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Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Republican presidential contender Rand Paul took to the Senate floor to voice his opposition to the Patriot Act, which authorizes bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government. Paul says collecting the phone records of American citizens is an assault on their civil liberties.

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U.S.: Venezuelan Officials Involved In Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to Juan Forero of The Wall Street Journal about his report that officials are being investigated for allegedly turning the country into a hub for cocaine and money laundering.

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U.S.-Cuba Talks To Resume On Re-Establishing Diplomatic Relations

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The U.S.-Cuban thaw announced last December raised expectations of a new diplomatic relationship. But talks, which resume Thursday, are moving slowly on the first step: re-opening embassies.

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Revelations Of British Pedophile Ring Spur Flood Of Abuse Reports

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

There were whispers of a pedophile ring at the highest levels of British government. Revelations suggest those rumors had substance and that a culture of deference helped hide child abuse for decades.

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U.S. Engagment Against ISIS Can't Be Timid, Retired Marine General Says

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Steve Inskeep talks to retired Marine General Gregory Newbold about what the U.S. is doing right, or wrong, in its efforts to militarily contain the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

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Latest U.S. Census Data: Fastest Growing Cities Are In The West And South

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the 15 cities with the biggest population increases were in the South and West — with two exceptions: New York City and Columbus, Ohio.

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Fade To Black: David Letterman Signs Off CBS Show

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

David Letterman approached his final late-night show on CBS Wednesday night with the same self-deprecation as the previous 6,000-plus, but leavened the snark with heaps of nostalgia and praise.

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Calif. Gov. Brown Declares State Of Emergency To Aid In Oil Spill Clean Up

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

An estimated 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a pipeline along the California coast near Santa Barbara. Crews are working to contain a 9 mile wide sheen in the Pacific Ocean.

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WHO Calls For $100 Million Emergency Fund, Doctor 'SWAT Team'

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:41am

The World Health Organization isn't ready for the next pandemic or international health crisis. So the agency's leader is calling for major reforms at the WHO. But will the changes be enough?

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Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:40am

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

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Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:38am

In Washington state, a community coalition is bringing homeowners, businesses and government together to figure out how best to use what little money there is to protect the land from destruction.

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States Lack Accurate Statistics On Widespread Heroin Use

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:36am

Opiate abuse has reached crisis levels, but some states aren't doing all they can to determine the depth of the problem. Finding up-to-date statistics for specific drugs is often difficult.

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'Cartel' Of 4 Big Banks To Plead Guilty To Gaming The Exchange Rate

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:15am

Four banks agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say the banks used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros.

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It's David Letterman Day In Indianapolis

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:45am

Indianapolis is honoring its own. After three decades, David Letterman is retiring from his late-night CBS show. Wednesday is his final broadcast.

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That's One Way To Deal With A Loose Tooth

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 5:18am

Calvin Stanley was desperate to get rid of a loose tooth. He tried a bow and arrow with dental floss. Next he tried fishing line. It worked. His dad told KRT-TV that it took an hour to find the tooth.

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Recent Immigrants Find Ellis Island Still Relevant

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island before it closed as an inspection station in 1954. The museum is expanding to tell the history of immigration to the U.S. in more recent decades.

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FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

The charities have been charged with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission along with every state and the District of Columbia brought the charges.

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Ramadi's Fall To ISIS Revives Questions About U.S. Strategy

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Steve Inskeep talks to Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent and CEO of The Soufan Group, about how the U.S. should shape its strategy to stop the self-proclaimed Islamic State from taking Iraqi cities.

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U.S. Should Take A Tougher Stand Toward China, Report's Authors Say

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Two former U.S. diplomats argue it's time to think of China less as a trading partner and more as a threat. Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Blackwill and Ashley Tellis about a paper they co-wrote.

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U.S. Charges 6 Chinese Nationals With Stealing Tech Secrets

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

A 32-page indictment by federal prosecutors charges the six with economic espionage and trade secret theft. They are accused of stealing wireless technology from a pair of U.S. companies.

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