Morning Edition for Thursday, February 13, 2014

Despite A Heads Up, Storm Paralyzes North Carolina

The winter storm that's moving across the Southeast has forced schools and businesses to close. Ice brought down power lines — forcing hundreds of thousands of people to lose power in Alabama, Georgia and in North and South Carolina. In Raleigh, N.C., motorists got trapped on the roads as the storm moved in quicker than expected.
The snowstorm is also interfering with Valentine's Day. Mary Beth Reagan, owner of The Flower Pot in Knoxville, Tenn., says that day is very important to business and even a couple of inches of snow could be trouble.

Cable Deal: Comcast To Buy Time Warner

Comcast has confirmed it is buying Time Warner. The merger would combine the country's two largest cable companies and likely draw scrutiny from regulators.

Greeks Find Hope In The Theater Of Nostalgia

The story of Greece dates to ancient times, but its modern chapter has taken a terrible hit since the 2010 debt crisis. One theater is trying to inspire hope through musicals that celebrate the last century, when Greece suffered through poverty and wars and persevered.
Download a Valentine's Day edition of Heavy Rotation, featuring world premieres from R&B star Jeremih and dance duo The Juan Maclean, as well as music from Mary Lambert, Vampire Weekend and more.

Nebraska Town Wins Water Taste Test

When it comes to pristine water, the tiny town of Curtis, Nebraska, is the best. It won the gold medal in this year's Great American Water Taste Test.

Where Does The U.S. Stand In The Olympic Medal Count?

Speed skater Shani Davis is the latest star American athlete to miss the medal stand. He's joined by Alpine Skier Bode Miller, who didn't do well in his run and Shaun White, among others. We look at where the Americans stand in the medal count.
Thousands of Muslims have been fleeing the capital of Central African Republic following vicious revenge attacks by Christians. The United Nations calls it "ethnic religious cleansing." French and African peacekeepers have mostly failed to stop the violence.
The Obama administration has devoted considerable resources to the Central African Republic. Renee Montagne talks to Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., about U.S. efforts to end the crisis there.
The new head of the Federal Reserve made her debut this week in a marathon hearing before the House Financial Services Committee. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution about Janet Yellin's first days as chair of the Fed, and what message she sent to Congress in six hours of testimony.

Pilot Shortage Forces Republic Airways To Cut Service

Indianapolis-based Republic Airways has a problem: It can't find enough pilots to fly its planes. And so it plans to take more than two dozen of its jets out of service. Six months ago, the FAA boosted the number of hours it takes to qualify as a commercial pilot, and that has made it difficult for small, regional carriers to get the pilots they need.

'Flappy Bird' Ripoffs Fill The Void

The creator of the video game "Flappy Bird" has stopped offering it on Apple and Google app stores. Not wot worry, other games are taking its place. To name a couple: "Flappy Bee" and "Flappy Plane."
Most Americans still get health insurance through their employer, but those numbers have been declining for years. As more people turn to the new insurance exchanges created under Obamacare, we examine the future of health coverage in the workplace.

'Citizens United' Critics Fight Money With Money

Four years after the controversial Supreme Court ruling, the meaning of campaign finance reform depends on who you ask. But those advocating for stronger laws are organizing a long campaign of their own to reduce the political influence of big money.

Former New Orleans Mayor Found Guilty Of Corruption

A federal jury in New Orleans has convicted former Mayor Ray Nagin on a series of bribery and corruption charges. The Democrat led the city when Hurricane Katrina struck and oversaw the early years of rebuilding. It was during that time the government said he took tens of thousands of dollars in bribes and goods in exchange for steering city business to businessmen.
The U.S. men's hockey team takes to the ice for its first game of this Olympics, as do their bitter rivals, the Russians. We preview the hockey competition and ask: Do the Russians hold the home team advantage?
After thousands of showings of A Christmas Story, you know not to stick your tongue to a metal pole in winter. But it's happened again. In Easthampton, Mass., a middle school student's tongue really did freeze.
The mysterious Clovis culture, which appeared in North America about 13,000 years ago, appears to be the forerunner of Native Americans throughout the Americas, a study of DNA evidence suggests. Remains from an infant buried more than 12,000 years ago at a Clovis site in modern Montana held the genetic key.
Disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have shaken the intelligence community and spurred Congress to try to impose new limits on electronic surveillance. In recent weeks, aftershocks from those leaks have been rippling through the courts too. Some judges have signaled they're no longer willing to take the government's word when it comes to national security.
Chat rooms and websites offered support for many gay kids growing up in small towns in the 1990s who felt detached from their peers. In the span of 20 years in the same Louisiana town, one teen today has had a very different experience than a woman who grew up there in the '80s.

Collecting Money For Songwriters, A 100-Year Tug-Of-War

ASCAP — the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — was founded on Feb. 13, 1914, to protect its members' copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music. It hasn't been an easy century; in fact, just about every victory has come as the result of litigation.
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