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The Outsized Optimism Of The Entrepreneur

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 04:03

You might think a great idea plus hard work equals business success, but the math is seldom simple. Two entrepreneurs, one whose venture failed and one who's still going, tell why they took the risk.

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Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 03:18

Most school sex education programs stick to the nuts and bolts of biology. Teenagers who also talk about what makes for a good relationship are more likely to avoid pregnancy and STDs, a study finds.

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Who Did This To Peru's Jungle?

NPR News - Sun, 2015-05-17 02:06

When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.

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American Pharoah Wins Preakness Stakes, Has Shot At Triple Crown

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 14:35

Saturday's race at Pimlico Race Course — the second leg of the Triple Crown — was drenched by a driving rain. American Pharoah powered through the mud to win by seven lengths.

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New Fears Among Afghanistan's Minority Hazara Community

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

In a prisoner swap this week, a militant group released 19 of 31 Afghan Hazara men kidnapped in February. The kidnapping raised fears in this minority community of being targeted in sectarian attacks.

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Coping With Continued Violence And Uncertainty In Burundi

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

More than 100,000 people have fled the East African country during weeks of unrest. The BBC's Ruth Nesoba gives NPR's Arun Rath an update from Bujumbura, the capital, where people are doing their best to prepare for the days ahead.

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Coming To Terms With The Boston Marathon Bomber Verdict

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

A day after convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was given the death penalty, Bostonians are grappling with the jury's verdict and bracing for legal appeals.

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Amtrak Ordered To Improve Safety Along Northeast Corridor

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 13:38

Amid reports that Amtrak's train 188 may have been struck by a projectile, the Federal Railroad Administration says Amtrak is required to install technology at the accident site that will automatically slow a speeding train.

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Kerry Meets With China's Foreign Minister Over Disputed Islands

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 12:53

The secretary of state seems unlikely to convince his Chinese counterpart that a diplomatic solution to the regional tug-of-war must be found.

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8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash Site In Nepal

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 09:49

The Huey UH-1 chopper went down east of the capital Kathmandu on Tuesday while coordinating disaster relief to the quake-stricken Himalayan country.

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Unmanned Russian Rocket Burns Up Carrying Mexican Satellite

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 08:54

The launch is the latest in a string of failures for the Proton-M rocket, a workhorse for the International Launch Services, a joint Russia-American satellite carrier business.

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FBI To Look At Possibility That Train Hit By Object Before Derailing

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 06:36

Investigators now say there's evidence that the Amtrak train that crashed and at least one other may have been struck by an unknown projectile.

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RedState Advises Less Meat-Throwing, More Substance In GOP Campaigns

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 05:30

RedState blogger Erick Erickson has asked Republican candidates at his conservative summit to focus on what they would do to shape the nation, rather than bash President Obama and each other.

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Senior ISIS Commander In Syria Killed By U.S. Troops

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 04:45

At President Obama's direction, U.S. forces based out of Iraq conducted a raid in eastern Syria. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Tom Bowman about the operation.

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U.S. Troops Kill Senior ISIS Commander In Syria

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 04:34

The U.S. says that Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader of the self-declared Islamic State, was killed during a U.S. military operation authorized by President Obama.

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Egyptian Court Hands Morsi A Death Sentence

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 04:06

The former president who was ousted in 2013 had already been sentenced to 20 years in prison on other charges. The country's highest religious authority will still review the penalty.

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