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Their Crimes Reclassified, Some Californian Felons Get A Second Chance

NPR News - Sun, 2015-08-30 04:02

Approved by voters last year, Proposition 47 lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. It's giving former offenders access to better opportunities.

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What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

NPR News - Sun, 2015-08-30 03:03

A vast archaeological site sits atop one of the world's biggest untapped copper deposits. And Afghanistan must decide which resource will be a greater boon.

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How Fishermen's Bragging Rights Gave Birth To Fine Art

NPR News - Sun, 2015-08-30 03:03

In 19th century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art.

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The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story

NPR News - Sun, 2015-08-30 00:57

Bloody Mary's have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America

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The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story

NPR News - Sun, 2015-08-30 00:57

Bloody Mary's have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America

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Broadway's First Black Jean ValJean Dies At 21

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 17:36

When he debuted earlier this summer, Kyle Jean-Baptiste was also the youngest person ever to play the lead character in Les Miserables on Broadway. He died in an accident Saturday.

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Demonstrators Storm Beirut, Demanding Solutions To Garbage-Collection Crisis

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 13:10

In Beirut, the Lebanese capital, bars and restaurants closed Saturday night in solidarity with anti-government protests that have grown over the last week.

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Egyptian Court Hands Down 3-Year Sentences For Journalists And Activists

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 13:10

Three Al-Jazeera English journalists and several student activists were sentenced to up to three years and six months in prison in Cairo on Saturday.

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Turkey, U.S., Conduct First Joint Airstrikes Against ISIS

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 12:55

Ankara, long hesitant to commit to the coalition against the self-declared Islamic State, said "[the] fight against the terrorist organization is a priority."

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Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 12:45

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.

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Protests In Malaysia Target Prime Minister Over Alleged Corruption

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 12:32

Pressure on Premier Najib Razak has mounted since a revelation last month that $600 million had been improperly transferred from a failing state fund.

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New Orleans Mayor On Katrina Anniversary: 'We Saved Each Other'

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 09:42

The 10th anniversary of the devastating storm was marked by prayers and church bells to remember the estimated 1,800 who lost their lives in the disaster.

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Ebola Flashback: Nancy Snyderman's Experience Was Different From Mine

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 08:03

The Today show medical editor gave a new interview about her controversial quarantine. It triggered powerful memories for an NPR journalist who was in Liberia around the same time.

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Thai Police Make Arrest Possibly Linked To Deadly Shrine Bombing

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 06:46

Authorities say it's too early to say for sure if the unidentified suspect, who they say was found with bomb-making materials, had anything to do with the attack on Bangkok's Erawan shrine.

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Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced In Egypt To 3 Years In Prison

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 05:54

The outcome in the closely watched trial shocked many observers. The Qatar-based network's acting secretary-general said the verdict was politically motivated and "defies logic and common sense."

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Texas Sheriff's Deputy Gunned Down At Gas Station

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 04:41

A man walked up behind Darren Goforth as he was gassing up his patrol car and fired several shots into the deputy. A manhunt has been launched for the killer.

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The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 03:54

Here's how NPR thought through whether the gunshots that killed two TV journalists should be replayed on the radio and online.

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A Decade After Flood's Devastation, Love Keeps New Orleans Afloat

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 03:50

New Orleans lost much since Hurricane Katrina, and the failed levees that flooded the city. But Gwen Thompkins says the passions that survived the flood kept her city alive too.

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50 Percent Off A College Education? Not Such A Good Deal After All

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 03:28

Why so many private colleges are giving out massive discounts.

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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

NPR News - Sat, 2015-08-29 03:03

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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