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Boy Scout National President Says It's Time To Accept Gay Adult Leaders

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

At the annual meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, the group's president called for an end to the ban on gay scout leaders. President Robert Gates — a former CIA director and former defense secretary — said in Atlanta on Thursday that failure to make changes quickly could spell the end of the group as a national movement.

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State Department Envoy Defends Administration's Efforts Against ISIS

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Steve Inskeep talks to Brett McGurk, the State Department's deputy special envoy to the coalition fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, about the administration's strategy in Iraq and Syria.

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Visting Georgetown Professor Among Those Egypt Sentences To Death

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to Emad Shahin, one of more than 100 Egyptians who received a death sentence, along with ex-President Morsi for alleged roles in events surrounding Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.

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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.

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Talking To Qatar's World Cup Workers Gets BBC Reporter Arrested

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Qatar is getting bad press for its treatment of migrant workers building 2022 World Cup facilities. Renee Montagne talks to the BBC's Mark Lobel, who was arrested when he talked to migrant workers.

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Official Scrabble Word List Updated With More Jargon And Slang

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

A list of 6,500 new words have been approved for use in Scrabble games. The new words include slang terms like twerk and shizzle.

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Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.

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Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine Recycling

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Tulsa County began recycling prescription drugs 10 years ago. More than $16 million worth of medicines have been given to the poor. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Johnston, director of Social Services.

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A Recovering Heroin Addict Tells His Story

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 4:01am

Renee Montagne talks to Jeremy Wilder, a recovering opiate addict. He is one of the millions of Americans who became addicted to heroin after first getting hooked on prescription painkillers.

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Beyond The Bestsellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends 'Under The Radar' Reads

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:57am

NPR's go-to books guru has sent host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention than they've been getting. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.

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In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:57am

Midwest and Southwest states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.

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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed him.

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Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:55am

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:51am

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.

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Freed From Boko Haram, Hostages Now Held By Nigeria's Military

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 6:43am

The nearly 300 people rescued last month from Boko Haram are in military custody. There are suspicions that some are working with the extremist group. Renee Montagne talks to the AP's Michelle Faul.

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California Drought Creates Business Opportunities

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 5:45am

The state's drought has turned many lawns brown. David Bartlett will turn those lawns green again by painting them. His Sacramento-area company is called Xtreme Green Grass.

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Personal Ad First: Mother In India Places Gay-Marriage Ad For Son

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:15am

In India, homosexuality is illegal. Some big papers rejected the personal ad which read: Seeking well-placed, animal loving, vegetarian groom. Her son has received several responses.

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Boston-Based MiniLux Aims To Be 'Starbucks' Of Nail Salons

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

MiniLuxe was founded eight years with a focus on cleanliness and fair wages. It's expanding nationally, opening up shops in Texas with the goal of becoming the nation's biggest nail chain.

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Senate Panel Considers New Constraints On Fed's Emergency Lending

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution and a Contributing correspondent to "The Wall Street Journal."

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ISIS Takes Control Of Syria's Ancient City Of Palmyra

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 4:00am

The self-proclaimed Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has taken the Syrian city of Palmyra, known for its well-preserved antiquities. It also has gas fields and roads across the Syrian desert.

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