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98 Percent Of Egyptians Approve New Constitution, Officials Say

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 08:50

The charter increases the power of institutions crucial in the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. The vote was marked by many irregularities as well as voter intimidation.

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Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 08:30

Federal forces are backing away from a plan to disarm the civilian militias that are defending their communities from ruthless drug traffickers. In the western state of Michoacan, it's unclear how long the fragile peace will last.

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India Reels Over Sudden Death Of Official's Wife

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 08:06

Sunanda Pushkar's death was preceded by a very public Twitter feud about an alleged affair by her husband.

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In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 07:38

Eastern Kentucky is a place known as the poster child of the War on Poverty. When NPR's Pam Fessler traveled there to report, she was warned that people would be reluctant to talk because they were tired of being depicted as poor. Instead, she got an earful.

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UPDATED: Student In Philadelphia School Shooting Surrenders

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 06:36

The shooting injured two fellow students. Police say teens may have been playing with a gun when it went off.

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Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 06:26

Under a deal mediated by a federal bankruptcy judge, a group of local and national foundations this week pledged more than $330 million to help Detroit's pension fund and protect the city's valuable art collection. Bio-chemical entrepreneur Paul Schaap is one of the donors; he speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the effort.

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Ukraine's President Approves Anti-Protest Law

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 05:14

The new law prohibits almost any type of demonstration. The opposition has vowed to fight, calling for a big protest on Sunday.

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Still Texting? OMG, That's Already So Old-School

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 02:31

A new report says instant messaging is surpassing old-fashioned texting in Britain. It may seem too soon to talk about the good old days of texting, but technological turnover is another sign of the times. Also on the decline: phone numbers.

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Three Years After Uprisings, Arab States Take Different Paths

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 02:28

Tunisians were celebrating this week. Egyptians were voting on a new constitution. Syrians are hoping peace talks can end their civil war. Several Arab Spring nations are now working through key events that will shape the road ahead.

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Sibling Snowboarders Hope To Reach Olympics At The Same Time

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 02:27

Brother and sister Taylor and Arielle Gold have both had amazing seasons. Arielle is vying for a spot on the U.S. snowboarding team; Taylor has already made it. All this is new to them.

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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 01:43

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.

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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Protecting

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 01:43

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend.

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IMF, UN Staff Among 21 Killed In Kabul Restaurant Attack

NPR News - Sat, 2014-01-18 01:02

A suicide attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign nationals killed at least 21 people on Friday, including a senior official with the International Monetary Fund and four United Nations employees.

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California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 17:27

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

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Federal Judge Says N.C. Ultrasound Abortion Law Is Illegal

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:29

The state's controversial law required women who want to have an abortion to first have an ultrasound scan and have it described to them. A federal judge calls the law "an impermissible attempt to compel these providers to deliver the state's message in favor of childbirth and against abortion."

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It's Happening: GOP Is Rallying Around Embattled N.J. Governor

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:22

The conservative base of the Republican Party, long skeptical of Gov. Chris Christie because of his bro-hug with President Obama after Superstorm Sandy, is beginning to rally to his side.

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Supreme Court To Decide If Warrant Needed To Search Cellphone

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:03

The U.S. Supreme Court is delving into the technology-versus-privacy debate, agreeing to hear two cases that test whether police making an arrest may search cellphones without a warrant. A decision is expected this year.

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Congress Vows To Step Up To Surveillance Policy Challenge

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 15:01

If there was a consensus from Congress after President Obama's NSA speech Friday, it was that Congress itself must play a major role to play in the ultimate fix.

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Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:40

President Obama has enacted more than 1,500 pages of legislation that will fund every federal agency. The spending legislation was approved in the Senate and House this week by wide margins.

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5 Takeaways From The President's NSA Speech

NPR News - Fri, 2014-01-17 14:34

The president's speech Friday offered a revealing look into the nation's phone data collection program and the direction of the surveillance policy debate. But some of biggest controversies have been put off or pushed to Congress.

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