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National Guard Members Struggle To Keep Civilian Careers

Tue, 2015-04-21 23:47

National Guard soldiers live in two worlds: They can be deployed in a crisis, but must support themselves and their families with civilian jobs. That's made harder by the Guard's unpredictable needs.

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At Last: Kentucky Authorities Bust Ring Behind Great Bourbon Heist

Tue, 2015-04-21 14:15

In 2013, more than 200 bottles of pricey Pappy Van Winkle bourbon vanished from a Kentucky distillery. Tuesday authorities announced indictments in what appears to be a much bigger crime syndicate.

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Too Often, Some Say, Volunteer Officers Just Want To Play Cop

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:47

The fatal shooting of a suspect by a volunteer deputy in Tulsa, Okla., raises the question that some have already been asking: Why are nonprofessionals allowed to wear badges and carry guns?

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In Sentencing Phase, Prosecutors Say Tsarnaev Is 'Unrepentant And Unchanged'

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:45

A jury is now deciding whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death.

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Teaching Students To Hear The 'Music' In The Built World

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:16

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Now in her 70s, Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male dominated field.

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Google's New Search Algorithm Stokes Fears Of 'Mobilegeddon'

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:10

This week, Google started prioritizing mobile-friendly websites in Google searches made on a smartphone. The change could hurt businesses whose sites don't pass Google's mobile-ready test.

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5 Million Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:09

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.

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Five Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:55

An effort is underway to figure out how the BP oil spill harmed the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The damage may not be as dire as feared, but researchers say it's too soon to know the long-term impacts.

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Looming Budget Cuts Pit National Guard Against The Army

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:42

In Washington state, a friendly family rivalry is taking place at the Joint Base Lewis McChord as the National Guard and active Army lobby to protect their interests against deep budget cuts.

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Report Lays Out 10 Most Censored Countries

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:38

The Committee to Protect Journalists says Eritrea, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia are tops at silencing journalists.

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Smuggler To Desperate Migrants: 'Now I Am Sending You To Your Death'

Tue, 2015-04-21 12:37

More migrants are leaving from chaotic Libya in a bid to reach Europe. The overcrowded boats are at risk of sinking, and some do. A Syrian man tells of the treacherous journey with his young son.

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Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

Tue, 2015-04-21 11:54

A company has priced its test for mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer at $249 — far less than the thousands of dollars another firm charges. But is there a downside for the worried well?

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Should The Government Get Out Of The Air Traffic Control Business?

Tue, 2015-04-21 11:54

Efforts to replace air traffic control's aging radar-based system have been stuck in the Federal Aviation Administration's bureaucracy and lacked funding from Congress.

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NPR Presents Michel Martin: Chartered Waters

Tue, 2015-04-21 11:46

NPR's Michel Martin is headed to New Orleans, to examine how the New Orleans school system is reinventing itself, ten years after the flood.

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Saudis Say Operation In Yemen Enters New Phase

Tue, 2015-04-21 11:36

A military spokesman said the airstrikes were giving way to a period that would include diplomatic and political efforts, alongside military operations against the Shiite Houthi rebels.

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Supreme Court: Police May Not Detain Traffic Violators Longer Than Necessary

Tue, 2015-04-21 10:59

Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said a traffic stop becomes "unlawful if it is prolonged beyond the time reasonably required to complete the mission of issuing a warning ticket."

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Young Adults With Autism More Likely To Be Unemployed, Isolated

Tue, 2015-04-21 10:31

More than half of young people with autism had neither a job nor educational plans in the first two years after high school, a study finds.

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DEA Chief Expected To Step Down Amid Scandal

Tue, 2015-04-21 10:25

Earlier this month, lawmakers said they had no confidence in Michele Leonhart after a watchdog agency found DEA agents cavorted with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels.

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Iowa Farm To Kill 5 Million Chickens In Effort To Contain Avian Flu

Tue, 2015-04-21 09:53

This is the worst outbreak since the H5N2 influenza was first detected in December. The disease has been found in seven other states over the past five months.

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In Pakistan Visit, China's President Announces $45B In Investment

Tue, 2015-04-21 09:42

Up to $37 billion of that money will go toward the South Asian nation's electricity grid. But as NPR's Philip Reeves reports the challenge now is to make the projects happen.

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