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A Wedding And A Challenge: Lebanese Couples Fight For Civil Marriage

Fri, 2015-05-22 05:33

No one ever said marriage was easy, but in Lebanon, it's even harder: The country has 15 sets of matrimonial laws for 18 different religions and sects. Activists want the right to civil marriages.

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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months Before Cause Of Calif. Spill Found

Fri, 2015-05-22 05:04

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a nine-miles stretch of Calif. coast.

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Islamic State Reportedly Seizes Last Syria-Iraq Border Crossing

Fri, 2015-05-22 04:04

The checkpoint at al-Tanf, known as al-Waleed in Iraq, has been seized, according to a British-based monitoring group that says ISIS fighters now control half of Syria.

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An Irreplaceable Replacement, This Sub Gets The Job Done

Fri, 2015-05-22 04:03

Josephine Brewington, from Indiana, is the 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year.

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How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

Fri, 2015-05-22 03:36

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Fri, 2015-05-22 03:15

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.

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In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Thu, 2015-05-21 23:57

Midwest and Southwest states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.

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Census Reveals Universe Of Marine Microbes At Bottom Of The Food Chain

Thu, 2015-05-21 23:55

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.

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Korean Air 'Nut Rage' Executive Freed From Jail

Thu, 2015-05-21 23:55

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking.

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Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Thu, 2015-05-21 23:51

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.

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Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery-Clogging Fat

Thu, 2015-05-21 23:50

Any day now, the FDA could announce a final rule aimed at removing much of the remaining trans fats out of the food supply. It could amount to a near ban on the fats, which wreak cardiovascular havoc.

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Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

Thu, 2015-05-21 18:10

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk to banks, universities and other groups, and give the proceeds to the family's philanthropic foundation.

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Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray's Death

Thu, 2015-05-21 13:41

Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby said at a news conference that the officers will be arraigned July 2. The charges against them are mostly similar to those announced May 1.

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Maryland Joins States That Won't Test New Drivers For Parallel Parking

Thu, 2015-05-21 13:01

Officials say the skills are tested by other tasks, like turning a car around. As of yet, using backup cameras on a driving test isn't allowed.

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#MotorCityDrive: Is Detroit's Economic Engine Roaring Back To Life?

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:40

Michel Martin heads to Detroit for a live conversation with some of the creative forces fueling the Motor City's economy. She'll ask: What's driving Detroit's future now?

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China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:28

China is rolling out an ambitious soccer program. President Xi Jinping is reported to be a super fan who wants China to win a World Cup. Critics say there's too much emphasis on quick results.

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Chew On This: The Science Of Great NYC Bagels (It's Not The Water)

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:25

Popular myth has long credited New York's soft water for the city's irresistibly crusty, chewy bagels. But the chemistry behind a superior bagel is more complicated.

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White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

Thu, 2015-05-21 12:13

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

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Head Of Boy Scouts Says Group's Ban On Gay Adults 'Unsustainable'

Thu, 2015-05-21 11:29

Robert Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, told the organization, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

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A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

Thu, 2015-05-21 11:14

The practice of defecating in the open is all too common in Zambia because many families don't have other options. But now the country has achieved a milestone: its first zone free of open defecation.

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