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Frozen Ottawa Transforms Into 'Winterlude' Wonderland

In Canada's capital city of Ottawa, winter is something to celebrate. Every year, the city's frozen canals are transformed into an urban, outdoor ice rink at an annual winter festival.
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Week In Politics: Boehner's Debt Limit Decision And Democratic Retreat

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of . They discuss House Speaker John Boehner's role in raising the debt ceiling, this week's Democratic retreat and a federal judge's decision to strike down Virginia's gay marriage ban.
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Double Take 'Toons: Heartfelt Remembrance

Shirley Temple Black lifted America's heart during the darkest days of the Great Depression and went on to render exemplary service as U.S. ambassador to two countries. Bob Englehart offers a Valentine's Day tribute to the former child star, while Nate Beeler notes how outstanding her accomplishments were.
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Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home

Will Sochi be a city of super-sized, expensive venues that sit mostly empty in the future? Maybe having different cities host the Olympics doesn't make much sense.
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Week In Politics: Jobs Numbers And CBO Report

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the lackluster January jobs report, the debate surrounding a new report from Congressional Budget Office and the renewed debate over immigration policy.
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Escaping Forced Prostitution And Leaving The Shame Behind

Barbara Amaya was 12 when she ran away and ended up in the hands of a sex trafficker. When she escaped, she went years without speaking about her ordeal — until her daughter ran away, too.
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Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl

Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey. She is the first opera star to be asked. NPR's Scott Simon remembers how Fleming has performed under pressure many times, including when she sang "Amazing Grace" at the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11.
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Week In Politics: Retiring House Members & The Republican Retreat

Audie Cornish speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times about the president's State of the Union initiatives, the retiring members of the House and the agenda of the annual Republican retreat.
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Violence Abroad Threatens Students, As Do Guns At U.S. Schools

Suicide bombings like the one that killed two university colleagues in Kabul prompt many Americans to tell themselves they're safe from targeted violence in the U.S. We know that isn't true, says NPR's Jacki Lyden.
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Week In Politics: Bob McDonnell & The State Of The Union

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the latest on the charges faced by former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell and the upcoming State of the Union address.

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