World Views
2:09 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, gavels open the Geneva II conference in Montreux, Switzerland, on January 22, 2014.
Credit U.S. Department of State / Flickr Creative Commons

A United Nations mediator announced Friday a Syrian government delegation and the Western-backed opposition will meet Saturday “in the same room.”

Joshua Landis, the author of the widely-read blog Syria Comment and the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says this week’s peace conference in Switzerland shows both sides understand there has to be a political solution.

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All Tech Considered
1:28 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

As Windows XP Fades Away, Will Its Users Stick With Microsoft?

A man walks past a Microsoft billboard featuring Windows XP in November 2001 in Beijing.
Kevin Lee Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 9:10 am

Windows XP may have been largely developed in a different millennium, but it's not going into retirement without a fight.

Even as Microsoft promotes Windows 8, its latest operating system, Windows XP is still the second-most used OS on nonmobile computers, according to Net Applications web analytics. Debuting in 2001, XP lasted through three new Microsoft operating systems and the growth of mobile technology.

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World Views
12:58 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Reports: Leader Offers Concessions In Kiev Crisis

Authorities respond to protesters at Independence Square in December 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine. Mass protest actions started after the president of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych refused the association agreement with the European Union.
Credit Sasha Maksymenko / Flickr Creative Commons

At least two protesters were killed this week in clashes with police, and protesters seized government offices in scores of cities in the pro-Western part of Ukraine. The two-month-long crisis turned violent after the passage of anti-dissent legislation.

“That obviously did not sit well with those that have been spending many cold nights out protesting,” says Rebecca Cruise, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies and an expert on international security and political participation. “These things often feed upon themselves. We hear stories of old men handing rocks to protesters that are then throwing them.”

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12:23 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Add Oklahoma To List Of Top Ten Senate Primaries

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Ken Rudin, the "Political Junkie" formerly of NPR, writes in his weekly column Oklahoma's upcoming Senate race has all the makings of, once again, another Republican family feud between the conservative and the very conservative wing of the party.
Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who wasn’t up until 2016, announced last week he would resign his seat at the end of this year. That immediately brought two-term Rep. James Lankford into the race … and hours later, hints from freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine that he’s going to run as well.
The Two-Way
11:44 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Ukraine Protests Spread, But 'Fragile Truce' Holds In Kiev

On Friday in Kiev, a woman knelt as she appealed to Ukranian police troops at the site of clashes with anti-government protesters.
Gleb Garanich Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 10:36 am

"Violent protests in Ukraine have spread beyond the capital, Kiev," the BBC writes, as President Viktor Yanukovych and three key opposition leaders meet.

On Friday, according to the BBC, "protesters stormed the governor's offices in Lviv, and there were rallies in at least five more western cities."

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State Capitol
9:33 am
Fri January 24, 2014

State Reps. Lining Up For Oklahoma House Speaker Race

Rep. Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

At least two key members of the Oklahoma House are lining up votes to be the chamber's next leader, anticipating that Speaker T.W. Shannon will launch a bid for the U.S. Senate and give up the House's top post days before the opening of the 2014 session.

Several House Republicans told The Associated Press on Thursday that Rep. Mike Jackson of Enid and Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City are working to secure votes in case of a potential speaker's race.

Nelson and Jackson both confirmed to the AP they would be interested in the post if Shannon steps down.

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The Two-Way
5:44 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Mobs Blame Muslim Brotherhood After Bombs Rock Cairo

A man carries an Egyptian police officer to an ambulance after Friday's blast at the Egyptian police headquarters in downtown Cairo.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 10:09 am

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo

Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: There's been a fourth blast in Cairo. We've added that development to the top of this post.

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All Tech Considered
3:02 am
Fri January 24, 2014

At 30, The Original Mac Is Still An Archetype Of Innovation

A 1984 Apple Macintosh Classic was on display at the Museum for Art and Industry in Hamburg, Germany, in 2011.
Philipp Guelland dapd

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 6:58 am

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Females Under 17 Had To Show I.D. And Prescription
6:15 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Judge Rules Restrictive Legislation On Birth Control Unconstitutional

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An Oklahoma County judge has ruled that legislation making it harder for women to obtain the morning-after pill birth control pill is unconstitutional and has barred the state from enforcing it.

District Judge Lisa Davis handed down the ruling Thursday for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. The center challenged the law last year on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl.

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U.S. House
5:15 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Another Runner For Lankford's Seat

Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley says he's running for the 5th District U.S. House seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Jolley told The Associated Press on Thursday ahead of a formal announcement that he's running to be a "strong conservative voice in Washington." He gets to keep his state Senate seat since he's in the middle of a four-year term.

Jolley announced his bid at a press conference in Oklahoma City.

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