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American Pastime's Season Starts Off, In Australia

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

The Major League Baseball regular season began last week in Sydney, Australia. As sportswriter Stefan Fatsis explains, it resumes with one game on Sunday and a full slate on Monday.

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Egyptian Town Reeling Over Mass Death Sentence

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

More than 500 people in Matea, Egypt, have been sentenced to death. On one street alone, a juice store owner, a sweets shop owner, a doctor and more than 20 others have been condemned.

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Anger Boils Over For Families Of Flight 370 Passengers

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

Many relatives of passengers on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 are furious at being told that there is no hope of finding their relatives alive — and many are convinced of a conspiracy.

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Families Mourn Missing As Search Continues In Washington State

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

Audie Cornish speaks with Washington resident Diana Bejvl, who presumably has lost her son, Alan, and his fiancee, Delaney Webb, in the Washington area mudslide. Her grandparents are also missing.

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Russia's Energy Market Heft Leaves Neighbors Unsettled

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

Moscow has long used its energy exports to win political concessions from its neighbors. In the last decade, Russia has twice threatened to cut off its natural gas supplies to Ukraine.

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In Ukraine's Industrial Heart, An Economic Affinity With Russia

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

In Eastern Ukraine, the country's industrial heartland, many workers fear for their jobs if Ukraine joins the European Union.

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Paris Poised To Elect City Of Light's First Female Mayor

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

Two women are leading the race to be the next mayor of Paris — but the contest between them is as much about class and gender politics as local government.

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Flashy Criminal-Turned-Model Citizen Arrested In San Francisco

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

San Francisco criminal-turned-good citizen, Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, was arrested Wednesday after a federal corruption investigation. Joe Mozingo of the Los Angeles Times explains the case.

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Monsignor Brings Pope's Tweets To The World, In Latin

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

Vatican Latinist Monsignor Daniel Gallagher has a unique job: He translates Pope Francis's tweets into Latin. And with 231,000 followers, the @Pontifex_ln Twitter handle is a hit.

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Week In Politics: Obama In Brussels And A Bridge Scandal Report

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss President Obama's speech in Brussels and his meeting with Pope Francis.

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Obama Aims To Soothe Strained Relations In Saudi Arabia

Fri, 2014-03-28 12:00

President Obama met Friday with the king of Saudi Arabia. There's considerable friction in the U.S.-Saudi relationship at the moment, with key differences over Syria and Iran.

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Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthy For Kids Than TV

Fri, 2014-03-28 11:54

Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials. Or maybe it's just hard to pick up a chip while tapping away.

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Chris Christie Says Port Authority Chairman Has Resigned

Fri, 2014-03-28 11:07

David Samson's resignation is the latest shoe to drop in an ongoing scandal that involves the politically charged closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.

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Tax Change Helps Abused Spouses Get Health Insurance Subsidies

Fri, 2014-03-28 08:29

Victims of domestic abuse had to file taxes jointly to sign up for health insurance. Advocates say that could bar them from health care when they're most in need. A rule change should help.

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$292M For Baseball's Miguel Cabrera? Let's Dig Into That Number

Fri, 2014-03-28 08:22

Detroit's star will earn nearly $30 million a season for the next 10 years if he keeps playing. How much more is he paid than most major leaguers? How does his deal compare with those in other sports?

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Japanese Baseball Began On My Family's Farm In Maine

Fri, 2014-03-28 05:56

After the Civil War, Horace Wilson left his farm for Japan, where he introduced baseball. He's a legend there, something his relatives, including NPR's Theo Balcomb, didn't know for generations.

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The Hippest Winery In Mexico Is Made Of Recycled Boats

Fri, 2014-03-28 05:40

Architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent have carved a niche designing stunning, upscale wineries and other buildings in Baja. They specialize in finding uses for offbeat, reclaimed material.

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House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers Won't Seek Re-Election

Fri, 2014-03-28 04:44

The Republican congressman from Michigan is going to launch a talk show on the Cumulus radio network. He's been one of the GOP's leading voices on issues related to national security.

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Death Toll From Mudslide 'Will Only Increase'

Fri, 2014-03-28 04:03

As the day began, the official number of deaths was 17 and another nine bodies had been located. But 90 names remained on a list of those thought to be missing. An update is expected around midday.

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Of Me I Sing: Americans Construct An Opt-Out Society

Fri, 2014-03-28 03:47

Individualism has always been a strong part of American life, but it's becoming more so these days. People are charting their own courses when it comes to education, the economy and health.

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