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Apanhador Só: Musical Magic With A Trunkload Of Toys

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:54am

In a performance of "Prédio," recorded live on the streets of Austin, the Brazilian band coaxes beautiful sounds out of a children's bicycle and other found objects.

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Cavs Coach Takes Winding Road To NBA

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:52am

Until this season, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt had never played and never coached in the NBA, even as an assistant.

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Are Carbon Emissions Causing 'Lethal Seas'?

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:45am

Carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is being absorbed by the earth's oceans, causing a rise in acidity.

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Merging Global Values In A More Secular America

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:43am

When pondering whether a secular society can be moral, we must consider that there are certain values that stand above and beyond culture and faith, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser.

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Gay And Gender Non-Conforming Dance Troupe Challenges Societal Norms

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:40am

The Mobile, Ala.-based Prancing Elites are now the subject of a new show on Oxygen called "The Prancing Elites Project."

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Nothing More To Say On Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw Says

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:40am

The former NBC Nightly News anchor's comments came on Fresh Air. Williams, the man who succeeded him, is serving a six-month suspension for exaggerating his experiences in the Iraq War.

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North Korea Executes Defense Chief, Says South Korea's Spy Agency

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:20am

The spy agency says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his defense chief executed for talking back to him and sleeping during a meeting.

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Harriet Tubman Wins Unofficial Contest To Be On $20 Bill

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:16am

The Women on 20s campaign is petitioning President Obama to put the face of Harriet Tubman, the escaped slave who led others to freedom, on the $20 bill. She edged Eleanor Roosevelt in a close vote.

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Minnesota Considers Tough Ban On Flame Retardants

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:12am

If approved, the ban would be the most restrictive in the nation. Flame retardants are found in couches, mattresses and some baby products.

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7 Dead, Dozens Injured In Amtrak Wreck In Philadelphia

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:06am

The mayor says the train equivalent of a black box has been recovered from the wreckage of the derailment and crash.

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What It's Like Living On The Block That Philadelphia Bombed 30 Years Ago

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 11:01am

Long-time Philly resident Gerald Renfrow wants you to know that there's more to his block than what happened on May 13, 1985.

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I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:55am

Philadelphia native Gene Demby was 4 years old when city police dropped a bomb on a house of black activists in his hometown. Thirty years later, he's still trying to make sense of it all.

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One Woman's Struggle To Survive 'Too Much Vacation' In France

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:18am

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley doesn't expect a ton of sympathy when she complains about unending holidays in France. But when you have a kid who's always off school, it's tough. Really.

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Military General In Burundi Claims Coup Against Its President

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:55am

The country has been the scene of mass protests over President Pierre Nkurunziza seeking a third term. It's unclear whether the coup has the support of the full military.

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Nepal Update: Quake's Death Toll Rises; U.S. Chopper Still Missing

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:35am

Emergency officials in Nepal say at least 76 people have died in Tuesday's earthquake, which hit as the small country is still coping with a prior quake that killed more than 8,000.

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Here's A Radical Approach To Big Hospital Bills: Set Your Own Price

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:09am

Some companies are refusing to pay employee hospital bills that they think are out of line. Instead, they pay what they think is reasonable. So far the gambit appears to be working.

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'Zombie Wars' Documents An Apocalypse Of Bad Decisions

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:03am

Alexander Hemon's darkly hilarious new novel follows a sad-sack Chicago teacher whose screenwriting dreams lead to catastrophe. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "crazy in the best sense of the word."

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