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Afghanistan
6:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Will Afghan Polling Data Help Alleviate Election Fraud?

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has commissioned a series of polls to see who Afghans favor in the April election. But between security challenges and "social desirability" biases, it can be difficult to impossible to get a clear read of the Afghan people.

Middle East
6:39 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Kerry Leaves Jerusalem Without Much Progress On Peace Deal

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene. Secretary of State John Kerry spent much of last week in the Mideast, where he tried to push Israeli and Palestinian leaders towards a peace agreement. Yesterday he flew to Saudi Arabia and Jordan to update the monarchs of those countries on the progress of the talks. But as NPR's Emily Harris reports, if there has indeed been progress, it remains under wraps.

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Research News
6:36 am
Mon January 6, 2014

'Save To Win' Makes Saving As Much Fun As Gambling

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

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As far as New Year's resolutions go, saving more money is often a popular one. Actually being able to do that - well, we know how that story usually ends. But researchers may have come up with a winning method. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam, we are all ears.

SHANKAR VEDANTAM, BYLINE: Carolann Broekhuizen is a retired life insurance claims examiner. She lives in Waterford, Michigan. Whenever she has a little extra money, there are some things she likes to do.

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Latin America
6:28 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Venezuela's Department Of Happiness Criticized

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

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Here's the name of a government office that caught our attention: The Vice Ministry for the Supreme Social Happiness of the People. This is a newly created office in Venezuela, where government bureaucracy sure seems to be growing. John Otis tells us more.

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Economy
6:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Tough To Make Ends Meet Even With Unemployment Benefits

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

Congress returns to Washington this week, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pledged the first item on the agenda will be restoring long-term unemployment benefits. Those benefits expired last week, and an estimated 1.3 million people stopped receiving checks.

Business
5:23 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Automakers Join With Google To Offer Android Software

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

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And we can't get enough of the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas. We're staying right there with a question: two-door or four-door? Gas or hybrid? Soon it won't be long before the car salesperson is asking Apple or Google?

Automakers unveiled an alliance yesterday that's aimed at bringing Google's Android operating system into millions of cars in the next few years. Here's NPR's Steve Henn.

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Business
5:20 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Wearable Technology Generates Buzz Before CES Opens

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

The largest show of gadgets, gear and anything electronic kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is a glitzy, high profile opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs and established companies to show off their newest stuff.

Middle East
5:17 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Al-Qaida Extremists Fight For Influence In Iraq, Syria

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

In Syria, militias linked to al-Qaida have taken the lead in the fight against the Assad government. In Iraq, they've caused a wave of violence including bombings against civilians and attacks on government forces.

NPR Story
5:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Florida State Meets Auburn In Final BCS Game

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

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Fans will not be complaining, at least not about the weather tonight, as Florida State and Auburn face off in a very important game. They're playing in tonight's college football championship in warm and sunny Pasadena, California. And there's even better news for the many college football fans who've grown to loathe the Bowl Championship Series, known as the BCS. Tonight marks the end of it. It's being replaced next season by a playoff that will decide the national champion.

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NPR Story
5:10 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Dangerously Cold Weather Felt Across Much Of U.S.

Originally published on Mon January 6, 2014 8:03 am

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Here's news many of you know already: It's cold, really cold, even dangerously so in much of the United States, and another Arctic blast is expected. We are talking about temperatures 25-below zero in North Dakota. And the South isn't being spared, its single digits in some spots in Georgia and Alabama.

Chuck Quirmbach from Wisconsin Public Radio reports.

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