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Hundreds Burned In Taiwan As Fire Erupts In Water Park

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-28 01:35

The fire started during a musical performance, NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, after colored powder shot out from the stage over the audience — and ignited.

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Wildlife Forensics Lab Uses Tech To Sniff, Identify Illegal Wood

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-28 01:12

International timber trafficking is an estimated $100 billion business. A lab that usually focuses on endangered animal cases is using a sophisticated machine to identify contraband wood shipments.

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Presidential Aspiration Born From A Modest, And Tragic, Beginning

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-28 01:03

"It's not a log cabin like Abe Lincoln, but he grew up in a mobile home, which is South Carolina's equivalent of it," said one of Sen. Lindsey Graham's former classmates.

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The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 14:57

How a group of perhaps-clueless farmgirls from Iowa rose to theatrical fame and infamy at the same time.

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The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 14:57

How a group of perhaps-clueless farmgirls from Iowa rose to theatrical fame and infamy at the same time.

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What Right Do Muralists Have To The Buildings They Paint On?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 14:01

Musicians have their instruments, painters have their canvases, and muralists have ... walls. But when the building a mural is on is changing, the muralist has to choose to fight — or say goodbye.

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For Families Of U.S. Hostages, New Policy May Bring New Hope

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 13:36

This week, President Obama announced changes to the government policy on Americans abducted abroad. A former FBI hostage negotiator explains what this means for the hostages — and for their families.

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For Gay Couples In Louisiana And Mississippi, Marriage Remains On Hold

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 13:06

As same-sex couples legally marry elsewhere in the country, couples in these two states are facing obstacles. We hear from two Mississippi couples who had hoped to be married on Friday.

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For Same-Sex Marriage Opponents, The Fight Is Far From Over

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 13:06

Some opponents of same-sex marriage are vowing to fight on after Friday's Supreme Court ruling. The battles will likely take place in the lower courts and will involve religious liberty cases.

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In Bid For Stricter Vaccine Rules, Officials Grapple With Decades-Old Distrust

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 13:06

California lawmakers have decided to tighten the criteria for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. But some parents resent officials telling them how to care for their children.

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After Tunisia Attack, Tourists Leave — And Locals Worry

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 13:06

The self-declared Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, which killed 38 people at a beach resort in Tunisia. Most of the victims were foreigners, many of them British tourists.

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Police Question Suspect In Lyon Factory Beheading Attack

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 12:28

The man, identified as a 35-year-old truck driver at the plant, reportedly took a "selfie" with victim's body and sent it to an unidentified mobile phone number in Canada.

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Kurds Reportedly Retake Kobani From Islamic State Fighters

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 08:34

Mere days ago, ISIS militants had captured the town for the second time this year.

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Greece Slouches Toward Default As Germany Rules Out Further Debt Talks

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 07:25

Germany says there will be no more negotiations after the Greek premier called for a nationwide referendum on a bailout plan. Meanwhile, fearful Greeks are withdrawing their euros.

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After Escaped Convict Is Shot In New York, Police Hunt For Accomplice

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 05:45

Authorities said that they "verbally challenged" Richard Matt, but the escapee was shot when he did not respond. David Sweat, who escaped the prison along with Matt, is still at large.

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Tunisia IDs Beach Resort Assailant As 23-Year-Old Aviation Student

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:51

Prime Minister Habib Essid also said that most of the tourists killed on at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse were British tourists.

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Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:50

A century-long government assimilation program boarded children from their tribes. Now some former students are turning their old school into a Native American cultural center to play their own music.

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National Cathedral Should Not Be Stained With Confederate Flag, Dean Says

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:09

The Very Rev. Gary Hall says glass windows in honor of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee need to go. "We couldn't with credibility address the race agenda" with the windows in place, he tells NPR.

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Puerto Rico's Monkey Island Lures Scientists For Generations

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:09

The isle of Cayo Santiago has been home to at least nine generations of rhesus monkeys since the colony's founding in 1938. Primatologists here seek clues to primate kinship, cognition and ecology.

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Activist Climbs Flagpole At S.C. Statehouse, Removes Confederate Banner

NPR News - Sat, 2015-06-27 04:01

The unidentified woman was arrested after she removed the flag, defying demands from State Capitol police to come down from the 30-foot pole.

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