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Sold Out Grateful Dead Chicago Concerts Brings Out High-End Scalpers

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Some sellers are offering three-day packages for the Grateful Dead concerts for more than $100,000. Steve Inskeep talks to drummer Bill Kreutzmann, for his thoughts on the six-figure tickets.

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Venezuela Faces Crime Epidemic

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Venezuela is facing an epidemic of crime. With 16,000 homicides last year, it became the world's second deadliest country. But even as crime climbs, the number of police battling criminals is falling.

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Report: Corrections Officers Use Excessive Force Against Inmates With Mental Illness

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

A new report concludes staff working in U.S. jails and prisons often use unnecessary, excessive and even malicious force against inmates with mental disabilities. Human Rights Watch says more should be done to divert nonviolent inmates out of the corrections system, and to train officers about how to de-escalate tense situations.

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Kerry Flies To Russia To Discuss Ukraine, Syria Conflicts With Putin

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday meets Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time since the war in Ukraine broke out. Kerry's staff says he wants to keep maintain direct lines of communication and make sure that U.S. views are clearly conveyed.

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NFL QB Tom Brady Will Sit Out 4 Games For Deflated Balls Scandal

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

The NFL has given New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady a four-game suspension for his part in deflategate — the controversy over under-inflated footballs in January's AFC championship game. An investigation found that Brady was "generally aware" that Patriots employees were letting air out of the balls. Under-inflated balls are easier to grip.

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San Francisco's Ugly Yard Contest Promotes Water Conservation

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

The winner will get a landscaping makeover featuring drought-tolerant plants.

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Researchers Use Lottery Tickets To Help Slow The Spread Of HIV

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Social scientists have discovered a powerful way to reduce the spread of HIV. Researchers working in the southern African country of Lesotho found that offering lottery tickets to young volunteers if they can keep themselves HIV negative is a powerful motivator for safe sex.

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Fox Announces 'American Idol' To End After 15 Seasons

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Ahead of its fall programming presentation to advertisers, Fox announced Monday that the 15th season of American Idol, which will begin in January 2016, will be the last.

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Shell Gets Interior Department's Ok To Drill Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:09am

Conditions include plans to protect animal species and to prevent oil spills. The exploration will take place over multiple years in the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Siberia.

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Another Major Quake Hits Nepal: Buildings Collapse, Deaths Reported

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:03am

A major earthquake hit Nepal in a remote region near the Chinese border on Tuesday, killing at least four people less than three weeks after the country was ravaged by another deadly quake.

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NYC Mayor Seeks National Spotlight, New 'Contract With America'

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:00am

Just two years into his job as mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio is unveiling a progressive "Contract with America" in Washington. But critics back home say it's all too much, too soon.

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Sen. Warren On The 'Tilted Process' Of Asia Trade Bill

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 4:00am

The Trans-Pacific Partnership has become the president's signature trade initiative, but it is also very unpopular with Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:45am

Today, the average American eats about a half pound of lamb per year. Now lamb producers are setting their sights on Muslim consumers. But first they'll have to learn how to market to them.

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State Legislatures Quarreling Over Whether To Expand Medicaid

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:43am

Medicaid expansion was a big deal in a handful of state legislatures this year. Wyoming said no. Tennessee said no. But Montana said yes, and three more states are coming down to the wire.

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Still Playing: The Theater That Saw The Birth Of Cinema

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 2:36am

Not far from the film festival in Cannes is a town with even deeper ties to cinema. La Ciotat is home to the oldest working movie house in the world and was used by the inventors of moving pictures.

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Jerry Garcia's Advice To Bill Kreutzmann: 'Don't Rush'

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:03am

"You can learn so much from [Jerry Garcia]. Doesn't matter what instrument you play," the Grateful Dead drummer says. He has a new memoir out called Deal.

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