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Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart

44 min 38 sec ago

A U.S. spy satellite detected a surface-to-air missile in the area just before the plane went down. Detailed forensic analysis on the wreckage may be complicated; it's reportedly been cut apart.

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Maine City Council Votes To Keep Tar Sands Out Of Its Port

51 min 15 sec ago

South Portland, Maine, has blocked crude oil from being loaded onto ships at its port. Environmentalists are cheering, but the Portland Montreal Pipeline Corp. says the ban won't hold up in court.

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On Immigration, America's Concerns Are Fiery But Fleeting

1 hour 6 min ago

In a recent Gallup poll, most named immigration the biggest problem confronting the nation. But past periods of heightened worries have been brief — and haven't brought about solutions.

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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

1 hour 55 min ago

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

2 hours 32 min ago

Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.

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Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

2 hours 34 min ago

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

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D.C. Washington's Voice Shines On The Diamond In Nation's Capital

2 hours 46 min ago

On a visit to a Washington Nationals game, Robert Siegel was struck by the singer of the national anthem — by his baritone and his apt name: D.C. Washington. So, he invited Washington to the studio.

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VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee

2 hours 49 min ago

Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

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Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version

2 hours 51 min ago

Following the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, local residents have been talking about the event — but the picture is being distorted by a propaganda campaign in local media.

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University Would Study Health Issues in Polluted Town

2 hours 53 min ago

People who live in Tonawanda, N.Y., also live near a company whose ovens heat coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air.

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Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Killed By Beetles

2 hours 59 min ago

A pine tree planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison is one of several brought down in Griffith Park by an infestation of beetles.

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Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

3 hours 13 min ago

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."

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A Spicy Take On An Old Standby: This Ketchup's Ripe For Return

3 hours 27 min ago

When life gives you tomatoes, make ketchup. With those fruits of the vine in season, All Things Considered reaches into the archives for a tomato ketchup recipe.

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The Polish Case For Tougher Russia Sanctions

3 hours 27 min ago

In the wake of the Malaysian airliner's downing, many Europeans are now calling for tougher sanctions against Russia. Among them is Radek Sikorski, Poland's foreign minister, who explains to Robert Siegel why the West should ratchet up sanctions.

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Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court

3 hours 27 min ago

Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions.

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Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court

3 hours 27 min ago

The Affordable Care Act received conflicting rulings in federal courts Tuesday. One U.S. appeals court tossed out an IRS regulation governing subsidies, while another three-judge panel issued unanimous verdict saying just the opposite.

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In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire

3 hours 27 min ago

Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights

3 hours 27 min ago

U.S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel after reports of Hamas rockets landing near Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.

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Newark Police Placed Under Federal Microscope For Rampant Misconduct

3 hours 28 min ago

After a lengthy investigation, the U.S. Justice Department has found that the Newark Police Department, the largest in New Jersey, has frequently violated residents' civil rights and engaged in unreasonable use of force. Sarah Gonzalez of WNYC reports that the department will be placed under federal oversight.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

4 hours 9 min ago

Arthur Allen's new book The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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