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Anti-Test "Opt Out" Movement Makes A Wave In New York State

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:31

Activists say that about 175,000 students have refused to take federally mandated tests this week.

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Social Media Can Help Track Tornadoes, But Was That Tweet Real?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:30

Researchers at Purdue are using software to mine tweets for data that can help warn that a dangerous storm is approaching. But the data may not always be reliable and analyzing it can be tricky.

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So Long 'Cinderella,' Website Helps Chinese Find Better English Names

NPR News - Mon, 2015-04-20 00:26

Billboard. Mo Money. Lady Gaga. Cinderella. Those are just a few of the unusual English names young Chinese have adopted over the years. An American entrepreneur hopes to help change that.

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Mellow Pastimes Can Be Good For Your Health, Too

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 23:48

You don't have to be out running marathons to get health benefits from leisure activities. Engaging pastimes like reading, sewing or listening to music improved health markers, a study finds.

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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Effects Linger And Recovery Is Slow

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 23:47

The 2010 explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig set off an environmental and economic catastrophe. Towns and ecosystems along the Gulf Coast are still struggling to rebound from the spill's impact.

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FDA Ponders Whether Homeopathy Is Medicine

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 23:46

Homeopathy's popularity has exploded in recent years. Now the FDA is reconsidering how the agency regulates homeopathic remedies.

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NASCAR's Kenseth Breaks Losing Streak At Water-Logged Bristol Speedway

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 22:14

After four rain delays and 11 extra laps at the Food City 500, Matt Kenseth finally drove to victory lane. It took him nine hours to get there Sunday at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee.

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'Just Got Paid' Singer Found Dead In Jamaica

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 21:46

Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp has died in Jamaica. Police say the 55-year-old was found floating at a beach in Montego Bay on Thursday morning.

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Like 'Dynasty' On Ice: The Nancy Kerrigan And Tonya Harding Museum

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 13:34

Why would a couple of comedians build a museum in their hallway dedicated to figure skaters in 1994? Because the story of their rivalry, Kerrigan's attack and the media frenzy is just so American.

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Congo Monkey Spotted Decades After Species' Alleged Demise

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 12:31

Bouvier's red colobus monkey — thought to have disappeared for good from the forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo sometime in the 1970s — has been photographed by two researchers.

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Two Decades Later, 168 Victims Of Oklahoma City Attack Are Remembered

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 08:47

Former President Bill Clinton and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin spoke at a ceremony remembering the April 19, 1995 bombing — the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.

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Shroud Of Turin Goes Back On Display In Italy For A Limited Engagement

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 06:53

The 14 x 3.5-foot cloth, believed by many faithful to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, will be shown to the public until June 24.

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New ISIS Video Purports To Show Shooting, Beheading Of Christians

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 05:06

The footage shows some 30 people it says are Ethiopian Christians killed in two separate locations in Libya.

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Up To 700 Migrants Feared Dead In Capsized Boat Off North Africa

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 04:04

The vessel, carrying would-be migrants, appears to have been headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa.

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Security Tightens For Second Boston Marathon Since The Bombing

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 03:45

The Boston Marathon bombing two years ago changed how organizers run the annual race. Despite stepped-up security, 1 million fans will be cheering on runners from the sidelines on Monday.

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Nepal Diverts Climbing Fees To Sherpa Welfare Fund

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 03:45

One year ago, 16 Nepalis guiding climbers up Mount Everest were swept away by a hanging glacier that had peeled off the mountain. It was the worst single accident in the history of Everest.

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Hundreds Missing As Migrant Boat Sinks Off Libya

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 03:45

A major rescue operation is underway in the Mediterranean Sea after a migrant ship carrying as many as 700 people capsized Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to the U.N.'s Adrian Edwards in Geneva.

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Remembering The Day The Murrah Building Was Bombed

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 03:45

Twenty years after the bombing in Oklahoma City, the U.S. views security and privacy in a very different way. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to correspondent Dina Temple-Raston about the changes.

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Candidates And Candidates-To-Be Woo New Hampshire's GOP

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 03:45

Republican candidates — those who've already declared and those who have yet to — gathered in New Hampshire this weekend to speak to their party. Whose messages resonated? And whose did not?

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VW Camper Van Gets An Electric Makeover

NPR News - Sun, 2015-04-19 03:45

Talk about a time warp! The iconic VW camper is getting a modern reboot. This time, it's electric.

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