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In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 13:00

It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing.

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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 13:00

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.

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Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 12:59

The radio call transcript gives new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people missing. Early in its plight, the South Korean ferry seems to have listed too far to deploy its life boats.

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It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 12:20

The Cannabis Cup festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Denver is hosting it for the first time since state pot laws were relaxed.

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Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 12:16

Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.

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'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 11:17

The Easter holiday finds Christians in the Middle East concerned over what the future may hold. As the violence in Syria deepens, many Armenians remember a history of genocidal tragedies.

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The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 08:39

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it's hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it's across the street from Walt Disney World.

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'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 07:31

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter's story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.

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This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 07:28

Ten years after sneaking into a church slated for closing, parishioners at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church maintain a 24-hour vigil in attempt to keep their house of worship open.

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Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 07:13

Based on Google Alerts, a snapshot of pandas in black-and-white. In the here-and-now.

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Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 06:34

The shootout took place at a checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week.

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Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:41

The pope gave his traditional Easter blessing before a large crowd in St. Peter's Square; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

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Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller.

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Hindu Nationalist Topping Polls In World's Largest Election

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

In India, hundreds of millions are casting their ballots in parliamentary elections over the next month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Indian reporter Supriya Sharma.

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S. Korean Community Waits And Prays For Its Missing Students

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

It's been a week of tragedy for the community of Ansan, an industrial town near Seoul. Many of the high school teenagers who sank with the South Korean ferry last week attended high school there.

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Measures Of Change After Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

One year ago, 1,100 garment workers were killed when a Bangladesh factory collapsed. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Steven Greenhouse, labor reporter for The New York Times, about what has changed.

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Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

Most Ukrainians are primarily Orthodox Christians, and Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. Many in the country are hoping the holiday will calm current tensions.

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Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

Denver is playing host to the annual Cannabis Cup this weekend. Editor Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post's The Cannabist blog gives NPR's Rachel Martin the high scores.

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Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

An internationally recognized conservationist is recovering after he was attacked in the Democratic Republic of Congo. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Allard Blom of the World Wildlife Fund.

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Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.

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