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'Mad Men' Finale: A Love Letter To Fans Filled With Mostly Happy Endings

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-18 00:58

AMC's Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says fans may have loved how characters' stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.

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It's Not A Come-On From A Satanic Cult. It's A New Kind Of Poll!

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 23:53

Tanzanians were skeptical when they were invited for a free trip to the big city to discuss natural gas policy. But it's actually an innovative strategy to involve ordinary citizens in key decisions.

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Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 23:52

After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.

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In Seoul, Kerry Calls N. Korea Provocations 'Egregious,' 'Reckless'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 23:44

America's top diplomat says North Korea's muscle flexing on the Korean peninsula may lead to further international pressure — and possibly a referral to the International Criminal Court.

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1 Marine Killed During Osprey Training Exercise In Hawaii

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 21:48

A Marine Corps Osprey aircraft made a hard landing in Hawaii on Sunday, killing one Marine and sending 21 other people to hospitals as dark smoke from the resulting fire billowed into the sky.

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9 Dead After Shootout Between Rival Bike Gangs In Central Texas

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 21:08

A shootout at a busy restaurant in Waco, Texas, shortly after noon on Sunday, left bystanders and patrons fleeing for safety. The number of injured is not yet known.

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9 Dead After Central Texas Shootout Between Rival Biker Gangs

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 15:30

The violence at a busy restaurant in Waco, Texas, which started shortly after noon, left bystanders and patrons fleeing for safety. The number of injured is not yet known.

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Amtrak To Restore Service Between Philadelphia, New York

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 13:23

That portion of the Northeast Corridor — the nation's busiest railroad — was shut down while the train service investigated Tuesday's fatal derailment. It will reopen early Monday.

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Does Airbnb Help Folks Get By — Or Help Businesses Get Sly?

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

Santa Monica, Calif., approved a law that would outlaw most short-term rentals in the city. Some say many listings are by big companies. Others say such laws hurt homeowners trying to make ends meet.

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Chicago's Credit Rating Is Downgraded

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

Earlier this week, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Chicago's credit rating to junk status. How did the city's finances reach this point?

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Iraqi City of Ramadi Falls to ISIS

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

The self-declared Islamic State claims to have seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with international correspondent Alice Fordham, who has reported extensively from Iraq and is following the situation from Beirut.

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Indonesian Military Chief Defends 'Virginity Tests' For Female Recruits

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 12:32

Following a letter from Human Rights Watch decrying the invasive and scientifically invalid procedure, Gen. Moeldoko said it is necessary to ensure that women are morally suited to join the military.

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Islamic State Claims To Have Captured Iraqi City Of Ramadi

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 11:06

The Islamist extremist group says it has seized all of the city in Anbar province, but some Iraqi officials say parts of it are still under the control of government-backed militias.

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20 Years After China Seized Boy Monk, Tibetans Call For His Release

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 10:56

In 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was designated as the 11th Panchen Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's second-highest spiritual leader. He was promptly detained by Chinese authorities and never heard from again.

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Asia's Governments Talk As Desperate Rohingyas Wait At Sea

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 09:11

At least 1,000 are still stranded offshore in rickety boats with little food or water. But so far, the governments of Southeast Asia have shown no willingness to let them come ashore.

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Palestinian Nuns Among Latest Saints Declared By Pope Francis

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 06:47

Two nuns from 19th century Palestine were among four sisters who were canonized by the pontiff in a ceremony at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Burundi's President Makes First Public Appearance Since Coup Attempt

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 05:59

Pierre Nkurunziza, who narrowly escaped being ousted last week, didn't mention the foiled putsch, but instead talked about the threat from the extremist Islamist group al-Shabab.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Serve Up Ice Cream, Cheese And Red Meat To Iowans

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 05:38

Likely 2016 candidates gave short speeches at the Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner before wooing voters at their hospitality suites downstairs with homestate fare in a more relaxed environment.

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WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 05:02

Filmed by storm chasers, the video shot near Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.

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4 ISIS Leaders Reportedly Among 32 Killed In U.S. Raid, Airstrikes

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:51

The raid, carried out on Saturday by a U.S. forces, killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior commander. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three other leaders were killed in ground and air operations.

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