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Ex-Marine Found Guilty In 'American Sniper' Murder Trial

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:02am

A Texas jury reached a unanimous guilty verdict in the murder trial of Eddie Ray Routh, the ex-Marine charged with killing former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Kyle, author of American Sniper.

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An Uneventful Week In Sports Could Still Go Down In History

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 2:59am

NASCAR suspending a driver accused of domestic violence, and the NFL considering allowing two teams to share a stadium? Sports commentator Frank Deford is pleased.

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When The Goal Of An Email Is To Stir A Sense Of Dread

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:40am

Virginia Heffernan and Paul Ford have never met but they have crossed paths, and they've been sending fake work emails to see who most horrifies the other. They published them on the website Medium.

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Why Finding A Jury For Death Penalty Cases Is Complicated

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:09am

Jury selection continues in the trials of the Boston marathon bombing and the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting. The prosecutors in both are seeking the death penalty. The process could take months.

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NFL Rivals May Team Up To Share Stadium

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:09am

Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne report that in Southern California, two NFL rivals may team up. The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders have proposed a new stadium that they would share in Los Angeles, beginning as soon as fall 2016.

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Venezuela's President Cracks Down On Opposition Lawmakers

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:09am

The Caracas mayor was arrested on charges of plotting to overthrow the government. Steve Inskeep talks to freelance journalist Girish Gupta.

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Residents Fear Fighting In Ukraine Will Move To Kharkiv

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:09am

Renee Montagne talks to reporter Linda Kintsler, of "Foreign Policy" magazine, about the series of bomb attacks in Ukraine. Many people, especially residents in the city of Kharkiv, fear this is a sign the war is about the spread in their direction.

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Angry Tweets Predict Patterns Of Heart Disease, Researchers Say

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:09am

Can tweets be analyzed to predict heart disease? New research suggests the answer is yes.

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Supreme Court To Hear Abercrombie's Religious Headscarf Case

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:09am

Fashion collides with religion at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. On one side is the retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, and on the other, a 17-year-old job applicant who was highly rated for hiring but then discarded because she wore a Muslim headscarf.

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Pacific Northwest Businesses Hurt By West Coast Ports Disruption

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:09am

Work has resumed at West Coast ports after nearly nine months of slow downs and work stoppages. Despite last week's tentative labor agreement, it could take months to get things back to normal.

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'Weird' Fern Shows The Power Of Interspecies Sex

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:52am

Two species of fern that diverged 60 million years ago are as evolutionarily distant as, say, elephants and manatees. Nonetheless, the two species recently produced a hybrid, say astounded botanists.

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Army Corps Project Pits Farmland Against Flood Threat

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:51am

A levee project would cordon off lucrative farmland along the Mississippi River in southeast Missouri. But small towns in Illinois say that puts them at risk of flooding while protecting rich farmers.

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Analysts Fear A Prolonged Drop In Oil Will Hurt Oklahoma's Banks

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:50am

Oklahoma oil is expensive to produce, so the sharp drop in prices has forced many drilling companies to cut jobs. If prices stay low, the pain could spread to the banks that finance the oil industry.

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In LA, Missing Kindergarten Is A Big Deal

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:48am

Research shows that missing school in the crucial early days of school leads to problems later on. In Los Angeles, educators are working to raise kindergarten attendance.

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Daughters Back An Artful End To The Rivera-Rockefeller Rivalry Story

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:47am

Capitalist Nelson Rockefeller and painter Diego Rivera clashed over a political mural in the 1930s. Now their daughters have teamed up to preserve both their fathers' legacies and the art they loved.

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How Do You Market To Millennials?

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:46am

Young people between the ages of 18 and 35 spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year. NPR asked some in this group how brands and corporations can get their attention.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, that criss-crosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:42am

Once a booming timber area, Grays Harbor County is the site of three proposed oil terminals. The local fishing industry sees the uptick in oil movement as a big risk, with limited economic benefits.

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Oscars Get Political, As Acceptance Speeches Wade Into Social Issues

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:34am

At the Academy Awards, many of the big winners were expected — but the ceremony drew energy from their speeches, which addressed a gamut of issues, from equal pay for women to immigration.

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Obama Tree Isn't Dead; It Just Looks That Way

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 6:27am

During his visit to India, President Obama planted a tree. It was covered in leaves just three weeks ago, and now it is bare. Authorities say that type of tree often loses leaves this time of year.

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