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'The Worm' Returns To North Korea; Rodman Visits Again

Retired basketball star Dennis Rodman called Kim Jong Un an "aweseome" man after a visit earlier this year. His trip there this week follows a prediction by Rodman that he would persuade Kim to release Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae. But Rodman says that's not the purpose of his visit.
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2 Million Syrians Are Now Refugees And More Are 'On The Way'

About one-quarter of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes, many to neighboring nations. New data on the number of refugees come as Congress begins debating the president's request for authorization to take military action in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons.
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Will Microsoft's Nokia Deal Shake Up Mobile?

Microsoft is buying Nokia's mobile phone business and licensing key patents for $7.2 billion. Microsoft is aiming to boost its share of the smartphone market, which is dominated by Google's Android and Apple's iPhone. The deal may also provide a hint of who will take over when Microsoft's CEO leaves.
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Nyad Finishes Swimming Goal 35 Years After She First Tried

Diana Nyad finally conquered the Straits of Florida by swimming without a shark cage from Cuba to Key West. It was a distance of more than 100 miles. It was her fifth attempt.
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Iran Weighs Heavily In Debate Over Syria

A lot of the debate over Syria is actually a debate about Syria's ally Iran. If the U.S. does strike, could Iran retaliate against the U.S. or its ally Israel? For more, Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Peterson, of The Christian Science Monitor, who is in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Rep. Smith On Syria: What Is The Limitation Of U.S. Power?

Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, about the U.S. role in Syria. Smith, who recently visited Syrian refugees in Jordan, is urging the administration to step up aid to moderate opposition forces, but he has reservations about U.S. military action.
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Verizon Buys Out Vodafone To Acquire Wireless Company

Verizon has agreed to buy out Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion. That will give Verizon total control of the largest U.S. cell phone service provider.
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Pena Nieto Encourages Mexicans To Embrace Change

President Enrique Pena Nieto gave an upbeat assessment of his nine-month-old administration on Monday in his first State of the Union address. Despite his positive review of Mexico's condition, the new president is dealing with chaotic teacher protests in the capital, intractable levels of violence and a less favorable economic outlook than predicted.
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Syria's Bashar Assad: Show Me The Evidence

The Syrian presidents insists that the United States and other have not been able to back their claims that Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in an Aug. 21 attack. His remarks come as President Obama lobbies two key senators regarding his plan to use military force against Syria.
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Tlacoyos: A Mexican Grilled Snack That Tempted The Conquistadors

Tlacoyos are a doughy corn tortilla of sorts that's cooked on a grill. Whether enjoyed on a plastic plate as street food or fine china in a high-end restaurant, it's been a favorite snack for centuries.

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