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5:23 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Leader Of Turkmenistan Honors Himself With A Statue

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5:23 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Wedding Agency Offers Couples A Ride In Armored Personnel Carrier

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Fat Is Not A Four-Letter Word In 'Dietland'

Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:53 pm

Editor's note: A Dietland quote in this review contains language some may find offensive.


In fiction, there are the Good Fats (Clara Peggotty, Mrs. Weasley and various other pillowy matrons) and the Bad Fats (Ursula, Augustus Gloop, assorted despicable characters whose fatness is shorthand for moral decay). Oh, and the Funny Fats. Don't forget the Funny Fats (Falstaff and his schlubby ilk). But complicated, dangerous, compelling Fats? These are rare.

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Relentless Cable Mogul John Malone Works Behind The Scenes

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3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Raging Flood Waters Do A Number On Wimberly, Texas

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3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Officials Of Soccer's Governing Board Arrested On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:40 pm

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3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Sen. Sanders Launches Longshot Presidential Campaign In Vermont

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3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Are Motorists Paying Attention To The Takata Air Bag Recall?

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:54 am

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It's All Politics
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?

An engineer from Cisco shows live wireless traffic to a FedEx employee during a recent security conference in San Francisco.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:45 pm

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

When President Obama took office back in 2009, "cybersecurity" was not a word that everyday people used. It wasn't debated. Then, mega-breaches against consumers, businesses and the federal government changed that.

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Politics
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Alabama Considers Legalized Gambling To Close Budget Deficit

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Book News & Features
3:04 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Author Margaret Atwood Contributes Manuscript To Future Library

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The Two-Way
2:07 am
Wed May 27, 2015

U.S. Indicts 14 In FIFA Corruption Inquiry

The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. On Wednesday, Swiss police raided a Zurich hotel to detain top FIFA officials as part of a U.S. investigation into corruption.
Philipp Schmidli Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:08 am

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

Arrest and search warrants have been executed against senior FIFA officials and several executives for what the Justice Department says was a corrupt scheme that gleaned "well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks" over the course of 24 years.

The department announced that it has indicted 14 people from the U.S. and South America β€” including nine senior officials with FIFA, soccer's international governing body. Seven of the FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland early Wednesday.

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Sweetness And Light
1:32 am
Wed May 27, 2015

For Sports Immortality, The 3rd Or 4th Time's The Charm

Serena Williams serves the ball to Andrea Hlavackova during the first round of the French Open in Paris.
Christophe Ena AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:56 am

There is hardly a sport that has not named a version of its annual multiple championships. Two wins is not enough; you have to win three (a "Crown") or four (a "Grand Slam"). For example, if you win the three major races in thoroughbred racing, it's called the Triple Crown. In men's and women's tennis and men's golf, to win all four majors is to earn a Grand Slam.

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Goats and Soda
1:32 am
Wed May 27, 2015

As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

Patients receive treatment at the Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar, India. The country has one of the highest rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the world, in part because antibiotics for the disease are poorly regulated by the government.
Dar Yasin AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:36 pm

The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a "post-antibiotic world."

Common infections that have been easily treatable for decades could become deadly if the current growth of antimicrobial resistance continues.

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Doing More With Less
1:31 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Casa Ruby Is A 'Chosen Family' For Trans People Who Need A Home

Ruby Corado runs Casa Ruby, a drop-in and service center for transgender people in Washington, D.C. Through the center, Corado helps people find housing, medical care and get food. Corado also has 22 beds in transitional housing for transgender adults and youth who would otherwise be homeless.
Lexey Swall GRAIN for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:06 pm

Editor's note: This story contains language that some may find offensive.

This story is part of an occasional series about individuals who don't have much money or power but do have a big impact on their communities.

If you're transgender in America, you're far more likely than other people to be unemployed, homeless and poor. And there's a 4 in 10 chance you've tried to kill yourself.

It can be a confusing and lonely life.

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Business
1:30 am
Wed May 27, 2015

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever

Paper can make the abstract tangible in a way that digital devices don't.
Alejandro Escamilla Unsplash

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:19 am

I confess. I'm a notebook nut. I own dozens and dozens of them. Everything from cheap reporter's notebooks to hand-crafted Italian leather beauties.

I wondered: Am I an analog dinosaur, or are there others out there like me?

The first stop in my investigation was, frankly, discouraging.

At first glance, a Starbucks on the campus of George Washington University points to the dinosaur conclusion. So plentiful are the laptops and tablets that they outnumber the double-mocha-half-caf-triple-shot-Frappuccinos.

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The Two-Way
9:54 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

LeBron Books 5th Straight NBA Finals Trip As Cleveland Sweeps Atlanta

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James drives to the lane Tuesday night against Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap,
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 12:26 am

A roller-coaster season for the Cleveland Cavaliers reached a new peak Tuesday night as the team dominated the Atlanta Hawks, 118-88, to complete a sweep of the Eastern Conference finals.

Making the NBA finals meets the expectations many had for the Cavs from the moment four-time league MVP LeBron James returned to the team β€” though Cleveland struggled early in the season, finishing the first half just a game over .500.

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The Two-Way
5:55 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Nebraska Governor Vetoes Bill That Repealed Death Penalty

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:00 pm

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts vetoed legislation passed last week that repealed the state's death penalty.

"Please sustain my veto. Please stand with the citizens of Nebraska and law enforcement for public safety," he said, flanked by law enforcement personnel, murder victims' family members and state lawmakers who support capital punishment.

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The Two-Way
5:28 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Heat Wave Claims More Than 750 Lives In India

An Indian farmer sits Tuesday in his dried-up land in Gauribidanur village, in southern India's Karnataka state. More than 750 people have died in a heat wave that has swept across the country.
Jagadeesh NV EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:23 pm

More than 750 people are dead in India in a heat wave that has seen temperatures in some parts of the country touching 118 degrees.

Most of the deaths have occurred in southern Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. The Associated Press reports that more than 550 people have died in Andhra Pradesh since May 13; the number is 215 in Telangana since April 15. Indian news sites say the toll has exceeded 1,000.

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It's All Politics
5:20 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Test Of '1 Person, 1 Vote' Heads To The Supreme Court

Part of Texas' congressional redistricting map from 2003. The lead plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott are residents of a state Senate district in Texas who say their equal rights to representation are diluted because Texas equalized the districts in population terms, and€” not in terms of eligible voters.
Harry Cabluck AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:11 am

When the Supreme Court returns for its next term in October, among the cases it has agreed to hear is a challenge to a fundamental practice that has governed American elections for generations.

When public-policy makers talk about a state's population, they generally mean the number of human beings living in that state β€” as counted or estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau.

That applies to a host of political actions, including the apportionment of seats in Congress and the Electoral College votes that choose the president.

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Hackers Stole Data From More Than 100,000 Taxpayers, IRS Says

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:56 am

The IRS says criminals gained access to the accounts of more than 100,000 taxpayers through its online service Get Transcript. The data stolen included taxpayers' Social Security information, when they were born and their street addresses.

At a news conference, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said criminals made about 200,000 attempts to access tax information; 100,000 of those attempts, made from February to mid-May, were successful.

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The Salt
4:11 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

How Dorothea Lange Taught Us To See Hunger And Humanity

Carrot pullers from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Mexico. "We come from all states and we can't make a dollar in this field noways. [sic] Working from seven in the morning until twelve noon, we earn an average of thirty-five cents." California, February 1937
Dorothea Lange Library of Congress

Documentary photographer Dorothea Lange had a favorite saying: "A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera."

And perhaps no one did more to reveal the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photographs gave us an unflinching β€” but also deeply humanizing β€” look at the struggles of displaced farmers, migrant laborers, sharecroppers and others at the bottom of the American farm economy as it reeled through the 1930s.

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The Salt
4:03 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

A range of Darjeeling tea at Goomtee Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India.
Jeff Koehler for NPR

At least 2,500 years ago, tea, as we know it, was born.

Back then, it was a medicinal concoction blended with herbs, seeds and forest leaves in the mountains of southwest China. Gradually, as manners of processing and drinking tea were refined, it became imbued with artistic, religious, and cultural notes. Under the Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907), the apogee of ancient Chinese prosperity, the drink involved ritual, etiquette and specific utensils. During this period of splendor, the first book dedicated solely to tea was written by Lu YΓΌ.

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Economy
3:57 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

IRS Reports Theft Of More Than 100,000 Taxpayers' Information

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 4:31 pm

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3:53 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:23 pm

Kids in the U.S. are spending less time outside. Even in kindergarten, recess is being cut back. But in the small town of Quechee, Vt., a teacher is bucking that trend: One day a week, she takes her students outside β€” for the entire school day.

It's called Forest Monday.

Eliza Minnucci got the idea after watching a documentary about a forest school in Switzerland where kids spend all day, every day, out in the woods.

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Law
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Before Cleveland, About 30 Police Departments Entered DOJ Agreements

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Law
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Federal Appeals Court Lets Stand Blockage Of Obama Immigration Actions

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World
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

'Journey To Jihad' Tells Story Of Belgian Teenager Who Joined Islamic State

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Sports
3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

As The NBA Conference Finals Wind Down, LeBron James Remains Dominant

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3:27 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

NYU Changes Its Policy On Reviewing Applicants' Criminal Background

New York University announced it will not require the criminal record of prospective students in the first round of the admissions process.
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Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:24 pm

Students applying for college supply all sorts of information β€” financial records, letters of recommendation, the personal essay β€” to name just a few.

One big question they face: Do you have a criminal record?

The question appears on the Common Application β€” the website that prospective students use to apply to more than 500 schools across the U.S. and abroad.

Most students don't even think about it. But for some applicants, it's a reason not to apply.

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