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3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Persian Gulf System Prohibits Nepali Migrant Workers From Returning Home

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:57 pm

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Business
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Recovery Begins For Small Businesses Hit By Baltimore Riots

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:02 am

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Business
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

McDonald's Plans To Rebrand Itself As A 'Progressive Burger Company'

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:02 am

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Book News & Features
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Ruth Rendell Dies, Pioneered The Psychological Thriller

Ruth Rendell won countless awards for her work, including the Mystery Writers of America's Grand Master Award and the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement.
Jerry Bauer

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:57 pm

Famed British crime writer Ruth Rendell died this past weekend in London. She was 85 and had suffered a stroke in January.

Best known for her long-running Inspector Wexford series — which was adapted for television — she pioneered a psychological approach to thriller writing. She also wrote darker, more contemplative books as Barbara Vine. In her later years, she was made a baroness and took up Labour Party politics.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Clinton Agrees To Answer House Panel's Questions On Benghazi, Emails

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has agreed to testify before a House panel on Benghazi and her email-retention policies.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:47 pm

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democratic candidate for president, has agreed to testify before a House panel about the deadly attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and about her email-retention practices.

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NPR Story
2:37 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Comcast Sees Rising Revenue, Even After Failed Merger

Comcast reported today that its total revenue rose 2.6 percent in the quarter that ended March 31, surpassing analyst expectations.

The earnings report comes after Comcast abandoned its plans to merge with Time Warner Cable, amid news of increased scrutiny from regulators over the deal.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at Comcast’s earnings with Jill Schlesinger of CBS News.

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NPR Story
2:37 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Damaged Art Memorializes Violent Vietnam Era

Each year, the bullet hole is the subject of chalk messages. (Steve Grant/ideastream)

Today is the 45th anniversary of the killing of four students by National Guard troops on the campus of Kent State University in Ohio during a rally to protest U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.

The cultural divisions of those times have been examined in numerous books and documentaries, but sometimes history leaves its mark in other ways.

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NPR Story
2:37 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

As U.S. Takes Reins Of Arctic Council, Climate Change Will Top Agenda

On July 12, 2011, crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieved a canister dropped by parachute from a C-130, which brought supplies for some mid-mission fixes. (Kathryn Hansen/NASA/Flickr Creative Commons)

The United States says climate change will be front and center on the agenda of the Arctic Council – the intergovernmental body made up of eight countries with territories in the region.

The U.S. is now chair of the council, which includes Russia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

Founded in 1996, the council’s purpose is to promote cooperation in the region. They are not policymakers, but do advise governments on issues related to the Arctic.

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The Two-Way
2:36 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Space Shot: Italian Astronaut 'Boldly' Brews Espresso On Space Station

In this photo posted on Twitter on Sunday, and provided by NASA, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti sips espresso from a cup designed for use in zero gravity, on the International Space Station.
AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 6:27 pm

Until recently astronauts would rely on NASA's coffee-in-a-pouch for their daily dose of caffeine. But as NPR's Bill Chappell reported last month, astronauts had reason to cheer when the SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule lined up with the International Space Station bringing, among other things, a long-awaited espresso machine called ISSpresso.

We now have confirmation that the ISSpresso is being put to good use.

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Shots - Health News
2:23 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

When Hospitals Close, Frequent Fears About Care Aren't Realized

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:27 pm

A hospital closure can send tremors through a city or town, leaving residents fearful about how they will be cared for in emergencies and serious illnesses.

A study released Monday offers some comfort, finding that when hospitals shut down, death rates and other markers of quality generally don't worsen.

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The Salt
2:16 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Sandwich Monday: We're Full

Because of the limited structural integrity of The Saltwich, Robert had to employ the Butterfly Grip in 2013.
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In 2010, we started eating sandwiches. Five years later, we are officially full. From now on, Sandwich Monday is going to be an occasional feature here on The Salt, rather than a regular one.

There are many reasons, but mostly it's because Miles knows a guy who knows a guy who says he can replace all of our blood with gorilla plasma and this will undo everything we've done to our bodies since the series began, but he only works on Mondays.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Former Christie Aides Plead Not Guilty To 'Bridgegate' Charges

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:37 pm

Two former aides of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie who were indicted in connection with the apparently politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013 have pleaded not guilty.

Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's former chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were each charged with nine counts, including conspiracy against civil rights. They pleaded not guilty Monday in New Jersey federal court and were released on $150,000 bond.

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Goats and Soda
1:12 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Irene, A Ugandan Prostitute, Explains How To Use A Condom

Irene lives in a fishing village in Uganda where the rate of HIV infection is 43 percent.
Wilbur Sargunaraj for NPR

The interviewer asks the fresh-faced young woman named Irene: "What do you do here in this village?"

"I am a prostitute," she says.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NYPD Officer Shot Over The Weekend Dies

Brian Moore, an officer with the New York Police Department, was shot Saturday night in Queens, N.Y. He died Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.
AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:37 pm

A plainclothes New York police officer who was shot in Queens over the weekend has died, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

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Parallels
12:25 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

People's Republic Of Uber: Making Friends, Chauffeuring People In China

Joel Xu, 25, drives in Shanghai for People's Uber, a ride-sharing service. He makes about $4,000 a month – a good wage in Shanghai – and loves meeting new people he'd otherwise never encounter.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:57 pm

When Cici Xu isn't working as an accountant, she's driving around Shanghai picking up passengers for People's Uber, the American company's nonprofit ride-sharing service that operates in nine mainland Chinese cities.

Xu, 40, makes about $1,300 a month as a driver, but says she doesn't really do it for the money.

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Shots - Health News
12:04 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Triage And Treatment: Untold Health Stories From Baltimore's Unrest

Baltimore residents clean up outside a CVS store Tuesday, after an evening of riots following the funeral of Freddie Gray.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:35 pm

Over the last week, Baltimore's unrest has captured the nation's attention. Images of burning cars, the sounds of angry protesters and then peace rallies have dominated the airwaves and headlines.

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The Two-Way
11:54 am
Mon May 4, 2015

May The Fourth Be With You: 'Star Wars' Fans Celebrate A Faraway Galaxy

In Budapest, Hungary, a man takes a photo with people dressed as their favorite Star Wars stormtroopers.
Attila Volgyi Xinhua /Landov

Yoda, Chewbacca and a phalanx of stormtroopers are telling people all over the Internet "May the fourth be with you" today, as fans of the Star Wars franchise celebrate all things that emanate from a galaxy far, far away.

As you would expect from a quasi-holiday that's drawn from a pun, May 4 brings a flood of cute ideas to social media. It's also a good excuse to dress up as an Ewok. NASA is taking the whole enterprise to a new level, with a flurry of tweets that show how "science fiction is now science fact!"

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The Two-Way
11:53 am
Mon May 4, 2015

'Charlie Hebdo' Staffer Pushes Back Against Writers' Opposition To Award

Jean-Baptiste Thoret, Charlie Hebdo's film critic, speaks at a news conference in Washington on May 1. Thoret will receive, on behalf of Charlie Hebdo, the PEN American Center's Freedom of Expression Courage Award in New York on Tuesday.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:02 am

We've been telling you about the opposition from some writers to the decision by the PEN American Center to give Charlie Hebdo its Freedom of Expression Courage Award. The satirical French publication was targeted by Islamist militants Jan. 7 apparently for its cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The attack killed 12 people.

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The Two-Way
11:29 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Israel Braces For More Protests By Minority Ethiopian Community

Israeli police officers detain an Ethiopian-Israeli during a demonstration Sunday in Tel Aviv.
Tsafrir Abayov AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:46 pm

Israeli leaders are urging calm after violence marred a night of protests in Tel Aviv by the country's Ethiopian community. Dozens of people were injured, including many police officers, and dozens were arrested, according to news reports.

NPR's Emily Harris reports that people protesting treatment of Ethiopian-Israelis chanted peacefully near Tel Aviv City Hall on Sunday. "Later, police and demonstrators fought — with stones and bottles, tear gas and flash grenades," she says.

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Sports
11:24 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:25 am

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Television
11:24 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And Quirky Legacy

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:20 am

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NPR Ed
11:02 am
Mon May 4, 2015

A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

AltSchool's schools are a proving ground for dozens of engineers seeking to build "an operating system for education."
Courtesy of Altschool

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:58 pm

At first glance, the warehouse in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood could be the headquarters of any well-funded startup: exposed concrete, natural light, lots of Macbooks. Then you spot the 12- and 13-year-olds doing yoga in a glass-walled conference room.

It's a tech company, but it's also a private, for-profit middle school: a unique, hybrid venture called AltSchool.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Police: Suspects In Muhammad Cartoon Contest Attack Came Out Shooting

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 6:48 pm

(This post was last updated at 7:51 p.m. ET.)

Two suspects jumped out of a dark-colored vehicle and began firing assault rifles on Sunday at the site of a contest where participants drew the Prophet Muhammad.

A security officer was wounded; his injuries are not life threatening, officials said.

Joe Harn, a Garland, Texas, police officer, said one officer returned fire with his service pistol, killing both suspects.

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Shots - Health News
10:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Concussions Are Most Likely During Practice In High School And College

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Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:17 pm

Parents worry about a child getting a concussion in the heat of competition, but they also need to be thinking about what happens during practices, a study finds.

High school and college football players are more likely to suffer a concussion during practices than in a game, according a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. Here are the numbers:

  • In youth games, 54 percent of concussions happened during games.
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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Mon May 4, 2015

5 Things To Know About The Organizers Of Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Blogger Pamela Geller speaks at a Sept. 11, 2012, conference she organized in New York titled "Stop Islamization of America."
David Karp AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 11:41 am

After two gunmen opened fire at the site of a Muhammad cartoon drawing contest Sunday night in Garland, Texas, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, which organized the event, is once again in the spotlight.

Here are five things you should know about the group.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Mon May 4, 2015

McDonald's CEO Promises 'Modern, Progressive Burger Company'

Under a new global structure, McDonald's is grouping markets in Germany where a new McDonald's Flagship Restaurant opened in March, with other high-performing countries such as Australia and Canada.
Hannelore Foerster Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:15 pm

Looking for new growth and promising better restaurant experiences for customers, McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook is changing how the chain manages global markets and plans to boost the number of franchised restaurants.

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," Easterbrook said in a video released Monday. "The numbers don't lie. Which is why, as we celebrate 60 years of McDonald's, I will not shy away from resetting this business."

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Monkey See
9:20 am
Mon May 4, 2015

'Mad Men' Skates Across A Changed And Changing Landscape

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men.
AMC AMC

Sunday night's Mad Men was the antepenultimate episode of the series – a word we don't get to use enough, but one that can be surprisingly significant in television. The second to last episode is often (rightly or wrongly) understood and analyzed as finale table-setting, so this third to last episode is sometimes the last that feels like the regular show. And for Mad Men, it seemed to serve as a crystallizing hour for the themes that the show has returned to over and over, reaching no conclusions about those themes but turning them over and over in its narrative hands.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Mon May 4, 2015

New British Princess Is Given A Name

Prince William and his wife, Catherine, who is the duchess of Cambridge, show their newly-born daughter to the media outside the Lindo Wing at St. Mary's Hospital in central London on Saturday.
Ben Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:40 pm

The new British princess, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has been given a name:

As we reported, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana was born Saturday and weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces. She is fourth in line to the throne, behind grandfather Prince Charles, dad Prince William and brother Prince George, who was born in July 2013.

NPR's Ari Shapiro has more from London:

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Book Reviews
8:04 am
Mon May 4, 2015

A Former Country Girl Catches Fire In 'The Love Object'

The Love Object
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:12 pm

When Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, was published in 1960, her family and neighbors in the small Irish village where she was born tossed copies into a bonfire expressly set for that horrifying purpose. Nearly 60 years later, the country girl herself has long since moved to London, but her fiction still blazes (if only in metaphor). That's what I found while reading my way through The Love Object, a newly published selection of more than 30 of O'Brien's short stories.

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The Two-Way
5:49 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Announces She's Running For President

Carly Fiorina speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, in January. So far, Fiorina is the lone notable Republican woman eyeing the White House.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 9:02 am

Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, says she will seek the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential contest.

Fiorina made the announcement on ABC's Good Morning America and later via a simple tweet.

"I am running for president," Fiorina tweeted.

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