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7:12 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Butter Consumption Jumps To 40-Year High

The average American eats 5.6 pounds of butter — a 25 percent increase over the past decade. Its jump in popularity is due to an overall trend towards natural foods, and a "smear" campaign against processed butter alternatives.

Business
7:12 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Customers Reap Benefits From American, US Airways Merger

One month after its merger with US Airways, American Airlines has introduced some procedural changes for its customers. The world's largest airline is assuring its best clients they'll keep their perks.

New In Paperback
7:02 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Jan. 5-11: A Beer Empire, A Habit Explainer And A New Kind Of Warfare

August A. Busch (center) and his sons, Adolphus III (left) and August Jr., seal the first case of beer off the Anheuser-Busch bottling plant line in St. Louis on April 7, 1933, when the sale of low-alcohol beers and wines was once again legal. Prohibition didn't officially end until Dec. 5 of that year.
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Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:31 am

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Around the Nation
6:35 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Wis. Gov. Walker Called For Jury Duty

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:23 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be at the Milwaukee County Courthouse early this morning. Not for a press conference. This isn't tied to any political scandal. He's got jury duty. The governor was bumped from a murder trial but then put on a jury for a personal injury lawsuit. Not the most high-profile case.

Around the Nation
6:17 am
Wed January 8, 2014

It's So Cold That Hell Freezes Over

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Making headlines this week is the polar vortex. And we can report that Hell has frozen over. That would be Hell, Michigan where temperatures fell to minus 13 degrees and even colder with the wind-chill. There are conflicting histories as to how the tiny town got its name, probably from the German word for bright - not because it resembles a fiery underworld. Hell, Michigan is due to warm up today to a balmy high of 16 degrees.

The Salt
6:02 am
Wed January 8, 2014

A Cheesy Meltdown: Kraft Warns Of Velveeta Shortage

According to an AdvertisingAge report, Velveeta may be a little hard to come by in some areas over the next few weeks.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 1:24 pm

If I say Super Bowl food, you think ... Velveeta? Maybe Velveeta with Ro*Tel.

Oh, yes. Ro*Tel's Famous Con Queso.

What could be more Sunday-in-January-indulgent than hot, creamy, processed cheese mixed with diced tomatoes & green chilies.

I have to admit, I've scooped up my share of con queso on a nacho chip or two.

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Around the Nation
5:42 am
Wed January 8, 2014

31-Year-Old Hopes To Ski Past Her (Younger) Competitors

Holly Brooks competes in the 2012 Cross-Country World Cup tour in Sweden. If she makes it to Sochi, it would be her second Olympics.
Jonas Ekstromer AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 10:26 am

On a frigid day at Hatcher Pass, north of Anchorage, Alaska, cross-country skier Holly Brooks glides up to a start line.

This race is just a practice with her Alaska Pacific University teammates. It's a chance for Brooks to test her skills before heading to Europe for the busy World Cup season, and then to Sochi in February for the Winter Olympics. Brooks is now a seasoned member of the U.S. Ski Team, but a little more than four years ago, she was on the sidelines.

On July 4, 2009, that all changed.

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National Security
5:37 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Why One Expert Says Edward Snowden Deserves Clemency

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 9:26 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Edward Snowden is, of course, facing some serious criminal charges here in the United States for stealing classified documents and leaking details of domestic and international surveillance programs. It's unclear if Snowden will ever return to this country to face charges, but that hasn't stopped a vigorous debate in recent days over whether Snowden should be eligible for clemency.

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Law
5:28 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Record Could Hinder Confirmation Of Civil Rights Nominee

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:12 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In other Senate business, the Judiciary Committee today considers President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. That nomination could not have come at a more challenging time. Last year, the Supreme Court overturned a key part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Now, government lawyers are trying to find another way to protect minorities at the ballot box. But NPR's Carrie Johnson reports the president's nominee could get bogged down in something else - battles over his record.

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Politics
5:21 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Senate Moves Forward On Unemployment Benefits

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:12 am

In a tally that surprised even its sponsors, a half dozen Republican senators gave Democrats enough votes to move forward with a bill extending emergency unemployment benefits for another three months. The proposal likely faces an even tougher hurdle in the Republican-controlled House.

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