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What Do Hanson And Madonna Have In Common? Hits Ideal For Saving A Life

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:26am

A New York City hospital has created a playlist of songs with the ideal tempo for CPR, although previous research suggests there is more to good chest compressions than just the right tempo.

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Some Wildlife Photographers Use Bait, But Is It Worth The Shot?

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:25am

Photos of an owl swooping in with wings wide, eyes glowing and talons outstretched might not really be because of chance. Photographers using mice to lure the owls have caused a fierce debate.

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Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 3:23am

Currently, insurance rates are calculated based on drivers' claims histories and driving records. Driverless cars are expected to shift the liability toward carmakers. But it won't happen all at once.

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'A Dream Come True' As Baseball Player Joins The Majors

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 5:53am

After years in the minor leagues, Brock Stassi joined the Phillies. His brother wrote: "My brother is a prime example to everyone : chase your dream, prove the doubters wrong, and GRIND!!!!!!!!!"

The Hardest Spelling Test Ever

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 5:36am

A Michigan teacher gave a spelling test. He was going over the answers, including: "S-P-E-E-K-U-Z-S-L-M-N, there are silent letters at the end of that one," he said. It was an April Fools' joke.

Trump Advisers Under Scrutiny In Russia Investigations

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

As investigations into the Trump campaign's potential connections to Russia get underway, Trump associates Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and Carter Page are all expected to face intense scrutiny.

Venezuela In Political Crisis After Supreme Court Takes Over Legislature

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Venezuela's Supreme Court has taken over the legislature in what opposition leaders say is President Maduro establishing a dictatorship. David Greene talks with Hannah Dreier of The Associated Press.

Rising Seas Threaten Coastal Military Bases

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Many military installations are along coastlines and are vulnerable to rising seas, including military bases on the Virginia coast, which face dangers of flooding.

Sorting Out The Congressional Russia Investigations

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

The Senate Intelligence Committee stepped up its public role in investigating Russia's attempts to hack the 2016 election, as the House investigation descended into chaos this week.

State Leaders Float The Idea Of A Constitutional Convention

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Some state Republicans who are frustrated by a lack of action on their priorities are eying a never-before-used constitutional provision to bypass Congress: A constitutional convention.

Oklahoma City Mayor On Meeting With DHS And 'Sanctuary Cities'

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Oklahoma City's mayor, Republican Mick Cornett, talks with Rachel Martin about his meeting with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and the definition of "sanctuary cities."

Trump Campaign Adviser Sen. Richard Burr Leading Probe Of Trump Campaign And Russia

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Sen. Richard Burr is running the Senate's probe into contacts between Russia and the Trump campaign. But he also was an adviser for Trump's campaign, which raises questions about his impartiality.

Devastated Neighborhoods Left Behind As ISIS Is Forced From Mosul

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

As the fight to push ISIS out of Mosul grinds on, civilians stream out of liberated areas that are unlivable, and Iraqi forces "clear" areas of holdouts and fire mortars at remaining ISIS areas.

This Country Music Tailor Is Known As 'The Rhinestone Rembrandt'

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Manuel Cuevas of Manuel Couture crafted iconic outfits for Hank Williams and Gram Parsons, and turned Johnny Cash into "the man in black."

(Image credit: Photo courtesy of Morelia Cuevas)

'Democrats Are Good For Gun Sales': Guess What Happened After Trump's Election

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Donald Trump won the backing of the NRA and many gun owners by opposing limits to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, but his election hasn't been good for the gun business.

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'Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve' Crunches The (Literary) Numbers

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

In his new book, statistician Ben Blatt loads thousands of books, new and old, into a vast database and uncovers intriguing patterns in how our favorite authors write.

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Punk Singer John Lydon On His 'Songbook'

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

John Lydon, also known as Johnny Rotten, is best known as the singer for the Sex Pistols. His new book includes lyrics to every song he's written, with handwritten lyrics, artwork, photos and essays.

Will Using Artificial Intelligence To Make Loans Trade One Kind Of Bias For Another?

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:06am

The next loan you get may depend less on your credit score and more on what a program thinks of your habits. Digital lenders say the process will be more fair, but others worry about unintended bias.

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If Trump Is Traveling And A Pilot Strays, Fighter Jets Will Follow

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:05am

Traveling U.S. presidents get a flight restriction with a radius that spans 30 nautical miles. When pilots fly inside that airspace, they risk being intercepted by the Air Force.

(Image credit: Master Sergeant Mark W. Fortin/U.S. Air Force)

In Turkey, Kurdish Singers Keep Traditional Music Alive

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 3:52am

For centuries, dengbej songs served as news bulletin, history lesson and evening's entertainment all in one. Master singers continue to perform. But efforts to preserve Kurdish culture have suffered.

(Image credit: Gokce Saracoglu for NPR)




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