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Documents Show Global Outpouring Of Grief Over Lincoln's Assassination

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 10:29

The State Department has released documents from 1865 that highlight the disbelief and and profound sympathy over Lincoln's death from governments and private citizens the world over.

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Gyrocopter With Single Occupant Lands On Capitol Grounds

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 10:03

A Capitol Police spokeswoman said one person has been detained. The identity of that person is unknown.

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U.S. Predicted To Be Net Energy Exporter In Next Decade; First Time Since 1950s

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 09:28

Citing a boom in natural gas as well as shifts in demand, the Energy Information Administration says the U.S. could stop being a net energy importer "sometime between 2020 and 2030."

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Pentagon To Exhume Remains Of Sailors Aboard USS Oklahoma

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 08:39

The ship with 429 sailors and Marines sank Dec. 7, 1941, in the attack on Pearl Harbor; 388 remain unaccounted for. The Pentagon decision, citing scientific advances in DNA testing, marks a reversal.

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Who's On The List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism, And Why

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 08:26

The White House said Tuesday that President Obama would remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism. Iran, Sudan and Syria are also on it. But some states have made it off, too.

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Some Doctors Still Dismiss Parents' Concerns About Autism

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 08:20

Most children don't get diagnosed with autism until they start school, a study finds, though the signs may be visible much earlier. Earlier diagnosis means more time to get therapy.

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Real-World Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 08:03

The Common Core math standards say students need more than a textbook understanding of concepts like the Pythagorean Theorem. So two Colorado teachers teamed up for a lesson in real-world math.

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Congress Says It Will Not Tolerate 'Agents Gone Wild'

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 07:40

The latest episode: sexual misconduct and security lapses by employees at the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Secret Service.

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A Year After Deadly Ferry Disaster, S. Koreans Still Awaiting Answers

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 07:38

As South Korea marks the first anniversary of the accident that killed 304 people, the root causes of the sinking are still unclear, and parents of the victims are embroiled in a political tug-of-war.

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Guilty conscience: the 1099 economy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:44

Mat Honan is the San Francisco bureau chief for BuzzFeed News, and writes about the technology industry and its impact on society. Honan recently wrote about the guilt one may feel when taking part in the on-demand economy. The full article, "LOL Everything Matters When Everyone Is Connected,"can be found on BuzzFeed:

Our washing machine is broken. Or, at least, the pipe it drains into is. Despite all my attempts to fix it, crawling around on my belly with a pipe wrench and a plumber’s snake, all I have to show is a broken PVC pipe, a minor chemical burn, and a mountain of laundry that our family of four has piled up. So last night, I put in an order with Washio, an on-demand laundry service. And this morning, an extremely nice and highly professional woman showed up at our door, promptly at 7 a.m., took away our laundry, and left us with a chocolate pastry from a bakery in Oakland.

It was amazing, and I feel conflicted about it.

It’s the same kind of feeling I have whenever I take an Uber, or Lyft, or use Instacart to pick up groceries, rather than going myself. I found myself apologizing to the woman who picked up our laundry. “Our washing machine is broken,” I explained. “Well that’s good business for us,” she countered. And it’s true, I guess. Why wouldn’t she be happy to have work? A job is a job when you need one.

And yet my guilt stems not from whatever her own personal experience is as much as it does the remaking of the great American economy into a vast labor market of contract workers — the 1099 economy — whose days are dictated by the whims of mobile software and whose job security is often determined by the numerical star rankings of a capricious and harried market.

Continue reading, "LOL Everything Matters When Everyone Is Connected"

Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty Of Murder

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:26

In 2013, Aaron Hernandez was a three-year NFL veteran who was accused of killing the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday.

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When Keeping A Secret Trumps The Need For Care

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:08

Young adults covered by their parents' health plans may balk at getting treatment for mental health or other conditions they would rather not have show up on family insurance statements.

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You Didn't Check The 'Presidential Election Campaign' Box On Your Taxes, Did You?

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 06:03

The little box is for presidential public financing. At first, it was relatively popular but now fewer people are checking the box and more candidates are rejecting the funds.

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EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations, Will Also Look At Android

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 05:16

Saying that Google abused its dominant position in the search market "by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product," a European panel releases a list of antitrust charges.

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At Walter Scott's Funeral, An Unexpected Conversation

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 04:39

When Clemson University professor Chenjerai Kumanyika attended the funeral this weekend, he found himself discussing gentrification — and his own role in the changes in North Charleston, S.C.

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On 'One Boston Day,' City Marks Marathon Bombings' Anniversary

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:31

A moment of silence will be observed at 2:49 ET, the time when the first of two devastating bombs went off in the crowds gathered to watch the marathon in 2013.

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Google accused of abusing its search engine dominance

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:00

Authorities in the European Union have filed a complaint against Google claiming the company violated anti-trust laws. 

More specifically, there's accusations that Google has abused its search-engine dominance to steer people to other Google products and services. Authorities have also announced an investigation into Google's Android operating system.

Click the media player above to hear Marketplace Tech guest host Adriene Hill in conversation with Marketplace's Molly Wood. 

PODCAST: IRS warns about a scam

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:00

Airing Wednesday, April 15, 2015: One week into the spring season for companies to reveal profits, losses and reveal plans for the future, we check in with our regular Brian Reynolds for the morning open. Plus, there is news today that the Chinese economy grew at its slowest rate in six year. The numbers are for January to March, and annualized it's down to a 7 percent growth rate. Magnificent by US standards but lackluster by China's standards which has to keep creating jobs for people pulled into the economy from the hinterlands. Finally, we can't go without talking about tax day. And while people across the country rush to meet the midnight deadline to file or to file for an extension, the Treasury department is warning about a phone scam - where the caller impersonates an IRS agent and demands money.

A deadline extension

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2015-04-15 03:00

It's the income tax deadline day, unless you filed for an extension. Turns out that is a popular course of action. If you're getting an extension, I'm on your side, in a world of just-in-time worker scheduling, juggling little league games, the babysitter and bosses sending you urgent action email at 10:47 at night. But Marketplace's explainer in chief, Paddy Hirsch is more hard core than I, and apparently sees a nation of procrastinator here. 

Click on the above multimedia player to hear more on just why people put it off until the big day. 

 

Shelly Sterling Wins Case Seeking Millions In Assets From V. Stiviano

NPR News - Wed, 2015-04-15 02:43

V. Stiviano, the one-time companion of former L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, must return millions of dollars in gifts, a judge has ruled in a lawsuit that was filed by Sterling's wife, Shelly.

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