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After Derailment, Congress Debates Lifting Amtrak's Damage Cap

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

Democrats are moving to raise the liability cap on Amtrak accidents, which was set at $200 million 18 years ago. They say the cap prevents full compensation for last week's derailment in Philadelphia.

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Los Angeles Minimum-Wage Workers To Get A Raise

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 4:06am

In a vote of 14-1, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to increase the city's minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour by 2020. More than 40 percent of the workforce earns less than the hourly wage.

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In The Classroom And On the River, Modeling Success In Science

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:31am

Meet Caroline Solomon, an associate professor of biology at Gallaudet University, the renowned school for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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Pollinator Politics: Environmentalists Criticize Obama Plan To Save Bees

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:30am

The White House's new plan to reverse dramatic declines in bee numbers calls for the restoration of 7 million acres of bee-friendly habitat. Critics say the plan ignores a key culprit: pesticides.

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The Other Sacred Thing Tom Brady Squashed: Sportsmanship

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:29am

Tom Brady could be guilty of one of the worst transgressions in sport — purposely defiling the part of the game that makes it fair and square.

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An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:27am

Machines are taking on jobs that once seemed robot-proof. But can a machine replace radio reporters? We pit a human against a machine to find out.

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Live On Pakistani TV: A Call-In Show About Sex

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:25am

Sex is a topic not often broached in a conservative Muslim country like Pakistan. Yet a cable TV program hosted by a male doctor has proved popular, particularly among 30-something women.

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She's Got One Of The Toughest Diseases To Cure. And She's Hopeful

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 2:25am

Drug-resistant tuberculosis is a growing problem. It's spread through the air. It can kill you. And it's incredibly difficult to treat. But a program in Peru shows that the disease can be cured.

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Abandoned Books Spark Long Career In Law

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:30am

Joseph Crea found law books along the side of the road during the Great Depression. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Monday. He taught law classes up until last September.

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School Board Member Accused Of Inappropriate Gesture

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 6:25am

He wasn't excessively blatant. But a photo in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel shows Erbert Johnson using his middle finger to scratch his head.

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Pixar's 'Inside Out' Gets A Lot Of Buzz At Cannes Film Festival

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Steve Inskeep talks to movie reviewer Kenneth Turan about the drama, on and off the screen, at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Turan reviews films for "Morning Edition and the "Los Angeles Times."

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Why Turkish Motorists Can't Get A Break On Gas Prices

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

In Turkey, inflation is starting to come down and the foreign trade deficit is shrinking. But Turks aren't seeing any relief at the pumps because lower fuel costs have been undermined by the country's declining currency.

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Amtrak Train Derailment Highlights Delays Installing Safety Controls

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The delay in installing the automated control system that may have prevented last week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is being blamed on not enough funding and complex design issues.

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Proposal Would Curb Police Department's Use Of Militarized Gear

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

President Obama announced restrictions on military-style hardware police may get from the federal government. Critics say the rules will have little impact on the trend toward military-style raids.

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Obama Touts New Jersey City's Success In Policing Efforts

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The president said in Camden, N.J., that the government will put limits on the military-style equipment it makes available to police. The goal is to improve relations between police and residents.

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Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

When a child is adopted by a U.S. citizen, they become a U.S. citizen. But that process didn't become automatic until 2000, and adoptees that had aged into adulthood were excluded.

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Highway Trust Fund Is 'Broke,' Ex-Transportation Secretary LaHood Says

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Lawmakers face a deadline to fund federal highway and mass transit repair. One option is to increase a gas tax. Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks to Steve Inskeep about his ideas.

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FBI Probes Hacker's Claim He Took Over Plane's Engine Controls

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The FBI is investigating security expert Chris Roberts' claims that he hacked inflight entertainment systems to briefly take control of the aircraft. He says he's hacked Boeing and Airbus planes.

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FAO Schwarz Closing Flagship Store In Midtown Manhattan

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

The toy retailer has maintained a presence at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street for decades. In July, it will close its doors. Company officials are looking for a less expensive location in Manhattan.

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Nevada GOP Aggressively Tries To Break Democrats' Lock On Latino Voters

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 4:05am

Latino voters in swing states like Nevada could decide the outcome of the 2016 race for president. Democrats have historically had a lock on their vote. But Republicans think they can change that.

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