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Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting'

As the Winter Olympic Games get underway in Sochi, host Michel Martin speaks with Russian culture expert Jennifer Eremeeva about what the opening ceremonies can teach us about Russia and its people.
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Is George Zimmerman On A Road To Perdition?

Rapper DMX is talking about stepping into the boxing ring with George Zimmerman. But the Barbershop guys ask whether it would be better for both men to step out of the spotlight.
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Oldest 'Out Of Africa' Human Footprints Found On British Coast

Scientists have found the oldest-known footprints outside Africa, dating from between 800,000 and 1 million years ago, on a beach facing the North Sea.
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A Fairy Tale Gone Wrong: Spain's Princess Accused Of Fraud

Spain's royal family, which used to face little criticism, is increasingly becoming a target over its spending habits during Spain's economic woes. The king's youngest daughter, Infanta Cristina, and her husband have had their mansion confiscated are now facing allegations of fraud.
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U.S. Diplomat's Leaked Phone Call Gets Poor Reception

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the use of a distinctly undiplomatic term in regard to the EU was "totally unacceptable." Meanwhile, the U.S. accused Russia of leaking the phone call and Moscow said the recording showed Washington's meddling in Ukrainian politics.
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Sochi Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony: As It Happened

Large-scale pageantry opened the Sochi Olympics on Friday, in a symbolically rich Opening Ceremony that was marred by an early and highly visible mistake — one of five massive Olympic rings failed to fully appear.
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American WWII Bomb Unearthed, Defused In Central Hong Kong

The 2,000-pound bomb was too big to explode in place — usually the safest option. Instead, it had to be dismantled after some 2,200 residents were evacuated from surrounding apartment buildings.
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Syrian Activists Say Al-Qaida Stole Their Revolution

In the last three years, rebels fighting President Bashar Assad have taken control of swaths of northern Syria. In some areas, local councils were set up. Activists hoped for a freer future. But renegade jihadists, linked to al-Qaida, have stormed into these "liberated areas" and attacked activists who launched the uprising against Assad's regime.
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Civil War Puts Syria's Cultural Heritage In Peril

In addition to the lives lost in Syria as its conflict rages on, the country's cultural heritage is also being lost. Art and artifacts have been looted, important archeological sites and museums damaged. Renee Montagne talks to UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Culture Francesco Bandarin about the destruction of Syria's cultural heritage and what's being done to protect it.
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TV's Dr. House Helps Solve Medical Mystery

A patient in Germany had a combination of puzzling symptoms: heart failure, blindness and swollen lymph nodes. He was referred to a diagnostic specialist, who happens to be a fan of House. He was able to make a diagnosis based on an episode. The problem: cobalt poisoning from a hip replacement.

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