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Obama Administration Proposes Opening Up Atlantic To Drilling  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:51:00 -0500
At the same time, a new Interior Department plan designated nearly 10 million acres in Alaska as off-limits to any future oil and gas leasing. Reaction has been mixed to the draft plan. 
Number Of Exonerations Last Year Reached New High, Report Finds  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:47:00 -0500
The National Registry of Exonerations says 125 people were exonerated in 2014 after being falsely convicted of crimes. The number surpasses the previous record of 91 set in 2013. 
A Teacher's 'Pinch Me' Moment: Cheering The Super Bowl From The Sidelines  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:51:00 -0500
On Sunday, this Massachusetts teacher will be up close with her favorite team — as a cheerleader on the New England Patriots squad. 
The Cape Bears Brunt Of Blizzard's Onslaught  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:59:00 -0500
The snowstorm hitting the Northeast is having a big impact on Cape Cod, Mass. Steve Inskeep speaks with WCAI's Sean Corcoran for the latest on how residents and local officials are handling the storm. 
Mourning In Riyadh: Obama Visits New Saudi King To Offer Condolences  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:45:00 -0500
President Obama has stopped in Saudi Arabia on his way home from India. He's meeting with the new Saudi king. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Scott Horsley, who is traveling with the President. 
Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:03:00 -0500
Whatever happens with the investigation of Deflategate, there is sometimes a blurry line between gaining a competitive advantage and downright cheating. 
Boston Copes With Its Deepening Blanket Of Snow  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:52:00 -0500
The snowstorm hitting the Northeast is having a major impact in Boston. Steve Inskeep checks in with WBUR's Anne Mostue for the latest on how residents and local officials are handling the storm. 
Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:46:00 -0500
Two police officers were injured and the gunman was killed. The officers had just been sworn in to the New Hope police force. 
Family's Long Fight With Pentagon Returns Name To Unknown Soldier  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:17:00 -0500
The remains of Arthur "Bud" Kelder, a WWII soldier featured in a NPR/ProPublica investigation, have been identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. The move comes after years spent in court. 
Critics Worry Nuclear Reactor Deal With India Has A Dark Side  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:01:00 -0500
The administration says the reactors are good for the climate, good for American industry and for strengthening ties with India. But some worry the deal also has a dark side. 
Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:47:00 -0500
Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, according to an independent study. 
Facebook Suffers Self-Inflicted Outage  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:43:00 -0500
A Facebook statement said the disruption was caused by a technical change it made to the site and wasn't a cyberattack. The outage lasted an hour. 
New England Expected To Bear The Brunt Of Nor'easter  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:24:00 -0500
Forecasters had predicted the storm could bring 1 to 3 feet of snow and hurricane-force winds. But early Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service downgraded some of the numbers. 
Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:52:00 -0500
Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment. 
Jeffrey Sterling, Former CIA Officer, Is Convicted Of Espionage  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:13:00 -0500
Jeffrey Sterling was fired from the CIA in 2002. His case has drawn wide attention in part because he was accused of giving secret information to James Risen of The New York Times.