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Top Stories: Iraqi Offensive Continues; Latest On LAPD Shooting

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:08am

Also: A Georgia woman's execution is delayed over drug quality; Republican lawmakers unveil plans to replace Obamacare; and a jailed New Delhi rapist says his dead victim shouldn't have fought back.

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Dry The River, Live In Concert

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 7:03am

Watch the British alt-rock band perform "Gethsemane" live in Boston.

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With Iran's Help, Iraqi Force Pushes Toward ISIS-Held Tikrit

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:41am

A local source says that Iran, which has already been aiding Iraq with artillery and intelligence support, has sent fighters to help take Tikrit.

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Can Cities Change Earth's Evolution?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:39am

The fact that humans can shape ecosystems is nothing new. But new research shows that these changes are shifting the evolution of species right now — and potential feedback will happen just as fast.

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LAPD Shooting Update: Two Body Cameras, And A Gun Malfunction

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:11am

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck are calling for calm and patience, as three investigations are underway into the police killing of a homeless man Sunday.

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A Life Examined — And Examined, And Examined In 'Ongoingness'

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

Writer Sarah Manguso has been a compulsive diarist since childhood; her new memoir documents the ways motherhood has changed her writing. Critic Heller McAlpin says it's full of lovely observations.

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Hail Transforms Southern California Beach Into Winter Wonderland

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:47am

A rare cluster of storms dropped so much hail on Huntington Beach, it appeared blanketed in snow. Kids had snowball fights and photos circulated on social media of an icy snowman on the sand.

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Hockey Player's Daughter Is Happy Her Dad Is Coming Home

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:44am

Jordyn Leopold missed her dad and wrote a letter to get him a new job. Jordan Leopold was traded from the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets to the Minnesota Wild. His team says the letter wasn't a factor.

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The Austin 100

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 5:08am

What to listen to at SXSW 2015.

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What's At Stake In The Iraqi Battle For Tikrit?

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:44am

The battle to retake Tikrit could say a lot about what happens next in the region. Renee Montagne talks to Vali Nasr, dean of the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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Advised By Iran's Military, Iraqi Forces Launch Effort To Retake Tikrit

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:37am

Tikrit, home town to Saddam Hussein, had been captured last year by the group that calls itself the Islamic State, or ISIS. The new military offensive is relying heavily on support from Iran.

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Sen. Mikulski, In Public Office Since 1976, Won't Seek Re-Election

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

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland is the longest-serving woman in Congress. She was first elected to the House in 1976, and 10 years later, was elected to the Senate.

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Netanyahu Speech: The View From Israel

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

On assignment in Israel, Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Mid-East Correspondent Emily Harris about the potential political impact in Israel of Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress.

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Controverisal Netanyahu Speech Is Latest Glitch In U.S.-Israel Relations

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

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks to a joint meeting of Congress on Tuesday. The speech highlights differences between the U.S. and Israel on how to stop Iran from going nuclear.

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After Riot, Private Prison In South Texas Is Scrutinized

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

Nearly 3,000 inmates have been moved out of the private facility after last month's uprising, and staff is being laid off. There is a probe into how the for-profit company ran the prison.

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Ex-Atlanta School Superintendent, Charged In Cheating Case, Dies At 68

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

In 2009, Beverly Hall was named national superintendent of the year largely based on her district's improved standardized test scores. But those scores soon came under scrutiny.

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What Shapes Health? Join The Discussion On Harvard's Webcast

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:03am

People say many things affect health, from personal behavior and childhood abuse to God's will, according to a new poll. The people behind the numbers explain what it means for people and communities.

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In English Town, Muslims Lead Effort To Create Interfaith Haven

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:46am

A disused church in the northern English town of Bolton has been transformed into a community center where all are welcome. It's the product of years of effort and difficult discussions.

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States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:41am

Administrators are trying new recruiting tactics and offering bonuses to make up for the shortfall. But for now, open shifts in some states have to be covered with mandatory overtime.

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In Houston, Falling Oil Prices Spark Fears Of Job Cuts Beyond Energy

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 2:39am

Cheaper gasoline has benefited millions of motorists around the U.S. But in Houston the downturn in prices has brought layoffs and could hurt other sectors, including finance and real estate.

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