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VIDEO: Migrants Adrift In Andaman Sea After Thailand Turns Them Away

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 10:33

Malaysia and Indonesia have also turned away the Rohingya who have fled persecution in Myanmar. The migrants also include Bangladeshis who are escaping poverty in their country.

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Lawmakers Spar Over Whether Amtrak Funding Cut Matters

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 10:27

"It's not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit," said House Speaker John Boehner. Democrats advocated for an amendment that would fund advanced technology.

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Why A Philadelphia Grocery Chain Is Thriving In Food Deserts

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 10:04

Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because he figured out what communities needed in a neighborhood store.

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Jeb Bush Fully Walks Back On Iraq: 'I Would Not Have Gone Into Iraq'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 09:51

After days of shifting positions on whether he would have gone to war in Iraq, even knowing what we know now, Jeb Bush did an about-face, saying definitively that he would not have gone in.

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Tech IRL: Mobile transactions and Apple Pay

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2015-05-14 09:18

Weeks after the release of the Apple Watch and months after the introduction of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Pay, more store and banks are signing on to offer mobile payments though Apple's service. 

Mastercard, Visa and American Express already support Apple Pay, and Discover will soon join the club. And the list of banks and retailers who accept Apple's mobile payments is growing: You can use Apple Pay at McDonald's or Whole Foods, in Coca-Cola vending machines and at the JetBlue terminal in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles airports. 

Apple Pay has been touted as being more secure and more convenient than swiping a credit card, but has faced some questions about security when the onus is on banks to verify accounts. It's also had issues with acceptance in stores that are pushing their own mobile retail services, like CVS, Walmart, and until recently, Best Buy. 

As more U.S. businesses make the move toward mobile payments and Apple Pay, the service is looking for even more reach: integration into Las Vegas businesses and a move to China. 

To hear more about Apple Pay and where it's headed, tune in using the player above. 

The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 09:03

When John Coray and other vintage "ballists" gather to compete using 19th century rules and trappings, the base ball diamond becomes a field of dreamers.

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A Fungus Causes More Unexpected Illnesses In Montana

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 08:50

The infectious disease world is not short on surprises. Take the people in Montana and Idaho who looked like they had pneumonia. It turned out they had a fungal disease never before seen there.

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Nepal's Peaceful Revolution: Citizens Rise Up To Aid Mountain Villages

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 08:43

Villages and towns in the Himalayan foothills are the hardest hit. This week's aftershock made it even more challenging to get aid to those in need. But ordinary folks are figuring out how to help.

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Death Toll In Amtrak Derailment Rises To 8, As Another Body Is Found

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 08:23

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick J. V. Sawyer said another body had been found by crews on Thursday morning. All people believed aboard the train have now been accounted for.

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Why Do Most Galaxies Die? It's A Case Of Strangulation, Scientists Say

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 08:23

A team in England looked at thousands of galaxies that had stopped forming stars and determined that the vast majority of them showed signs that their stellar fuel supply had been choked off.

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VIDEO: College Democrat Tells Gov. Jeb Bush, 'Your Brother Created ISIS'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 08:15

Ivy Ziedrich, 19, challenged the potential presidential candidate on his assertion that the Sunni extremist group was the result of the U.S. pulling out of Iraq.

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Are You Smarter Than A 15-Year-Old?

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 08:04

The results are out: 15-year-olds who took a skills assessment test had a hard time with it, no matter where they live. See how you might fare with some sample questions.

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Taking Aim At Money In Politics, Feingold Announces Comeback Bid

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 07:36

Former Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., announced Thursday he would seek a rematch with Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in one of the top-targeted races of 2016.

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Harry Shearer, Voice Of Ned Flanders And Mr. Burns, Will Leave 'The Simpsons'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 06:06

In a tweet sent in the wee hours of Thursday, Shearer said he was leaving "because I wanted what we've always had: the freedom to do other work."

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Need A Laugh? Watch This Kiss Cam Gone Wrong

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 05:34

There was a smile, an embrace, a big kiss and then... something terrible, but funny, happened.

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Burundi's Army Chief Says Coup Attempt Failed

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 05:18

The announcement, on state-run radio, comes amid continued fighting a day after a lower-ranking general had declared a coup against President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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4 Questions For Republicans On Foreign Policy

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 04:31

Republicans are critical of President Obama's foreign policy with the rise of the Islamic State militant group and the Iran negotiations. But the GOP faces its own challenges related to world affairs.

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Fidgeting May Help Concentration For Students With ADHD

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 04:27

A new study shows a correlation between physical movement and mental work.

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A Trade Deal Read In Secret By Only Few (Or Maybe None)

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 04:16

To study the draft Trans-Pacific Partnership text, senators have to go to the basement of the Capitol and enter a secured, sound-proof room and surrender their cell phones.

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Jurors In Boston Bombing Trial Deliberate On Sentence For Second Day

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-14 04:15

The jury already convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now they'll decide whether he will live or die.

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