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3:25 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Hard-Core And Casual Gamers Play In Different Worlds

Kelly Kelley, who goes by the gaming pseudonym MrsViolence, streams her play nightly for her many fans to watch.
Twitch.TV screenshot

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 5:49 pm

This holiday season, the video game industry is looking to reignite sales as two game titans, Sony and Microsoft, launch the next generation of game consoles.

Their target demographic is the group of dedicated players known as hard-core gamers. Dive into the wide world of video game culture on YouTube and you'll hear that term being thrown about.

So what exactly is a hard-core gamer?

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NPR Story
3:25 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

What Does The Future Hold For Russia's Longest-Serving Political Prisoner?

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a Russian former oil billionaire, was imprisoned on charges of tax evasion and fraud. He is considered the best known Russian political prisoner. (khodorkovsky.com)

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:24 pm

Will political amnesty, proposed by the Kremlin’s Human Rights Council, free former oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky from prison, 10 years after he was jailed on charges of fraud and tax evasion?

Or will new charges be leveled that could keep the founder of the Yukos Oil Company in jail for years to come?

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NPR Story
3:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

FCC Considers Changing In-Flight Cell Phone Rules

The FCC announced it would consider changing cell phone use rules, and allow passengers to make calls above 10,000 feet. (Pieter Ouwerkerk/Flickr)

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:24 pm

“I would rather insert sharp objects under my fingernails,” technology consultant Larry Irving told The Washington Post, in reaction to the Federal Communications Commission’s announcement that it will consider new rules to allow passengers to make calls and access data on mobile devices in-flight above 10,000 feet.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
3:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Why We (Should) All Love The Stars

Part of the ALMA array on the Chajnantor plateau of Chile points skyward to the Milky Way, our own galaxy. The center of our galaxy is visible as a yellowish bulge crossed by dark lanes, which are themselves huge clouds of interstellar dust.
José Francisco Salgado ESO

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 11:31 am

Millions of people read their horoscopes every day. They hope to find some kind of answer in those lines, as if the cosmos and its alignments had something to say directly to each one of us. Wouldn't it be wonderful if, indeed, the cosmos spoke to us this way?

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NPR Story
3:24 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Sen. Hoeven: Senate Rule Change Is 'Power Grab'

Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) voted against the so-called "nuclear option" that would make it harder for the minority party to block some presidential nominations. It passed along expected partisan lines. (hoeven.senate.gov)

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:24 pm

The Senate voted yesterday to invoke the “nuclear option.” Today we take a look at the potential fallout from that move.

The rule change overturned the requirement for a 60-vote majority to stop a filibuster of most presidential nominees. Now a filibuster can be stopped with a simple majority of 51.

Jim Manley a former Democratic aide compared the move to opening a Pandora’s box. Senator Mitch McConnell said “you may regret this a lot sooner than you think.”

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It's All Politics
3:23 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

5 Ways JFK Still Influences Presidential Politics

Then-Sen. John F. Kennedy showed some of the charisma that powered his presidential bid as he greeted college students in Charleston, W.Va., in April 1960.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 5:06 pm

The 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's death in Dallas is a time when much attention is aptly focused on the abrupt and tragic end to his presidency.

But it's also a moment to consider the beginning of JFK's presidential story, since he redefined the art of campaigning for the White House.

Here are five ways Kennedy's influence is still being felt in presidential politics:

1. The Self-Selected Candidate

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NPR Story
3:23 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Immigrants Risk Being Detained In 'The Freezers'

About 65 people a day move through this Border Patrol station in Nogales, Ariz. (Peter O'Dowd/Fronteras Desk)

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

U.S. detention centers for people caught illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being called unsafe, with some alleging that temperatures in the cells are kept low on purpose, as a form of punishment.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, we hear a report from Peter O’Dowd of KJZZ and Fronteras Desk.

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NPR Story
3:22 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

CrossFit Gym Owner: CrossFit Doesn't Lead To Injuries

A participant in the 2010 CrossFit Games. (crossfit.com)

Originally published on Wed November 20, 2013 4:06 pm

CrossFit gyms are popping up all over. The company that created the exercise program says 10 of its gyms, or “boxes” as they’re called, open each day somewhere around the world.

CrossFit, Inc., was founded in 2000 by former gymnast Greg Glassman, who has brought his libertarian leanings into his booming business. Fans love the timed “workouts of the day” that mix together weightlifting, gymnastics and aerobic exercise.

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Here & Now
3:20 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Where Were You? 50 Memories To Mark 50 Years

Walter Cronkite removes his glasses while announcing the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.(Getty Images)

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:24 pm

Here & Now has been receiving emails, web comments, Facebook messages and tweets (and even one fax) from listeners, with their memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, 50 years ago today. (See our special coverage here)

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NPR Story
3:20 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

A Look At The Stock Market 50 Years Ago Today

Wire copy from the New York General Desk of The Associated Press on the day of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. (AP)

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 4:24 pm

Early trading was mixed today on Wall Street, after the the Dow Jones industrial average closed at an all time high yesterday.

The Dow closed above 16,000 after the government reported encouraging news about the job market.

Marty Schenker joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss what happened to the stock market 50 years ago today, when news broke of President Kennedy’s death.

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