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6:07am

Wed December 26, 2012
Games & Humor

Google Integrates Kevin Bacon In Its Search Function

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 6:41 am

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OK, remember the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon"? Google, which can bring you the weather forecast for any spot on the planet, launched another very useful service this year. The search engine's "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game will connect any movie star, living or dead, to the veteran Hollywood actor Kevin Bacon.

The game has become so popular, we went in search of its origins this past September. We had so much fun that once again we bring what we found on our expedition.

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3:25am

Wed December 26, 2012
Law

Wall Street Wiretaps: Investigators Use Insiders' Own Words To Convict Them

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 6:07 am

Raj Rajaratnam, center, billionaire co-founder of Galleon Group, is surrounded by photographers as leaves Manhattan federal court May 11 after being convicted of insider trading charges.
Mary Altaffer AP

It was another busy year for federal authorities pursuing insider trading cases. Seventy-five people have now been charged in the last three years, and investigators say that success comes largely from their decision to attack insider trading the way they take down the Mafia and drug cartels — with tools such as wiretaps, informants and cooperators.

The story behind how the government decided to go after insider trading as hard as it goes after the mob is really just a story about dead ends.

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3:23am

Wed December 26, 2012
All Tech Considered

Who Could Be Watching You Watching Your Figure? Your Boss

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 2:28 pm

Mobile apps and devices track a user's health statistics. But those data are sometimes sold and can end up in the hands of employers and insurance companies.
iStockphoto.com

Those of us trying to lose some pounds after overindulging this holiday season can get help from a slew of smartphone apps that count steps climbed and calories burned. Self-tracking has also become a way for companies to make money using your fitness data. And some experts worry that the data collected could be used against users in the long run.

At a recent Quantified Self Meetup in downtown San Francisco, technology lovers are testing homemade do-it-yourself devices on people eager to measure their mind and body.

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3:22am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Salt

Don't Fear That Expired Food

Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 8:57 am

The expiration date on foods like orange juice and even milk aren't indicators of when those products will go bad.
iStockphoto.com

Now that the Christmas feast is over, you may be looking at all the extra food you made, or the food that you brought home from the store that never even got opened.

And you may be wondering: How long can I keep this? What if it's past its expiration date? Who even comes up with those dates on food, anyway, and what do they mean?

Here's the short answer: Those "sell by" dates are there to protect the reputation of the food. They have very little to do with food safety. If you're worried whether food is still OK to eat, just smell it.

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2:14am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Salt

The Rebirth Of Rye Whiskey And Nostalgia For 'The Good Stuff'

Originally published on Fri December 28, 2012 11:04 am

Templeton bottles, filled and almost corked.
Noah Adams NPR

It used to be said that only old men drink rye, sitting alone down at the end of the bar, but that's no longer the case as bartenders and patrons set aside the gins and the vodkas and rediscover the pleasures of one of America's old-fashioned favorites.

Whiskey from rye grain was what most distilleries made before Prohibition. Then, after repeal in 1933, bourbon, made from corn, became more popular. Corn was easier to grow, and the taste was sweeter.

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2:12am

Wed December 26, 2012
Best Music Of 2012

Top 10 Top 40 Of 2012

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 7:51 am

Ellie Goulding
Courtesy of the artist

2:12am

Wed December 26, 2012
Music Interviews

Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 6:07 am

Perfume Genius.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

Mike Hadreas describes the sound of Perfume Genius as "that kind of creepy, beautiful mix of things — that warm wash of something that is beautiful, but unsettling at the same time."

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7:27am

Tue December 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Is Santa's Sleigh Powered By Caribou?

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 9:42 am

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7:19am

Tue December 25, 2012
Around the Nation

Santa Amazes Deaf Boy's Mother

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 9:42 am

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4:53am

Tue December 25, 2012
Africa

U.S. Military Builds Up Its Presence In Africa

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 7:22 am

Gen. Carter Ham is head of the U.S. African command. An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., will begin helping train African militaries beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida.
AP

An Army brigade from Fort Riley, Kan., some 4,000, soldiers, will begin helping to train African militaries. The idea is to help African troops beat back a growing terrorist threat posed by al-Qaida.

The American troops will head over in small teams over the course of the next year. The Dagger Brigade returned to Kansas last year from a deployment to Iraq, where it trained and advised that country's security forces.

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4:14am

Tue December 25, 2012
Middle East

Dig Finds Evidence Of Pre-Jesus Bethlehem

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 7:13 am

The Israel Antiquities Authority says archeologists have found the oldest artifact that bears the inscription of Bethlehem, a 2,700-year-old clay seal with the name of Jesus' traditional birthplace.
AP

Thousands of Christian pilgrims streamed into Bethlehem Monday night to celebrate the birth of Jesus. It's the major event of the year in that West Bank town. But Israeli archaeologists now say there is strong evidence that Christ was born in a different Bethlehem, a small village in the Galilee.

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4:04am

Tue December 25, 2012
U.S.

In Pursuit of Recognition: An Undocumented Immigrant's Resilient Fight

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 9:42 am

Sofia Campos, 23, is the head of the United We Dream campaign — a national network of youth-led immigrant organizations. Campos was born in Peru, but grew up in California, entirely unaware of her undocumented status until she tried applying for college scholarships.
Courtesy of Sofia Campos

Unlike many undocumented immigrants, Sofia Campos is not afraid to give her real name.

"It's deliberate, and it's liberating," she says. "It's kind of a shock to hear somebody say, 'I am undocumented' or wear the 'I am undocumented' T-shirt, just in your face."

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4:03am

Tue December 25, 2012
Economy

Back To The Economy Of The '90s? Not So Fast

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 9:42 am

A lone employee oversees Hewlett-Packard workstations being assembled at a plant on Jan. 1, 1993. Huge improvements in computer technology propelled the economy during that decade.
Ovak Arslanian Time

Throughout the debate over taxes and the "fiscal cliff," there's been a lot of looking backward — to the 1990s. The economic expansion of the 1990s was the longest in recorded American history.

Democrats say the economy thrived under the leadership of President Bill Clinton, including his tax rate increase on high earners. Republicans say government didn't spend as much then and that growth didn't really take off until the GOP took control of Congress in 1995.

So what actually happened in the '90s? What made them tick?

A Unique Boom

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3:03pm

Mon December 24, 2012
Deceptive Cadence

Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 2:38 pm

A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

7:37am

Mon December 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Santa Suits Are Getting Bigger

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 7:38 am

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