Morning Edition for December 30, 2013
Dec 30, 2013 — One of southern Russia's largest cities is reeling from two deadly bombings in the last 24 hours. The violence took place in Volgograd which is hundreds of miles from Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will be held. This has raised questions about whether these acts of terrorism are related to the staging of the Olympics.
Dec 30, 2013 — In November, an agreement was reached to suspend much of Iran's nuclear program. Negotiators for Iran and six world powers will be back at the table working on a comprehensive deal to limit Iran's nuclear activity and bring an end to punitive economic sanctions. Analysts say those talks will be exponentially harder than the ones concluded this year.
Dec 30, 2013 — On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and globally.
Dec 30, 2013 — This is not the set up for a bad joke, it's a real conundrum faced by an Oregon man last week. The solution, it turns out, involves draining the pool. Along with a series of straps and ropes, a ramp, a bucket of oats and 10 firefighters to haul the cow out.
Dec 30, 2013 — Many people watched other people playing video games on the video-sharing site in 2013. But it wasn't all about games; educational videos, particularly those that explain science concepts or use fun animation, were also big hits.
Dec 30, 2013 — Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration approved a class of drugs that can cure most hepatitis C infections. That's great news for the more than 3 million Americans infected. But the high cost — $84,000 per course of treatment — means some patients could miss out.
Dec 30, 2013 — For years, there have been hints that adding cinnamon to your diet can help control blood sugar. And a recent spate of studies adds to the evidence that the effect is real. But if you want to incorporate more of this aromatic spice in your diet, the variety may matter.
Dec 30, 2013 — The millionaire tax was a campaign promise from French President Francois Hollande. Film star Gerard Depardieu famously fled the country to avoid paying the tax.
Dec 30, 2013 — A handful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs say it's time to turn your finances over to bots. Algorithms can monitor a person's financial behavior better than most advisers, they say, and aren't biased by commissions or complex fee structures.
Dec 30, 2013 — In Japan, you can buy an incredible range of things from vending machines: bags of rice, fishing tackle or fresh flowers. And now you can add bras to that list — in particular the wireless "Fun Fun Week" bra.