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Narendra Modi: From Humble Start To India's Likely Prime Minister

Fri, 2014-05-16 03:55

In a country known for political dynasties, Modi's rise has been stunning. He's praised for making his Gujarat state an economic powerhouse, but religious riots there in 2002 leave some uneasy.

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Landslide Win Puts Opposition Party In Charge In India

Fri, 2014-05-16 03:26

Defying expectations of a close vote that would require a coalition government, opposition leader Narendra Modi and his BJP party won India's election outright, by a huge margin.

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Corruption In Ukraine Robs HIV Patients Of Crucial Medicine

Thu, 2014-05-15 23:43

Because of corruption involving medical officials, the government and middlemen, only half the people with HIV get medicine. One man lost his wife while they were both on a waiting list for treatment.

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Are Filmmakers Using Drones Illegally? Looks Like It

Thu, 2014-05-15 23:41

The film industry is using drones for movies and commercials, even though federal regulators are still working on rules that would permit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to make money.

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Before 'Brown V. Board,' Mendez Fought California's Segregated Schools

Thu, 2014-05-15 23:39

Latino families sued four Orange County school districts over school segregation. The case, Mendez v. Westminster, ended school segregation in California seven years before Brown v. Board.

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Amid Complaints, Lawmakers Seek More Oversight For Border Agents

Thu, 2014-05-15 23:35

Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas says he routinely gets complaints of Border Patrol agents' unprofessionalism or abuse. O'Rourke and his colleague say training hasn't kept up with the growth of the agency.

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Turkish Minister: Mine Death Toll May Be About 300

Thu, 2014-05-15 23:26

Turkey's energy minister says he hopes a drop in the level of noxious fumes inside a devastated coal mine will make it easier to reach miners who are still unaccounted for.

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India Opposition Wins Landslide, Early Tally Shows

Thu, 2014-05-15 22:35

The Congress party, which has been at the center of Indian politics for most of the country's history since independence from Britain, conceded defeat several hours into the vote counting.

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Minnesota's Legislature OKs Medical Marijuana

Thu, 2014-05-15 15:59

The state is poised to become the 22nd to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

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A Complicated First: A Black Editor Takes The Helm At The Gray Lady

Thu, 2014-05-15 14:47

When The New York Times removed Jill Abramson from the top editor spot at the paper — the first woman in the role — the publisher replaced her with Dean Baquet — the first black person in that job.

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Why Jupiter's Red Spot Isn't As Great As It Used To Be

Thu, 2014-05-15 14:31

The most prominent feature on the solar system's largest planet has been shrinking for years, and NASA says it's now smaller than ever.

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Organic Produce Is A Tough Sell In The Gaza Strip

Thu, 2014-05-15 13:26

A group of Gazan farmers has gone organic. While their produce should fetch a premium price, most of it ends up in the public market, mixed in with regular produce and sold for the same price.

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Former Ambassador To Russia: Putin Has No Master Plan For Ukraine

Thu, 2014-05-15 13:25

Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia from January 2012 to February 2014, says, "I've never seen [Putin] devote a speech to the necessity of reuniting Crimea with Russia. That came only recently."

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Missing In The Housing Recovery: New Houses

Thu, 2014-05-15 13:25

Even now, five years after the crash, homebuilding is stuck at half its normal level. And a hoped-for bounce after the harsh winter hasn't materialized. Some analysts blame higher mortgage rates.

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When States Can't Control Violent Youth, Is Prison The Answer?

Thu, 2014-05-15 13:01

A Connecticut judge has approved a rare request from the state's child welfare agency: to move a transgender teen to adult prison, even though she has not been charged with a crime.

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Those California Wildfires Viewed From Space

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:37

The image, captured by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite, shows smoke trails stretching out over the Pacific Ocean.

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Gay Marriages Cleared In Arkansas, But On Hold In Idaho

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:08

In Little Rock, a judge struck down a prohibition on county clerks' issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. In Boise, a judge temporarily blocked a ruling allowing such marriages.

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To Help Nigeria Find Missing Girls, U.S. Sends In Airborne Support

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:05

The U.S. has deployed surveillance aircraft to Nigeria in the search for the more than 250 schoolgirls still missing. Imagery gathered by the aircraft and satellites will be shared with the Nigerian government.

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After Nearly 50 Years In Office, Conyers Might Not Make The Ballot

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:05

A local elections official has ruled that Rep. John Conyers of Detroit, who's served in the House for nearly 50 years, has failed to collect enough valid signatures to appear on the Democratic primary ballot. He's appealing the decision; if he loses, it could be an ignominious end to a distinguished career.

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Hopes Dim For Turkish Miners, But Rescuers Carry On

Thu, 2014-05-15 12:05

Hope is fading that any more mine workers will be rescued from a mine in western Turkey, where over 280 miners died after an explosion. NPR's Leila Fadel has been at the mine and offers more details.

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