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2:33 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread

This October 2008 photo, provided by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, shows a brown bat with its nose crusted in fungus.
Ryan von Linden AP

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 7:01 am

The bat disease known as white-nose syndrome has been spreading fast, killing millions of animals. But for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering and new breakthroughs could help researchers develop better strategies for helping bats survive.

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All Tech Considered
2:32 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Video Game Based On Ancient Story Aims For Audiences In Iran, Beyond

A screen shot from Seven Quests shows a battle with the hero Rostam and his troops. The game is based on a 1,000-year-old Iranian poem.
Courtesy of Gameguise

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 5:24 am

There are estimates of some 20 million gamers in Iran, where half the population is under 25 years old. Last year, the Obama administration eased sanctions on Internet services in Iran, giving a boost to the game market.

Two entrepreneurs with Iranian roots hope to make an international splash with their new game called Seven Quests. The online multiplayer game is an update of a 1,000-year-old Iranian poem, the "Shahnameh" or the "epic of the kings."

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Your Money
2:32 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Consumer Agency Launches Tool To Help You Find A Cheaper Mortgage

A sign announces that a Los Angeles house is for sale in November.
Richard Vogel AP

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:24 am

Many Americans love a good deal, shopping around to save $10 or $20 on a pair of pants or winter coats for the kids — but with mortgages, nearly half don't even call around to different banks. Three-fourths only fill out an application with one lender.

Richard Cordray, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says there may be a few reasons consumers aren't comparison shopping for loans.

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The Two-Way
10:02 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Smoke-Filled Subway Train Leaves 1 Dead, 84 Hospitalized In Washington

Smoke inhalation victims walk past a firefighter towards a medical aid bus Monday after passengers on the Washington, D.C., subway were injured when smoke filled the L'Enfant Plaza station during the afternoon rush hour.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:41 pm

One subway passenger died and more 84 were taken to the hospital, including two still in critical condition, when a Washington, D.C., train filled with smoke late Monday afternoon, WAMU reports.

The train halted in a tunnel just outside L'Enfant Plaza station, a major junction in the system, and then the power went out and smoke flooded into the car, NPR employee Luis Clemens told the radio station.

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The Two-Way
7:51 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Poisoned Homemade Beer Is Blamed For 69 Deaths In Mozambique

A total of 69 people died this weekend after drinking traditional beer in northwestern Mozambique. Here, men load the coffins of victims onto a pickup truck at the Chitima health center in Tete province Sunday.
- AFP/Getty Images

The brewer of a batch of traditional homemade beer is listed among nearly 70 people who died after drinking it following a funeral in Mozambique, leaving authorities with many questions.

Mozambique has declared three days of mourning over the deaths that occurred this past weekend. More than 100 people were hospitalized; dozens of them remain in the hospital.

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The Two-Way
7:19 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

3 Kings Holiday Cake Laced With Synthetic Drugs Makes Dozens Hallucinate

Synthetic drugs in evidence bags.

Last week Southern California Public Radio reported that over 40 people become ill from a Rosca de Reyes, a Three Kings Day bread that is traditional in various Hispanic communities. The sick patrons of Cholula's bakery, located in Santa Ana, and its retail outlets complained of heart palpitations and hallucinations.

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Code Switch
5:29 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

The Story Behind '40 Acres And A Mule'

The Green-Meldrim House in Savannah, Ga., is where Gen. William T. Sherman held meetings with local black leaders, creating the plan later known as "40 acres and a mule."
Sarah McCammon NPR

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 5:57 pm

As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders gathered a group of black ministers in Savannah, Ga. The goal was to help the thousands of newly freed slaves.

From that meeting came Gen. William T. Sherman's Special Field Order 15. It set aside land along the Southeast coast so that "each family shall have a plot of not more than forty acres of tillable ground."

That plan later became known by a signature phrase: "40 acres and a mule."

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The Two-Way
5:28 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Organizers Of Anti-'Islamization' Rally In Germany Mark Paris Attack

A protester in Dresden, Germany, holds a poster Monday showing Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a headscarf during a rally organized by PEGIDA, a group that is against what it calls the "Islamization of Europe."
Jens Meyer AP

About 25,000 demonstrators marched in Dresden, Germany, today to protest what they see as the "Islamization of Europe." They also held a moment of silence to honor the victims of last week's deadly attack on a French satirical magazine.

"The terrible acts of Paris are further proof that PEGIDA is needed," one of the organizers, Lutz Bachmann, reportedly said, referring to the group calling itself Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West.

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The Salt
5:20 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Minifasting: How Occasionally Skipping Meals May Boost Health

Originally published on Tue January 13, 2015 6:32 am

If you've ever gone to sleep hungry and then dreamed of chocolate croissants, the idea of fasting may seem completely unappealing.

But what if the payoff for a 16-hour fast — which might involve skipping dinner, save a bowl of broth — is a boost in energy and a decreased appetite?

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The Two-Way
4:37 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Predicted Shootout Becomes Trench Warfare As Ohio State Takes Title

Ohio State's Cardale Jones (12) runs for a touchdown Monday night during the NCAA college football playoff championship game in Arlington, Texas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 11:22 pm

A game between two of the most high-powered offenses in college football, came down, time and again, to which team could grind out one or two yards.

Ohio State converted all through fourth down attempts and eight of 14 third down tries, while the Buckeyes defense stopped one Oregon drive just inches from the goal line. College football's first playoffs is sending a trophy home to Columbus following the Buckeyes' 42-20 win.

It's the Buckeyes' eighth national title, and their first since the 2002 season.

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