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Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:03am

The 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership President Obama wants to get done account for almost 36 percent of world's economy, which would be by far the largest U.S. trade pact.

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Charter To Pay $78B For Time Warner Cable

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 8:02am

The deal comes after federal regulators killed the proposed merger between Time Warner and Comcast. NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with correspondent Jim Zarroli for more details on the proposed deal.

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Top Stories: Deadly Midwest Flooding; Charter Buys Time Warner

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:43am

Also: Iraq announces an effort to retake ground from ISIS; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders opens his presidential bid today; and tests don't show the late B.B. King was poisoned, as two daughters allege.

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At Least 5 Are Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:18am

From Houston to Dallas and into Oklahoma torrential rains led to violent floods, which killed at least five and left 12 missing in Texas. The bad news? More rain is in the forecast.

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Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:03am

The young, roasted form of wheat has been eaten in the Middle East for millennia. But over time many Palestinians replaced it with rice. Now it's becoming a nutritious, native food worthy of pride.

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Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 6:03am

Matt Pym's funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it a "beautiful, triumphant miracle."

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British Cities Act To Protect Ducks With Their Own Lanes

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:44am

In London, Manchester and other British cities, those strolling and biking along urban canals have to make way for ducks. White lines mark the new lanes with sprayed on silhouettes of ducks.

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Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:34am

The deal would make Charter Communications a significant rival to Comcast, which had also sought to buy Time Warner but it met regulatory objections.

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Artist Makes Money Off Of Other People's Instagram Photos

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:16am

Richard Prince has a new exhibit in New York called "New Portraits." Is it steeling when he uses other people's Instagram photos? Prince has been challenged in the past and won.

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With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Do the glasses make the man? Four years ago, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential run was derailed by one word — oops. He admits now he wasn't healthy then, and he's trying to make up for it.

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As Wells Dry Up, Calif. County Aims To Streamline Solutions For Water

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

The lack of rain has hit all of California hard, but perhaps no place more than Tulare County an hour south of Fresno. It's home to 60 percent of the residential wells that have gone dry in the state.

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Heavy Rotation: 'Hard Time' By Seinabo Sey

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Each month for our series Heavy Rotation, public radio music stations name a favorite song. Carmel Holt of WFUV in New York talks about her choice: the song "Hard Time" by Swedish artist Seinabo Sey.

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U.S. Citizen Stranded In Yemen Sues State Department

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Several Yemeni-American men report being stranded temporarily in Yemen after the U.S. seized their passports. They say the government accused them of fraud and forced them to sign false confessions.

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Md. Episcopal Diocese Chooses Replacement For Defrocked Bishop

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

The Episcopal diocese of Maryland has chosen an assistant bishop to replace a former bishop who is accused of killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run accident, while driving drunk and texting. The new bishop, is a recovering alcoholic who counsels those struggling with addiction. Renee Montagne talks to the Right Reverend Chilton Knudsen, who has made addiction counseling a key part of her ministry.

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Berlusconi Hopes Social Media Will Aid In His Political Comeback

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Italy holds regional elections on Sunday. Trying to make a comeback is scandal-plagued former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. This time around, he has discovered social media as a campaign tool.

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Canada Cuts Down On Red Tape. Could It Work In The U.S.?

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Canada says it's the first country with a law that eliminates one regulation for every new measure that's adopted. The One-for-One Rule is designed to ease the burden on businesses.

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Oklahoma Lawmakers Pass Measure Preventing Local Fracking Bans

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Oklahoma's governor is deciding whether to sign a bill that prevents communities from banning fracking and other oil and gas activity. Lawmakers were spooked by a voter-approved fracking ban in Texas.

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'Desired Effect' Reveals How Important Family Is To Rocker Brandon Flowers

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Brandon Flowers is the frontman for the band the Killers, and he makes his own music in between albums his group puts out. David Greene talks to Flowers about his new solo album: "The Desired Effect."

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How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Foods

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Eating healthy is easier said than done. Same with buying healthy food. Research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies.

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Former Texas Gov. Perry Prepares To Announce Presidential Bid

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 4:03am

Haunted by memories of his debate debacle four years ago, Rick Perry says he's healthier and better prepared this time. Last week, the Republican was in Iowa drumming up support for another campaign.

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