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Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:34am

When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field.

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David Letterman To Retire From CBS In 2015

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

David Letterman has announced he will retire next year, leaving his "Late Show" program as the longest-serving late-night host in network television history. Letterman reshaped late-night TV, succeeding as an edgy outsider more interested in making fun of show business than participating in it.

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New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

We all know .com and .edu, but now hundreds of new domain names like .fish and .xyz are available. If all these new domains take off, what will become of .com?

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Little Known Chinese Holiday Honors Integrity Before Personal Gain

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

It's Cold Food Day in China — a holiday that commemorates a hermit who 2,600 years ago refused wealth and power. His ruler tried to smoke him out of his mountain hideout, but ended up burning him to a death. In remorse, the ruler ordered the nation to forego fire and cooking for three days.

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Economists Predict Monthly Unemployment Rate Will Fall

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

The monthly unemployment report is out this morning. Analysts think the economy added about 200,000 jobs in March.

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Senate Committee Votes To Declassify CIA Interrogations Report

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

The Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to ask the CIA to declassify portions of a committee report detailing the agency's interrogation of terrorism suspects after Sept. 11, 2001. It's the latest in a spat between the spy agency and one of its oversight committees.

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Backroom Intrigue Persists In Afghan Presidential Election

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne is in Kabul following the leading candidates in Saturday's presidential election. The top-two contenders are: Zalmay Rassoul and Abdullah Abdullah.

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The Last Word In Business

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

Linda Wertheimer and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Ukrainians Disagree Over Sniper Inquiry

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

A Ukrainian police medic and a protester have very different views on whether their country should probe who committed crimes during February's violence in Kiev. They are both being treated at an Israeli hospital for gunshot wounds.

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Ukraine Tries To Protect Odessa After Russia's Crimea Takeover

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

With the Crimean peninsula effectively controlled by Russia, Ukrainian defense officials worry about another major Black Sea port, Odessa. The lone Ukrainian battleship not captured by Russia during the Crimea takeover sits at berth in the Odessa harbor, and Ukraine fears that this coastal area with a sizeable Russian minority could be a tempting target for Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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Erroll Morris Makes Rumsfeld Story Film Friendly

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

The latest documentary from filmmaker Errol Morris is called The Unknown Known. It is an interview with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Morris also directed Fog of War.

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Did A Federal Safety Agency Help General Motors Avoid A Recall?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

As details emerge about GM's handling of an ignition switch recall, a question is raised again: What is the relationship between regulators and the regulated, and the revolving door between the two?

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'Desert Sun' Probes Marine Deaths On Highway Near Calif. Base

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

Since 2007, more Marines from the Twentynine Palms Marine Base in California have died in the U.S. than in the war-torn Middle East. Steve Inskeep talks reporter Brett Kelman of The Desert Sun.

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Second Deadly Shooting At Fort Hood Raises Multiple Questions

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:59am

Attention is focused on the mental state of Army Specialist Ivan Lopez, who's accused of killing 3 people and injuring 16 at Fort Hood on Wednesday. A verbal altercation may have lead to the shooting.

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Sit Next To Rosa Parks At The National Civil Rights Museum

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:26am

The National Civil Rights Museum will reopen this weekend. Its new exhibitions are especially designed to give younger audiences a taste of the original feeling of the movement.

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Hip Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:34am

"Nobody from hip hop was supposed to go to Harvard without a degree," says 9th Wonder, a respected producer who's turned out to be a born teacher.

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Good Manners Pay Off For Pizza Delivery Man

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:31am

A pizza delivery man in Oregon received a 23 cents tip on a $22 check. He accepted it graciously. The next day he got a thank you note from the bad tippers and a $20 bill.

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Maryland Poised To Outlaw Vaportini

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:14am

The state legislature voted to ban the device that heats up a sphere of alcohol, and then you inhale the vapors. Doctors say this is not proven safe.

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Women Defy Hollywood's Conventional Wisdom

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:02am

A new study shows that films featuring prominent female characters profit more than those that don't.

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In Ann Arbor, Obama Gathers Support For Minimum Wage Hike

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

President Obama traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Wednesday to make his case for raising the federal minimum wage. The Senate could vote on a minimum wage bill as soon as next week. But it is hard to imagine the Republican-controlled House will take it up.

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