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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

In Argentina these days no one talks politics. It's not because no one cares but rather because one stray word can lose you a friend or a family member.

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Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

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Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

German authorities now say the co-pilot who brought down the Germanwings aircraft hid an illness from his employers. These reports have raised concerns about the mental health screening of pilots.

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In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Dischord

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:38

In Argentina these days no one talks politics. It's not because no one cares but rather because one stray word can lose you a friend or a family member.

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Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:03

Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is in its teenage phase: Questioning everything, including the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes on the University of Cape Town campus.

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Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

Sat, 2015-03-28 03:03

An Ohio music teacher looks back at the school that defined her more than 30 years of teaching.

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Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Sat, 2015-03-28 02:01

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

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Guess What Makes The Cut As A 'Smart Snack' In Schools? Hot Cheetos

Sat, 2015-03-28 02:01

Frito-Lay has reformulated Flamin' Hot Cheetos to meet new federal nutrition standards for school snacks. That's been a big hit with school kids, but the rules' creators say the snack is still junk.

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At Least 17 Dead In Somalia Hotel Attack

Sat, 2015-03-28 01:33

Somali troops on Saturday took full control of a hotel that extremist gunmen stormed and occupied for more than 12 hours following a suicide bombing. At least 17 people died and dozens were wounded.

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#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:34

For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what's happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India's few foreign correspondents.

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Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:06

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.

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Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:04

The case was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley. Pao had sued her former employers for $16 million in damages.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:57

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:42

The decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kirchner two years earlier.

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Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:35

In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

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Thai Ruler Says He's Prepared To End Martial Law

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:33

Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power last May, says he will lift martial law and replace it with a constitutional provision that gives him the very same powers.

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Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

Fri, 2015-03-27 11:49

Yemen is minor producer of crude oil but controls a strategic energy waterway. More than 3.8 million barrels a day pass through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Fri, 2015-03-27 11:42

For decades, Carlos Varela has dolled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.

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After A Tough Election, Israel's Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

Fri, 2015-03-27 11:42

The Israeli leader ruffled feathers during the bruising campaign. Since then, he has sought to make amends. In the latest move, Israel is handing over money it had withheld from the Palestinians.

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