Morning Edition for January 6, 2014
Jan 6, 2014 — In Syria, militias linked to al-Qaida have taken the lead in the fight against the Assad government. In Iraq, they've caused a wave of violence including bombings against civilians and attacks on government forces.
Jan 6, 2014 — Hal Faulkner was kicked out of the Marines in 1956 for homosexuality. He's now terminally ill, and the Marine Corps expedited his dying wish to correct his status to "honorable discharge." Since the Pentagon changed its policy, tens of thousands of gay veterans are navigating a maze of red tape to correct their discharges status and gain access to VA benefits.
Jan 6, 2014 — Alex Atala's Sao Paulo restaurant, D.O.M., is ranked among the top 10 restaurants in the world. His cuisines, which showcases irridescent insects, delicate jungle herbs and other ingredients from the Amazon, is pushing the frontiers of gastronomy.
Jan 6, 2014 — A new noise reduction law in Spain's capital also prohibits amplifiers and requires entertainers to move along every two hours. The city's famed buskers who pass an audition get a free, one-year renewable permit to perform outdoors; those who don't pass muster could face fines for disturbing the peace.
Jan 6, 2014 — A New Hampshire girl learned the hard way: Don't lick anything metal. Maddie Gilmartin, 12, wondered what would happen if she touched her tongue to the flagpole in her front yard. Anyone who has seen A Christmas Story knows how that turned out.
Jan 6, 2014 — With only two slots on the U.S. men's Olympic figure skating team, the competition is tough. But three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott — who has yet to deliver on the world stage — wants 2014 to be the year he takes a medal.
Jan 6, 2014 — Children automatically get dental coverage through Affordable Care Act policies, and adults can buy dental insurance if they wish. That's one of the big changes under the health care law. And everyone has until March 31 to buy insurance and avoid penalties.
Jan 6, 2014 — Janet Yellen is President Obama's pick to succeed Ben Bernanke as the chairman of the Federal Reserve. If Yellen is confirmed as expected on Monday, she'll take over for Bernanke at the end of this month.
Jan 6, 2014 — The largest show of gadgets, gear and anything electronic kicks off Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Consumer Electronics Show is a glitzy, high profile opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs and established companies to show off their newest stuff.
Jan 6, 2014 — Google and big automakers including Audi, GM, Hyundia and Honda are creating an open automobile alliance. That is, a framework that will allow Google Android software to work with theses cars creating connected mobile experiences.