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New Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Trip To Afghanistan

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 13:14

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is in Afghanistan meeting with that country's new president, Ashraf Ghani, and discussing possible changes to the timetable for U.S. troop withdrawals.

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When Pot Goes From Illegal To Recreational, Schools Face A Dilemma

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:27

Since Colorado legalized marijuana use, some schools in the state are starting to change how they teach students about the drug in health class. Educators worry students are receiving mixed messages.

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Lamb Dumplings, Lentils And A Bittersweet Taste Of Home

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:27

One of Syria's most famous restaurants is bringing the tastes of Damascus to Iraq, where hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled from war, and are hungry for a reassuring slice of home.

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California's Drought Exposes Long-Hidden Detritus

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:26

More than 67 percent of California is experiencing "extreme drought" or worse. At Southern California's Lake Perris, dry conditions have revealed tractor tires and sunken boats, unseen for decades.

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Bomb Blast Kills 2 At Pro-Kiev Rally In Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 12:02

The explosion, at the demonstration marking the one-year anniversary of the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, occurred in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

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Homeland Security Chief: Threat To U.S. Malls 'A New Phase' For Terrorists

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 08:28

Jeh Johnson, speaking on CNN's State of the Union, said he is taking seriously a video put out by the Somali-based al-Shabab group calling on followers to attack Western shopping malls.

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Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 08:20

A member of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Terry also enjoyed a long freelance career which included jazz education and a featured slot in NBC's Tonight Show band. He was 94.

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Clark Terry, Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter And Composer, Dies At 94

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 07:43

The famed musician was one of the most prolific recording artists in jazz and performed with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Quincy Jones in a career that spanned decades.

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Watch The Oscars With Us

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 07:01

Follow along as Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Bob Mondello and Glen Weldon live tweet the 87th Annual Academy Awards.

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Bangladesh Ferry Accident Kills Dozens

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 06:06

The vessel, carrying more than 100 passengers, capsized after being hit by a cargo ship about 25 miles northwest of the capital Dhaka.

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Chilean Cyclist Nearing Record Killed By Truck In Rural Thailand

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 05:31

Juan Francisco Guillermo, 47, had been hoping to set a Guinness record by cycling more than 155,000 miles on five continents over five years.

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Turkish Operation Rescues Soldiers Guarding Tomb In Syria

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 04:30

The raid evacuated some 40 Turkish soldiers stationed near Aleppo at the Tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

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Turkey Launches Operation Across Syria's Border

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

Turkish troops crossed into northern Syria overnight. Turkey's prime minister says they successfully evacuated Turkish soldiers who had been guarding a tomb near Aleppo that many Turks hold sacred.

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A Greek Town Nervously Watches It's Russian Fur Trade Falter

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

A small town in northwest Greece which sews mink coats has managed to stay afloat largely due to its exports to Russia. But the ruble crashed, the economy floundered, and now the town is in trouble.

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A Greek City Nervously Watches Its Fur Trade Falter

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

Kastoria survived Greece's economic crisis primarily because of high Russian demand for the fur coats it produces. Then the Russian economy tanked. Now Kastoria is in trouble.

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Parks Service Surveys The Environment's Accoustical Health

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

The National Park Service has been measuring sounds in nature for a decade. But not all sounds are natural. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with Kurt Fristrup, who's behind the bio-acoustical project.

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Ash Carter Says U.S. Considers A Slower Exit From Afghanistan

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

The defense secretary said Saturday that the U.S. may slow its withdrawal from Afghanistan to make sure "progress sticks." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analyst Network.

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In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

The distinctive music in the movie Birdman will not win an Oscar — in fact, it wasn't even nominated. Like other acclaimed film scores from years past, it didn't comply with Academy rules.

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As Feds Turn Blind Eye To Pot In Reservations, Some Tribes See Dollar Signs

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

American Indians have been given the go-ahead to sell marijuana. Some tribes are taking advantage of this economic opportunity, while others believe pot is as destructive as alcohol to their members.

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Iraqi Kurds: We're Ready To Fight For Mosul

NPR News - Sun, 2015-02-22 03:51

The Kurdish security chief says his Peshmerga fighters have gained ground against ISIS. But the big prize in northern Iraq is Mosul, and he says the Iraqi army will be needed for that battle.

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