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Migrants Try To Enter Europe Through Spanish Territory In Africa

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

Each year, tens of thousands of mostly African migrants cross the sea in rafts and dinghies, in search of a better life in Europe. There is another way those migrants get into Europe — over land in Ceuta, which is one of two Spanish territories in Africa.

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'Hamburglar' Pulls Off Spellbinding NHL Cinderella Story

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

A minor league goalie is taking the National Hockey League by storm. Andrew the "Hamburglar" Hammond, is on a record setting win streak that has vaulted his Ottawa Senators from almost near the bottom of the standings into a playoff position. David Greene talks to Roy MacGregor, a columnist for Canada's "The Globe and Mail" newspaper.

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South African Mercenaries Play Crucial Role In Fight Against Boko Haram

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

In recent weeks, the Islamist group Boko Haram has been pushed out of villages and towns in northern Nigeria. The Nigerian military is taking credit for the victories, but evidence suggests many of the fighters are white mercenaries from South Africa. Renee Montagne talks to Adam Nossiter, the West Africa bureau chief for "The New York Times."

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Ex-OU Student Apologizes For Leading Fraternity In Racist Chant

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

The University of Oklahoma student seen in a video leading fraternity brothers in a racist chant has publicly apologized. He has met with black clergy and other community members to say he was wrong.

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Republicans Join Fight To Reduce Prison Terms For Drug Crimes

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

A small group of advocates has been working for years to overhaul the criminal justice system — to dial back long sentences for drug crimes, and let nonviolent inmates out of prison early.

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Russian-Backed Separatists In Eastern Ukraine May Target Mariupol

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

Separatists leaders in eastern Ukraine have said that sooner or later, they will take the southern port city of Mariupol, by negotiation or by force. Despite the ceasefire, the two sides exchange fire every day at a village on the outskirts of the city.

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Chinese Couple's Marriage Is A Mix Of Old And New China

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

In our Streets of Shanghai series, we hear about Charles who met his wife through a social networking app. The couple consulted a fortune teller before tying the knot.

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Hearing Set For Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl After Desertion Charges Filed

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and end up being held captive by the Taliban for five years.

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After Foreign Intervention, Yemen Faces Additional Uncertainty

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

For an update on the situation in Yemen, where there have been numerous foreign air strikes, Steve Inskeep talks to Jonathan Bartolozzi of the international development organization Mercy Corps.

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Saudi Arabia, With U.S. Support, Joins Fight Against Rebels In Yemen

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

Saudi Arabia and its allies have started a bombing campaign, hours after rebels seized an airbase that was critical to U.S. drone operations. U.S. forces aren't taking direct military action in Yemen.

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SeaWorld Ad Campaign Counters Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld has written a book criticizing his former employer.

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Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:52am

A drug that's effective in patients with certain forms of melanoma is being tested as a treatment for other cancers whose genetic code contains an identical mutation.

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Don't Torpedo The Dam, Full Speed Ahead For Ethiopia's Nile Project

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:50am

Egypt was ready to go to war over Ethiopia's planned Renaissance Dam. A new agreement has ended the tension. But that doesn't mean everyone's a winner.

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:49am

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:48am

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:01am

This month, hear new music from Hop Along, Emile Haynie, Whitehorse, Leon Bridges and more.

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Anat Cohen's Roots Of Rio

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:35am

The genre choro — the New Orleans jazz of Brazil — has long fascinated Cohen, a jazz-trained clarinet and saxophone player. Her new quartet Choro Aventuroso modernizes the music's rhythms and forms.

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Midwest Town Braces For More Steel Layoffs

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 9:42pm

U.S. Steel is shutting down its Granite City Works in southern Illinois. The plant makes flat-rolled steel for oil companies, who are themselves hit by lower oil prices.

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California Attorney General Moves To Stop Anti-Gay Ballot Proposal

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:14pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, about the attorney general's move to halt a proposed initiative.

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U.S. Military Charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:22pm

U.S. Army officials said Wednesday that Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance is considered a crime of desertion. Bergdahl was freed last May after being held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years.

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