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3:37 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Weird Stuff World Leaders Give Each Other

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry holds up a pair of Idaho potatoes as a gift for Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, standing right, at the start of their meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's residence in Paris on Monday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 7:33 pm

You say potato, John Kerry says let's give it to Russia.

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The Two-Way
3:15 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Judge Fears NFL Concussion Settlement Isn't Large Enough

Junior Seau sustained many concussions during his career and was suffering from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.
Otto Greule Jr. Getty Images

A federal judge rejected a preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement over NFL concussion claims.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody said she was concerned the settlement may not be enough to cover all retired players.

The AP adds:

"'I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) ... will be paid,' Brody wrote in a 12-page opinion filed Tuesday morning.

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The Two-Way
2:48 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

India's High Court Rocked By Allegations Of Sexual Harassment

Former justices on the Supreme Court of India have been accused of sexual harassment.
Anindito Mukherjee EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 7:02 pm

India's Supreme Court is set to hear a petition Wednesday against one of its own retired judges over allegations that he sexually harassed a former intern — the second such case to be made public in as many months.

The alleged incidents have cast a cloud over the country's highest court and pressure has mounted for it to comply with its own 1997 rulings requiring panels in the workplace to hear harassment complaints. Critics say such a panel for the Supreme Court itself is long overdue.

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All Tech Considered
2:37 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Sometimes, Death Is Only The Beginning. Will You Continue?

The game Continue?9876543210 begins with the video game character's death and explores the limbo before the character is deleted from the system.
Jason Oda

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 1:40 pm

I can fondly recall, many, many moons ago, when arcades in the U.S. were still a thing, plunking in token after token (or quarters if your arcade wasn't owned by crooks) into all sorts of games. The coins were used to fight off that most insidious of villains and mainstay of arcade games: the "continue" screen.

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The Salt
2:19 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Tobacco Returns To The Bar, This Time Inside Cocktails

The Step-dad cocktail at Bar Charley in Washington, D.C., features house-made tobacco bitters.
Courtesy of Leo Schmid

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 3:09 pm

Take a sip of the Oaxacan Fizz at Father's Office in Los Angeles and you'll discover the unmistakable taste of tobacco. That's because this cocktail is sweetened with a small amount of tobacco-infused sugar syrup.

"A lot of people say, 'I only smoke when I drink,'" says chef-owner Sang Yoon. "We say, 'Now you can do both.'"

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New In Paperback
2:02 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Jan. 12-18: Revolutionaries, Diplomacy And A Man Of Letters

Free Press

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:40 pm

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Book Reviews
1:44 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Chang-rae Lee Stretches For Dystopic Drama, But Doesn't Quite Reach

ilbusca iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 2:04 pm

Dystopia is all the rage these days, especially in young adult fiction: There's the "Hunger Games" trilogy of course; Veronica Roth's "Divergent" series, in which Chicago has gone to the dogs; Cassandra Clare's "Mortal Instruments" series, inspired by a nightmare vision of Manhattan; and Stephanie Meyer's non-Twilight novel, The Host, where Earth has been colonized by alien parasites.

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Music Reviews
1:44 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Uneven But Vital, Bruce Springsteen Has 'High Hopes'

Bruce Springsteen's 18th album is titled High Hopes.
Danny Clinch Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 2:04 pm

High Hopes is a different sort of release for Bruce Springsteen. It features original and cover songs that had been performed live over the years, some never recorded in a studio setting, as well as a few older songs reconceived with new arrangements and musicians.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

JPMorgan Says It Will Replace 2 Million Credit Cards, Due To Breach

JPMorgan Chase says it will replace about 2 million of its customers credit cards because they were compromised in recent security breaches at major retailers.

NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports the bank's CEO Jamie Dimon said the problems on that front are likely not over. Yuki filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Two Students Wounded, 12-Year-Old Captured After School Shooting

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 11:01 pm

This post was updated at 11 p.m. ET.

A 12-year-old student opened fire Tuesday at a middle school in Roswell, N.M., wounding two fellow students. The shooter, who was armed with a shotgun, was arrested.

The Associated Press reports:

"A boy was critically injured and a girl was in satisfactory condition following the shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell.

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