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In Record Drought, Calif. Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.

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Hacked Touchscreen Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:03am

Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As more voting goes automated, more concerns are being raised.

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Hope Builds For Islanders Displaced In Shameful Chapter Of U.K. History

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:59am

Britain forced thousands off Diego Garcia, a remote Indian Ocean island, in the '70s to make way for a U.S. military base. For 40 years residents have fought to return. Now they have a growing chance.

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How Almonds Became A Scapegoat For California's Drought

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:51am

The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.

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A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:51am

Author Melanie Hoffert grew up gay in rural America, where coming out was difficult. But that hasn't stopped her family from having a frank and challenging conversation about same-sex marriage.

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Tylenol Might Dull Emotional Pain, Too

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:49am

People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.

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An American Journalist Explains Why He Had To Flee Iraq

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:46am

Ned Parker has covered Iraq for more than a decade. But the Reuters bureau chief abruptly left the country last week after a report of human rights abuses prompted threats from a Shiite paramilitary.

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Why Knuckles Crack

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:59pm

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

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European Union Accuses Google Of Abusing Its Market Dominance

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:03am

The European Union has been looking into whether Google favors its own products in online searches. EU officials have filed a complaint against Google. The tech giant has not yet formally responded.

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S.C. Teen's Promprosal Required An Airplane

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:15am

A friend took Julianne White for a plane ride. In a field below, Noah Matthews had written in 450-foot letters: Prom? She said yes.

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Minn. Senators Still May Not Make Eye Contact During Floor Debates

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:57am

It's hard to get politicians to see eye to eye. But it in Minnesota's state Senate, it's actually against the rules. The latest effort to change the rule failed.

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Educators Sentenced To Jail In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

Jail terms were given to most Atlanta educators on Tuesday, who were convicted this month of conspiring to cheat on state tests to earn raises and bonuses. Steve Inskeep talks about the scandal with Rachel Aviv, a writer with "The New Yorker."

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Updated Driving Advice: A Better Way To Grip The Steering

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

On Tuesday's program, we offered some tried but apparently no longer true advice for listeners who drive. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne explain why "9 and 3" is the new "10 and 2."

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Clinton Tours Iowa; Begins Outlining 4 Pillars Of Her Campaign

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

Hillary Clinton says she is running for president because "Americans and their families need a champion." That's the message she is trying to convey in her first trip to Iowa since announcing her candidacy.

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Latest Protests Keep Attention On Police Killings Of Unarmed Minorities

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

It was a day of demonstrations in cities across the nation on Tuesday. The turnout and tone of the protests organized with the Black Lives Matter movement was varied.

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Obama, Senate Compromise Gives Congress A Say On Iran Nuclear Deal

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

A Senate committee voted for a bill that gives Congress a review of the Iran nuclear accord. The president had threatened to veto such a bill but it was amended to address some of his objections.

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Fun With Physics: Finding The Speed Of Light With Peeps

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

When your Peeps have gone stale, it's time to donate their marshmallow bodies to science — specifically, for measuring the speed of light.

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Obama: Iranian-Backed Fighters Must Respect Iraq's Sovereignty

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

In a meeting with Iraq's prime minister at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama had a warning for Iran — as that country wades into the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq.

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A Decade After Blowing The Whistle On The FBI, Vindication

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:03am

After Robert Kobus alerted his bosses at the FBI to improper payroll practices, he was transferred to an office where he sat alone. He says the agency isolated and retaliated against him.

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As American Sports Skew More Armcentric, Throwing Injuries Rise

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:43am

Baseball players' arms are becoming more like football players' heads — subject to frequent injury and in need of immobilizing surgery.

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