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A Day After His Death, Frei Otto Awarded Pritzker Architecture Prize

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 13:28

The prize's jury, in its citation, said the German architect had developed "a most sensitive architecture that has influenced countless others throughout the world." Otto died Monday. He was 89.

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Ireland Rushing To Ban Possession Of Several Hard Drugs

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 13:19

On Tuesday, an Irish court struck down part of the country's 1977 Misuse of Drugs Act. Officials say as a result, possessing some drugs, including ecstasy, is legal in Ireland. Selling them is not.

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Southern Baptist Leaders Highlight Benefits Of Youthful Matrimony

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 13:07

The Southern Baptist Convention is quietly nudging its 16 million members to tie the knot at a younger age. Baptist leaders say that marriage should be considered a foundation of adult life.

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Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 12:56

In the mid-1800s, Britain was a global superpower with a big weakness for tea, all of which came from China. But a botanist with a talent for espionage helped Britain swipe the secrets of tea.

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FDA Decision Signals New Competition For Some Of The Costliest Drugs

NPR News - Tue, 2015-03-10 12:50

Drugs made from proteins or antibodies are difficult for rival manufacturers to copy. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a copycat drug for cancer patients that shows it can be done.

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