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10:28am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

'I Don't Trust U.S. Politics,' Fidel Castro Reportedly Writes

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:51 am

Fidel Castro, the leader of the Cuban revolution, has remained silent ever since the the U.S. and Cuba announced plans for a rapprochement back in December.

Late last night, the official newspaper of the island's Communist party released a letter reportedly written by Castro.

If you remember, Castro stepped down as president of Cuba in 2006. He handed over the presidency to his brother Raúl and ever since, rumors of his death have emerged every few weeks.

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10:17am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Holocaust Survivors Mark 70th Anniversary Of Auschwitz's Liberation

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 1:07 pm

Holocaust survivors walk outside the gate of the of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on Tuesday.
Alik Keplicz AP

Holocaust survivors gathered along with several world leaders today to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation by the Soviet Red Army of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed.

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9:59am

Tue January 27, 2015
Goats and Soda

It's Been A Hard 12-Step Road For Zanzibar's Heroin Addicts

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:54 pm

Frederica Boswell NPR

Could a 12-step program, with its Christian roots, help addicts recover on a conservative Muslim island in the Indian Ocean?

Suleiman Mauly was desperate to find out. He'd been using heroin in his native Zanzibar since age 17. The island nation is a key stop for heroin smuggled from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Europe. An estimated 7 percent of the 1 million inhabitants are heroin addicts.

Mauly had tried to get clean a couple of times. It didn't work. Then he discovered a 12-step program in Mombasa, Kenya.

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9:59am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

The Cape Bears Brunt Of Blizzard's Onslaught

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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9:45am

Tue January 27, 2015
Middle East

Mourning In Riyadh: Obama Visits New Saudi King To Offer Condolences

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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9:28am

Tue January 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidy?

Originally published on Wed January 28, 2015 2:12 pm

Insurance and the subsidies available to buy it can be confusing. Here are some answers to recent questions from people who are running into difficulties with premiums and tax credits on their marketplace plans.

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9:03am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR History Dept.

Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 2:18 pm

Official game balls for this year's Super Bowl sit in a bin before being laced and inflated at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio.
Rick Osentoski AP

"The line between cheating and gamesmanship is constantly blurred," observes The New York Times in a recent story. The Times, and just about everyone else, is talking about the perhaps-tampering-with-gameballs allegations levied against the New England Patriots — specifically coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady.

Both Belichick and Brady have denied any wrongdoing.

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8:52am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Boston Copes With Its Deepening Blanket Of Snow

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:27 am

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8:46am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Gunman Opens Fire At City Council Meeting In Minnesota

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:32 pm

Updated at 3:28 p.m. ET

The son of the man who reportedly shot and wounded two policeman said his father, 68-year-old Raymond K. Kmetz, had a history of making threats. Nathan Kmetz said he would provide additional information about his father later on Tuesday.

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8:05am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

LOOK! The Asteroid That Flew Past Earth Tuesday Has Its Own Moon

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 3:33 pm

A series of images show that asteroid 2004 BL86 has a small moon.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

In celestial terms, asteroid 2004 BL86 pretty much buzzed Earth, coming within 745,000 miles of our planet.

As NPR's Sam Sanders explained, it's the closest this asteroid will pass by Earth for at least the next two centuries. So when it flew by yesterday, scientists trained their instruments on it.

Scientists using the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., captured a stunning set of images that revealed 2004 BL86 has a small moon.

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7:39am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Rhode Island School Releases Snow Day Video

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7:39am

Tue January 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Thieves With A Guilty Conscience Return Stolen Items

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 11:26 am

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6:53am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Winter Blizzard Skirts New York City, But Still Walloping Northeast

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:04 pm

A woman cross country skis on snow-covered roads during a winter blizzard in Boston, Mass. Tuesday.
Brian Snyder Reuters/Landov

First the good news: Forecasts of a historic winter storm for the country's most populous city have failed to materialize.

Forecasters had called for up to 30 inches of snow in New York City, but as a new day dawned, meteorologists had downgraded the system to a winter storm from a blizzard and tempered their forecasts, saying when it was all done, the city would have about 12 inches of snow on the ground.

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5:18am

Tue January 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Family's Long Fight With Pentagon Returns Name To Unknown Soldier

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 4:27 pm

Arthur H. "Bud" Kelder (left) died in World War II.
Courtesy of the Kelder family

The remains of a World War II soldier who died in a prisoner of war camp in the Philippines — and the subject of a joint NPR/ProPublica investigation last year — have been identified as Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder. His identification came after a long legal battle between his family and the Pentagon.

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5:02am

Tue January 27, 2015
NPR Story

Obama Takes Heat For Proposing To End College Savings Break

Originally published on Tue January 27, 2015 5:59 pm

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