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The Edge
5:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Ukrainian Skiier Leaves Olympics To Join Protesters At Home

Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska.
Alexander Roslyakov AP

A Ukrainian skier has withdrawn from the slalom event on Friday in order to join anti-government protests back home.

As we've reported, Thursday marked one of the bloodiest days in Kiev, where protesters clashed with police, leaving dozens dead.

NPR's Corey Flintoff tells our Newscast unit that the head of Ukraine's Olympic team says he respects the rights of athletes to make such decisions. Corey filed this report from Sochi:

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The Two-Way
5:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Who's Your Buddy? It's Canada, Americans Say

U.S. and Canadian fans attend the women's hockey gold medal game in Sochi Thursday. A recent Gallup poll finds that Americans see Canada in the most favorable light, compared to other countries.
Bruce Bennett Getty Images

America's favorite foreign country is its neighbor to the north, according to a new Gallup World Affairs poll. The research firm says Americans' opinions of several countries have shifted. Russia has slipped, for instance. And so has North Korea – the country is now alone in the "least favorable" category.

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It's All Politics
4:43 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards and his new wife, Trina Grimes Scott, after getting married in the French Quarter in New Orleans, La., in July 2011.

Rascally former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards was once so confident about re-election that he declared "the only way I can lose is if I'm caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy."

That was 30 years ago, when Edwards, 86, was a much younger man. It was long before the Democrat served eight years in prison for racketeering, conspiracy and extortion.

And it was a lifetime – or two — before a recent cringe-inducing reality television show about life with his young wife, her teenage sons and his own grandmother-aged daughters from a previous marriage.

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All Tech Considered
4:24 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Tell Things Apart

Cat Or Dog? Sure, you can easily tell the difference. But a machine may not be able to guess on the first try.

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 9:03 pm

WhatsApp may be Facebook's latest prize, but it's not the company's most ambitious investment. In recent months, the social networking giant has begun funding something potentially far more revolutionary: artificial intelligence.

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4:23 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

New York Backs Off Controversial Punishment For Juveniles

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 8:02 pm



The state of New York is taking a step toward a more humane prison system. Prison officials reached a landmark agreement today to limit the use of solitary confinement. The deal prohibits the use of extreme isolation to discipline under-age prisoners. It also offers new protections for pregnant women and for the disabled.

With us to talk about the deal is NPR's Carrie Johnson. Hi.


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