fire

A young, displaced girl cries after the relative she was with disappears into a row of latrines Sunday at a U.N. compound in Juba, South Sudan. Violence in the country has forced an estimated 70,000 people to take refuge in U.N. compounds.
Ben Curtis AP
  • NPR's Gregory Warner Talks To Michele Martin, Host Of Tell Me More

South Sudan's government and forces loyal to the former vice president agreed Tuesday to a cease-fire ahead of talks intended to prevent civil war in the world's newest country.

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Number Of The Year
7:40 am
Tue December 31, 2013

From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

Johann Balleis / Adam Cole Wikimedia Commons / NPR

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NPR Story
7:29 am
Tue December 31, 2013

January Full Of Excitement, Stress For Northwest Olympic Hopefuls

Slalom specialist Hailey Duke of Sun Valley
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 3:15 pm

The month of January promises to serve up lots of excitement, angst and pressure for the many Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest.

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! The Celebrations Are Underway

A view of the New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia.
Nikki Short EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:56 pm

  • Sounds of the New Year's celebration in Auckland, New Zealand

It's 2014 in Australia, New Zealand and other places on the "other side" of the international date line.

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The Two-Way
5:31 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Singing, Stomping, Stranded Explorers Prep Antarctic Helipad

Framed by ice: the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck in Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve.
Reuters/Landov

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The Two-Way
5:18 am
Tue December 31, 2013

'Twerk' And 'Selfie' Top Latest List Of Words That Need To Go

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 5:47 am

This year's whimsical "List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness" from the wags at Michigan's Lake Superior State University is led by:

-- Selfie. The ubiquitous word for images snapped of one's self "has the honor of receiving the most nominations this year," the university says.

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Krulwich Wonders...
4:43 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 9:28 am

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."

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Around the Nation
4:27 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Giant Peach, Cheese Wedge To Ring In New Year

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne, with more ways to count down to 2014 tonight. In Georgia, an 800 pound peach is Atlanta's version of the Times Square crystal ball. Among the other huge items being dropped tonight: A giant ruby slipper in Key West, in Plymouth, Wisconsin, an 80 pound cheese wedge decorated for the occasion, and in Bartlesville, Oklahoma an oversized olive descends 19 stories into a martini glass. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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4:20 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Would-Be Robber Rejects Victim's Flip Phone

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:44 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

If you don't have a smartphone, no reason to envy those who do. Your old flip phone might be far smarter than you think. According to the New York Post, a man was being mugged in Central Park. The thief asked for his phone, then saw it was old, flip model. As the victim recalls, quote, "He looked at it like, what the bleep is this? And he gave it back to me."

The Two-Way
3:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Michael Schumacher Showing 'Surprising' Improvement

Race car driver Michael Schumacher in November 2012.
Mark Thompson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 5:25 am

Racing car legend Michael Schumacher is not out of danger, but is showing "surprising" improvement as doctors in France continue to treat him for the severe head injury he suffered Sunday while skiing, The Associated Press reports from Grenoble.

That improvement has allowed surgeons to operate for a second time, doctors said Tuesday.

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Business
3:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Local Brewery Has Starbucks Frothing Over Stout's Name

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:44 am

The giant coffee chain sent a cease-and-desist letter to the owner of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery in Missouri. Starbucks told the pub to stop referring to one of its dark, frothy beers as "the frappicino." Starbucks noted it sounds a lot like its trademarked frozen coffee drink.

NPR Story
2:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

American Dialect Society To Vote On Word Of The Year

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:44 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's that time again, the American Dialect Society will soon vote on its Word of the Year. Last year it was hashtag. For this year's words that popped, we reached the society's new words guy, linguist Ben Zimmer.

Good morning.

BEN ZIMMER: Good morning.

MONTAGNE: So this year it seems that everyone is coalescing around one word. That word is selfie. It's so ubiquitous that I wonder if that is one of your top words.

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NPR Story
2:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

10,000 Year Clock Challenges Approach To Time

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 5:56 am

In this final interview in our series of conversations about the future, Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep talks to Danny Hillis, a scientist and engineer and the inventor of a clock designed to last 10,000 years. The clock is meant to encourage people to think about the long-range future; the "long now" as Hillis calls it.

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2:04 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Syria To Miss Deadline To Remove Chemical Weapons Stockpile

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:44 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning, I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne. This New Year's Eve is also a deadline in one of the year's biggest stories. Syria is due to turn over more than 500 tons of some its most deadly materials in its stockpile of chemical weapons. That was part of the deal brokered with the Assad regime by the U.S. and Russia, after a chemical attack outside Damascus killed many hundreds of civilians. But the Syrian government will not meet today's deadline.

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Middle East
12:31 am
Tue December 31, 2013

What Israel's Release Of Palestinian Prisoners Means For Peace

Freed Palestinian prisoner Omar Masoud served 20 years of a minimum 90-year sentence for killing Ian Feinberg, an Israeli, in 1993. Israel freed Masoud in October as part of a political deal to restart peace negotiations with the Palestinians.
Emily Harris NPR

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:17 am

On Tuesday, Israel released another two-dozen Palestinian prisoners convicted of violent crimes against Israelis.

It's the third of four groups to be released before their sentences are up, part of a confidence-building deal that helped restart peace negotiations in July.

Palestinian Omar Masoud was a prisoner freed in one of the previous releases. He says that when he agreed to kill an Israeli working in the Gaza Strip, he expected consequences.

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