2:28am

Tue April 2, 2013
Sports

Baseball Begins In The Shadow Of March Madness

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 3:28 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Well, let's take a break from all the March Madness in college basketball for a few minutes and talk about the beginning of the long and winding Major League Baseball season. Yesterday was opening day for several teams. We thought we'd tick off a couple of notable games and see if the very early results match up to preseason predictions. Or maybe they won't. Here to give us some guidance NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman. Morning, Tom.

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12:27am

Tue April 2, 2013
Afghanistan

Afghanistan, Pakistan Struggle To Find Common Ground

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 5:05 am

Afghanistan presidential spokesman Aimal Faizi speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this year.
Ahmad Nazar AP

Much has changed since last November, when Afghans were praising Pakistan for saying it would no longer support the Taliban and would instead work for peace.

"We believe that relations between the two countries are deteriorating," says Aimal Faizi, spokesman for President Hamid Karzai.

Faizi says the downward slide started last month. The two countries had agreed to convene a conference of religious scholars, or ulema, to denounce suicide bombing. But the conference fell apart at the last minute, with each country blaming the other for undermining the effort.

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12:25am

Tue April 2, 2013
It's All Politics

Judicial Vacancies Languish On Key Federal Appeals Court

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 4:42 am

President Obama last month withdrew the nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., after her nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans.
Jim McKnight AP

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is sometimes called the second most important court in the country, regularly delivering the final word on major environmental, labor and national security cases.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has a whopping four vacancies, the most in the nation, including one opening that dates all the way back to 2005, when John Roberts moved to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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12:24am

Tue April 2, 2013
The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays

When You're Mixed Race, Just One Box Is Not Enough

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 6:49 pm

Dave Kung with wife Sarah Tyson (left), stepson Cy Tyson-Brown and parents Sonja and George Kung.
Courtesy of Dave Kung

NPR continues a series of conversations about The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words. Every so often NPR Host/Special Correspondent Michele Norris will dip into those six-word stories to explore issues surrounding race and cultural identity for Morning Edition. You can find hundreds of six-word submissions and submit your own at www.theracecardproject.com.

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12:23am

Tue April 2, 2013
Financial Basics For Baby Boomers

Deciding The Right Time To Claim Social Security

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 5:45 am

The importance of making a smart decision on how and when benefits are claimed can't be underestimated, says Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News.
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When it comes to claiming Social Security benefits, there is no magic age. Today's boomers can begin collecting full benefits at 66, tap in early for a modified benefit at 62 or delay receiving benefits until 70.

But the importance of making a smart decision on how and when benefits are claimed can't be underestimated, says Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News.

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12:23am

Tue April 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

New Medical School Wants To Build Ranks Of Primary Care Doctors

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 10:30 am

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Michael Ellison has a tough assignment. He's the associate dean of admissions choosing the first class of a brand new medical school, the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.

"We have over 1,600 applicants, and we will interview 400 for 60 spots," Ellison says.

The school has a very specific mission: minting doctors who want to go into primary care practice.

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12:22am

Tue April 2, 2013
Law

States Propose Crackdowns On Copper Theft

Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 5:59 am

Everything from telephone wire to plumbing is a target for copper thieves, and lawmakers in nearly half the states are considering legislation aimed at making it harder to sell the stolen metal.
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The price of copper remains at near historic highs, and that means so, too, does the amount of copper getting stolen.

Everything from telephone wire to plumbing is a target, and lawmakers in nearly half the states are considering legislation aimed at making it harder for thieves to sell the stolen metal.

James City County in southeastern Virginia has seen a spate of recent copper thefts. Maj. Steve Rubino with the county police department says there have been six major incidents since January.

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11:16pm

Mon April 1, 2013

4:44pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

Google Brain goes into beta testing

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Since its launch in 1998, Google has evolved from simple searches to near total Internet domination. It owns the video-sharing site YouTube. It launched its own social network, Google Plus. And they’ve recently started talking about a new product, Google Glass – smart spectacles that take pictures, perform searches, and navigate for whoever wears them.

Google caught some flack for the futuristic – and downright nerdy – look of the glasses. So the company hired Silicon Valley startup, Bergoglio, to design and test the prototype of a Google Brain, which boasts all the features of Google glasses without the fashion statement. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Alexis Channing-Sorkle, the first recipient of the still-in-beta product, to pick – or search – her brain.

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4:43pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Arts & Culture

Al Jazeera takes Current into the reality TV market

Guinness World Records Gone Wild is a reality show on the TruTV channel.

San Francisco’s Current TV is going through significant changes, again. The channel, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore, was sold to Al Jazeera for half-a-billion dollars in January. It’s a lot of money, but the gamble could pay off for the Arab network by providing entreé to the lucrative American media market.

Current, which initially tried to capitalize on user-generated content, has had trouble cracking that marketplace. It developed a stable of left-leaning political programs, including “The Young Turks” and “The Gavin Newsom Show,” but neither made Current a household name.

So what will Al-Jazeera do? Industry analysts speculate it will dissolve Current and reprogram it to create Al-Jazeera America. But KALW investigative reporter Chris Hoff got inside access to secret meetings taking place at Current headquarters in San Francisco to find out what’s really going to happen. Hoff filed this report.

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