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Crisis Escalates In Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 04:03

A group of international observers has been detained by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as Kiev ramps up military operations. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

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Colosseum Gets A Good 2,000-Year Scouring

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 04:03

The Colosseum is getting its first top to bottom cleaning in 2 millennia. The scrub-down began in December and is slated to cost $35 million before its completion in 2016.

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Dole Reflects On A Long Career As He Cruises His Home State

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 04:03

Former Sen. Bob Dole has returned home to Kansas for a "thank you" tour. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the 90-year-old senator about his career.

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Marines In Australia Aimed To Stabilize A Growing Region

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 04:03

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Thomas X. Hammes at the Institute for National Strategic Studies about the U.S.'s strategic "pivot to Asia," and the recent deployment of Marines to Australia.

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Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-27 01:07

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the Vatican's massive plaza to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.

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S. Korea Prime Minister Offers Resignation Over Ferry Sinking

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 18:24

Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of the sinking and for lax regulatory enforcement that authorities say contributed to the accident.

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NBA Probes 'Disturbing and Offensive' Comments Attributed To Clippers Owner

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 13:57

An audio recording that allegedly captures remarks by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling criticizing a woman for publicly "associating with black people" prompts an NBA investigation.

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Fear For Sherpas' Future Grows With Each Climbing Tragedy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 13:19

Sherpas have a great reputation as the world's best climbers. But when something goes wrong up in the mountains, it deeply affects the small ethnic group and its communities around the world.

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E.T.'s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 12:36

For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the desert seemed the best way to move on.

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Former NFL QB Earl Morrall Dies; Key Part Of Dolphins And Colts Teams

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 11:16

Earl Morrall, who played an integral role in the Miami Dolphins' perfect season of 1972, died Friday at age 79. Morrall played 21 seasons in the NFL.

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At The NRA Meeting: Come For The Guns, Stay For The Camaraderie

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 10:57

Upwards of 70,000 people are attending the NRA's annual convention this weekend. They're hearing from plenty of politicians, but for most it's a social confab and a chance to try out new weapons.

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Afghan Election Heads Toward Runoff; Women Cast 36 Percent Of Votes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 08:35

Preliminary results show Afghanistan's former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leading the field in a presidential election that saw a relatively high turnout among women voters.

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Letter Written Aboard Titanic On Fateful Last Day Sells For $200,000

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 07:48

"The sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now," reads the letter from a passenger to her mother. It was sold at auction in England Saturday.

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What Russia Might Gain From A Decentralized Ukraine

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 07:22

Moscow is demanding that Kiev's new constitution give so much autonomy to its diverse regions — particularly the Russian-speaking ones — that they could even conduct their own foreign policy.

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African Food With A Twist: Dakar Pop-Up Restaurant Raises The Bar

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 05:50

Three chefs in Senegal are helping put West Africa on the culinary map. They move their monthly pop-up restaurant around Dakar, introducing diners to new takes on familiar ingredients like the peanut.

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Rep. Michael Grimm To Face Criminal Charges, Lawyer Says

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 05:38

The exact charges haven't been announced. The Staten Island lawmaker and former FBI agent, who was first elected to Congress in 2010, has been under investigation for campaign finance and fraud.

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Ukraine: International Observers Arrested, More Sanctions Approved

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 04:37

The world's largest economies are poised to punish Russia over its role in Ukraine's crisis with a new round of sanctions. In eastern Ukraine, a team of European monitors was arrested by separatists.

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Come Dance With Me

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 04:03

One song, danced two totally different ways. First, two dancers who sculpt the giddiness, the beats, onto their rhyming bodies. Then a second version, this time, a crazy story. Vive la difference!

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Family Celebrates The Return Of Missing WWII Soldier's Remains

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 03:50

The remains of William T. Carneal were found on the coastline of Saipan last year. After 70 years, Pfc. Carneal was remembered in a ceremony in his hometown of Paducah, Ky.

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Fear Of Addiction Means Chronic Pain Goes Untreated

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-26 03:50

The FDA's decision to approve a new painkiller has met with fierce opposition. Judy Foreman, author of A Nation in Pain, tells NPR's Scott Simon why pain relief is such a highly polarized subject.

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