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Iran's Jews: It's Our Home And We Plan To Stay

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:25am

Iran's Jewish population has dropped dramatically since the 1979 Islamic revolution. But nearly 9,000 Jews remain and many say they've built comfortable lives and learned to accept the limitations.

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For The First Time, An Afghan First Lady Steps Into The Spotlight

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:23am

In a country where women are seen but not often heard, Rula Ghani intends to play a prominent role. The wife of Afghanistan's new president hopes to help the country's most vulnerable people.

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Why A Court Once Ordered Kids Vaccinated Against Their Parents' Will

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:23am

Measles infected hundreds of children at a church in Philadelphia whose members didn't believe in modern medicine. In a rare step, health officials moved to compel the families to vaccinate the kids.

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Never Seen And Sometimes Barely Heard, Loopers Fill In Hollywood's Soundtrack

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 2:22am

In movies, crowd noise, hospital waiting room chatter and bar room brawl sounds are created by voice actors called loopers. "If it's done right, you shouldn't even notice it," one sound mixer says.

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Chinese Tourists Rename Famous British Landmarks

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 6:18am

Britain wants a bigger share of the market for Chinese tourists. The tourist board VisitBritain held a a contest on Chinese social media to give Chinese names to British landmarks.

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Is That A Seal? No, It's A Man Who Collapsed In The Snow

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:34am

In Nova Scotia, Gerald Whitman crashed his car in a blizzard. He told the CBC he decided to walk. Charlie Parker, who was shoveling snow, found him face down and brought him inside to wait for help.

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How ISIS Has Expanded Beyond Its Syrian Stronghold

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State appears to be expanding again, with a presence in North Africa and Afghanistan. Three NPR correspondents discuss the evolution of the group.

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'You Are Invited:' Isolated Iran Seeks Foreign Tourists

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Iran often seems conflicted about its future. Last week, a big rally included the usual anti-American rhetoric, while the following day marked the opening of an international tourism exhibit.

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Examining The Entourage Effect

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

New psychological research explores a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. We hear why people like to create their own entourages.

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Minneapolis' Plan Designed To Combat Recruiting By Radical Groups

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

The White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism focuses on the homeland. Minneapolis unveils its plan Wednesday. Its Somali-American community has lost dozens of men to terrorist recruiters.

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ISIS Appears To Be Expanding Its Reach

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, appears to be popping up across the Middle East and beyond. Is ISIS growing in strength or is something else taking place?

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Gallup Ranks Red And Blue States

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Gallup has released its list of the most Democratic and most Republican states in the nation. We'll look at which states made the list and why.

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Judge's Decision Complicates Matters For Unauthorized Immigrants

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Applications for expanded deportation protections are on hold temporarily while the White House appeals a federal court ruling. Some states challenged the executive actions that extended protections.

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Why Penguins Can't Taste Fish

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Savor fish are a staple for penguins. Researchers say the birds' ability to taste umami disappeared more than 20 million years ago.

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W.Va. Train Derailment Raises Safety Questions About Newer Tankers

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Authorities are investigating what caused a freight train hauling crude oil to derail and explode into flames. The rail cars that ruptured were newer tankers designed to be more puncture resistant.

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Iran Wants Tourists, But Is It Ready For What That Would Mean?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 4:12am

Iran marked the anniversary of its revolution last week, and it opened an international tourism exhibition. Iran wants to welcome more tourists, a challenge for a country that's wary of outsiders.

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John Calipari Gets The Best Out Of His One And Done Bench

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:38am

Commentator Frank Deford analyzes the University of Kentucky men's basketball team's winning streak.

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Even As Progressives Take Lead In Greece, Women Remain Out Of Power

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:37am

The new, leftist Greek government says it wants to revolutionize a country that long has resisted change. So far that hasn't included finally placing women at the highest levels of government.

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Why Slow Electronic Payments Can Cause Cash Flow Problems

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:37am

Electronic messages can circle the globe in an instant these days, but electronic payments can still take days to complete. This can put consumers at greater risk of getting hit with late fees.

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Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 3:36am

A number of parents have made news in recent months for letting children walk or play outside on their own. But laws on when kids are allowed to be by themselves are vague.

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