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U.S. Drone Strike Kills 2 Al-Qaida Hostages, Including An American

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:10am

A U.S. drone strike has killed an American being held hostage in Pakistan by al-Qaida. Warren Weinstein had lived in Lahore for years and was killed along with another aid worker, from Italy.

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Kidnappers In Mexico Now Target Undocumented Migrants

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:10am

David Greene talks with Sarah Stillman of The New Yorker about her report on kidnappers in Mexico who are grabbing thousands of Central American migrants every year, as they travel to the U.S.

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After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:10am

After a long delay and a lot of partisan rancor, much of which had nothing to do with her, the Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next attorney general. She could be sworn in as early as Monday.

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Aid Workers Hear Migrants' Firsthand Accounts Of Shipwrecks

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:10am

The charity Save the Children has been hearing firsthand accounts from migrants who have survived the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

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Europe Grapples With How To Deal With Influx Of Migrants

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:10am

Thousands cross the Mediterranean hoping to escape civil instability or economic hardship. Renee Montagne talks to Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration about Europe's response.

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Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:03am

From questions surrounding the Clinton family foundation to a congressional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's campaign is pushing back against allegations of scandal.

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As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 4:03am

Governing is messy, but slumping approval ratings for hopefuls like Scott Walker and Chris Christie likely won't have much impact on the presidential contest.

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China's Latest Target: Funeral Strippers

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:55am

In some parts of rural China and in Taiwan, hiring strippers to perform at the funeral of a loved one isn't considered absurd, but a good idea.

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Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 3:30am

As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.

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After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:56am

Launched shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Hubble telescope isn't showing its age. Astronomers and other fans hope this old charmer will be useful for many years to come.

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Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:54am

If this Senate is getting some traction, it's not yet a threat to anyone's legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.

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The Day One Man Decided To Give Up His Gun

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:34am

In the 1970s, Pastor David Ned learned an important lesson about himself after what could have been a tragic situation.

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Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It's Made Of

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 2:23am

It's been two years since more than 1,100 workers were killed in a garment factory in Bangladesh. "Ethical fashion" is gaining momentum — though what that means depends on whom you ask.

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SkyWest Now Says Several Passengers Were Ill On Diverted Flight

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 6:54pm

The airline initially said just one passenger lost consciousness. It still doesn't know what caused the crisis.

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Delinquent Mines: Congress Revives Bill To Hold Mine Owners Accountable

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:55pm

The measure, first proposed in 2910, would shut down mines if owners fail to pay fines for safety violations.

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Maryland Governor Sends State Troopers As Protests Grow In Baltimore

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:14pm

Protesters took to the streets demanding justice, after a black man suffered a deadly injury to his spine after being arrested.

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'24 Days' Retells A Brutal Crime With Little Explanation

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 5:03pm

The docudrama 24 Days doesn't try to explain the thinking of those who abducted and killed a Jewish Parisian. Instead, it considers what can be known about the motives of others.

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Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:44pm

Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.

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Only 19 Months Until Election Day, And Over 19 Candidates To Hear From

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:14pm

As NPR gears up for the 2016 presidential election, staffers provide insight into how they are choosing which candidates to interview.

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'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:06pm

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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