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The Two-Way
4:55 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Amid Corruption Scandal, FIFA Will Hold Presidential Election

FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem on May 19.
Tsafrir Abayov AP

Just two days after a group of leading officials were arrested and charged with corruption and bribery, FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is holding a presidential election.

The Swiss Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, who has been FIFA's chief since 1998, is facing off with Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, but don't expect a big shakeup.

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Planet Money
3:20 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Computer Tablets Take Over Part Of Restaurant Server's Job

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:00 am

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Sports
3:18 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Under Cloud Of Scandal, Sepp Blatter Seeks 5th Term As FIFA President

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Sports
3:15 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Indictments Bring To Light FIFA's Veil Of Secrecy

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:58 am

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Democrat O'Malley To Announce Presidential Bid In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:54 am

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Administration Announces Controversial Plan To Protect Sage Grouse

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:54 am

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri May 29, 2015

First Listen: 'Before We Forgot How To Dream' By SOAK

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 5:15 am

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NPR Story
3:08 am
Fri May 29, 2015

New Season Of 'Halt And Catch Fire' Is A Welcomed Upgrade

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:49 am

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Goats and Soda
1:46 am
Fri May 29, 2015

New Jersey Lassa Fever Death Reveals Holes In Ebola Monitoring System

The man who died of Lassa fever flew from West Africa to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 4:02 am

This week a man died in New Jersey of a hemorrhagic fever. This by itself is fairly unusual in the Garden State. Making the case even more odd was that the man was being monitored for Ebola by New Jersey health officials and the case should have been caught earlier.

The events expose a hole in a public health system meant to track potential Ebola cases.

The 55-year-old New Jersey resident worked in the mining industry and traveled frequently to West Africa. Two weeks ago he landed at JFK International Airport after a flight from Liberia.

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Television
1:44 am
Fri May 29, 2015

'Halt And Catch Fire' Explores What It Was Like For Women In '80s Tech

Actress Mackenzie Davis plays an '80s punk software developer in AMC's Halt and Catch Fire. The second season premieres May 31.
RIchard DuCree AMC

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:08 am

The TV series Halt and Catch Fire tells a story you might not expect about the personal computer revolution of the 1980s. For one thing, it's set in Texas, not Silicon Valley. And though there are plenty of bearded, bespectacled men building things in garages, the resident software genius is a woman. Cameron Howe, played by actress Mackenzie Davis, is a punk, anarchist loner who intimidates many of her co-workers.

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Book News & Features
1:43 am
Fri May 29, 2015

A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

In 2014, BookCon responded to the We Need Diverse Books campaign by inviting it to form its own panel. Pictured here, left to right: I.W. Gregorio, Mike Jung, Matt de la Pena, Grace Lin and Jacqueline Woodson.
Courtesy of ReedPOP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:56 am

Publishing's big week is almost over. The industry's annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors.

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Back At Base
1:42 am
Fri May 29, 2015

On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

Sgt. Cassie McDole sits in an AAV.
Arezou Rezvani NPR

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:50 am

On the shores of California one recent morning, female Marines were heaving heavy chains to secure amphibious assault vehicles that soon would roll into the waves.

The exercise was one part of a yearlong experiment aimed at settling the question of whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat.

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NPR Ed
1:23 am
Fri May 29, 2015

It All Came Down To 'Nunatak'

Vanya Shivashankar, left, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Mo., lift the trophy after becoming co-champions Thursday night after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hills, Md.
Joshua Roberts Reuters/Landov

I started off wondering whether I might be able to spell a few of the words right. I ended up realizing that most of them I had never even heard of before.

Iridocyclitis. Cibarial. Pyrrhuloxia. And so on.

It was one of the many surprises of an evening spent watching the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night in Washington.

Another big surprise was how much I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I had expected to see a bunch of highly trained kids who've spent months and years memorizing the dictionary, essentially regurgitating that information.

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The Two-Way
8:35 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

National Spelling Bee Crowns Co-Champs For Second Straight Year

Vanya Shivashankar, left, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Mo., lift the trophy after becoming co-champions Thursday night after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hills, Md.
Joshua Roberts Reuters/Landov

Etymology? He don't need no stinkin' etymology.

Informed that the word list was running out, and a final correct spelling would result in a tie with Vanya Shivashankar, Gokul Venkatachalam was served his final word (nunatak) and volleyed it right back, n-u-n-a-t-a-k. Even the audience was denied a definition (it's an Inuit term for an exposed, rocky geographic element amid an ice field or glacier).

It created co-champions of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee for the second consecutive year.

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The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

To Avoid Muhammad Ads, D.C. Subway System Forgoes Millions In Revenue

In Washington, DC, commuters see ads on issues of public concern all the time as they ride subways and buses. But one ad has created such controversy that it's disrupted that pattern.

On Thursday, the board of directors of DC's transit authority temporarily suspended what it calls "issue-oriented advertisements" throughout the DC-area Metrorail and bus system through the end of the calendar year. That category, according to a motion by the chair of the Board of Directors, includes but is not limited to "political, religious, and advocacy advertising."

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Law
4:59 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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Goats and Soda
4:41 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Cholera Surges In Haiti As Rain Arrives Early

Health workers collect the body of a cholera victim in Petionville, Haiti, February 2011. The cholera outbreak in Haiti began in October 2010. Nearly 9,000 people have died.
David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

At a government-run clinic in Diquini, near Port-au-Prince, doctors are treating a handful of cholera patients.

One of them is Givenchi Predelus. For five days, the high school sophomore has been lying on a cot with a towel over his midsection and an IV in his arm, listening to tinny music on his bare-bones cellphone.

Predelus speaks in a whisper, a sign of what cholera has done to his strength. "Only one other person in my area has cholera," he says, through an interrupter. "She sells patties on the side of the road. I'm the second victim."

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The Two-Way
4:24 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:17 pm

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

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Shots - Health News
4:15 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

A security fence surrounds the main part of the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground, a testing laboratory in the Utah desert. The Army says it mistakenly shipped live anthrax from Dugway to several labs in the U.S. and Korea.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to figure out how the military managed to ship anthrax spores that were apparently live from one of its facilities to more than a dozen labs across the United States.

"We have a team at the [military] lab to determine what may have led to this incident," says CDC spokesman Jason McDonald. In addition, he says, the agency is working with health officials in nine states to make sure the potentially live samples are safely disposed of and the labs affected are decontaminated.

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U.S.
4:15 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

Forrest Hampton is about to become a family man and he couldn't be happier. He's 25 and he lives in a suburb of Dallas with his fiancée, who's due to have their baby practically any minute. They've already picked out a name: Raven.

In most ways they are a normal family. Except for one thing. Until last year, Hampton was a registered sex offender.

"I honestly don't believe I was supposed to be registered in the first place," he says, "but I wasn't in the position to fight my case."

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The Salt
4:15 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

Fish for sale in the fish market in Fraserburgh, Scotland.
Ari Shapiro/NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

Cod love the icy cold waters of the North Sea — and British people love eating cod.

But a decade ago, it looked like people were eating the fish to the brink of collapse. Now the trend has turned around, and the cod are coming back.

We pick up this fish tale, which seems to be on its way to a happy ending, at an early morning fish auction in Fraserburgh, Scotland, where buyers and sellers are lined up alongside hundreds of boxes containing cod, hake, monkfish, sole and every other kind of fish you can imagine from the North Sea.

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The Salt
3:45 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms

The Maslowskis love to cook, and with each mushroom harvest, they invent new recipes. One of their favorite dishes is Hungarian mushroom soup.
Courtesy of Susan Maslowski

Many farmers in Appalachia are cultivating food not in big open fields but deep in the forest — where ramps, hazelnuts and maple trees for syrup thrive.

But some would like to see the region producing even more forest-grown products — in particular, mushrooms — to meet growing demand at specialty food stores and restaurants that serve local ingredients.

The catch? Cultivating mushrooms is labor-intensive, and if you want to sell them to the public, you'll need to show proof that they're edible and safe.

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Sports
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA Delegate: Indictment 'Brought A Cloud' On Upcoming Presidential Vote

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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Business
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

What Are $26 Million In American Express Rewards Points Worth?

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Technology
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include Internet

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

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Book News & Features
3:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

As Publishing Industry Courts China, Authors Speak Out Against Censorship

Protesters gathered on the steps of the New York Public Library on Wednesday to show support for silenced Chinese writers.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:56 am

Chinese writers and publishers are being celebrated this week in New York at BookExpo America — the industry's largest trade event in North America. Organizers of the event say China deserves a seat at the table because it is such a big and potentially lucrative market. But some authors and free speech advocates have seen this as an opportunity to shine light on censorship in China.

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The Salt
3:23 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science

Eating a chocolate bar daily can help you lose weight? Sorry, that study was a sweet lie — part of an elaborate hoax to school the news media about proper nutrition science journalism.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:17 pm

Earlier this spring, headlines around the world trumpeted an exciting bit of news that seemed too good to be true: "Eating that bar of chocolate can HELP you lose weight," as Britain's Daily Mail put it.

From India to Australia and Texas to Germany, news organizations shared findings published in the International Archives of Medicine in late March.

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All Tech Considered
3:23 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

In the face-to-face interview process, research shows that managers tend to hire applicants who are similar to them on paper.
Bjorn Rune Lie Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:01 pm

Entrepreneur Petar Vujosevic was just a regular guy who saw a big problem with the way the hiring system works.

Typically, a hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate and resumes come flooding in. After doing some interviews, the manager has to make a gut decision: Who is the best person for the job?

Research shows that more often than not, managers pick someone whose background is similar to theirs.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:59 pm

A government program called Lifeline subsidizes basic phone service for low-income people. Now, the head of the Federal Communications Commission also wants to use the program to pay for broadband Internet connections, which many poor people lack.

When it comes to the Internet, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says there are the haves and the have nots. Ninety-five percent of households with incomes over $150,000 a year have broadband access, he says. But just 48 percent of households making under $25,000 do.

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Movie Reviews
3:03 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

'Aloha' Brings A Muddled Romance To Hawaii

Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in Aloha.
Neal Preston Columbia Pictures

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:58 pm

It's hard to tell what, exactly, Bradley Cooper's deal is in the imperfect yet oddly compelling tropical dramedy Aloha. His character, Brian Gilcrest, is a military contractor assigned to oversee a ceremony in Hawaii that will allow his employer to launch a new satellite of dubious motives. That part's easy enough. After his role in the megahit American Sniper, it's intriguing to see Cooper playing what amounts to a cynical, bizarro-world version of Chris Kyle.

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