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2:00am

Wed January 18, 2012
Business

Websites Shut Down To Protest Anti-Piracy Bills

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 4:22 am

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We should fully explain this next report, because if we miss something, you won't be able to find more information on Wikipedia. The online encyclopedia is blacked-out today, at least on personal computers. It's only available if you take extra steps or use a mobile device.

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2:00am

Wed January 18, 2012
Middle East

Resolve Of Syria's Pro-Government Forces Hardens

Originally published on Wed January 18, 2012 3:41 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

When President Obama met yesterday with the king of Jordan, much of their talk focused on Jordan's neighbor, Syria. Both governments are trying to figure out how to pressure Syria's president to step down. So far, 10 months of protest by Syria's own people hasn't convinced Bashar al-Assad to do that. Instead, he's cracked down.

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3:25pm

Tue January 17, 2012
Skiing

Storm Brings Welcome Powder to Colorado High Country

A near white out at the Snowmass Ski Area Monday.
Photo by Jeremy Swanson, Colorado Ski Country USA

A powerful winter storm that dumped up to two feet on some Colorado ski areas has skiers and snow boarders smiling, and resort officials breathing a sigh of relief. 

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1:23pm

Tue January 17, 2012
Electronic/Dance

From Mega Man To Final Fantasy, Live Video Game Music

Originally published on Tue January 17, 2012 10:01 pm

Nobuo Uematsu plays keyboard with Earthbound Papas, a rock band made up of video-game soundtrack composers.
Lindsay Totty NPR

Every year, thousands of video-game fans flock to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area for a unique music festival called MAGFest. It's short for "Music and Gaming Festival," and it's designed to celebrate the music of video games.

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12:18pm

Tue January 17, 2012
Business

Estes Park Awarded Grant to Help Cut Traffic, Improve Air Quality

Bradley Gordon Creative Commons

The town of Estes Park is getting some help from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help ease traffic congestion for visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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