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U.S. Figure Skaters Are Underdogs In These Games

The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are just days away, and some 230 athletes will be representing the United States. Representing team NPR is Sonari Glinton. He gives NPR's Scott Simon a rundown of who to watch on the ice.
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Scout Leaders Who Toppled Ancient Rock Formation Are Charged

The men videotaped themselves as one of them pushed over a Jurassic-era sandstone pillar at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.
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Kerry: 'Disturbing' Trend Of Authoritarianism In Eastern Europe

The secretary of state singled out Ukraine as an example of a growing trend of governments willing to "trample the ambitions" of their people.
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Does It Taste As Sweet To Say 'I Love You' In Another Language?

When it comes to cross-cultural and bilingual relationships, not everyone speaks the same language of love. The language with the deepest emotional resonance tends to be the one that was spoken by each romantic partner at home when they were growing up.
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Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close: Fans Risk Hearing Loss

When fans of the Seattle Seahawks set the record for loudest crowd in history, they clocked in at 137.6 decibels, which is as loud as a jet engine during takeoff. Ear protection can prevent hearing loss, but even acoustics experts can have a hard time giving up the roar of the crowd.
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Booming Oil Fields May Be Giving Sex Trafficking A Boost

The oil rush in and around North Dakota has brought an influx of mostly male workers flush with cash. Law enforcement agencies and activists say that's creating ample opportunity for organized crime — and that more must be done to prevent women from being forced into prostitution.
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Southern Fishermen Cash In On Asia's Taste For Jellyfish

After the worst year for shrimping in recent memory, fishermen in the Southeast U.S. say they're thankful to catch jellyfish for the Asian market. But conservationists say the expanding jellyfish fishery is a sign of the ocean's decline.
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After Overcoming Early Obstacles, Yellen Assumes Fed's Top Job

The world of central banking is largely a man's world. But Janet Yellen, the Federal Reserve's new leader, has been undeterred by such barriers since she was in high school in Brooklyn. Now global financial markets will be watching her every move.
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Sidelined By Brain Injury, Ex-NFL Player Copes With 'Desperation'

During his 10-year career, Sean Morey absorbed countless hits, more than a few of which resulted in concussions. "Every time I hit somebody it was like getting tasered," he says. Now, he suffers from lingering conditions, like debilitating headaches, and is an advocate for players' health.
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Afghan Security Agreement Is Still Unsigned — Who's At Fault?

Delays continue to beset a proposed bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan. The pact would govern U.S. troops if they remain in Afghanistan past 2014. Deadlines have come and gone, but still no agreement has been signed by the two parties. Now, the situation seems to have deepened into a political standoff between the Pentagon and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. To understand how it got to this point, Robert Siegel turns to Sean Carberry, reporting from Kabul, and Tom Bowman, NPR's Pentagon correspondent.

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