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On This April Fools' Day, We Go For A Ride In A Self-Driving Car

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:01am

Many believe self-driving cars are the future of transportation. But one self driving car prototype is displaying a dark side to the promising new technology.

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Former Nigerian Military Ruler Wins Presidential Election

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:01am

Former military ruler Mohammadu Buhari is Nigeria's new president. He unseat Goodluck Jonathan, whose five-year rule was marred by corruption scandals and a deadly Islamist insurgency.

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Iran Nuclear Negotiations Continue Past Deadline

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:01am

The U.S. says enough progress has been made in talks with Iran to warrant an extension of Tuesday's self-imposed deadline. Secretary of State Kerry remains in Switzerland for another day.

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Minimal Sierra Nevada Snowpack Will Not Ease California's Drought

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:01am

The latest figures on the California drought are expected to be released on Wednesday. The state's snowpack, a major source of water for the rest of the year, is at the lowest level on record.

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The Opposite Of The Dean's List

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 4:01am

The Education Department says it's keeping a close eye on 556 colleges and universities that do a poor job of complying with federal regulations and handling federal financial aid.

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Remembering Legendary NBA Announcer 'Hot Rod' Hundley

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:56am

Hundley, who died last week at age 80, was one of the first former NBA players that the Basketball Hall of Fame honored for calling games.

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Engineer-Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:55am

Omar Shekhey left engineering to found a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab — and often gives the money to families to help them settle in.

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Tobacco Firm Asks FDA To Lift Warning Label On This Product

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:53am

The product is called Snus — a tiny bag of tobacco that users slip between the lip and gum. Its Swedish maker claims the product is safer than cigarettes, cigars, dip and chewing tobacco.

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Scott Simon: 'We Don't Fully Grow Up' Until We Lose Our Parents

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:52am

"There are some lessons that only grief and responsibility can teach us," says Weekend Edition host Scott Simon. His new memoir, Unforgettable, is about the life and death of his mother.

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Colorado Allows Sales Of Powdered Alcohol

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:36am

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the law after federal regulators approved Palcohol. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York says powdered alcohol is a dangerous product and he wants it banned.

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Selfie Sticks Get The Boot At Coachella And Lallapalooza

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:30am

Coachella in California and Lallapalooza in Chicago say they won't tolerate the photo-taking tools. Coachella even dismissed them as "narciss-sticks."

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Indianapolis Mayor Weighs In On Religious Freedom Bill

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Steve Inskeep talks to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard about the impact of Indiana's "Religious Freedom" bill, which was recently sighed into law by Governor Mike Pence.

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Indiana GOP To Revisit Controversial Religious Freedom Act

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Republican leaders in the Indiana legislature are trying to stem the growing tide of outrage over the state's new religious freedom bill, amid concerns that it is a license to discriminate, particularly against gays and lesbians. GOP lawmakers are seeking a so-called "clarification" for the measure, but Democrats say that doesn't go far enough, calling for full repeal of the law.

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Negotiations Over Iran's Nuclear Program Come Down To The Wire

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

We'll know later on Tuesday whether negotiators in ongoing nuclear talks with Iran meet their self-imposed deadline of to reach a deal. We do know that any deal will be controversial in the U.S. Steve Inskeep talks to Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, a group working to stop the spread and to eliminate nuclear weapons.

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Trevor Noah To Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years.

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Front-End Of Tunnel-Boring Machine Freed From Seattle Pit

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Engineers have removed the cutter head from the enormous tunneling machine nicknamed Bertha. The malfunctioning part had been stuck for more than a year in a highway project under the city's downtown.

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Pentagon Chief Searches For Beginning And Mid-Career Talent

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the military is looking for cyber professionals and others, saying it may have to waive barriers like age requirements in order to attract enough tech-savvy recruits.

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Society's Fear Of Black Men And Its Consequences

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

How do African American men feel about themselves and each other? We hear from professional black men, and find out if they have ever had the experience as being seen as frightening.

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No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide, Specialists Say

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds.

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'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:58am

Host Steve Inskeep explores modern-day humiliation with writer Jon Ronson, whose new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed digs into the lives of people who've been raked over the coals on social media.

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