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#NPRreads: Rube Goldberg Machine's Dark Orgins And Spalding Gray's Last Days

Fri, 2015-04-24 15:04

For your weekend reading, our staff also recommends a piece on an HIV outbreak in Austin, Indiana.

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These Animals Might Go Extinct Because No One Wants To Eat Them

Fri, 2015-04-24 14:47

Many species have gone extinct because humans hunted them into oblivion for their meat. But there's another group of animals that are endangered because we've lost interest in breeding them.

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Baltimore Police: Freddie Gray Should've Gotten Medical Help At Scene Of Arrest

Fri, 2015-04-24 13:31

Giving an update about how Gray was injured, police said they still have many gaps to fill, but the picture is becoming clearer. Police now know that Gray was never buckled into the police van.

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What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Fri, 2015-04-24 13:00

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.

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Clearing The Tangled Path For Land Ownership In The West Bank

Fri, 2015-04-24 12:55

Palestinians often buy and sell land without title deeds, or proof of ownership. That's because most of the land doesn't have them. It a problem dating back generations.

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LGBT Activists Push States To Expand Anti-Discrimination Laws

Fri, 2015-04-24 12:40

The Supreme Court hears arguments over same-sex marriage on Tuesday. But laws still exist in many states that allow discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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In Charlotte, Police Use Simulators To Engage Community Amid Distrust

Fri, 2015-04-24 12:22

In the wake of several police shootings of unarmed black men, many police departments are holding community forums to talk to residents about policing.

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At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Fri, 2015-04-24 12:22

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?

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Young Trafficking Victim's Story On NPR Leads To Senator's Amendment

Fri, 2015-04-24 12:16

Hearing the NPR story of a young woman's struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation to help other victims.

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Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

Fri, 2015-04-24 12:05

The newly discovered chamber is 4.5 times larger than the shallow reservoir already known and it contains enough partially molten rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times.

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Sabeen Mahmud, Pakistani Social Activist, Shot Dead In Karachi

Fri, 2015-04-24 11:38

Mahmud ran the city's Second Floor café, which she designed as a community space for open dialogue. It had just hosted an event on the political situation in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

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At A Georgia University, Tension Between Free Speech, Patriotism Sparks Protest

Fri, 2015-04-24 11:25

Hundreds of people showed up at the campus of Valdosta University to fly American flags, after other protesters desecrated a flag last week.

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CDC Warns Of More HIV, Hepatitis C Outbreaks In Drug Users

Fri, 2015-04-24 10:21

The U.S. epidemic of injected opioid use could lead to severe outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C like those now occurring in Indiana, the Centers for Disease Control And Prevention said Friday.

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Remembering Gallipoli, A WWI Battle That Shaped Today's Middle East

Fri, 2015-04-24 09:34

The clash at Gallipoli was one of the most memorable fights of World War I — and one of the most consequential. Its reverberations are still felt to this day in the chaotic Middle East.

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Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

Fri, 2015-04-24 09:03

In tests of anti-malarial pills and antibiotics, 9 to 41 percent didn't meet quality standards. And the world does a crummy job chasing criminals who reap $75 billion a year from counterfeit meds.

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'Bali Nine' Ringleaders Could Face Indonesian Firing Squad Within Days

Fri, 2015-04-24 08:00

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the heroin-smuggling ring, are expected to get execution dates on Saturday. Indonesian law requires they receive 72 hours notice.

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Sexy, Simple, Satirical: 300 Years Of Picnics In Art

Fri, 2015-04-24 07:36

From Goya to Banksy, artists through the century have tackled modernity and its discontents through depictions of eating outdoors.

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Richard Corliss, 'Time' Film Critic, Dies At 71

Fri, 2015-04-24 07:14

The magazine said Corliss died Thursday night in New York following a stroke he suffered a week ago. Corliss reviewed films for the magazine for 35 years.

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2 Years After Garment Factory Collapse, Are Workers Any Safer?

Fri, 2015-04-24 06:59

At the site of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, families gathered to remember their loved ones and call for better working conditions. Changes have been made but there's a long way to go.

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Native American Actors Walk Off The Set Of Adam Sandler Comedy

Fri, 2015-04-24 06:37

The movie is the The Ridiculous Six, an apparent spoof of the classic Western The Magnificent Seven. The Native American actors say the movie's script insults native women, elders and Apaches.

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