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Mon January 20, 2014

Jan. 19-25: A Twitter Star, An Infamous Murder And Arab World Intimacy

Jeffrey MacDonald before a hearing on July 7, 1970, on the murder charges against him. Errol Morris' book suggests that, despite his conviction, MacDonald was not guilty.
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Middle East
5:26 am
Mon January 20, 2014

As Iranian Nuclear Deal Starts, Second Round Of Talks Loom Large

The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran, in 2010.
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Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 1:03 pm

Day one of a six-month period of reduced Iranian nuclear activity and a slight easing of economic sanctions begins Monday. The interim accord may be a high-water mark for nuclear diplomacy, but soon negotiators must begin to fashion a comprehensive nuclear accord in the face of widespread skepticism.

Each side is sniping at the other's interpretation of the relatively modest steps agreed to thus far.

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Middle East
5:26 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Iran's Invitation To Syria Peace Talks Causes Diplomatic Stir

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

Syrian opposition groups threatened to skip the talks on ending Syria's civil war after the United Nations invited Iran to attend. The U.S. is also trying to figure out if Iran would agree to terms calling for an end to the Assad regime. Renee Montagne talks to Rami Khouri, director of the Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut.

Media
5:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Biography Argues Roger Ailes Uses Fox To Divide Nation

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

Roger Ailes is a hero to the political right and a boogeyman to the left for leading the Fox News Channel to become the top-rated force in cable news --- the competition is not even close. Ailes and Fox refused to cooperate with author Gabriel Sherman.

Business
5:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Movie Studio To Phase Out 35 Millimeter Film

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with a film phase out.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Paramount Pictures will be the first major Hollywood studio to stop releasing movies on 35 millimeter film. The Los Angeles Times reports the motion picture studio is now distributing its films to U.S. theaters in digital format only.

Around the Nation
5:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Miami Children's Hospital Sheds Light On Upfront Costs

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

Every hospital has a price list but it is hard for the average consumer to figure out what a hospital really charges for care. Traditionally, the price on that list is nowhere near what it actually expects you or an insurance company to pay.

Africa
5:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Examining Vicious Cycle Of Ethnic Violence In South Sudan

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In South Sudan, the fighting that began in December continues between groups loyal to two powerful rivals: President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, his former vice president. The conflict, which has left thousands dead, and forced hundreds of thousands from their homes caught many by surprise. It was just a short time ago - 2011 - that South Sudan became an independent nation after a decades-long rebellion against Sudan.

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Afghanistan
5:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Attack On Kabul Restaurant Prompts Security Review

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

Non-governmental organizations and restaurants are raising security protocols in the Afghan capital Kabul after last week's attack on a popular Lebanese restaurant. Twenty-one people, mostly foreigners, were killed. Some members of the international community say they anticipate more violence as elections draw closer.

Around the Nation
5:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Drought Emergency Declared In California Gov. Brown

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Governor Jerry Brown has formally declared a drought emergency in California, saying the state is facing possibly the worst drought it has ever seen since record keeping began more than a hundred years ago.

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Media
5:19 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Digital World Puts Olympic Coverage Through Its Paces

Originally published on Mon January 20, 2014 8:04 am

NBCUniversal has made a deal with Facebook to provide more than 1,000 hours of digital coverage of the upcoming Winter Olympic games.

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