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9:37 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Doctors Court Controversy In Ad For Surgical Robot

This advertisement for the da Vinci surgical robot led former hospital executive Paul Levy to ask the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System about its role in marketing the high-tech device.
Paul Levy ProPublica

Flipping through The New York Times magazine a few Sundays ago, former hospital executive Paul Levy was taken aback by a full-page ad for the da Vinci surgical robot.

It wasn't that Levy hadn't seen advertising before for the robot, which is used for minimally invasive surgeries. It was that the ad prominently featured a dozen members of the surgery team at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. "We believe in da Vinci surgery because our patients benefit," read the ad's headline.

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All Tech Considered
9:15 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'

Matchmaking apps like Tinder can help people find potential dates quickly.
Tinder

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 12:15 pm

It's Valentine's Day, and if you aren't giving roses to someone special — or getting them — you might be thinking ahead to next year.

But OkCupid and Match.com may be considered old-school ways to find a mate. These days, whether you're gay or straight, the online dating scene is all about apps. Like a lot of technological change, apps bring efficiency to the process. But that isn't always a good thing.

Kristy Vannatter used to use the online dating service eHarmony, but she says it was a lot of work.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Massive Volcanic Eruption In Indonesia Blankets Region In Ash

A residential area is covered with ash from the Mount Kelud volcano, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on Friday.
Bimo Satrio EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 2:06 pm

The second major volcanic eruption in as many weeks in Indonesia has killed at least three people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands on the island of Java, as Mount Kelud spewed ash and debris 12 miles into the sky.

Thursday night's eruption of the volcano, located 50 miles southwest of the country's second-largest city of Surabaya, could be heard up to 125 miles away, Indonesia's disaster agency says, according to The Associated Press.

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Business
7:52 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Jos. A. Bank To Buy Eddie Bauer

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 11:10 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a big clothing purchase.

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INSKEEP: Big purchase this morning. The giant clothing chain store Joseph A. Bank announced it has agreed to buy casual sportswear maker Eddie Bauer for $825 million in cash and stock. That's a lot of short sleeve shirts. This acquisition comes in the midst of ongoing hostile efforts by Joseph A. Bank and its main competitor Men's Warehouse to buy each other. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:26 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Worst Is Over, But More Snow's Coming

In Times Square on Friday morning, plows were clearing away the snowy mess.
Andrew Kelly Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 10:16 am

Here's the good news: The weather's about to get better from the Mid-Atlantic up through New England.

"The big nor'easter which recently delivered heavy snow and ice to much of the southern and eastern states will bring heavy snow and coastal rain to New England before exiting the region by Friday afternoon," the National Weather Service says.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Book News: Penguin India Defends Decision To Yank 'The Hindus'

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 8:42 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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NPR Double Take
7:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Double Take 'Toons: Heartfelt Remembrance

Shirley Temple Black lifted America's heart during the darkest days of the Great Depression and went on to render exemplary service as U.S. ambassador to two countries. Bob Englehart offers a Valentine's Day tribute to the former child star, while Nate Beeler notes how outstanding her accomplishments were.

Around the Nation
7:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Father And Daughter Serve Detention Together

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a story of a standup guy. Meadow View Elementary School in Plainfield, Illinois has a rule - if you're tardy four times, you serve detention. A third-grader broke the rule. Then her father called. He said he brings her to school, so if anyone serves detention, it should be him. The school declined his offer to serve detention instead of his daughter but they can sit at those undersized desks and chairs and serve time together. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:03 am
Fri February 14, 2014

L.A.'s Metro Red Line Plays Cupid

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 7:18 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

Lonely hearts in Los Angeles could meet sweethearts underground this Valentine's Day. The City of Angels plays Cupid, hosting speed dating sessions aboard its Metro Red Line. Interested passengers can wear pink wristbands and board cars adorned with red hearts. After two minutes, they're free to find a new seatmate. Or, if the mini-date really goes off the rails, they can get off and wait for the next train.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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