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2016's Campaign War Chests Are Just Jewelry Boxes Next To The Super PACs

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

Jeb Bush's presidential campaign got a nice fundraising haul last quarter, $11.5 million. But that's piddling compared to the $103 million his Super PAC pulled in, thanks to unlimited contributions.

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To: MelbourneElm22; Subject: My Dog Peed On You Today; Body: (◕︵◕)

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

In Melbourne, Australia, the city assigned trees email addresses so citizens could report problems with them. Instead, people wrote thousands of love letters to their favorite trees.

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'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.

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Why We Play Sports: Winning Motivates, But Can Backfire, Too

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.

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Chicken Owners Brood Over CDC Advice Not To Kiss, Cuddle Birds

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

The health agency says kissing and cuddling chickens could be contributing to outbreaks of salmonella. But backyard chicken owners aren't about to lay off the birds.

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Can The Agent Orange Act Help Veterans Exposed To Mustard Gas?

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

Just like World War II vets who were exposed to mustard gas during secret chemical testing, Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange had trouble obtaining VA benefits — until they got the law changed.

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In The Prison That Held El Chapo, 22 Doors Guarded A Thin-Floored Cell

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

The Sinoloa Cartel drug lord escaped from a Mexican maximum-security prison earlier this week, using an elaborate tunnel that led to the shower stall in his cell.

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The View From El Chapo's Prison Cell (Now That He's Gone)

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 4:02am

The Mexican drug lord escaped from a maximum-security prison via an elaborate tunnel that led to the shower stall in his cell. NPR's Carrie Kahn got a tour and shares what she saw.

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Men Strut Their Stuff At Their Very Own New York Fashion Week

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:34am

This week was the debut of New York Fashion Week: Men's. 60 designers and some big-name sponsors showed up. Jacki Lyden went behind the scenes for The Seams, our series about clothing as culture.

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Is It Possible To Let More People Out Of Prison, And Keep Crime Down?

Thu, 07/16/2015 - 3:33am

California is trying to do just that, though police and advocates for ex-offenders are at odds over whether it will work. The debate is playing out as President Obama is calling for nationwide reform.

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Clearer Than Bureacratese: Airport Official Replies To Politician In Klingon

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:43am

When a member of the Welsh National Assembly asked a nearby airport about possible UFO sightings, he got a polite response — issued in perhaps the least-diplomatic-sounding fictional language.

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A Month Into Summer, Boston's Finally Out Of Snow

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:29am

A seven-story tall tower of snow, piled up during New England's record winter, finally finished melting on Tuesday.

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Bailout Vote May Splinter Greece's Recently Empowered Anti-Austerity Party

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

In Athens, deputies from Greece's ruling Syriza party will start parliamentary debate today on the latest bailout agreement - with some forecasting that the party will split over the issue.

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Interview: Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu On Iran Nuclear Deal

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls the Iran nuclear deal a "historic mistake for the world." NPR's David Greene asks him if Israel is really looking for regime change in Tehran.

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Pluto Discoverer's Hometown Throws Big Bash For (Non-Dwarf!) Planet

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto, grew up under the dark, open skies of rural Streator, Ill. This week the town has been full of celebration, as NASA made its first visit to Pluto.

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Hey Yogurt-Maker, Where'd You Get Those Microbes?

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.

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No. 1 With A Bullet Point: To Get Research Cited, Make Sure It's Listed First

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Sometimes our eyes are just drawn to the top of a list. Using a regular e-mail of headlines sent out to economists, a study found the ones listed higher get read more — and cited more in future work.

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Does Nuclear Agreement Strengthen Iran's Drive To Be A Regional Power?

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Renee Montagne hears about the latest Iranian reaction to the nuclear deal from the Carnegie Endowment's Karim Sadjadpour, who explains what this means for Iran's future as a regional power.

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To Syrians, Deal With Iran Simply Steadies Assad Regime

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

Not everyone is cheering the nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran. Among the critics is Saeed al Batal, a Syrian photographer who decries Iran's support of President Bashar al-Assad.

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Iran Pact Takes Nukes Off Table, But Could Cause Buildup Of Other Weapons

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:08am

The lifting of an arms embargoon Iran alarms U.S. allies in the Middle East. Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates want more weapons to counter an anticipated Iranian arms-buying spree.

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