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Preventing Armageddon: The Economic Hurdles Of Asteroid Defense

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Some scientists say we should be doing more to protect the Earth from asteroids. The technical issues are relatively easy, but the economics of asteroid defense are much harder.

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50 Years Ago, A White Seminarian Gave His Life To The Civil Rights Movement

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Jonathan Daniels is a little-known civil rights martyr who died 50 years ago. The seminarian from New Hampshire was killed near Selma, Ala., where he was trying to help black citizens register to vote.

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Explosion Of New Cancer Treatments Presents A 'Very Exciting Time'

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

In light of former President Jimmy Carter's diagnosis, NPR's Audie Cornish asks Dr. Elizabeth Buchbinder of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute about promising new treatments for melanoma.

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Small Time Smuggler Helps Migrants Reach Greece On The Cheap

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

NPR meets a man who helps smuggle Iraqi migrants from Turkey to Greece. The journey is dangerous, and paying the fee does not guarantee the migrants will make it to their destination.

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Greek Prime Minister Resigns To Pave Way For New Elections

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

After less than seven months in office, the Greek prime minister announced Thursday he will resign to pave the way for early elections on September 20.

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Former President Jimmy Carter To Start Treatment For Cancer In Brain

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:32pm

Former President Jimmy Carter announced he has melanoma on his brain and will undergo his first radiation treatment Thursday. He is also stepping away from many of his duties at the Carter Center.

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Former President Carter Says He Will 'Cut Back Dramatically' On Public Schedule

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 9:36am

Doctors found cancer in Carter's liver and brain. He's starting radiation therapy Thursday. Carter, the son of a peanut farmer, served as the 39th president of the United States, from 1977 to 1981.

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How Colorado Politics Could Interfere With New EPA Standards

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:13am

When it comes to new regulations for existing coal-fired power plants, Colorado is ahead of the curve. But the state's governor and attorney general are clashing over next steps.

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Businesses, Workers Confused By LA County's Minimum Wage Hike

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:13am

LA County Board of Supervisors approved a $15 minimum wage for unincorporated areas. But half of county residents live in areas with a lower wage due to the number of cities that make up the county.

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How Realistic Is Donald Trump's Immigration Plan?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:10am

Donald Trump had lacked for policy specifics until he came out with his very specific, hard-line immigration plan. But some of those in the trenches of immigration reform say it's dead on arrival.

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This Famous Campaign Stop Is Actually A Mirage

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:48am

Robie's General Store is one of New Hampshire's most famous political stops, attracting nearly every on the presidential campaign trail. But don't try to actually buy milk and eggs here.

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Government Inquiry Into Clinton Emails Likely To Widen

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:16pm

The FBI investigation into the Clinton email controversy could soon go beyond whether classified information passed through the private server she used as secretary of state.

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Trump Immigration Plan Raises Legal Questions About Birthright Citizenship

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:59pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Suzanna Sherry, professor of law at Vanderbilt University, about the constitutionality of birthright citizenship, following Donald Trump's call to end it.

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Rand Paul Wants To Run For President — And Senate

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:50pm

Whether the Senator can still keep that electoral insurance policy rests in the hands of Kentucky Republicans this weekend. Kentucky law prohibits it, but his backers are trying to change that.

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Louis Stokes, Ohio's First African-American Congressman, Dies

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

Former Rep. Stokes has died at the age of 90 after being diagnosed with cancer. He was the first African-American representative elected from Ohio and a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Thai Business Owners Worry Bombing Could Drive Away Tourists

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

The Thai economy has been struggling since the military seized power 15 months ago. The bombing in Bangkok Monday has raised fears that tourism — a driver of the economy — may now struggle too with many foreigners among the dead.

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Justice Department Inquiry Into Hillary Clinton Email Server Continues

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

The Justice Department, Congress and inspector general watchdogs are looking at the email practices of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton even as the 2016 presidential race intensifies.

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'Rosenwald' Celebrates 'The Greatest Philanthropist You've Never Heard Of'

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Aviva Kempner about her latest documentary on Julius Rosenwald, the successful businessman who helped advance the cause of educating African-Americans in the South.

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Israeli Court Suspends Detention Of Palestinian Prisoner On Hunger Strike

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

Israel's highest court temporarily suspended Tuesday the detention of a Palestinian prisoner who had been on a hunger strike for two months.

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Prominent Syrian Archaeologist Killed By ISIS In Palmyra

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

The Islamic State has beheaded a prominent Syrian archaeologist in Palmyra, Syria. The city is home to Roman ruins under threat amid ISIS' record for destroying antiquities.

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