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Indicted Former FIFA Official Warner Says He Won't Protect Secrets

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 07:11

Jack Warner cites "my knowledge of financial transactions at FIFA — including, but not limited to, its president, Mr. Sepp Blatter."

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Chinese Basketballers Of Yesteryear

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 07:03

In the early 20th century, Chinese athletes in America sometimes found social liberation on the basketball courts.

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Advisers To FDA Consider Controversial Drug To Boost Female Libido

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 07:01

Proponents claim the Food and Drug Administration is applying a double standard to its review of a drug some call the female Viagra. Critics say flibanserin hasn't been proved safe or effective.

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Your Moment Of Baby Goat Bliss

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 06:06

The world has a lot of sad stories. But as a blog called "Goats and Soda," we feel it is our duty to bring you a minute (and three seconds) of relief with the latest viral goat video.

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Apartments Lure Students With Free Access To Tanning Beds

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 05:48

Indoor tanning boosts the risk of skin cancer, yet half of apartments close to the University of Texas, Austin, offer free use of tanning beds. Many let minors use the machines, which is illegal.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry To Announce 2nd White House Bid Today

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 05:48

In a new video, the Republican, whose 2012 run for president imploded after an "oops" moment during a televised debate, touts his 14 years as Texas governor.

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Man Fatally Shot In Boston Was Planning Attack On Police, Officials Say

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 04:48

Usaama Rahim, 26, who was shot and killed on Tuesday after he lunged at authorities with a large, military-style knife, had been plotting to attack "boys in blue," according to an affidavit.

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Climate Change-Ready Rice Keeps Farmers' Fields Green

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 04:47

Climate change has made some soil in Bangladesh more salty. Many farmers have to leave fields fallow. But what if there were rice varieties that could naturally tolerate the salty conditions?

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Pluto's Moons Are 'Tumbling In Absolute Chaos,' NASA Says

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 03:46

In the NFL, something that behaves like Pluto's football-shaped moons might be called a wobbly duck. NASA calls them astonishing.

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Give That Teacher A Key To The City!

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 03:03

Algebra teacher Sarah Hagan, of Drumright, Okla., was one of our 50 Great Teachers. And now she has a key to the city.

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PODCAST: Another media merger

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-06-04 03:01

First up this morning, the 10-year treasury yield jumped dramatically, meaning some were reaching for the smelling salts for the bond market. We'll talk more about why. And there's news of a possible merger between Dish Network Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. We'll speak with Wall Street reporter Ryan Knutson, who broke the story.

Chinese Cruise Ship Death Toll Rises To 75

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 02:56

Rescue teams have now cut holes through parts of the overturned ship's hull, but they've found no more survivors from the ship that carried more than 450 people.

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President Obama: the full interview

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-06-04 02:46

Host Kai Ryssdal sat down with President Barack Obama to talk about the future of international trade. Here is their full conversation.

Produced by Preditorial | Director and Camera Operator: Rick Kent Cinematographer: Anton Seim Producer: Mimi Kent

Why women are finally in the FIFA videogame

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-06-04 02:00

For the first time in its more than 20-year history, the Electronic Arts' FIFA videogame series will include women's soccer teams when FIFA 16 comes out this fall. 

It's been a long time coming. Fernanda Schabarum started a petition in 2012 to bring female players to the series, after playing only as male teams since her first game of World Cup 98 more than a decade earlier. "It was kind of difficult not having anything to relate to," she says. 

Game designer and Georgia Tech professor Ian Bogost says it may be a sign that we're finally coming out of a "Dark Ages" in which games became entrenched as a medium for men.

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Walmart turns up the heat ... literally.

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-06-04 01:57

That's how many stores H&M plans to open this year, surpassing last year's number of 379. But perhaps most notable of those new outlets will be a planned opening in India. With a $41 billion market for clothing, and a demand for affordable apparel, India is a natural fit for the company. As Quartz reports, the hold-up on H&M entering India has had a lot to do with (you guessed it) location, location, location.

30,000 people

That's how big the population Williston, North Dakota has become, doubling during the last oil boom cycle. But it's experienced its share of busts as well, and with oil prices down, some local officials think the town should be prepared for the other shoe to drop. And with $300 million in debt from building new roads and a water-treatment plant to accommodate the influx of people and industry, they're worried about what happens next.

1 degree

That's how much Walmart has agreed to raise the average store temperature in the majority of its stores. It was one of a few concessions as workers protested ahead of the annual shareholder's meeting. As the New York Times reports, agreements were made on everything from uniforms to what music is played.

$31 billion

That's the market capitalization of T-Mobile US Inc., which sits just below the $33 billion figure for Dish Network Corp. In what could be the latest in the massive media mergers of late, the Wall Street Journal reports that the two are in talks about joining forces. 


That's how robots are gearing up to compete in a Pentagon-sponsored competition taking place on Friday and Saturday. Challenged with completing disaster-related tasks for $3.5 million in prizes, the robots represent teams from around the world. But as the BBC reports, a team representing Google has pulled out of the competition, with rumors circulating that they had reservations about participating in a military-sponsored competition.

Trial Of Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect Could Be A 'Battle Of The Experts'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 01:07

The trial could come down to whether James Holmes was sane during the shooting. A court-appointed psychologist who examined him told jurors he was. But experts hired by the defense say the opposite.

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Growing Pains For State Obamacare Exchanges

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 01:07

Minnesota, Colorado and Connecticut are figuring out how to continue running their health insurance marketplaces as federal start-up funding runs out.

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Phone Carriers Tight-Lipped On How They Will Comply With New Surveillance Law

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 01:07

Under the USA Freedom Act, the NSA can no longer collect phone call metadata without a court order. Metadata remain with private phone carriers but can be subpoenaed by the government.

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5 Things You Should Know About Rick Perry

NPR News - Thu, 2015-06-04 01:03

Rick Perry is giving it another try for the GOP presidential nomination. Did you know he was once an Al Gore Democrat, he and George W. Bush have a checkered past and he used to be a cheerleader?

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NFL To Stream A Game This Fall

NPR News - Wed, 2015-06-03 15:01

The league is teaming up with Yahoo to offer the first national Internet-only game.

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