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E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

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Kids who vape and use other forms of e-cigarettes are likely to try more harmful tobacco products like regular cigarettes, but e-cigarettes do hold some promise for helping adults quit.

That's according to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, which published a comprehensive public health review of more than 800 studies on e-cigarettes on Tuesday.

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A 15-year-old high school student will be charged with two counts of murder and several counts of attempted murder after a mass shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., according to police.

Kentucky State Police identified the students who were killed as a girl, Bailey Nicole Holt, who died at the scene, and a boy, Preston Ryan Cope, who died at the hospital. Both were 15 years old.

The hospitality chain Motel 6 is facing another lawsuit alleging that it violated the civil rights of Latino immigrants by voluntarily giving guests' personal information to federal immigration authorities.

In a late-night tweet, President Trump on Tuesday ratcheted up taunts aimed at Democrats over the short-lived government shutdown, reiterating his insistence that there can be no fix on DACA without funding for his border wall.

"Cryin' Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA," the president tweeted, referring to what he earlier described as how the Democrats "caved" on the shutdown.

Minnesota Public Radio released new details on Tuesday about its decision to cut off business ties with former A Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. A woman who worked on Keillor's staff told company officials about dozens of sexually inappropriate incidents, including unwanted touching.

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Twenty-five years ago, all eyes were on Waco, Texas — where the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was attempting to raid a compound owned by a fringe Christian group called the Branch Davidians, just outside of the city. ATF agents suspected the group was illegally stockpiling weapons.

Four agents and six Branch Davidians died in the initial raid, and for the next 51 days, we watched a siege play out on TV. But eventually, it all ended with tanks, tear gas, and flames.

The president will attend the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week. His appearance is a rarity. He’ll become the only sitting U.S. president to go there in almost two decades and will deliver the closing speech at this year's gathering of heads of state and business leaders. Will Trump be a breath of fresh air? Or, a counterblast against the forces of globalization?  

Is the end of Box Tops for Education near?

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Some of you out there will recognize this: The tops of boxes in your pantry are missing, like just cut out. The culprit? Probably your kids.

The Box Tops for Education program from General Mills is one of various big consumer products programs in the United States that offers schools an incentive for box tops. The program has been around for more than 40 years. But maybe not too much longer. 

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talks with Caitlin Dewey, a reporter for the Washington Post, about her article on the economics of those box tops.  

A new NPR/Marist poll finds that 1 in 5 jobs in America is held by a worker under contract. Within a decade, contractors and freelancers could make up half of the American workforce. In a weeklong series, NPR explores many aspects of this change.

When parts of the federal government ground to halt this past weekend, Linda Nablo, who oversees the Children's Health Insurance Program in Virginia, had two letters drafted and ready to go out to the families of 68,000 children insured through the program, depending on what happened.

One said the federal government had failed to extend CHIP after funding expired in September and the stopgap funding had run out. The program would be shutting down and families would lose their insurance.

50: The internet of thoughts

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This week, we're looking back at our previous episodes that focused on the internet. First up, our conversation with Zeynep Tufekci, author of "Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest," then we revisit our conversation with New York Magazine's Max Read about Facebook. 

Plus: We're reading your thoughts on what we should do in season 2, and Molly explains why she didn't go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. 

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01/23/2018: The economic crisis, 10 years later

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Ten years ago this week, the Fed unexpectedly slashed interest rates at an unscheduled meeting. This was early in the slow-motion collapse of the American economy, and it was in some ways a warning of how bad the recession was gonna get, and a giveaway as to how little we actually knew about what was coming. We're looking back at that decision today as we kick off Divided Decade, our yearlong project on the financial crisis and its aftermath. We're also bringing you a story about how the crisis changed one Dreamer, and we're hoping you'll share yours.

The legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela died Jan. 23 in Johannesburg. He was 78.

Masekela had a special meaning to us at The World. He was embedded in the fabric of the show — in the early days, whenever we had a technical problem, we would play his song “Uptownship” while we figured out what was wrong. Hearing that song still makes us nervous.

The Trump administration is changing the Middle East and the role of the United States there.  

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, on Monday. “Jerusalem is Israel's capital,” he said, “and as such, President Trump has directed the State Department to immediately begin preparations to move the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."  

Ten-year-old Levi Draheim is a whizz at math, even though he doesn’t particularly like it. He plays a steady Dvořák’s "Humoresque" on the violin and he has a pet crab, JJ. Like most kids, Draheim hates cleaning his room.

Yet Draheim isn’t like most 10-year-olds in one main way — he’s suing the federal government for violating his constitutional rights by supporting the continued use of fossil fuels that contribute to global warming.

The teens are huddled, hushed, peering at a motionless giant tortoise that lies at their feet. Is it alive?

The tortoise’s shell glistens, but it doesn’t move. No one dares to talk. And then, ever so slowly, the huge creature begins to lift its scaley, elongated head, and exhales — an incongruously loud gushing sound — and the students squeal with relief and shock. They’ve found their first tortoise, it’s time to get to work.

Ten years ago the economy broke. Today, America is a much different place, not just economically, but politically and culturally. This year, Marketplace will explore how the financial crisis and its aftermath changed us in a project called Divided Decade.

The nominees for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday, and Paul Thomas Anderson's film Phantom Thread landed six nominations, including best director and best picture.

(Markets Edition) With the Trump administration deciding to hit imported washing machines and solar products with tariffs, we'll chat with Michael Webber — deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas, Austin — about whether this will actually help the solar industry. Afterwards, we'll talk to David Kelley, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, about how the market is doing now that the government shutdown is over and the economic stability of different countries around the world.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions was interviewed last week by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sessions is the first member of President Trump's Cabinet known to have been questioned by the special counsel's office in its investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior confirmed Sessions' interview to NPR on Tuesday. Sessions cooperated voluntarily.

The USS Little Rock, a Navy ship that was commissioned in Buffalo in December, is still waiting for a clear path to the ocean. And it may be mid-March before the ship can leave Montreal, where it waits in port.

TD Ameritrade has started to offer individual investors around-the-clock weekday trading for some popular funds. The company said one driver for the change is Asian clients who want to trade U.S. stocks during their daytime hours. The company also wants to satisfy U.S. clients who want to trade in off hours. Analysts point out that constant trading isn’t the best portfolio strategy, and that Ameritrade stands to make money on more frequent trades.

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The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday morning by a dapper, genial Andy Serkis and the always-intoxicating Tiffany Haddish.

(U.S. Edition) The Trump administration is trying to impose new tariffs on imported washing machines and solar products. We'll look at the White House's reasoning behind this, and how China and South Korea are taking the news. Afterwards, with today's kickoff of the World Economic Forum, we'll discuss how global economic growth is doing, and how world leaders feel about President Trump.

A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska late Monday night, initially prompting a tsunami warning for a large section of the state's coast and parts of Canada. As more data came in, the U.S. Tsunami Warning System downgraded the threat to an advisory for Alaska's Chignik Bay.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service …There's “grand synchronization” in global growth and a doubling down on efforts to reduce inequality of all kinds. We’ll bring you the very latest from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  Then, the Ivory Coast exports more cocoa than any other country in the world…but why is as much as one-fifth of it now smuggled east into neighboring Ghana? 

How does a government shutdown affect our ability to innovate?

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The federal government is back open today after a shutdown that lasted just three days. But the budget impasse is not over — this could all start again in about three weeks, when the short-term spending bill expires.

And that uncertainty puts strain on science and tech agencies like the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.