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Prominent Irish Government Minister Comes Out As Gay

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 06:59

Leo Varadkar, speaking to Irish radio, also says he supports an upcoming referendum to approve same-sex marriage in the traditionally conservative Catholic country.

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Ukraine Launches Major Offensive To Retake Donetsk Airport

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:57

After a night of intense shelling by government forces, much of the airport has reportedly been retaken from Russian-backed separatists.

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Tech Program Helps Put Latinos On A Path To Silicon Valley

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:23

A unique class of college students from California's Salinas Valley — many the children of farmworkers and immigrants — is working toward careers in major tech companies.

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ISIS Frees 200 Elderly Yazidis; Reportedly 'Too Expensive To Feed'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:07

The mostly infirm refugees from the religious minority were released by the self-declared Islamic State. Speculation is that they had become a burden to the militants.

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Obama's Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 05:05

It's easy to give a rousing State of the Union speech when the economy is doing well, but Obama has had a hard time hitting the right note in years when the country was hurting.

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Record Turnout For Pope's Sunday Mass In Manila

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 04:08

Francis concludes his four-day visit to the region's only predominately Catholic country advocating for the poor and warning against the government's "insidious" family planning program.

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Researchers Learn To Dust Feathers For Fingerprints

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Researchers in Scotland say they have a new way to investigate the killing of large birds of prey. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to forensic scientist Dennis Gentles about dusting birds for fingerprints.

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State Of The Union Is Obama's Big Chance To Frame The Debate

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

During his State of the Union address, President Obama will announce a plan to help the middle class and raise taxes on the wealthy. NPR's Mara Liasson previews the speech with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Guards Watch Muslim, Jewish Sites As Dark Mood Descends On Paris

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Police continue making arrests in Europe, saying they've halted terrorist plots. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the latest on the investigation into the attack in Paris with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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Longtime Church Organist Keeps Traditional Hymns Alive

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Churches are retiring their hymnals and organs, hoping to attract younger crowds, but at West Auburn Congregational in Maine, Charles Marshall has been playing for 70 years with no plans to retire.

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Pakistan Pressures Afghan Refugees To Go Home

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Following the massacre of more than 130 students in Pakistan, authorities are responding with draconian measures. Officials are focusing on Afghan refugees, even though the killers were Pakistani.

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Racist Incidents Fall Through France's Information Gap

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

There were 1,274 racist incidents in France in 2013, according to the government. But it's not clear who was affected and how. NPR's Rachel Martin learns more from data analyst Mona Chalabi.

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In LA, Building Ties To Counter Religious Extremism

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 03:40

Law enforcement is working to detect and prevent radical Islam in the U.S. On this week's For The Record, NPR's Rachel Martin presents different perspectives on what prevention looks like today.

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Russia's Prominent Prisoners Reflect Tension With Its Neighbors

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 01:50

Russia is jailing three prominent figures from Ukraine and Estonia on what critics say are highly questionable charges. The cases also reflect the friction between Russia and its neighbors.

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Russia's Prominent Prisoners Reflect Tension With Its Neighbors

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 01:50

Russia is jailing three prominent figures from Ukraine and Estonia on what critics say are highly questionable charges. The cases also reflect the friction between Russia and its neighbors.

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One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

NPR News - Sun, 2015-01-18 01:46

Moving the American Gut Project to a biotech hub like San Diego may speed the jump from basic research to real treatments. At least that's microbe tracker Rob Knight's plan.

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Obama To Call For Hike In Capital Gains Tax In State Of The Union

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 16:48

The president's speech Tuesday will call for other populist tax changes, like eliminating tax breaks on inheritances and offering new tax credits for the middle and working class.

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Syrian Opposition Groups Wary Of Russia's Invitation To Moscow

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 13:31

Russia is proposing peace talks in Moscow, and the U.S. seems to be backing the idea, but some opposition groups resist cooperating with a country that's been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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Sit. Stay. Call 911: FIDO Vest Gives Service Dogs An Upgrade

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 13:20

Wearable tech is popping up everywhere, and now there's a new vest that has GPS, can make phone calls and can talk back like Siri. But it's not for people — it's for service dogs.

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Greece Arrests Four In Latest Anti-Terror Raids

NPR News - Sat, 2015-01-17 12:15

The arrests are said to include Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind a foiled plot to conduct attacks in Belgium.

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