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Obsessed 'Game Of Thrones' Fans Seek Plot Parallels In Spanish Politics

NPR News - Mon, 2015-06-15 00:27

This summer in Spain, "Winter is coming" — a reference to HBO's Game of Thrones, which is partly filmed there, and a popular slogan for a left-wing, grassroots political party.

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Take A Swing At This: Golf Is Exercise, Cart Or No Cart

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 23:48

Americans play more golf than any other sport. So how much exercise do you get from an afternoon on the links? Players clipped on pedometers and Fitbits to help us find out.

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A Look At Sports And Health In America

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 23:03

Americans' relationship with sports changes as we grow older. About three-quarters of adults say they played sports as children. By the time people are in their late 20s, only about a quarter do.

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Warriors Take 3-2 Lead Over Cavaliers In NBA Finals

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 21:23

The Golden State Warriors moved to the verge of the NBA championship by posting their second straight victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91 behind a 37-point effort by Stephen Curry.

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What's Left For The Supreme Court: Same-Sex-Marriage, Obamacare, And More

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 20:18

It's crunch time for the U.S. Supreme Court as consequential decisions will be coming soon. The biggest issues left: same-sex marriages, subsidies under Obamacare and lethal-injection drugs.

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U.S. Airstrikes In Libya Kill Algerian Militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 15:51

Belmokhtar, a leader of al-Qaida's arm in North Africa, masterminded the 2013 terrorist attack on an Algerian gas plant in which 38 foreign hostages were killed.

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With Tensions Rising, Poland Erects Observation Towers On Russian Border

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 13:30

Like many former Soviet satellite states, Poland is suspicious of Russian intentions these days. Poles are joining homegrown militias, and authorities have placed observation towers along the border.

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Yemen Peace Talks To Begin Monday

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 13:11

NPR's Arun Rath talks to journalist Safa Al Ahmad about her time embedded with Houthi rebels in Yemen and the situation on the ground on the eve of Monday's U.N. peace talks in Geneva. Nearly 2000 Yemeni civilians have died in fighting since March.

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Why MERS Will Likely Crop Up Outside The Middle East Again

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 13:11

It's unknown what triggers an outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome. But scientists think the virus comes from camels. So until we stop it in animals, MERS will continue to cause trouble.

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'Hello Earth! Can You Hear Me?'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 13:11

That was the tweet sent by the European Space Agency's Philae space lander on Sunday morning. Last November, after touching down on Comet 67P, Philae went silent. On Saturday night, it communicated with scientists for the first time since. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mark McCaughrean of the European Space Agency about Philae's wakeup.

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John S. Carroll, Former Editor At 'LA Times,' 'Baltimore Sun,' Dies At 73

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 09:20

The Times won an impressive 13 Pulitzer Prizes in his brief, five-year tenure there. He also worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Comet Lander Wakes Up, Calls Home, After Long Sleep

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 07:18

A little sunlight applied to solar panels proved the cure for what ailed the European Space Agency's Philae lander, which had been dormant from lack of power since November.

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Brazilians Take A Swing At Mosquitoes With The Zap Racket

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 07:01

The electrified tennis racket that kills mosquitoes is ubiquitous in Brazil. It's deeply deeply satisfying to use. But it does take technique.

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Hong Kong Protesters Renew Push For Electoral Reform

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 05:43

Although turnout was far short of what activists had hoped for, demonstration leaders have promised nightly vigils to push for direct elections for the territory's next chief executive.

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Science Fair Winner Designs Device To Cut Virus Spread On Planes

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 05:03

When 17-year-old Raymond Wang read about how easily some diseases spread on planes, he thought airlines could do better. So he went to work — and won $75,000 at the international science fair.

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South African Court Orders Sudan's President Detained For War Crimes

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 04:51

The court's decision to prevent visiting President Omar Hassan al-Bashir from leaving the country is at odds with the South African leader's promise of immunity.

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For Yemen's Ex-President, A Five-Star Exile With No End In Sight

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 04:25

Talks to resolve the conflict in Yemen begin Monday in Geneva. Yemen's ousted president and his former ministers are hoping it will lead to a return to their homeland.

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Israel Bringing Its Years Of Desalination Experience To California

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 04:09

After decades of work, Israel now gets about a quarter of its water from the sea. But experts say desalination is not a magic bullet, and conservation and infrastructure fixes are also needed.

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10 Dead, Zoo Animals Loose As Flooding Hits Tbilisi

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 03:52

The rising waters wrecked the animals' enclosures, sending tigers, lions, bears, wolves and at least one hippo into the streets of the Georgian capital.

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Brutal Attacks On Nuns Puts India's Christians On Edge

NPR News - Sun, 2015-06-14 03:42

Despite a rash of attacks in recent weeks, Christians in India seem more willing to believe that the crimes were committed by thugs than Hindu religious extremists.

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