Morning Edition for Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Syria Accused Of Stalling Disarmament Process

Wednesday is the deadline for the Syrian government to deliver hundreds of tons of toxic agents to a port, where they are to be taken out to sea and destroyed. Renee Montagne talks to Amy Smithson, senior fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, about the possible incentives driving the slow surrender.

Jordan Valley's Future At Stake In Mideast Peace Talks

The broad swath of fertile land next to the River Jordan is one of the many contentious issues in Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations. The Israeli government says the area is vital for security, and Israeli troops must maintain a presence there even if the military pulls out of the more populated areas of the West Bank. Palestinians say they can't give up their breadbasket — nor what would be their only international border.
Bureaucracy and mammoth student loans weren't part of the package for Dr. Michael Sawyer's father and grandfather. Still, like them, he feels medicine is a calling. A fourth generation of Sawyers is thinking about whether to carry on the tradition.

U.S. Hockey Players Wear Armored Socks

The socks are made with materials including copper and Kevlar, more commonly used in body armor. The socks protect the skaters' lower legs from being slashed by the skates of rival players.
Researchers have found too much of a sweet tooth can be bad for our hearts. But limiting sugar is sometimes easier said than done because it's added to so many foods. Some of us, without even realizing it, eat an entire day's worth of sugar before we leave the house in the morning.
China officially shut down its re-education through labor camp system late last year. But critics say the change was mostly cosmetic and that the government still has a wide range of means to incarcerate critics without legal process.

One Prediction Of Sochi Doom That Hasn't Happened

There's plenty of snow for the Olympics. A massive, fully automatic snow-making system operated by a Michigan-based company comes complete with two man-made lakes to draw water from. The company says the snow that's been pumped so far could cover more than 900 football fields.

RadioShack Plans To Close 500 Stores

The Wall Street Journal reports the store closings will come within a few months, trimming about 11 percent of RadioShack's store base in the U.S.

Greek Parliament To Review Future Arms Deals

Greece has historically spent an outsized amount of its budget on military equipment — ostensibly to protect its border with historic rival Turkey. Between 2007 and 2011, Greece was Europe's largest importer of arms. But an ongoing investigation into the purchase of submarines has exposed high-level political corruption.
Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella is part of a wave of highly educated Indian immigrants who came to America a generation ago with expectations back home that they would succeed. Nadella has done just that and more, taking the reins of one of the world's top companies.

Some Journalists Complain About Sochi's Hotels

In advance of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics, journalists have been arriving at Sochi area hotels. And they've immediately started complaining on Twitter about shabby or unfinished buildings.
Target says it's "deeply sorry" for compromising data of up to 110 million customers. Appearing before lawmakers Tuesday, company executives backed a faster move to encrypted, chip-enabled cards to prevent future fraud.
The new Congressional Budget Office report gives ammunition to Republicans and puts Democrats on the defensive. It said the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million by the year 2024. But as usual, the truth is more complicated than the headlines and press releases suggest.

100 Years Ago, Writer William S. Burroughs Was Born

He was a central figure of the Beat Generation whose influence extended beyond literature to rock music and visual arts. He lived all over the world but spent his last years in Lawrence, Kansas — he liked the quiet there and the opportunity to fish and hunt.

First Listen: Tinariwen's New Album, 'Emmaar'

How do you build on the reputation that has made your band the most visible ambassador of an entire people? For its seventh international album, Emmaar, Tinariwen has some striking ideas that were born out of both creativity and absolute necessity.

Police Post Selfie Online, Suspect Turns Himelf In

In Palm Beach County, Fla., someone stole a cell phone. Investigators used the phone's photo sharing settings to access its pictures and discovered the alleged thief had taken a shot of himself.

Science Guy Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham

Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," and Ken Ham "Answers in Genesis" squared off Tuesday night at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. The debate between the two men on the origins of the universe had been highly-anticipated.
A former army captain alleged to have participated in the 1994 Rwandan genocide is on trial in Paris, where the case might shed light on France's support of those involved in the massacre.

An Oscar Nominee, But Unwelcome At Home In Cairo

Jehane Noujaim's documentary The Square, which chronicles three years of political turmoil in Egypt, is the first film from that country to be nominated for an Academy Award. But the filmmaker has struggled to show the film in its home country.
Shaun White is back at the Olympics looking to win his third gold medal in snowboard halfpipe. He was going to try the new slopestyle event, but he announced on Wednesday that he would not compete in it.
Vladimir Putin's Olympics remind commentator Frank Deford of prescription medicine ads — the kind with the short list of benefits and long disclaimer.
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