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'Most Interesting Man In The World' Violates Carpool Lane

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 6:31am

A driver near Tacoma, Wash., used a cardboard cutout of the Dos Equis pitchman to use the HOV lane. KOMO-TV reports when a state trooper caught the scam, the driver protested, "He's my best friend."

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Migrants Try To Enter Europe Through Spanish Territory In Africa

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

Each year, tens of thousands of mostly African migrants cross the sea in rafts and dinghies, in search of a better life in Europe. There is another way those migrants get into Europe — over land in Ceuta, which is one of two Spanish territories in Africa.

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'Hamburglar' Pulls Off Spellbinding NHL Cinderella Story

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

A minor league goalie is taking the National Hockey League by storm. Andrew the "Hamburglar" Hammond, is on a record setting win streak that has vaulted his Ottawa Senators from almost near the bottom of the standings into a playoff position. David Greene talks to Roy MacGregor, a columnist for Canada's "The Globe and Mail" newspaper.

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South African Mercenaries Play Crucial Role In Fight Against Boko Haram

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

In recent weeks, the Islamist group Boko Haram has been pushed out of villages and towns in northern Nigeria. The Nigerian military is taking credit for the victories, but evidence suggests many of the fighters are white mercenaries from South Africa. Renee Montagne talks to Adam Nossiter, the West Africa bureau chief for "The New York Times."

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Ex-OU Student Apologizes For Leading Fraternity In Racist Chant

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

The University of Oklahoma student seen in a video leading fraternity brothers in a racist chant has publicly apologized. He has met with black clergy and other community members to say he was wrong.

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Republicans Join Fight To Reduce Prison Terms For Drug Crimes

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

A small group of advocates has been working for years to overhaul the criminal justice system — to dial back long sentences for drug crimes, and let nonviolent inmates out of prison early.

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Separatists In Eastern Ukraine Expected To Target Mariupol

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

If Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine want a viable economy in their regions, they'll need Mariupol as a seaport.

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Chinese Couple's Marriage Is A Mix Of Old And New China

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

In our Streets of Shanghai series, we hear about Charles who met his wife through a social networking app. The couple consulted a fortune teller before tying the knot.

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Hearing Set For Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl After Desertion Charges Filed

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

The Army has charged Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl disappeared from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and end up being held captive by the Taliban for five years.

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After Foreign Intervention, Yemen Faces Additional Uncertainty

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

For an update on the situation in Yemen, where there have been numerous foreign air strikes, Steve Inskeep talks to Jonathan Bartolozzi of the international development organization Mercy Corps.

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Saudi Arabia, With U.S. Support, Joins Fight Against Rebels In Yemen

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

Saudi Arabia and its allies have started a bombing campaign, hours after rebels seized an airbase that was critical to U.S. drone operations. U.S. forces aren't taking direct military action in Yemen.

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SeaWorld Ads Counter Criticism Over Treatment Of Whales

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 4:07am

SeaWorld has a new CEO and a new advertising campaign touting its care of killer whales. At the same time, a former orca trainer at SeaWorld has written a book criticizing his former employer.

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Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:52am

A drug that's effective in patients with certain forms of melanoma is being tested as a treatment for other cancers whose genetic code contains an identical mutation.

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Don't Torpedo The Dam, Full Speed Ahead For Ethiopia's Nile Project

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:50am

Egypt was ready to go to war over Ethiopia's planned Renaissance Dam. A new agreement has ended the tension. But that doesn't mean everyone's a winner.

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Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:49am

A riot at a private immigration prison in Willacy County, Texas, forced officials to close the facility and relocate 2,800 inmates. But it also left the county with a $2.3 million budget shortfall.

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Is Capitol Hill Ready To Rest Its Near-Annual 'Doc Fix' Exercise?

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 2:48am

Doctors who treat Medicare patients will face a huge cut, 21 percent, if Congress doesn't act by the end of the month. House leaders now think they fix a problem that has plagued Congress since 1997.

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SAT Prep Test Misquotes Taylor Swift

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:41am

The Princeton Review wanted to use a line from her song "Fifteen" as an example of bad grammar. The problem is the lyric in question was misquoted.

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NASA Rover Opportunity Wins Mars Marathon

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 6:35am

It only took the vehicle 11 years and 2 months. That's the furthest any off-earth vehicle has traveled — beating out the Soviet Union's moon rover.

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John Urschel Balances Math Career With Pro Football Risks

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

John Urschel is an offensive linesman for the Baltimore Ravens, and he's also a published mathematician. His latest paper appears in the "Journal of Computational Mathematics." He talks to David Greene about his love of math and why he still plays in the NFL.

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VA Changes 40-Miles Rule For Private Medical Care

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

Veterans are allowed to go outside the VA for private medical care if they had to wait more than 30 days for an appointment or live more than 40 miles from a VA facility. On Tuesday, the VA announced a change to that 40-mile-rule.

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