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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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Life Goes On (And On) In 'The Age Of Adaline'

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 4:03pm

The conceptually intriguing story of a woman who doesn't age is let down by the (ironically?) lifeless way it presents the many, many years she has to work with.

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Lawmakers Urge Boehner To Act On Obama's Use Of Force Request

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:55pm

Two months after Congress held hearings on President Obama's proposal for an authorization of military force against the self-declared Islamic State, Congress has done precisely nothing.

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'We Built A Robot That Types': The Man Behind Computerized Stock Trading

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:46pm

NPR's Planet Money profiles a Hungarian immigrant who pioneered computerized trading. Thomas Peterffy struggled for years and experimented with many techniques, including a typing robot.

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Return Of Horses A Sign Of Spring On Michigan Island

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:46pm

Over the next two months, more than 300 draft and riding horses will be transported by ferry to Mackinac Island.

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Award-Winning Poets Write For Passersby In New York

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

In New York City, award-winning poets are sitting in booths Thursday, ready to write poems on demand for passersby. Organizers of the event say they want to bring poetry to everyone in the city.

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Five Months Later, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be his attorney general last November. Five months later, the full Senate finally voted to confirm her nomination Thursday. NPR looks at what will be on her plate at the Justice Department.

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Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years In Space

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

Friday marks 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was launched. Astrophysicist and NPR blogger, Adam Frank, celebrates what it's shown us.

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Mediterranean Migrants Stay In 'Reception Centers' While Awaiting Asylum

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Carlotta Sami, spokesperson at UNHCR for Southern Europe, about the survivors of what is being called the biggest migrant boat disaster to date in the Mediterranean.

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European Leaders Hold Summit To Address Migrant Crisis

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

European leaders are gathering in Brussels to address the crisis. A tentative plan calls for more money for border security in the Mediterranean and possible military action against traffickers.

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Father Details Daughter's Heroin Addiction In Obituary

Thu, 04/23/2015 - 3:30pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Tom Parks of Saco, Maine, whose daughter Molly Parks died April 16 of a heroin overdose. Parks shared details of his daughter's death on Facebook and in her obituary.

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