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An American Journalist Explains Why He Had To Flee Iraq

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 2:46am

Ned Parker has covered Iraq for more than a decade. But the Reuters bureau chief abruptly left the country last week after a report of human rights abuses prompted threats from a Shiite paramilitary.

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Why Knuckles Crack

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:59pm

A little MRI video seems to settle the decades-old debate about that loud pop of the joints: It's all about bubbles. But imagine an air bag inflating, not the bursting of a balloon.

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European Union Accuses Google Of Abusing Its Market Dominance

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:03am

The European Union has been looking into whether Google favors its own products in online searches. EU officials have filed a complaint against Google. The tech giant has not yet formally responded.

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S.C. Teen's Promprosal Required An Airplane

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 6:15am

A friend took Julianne White for a plane ride. In a field below, Noah Matthews had written in 450-foot letters: Prom? She said yes.

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Minn. Senators Still May Not Make Eye Contact During Floor Debates

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 5:57am

It's hard to get politicians to see eye to eye. But it in Minnesota's state Senate, it's actually against the rules. The latest effort to change the rule failed.

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Educators Sentenced To Jail In Atlanta Cheating Scandal

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

Jail terms were given to most Atlanta educators on Tuesday, who were convicted this month of conspiring to cheat on state tests to earn raises and bonuses. Steve Inskeep talks about the scandal with Rachel Aviv, a writer with "The New Yorker."

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Updated Driving Advice: A Better Way To Grip The Steering

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

On Tuesday's program, we offered some tried but apparently no longer true advice for listeners who drive. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne explain why "9 and 3" is the new "10 and 2."

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Clinton Tours Iowa; Begins Outlining 4 Pillars Of Her Campaign

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

Hillary Clinton says she is running for president because "Americans and their families need a champion." That's the message she is trying to convey in her first trip to Iowa since announcing her candidacy.

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Latest Protests Keep Attention On Police Killings Of Unarmed Minorities

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

It was a day of demonstrations in cities across the nation on Tuesday. The turnout and tone of the protests organized with the Black Lives Matter movement was varied.

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Obama, Senate Compromise Gives Congress A Say On Iran Nuclear Deal

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

A Senate committee voted for a bill that gives Congress a review of the Iran nuclear accord. The president had threatened to veto such a bill but it was amended to address some of his objections.

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Fun With Physics: Finding The Speed Of Light With Peeps

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

When your Peeps have gone stale, it's time to donate their marshmallow bodies to science — specifically, for measuring the speed of light.

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Obama: Iranian-Backed Fighters Must Respect Iraq's Sovereignty

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 4:10am

In a meeting with Iraq's prime minister at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama had a warning for Iran — as that country wades into the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq.

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A Decade After Blowing The Whistle On The FBI, Vindication

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:03am

After Robert Kobus alerted his bosses at the FBI to improper payroll practices, he was transferred to an office where he sat alone. He says the agency isolated and retaliated against him.

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As American Sports Skew More Armcentric, Throwing Injuries Rise

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:43am

Baseball players' arms are becoming more like football players' heads — subject to frequent injury and in need of immobilizing surgery.

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The Space Station Gets A Coffee Bar

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:42am

Italy is sending a high-tech espresso machine to the International Space Station. And NASA is worried it might be too popular.

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Radio Connects North Dakota Residents Divided On Gay Rights

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:41am

Radio is king in North Dakota. Morning Edition talks to a liberal radio host, and a conservative small business owner who listens to him — though he doesn't always like what he hears.

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Bombing Survivors Face A World That Still Feels Out Of Control

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:40am

Martha and Alvaro Galvis were wounded in 2013's bombing of the Boston Marathon. One of the hardest things to deal with, they say, is the feeling that something random and scary could happen again.

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Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:35am

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, simply based on when their land was first irrigated.

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Historian: John Wilkes Booth Not A Deranged Lone Madman

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:34am

On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death, historian Terry Alford explores John Wilkes Booth's life and how the assassination affected his family.

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The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:33am

A new report finds South Korean students feel greater stress than those in any other developed nation. The country weighs the relentless pressure it places on studying and exams.

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