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On Their Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:53am

The Afghan army is now fully in charge of combat operations. NPR's Tom Bowman heads out on a mission with troops as they engage the Taliban in one of its strongholds near the Pakistani border.

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Two Days Before Operation Babylift, 57 Children Were Evacuated To The U.S.

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:52am

Despite controversy, a flight attendant and passenger say taking children out of Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in April, 1975, was the right thing to do.

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The Past Haunts The Present For Japan's Shinzo Abe

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:51am

As Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to strengthen ties with America, he's facing tense times in his own neighborhood, mainly because of his views on World War II.

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'Ashley's War' Details Vital Work Of Female Soldiers In Afghanistan

Tue, 04/28/2015 - 2:49am

A new book looks at the female soldiers who served alongside elite special operations units in Afghanistan in order to connect with a population that was off-limits to male soldiers: Afghan women.

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Colorado State Patrol Nabs Literary Litterbug

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 6:26am

A man was spotted dumping more than 600 books along a highway near Boulder. He said he was stuck with them after a bookstore closed. Police threw the book at him, according to a pun-filled release.

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Airport Traveler In New York Stopped With Marijuana And Crack

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 5:59am

Marijuana is not legal in New York, where airport authorities stopped a man who had a bag containing 18 pounds of pot. In the other bag, inspectors found crack.

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Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:23am

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention. And for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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Politics In The News: Gay Marriage

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

The same-sex marriage case being heard by the Supreme Court raises political questions. Public opinion on the subject has changed dramatically, and it will be interesting to see how the Republican presidential contenders come down on the issue.

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The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sunk while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few have heard of this disaster.

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For 40 Years, Maine County Helps Families Build Successful Healthy Habits

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

Offering classes on healthy cooking for low-income residents is just one of the ways that Franklin County, Maine, has beaten the odds on cardiovascular disease for this aging, rural population. A recent article in "The Journal of the American Medical Association" highlighted the county health system's unique efforts that span more than four decades.

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Congress May Be Forced To Intervene Again On Mammogram Recommendations

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

Six years ago, a federally appointed task force caused a political firestorm by saying women under 50 may not need to get routine mammograms. The controversy was so great that Congress passed legislation to override the group's recommendation. The task force has released an updated draft recommendation, and Congress may have to step in again.

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Weekend Earthquake Devastates Nepal

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

More than 3,300 people were killed when an earthquake hit the small Himalayan nation of Nepal on Saturday. Renee Montagne talks Phil Ewert of the aid agency World Vision.

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In Nepal, Aftershocks Keep People Fearful And Out Of Their Homes

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 4:09am

Aftershocks don't seem to be letting up following Saturday's major earthquake. More than 3,300 people are dead. We report on what things look like at one of Nepal's most celebrated heritage sites.

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Japan's Prime Minister Abe Aims For A Lot From His High-Profile Visit To U.S.

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:35am

Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement, and make an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his week-long visit.

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Canadians Love Poop, Americans Love Pizza: How Emojis Fare Worldwide

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:35am

A study analyzes more than a billion pieces of emoji data across 16 languages and regions to gauge how different nations communicate. Most emojis sent are happy faces and other positive symbols.

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Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:34am

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

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Drop-In Home Chefs May Be An Alternative To Assisted Living

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:32am

As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

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In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:31am

Chronic, unexcused absence in Texas often sends students and parents to adult criminal courts.

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For Decades, A Serial Killer Stalked Black Women In LA

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 3:30am

From 1985 to 2002, a series of killings struck South Central Los Angeles. A new documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, explores the 25 years it took for police to arrest the alleged killer.

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Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 2:25am

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colo., nearly three years ago. There are two key questions: Was Holmes insane and should he be put to death?

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