Morning Edition for Friday, February 7, 2014

Samantha Power tells NPR the U.S. is enlisting the help of Russia in particular to secure humanitarian access to civilians trapped in the fighting.

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.
A Coca-Cola commercial attracted social media backlash following last Sunday's Super Bowl. It featured a multi-lingual version of "America The-Beautiful." A longer version of the commercial will air during NBC's Olympic opening ceremonies coverage. Our Code Switch Team looks at what that commercial and the conversation it triggered say about us, and what it tells us about advertisers.

Last Known Native Speaker Of Klallam Dies

The last known native speaker of the Klallam language has died in Port Angeles, Washington. Klallam is the language of three U.S. tribes as well as one in British Columbia. Hazel M. Sampson was 103.
Thousands of people have walked out to the caves in recent weeks to inspect beautiful ice formations. It's the first time Lake Superior's ice has been thick enough to walk on in the area since 2009.

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.
Claude Lanzmann is a director known for making long documentaries about the holocaust. His latest is film is The Last of the Unjust which is about Benjamin Murmelstein, the last survivor of the Council of Jewish Elders. Murmelstein was appointed by Adolph Eichmann to oversee Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Stolen Stradivarius Found By Milwaukee Police

The instrument, known as "Lipinski" was stolen from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's concert master last week.

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.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Beats Profit Forecasts

News Corp — which publishes The Wall Street Journal — posted gains in its digital real estate and book publishing services. Still, the company is hampered with declining advertising revenues at its newspaper businesses.
Tech giant AOL is trimming its employee retirement benefits. It will stop depositing matching funds into employee 401(k) accounts each pay period. Instead it will make one annual lump-sum deposit at the beginning of the year. The company blames costs associated with the Affordable Care Act.
As the U.S. Postal Service continues to lose money, a new report suggests a way to add to its bottom line: offer banklike services, such as a cash card that would allow customers to load their paychecks and pay bills online. The idea is to provide services that are now unavailable in many communities.

Designer Wants Your 'Social Currency' Instead Of Cash

At Marc Jacobs' new pop-up shop in Manhattan, no cash is necessary. In exchange for Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram photos, customers can get goodies from the designer like necklaces, perfumes and purses. The shop is only open this weekend to coincide with the start of New York Fashion Week.

January Unemployment Numbers Expected To Rebound

The Labor Department releases the January jobs report Friday morning. December was a big disappointment. Analysts are puzzling over why an economy that's growing at a better than 3 percent clip can't produce more jobs.
A leading investor thinks bitcoin is going to change the world. A prominent writer disagrees. They make a bet about what we'll be using for money in 2019.
This is the first Olympics where figure skaters from each country are competing as teams. It's twice the skating, which is great for ratings, but it also means athletes in this individualized sport now have to work together.
Barbara Amaya was 12 when she ran away and ended up in the hands of a sex trafficker. When she escaped, she went years without speaking about her ordeal — until her daughter ran away, too.

Penguins Are Depressed By Lack Of Sun

It's been a dreary winter but penguins should be used to it, right? Not the Humboldt penguins at the Sea Life Center in Britain. They are natives of coastal South America — far from the U.K.'s unrelenting wind and rain. They're feeling so blue that zoo staff had to prescribe antidepressants.
Ralph Kiner, a home run-hitting Hall of Famer who starred for the Pittsburgh Pirates and later helped define the New York Mets' broadcasts, has died at 91. He was a frequent all-star who later became a favorite of Mets fans and players.

GOP Still Looking At Pieces Of Debt Limit 'Puzzle'

Friday is the statutory deadline for the Treasury's borrowing authority, but Congress has no agreement on how to raise the limit. House Republicans appear unwilling to force another showdown over the debt ceiling, but they have not yet found a way to save face, and there are few legislative days left before Treasury exhausts its means to pay the bills.
The former head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission continues to warn about the security of the nation's power grid. Last spring, shots fired at transformers in San Jose, Calif., and caused extensive damage.
George Clooney anchors a thriller about a celebrated military unit that worked to recover and protect precious art and artifacts during the chaos at the end of World War II. NPR's Joel Rose reports on the mission — and some of the surviving members.
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