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Animals
3:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

Stab It With A Dinglehopper! Seagull Goes After Eagle In Alaska

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 9:03 am

Seagulls don't get a lot of respect; they seem to be all screeching and scavenging for food. But at least one sea gull showed the guts of a hero recently.

Photographer David Canales caught what he called this "epic aerial battle" while kayaking in Alaska: A bald eagle, one seagull trapped in its talons, under ferocious assault from another gull.

Unfortunately, for all its fellow seagull's daring, the eagle's snack did not appear to escape.

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Politics
3:55 am
Thu July 16, 2015

2016's Campaign War Chests Are Just Jewelry Boxes Next To The Super PACs

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 1:51 pm

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The Two-Way
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Harry Kroto, pictured in 1996, displays a model of the geodesic-shaped carbon molecules that he helped discover.
Michael Scates AP

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 9:03 am

Researchers in Switzerland say they've solved a nearly 100-year-old astronomical mystery by discovering what's in the wispy cloud of gas that floats in the space between the stars.

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U.S.
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

U.S. Immigration Agency Again Drops 'Family Friendly' Detention Centers

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:42 am

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Middle East
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

For Families Of Americans Held Or Missing In Iran, Nuclear Deal Is A Loss

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 9:03 am

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Europe
3:02 am
Thu July 16, 2015

After Years Of Recession, Greeks Fear Bailout Will Only Make Lives Harder

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 1:46 pm

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Middle East
6:25 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Does Nuclear Agreement Strengthen Iran's Drive To Be A Regional Power?

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And for more now on the Iran nuclear deal, we're joined by Karim Sadjadpour, who's senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment.

Welcome.

KARIM SADJADPOUR: Great to be with you.

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Strange News
3:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Clearer Than Bureacratese: Airport Official Replies To Politician In Klingon

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 6:25 am

Maj po.

That was "good morning" in Klingon, the fictional language from "Star Trek."

You'd have to be able to speak the language in order to understand a recent statement from a government spokesperson in Wales.

When Darren Miller, an opposition politician, asked about possible UFO sightings at an airport, the spokesperson responded — in Klingon — that her boss would reply in due course.

Millar told the BBC this confirmed his suspicion — that members of government were from another planet.

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Around the Nation
3:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

A Month Into Summer, Boston's Finally Out Of Snow

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 6:25 am

It's mid-July, and winter has finally ended in Boston — at least symbolically. On Tuesday, Boston's mayor announced that the giant pile of dirty snow left over from the city's record-breaking snowfall had finally melted.

The seven-story snow tower took so long to thaw out that there was a citywide contest to guess when it would go away. In response to the news, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted: "Our nightmare is finally over!"

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Europe
3:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Bailout Vote May Splinter Greece's Recently Empowered Anti-Austerity Party

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 3:18 pm

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Middle East
3:43 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Interview: Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu On Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 7:27 am

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Middle East
9:25 am
Tue July 14, 2015

After Iran Nuclear Deal, What's Israel's Next Step?

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Middle East
8:38 am
Tue July 14, 2015

What Iran's Regional Rivals Are Saying About The Deal

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:25 am

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U.S.
8:38 am
Tue July 14, 2015

In Congress, A Mixed Reaction To Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 4:22 pm

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Middle East
6:35 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Obama: Iran Nuclear Pact Provides 'Constant International Supervision'

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:25 am

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Strange News
4:50 am
Tue July 14, 2015

You've Heard Of Hot Dogs, Here's A Hot Cat

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:25 am

It's like The Incredible Journey, except if the pets had to cross the Sahara.

A cat stowed away under the hood of a pickup truck, and survived a 28-mile ride with the hot engine as the vehicle was driven from Pennsylvania to the parking lot of Mars Chocolate headquarters in New Jersey.

People walking by heard purring from the engine — even after it was switched off.

The kitty was quickly dubbed "Mars" — after the chocolate, or perhaps more appropriately, the fiery-red planet.

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Middle East
3:51 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Following A Groundbreaking Pact, Taking The Temperature In Tehran

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:25 am

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Politics
3:51 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Republicans Likely Will Oppose Iran Deal, But Find It Hard To Derail

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:25 am

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Digital Life
3:24 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Legal Name Change? Facebook Still Won't Let You Be Maj. Major Major Major

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:25 am

Facebook has been cracking down on fake names, and recently went after Jemma Rogers, who set up an account as "Jemmaroid Von Laalaa" in 2008.

Facebook demanded she prove it's her name, so she tried to Photoshop "Jemmaroid" onto her bank cards.

Facebook didn't buy it, so she legally changed her name to "Jemmaroid Von Laalaa."

Facebook still wouldn't budge, but say they're "looking into the matter."

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Space
3:01 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Earth Gets A Close-Up View Of Its Most Distant Neighbors

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:25 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Tue July 14, 2015

Reputation As Conquering Reformer Carries Scott Walker Into 2016 Race

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:40 pm

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Goats and Soda
10:57 am
Mon July 13, 2015

How One Woman Found The Courage To Say No To Domestic Abuse

Saroj's teenage son watches her comb her hair before she heads to work.
Rhitu Chatterjee for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:35 pm

Saroj is a cook at a public school in her village, Dujana, in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Like most people in this state, she doesn't have a last name.

She walks to work down narrow streets of concrete homes with cows and buffaloes outside. She is short, only about 5 feet 2, but she walks tall and confident in her traditional mustard-colored tunic and pants. Her tanned face is framed by big, dark eyes and a square jaw.

As Saroj passes an old man sitting outside a house, she leans in close to me and starts whispering.

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Television
3:24 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Even Retired Comedians Can't Resist A Few Good Trump Jokes

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 10:48 am

David Letterman returned to comedy at a Friday show in San Antonio, saying that retiring from Late Night before Donald Trump announced his presidential run was "the biggest mistake of my life."

He offered a brand-new Top Ten list, aimed directly at the Donald. Shots taken included:

10 - His toupee is actually the gopher in "Caddyshack."

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Middle East
3:24 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Is An Iran Deal Finally At Hand?

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 3:44 pm

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Politics
3:24 am
Mon July 13, 2015

Clinton, Walker, Trump And The Accelerating Ride To 2016

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 10:48 am

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And let's take a look now at political happenings here in the U.S. For that, we're joined, as we are most Mondays, by NPR's Cokie Roberts. Good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Renee.

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World
3:24 am
Mon July 13, 2015

A Do-Not-Fly List For The Do-Not-Tan Crowd

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 10:48 am

Paul and Sheena Wain were on their way to the Maldives for vacation — but when they tried to check in for their flight in Manchester, England, the airline turned them down, saying their 14-year-old daughter Grace appeared pale, maybe sick.

In fact, Grace is red-haired and fair-skinned.

"We live in Scotland," her dad said. "That's just the way she is."

Grace was finally allowed to board after the family got a note from her doctor.

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Sports
4:21 am
Fri July 10, 2015

A Pittsburgh Pirate Does His 'Gangnam Style' Dance

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 6:10 am

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Good morning, I'm David Greene with a little dancing in the dugout. That infectious beat is, of course, "Gangnam Style."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "GANGNAM STYLE")

PSY: (Singing) Oppa Gangnam style.

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Asia
4:20 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Now At The Top Of Japan's Mount Fuji: Free Wi-Fi

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 8:41 am

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Army's Planned Troop Reductions Concern Military Communities

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 10:34 am

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Confederate Flag At S. Carolina Statehouse Headed To Military Museum

Originally published on Fri July 10, 2015 6:10 am

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