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Cool Or Creepy? A Clip-On Camera Can Capture Every Moment

With digital cameras and camera phones everywhere, there are few moments we don't document. But some designers still think we're missing the opportunity to capture some important, simple moments. Enter the Narrative Clip, a wearable camera that automatically and silently snaps an image every 30 seconds.

Pope Francis arrives to meet Haiti's President Michel Joseph Martelly at the Vatican on Monday.

Pope Announces Overhaul Of Vatican Bureaucracy

Pope Francis on Monday announced a sweeping overhaul – the first in 25 years — of the Vatican's bureaucracy, creating a new economic secretariat,

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reported on the story for our Newscast unit:

"The department will have broad powers to oversee all the Vatican's economic and administrative affairs. It will be headed by Australian Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney. Pell will report to a new 15-member economy council made up of eight cardinals from various parts of the world and seven lay experts.

Major League Baseball Changes Home-Plate Rules

Runners trying to reach home plate – and the catchers who often try to block them – will have to follow new rules that are meant to cut the risk of injuries from collisions, after Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed on changing the rules today.

The change would take effect in the upcoming 2014 season. In announcing the new rule today, MLB called it "experimental." Here's the summary it provided:

Ugandan students take part in an event Monday to celebrate the signing of a new anti-gay bill outside Kampala, Uganda. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law on Monday.

Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Measure Into Law

Ugandan President Yoweri Musaveni signed a controversial bill Monday that makes gay sex punishable by terms of up to life in prison, and accused Western groups of "coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality and lesbianism."

NPR's Gregory Warner reported on the story for our Newscast unit. Here's what he said:

People pass by a portrait of prominent opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, on Monday. Tymoshenko, a former prime minister, is one of the leaders who has emerged after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, but she is also a controversial figure.

Ukraine: 4 Key Debates Yet To Shake Out

Ukraine's deposed President Viktor Yanukovych is on the run. There's uncertainty over who will emerge as its new leader. Its economy is in shambles.

Students drink outside the Rose Bowl during the NCAA BCS national championship game in January.

Legal Drinking Age Of 21 Saves Lives, Even Though It's Flouted

Eighty percent of college students say they drink, despite laws making it illegal for anyone under 21 to drink alcohol. Critics of that drinking age say that lowering it would reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related deaths.

But that might be wishful thinking, a study says. Researchers from Boston University reviewed scientific literature published since 2006 and concluded keeping the legal drinking age at 21 reduces rates of drunk driving and crashes, and reduces rates of underage drinking.

The Wrecking Ball

Sandwich Monday: The Wrecking Ball

A fast-food secret menu is like Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start for eating: You know it exists; it changes your life for the better, forever.

Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of Baltimore's Center Stage Theater.

Black, British And 'Brain Drained': Playwright Takes Charge In Baltimore

Actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah was born in Britain to immigrant parents from Grenada. His dad worked as a factory worker and his mother worked three jobs to send him to private school in the hope he would become a lawyer. "She wanted me to contribute to the upliftment of my community," he tells NPR's Michel Martin.

In 2003, he became the first black Briton to stage a play in London's prestigious West End theater district with his award-winning piece "Elmina's Kitchen." The play tackled gun crime, displacement and racism in East London.

Top Justice Dept. Official Quietly Stepped Down In December

The leader of an influential Justice Department office that offers legal advice on surveillance, drones and other issues at the center of security and executive power quietly left government before Christmas.

Harold Ramis in 2009. He died Monday.

Harold Ramis, 'Ghostbuster' Actor And 'Groundhog Day' Director, Dies

Harold Ramis, who was in the director's chair for the comedies Groundhog Day and Caddyshack and was one of the stars of the Ghostbuster movies, has died. He was 69.

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