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5 Things You Should Know About Lindsey Graham

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-31 02:03

Graham has never sent an email, and he catapulted onto the national stage because of his role in the Clinton impeachment proceedings.

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In Norway, A Prison Built On Second Chances

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-31 01:46

The inmates have private cells and dine with the guards. Norway spends three times as much as the U.S. per prisoner. Norwegians say it pays off, with less than half the U.S. recidivism rate.

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Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Dies After Cancer Battle

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 17:59

Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's son, has died after battling brain cancer, the vice president announced Saturday. Beau Biden, a former attorney general of Delaware, was 46.

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Seeing What Isn't There: Inside Alzheimer's Hallucinations

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 13:05

Sometimes Greg O'Brien gets a tingling in the back of his brain that tells him a hallucination is coming. Lions. Spiders. Birds. Sometimes the creatures are friendly. Too often, they're not.

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Manhattanhenge Set To Wow New Yorkers Tonight

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 10:00

The semi-annual phenomenon in late May and mid-July each year occurs when the Sun aligns with the street grid in Manhattan, casting a shaft of light between the skyscrapers.

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It's A 'Year Of Fear' For Kids, U.N. Says. Can We Make Things Better?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 09:09

Gordon Brown of the U.N. said it's the worst year for refugees since 1945, and cited a litany of other miseries for youth. We asked experts what can be done to make 2015 a little less horrible.

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Hastert Due To Be Arraigned Next Week

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 08:37

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI spoke with two individuals who made accusations of sexual abuse against the former Speaker of the House

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley Seeks Democratic Nomination

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 06:55

O'Malley, also a former Baltimore mayor, has made no secret of his desire to run, despite his lack of a national profile. He faces an uphill battle against front-runner Hillary Clinton.

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Newly Re-Elected, FIFA's Sepp Blatter Denies Ties To Corruption

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 06:00

At a press conference Saturday, newly re-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter was defiant, insisting he had nothing to fear from the ongoing investigation. NPR's Scott Simon talks with AP's Rob Harris.

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Under Cover Of Conflict, Hamas Killed Palestinians, Amnesty Alleges

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 05:21

The human rights organization says Hamas deliberately killed at least 23 Palestinians during the war with Israel last summer. Those killed were accused by Hamas of collaborating with Israel.

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Death Toll In Texas, Oklahoma Floods At 28

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 05:14

The region is expecting more rain and officials warn that the Colorado River at Wharton could crest today, causing even more flooding in what has been the wettest May on record for the state.

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Egypt Agrees To Deport U.S. Citizen Sentenced For Protests

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 04:10

In April, Mohamed Soltan, 27, was sentenced to life in prison for his ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. He had been on a more than year-long hunger strike.

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Mary Ellen Mark And The Caged Prostitutes Of Mumbai

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 03:58

The photographer, who died this week, turned her lens on the marginal people of the world. One of her most acclaimed projects was her series of photos taken in the brothels of Mumbai.

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South Korea Struggles To Contain Deadly MERS Virus' Spread

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 02:40

Health officials in South Korea are coming under fire after cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, swelled from one to 13 inside of two weeks.

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Mecca Becomes A Mecca For Skyscraper Hotels

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-30 02:16

Mecca is the destination for Muslim pilgrims. To house the millions of worshippers, massive hotels are rising at a furious pace, upsetting those seeking to protect the city's traditional architecture.

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The Peace Corps wants ... baby boomers?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-29 16:06

According to the U.S. Peace Corps, 7 percent of its 6,818 volunteers are over the age of 50, and the international service organization would like to see that double. Retired volunteers, the agency says, bring unique life skills and professional experiences with them that allow them to instantly impact the communities they serve around the world.

Enter John and Rosemary Bottcher from Monticello, Florida, married 47 years. Rosemary, 72, is a retired environmental chemist, and John, 71, was an environmental attorney. They served together from 2011-2013 in Paraguay, where Rosemary taught secondary school and John worked in agricultural economics building sustainable gardens. 

"It was just a grand adventure," Rosemary says. "I just wanted to do something different, because lying about when you're retired can get pretty boring pretty fast." John and Rosemary's decided to join the Peace Corps after visiting their daughter, a volunteer herself, in Guatemala. 

 

CBS' Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:55

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS' Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.

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FIFA Scandal Has Echoes Of Salt Lake Olympics Corruption Crisis

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:42

Officials of both organizations were accused of taking bribes. Leaders of both said they couldn't watch subordinates' behavior. Persistent outsiders found evidence of misconduct.

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Anthrax Was Accidentally Sent To 11 States, 2 Countries, Pentagon Now Says

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 15:12

The numbers are more than the Pentagon's Thursday estimate of nine states and a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea. News organizations named Australia as the other country that received the samples.

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Trickster Journalist Explains Why He Duped The Media On Chocolate Study

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 14:08

John Bohannon, the man behind a stunt that bamboozled many news organizations into publishing junk science on dieting, talks to NPR's Robert Siegel about why he carried out the scheme.

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