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Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:41am

In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty.

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Oregon Proposes Ban On Smoking Along Its Coastline

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 5:40am

Authorities want to cut down on cigarette butts in the sand, so they're moving to ban smoking on all 362 miles of the state's Pacific Coast. Repeat offenders could face a $110 fine.

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Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

One of the most conservative members of Congress faces a tough challenge in Tennessee's Republican primary Aug. 7. U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.

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It's Time For Comic-Con!

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The annual pop culture convention underway in San Diego is not just for comic books — it brings the biggest stars from film, television and books together with their fans to talk about upcoming, and vintage, work.

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What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell for an update on the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April by the extremist group Boko Haram.

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Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

International observers and air-crash experts visited previously unexamined pieces of the Malaysia Airlines wreckage Thursday and made some disturbing discoveries, including unrecovered human remains and what may be shrapnel holes in the plane's fuselage.

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Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end early next week with a celebratory feast, and Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a holiday cease-fire in Gaza. He proposed a seven-day truce.

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Last Word

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne have today's last word in business.

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All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

For the first time in years, all of the major U.S. airlines are doing well. American Airlines Group said its second-quarter profits were the highest in the company's history. American only recently exited bankruptcy protection, so the results represent an impressive turnaround.

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Business News

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Renee Montagne has this morning's business news.

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What A Common Core Lesson Sounds Like In A 10th-Grade English Class

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The Common Core State Standards in literacy and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? The NPR Ed team continues its summer series on the Core standards with a report from a 10th-grade English class.

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At Washington's Training Camp, Fierce Fans Are Split On Name Change

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The Washington Redskins are kicking off their training camp more than a month after the football team's name was deemed offensive to Native Americans by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Despite pressures by activists to change the name, some fans continue to stand by the team.

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'No Easy Answer': Ex-Baseball Manager La Russa On Legacy, Steroids

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Tony La Russa, who won more games than any MLB manager in the past 60 years, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Links to steroids have kept notable players of his from getting that recognition.

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Former Student Dropped Out, But Still Appreciates A Special Teacher

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Roger Alvarez didn't make it to graduation, but he still wants to thank his high school English teacher. (This StoryCorps interview first aired January 29, 2012 on Weekend Edition.)

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Unknown Authors Make A Living Self-Publishing

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now, there are many well-known independent authors who have made a fortune self-publishing online.

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Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Steve Inskeep talks with Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales, who's in Washington to help find a solution to the thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border.

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'Most Wanted Man' A Worthy Addition To Le Carre's Film Adaptations

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

The novels of John le Carre have been reliable sources of compelling cinema. The new adaptation of "A Most Wanted Man" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his last roles.

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Cape Cod Residents Object As Mass. Governor Offers To House Migrant Kids

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 3:58am

Massachusetts is offering to house hundreds of unaccompanied minors who've been detained crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the proposed sites is on Cape Cod, but residents are blasting the plan.

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Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:48am

The judge composed a rhyme to let an Oregon man know he'd been found guilty of the crime: stealing a bulldog puppy from its owners at gunpoint.

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Sarah Palin Gets A Speeding Ticket, Says She 'Can't Drive 55'

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:48am

The former governor faces a fine for exceeding the limit in Wasila, Alaska. She joked that the Sammy Hagar song distracted her, adding, "I wasn't speeding; I was qualifying."

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