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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Thu May 28, 2015

FIFA Update: Europe's UEFA Backs Blatter's Opponent; Raids In Brazil

UEFA President Michel Platini says his organization is backing FIFA President Sepp Blatter's opponent in Friday's presidential election. When asked if UEFA might consider leaving FIFA, Platini said, "Of course."
FABRICE COFFRINI AFP/Getty Images

One day after a string of bribery arrests and indictments was revealed to center on FIFA, the soccer organization's president, Sepp Blatter, says he will not resign. Accusations of rampant corruption at FIFA came just days before Blatter stands for reelection Friday.

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Shots - Health News
7:22 am
Thu May 28, 2015

How Much Does A Colonoscopy Cost In California? Help Find Out

The colonoscopy: It may be the most dreaded screening test out there, and it's the next step in KQED's PriceCheck project.

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It's All Politics
7:09 am
Thu May 28, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki

Former New York Gov. George Pataki speaks during the Iowa Agriculture Summit in March.
Charlie Neibergall AP

George Pataki will announce his presidential candidacy in Exeter, N.H., Thursday morning, the eighth official Republican entrant in the 2016 race for the White House. The field is expected to double over the next couple of months. Pataki has made numerous visits and a few friends in recent months in the Granite State, home of the first primary in 2016. Still, the mention of his name in most of the country might prompt questions of, "Who?" and possibly, "Why?"

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Code Switch
7:00 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

This summer brings many excellent books from writers of color.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Another day, another all-white list of recommended reading. This year's New York Times summer reading list, compiled annually by Times literary critic Janet Maslin, offered up zero books by non-white authors.

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The Two-Way
6:20 am
Thu May 28, 2015

George Pataki Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, seen here speaking in Iowa recently, is announcing his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Scott Olson Getty Images

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

Former New York Gov. George Pataki is adding his name to the list of Republicans running for their party's 2016 presidential nomination.

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Live Anthrax Was Mistakenly Sent To 9 States And A U.S. Military Base

Dugway Proving Ground military base, seen here in 2010, was the source of several anthrax shipments that are suspected of containing live samples of the disease.
Jim Urquhart AP

The Department of Defense says an attempt to ship inactive anthrax samples resulted in live samples being sent to labs in nine U.S. states and to a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea.

Fears of exposure to the potentially deadly disease has prompted officials to advise four civilian workers to get preventive care; more than 20 military personnel are also being monitored. The samples were sent via commercial shipping companies, but the Pentagon says there is "no known risk to the general public."

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NPR Ed
5:03 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Non-Academic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

LA Johnson/NPR

More and more people in education agree on the importance of learning stuff other than academics.

But no one agrees on what to call that "stuff".

There are least seven major overlapping terms in play. New ones are being coined all the time. This bagginess bugs me, as a member of the education media. It bugs researchers and policymakers too.

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Around the Nation
4:50 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Pranksters Release 72,000 Ladybugs In Maryland High School

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Around the Nation
4:45 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Michigan County Police Blotter: Adult Food Fights

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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Politics
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

While annual deficits have shrunk dramatically since the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government is still adding to its overall debt.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:49 am

Our next president is likely to have some big plans for the future of the country. But he or she will also have to wrestle with some leftover bills from the past. The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

That's why Danette Kenne has some questions for the presidential candidates about what kind of budget they plan to present to Congress.

"Being in Iowa, one of the things we can do is ask questions," Kenne said.

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It's All Politics
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks with Frederic Hunt, a minister at First Calvary Baptist Church, during a campaign stop Wednesday at The Main Street Bakery in Columbia, S.C.
Richard Shiro AP

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

Hillary Clinton will need black voters if she wants to win the Democratic nomination and the presidency next year. But African American voters were a major reason she lost the early nominating state of South Carolina to Barack Obama by nearly 30 points in 2008.

She's trying to make up for it this time around.

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Top Spelling Contestants Give Advice To The Next Generation

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:00 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Kentucky's GOP Must Unite Behind Winner In Primary For Governor

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:33 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Veto; Abolish Death Penalty

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:41 am

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Families In Houston Begin Cleaning Up After Devastating Floods

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 4:29 am

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Goats and Soda
1:30 am
Thu May 28, 2015

How The World's Largest Refugee Camp Remade A Generation Of Somalis

Somali children dance in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
Fairfax Media Fairfax Media via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 7:43 am

The world's largest refugee camp is also a giant social experiment.

Take hundreds of thousands of Somalis fleeing a war. Shelter them for 24 years in a camp in Kenya run by the United Nations. And offer different opportunities than they might have had if they'd stayed in Somalia.

The Kenyan government wants the experiment to end, soon. It's pushing the refugees to return to their home in Somalia, though the camp called Dadaab is the only home many have known.

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The Two-Way
7:15 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Scientists Discover Evidence Of A 435,000-Year-Old Murder

A team of scientists say they've discovered evidence of a 435,000 year old murder, based on evidence from the injuries on this skull.
Javier Trueba Madrid Scientific Films

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:43 am

Two episodes of "localized blunt force trauma" to the skull with "an intention to kill." 3-D imaging to recreate the injuries. Bodies dropped down a 43-foot-deep vertical shaft into a mass grave. A murder case — more than 435,000 years old.

It's all detailed in a study in the journal PLOS One called "Lethal Interpersonal Violence in the Middle Pleistocene," and its authors say it's evidence of one of the earliest murders on record.

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It's All Politics
6:10 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

Bill Clinton and his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, are facing renewed questions about their finances.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:57 am

Another day, another inquiry into the finances of Hillary and Bill Clinton.

This one starts with an Associated Press report that a limited liability company — WJC, LLC — has served as a platform for the former president's career as a consultant. Revenues flow through it to the Clintons. It has never appeared in Hillary Clinton's official financial disclosures.

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The Two-Way
5:56 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart Settle Lawsuit Over Truck-Limousine Crash

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

Actor Tracy Morgan has settled his lawsuit against Wal-Mart over a deadly highway crash last year involving a Wal-Mart truck that left the comedian seriously hurt.

The Associated Press reports:

"A filing in federal court in Newark on Wednesday referred to a confidential settlement reached by the two sides.

"Morgan's lawyer, Benedict Morelli, said he and Walmart worked diligently to reach the settlement for the plaintiffs and their families.

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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Danish Broadcaster Says Killing Of Rabbit On Air Highlighted Hypocrisy

This rabbit wasn't the one killed in Denmark.
Dean Fosdick AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:49 pm

A Danish radio station says a host who killed a 9-week-old rabbit during a live debate on animal welfare and later cooked and ate it wanted to "stir a debate about the hypocrisy when it comes to perceptions of cruelty towards animals." But not everyone is buying that argument amid demands for Asger Juhl, the host, to be fired for "shameless self-promotion."

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Business
4:20 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

On The Road To Recovery, Detroit's Property Taxes Aren't Helping

Detroit is attracting entrepreneurs who like the relatively cheap workspaces. But real estate developers and business owners like Sean Harrington, who turned the Iodent Building into an apartment complex, are paying the price in property taxes.
Jason Margolis NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:45 am

With new businesses sprouting up left and right, there's a lot of talk these days about Detroit being on the comeback trail.

A great thing about the city is that it's easy to become a real estate mogul. But some entrepreneurs might have reason to pause.

A new study released Tuesday shows that Detroit's commercial property taxes are the highest of any city in the nation.

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Music Interviews
4:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

When This 9-Year-Old Pianist Plays, He Feels The Music

Oscar Paz Suaznabar started playing keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The now 9-year-old pianist has played at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Courtesy Oscar Paz Suaznabar

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 6:16 pm

When Oscar Paz Suaznabar plays the piano, he does so with feeling.

The Alexandria, Va., resident has played at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and on the NPR show From the Top. He is 9 years old.

Oscar started playing his older sister's keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The sorrow he conveys when he plays "The Lark" by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka is drawn from the kind of loss any 9-year-old can understand.

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It's All Politics
4:08 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

NPR's map of death penalty laws.
NPR/Christopher Groskopf

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:35 pm

The Nebraska state Legislature voted Wednesday to repeal the death penalty in the state. The 30-19 vote overrides Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a law the Legislature passed last week getting rid of the policy.

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Politics
4:06 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Legislators Overturn Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

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It's All Politics
3:52 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility.
Mike Simons Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:45 am

Nebraska's Legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails. But Americans overall still support the practice.

Support for the death penalty has slowly fallen over the past couple of decades, from a high of 80 percent in favor in the mid-1990s to just over 60 percent currently, according to Gallup.

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The Salt
3:47 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

Matt Schnarr bites into a mealworm lollipop at the Pestaurant event in Washington, D.C., in 2014.
Maggie Starbard NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:43 am

In the last couple of years, we've detected a faint buzz about crispy crickets and crunchy mealworms. Companies pedaling scorpion lollipops and peanut butter-and-jelly protein bars made with cricket flour have thrust their wares into our hands and mailboxes.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

Rick Santorum speaks in Des Moines, Iowa, on Sept. 24, 2012. The Republican announced Wednesday that he is running for president.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Updated at 5:25 p.m. ET

Republican Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, announced Wednesday that he is running for president.

"Working families don't need another president tied to big government or big money," he said in Cabot, Pa.. "And today is the day we're going to begin to fight back."

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Around the Nation
3:32 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Oklahoma Hangs On As Heavy Rain Continues To Soak Region

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:11 pm

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It's All Politics
3:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

For Next President, The Fight Against Extremism Will Hit Closer To Home

A member of Iraq's government forces battling Islamic State fighters in Anbar province earlier this month.
Haidar Hamdani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:12 pm

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

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It's All Politics
2:56 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

How Politics Is Shaping Language: 'Dark Money' Added To Dictionary

SuperPACs like Ready for Hillary — and the dark money that often comes with them — have inspired new dictionary entries.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 6:46 am

Merriam-Webster has released its latest list of new entries, and unsurprisingly, a good share of the words are the products of the internet ("NSFW," "meme," and "clickbait" are among this year's rookie entries). But most years, politics and current events popularize new concepts enough to drag them into the official lexicon.

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