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With TV And Games, Sony's Head Is In The Cloud

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, Sony amped up its talk of "transforming the living room" with its announcement of cloud-based gaming and television services.

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At Trade Show, Microsoft's Absence Looms Large

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

Microsoft did not make an appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2014, nearly absent from the trade show for the first time in many years. Audie Cornish talks with David Linthicum, a blogger at InfoWorld, about where things stand with Microsoft.

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How The Hackers Did It: A Dicussion About Target's Data Breach

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

Millions of American customers of both Target and high-end retailer Neiman Marcus had their credit card information stolen over the 2013 holiday season. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Rasch, former Department of Justice prosecutor for cyber crimes, about how hackers may have acquired so much sensitive information — and what might be done with it.

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West Virginia Tap Water Ban Awaits A Good Flush

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The ban on tap water is slowly lifting in and around Charleston, W.Va., where a chemical spill tainted the water supply. Hundreds of thousands of residents have been living without clean tap water for five straight days. With schools and many businesses closed, many local residents have had to change their daily routines.

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Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.

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Young People Account For A Quarter Of Health Care Enrollees

Mon, 2014-01-13 13:00

The Obama administration released new enrollment numbers on Monday for the government's health insurance exchange. The numbers address the demographics of enrollees in the exchange. Administration officials are encouraged that people under the age of 35 constitute approximately a quarter of enrollees.

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Review Of Terrorism Cases Finds NSA Spying Helped Very Little

Mon, 2014-01-13 11:50

A report by the New America Foundation found that information obtained from the NSA's phone metadata program spurred just 1.8 percent of the cases. Government claims of the spying programs success were "overblown," the study found.

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Chomp! Fish Snatches Bird In Flight: VIDEO

Mon, 2014-01-13 11:36

The African tigerfish can apparently leap into the air to catch fast-flying birds as they zoom by. There have been tales about this impressive feat. Now there's video of it.

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Side Effect Of Legal Pot: Police Budgets Take A Hit

Mon, 2014-01-13 11:19

Some states view legalizing marijuana as a way to find new tax revenue. But decriminalization can also remove a strong funding source for police: property forfeitures from drug dealers.

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Italians To New Yorkers: 'Forkgate' Scandal? Fuhggedaboutit

Mon, 2014-01-13 10:18

New York City's newly minted mayor found himself at the center of a minor scandal Friday after eating pizza "like a tourist." His offense? Tackling a slice with — gasp! — a fork and knife. Turns out, he's got some plausible deniability, Italians say.

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Japan's Suntory To Buy Maker Of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark

Mon, 2014-01-13 09:20

The companies said the transaction is worth $16 billion and has been unanimously approved by both boards. It deal will create the world's third-largest maker of premium distilled spirits.

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Supreme Court Declines To Consider Arizona Abortion Law

Mon, 2014-01-13 09:17

The high court declined the state's request to review a lower court ruling that struck down its ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. That effectively blocks the law permanently, since the appeals court found it unconstitutional.

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New Problem For Christie: Audit Of Sandy-Related Spending

Mon, 2014-01-13 09:00

The New Jersey governor's office is already under fire over some seemingly dirty tricks involving the George Washington Bridge. Now there are questions about money spent on ads designed to bring back tourists after Hurricane Sandy.

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Pope Calls Abortion Evidence Of 'The Throwaway Culture'

Mon, 2014-01-13 08:40

Francis, who has been criticized by some conservative Catholics for not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said the practice is "horrific."

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Soft Launching In Nine Months? You'll Need A Social Strategy

Mon, 2014-01-13 08:24

Everyone's announcing their pregnancy on Facebook these days. That means it's important to consider your social media strategy, and NPR's Melody Kramer mines the tech startup culture for some humorous ideas.

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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Mon, 2014-01-13 08:10

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.

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California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Mon, 2014-01-13 08:10

Marijuana cultivation is booming along the state's North Coast. But these plantations, critics say, guzzle enormous amounts of water while also spilling pesticides and fertilizers into waterways that are important sources of the West Coast's salmon species.

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Airliner Lands At Wrong Airport, Barely Misses Going Off Runway

Mon, 2014-01-13 07:27

None of the 124 passengers aboard the Southwest Airlines 737 were hurt as the aircraft skidded to a halt at a county airport near Branson, Mo.

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Supreme Court Ends Arizona's Bid To Reinstate 20-Week Abortion Ban

Mon, 2014-01-13 07:05

With the high court refusing to hear the state's appeal, a lower court ruling striking down the ban remains.

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The Golden Globes Share The Wealth, Such As It Is

Mon, 2014-01-13 06:25

The Golden Globes are ridiculous, always. And Sunday night was no exception. Still, there's something about the goofball charm of this often tipsy ceremony that's easier to take than some parts of awards season.

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