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Bombing Survivors Face A World That Still Feels Out Of Control

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:40am

Martha and Alvaro Galvis were wounded in 2013's bombing of the Boston Marathon. One of the hardest things to deal with, they say, is the feeling that something random and scary could happen again.

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Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:35am

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, simply based on when their land was first irrigated.

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Historian: John Wilkes Booth Not A Deranged Lone Madman

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:34am

On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death, historian Terry Alford explores John Wilkes Booth's life and how the assassination affected his family.

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The All-Work, No-Play Culture Of South Korean Education

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:34am

A new report finds South Korean students feel greater stress than those in any other developed nation. The country weighs the relentless pressure it places on studying and exams.

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From Horses To High Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's Economic Rise

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:33am

Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.

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Congress Approves Longer-Term Fix For Medicare Reimbursements

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 11:41pm

Eight senators, all Republicans, voted against the bill because funding has not been fully allocated for its $214 billion cost. President Obama says he will sign it.

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SpaceX Launches Successfully, But Rocket Doesn't Survive

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:37pm

The Dragon spacecraft heads to the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission. What wasn't routine was the attempt to land the spent rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Iraqi Leader Visits Washington Looking For Help In Fight Against Islamic State

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 5:09pm

Iraq's prime minister is trying to drum up military support against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, which controls parts of his country. He is also looking for billions of dollars in loans.

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Drone Strike Reportedly Kills Al-Qaida Leader In Yemen

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:53pm

Ibrahim al-Rubaish was a prominent al-Qaida cleric who was released from Guantanamo Bay in 2006. He had a $5 million bounty on his head.

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Andrew Johnson's Presidency Highlighted Issues With Vice Presidential Selection

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:38pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews University of Virginia historian Barbara Perry about the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Andrew Johnson presidency.

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Book Review: 'Voices In The Night'

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:38pm

NPR's Alan Cheuse reviews Steven Millhauser's new short story collection, Voices in the Night.

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How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:38pm

Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.

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When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:26pm

European interest rates are being pushed so low — to less than zero — that some banks are paying borrowers to take loans. Such low rates are aimed at boosting Europe's economy, but there are risks.

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Presidential Campaign Logos Reach New Level Of Sophistication

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:23pm

From water bottles and bumper stickers, to fundraising emails and Twitter accounts, the logos of the 2016 presidential candidates will soon be plastered across the country.

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Presidential Candidates Move Away From Public Financing

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:23pm

You can still check the box on your 1040 federal income tax return and earmark $3 for presidential public financing.

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Senate Panel Backs Bill To Allow Congressional Review Of Iran Deal

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:23pm

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that would give Congress a role in approving the Iran nuclear agreement.

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More Fear Of Human Intelligence Than Artificial Intelligence In 'Ex Machina'

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:23pm

"The anxiety in this film is much more directed at the humans," director Alex Garland tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "It was more in defense of artificial intelligence."

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Immigrant-Rights Activists In Seattle Claim Victory In Child Deportation Case

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:23pm

A federal judge in Seattle has given immigrant advocates a victory.

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Chicago Offers Reparations Package To Police Torture Victims

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 4:23pm

The city of Chicago offered a reparations package Tuesday for men who were tortured by a former Chicago police commander and his "midnight crew" of officers from the 1970s until the early 1990s.

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Thousands Of Young Women In U.S. Forced Into Marriage

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 3:51pm

Sometimes the women aren't allowed to leave their homes. Some commit suicide. Many have little recourse, advocates say, because current laws are ill-equipped to address this hidden crisis.

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