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Sen. Mikulski's Support Ensures Iran Deal Will Withstand GOP Challenge

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:57am

The Maryland Democrat became the crucial 34th vote needed to sustain President Obama's expected veto should Congress pass a measure to block the agreement.

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Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:55am

Freezing is usually considered a way to make raw fish safer. But a recent outbreak of Salmonella in frozen, raw tuna used in sushi across the U.S. highlights the limits of the food-safety technique.

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'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 9:03am

12 immortal, iron-fisted god-kings rule over the desert metropolis of Sharakhai. No one can stand against them, until the gladiator Çeda begins hunting for the truth behind her mother's death.

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Songs We Love: Wand, 'Dungeon Dropper'

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:03am

More two-minute, psychedelic garage-rock from the prolific Los Angeles trio, packing purist intentions and an inescapable weirdness.

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KEXP Presents: Wilco

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 8:03am

The band sounds refreshed as it performs "Random Name Generator" to a rapturous crowd.

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Top Stories: Migrants In Hungary; Baltimore's Freddie Gray Case

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:19am

Also: CNN can include Carly Fiorina in the GOP presidential debate; the manhunt continues for the killers of an Illinois police officer; and what happens when you squeeze a bunch of rubber ducks.

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Baltimore Court Begins Hearings On Freddie Gray Case

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 7:00am

Six police officers are charged in the arrest and death of Gray, who died of injuries suffered while in custody. A judge is considering a motion to dismiss the case.

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Fake Cop Tries To Pull Over Real Police Officer

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:47am

A teenager was impersonating an officer, using blue lights. The off-duty police officer suspected the fake cop, so he didn't stop. He did, however, call real police officers.

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Denmark's First Astronaut Heads To International Space Station

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:42am

One of rookie Andreas Mogensen's jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes, the European Space Agency says.

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'The Shepherd's Crown' Tells Terry Pratchett's Fans How To Mourn Him

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 6:03am

The fantasy author's last novel opens with the death of one of his most beloved characters — and serves as an illustration of his thoughts on his own impending death and the inevitability of change.

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For Second Day, Stranded Migrants Camp Out At Train Station In Budapest

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:49am

Hungarian authorities stopped the migrants, including refugees from Syria and Iraq, from boarding trains bound for Western Europe. The station has become the latest flashpoint in the migrant crisis.

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The Many Ways To Listen: The All Songs 24/7 Music Channel

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 5:49am

Since we launched our new All Songs Considered 24/7 Music Channel, we've gotten a number of notes from listeners asking about all the different ways they can tune in. Bob Boilen offers some tips.

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Poll: U.S. Catholics Accept Non-Traditional Family Arrangements

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

A new poll finds that Pope Francis is extremely popular among American Catholics. Ninety percent of them surveyed by the Pew Research Center have a favorable view of the pope. The poll also indicates that U.S. Catholics are surprisingly open-minded about certain social issues, with majorities often holding opinions contrary to church teaching.

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Battle Of Political Wills Contributes To Budget Impasse In Illinois

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

Illinois is entering its fourth month without a budget. While there's a fight over ideology, it has also become a battle of wills — pitting the Republican governor against the state House speaker.

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Thai Police Arrest Another Suspect In Bombing

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

Thai police have arrested a second foreign suspect in the country's deadliest bombing. They don't know if he's the yellow-shirted man seen leaving a backpack at the scene on the day of the bombing.

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Iceland Considers Taking In More Syrian Refugees

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

When Iceland's government agreed to take in 50 Syrian refugees, Icelanders stepped in to up the ante. Now more than 10,0000 people in that small European country have offered to host Syrian refugees. Renee Montagne talks to Tryggvi Adalbjornsson (TRICK-veh Adal-BYORN-son), a reporter with Icelandic National Radio.

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California Court Grants Uber Drivers Class-Action Status

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a California lawsuit that claims Uber drivers are wrongfully being denied employee benefits. As contractors, Uber drivers are not reimbursed for expenses normally covered by employers.

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During Holy Year, Priests Permitted To Forgive Women Who Had Abortions

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

Pope Francis has announced that all priests around the world will be able to offer absolution to women who've had an abortion, at least for one year. The temporary policy is part of a Holy Year of Mercy that starts in December.

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Prisons In California To Limit Number Of Inmates In Solitary Confinement

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

Advocates are hailing the court settlement that they say could lead the way to ending widespread solitary confinement and other harsh treatment of prisoners in the state's corrections system.

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Pack Your Imagination. We're Off To Herodium And A Clown Motel

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:20am

David Plotz of the travel website Atlas Obscura tells us about two more of his favorite unlikely parts of the world: Herodium in Israel's West Bank and a clown-themed motel in Nevada.

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