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If The NSA Can't Keep Call Records, Should Phone Companies Do It?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 09:19

The House bill to halt the NSA's collection of call data would force the agency to request records from phone companies. But if companies don't keep those records, the NSA's efforts could be crippled.

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Reports: Bergdahl Tells Medical Officials Taliban Kept Him In A Cage

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 08:05

The New York Times and The Associated Press cite senior U.S. officials saying the freed POW was tortured and beaten by his Taliban captors.

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James Cameron-Backed School To Terminate Meat And Dairy

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 06:08

A private school in Malibu Canyon supported by director James Cameron and his wife is set to go vegan. Meanwhile, Congress is debating whether to delay healthy school lunch rules for the rest of us.

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In Chicago, A Violent Start To The Weekend Leaves 22 Victims

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 05:19

Three were killed during shootings across the city of Chicago on Friday and Saturday. Two officers were also hurt during the violence.

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In Colombia, FARC Rebels Declare Unilateral Cease-Fire

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 04:09

Meanwhile, during peace talks in Cuba, the government and rebels have agreed to set up a truth commission to investigate the victims of the five-decade long conflict.

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Pope To Host Peres And Abbas For Peace Meeting

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 03:57

Israeli and Palestinian presidents will meet at the Vatican on Sunday for an "intense prayer session" with Pope Francis. European correspondent Sylvia Poggioli sets the scene with NPR's Rachel Martin.

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On D-Day, The French Remember U.S. Sacrifices

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 03:57

World leaders gathered in Normandy this week to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day. On Friday, President Obama paid tribute to U.S. servicemen at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer.

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What Happens To Guantanamo Detainees After Their Release

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 03:57

Bowe Bergdahl's release from Taliban custody has raised fresh questions about Guantanamo prisoners. Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston tells NPR's Rachel Martin what happens after their release.

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Syrian Crisis Splits Activists And Religious Groups Over Aid

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 03:57

The Syrian civil war is now in its fourth year. Many are calling it the worst humanitarian situation in a generation. Faith groups and human rights activists are divided over what to do.

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Gripes About Health Costs Punctuate A Cross-Country Trip

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 03:57

A health reporter traveled across the country and asked people how they feel about health care and health insurance. At almost every stop people complained about the expense.

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Obama's First-Term Military Moves Give Way To Second-Term Caution

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 01:49

In his first term, the president launched a troop surge in Afghanistan, stepped up drone strikes and ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In his second term, he's been reluctant to use force.

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While Broadway Sings Its Praise, The Wigmaker Remains Unsung

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 01:22

Sunday night's Tony Awards will honor actors and actresses, but not those who create their elaborate coiffures. That's because the best in the business know how to stay out of the spotlight.

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Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-06-08 01:20

It had weight. It lasted. It got punched, torn, reused. It got us into ballparks, airplanes, buses, theaters. I'm talking about stiff paper — and it's vanishing.

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California Chrome Loses To Tonalist In Belmont, Misses Triple Crown

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 15:04

A horse with little pedigree and an odd gait, California Chrome was a popular favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, but ultimately came up short.

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'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 14:03

Buttling — the proper term for what butlers do — is a booming vocation, mostly in emerging economies. The popularity of the PBS drama series Downton Abbey is helping to revitalize the status symbol.

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Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 13:02

The Missionary Training Center, which prepares young adults to spread the Gospel around the world, is recognized as a model for language instruction. And the program only takes a few weeks.

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Prisoner Swap One Of Several Tough Moments For Obama In Recent Weeks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 12:31

NPR's National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson talks with Arun Rath about the controversial Berghdal POW swap, the roll out of tougher emissions standards and systemic problems within the VA.

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Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 12:31

The mobile game, with its flow of moving candies, has reeled us in. The endless repetition — without a plot or character development — can be mesmerizing. Psychologically, why can't we stay away?

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U.S., Iran Will Meet For Another Round Of Nuclear Talks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 10:31

Diplomats will meet in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday to try to seal an agreement over Iran's nuclear program, before a deadline of July 20.

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Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock

NPR News - Sat, 2014-06-07 08:02

Turns out New Jersey's economy — not the George Washington Bridge scandal — may be the biggest threat to the governor's presidential ambitions.

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