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Macedonia's Wiretapping Scandal Worsens Political Tensions

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The small Balkan country of Macedonia is in turmoil after it was revealed that the government wiretapped 20,000 people. There have been competing pro and anti-government demonstrations in the capital.

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Lawmakers Divided Over McConnell's Desire To Extend Surveillance Plan

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to extend the provision of the Patriot Act that authorizes the NSA's bulk collection of phone records before it expires. Others want the program reined in.

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Conservative, Catholic Ireland Votes On Same-Sex Marriage

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:25am

In every country where same-sex marriage has been legalized, it was brought about by lawmakers or the courts. On Friday, Ireland could become the first country to make it legal by the ballot box.

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They're Going Door-To-Door In The Amazon To See Why People Get Sick

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:24am

In one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, researchers are in midst of a extensive health census. The study could be key to figuring out the impact of mercury used in illegal mining.

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How Heroin Made Its Way From Rural Mexico To Small-Town America

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 2:23am

With pizza delivery as a model, Mexican cartels revolutionized the heroin trade, making it easily available in smaller U.S. communities. Journalist Sam Quinones has the story in his new book.

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Motorist Uses Fountain As A Free Car Wash

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:26am

A man in Wakefield, England, drove his car in circles under the fountain's jets. The cleaning frenzy continued until a police car drove up.

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Romney, Putin In Action Over The Weekend

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 5:15am

Ex-GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romeny went 2 rounds with boxer Evander Holyfield in a charity event. Also, Russian President Vladimir Putin played hockey in a game showcasing retired Russian pros.

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Rohingya Migrants Left Out At Sea, No Country Will Allow Them Ashore

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Rohingya Muslims are fleeing their homeland of Myanmar but no country will take them in. Steve Inskeep talks to Matthew Smith of Fortify Rights, a nonprofit watchdog that documents their plight.

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ISIS Takes Control Of Ramadi, Key Iraqi City

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

The so-called Islamic State, also known as Isis, seized Ramadi after government forces left their positions. The action came despite U.S. airstrikes and efforts of Iraqi ground forces to repel ISIS.

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Amtrak Victims Remembered During Memorial Service

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Amtrak service between Philadelphia and New York is to resume Monday. Service shut down last Tuesday after train 188 derailed in Philadelphia. Sunday night, a service was held for the victims.

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Politics In The News: Republican Presidential Field Gets Crowded

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

GOP presidential hopefuls converged in Iowa for the Lincoln Day Dinner. More candidates are entering the presidential race, in part, because there is no obvious next-in-line for the GOP nomination.

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S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham May Join GOP Race For President

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was in Iowa over the weekend for the state GOP's annual Lincoln Day Dinner. In all 11 official or likely presidential hopefuls were there.

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How China's Government And Audiences Influence Hollywood

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

The Chinese market has become increasingly critical to Hollywood's bottom-line. How is China changing Hollywood?

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How TV Show Finales Affect The Stock Market

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.

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Ways To Avoid Community Violence After Local Police Encounters

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Steve Inskeep talks to Scott Thomson, chief of police in Camden County, New Jersey, and Sue Rahr, director of Washington state's police academy, about changing officers' attitudes about use of force.

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How China's Censors Influence Hollywood

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Huge box office numbers underscore how essential the Chinese market has become to Hollywood's bottom line. Money is power — meaning the Communist Party has increasing influence over big U.S. movies.

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Hundreds Of 'Kayaktivists' In Seattle Protest Shell's Arctic Drilling

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

Seattle will be home port to a large Shell Oil Arctic drilling platform when it's not up in the Arctic Ocean. But the city and many residents aren't happy about it. The crowd chanted, "Shell No."

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Cleveland Braces For Verdict In 2012 Police Shooting

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

As the verdict nears in the racially-charged case, city officials hope to avoid violence. They've reached out to civic and religious groups for constructive dialogue to help ward off potential unrest.

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'Mad Men' Ends. Was The Finale Worthy Of The Show?

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 3:58am

AMC's Mad Men ended on Sunday with an episode written by executive producer Matthew Weiner called "Person to Person." The final question for fans: What really happened and was it all worth it?

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It's Not A Come-On From A Satanic Cult. It's A New Kind Of Poll!

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 2:53am

Tanzanians were skeptical when they were invited for a free trip to the big city to discuss natural gas policy. But it's actually an innovative strategy to involve ordinary citizens in key decisions.

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