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Chinese Couple's Marriage Is A Mix Of Old And New China

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

In our Streets of Shanghai series, we hear about Charles who met his wife through a social networking app. The couple consulted a fortune teller before tying the knot.

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Hearing Set For Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl After Desertion Charges Filed

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and end up being held captive by the Taliban for five years.

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After Foreign Intervention, Yemen Faces Additional Uncertainty

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

For an update on the situation in Yemen, where there have been numerous foreign air strikes, Steve Inskeep talks to Jonathan Bartolozzi of the international development organization Mercy Corps.

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Saudi Arabia, With U.S. Support, Joins Fight Against Rebels In Yemen

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

Saudi Arabia and its allies have started a bombing campaign, hours after rebels seized an airbase that was critical to U.S. drone operations. U.S. forces aren't taking direct military action in Yemen.

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SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld has written a book criticizing his former employer.

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Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:52am

A drug that's effective in patients with certain forms of melanoma is being tested as a treatment for other cancers whose genetic code contains an identical mutation.

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Don't Torpedo The Dam, Full Speed Ahead For Ethiopia's Nile Project

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:50am

Egypt was ready to go to war over Ethiopia's planned Renaissance Dam. A new agreement has ended the tension. But that doesn't mean everyone's a winner.

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:49am

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:48am

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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SAT Prep Test Misquotes Taylor Swift

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:41am

The Princeton Review wanted to use a line from her song "Fifteen" as an example of bad grammar. The problem is the lyric in question was misquoted.

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NASA Rover Opportunity Wins Mars Marathon

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:35am

It only took the vehicle 11 years and 2 months. That's the furthest any off-earth vehicle has traveled — beating out the Soviet Union's moon rover.

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John Urschel Balances Math Career With Pro Football Risks

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

John Urschel is an offensive linesman for the Baltimore Ravens, and he's also a published mathematician. His latest paper appears in the "Journal of Computational Mathematics." He talks to David Greene about his love of math and why he still plays in the NFL.

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VA Changes 40-Miles Rule For Private Medical Care

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Veterans are allowed to go outside the VA for private medical care if they had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. On Tuesday, the VA announced a change to that 40-mile-rule.

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Growing Israeli Sentiment Believes U.S. Overreacted To Netanyahu Comments

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

President Obama says the disagreement between the U.S. and Israeli leaders is not personal but is based on a fundamental difference in policy regarding the future of a Palestinian state.

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Female Marines Make Adjustments To Advance In Combat Training

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

In the Mojave Desert, female Marines are taking part in simulated combat — for the first time working alongside men in combat roles. Renee Montage talks to Sergeant Kelly Brown, who we first met when she was in training last fall, to see how this military experiment is playing out.

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2 Brothers In Rural China Beat The Odds; Practice Law In Shanghai

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

We're talking about the latest episode in our series, Streets of Shanghai, in which NPR's Frank Langfitt offers to drive people around town and hear their stories. On Tuesday, Frank began telling us about a recent road trip when he drove two guys back to their family homes in central China for Chinese New Year.

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Investigators Lack Answers Regarding French Alps Plane Crash

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

The plane took off from the Spanish city of Barcelona and was headed to Dusseldorf in Germany. All 150 people on board were killed. The flight data recorder still has not been recovered.

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Safer Anthrax Test Aims To Keep The Bioweapon From Terrorists

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Current tests require growing anthrax in the lab, which isn't the best option for labs in Afghanistan. So engineers have come up with a credit-card-sized test that could make the world a safer place.

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Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

While doing time behind bars, inmates often delve into religion, or lift weights, or learn a trade. Frederick Hutson honed a business plan, re-imagining prison as an untapped consumer base. Our Planet Money team has the story of one businessman who went to prison and decided to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.

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Sandia Labs Develops Safer, Smaller Anthrax Test

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Engineers at Sandia National Lab have developed a credit card sized test for the presence of anthrax bacteria. They believe the new test will make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on the deadly bacteria.

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