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Africa
3:39 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Algeria Attack A 'Wake-Up Call' For Energy Companies

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

A week has passed since the terrorist attack on a natural gas facility in Algeria, but risk analysts and security experts are still undecided about the incident's likely impact in the energy world.

The price of oil, a good indicator of anxiety in the energy market, went up modestly right after the attack, but then it stabilized. No energy company has suspended operations in Algeria, nor has any company announced it will hold off on future investments in North Africa, a key source of oil and gas supplies.

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Research News
3:37 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Shall I Encode Thee In DNA? Sonnets Stored On Double Helix

William Shakespeare, depicted in this 17th century painting, penned his sonnets on parchment. Now his words have found a new home ... in twisting strands of DNA.
Attributed to John Taylor National Portrait Gallery

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

English critic Samuel Johnson once said of William Shakespeare "that his drama is the mirror of life." Now the Bard's words have been translated into life's most basic language. British scientists have stored all 154 of Shakespeare's sonnets on tiny stretches of DNA.

It all started with two men in a pub. Ewan Birney and Nick Goldman, both scientists from the European Bioinformatics Institute, were drinking beer and discussing a problem.

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Music Interviews
2:01 am
Thu January 24, 2013

The 'True Story' Inside Aaron Neville's Doo-Wop World

Aaron Neville's latest album, My True Story, is a collection of the doo-wop songs he grew up singing in New Orleans.
Sarah A. Friedman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 1:19 pm

At 72, the prince of R&B has reverted to childhood. Aaron Neville has a new album called My True Story, and it's a collection of the songs he sang growing up in the projects of New Orleans in the 1950s and '60s, back when doo-wop was king.

"I've been into every doo-wop there is," Neville says. "I think I went to the university of doo-wop-ology."

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New England News
8:34 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Mass. GOP wants to make tax hikes harder to pass

Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA
Credit Mark Crawley / Flickr

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Republicans are proposing new rules that would make it harder to pass tax hikes or dip into the state's rainy day fund.

As part of a package of rules changes, the GOP wants to require two-thirds votes for all tax increases or withdrawals from the stabilization fund.

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Sports
8:04 am
Wed January 23, 2013

WAMC Morning Edition Sports Update

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder
Credit Keith Allison / Flickr

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 95-90 last night, sending Boston to its season-high fourth straight loss. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with 17 points while Kevin Garnett scored 16. Paul Pierce finished with 12 points on 3-for-15 shooting. In what could be a possible preview of the NBA Western Conference finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled away in the third quarter and beat the L.A. Clippers 109-97. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 32. Russell Westbrook added 26. The victory moves the Thunder a game ahead of San Antonio and a game and a-half ahead of the Clippers in the race for best record in the West. Blake Griffin had a big game for the Clippers with 31 points and 11 rebounds. The Clippers played without All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who missed his fourth straight game with a bruised kneecap. Elsewhere in the NBA Detroit beat Orlando 105-90 and Milwaukee defeated Philadelphia 110-102.

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Hudson Valley News
7:49 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Updated Tappan Zee Bridge plans presented at Valhalla public forum

Tappan Zee Bridge
Credit Doug Kerr / Flickr

VALHALLA – Updated plans and costs to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge were presented to the public Tuesday night at a forum at Mount Pleasant Town Hall in Valhalla.

Brian Conybeare, the special advisor to the governor on the bridge project, presenting updated plans and figures on the bridge, which will begin construction this year.

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New England News
7:44 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Deerpark Board opposes state gun law

HUGUENOT – The Deerpark Town Board voted Tuesday night to condemn the state’s new gun law.

Town Supervisor Karl Brabenec said the board’s opposition is unanimous.

“We are basically saying that the legislation that was passed by our state government officials and signed by our government is basically unconstitutional according to the Second Amendment,” Brabanec said.

The local lawmakers praised Republican Senators William Larkin and John Bonacic and Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt for voting against the new gun law.

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Hudson Valley News
7:12 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Unemployment up slightly in the Hudson Valley

Credit Burt Lum

WHITE PLAINS – Unemployment in all counties in the region rose in December 2012 when compared to the same month in 2011, but, that is not necessarily a bad thing.

State Labor Department officials said more people have entered or re-entered the workforce, but there are not enough jobs for all of them and that has resulted in the rise in the rate of joblessness.

Analyst James Brown said the situation will likely get better as the new year progresses.

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Europe
7:05 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Wife's Phone Call Interupts Soccer News Conference

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:13 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. A Scottish sports reporter recorded a soccer team press conference using his phone. Great idea, but inevitably the reporter's phone rang. The soccer team manager picked it up.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Hello?

INSKEEP: It was the reporter's wife, who hung up in confusion, but then called again. And the manager answered again.

(SOUNDBITE OF PRESS CONFERENCE)

Around the Nation
6:58 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Young Journalist Discovers Experience Pays Off

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 8:13 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Young Ethan Sattler started his own news organization last fall, a first step in being a real journalist. Then he put in a request to cover the inauguration from the White House Briefing Room, which was granted.

There were no briefings on Inauguration Day, but the 13-year-old did catch some of the action. He so impressed everyone, he landed a spot in the press viewing area; and caught a glimpse of the president leaving the White House.

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