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You Can Thank 150 Different Compounds For The Sweet Smell Of Bacon

Thu, 2014-05-29 05:22

The smell of frying bacon can rouse us from the deepest sleep. If you've ever wondered why, and how that works chemically, the American Chemical Society has a video for you.

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'Oh My Jesus!': Gun Violence Interview Gets Up-Close Example

Thu, 2014-05-29 04:55

An interview about guns in Chicago was derailed Wednesday when a burst of gunfire erupted down the street from where NPR's David Schaper was talking with a community activist.

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Judge Halts Ohio Executions, Citing Drug Controversy

Thu, 2014-05-29 03:31

A federal judge has put Ohio's next two scheduled executions on hold, months after an inmate took more than 20 minutes to die in an execution in the state.

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Search For Flight MH370 Black Boxes Ends; 'Pings' In Dispute

Thu, 2014-05-29 03:10

Search and salvage teams will now assess where they should look next for the jet's remains, after Australian agency says the search area "can now be discounted as the final resting place of MH370."

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Transcript And Audio: President Obama's Full NPR Interview

Thu, 2014-05-29 01:02

NPR's Steve Inskeep interviewed President Obama on Wednesday about foreign policy, including his approaches to Syria, Ukraine and China, as well as his effort to close Guantanamo Bay prison.

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More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained

Thu, 2014-05-29 01:01

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, the president says U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century should focus on diplomacy and counterterrorism rather than large-scale military operations.

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Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community

Wed, 2014-05-28 23:06

Police had been called before to the home of the Gulf War veteran, who had been diagnosed with mental illness. But on Jan. 25, he was shot and killed, and his family is suing for wrongful death.

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Shooting Of Sikh Army Veteran Divides Community

Wed, 2014-05-28 23:06

In late January, police officers in Lodi, Calif. shot and killed a Sikh-American Army veteran who was mentally ill. The shooting left many unanswered questions and divided the local Sikh community.

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The Divide Over Involuntary Mental Health Treatment

Wed, 2014-05-28 22:57

Mental health programs are getting extra attention after the killing spree in California. A law in the state lets authorities require people to get treatment. But it's not clear that it will help.

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10 Thoughts On Obama's West Point Policy Address

Wed, 2014-05-28 17:02

From his focus on peace instead of war to his praise for the U.S. stance in Ukraine, the president took a different tone Wednesday than he did in his 2009 commencement speech at the military academy.

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Holder Urges Prosecutors To Back Criminal Justice Changes

Wed, 2014-05-28 16:43

At a closed-door conference, the attorney general made his case for reducing some drug sentences and opening up the clemency process.

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American Said To Have Carried Out Suicide Bombing In Syria

Wed, 2014-05-28 16:22

Al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group, says a U.S. citizen known as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki helped carry out a suicide attack on Sunday.

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Georgia Looks To Reopen Some Closed Hospitals As ERs

Wed, 2014-05-28 14:21

Financial problems have led many hospitals to shut down completely. Georgia is issuing licenses to rural hospitals that would allow them to become nothing more than free-standing emergency rooms.

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In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History

Wed, 2014-05-28 14:15

Miles and Lyle Thompson are finalists for the Tewaaraton Award, college lacrosse's highest honor. Either would be the first Native to win it — an irony for a sport created by Natives.

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America's Strength Extends Beyond Its Military, Obama Says

Wed, 2014-05-28 13:44

"We don't face an existential crisis," the president told NPR in an exclusive interview. He said the U.S. is blessed with a growing economy and no prospect of war with another nation-state.

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A Cholera Vaccine Halts New Cases In A Guinea Epidemic

Wed, 2014-05-28 13:35

The study is the first to test an oral vaccine in the middle of an outbreak — in Guinea in 2012. And it offered a remarkable degree of protection against this deadly disease.

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Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics For $3 Billion

Wed, 2014-05-28 13:34

Apple's acquisition of the audio equipment and subscription streaming music service co-founded by Dre and record-producer Jimmy Iovine is the computer-maker's largest-ever such purchase.

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Pakistani Taliban Reportedly Split Over 'Un-Islamic' Practices

Wed, 2014-05-28 13:07

After months of bloody clashes between the two factions, one group says it has left because bombings of public places, extortion and kidnappings are "un-Islamic."

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Thriving Towns In East Africa Are Good News For A Parasitic Worm

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:32

The worm causes a debilitating intestinal disease called schistosomiasis. And the parasite is spreading rapidly because of an economic boom along the shores of East Africa's Lake Malawi.

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Texas Tea Party Gives GOP Establishment The Blues

Wed, 2014-05-28 12:26

This was starting to look like a bad year for the Tea Party, with primary losses to GOP establishment candidates beginning to pile up. Then came Texas.

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