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In Iraq, The Final Battle For Tikrit Is Likely To Be The Hardest

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:52

The offensive against ISIS in Tikrit is being eyed by Iraq's various factions — including some the U.S. hopes will help take on ISIS elsewhere. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Deborah Amos in Iraq.

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How Far Has The Health Of Moms Come Since 1995?

Sun, 2015-03-15 03:03

The rate of women worldwide who die in childbirth has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past two decades. But does this rosy global health statistic overstate the extent of change?

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Smell Something Different At The Gym? It Might Not Be What You Think

Sun, 2015-03-15 01:29

Scent can affect how customers view a business, how long they spend shopping and how much money they spend, research shows. Businesses from stores to fitness clubs are convinced scents make sense.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 2015-03-15 01:24

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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The Fate Of The World's Chocolate Depends On This Spot In Rural England

Sun, 2015-03-15 01:24

Cocoa is unusually susceptible to disease. Every year, a third of the crop is destroyed, even as the appetite for chocolate grows. That's why the world needs the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre.

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When Police Are Given Body Cameras, Are They Using Them?

Sat, 2015-03-14 14:36

An independent monitor's report on the Denver Police Department's use of body-worn cameras found that during a six-month trial run, just one in four use-of-force incidents was actually recorded.

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New Statue Of Gandhi Unveiled In Britain's Parliament Square

Sat, 2015-03-14 09:47

NPR's Ari Shapiro says the statue underscores how much the U.K.-India relationship has changed since Mohandas Gandhi fought for independence from Britain nearly 70 years ago.

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Serena Williams Makes Emotional Return To Indian Wells

Sat, 2015-03-14 08:47

The world No. 1 defeated Romania's Monica Niculescu 7-5, 7-5 in the second round. It was her first match at the tournament since her infamous 2001 title victory after which she vowed a boycott.

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Nun, Who Tried To Prevent Robbery, Gang Raped In India

Sat, 2015-03-14 07:06

The attack on the septuagenarian occurred about 50 miles northeast of Kolkata. Officials have ordered an investigation.

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Large Crowd Expected For Funeral Of Wisconsin Man Shot By Police

Sat, 2015-03-14 06:01

Tony Robinson, 19, was killed March 6 by an officer. Police say he was shot after a confrontation in which he allegedly assaulted the officer. Protesters say the death is more evidence of racial bias.

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Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Sat, 2015-03-14 05:50

The U.S. is about to start training moderate Syrian rebels to fight ISIS militants. But Obama's plan for fighting ISIS is mute on protecting that force against the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad.

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Pi Day Isn't Just Magical, It's Mathematics. And There's Pie!

Sat, 2015-03-14 05:28

Math geeks are excited about 3-14-15, this year's Pi Day. The San Francisco Exploratorium will celebrate with a pizza-pi-dough-tossing contest, a pi parade and special pie. Mmmm, pie. Or is it pi?

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LOOK: Images From Forest Fire That Threatens Chilean City

Sat, 2015-03-14 04:46

The blaze on the outskirts of Valparaiso, Chile, has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency; about 4,500 people have been evacuated from their homes.

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'Important Gaps' Remain In Nuclear Talks With Iran, Kerry Says

Sat, 2015-03-14 04:10

The U.S. secretary of state also said he will use talks Sunday in Switzerland to assure his interlocutors that a letter from GOP senators on the validity of a nuclear deal with Iran carries no weight.

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Pope Frances's Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

Sat, 2015-03-14 03:35

As the second anniversary of his papacy nears, Pope Francis has made significant progress in bringing transparency to the Vatican's finances. Cardinal George Pell is carrying out sweeping reforms.

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Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change

Sat, 2015-03-14 03:35

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, about his recent column detailing his personal motivation for intensifying the paper's focus on climate change coverage.

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Rev. Willie Barrow: Remembering 'The Little Warrior'

Sat, 2015-03-14 03:35

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Chicago civil rights leader Rev. Willie Barrow. She became an activist at 12, and later marched with Martin Luther King Jr.

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St. Louis Alderman: People Want To See More Then Resignations

Sat, 2015-03-14 03:35

St. Louis Alderman Antonio French joins NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the recent police shooting in Ferguson and the changes he feels need to happen in response to the Department of Justice report.

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How The Luxury Fashion Industry Became All Business

Sat, 2015-03-14 03:35

Once family-owned, luxury fashion houses have been gobbled by conglomerates. Industry watchers say designers have suffered from a pressure-cooker environment that focuses intensely on the bottom line.

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Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

Sat, 2015-03-14 03:35

As the second anniversary of his papacy nears, Pope Francis has made significant progress in bringing transparency to the Vatican's finances and Cardinal George Pell is carrying out sweeping reforms.

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