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Mindy Kaling's Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

NPR News - 7 hours 24 min ago

In a commercial, the comedian pretends no one can see her. One Indian journalist says there's more to the ad than selling insurance. Being visible comes with a risk of violence for women in India.

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After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

NPR News - 7 hours 33 min ago

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.

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Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

NPR News - 8 hours 21 min ago

The Oscar-nominated star of the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game has joined actor and comedian Stephen Fry in calling for a blanket pardon of 49,000 men punished under long-defunct law.

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Video Appears To Show Beheading Of Japanese Hostage Kenji Goto

NPR News - 8 hours 47 min ago

The SITE Intelligence group has acquired footage that appears to show the execution of the Japanese journalist a week after another Japanese hostage was killed by the so-called Islamic State.

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Islamic State Blames Coalition Airstrikes For Losing Kobani

NPR News - 11 hours 15 min ago

For the first time, the extremist group acknowledges its defeat earlier this week in the heavily contested Syrian border town.

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Four Years After Revolution, Libya Slides Into Chaos

NPR News - 12 hours 56 min ago

Libya was hopeful after Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown, but today Libya is a country torn apart, with two competing governments in two different cities, each with its own parliament and military.

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U.Va. Sorority Women Say Party Ban Is Patronizing

NPR News - 13 hours 20 min ago

National sorority leaders have told members at the University of Virginia not to attend a multi-frat Bid Night party after a discredited article about a gang rape. Students call the order patronizing.

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Record-Setting Balloonists Touch Down In Mexico After Pacific Crossing

NPR News - 14 hours 33 sec ago

Pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, dubbed the "Two Eagles," traveled the farthest and stayed aloft the longest for anyone in a gas-filled balloon.

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All Is Not So Well In The NFL Ahead Of Super Bowl Sunday

NPR News - 14 hours 51 min ago

Deflategate tops a "tough year" for the league, says Commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL has also grappled with domestic violence and child abuse claims.

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Merkel: No Relaxing Of Terms On Greek Debt

NPR News - 15 hours 33 min ago

The German chancellor says she wants to keep Athens in the eurozone, but that EU lenders have already made substantial concessions on the terms of the bailout.

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Serena Williams Wins Australian Open For 19th Grand Slam Title

NPR News - 16 hours 35 min ago

The tennis superstar beat Russia's Maria Sharapova in the final 6-3 7-6 (7-5). She is now third in a list of Grand Slam singles champs.

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An Arctic Institution, Sweden's Ice Hotel Turns 25

NPR News - 17 hours 1 min ago

This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. It's also an annual art contest, where visiting artists sculpt and created their own rooms.

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Fighting In Eastern Ukraine Drags On Into WInter

NPR News - 17 hours 1 min ago

Government troops are locked in a fierce battle with Russian-backed separatists, while civilians suffer freezing cold. Correspondent Corey Flintoff shares the latest with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

NPR News - 17 hours 1 min ago

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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Pennsylvania Law Allows NRA To Sue Cities Over Gun Rules

NPR News - 17 hours 1 min ago

The NRA has already filed suit against Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Lancaster, claiming the cities' gun ordinances are illegal.

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In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

NPR News - 17 hours 2 min ago

A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.

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What Romney's Retreat Means For GOP Hopefuls

NPR News - 17 hours 2 min ago

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about the narrowing Republican presidential field for 2016 and what we've seen so far in the first month of the new Congress.

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Just Your Typical Teenagers Helping To Fight World Poverty

NPR News - 17 hours 34 min ago

Their goal is to make the world a better place 15 years from now. And the U.S. State Department listened to their ideas. But that doesn't mean they are oblivious to Justin Bieber and Gossip Girl.

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A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

NPR News - 19 hours 4 min ago

Starved, brainwashed and beaten, Emmanual Jal was a child soldier who escaped Sudan's war. Now he's an actor, musician and activist. But he says he still gets nightmares.

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A Former Child Soldier Finds Escape, Heaven Through His Music

NPR News - 19 hours 4 min ago

Starved, brainwashed and beaten, Emmanual Jal was a child soldier who escaped Sudan's war. Now he's an actor, musician and activist. But he says he still gets nightmares.

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