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Female Marines Make Adjustments To Advance In Combat Training

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

In the Mojave Desert, female Marines are taking part in simulated combat — for the first time working alongside men in combat roles. Renee Montage talks to Sergeant Kelly Brown, who we first met when she was in training last fall, to see how this military experiment is playing out.

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2 Brothers In Rural China Beat The Odds; Practice Law In Shanghai

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

We're talking about the latest episode in our series, Streets of Shanghai, in which NPR's Frank Langfitt offers to drive people around town and hear their stories. On Tuesday, Frank began telling us about a recent road trip when he drove two guys back to their family homes in central China for Chinese New Year.

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Investigators Lack Answers Regarding French Alps Plane Crash

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

The plane took off from the Spanish city of Barcelona and was headed to Dusseldorf in Germany. All 150 people on board were killed. The flight data recorder still has not been recovered.

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Safer Anthrax Test Aims To Keep The Bioweapon From Terrorists

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Current tests require growing anthrax in the lab, which isn't the best option for labs in Afghanistan. So engineers have come up with a credit-card-sized test that could make the world a safer place.

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Ex-Inmate Uses His Sentence To Create Successful Business Plan

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

While doing time behind bars, inmates often delve into religion, or lift weights, or learn a trade. Frederick Hutson honed a business plan, re-imagining prison as an untapped consumer base. Our Planet Money team has the story of one businessman who went to prison and decided to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.

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Sandia Labs Develops Safer, Smaller Anthrax Test

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Engineers at Sandia National Lab have developed a credit card sized test for the presence of anthrax bacteria. They believe the new test will make it harder for terrorists to get their hands on the deadly bacteria.

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Plane's Steep Decline Confounds Crash Investigators

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

French authorities have recovered the cockpit voice recorder from Germanwings flight 9525. The search for remains and the flight data recorder resumed at daylight in a rugged area of the French Alps.

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Baghdad Dials Back Expectations For Timeline On Mosul Offensive

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

Iraq's second-large city Mosul is under control of the self proclaims Islamic State also known as ISIS. An Iraqi police general hoping for help in driving militants from his home town hasn't been getting a lot of help training his men or getting weapons, but he did get a visit from U.S. advisers.

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ACLU Sues To Gain Access To TSA's Behavioral Profiling Program

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 4:14am

One of the ways the TSA says it keeps air travel safe is through behavioral detection. It has spent a billion dollars training agents to spot terrorists by watching body language. Government watchdogs say the program is a waste of money, based on faulty science, and has led to racial profiling. Now the ACLU is suing to get the agency to turn over details of the program.

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'Borland Effect' A Fumble For Football? Deford Says It Will Pass

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:23am

San Francisco 49ers player Chris Borland is retiring from the NFL after a single season to avoid potential brain injuries. Some see this as the beginning of the end of football's popularity.

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Oakland Kids Get A Raise From The New Minimum Wage

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:21am

The highest minimum wage in the nation just went into effect in Oakland, Calif. But what does that mean for young people and how are businesses making it work?

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A Couple Spends Their Millions To Save Migrants In The Mediterranean

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:20am

With record numbers fleeing the Middle East and Africa in overcrowded boats, the Catrambone family is conducting private rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Vanilla, Nutmeg Spice And Everything Nice On A Zanzibar Farm

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:19am

Three spices that grow on Zanzibar are so common they might be flavoring your morning cup of coffee. But vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg have very different origins.

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Germanwings Jet Crashes In The French Alps

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 9:05am

The plane, an Airbus A320 run by a subsidiary of the German airline Lufthansa, went down with 150 people aboard. French President Francois Hollande voiced fears that there would be no survivors.

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Subscriber May Have Put An End To 'Wall Street Journal' Thefts

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:33am

Someone has been taking Richard Nagler's paper for a decade. He posted a note offering a deal to share. The thief apparently wasn't interested. Nagler has gotten his paper since the note went up.

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Authorities Find Businessman Accused Of Faking His Own Death

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 5:57am

When Jose Salvador Lantgua of Jacksonville, Fla., signed a form waving his Miranda rights, he said: "It's been a long time since I signed my own name."

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Netanyahu Reveals Aversion To 2-State Solution, White House Says

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

The administration is taking a tough tone with the Israeli prime minister. Obama's chief of staff spoke to a liberal pro-Israel advocacy group, insisting on the importance of a Palestinian state.

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Afghanistan Still Relies On U.S., President Ghani Reiterates

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

Ashraf Ghani will be at the White House on Tuesday as his country tries to forge a new relationship with Washington. On Monday, Ghani thanked Americans for the U.S. investment in Afghanistan.

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First Listen: 'Carrie & Lowell' By Sufjan Stevens

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

All Songs Considered co-hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton discuss the latest from Sufjan Stevens. His new album, Carrie & Lowell, is being featured by NPR Music.

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Tsarneav Defense Team Tries To Make Its Point Before Sentencing

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

The trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Jahar Tsarneav focuses on how lone offenders use online jihadist literature to self radicalize. Prosecutors are close to finishing their case.

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