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Does Airbnb Help Folks Get By — Or Help Businesses Get Sly?

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

Santa Monica, Calif., approved a law that would outlaw most short-term rentals in the city. Some say many listings are by big companies. Others say such laws hurt homeowners trying to make ends meet.

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Chicago's Credit Rating Is Downgraded

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

Earlier this week, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Chicago's credit rating to junk status. How did the city's finances reach this point?

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Iraqi City of Ramadi Falls to ISIS

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

The self-declared Islamic State claims to have seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with international correspondent Alice Fordham, who has reported extensively from Iraq and is following the situation from Beirut.

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Indonesian Military Chief Defends 'Virginity Tests' For Female Recruits

Sun, 2015-05-17 12:32

Following a letter from Human Rights Watch decrying the invasive and scientifically invalid procedure, Gen. Moeldoko said it is necessary to ensure that women are morally suited to join the military.

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Islamic State Claims To Have Captured Iraqi City Of Ramadi

Sun, 2015-05-17 11:06

The Islamist extremist group says it has seized all of the city in Anbar province, but some Iraqi officials say parts of it are still under the control of government-backed militias.

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20 Years After China Seized Boy Monk, Tibetans Call For His Release

Sun, 2015-05-17 10:56

In 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was designated as the 11th Panchen Lama, Tibetan Buddhism's second-highest spiritual leader. He was promptly detained by Chinese authorities and never heard from again.

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Asia's Governments Talk As Desperate Rohingyas Wait At Sea

Sun, 2015-05-17 09:11

At least 1,000 are still stranded offshore in rickety boats with little food or water. But so far, the governments of Southeast Asia have shown no willingness to let them come ashore.

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Palestinian Nuns Among Latest Saints Declared By Pope Francis

Sun, 2015-05-17 06:47

Two nuns from 19th century Palestine were among four sisters who were canonized by the pontiff in a ceremony at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

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Burundi's President Makes First Public Appearance Since Coup Attempt

Sun, 2015-05-17 05:59

Pierre Nkurunziza, who narrowly escaped being ousted last week, didn't mention the foiled putsch, but instead talked about the threat from the extremist Islamist group al-Shabab.

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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Serve Up Ice Cream, Cheese And Red Meat To Iowans

Sun, 2015-05-17 05:38

Likely 2016 candidates gave short speeches at the Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner before wooing voters at their hospitality suites downstairs with homestate fare in a more relaxed environment.

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WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

Sun, 2015-05-17 05:02

Filmed by storm chasers, the video shot near Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.

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4 ISIS Leaders Reportedly Among 32 Killed In U.S. Raid, Airstrikes

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:51

The raid, carried out on Saturday by a U.S. forces, killed Abu Sayyaf, a senior commander. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three other leaders were killed in ground and air operations.

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Blogging In Bangladesh Is A Deadly Occupation

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

Last week men with machetes brutally attacked a blogger on his way to work in Bangladesh. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Rafida Ahmed, who was attacked in February.

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As Amtrak's Train Cars Age, Ridership Skew Young

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

The number this week is 750,000. That's how many passengers travel Amtrak's Northeast Corridor daily. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi about facts and figures of rail travel.

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Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of the Americans who contracted Ebola last year, was invited back to his medical school to deliver the commencement address. NPR's Rachel Martin highlights some of his speech.

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Train Engineer: You Have To Be 'Ready To Act'

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

Investigators are still investigating what caused the Amtrak train to derail in Philadelphia. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with engineer John Wright about the challenges of working on the railroad.

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GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

The 2016 presidential race is off to a slow start compared to the last two cycles. But the activity is starting to heat up in Iowa, where official and potential candidates spoke at a GOP dinner.

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Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:19

The tiny nation has some of Latin America's highest rates of obesity, hypertension and heart disease. The capital Montevideo has tried to intervene by making salt on the table illegal.

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The Outsized Optimism Of The Entrepreneur

Sun, 2015-05-17 04:03

You might think a great idea plus hard work equals business success, but the math is seldom simple. Two entrepreneurs, one whose venture failed and one who's still going, tell why they took the risk.

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Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships

Sun, 2015-05-17 03:18

Most school sex education programs stick to the nuts and bolts of biology. Teenagers who also talk about what makes for a good relationship are more likely to avoid pregnancy and STDs, a study finds.

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