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The Two-Way
10:23 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Water's Back On For Just About Everyone In West Virginia

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:38 am

The do-not-use advisory has been lifted for nearly all water users in the nine counties of West Virginia where a chemical spill last week left about 300,000 people unable to use what was coming out of their taps.

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National Security
10:17 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Calls For More Transparency, Privacy Protections At NSA

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's talk more about changes to the National Security Agency that President Obama is announcing as we speak at the Justice Department. And we're joined in our studio by Tamara Keith and Tom Gjelten. And let's just begin.

Tom, you told us earlier today that technology companies wanted greater transparency. They want the public to know more about what the NSA is doing. What is the president proposing today?

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National Security
10:17 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Highlights Challenges Of Balancing Security, Liberty

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:39 am

Coverage of President Obama's speech about proposed changes for the National Security Agency continues with more of his comments, plus analysis.

National Security
10:17 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Obama Speaks On Proposed NSA Changes

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 10:38 am

Live coverage of President Obama's speech on government surveillance starts with Obama outlining the new threats and demands that have emerged over the years for America's intelligence agencies.

Asia
9:47 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Get A Chinese Driver's License?

China's driver's license test

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 9:44 am

To get a driver's license in China, everyone must take a written test; 90 percent is considered passing. The test consists of 100 questions drawn from a pool of nearly 1,000.

The test is particularly tough for foreigners, owing to the volume of memorization and sometimes sketchy translations. (I failed three times before I finally passed.)

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NPR Story
9:45 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Legislation Revived To Protect 126,000 Acres Of Olympic Peninsula

The Gray Wolf River drops more than 5,000 feet in elevation on its 25-mile run from the Olympic Mountains to where it empties into the Dungeness River near the town of Sequim, Wash. This section is in National Forest and could one day be logged.
Ashley Ahearn

SEATTLE -- Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Friday introduced a bill to permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of Washington's Olympic Peninsula -- an area the size of Seattle and Tacoma combined.

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Asia
9:42 am
Fri January 17, 2014

How I Flunked China's Driving Test ... Three Times

Drivers step out of their vehicles for a better view while stuck in traffic along Beijing's Second Ring Road on a "Car Free Day" on Sept. 21, 2010. For foreigners trying to drive in car-crazy China, the headaches begin with the written test.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 4:39 pm

Recently, I decided to apply for a driver's license in China. Since I already have one from the U.S., the main thing I had to do was pass a computerized test on the rules of the road here. I figured it would be a breeze.

Driving and car ownership have taken off in China. Last year, the country added nearly 18 million drivers. There is so much demand for licenses that I had to wait a month for the first available testing date.

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Shots - Health News
9:18 am
Fri January 17, 2014

One Downside Of Home Wart Treatments: Bursting Into Flames

The chemicals in home wart-freezing treatments are flammable, the Food and Drug Administration warns.
Courtesy of FDA

Wart removal seems so simple a medical treatment that it would be hard to mess it up. Until you start a fire.

The Food and Drug Administration says that it has received reports of 14 people being burned or starting fires while using wart-freezing devices since 2009.

Cryogenic wart removers contain a mixture liquid dimethyl ether and propane, which is highly flammable and doesn't require very high temperatures to catch fire.

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The Two-Way
9:05 am
Fri January 17, 2014

India Unveils Handgun For Women After Much-Publicized Rapes

Indians participated in a candlelight vigil last month to mark the anniversary of the death of a young woman who was gang raped and murdered in New Delhi. Indian media dubbed the woman "Nirbhaya," or fearless. Now, after other high-profile rapes in the country, India has unveiled a handgun for women.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 11:43 am

There's been a steady stream of stories over the past year about the rapes of women in India. Now, Indian officials have unveiled a gun they say women can use to protect themselves.

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Interviews
8:59 am
Fri January 17, 2014

'Klansville, U.S.A.' Chronicles The Rise And Fall Of The KKK

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 12:07 pm

This interview was originally broadcast on Feb. 14, 2013.

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