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Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 05:41

Citing recent progress and the Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings.

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Captain Apologizes As Death Toll Rises In S. Korea Ferry Accident

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:55

The captain of the 6,852-ton ferry has been criticized for allowing 30 minutes to pass before giving an evacuation order. He has been arrested, even as a recovery effort continues.

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Avalanche Sweeps 12 Sherpas Off Mt. Everest

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

Twelve sherpas died in a recent avalanche on Mount Everest. Climber Conrad Anker explains that the guides were helping prepare a route for hundreds of climbers expected for the coming summer season.

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Syrian Rebel Stronghold On The Verge Of Government Takeover

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

The Syrian city of Homs has been a rebel stronghold since the anti-government uprising began. But one rebel tells NPR that they're low on ammunition and medical gear.

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Putin Tries To Sell Ukraine's Muslims On Russian Rule

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

Russian President Putin is reaching out to Muslims in Crimea. Professor Robert Crews tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Putin is trying to build alliances in the Muslim world to weigh against the West.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe.

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Captain, 2 Crew Members Arrested In S. Korea Ferry Sinking

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

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Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. Before the outbreak, Equatorial Guinea had been free of polio for nearly 15 years.

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Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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In Silicon Valley, Immigrants Toast Their Way To The Top

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 04:12

Immigrant workers in the Silicon Valley attend Toastmasters meetings to improve their public speaking. Organizers say those skills often lead to increased confidence at work and even job promotions.

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Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 03:03

From increased depression and suicidal thoughts to social isolation and lower socioeconomic status, the negative consequences of being bullied can last well into middle age a large study suggests.

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Captain Of Sunken S. Korean Ferry, 2 Crew Arrested

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 02:03

Captain of sunken SKorean ferry, 2 crew arrested

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Prince Fans, Prepare For The Deluge

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 01:17

Prince has re-signed with Warner Bros. Records 18 years after an acrimonious split, and will release an expanded edition of Purple Rain in time for its 30th anniversary.

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Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 01:08

Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 01:07

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.

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Can Wal-Mart Really Make Organic Food Cheap For Everyone?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 01:07

The giant retailer says it's adding a new line of organic food that's at least 25 percent cheaper. But a large-scale production and supply of organic food likely can't be achieved overnight.

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Captain Of Sunken S. Korean Ferry, 2 Crew Arrested

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 00:03

Captain of sunken S. Korean ferry, 2 crew arrested

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A Journey Of Pain And Beauty: On Becoming Transgender In India

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 15:12

Abhina Aher is a member of the country's storied, yet marginalized, transgender community. Last week, the India's highest court legally recognized the group as a new gender — neither male nor female.

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Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-04-18 14:31

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.

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