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Minn. Town Outraged After Double Dots Over Its Letter 'O' Are Dropped

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 6:07am

The new road signs for Lindstrom dropped the diacritical mark over the letter "o" — known as an umlaut. The area has deep Scandinavian roots. The governor intervened, the umlauts will be back.

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Senator's 'Let It Go' Ringtone Disrupts Committee Hearing

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 5:50am

During the panel's hearing on Thursday, Sen. Pat Roberts cellphone rang. And what ringtone does the Kansas Republican have on his phone? It was the theme from the Disney movie Frozen, "Let It Go."

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Golden State's Stephen Curry Perfects 3-Pointers

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

With the NBA playoffs about to begin, the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the league and the most exciting playing style — highlighted by Stephen Curry's long-range shooting.

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Awkward At Times But 'Child 44' Can Hold Audiences' Attention

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

It's taken 7 years for the best-selling literary thriller Child 44 to make it to the screen. It's set in the Soviet Union in the last days of Josef Stalin and stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

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Demand Increases For Vinyl Records

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

Saturday is World Record Day, a celebration of independent record stores. Jay Millar of United Record Pressing, says people have a connection to vinyl that you just can't get with a digital download.

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Last Male White Rhino Is Under Guard In Kenya

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

In the world, there are only five northern white rhinos left and only one of them is a male. Two females are in a zoo in the Czech Republic. The others are in a nature preserve in Kenya.

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Greece's Economy Remains Embroiled In Turmoil

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to David Wessel about whether Greece will receive more loans in exchange for promises to overhaul its economy. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution

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When It Comes To Buying Decisions, Why Feelings Come First

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

People make buying decisions based on something that is really hard to measure: how we feel. Our Planet Money team reports on the holy grail of economics: knowing what consumers are going to do.

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India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

China and India are each spending billions of dollars on infrastructure, especially hydroelectric dams, in Nepal. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Donatella Lorch about what China and India want.

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E-Cigarettes Grow In Popularity Among Teen Students, Survey Says

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual youth tobacco survey. Among the findings: The use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among U.S. teenagers in the last year.

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Survivor Tree Stands Strong 20 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing at Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Today, the so-called Survivor Tree remains as a symbol of hope and resilience after tragedy.

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Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 4:03am

The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."

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Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing Reopens Wounds For Survivors

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:54am

When the truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, there were 21 kids in the building's day care. Six survived, including Chris Nguyen and PJ Allen.

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Clone Drama 'Orphan Black' Returns As Complex And Complicated As Ever

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 3:39am

BBC America's Orphan Black, returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are one of its coolest traits and biggest weaknesses.

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When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:43am

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.

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Turkish Educator Pledges $10M To Set Up Universities For Syrian Refugees

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:42am

The war has put dreams of college on hold for some 40,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey. Enver Yucel hopes to create a higher ed system to meet their needs, with coursework in English, Arabic and Turkish.

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Boston Marathon Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns Long After Bombing

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 2:41am

Boston jurors in the marathon bombing trial watched a nine-minute video pieced together from different surveillance cameras — some with surprisingly high resolution.

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Company Offers $70,000 A Year Minimum Wage

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:26am

At Gravity Payments in Seattle, the CEO announced the new minimum wage. Some employees will more than double their pay. The boss will take a pay cut to make the $70,000 a year minimum wage possible.

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Ex-ABBA Member Capitalizes On 'Mamma Mia!' Franchise

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:15am

Bjorn Ulvaeus is gonna take a chance on a restaurant in Stockholm. He wants to serve Greek food, and dish up live performances set to an ABBA soundtrack. Audience participation encouraged.

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Will Desalination Plants Cure Calif. Drought Issues Or Enable More Growth?

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 4:06am

Desalinationl facilities are under construction across the state that would make ocean water drinkable. Some environmentalists debate whether more plants would only worsen the long-term water issues.

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