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Couple Rescues Migrants Trying To Reach Europe On Overpacked Boats

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:03am

David Greene talks to Christopher Catrambone, who, along with his wife, spent $8 million to buy and re-fit a 146-foot ship to save migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe.

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Obama Administration Approves Ferry Service To Cuba

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:03am

It's been decades, since ferries operated between the United States and Cuba. The Treasury Department has issued licenses for passenger ferry service, but it's not know how many.

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On Her First Official Trip As Attorney General, Lynch Goes To Baltimore

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:03am

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Tuesday met with police, community leaders and the family of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died a week after being arrested by police.

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How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:03am

Steve Inskeep talks to Richard Rothstein of the Economic Policy Institute about what he calls "government-sponsored segregation," and how it has led to police-community tensions.

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Huckabee Hopes Evangelical Voters Are Tying Yellow Ribbons For Him

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:00am

Mike Huckabee is back on the campaign trail after finishing second for the GOP nomination in 2008. In his latest run, he's hearkening back to an even earlier time, with 1970s icon Tony Orlando.

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Athletes Want To Talk To Fans Without Meddlesome Sports Journalists

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:33am

Former baseball player Derek Jeter is leading the charge to find ways for players to speak to fans without media middlemen.

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Six Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White'

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:32am

Jamaal Allan is a high school teacher in Des Moines, Iowa. People make assumptions based on his name alone, and that's taken him on a lifelong odyssey of racial encounters.

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What Happens In Vegas Includes Crowded, Struggling Schools

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 3:31am

Teachers, students and administrators are stretched thin by serious overcrowding. The city could add 32 schools tomorrow and every one would be filled to capacity.

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Afghan Judge Sentences 4 To Death In Mob Killing Of Woman

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 1:34am

Judge Safiullah Mojadedi has convicted and sentenced four men to death for their role in the brutal mob killing of a woman in Kabul in March.

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Pacquiao Sued For Failing To Disclose Injury Before 'Fight Of The Century'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:57pm

The two plaintiffs are suing under laws meant to protect consumers. Pacquiao lost the highest-grossing boxing match in history to Floyd Mayweather Jr. It was later revealed he had a shoulder injury.

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Justice Dept. Criticizes Punishments For Agents Linked To Student's Detention

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 5:05pm

In 2012, Daniel Chong spent more than four days in a cell without food and water because agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration forgot about him. The agents were suspended for up to seven days.

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Tea Tuesdays: Butter Up That Tea, Tibetan-Style

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:55pm

Yak butter tea is often referred to as the national drink of Tibet. It's been consumed in the Himalayas for centuries and helped inspire the Bulletproof Coffee craze in the U.S.

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Clinton 'War Room' Pushback And The 'Invent Your Own' Media Campaign

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:30pm

The Clinton campaign went into overdrive Tuesday trying to minimize the damage from a new book that delves into Clinton Foundation fundraising — and they're not using the typical channels to do so.

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Texas Shooting Sheds Light On Murkiness Between Free, Hate Speech

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:03pm

The organizers of Sunday's contest for cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad specifically chose Garland, Texas, for their event. The Curtis Culwell Center also hosted a Muslim group's meeting in January.

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Self-Declared Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Texas Shooting

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:03pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with the Washington Post's Adam Goldman about the two men who opened fire in Garland, Texas, Sunday outside an exhibit of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

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Edison's Talking Dolls Can Now Provide The Soundtrack To Your Nightmares

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 4:02pm

Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)

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Baltimore Police Shooting That Wasn't 'Illustrates Malleable Nature Of Memories'

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:58pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks to Elizabeth Loftus, professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine, about inventing memories. False reports Monday said a man was shot by Baltimore police.

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Ladies In The Streets: Before Stonewall, Transgender Uprising Changed Lives

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:52pm

The Stonewall Riot in New York sparked the gay rights movement. But Three years earlier, unrest in San Francisco marked the transgender community's public debut in the rights struggle.

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New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:50pm

Lots of states have underfunded pension systems, but New Jersey's ranks near the bottom. Christie's plan to cut pension payments even further is the subject of multiple lawsuits.

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St. Louis Rams Consider Move To Los Angeles

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 3:29pm

St. Louis is fighting to keep its NFL team from bolting to Los Angeles. Proponents see an economic benefit to keeping the team, and they fear losing of the Rams will hurt the city's prestige.

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