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Mexico Takes Out Cartel Heads, But Crime Continues To Climb

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:25am

Mexican authorities have scored some big arrests of major drug cartel leaders in recent weeks. But most experts say that's not enough: Police, legal and judicial institutions need strengthening.

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2 Israeli Candidates Struggle With Nation's Uncertain Future

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:23am

The women, running for the Israeli parliament, share little beyond that concern. One sees a two-state solution as hopeless and supports West Bank settlers. The other sees them as an obstacle to peace.

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Mayweather, Pacquiao Will Brawl For Boxing's Richest Purse Ever

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:22am

The upcoming bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao may or may not be the greatest of all time, but the two fighters are expected to take home at least $200 million combined.

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'We Knew Things Were Different For Us': Heems On Rap, Race And Identity

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 3:21am

Born in New York to Indian parents, Heems watched the Sept. 11 attacks from his high school. The Das Racist rapper's new album explores how life changed, for himself and his community, after that day.

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U.S. Attorney General Holder Denounces Police Shootings In Missouri

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:07pm

Eric Holder called the attacks on Ferguson officers disgusting and cowardly. He is putting in motion a pilot program in six cities to try to improve police-citizen interactions.

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Moscow City Hall Offers Handyman Services

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 6:24am

City officials are offering poorer residents a "husband for an hour" to fix a leaky faucet or to put up shelves, for example. The service is already a hit in the private sector.

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Lesson To Learn: Keep Your Eye On The Ball

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 5:47am

A woman attended a pro basketball game in Charlotte, and a ball came her way. It struck her in the face. She didn't duck because she was looking down at the cell phone of the person beside her.

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Lower Oil Prices Hurt Iraq's Fight Against ISIS

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

Renee Montagne talks to Ben Van Heuvelen, managing editor of Iraq Oil Report, about how falling oil prices are affecting Iraq's fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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Like The Israeli-Palestinain Peace Process, Area C Is Complicated

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

NPR journeys the rugged hills and windy roads of what's known as Area C. It comprises most of the Israeli-occupied West Bank and it's where Israelis and Palestinians rub shoulders as closely as anywhere.

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Twitter Updates Policies To Combat Revenge Porn

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

Twitter announces policies to combat so-called revenge porn. That's where someone spitefully posts explicit images of a former lover or spouse, for example, without that person's consent.

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ISIS Gains Ground In Libya; Takes Over Port City Of Surt

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is gaining ground in Libya — taking over the port city of Surt. Steve Inskeep talks to David Kilpatrick of "The New York Times," who is in Libya. He reports the country has become so chaotic that a door has been opened for ISIS to expand in Libya.

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Improving U.S. Economy Boosts Spring Air Travel

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

Air travel is projected to reach a seven-year high this spring. A major travel organization says that means longer lines and larger crowds, and it is calling for airlines to pony up to improve airport infrastructure.

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What Does Our Planet Money Team Have In Common With George Soros?

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

A couple weeks ago, our Planet Money team shorted the entire U.S. stock market. The team learned they had some good company in their short, billionaire George Soros also shorted the S&P — but his strategy was different. Our Planet Money team explains how some investors use shorts as a hedge.

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Sen. Mikulski To Spend Rest Of Her Term Sizzling With Advocacy

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski recently announced she will not seek re-election in 2016. With five terms in the Senate and another decade in the House before that, the Democrat has served in Congress longer than any woman in history. Renee Montagne talks to Mikulski about her long career and why she's retiring now.

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Hype Officially Begins For Mayweather-Pacquiano Fight

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

There was fear in the boxing world that this generation's two best fighters would retire before facing each other in the ring. But the long-awaited fight between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is on for May 2. (Stations note: An actually in the piece contains the phrase "kick his ass" in reference to a boxing match.)

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GOP, Cautious Of War Weariness, Takes Hard Line On Foreign Policy

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

With troubling news from overseas dominating the American political debate, Republicans and their potential candidates for president are taking a tough stand on foreign policy.

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Congressional Approval For Military Fight Against ISIS Faces Uphill Battle

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

President Obama has asked Congress to give him a new resolution authorizing military force so the U.S. can fight the self-described Islamic State, also known as ISIS, across the Middle East.

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2 Officers Shot Outside Ferguson Police Station

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 4:04am

The officers were shot shortly after midnight Thursday, according to a county police spokesman. The shots were fired as protesters had gathered following the resignation of the city's police chief.

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A Child Of Slavery Who Taught A Generation

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:56am

Anna J. Cooper was a remarkable student and, later, a legendary teacher and principal of the Dunbar School.

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Plans To Explore For Oil Offshore Worry East Coast Residents

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 3:28am

With memories of the massive BP spill still fresh, residents are hoping to stop offshore drilling and underwater seismic testing. Industry leaders say they follow rules meant to protect wildlife.

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