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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:15am

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.

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Stuffed Tiger, Camera-Stealing Elephant Get Attention

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 6:11am

Police in Washington responded to a call about a Bengal tiger — turns out it was a stuffed animal. In Thailand, an elephant grabbed a tourist's camera. Instead of a selfie, can we call it an elfie?

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Listen To This: Whales Can't Hear Over Our Noise

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 5:38am

It can be hard for humans to see all the noise we're making — and what it's doing to the world. But for whales sound is how they navigate the ocean and our invisible noise is blinding them.

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Players' Costs May Be A Factor In Why Tennis Leads Golf In Diversity

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Venus and Serena Williams have inspired thousands of young African-Americans to learn and play tennis, and brought racial diversity to the sport. Has golf benefited in the same way from Tiger Woods?

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Boy Scout National President Says It's Time To Accept Gay Adult Leaders

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

At the annual meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, the group's president called for an end to the ban on gay scout leaders. President Robert Gates — a former CIA director and former defense secretary — said in Atlanta on Thursday that failure to make changes quickly could spell the end of the group as a national movement.

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State Department Envoy Defends Administration's Efforts Against ISIS

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Brett McGurk, the State Department's deputy special envoy to the coalition fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, about the administration's strategy in Iraq and Syria.

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Visting Georgetown Professor Among Those Egypt Sentences To Death

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to Emad Shahin, one of more than 100 Egyptians who received a death sentence, along with ex-President Morsi for alleged roles in events surrounding Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.

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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.

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Talking To Qatar's World Cup Workers Gets BBC Reporter Arrested

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Qatar is getting bad press for its treatment of migrant workers building 2022 World Cup facilities. Renee Montagne talks to the BBC's Mark Lobel, who was arrested when he talked to migrant workers.

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Official Scrabble Word List Updated With More Jargon And Slang

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

A list of 6,500 new words have been approved for use in Scrabble games. The new words include slang terms like twerk and shizzle.

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Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.

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Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine Recycling

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Tulsa County began recycling prescription drugs 10 years ago. More than $16 million worth of medicines have been given to the poor. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Johnston, director of Social Services.

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A Recovering Heroin Addict Tells His Story

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to Jeremy Wilder, a recovering opiate addict. He is one of the millions of Americans who became addicted to heroin after first getting hooked on prescription painkillers.

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Beyond The Bestsellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends 'Under The Radar' Reads

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:57am

NPR's go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.

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In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:57am

Midwest and Southwest states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.

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Korean Air 'Nut Rage' Executive Freed From Jail

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking.

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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed him.

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Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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KPCC's Off-Ramp: My Friend's Place

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:41am

KPCC's Off-Ramp: My Friend's Place

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Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:10pm

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk to banks, universities and other groups, and give the proceeds to the family's philanthropic foundation.

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