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Rams Pick Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted In NFL

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 15:29

In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams have picked Michael Sam, paving the way for him to be the first openly gay player in the league.

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Athletes Chased By Technology In The Sport Of Anti-Doping

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 14:40

As testing for doping in sports becomes more sophisticated, so do the drugs. Looking at the recent history of cycling can make you wonder how many cheaters continue to slip by undetected.

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Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad's History

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 13:21

America's first transcontinental railroad was completed with a golden spike 145 years ago. Thousands of Chinese workers helped build it, but their faces were left out of photos from that historic day.

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Youth Football Clinics Try A New Angle To Prevent Concussions

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 12:30

Heads Up Football is leading hundreds of training sessions across the country to teach kids a safer stance to avoid head injury. But in the heat of the game, will they forget and hit headfirst?

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Florida Rabble-Rouser Seeks To Open Civic Meeting With Satanist Prayer

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 11:28

The Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the constitutionality of saying secular prayers before government meetings. Chaz Stevens is testing the court's opinion in Deerfield Beach.

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Unidentified Remains Of Sept. 11 Victims Returned To Ground Zero

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 09:44

Some family members protested the move by wearing black gags over their mouths. Others thought the procession and final resting place were appropriate.

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Say It With A Selfie: Protesting In The Age Of Social Media

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 09:42

Signs remain a popular tactic for activists, but now they're showing up in digital self-portraits. These shared visuals put local issues, like kidnapped girls in Nigeria, into a global context.

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Easy On The Ears: GOP Ads Adapt To Reach Women Voters

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 09:31

Republicans are using fewer facts and more emotion in campaign advertising in an effort to connect with women's hearts, and their votes. But for every rule, there is at least one exception.

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When A Cholesterol Test Becomes A Vice Instead Of A Virtue

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 08:51

No single concept has permeated American medical culture to the extent that our anxiety about cholesterol has. Old or young, man or woman, rich or poor — everyone wants a cholesterol test.

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U.S. Embassy Officers Shot, Killed 2 Armed Individuals In Yemen

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 06:55

Last month's incident has the potential to inflame tensions with a U.S. ally on the war on terror. Officials say the two officers are no longer in the country.

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High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 06:33

Congress has ordered the FAA to create new rules to safely integrate drones into U.S. airspace by 2015, but North Dakota's farmers aren't waiting.

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South Sudanese Leaders Sign Cease-Fire Agreement

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 05:36

The pact calls for the "immediate cessation of hostilities." The world's youngest country has been roiled by ethnic violence since December. Thousands have been killed and 1.3 million are displaced.

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2 Dead, 1 Missing After Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire In Virginia

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 04:25

The balloon hit power lines, and images showed the basket on fire. Witnesses said they heard an explosion and saw people falling from the balloon.

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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric Internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.

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Russia's Independent Media All But Silenced

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

As state-run TV cheers Vladimir Putin, cable providers have dropped Russia's last independent channel. NPR's Scott Simon interviews the editor of Dozhd TV about its struggles to stay on the air.

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Mexican Vigilantes Keep Arms Despite Deadline

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

Mexican civilians in Michoacan State have taken up arms to fight the murderous Knights Templar cartel. Saturday is the deadline for vigilantes to register their weapons with the police.

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How Much Can The U.S. Do For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

The U.S. is advising Nigeria in the search for the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. But Africa expert Paul Lubeck tells NPR's Scott Simon he doubts the Nigerian government can make good use of the aid.

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On Eve Of Referendum, Many Fear For Ukrainian Economy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

Sunday's referendum in eastern Ukraine comes as fierce battles are waged in the port city of Mariupol. A vote for independence may calm tensions, but it might also bankrupt the economy.

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Michelle Obama: Nigerian Girls 'Embody The Best Hope For The Future'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:44

In a Mother's Day address, first lady Michelle Obama said the U.S. is committed to standing up for the girls and their right to an education.

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Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 02:07

This week's technology news included the departure of Target's chief in the wake of the chain's data breach, efforts to regulate commercial use of drones and reports Apple may buy Beats Electronics.

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