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Pretty Yende: An Opera Star Whose Rise Began With A Fall

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:23am

A mishap in the South African soprano's Metropolitan Opera debut still makes her laugh, but that night ended with a standing ovation. Now she's in Los Angeles for The Marriage of Figaro.

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Dad To Son: 'Live With Hands Unfolded...Release Your Gifts To World'

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:20am

A 9-year-old asks his father some of the heavy questions on his mind and gets some thoughtful answers in response.

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Diverse Voices Reflect On Historic March From Selma To Montgomery

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 2:16am

Following the Bloody Sunday crackdown in Selma, Martin Luther King Jr. put out a call for support across the U.S. People of different races and religions flocked to Alabama. Three of them look back.

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Prices For Chanel Handbags To Rise In Europe, Lower In Asia

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 4:06pm

Chanel says it is aligning the cost of its handbags worldwide. The move reacts to the depreciating euro and aims to stop people from buying up the classic bags to sell at a profit in other countries.

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Netanyahu Says A Palestinian State Is 'Unachievable' Today

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:20pm

Israel's prime minister tells NPR he doesn't want a "zero-state solution" that will jeopardize Israel's existence. Separately, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accuses Netanyahu of "exporting fear."

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Ending The Over-Under Debate On Toilet Paper

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 6:02am

Journalist Owen Williams thinks he's found the right way to hang toilet paper. He tweeted a picture of the first TP patent. The drawings, from 1891, show the paper clearly hanging over the roll.

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He's Fixing A Hole

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 5:50am

A cement truck tipped over in Brooklyn this week, sending cement flowing all over the street. One man took advantage of the situation, shoveling the spillage to fill an especially annoying pothole.

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Benjamin Netanyahu And Washington

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with Michael Crowley, Politico's senior foreign affairs correspondent, about U.S.-Israeli relations.

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Blue Shield Of California Loses Its Tax-Exempt Status

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

One of California's largest health insurers, Blue Shield of California, could be on the hook for a massive tax bill after the state revoked its tax-exempt status. The company is appealing the decision which could cost the health insurer tens of millions of dollars a year. The dispute comes as the nonprofit is facing mounting criticism for operating like a for-profit company.

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A Watch Party For The 'Empire' Season Ender

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a fictional black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in Washington, D.C., takes in the show's season finale.

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Filmmakers Find A Different Way To Show The Syrian Conflict

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

For years, an anonymous Syrian group has been posting short, simple films on the Internet featuring people opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But their films feature Syrians with every point of view, even including some who support the Assad regime. And they rarely show Syria's destruction or images of death. Charif Kiwan, a spokesperson for the group, calls such depictions undignified.

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Attack On Museum Seen As Strike Against Tunisian Economy

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

Tunisia is reeling after a deadly attack on the Bardo National Museum that left at least 19 people dead, including 17 foreign tourists. Militants stormed the Museum, shooting to kill, and took hostages before police shot two of the gunmen, apprehended at least one and are looking for others.

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Companies Worried About Hackers Turn To Cyber Insurance

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

Health insurer Premera Blue Cross says hackers may have compromised 11 million of its customer accounts. Such attacks are worrying companies, and they're increasingly turning to cyber insurance.

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Swagger On Display At 'Empire' Season Finale Parties

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 3:55am

With its flashy swagger and quotable one-liners, Empire, the Fox series about a black music label, has become a cultural phenomenon. A watch party in D.C., had just as much.

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A Once-Guarded Tradition Spills Open In New Orleans' Streets

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:38am

The Mardi Gras Indians have become a central part of the city's celebrations, but there was a time when residents found them mysterious and outsiders even considered them dangerous.

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Scientists Catch Up On The Sex Life Of Coral To Help Reefs Survive

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:35am

It's all in the timing. Biologists haven't been able to breed embryos of the rare, pillar coral in the lab because it's been tough to catch the creatures in the act.

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More Americans Opt For Risky Long-Term Car Loans

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:33am

The length of the average car loan isn't just creeping up, it's leaping up. Nearly 40 percent of people secure car loans that take more than five years to pay off. The trend has some analysts alarmed.

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One Year After Mudslide, First Responders Tackle Emotional Damage

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:29am

This weekend, residents of Washington state will mark one year since a massive mudslide devastated a small community, killing 43 people and destroying dozens of homes in a matter of minutes.

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How A 1970s Fashion Faceoff Put American Designers In The Spotlight

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:27am

In The Battle of Versailles, Robin Givhan tells the story of the groundbreaking runway show that pitched French couture designers against American up-and-comers.

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As Women Try Out For Armor Units, 'If You Can Hack It, You Can Hack It'

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 2:24am

As part of an experiment, the men and women of a Marine armor unit are being assessed on difficult physical tasks, such as hooking up heavy towing gear. The women are keeping up, but it's a struggle.

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