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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

NPR Top Stories - January 31, 2015 - 4:35am

This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Jan. 29, 2015.

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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

NPR Top Stories - January 31, 2015 - 4:35am

A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter

NPR Top Stories - January 31, 2015 - 4:35am

Government troops are locked in a fierce battle with Russian-backed separatists, while civilians suffer freezing cold. Correspondent Corey Flintoff shares the latest with NPR's Scott Simon.

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What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR Top Stories - January 31, 2015 - 4:35am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

NPR Top Stories - January 31, 2015 - 4:35am

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

NPR Top Stories - January 31, 2015 - 4:35am

The NRA has already filed suit against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster, claiming the cities' gun ordinances are illegal.

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In Qatar, Released Taliban Member Raises U.S. Concerns

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 6:16pm

There are new suspicions that one of the men released from a U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last year might be trying to contact Taliban fighters.

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An Archer Goes Old-School, And Wows The Internet

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 4:33pm

Citing archery's historic methods, a Danish archer has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds. Lars Andersen argues for speed and agility, in addition to accuracy.

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Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Cover-Up

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 3:19pm

In an exclusive interview with NPR, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman says he met Iranian officials as part of the effort to find out who was behind the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

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Measles Is A Killer: It Took 100,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 2:55pm

The uproar over the U.S. outbreak glosses over a bigger problem: Measles takes a tragic toll in poor countries. But a vaccine can effectively stop this deadly — and highly contagious — disease.

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Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 2:30pm

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

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The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 2:17pm

The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation's top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage.

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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 2:09pm

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel.

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Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 2:04pm

The span to be built across a narrow strait that separates Russia from the newly annexed peninsula, is pegged at $3 billion and scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

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Is There A #PubRadioVoice That Sounds Like America?

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:59pm

Earlier this week, we hosted a Twitter chat that tackled questions about diversity in public radio and the pressure some journalists of color feel to sound "white."

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Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:53pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, on his visit to Washington, D.C. Rinkevics is in town to to discuss Russia and security cooperation with the U.S.

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'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:39pm

The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.

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Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Silence Becomes The Story

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:39pm

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made clear he doesn't like talking to the media. But has his stance helped or hurt his Beast Mode image?

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Civilians In Eastern Ukraine Flee As Fighting Intensifies

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:39pm

Civilians in villages near the front lines in Eastern Ukraine are being forced to leave their homes as fighting intensifies between Government forces and Russian-back separatists.

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By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

NPR Top Stories - January 30, 2015 - 1:39pm

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

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