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The Two-Way
5:24 am
Tue May 26, 2015

At Least 5 Are Dead As Storms, Flooding Ravage Texas, Oklahoma

Forrest Huggleston and Alex Huff watch flooding at Shoal Creek after days of heavy rain in Austin, Texas, on Monday.
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Storms continued to move through Texas and Oklahoma, dumping torrential rains that led to deadly flooding.

According to CNN and The New York Times, at least five people have been killed in those two states and 12 people are missing in Texas.

The Times reports:

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Animals
5:12 am
Tue May 26, 2015

British Cities Act To Protect Ducks With Their Own Lanes

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Warren Duffy is having a bad year. The comic book store he opened in Cardiff, Wales, has shut down, leaving him in debt to his angry ex-wife. He's come home to Philadelphia to claim the inheritance left to him by his late father — a roofless, possibly haunted mansion that's only inhabitable in the most technical sense of the word. And he's basically broke, forced to make pocket money by drawing pictures at a comic book convention, where, because he's biracial, he's shunted into the "urban" section.

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The Salt
5:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Game For Ancient Grain: Palestinians Find Freekeh Again

In a village outside of Jenin, in the West Bank, Palestinian farmers harvest wheat early and burn the husks to yield the smoky, nutty grain known as freekeh.
Daniella Cheslow for NPR

In early May, Nasser Abufarha drove through the rural farmlands around Jenin in the northern West Bank and noticed the timeless features of village life. Young boys harvested cauliflower bigger than their heads, a sun-beaten old man passed on foot with a hoe propped against his shoulder and middle-aged women strolled to their modest homes on a path between waving wheat fields.

But there was one new element, says Abufarha, a Palestinian-American businessman and the founder of the largest fair trade exporter for Palestinian produce.

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The Two-Way
4:34 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Charter Communications, Time Warner Cable Reach Merger Deal

Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications announced on Tuesday that they had reached a merger deal.

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Around the Nation
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Artist Makes Money Off Of Other People's Instagram Photos

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:12 am

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Around the Nation
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

As Wells Dry Up, Calif. County Aims To Streamline Solutions For Water

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:12 am

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Music News
3:18 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Heavy Rotation: Seinabo Sey's 'Hard Time'

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:12 am

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Tue May 26, 2015

With New Look And More Energy, Rick Perry Tries To Move Past 'Oops'

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sporting black-rim glasses, speaks at a Pizza Ranch in Sioux Center, Iowa, last week.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:32 am

The Rick Perry that Iowans were promised in 2012 may have finally shown up — four years too late.

The former Texas governor's much-heralded first presidential run quickly cratered four years ago, beset by stumbles from a candidate who was still recovering from back surgery and never seemed to find his footing on a national stage.

But last week in campaign stops in Northwest Iowa, the likely GOP presidential hopeful was back to his gregarious, confident self on the first of three days he spent barnstorming a state that could make or break his 2016 comeback hopes.

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U.S.
1:38 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Property Owners Throw Cold Water On N.J. Shore Protective Dunes Plan

Thacher Brown stands at the edge of the dune behind his Bay Head, N.J., home on Nov. 25, 2014. Brown rebuilt a dune in front of his house after Superstorm Sandy and opposes Gov. Chris Christie's plan to widen beaches and build dunes along the state's 127-mile coastline.
Wayne Parry Associated Press

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:49 am

In 2013, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered state agencies to do whatever it took to build an engineered dune system along the entire Jersey Shore to protect from storms like Sandy.

Most oceanfront property owners have signed the necessary easements and dune-building is finally starting this spring on Long Beach Island.

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Back At Base
1:26 am
Tue May 26, 2015

A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

A wall of tributes, prayer cards and notes of appreciation from families whose loved ones have been cared for at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:12 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Caring for the nation's veterans at the end of their lives can be a complex task. Service members — especially combat veterans — can struggle with guilt, abandonment and regret.

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Parallels
1:25 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Do Touch The Artwork At Prado's Exhibit For The Blind

A blind visitor to Spain's Prado Museum runs his fingers across a 3-D copy of the Mona Lisa, painted by an apprentice to Leonardo da Vinci. The 'Touching the Prado' exhibit features 3-D versions of the museum's most famous works.
Ignacio Hernando Rodriguez Courtesy of Prado Museum

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:12 am

It's a warning sign at art museums around the world: "Don't touch the artwork."

But Spain's famous Prado Museum is changing that, with an exhibit where visitors are not only allowed to touch the paintings — they're encouraged to do so.

The Prado has made 3-D copies of some of the most renowned works in its collection — including those by Francisco Goya, Diego Velazquez and El Greco — to allow blind people to feel them.

It's a special exhibit for those who normally can't enjoy paintings.

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All Tech Considered
1:23 am
Tue May 26, 2015

With Live Video Apps Like Periscope, Life Becomes Even Less Private

With the Periscope app, owned by Twitter, it's easy for smartphone users to stream their own video live.
Chris Jackson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:12 am

Cameras are ubiquitous — from the ones in our cellphones to the security cams in parking lots and shops. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video is raising new questions about privacy.

Streaming video cameras aren't new, but new apps have made it super easy to stream from a smartphone. Periscope is popular because it can be streamed on Twitter, which recently purchased the app.

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Business
1:21 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

The paper industry struggled in the last decade, but some sectors have fared better than others.
Christopher Groskopf NPR

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:12 am

There's a scene in the television series The Office that says all you need to know about the paper industry's image these days. The sad-sack of a company, Dunder Mifflin, is launching an advertising campaign — and just in time, says one of the sad-sack employees. Whenever he tells people he works for Dunder Mifflin, they assume the company make mufflers or muffins or mittens but "frankly all of those sound better than paper, so I let it slide."

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Law
4:45 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Brelo Verdict Shows The Difficulty In Applying Use Of Force Standards

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Movies
4:45 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Hollywood Promises Summer Of Blockbusters, And Could Deliver

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:52 pm

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Law
4:45 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Officer's Acquittal Highlights Tense Police, Community Relations In Cleveland

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The Two-Way
2:58 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence

The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald today after he was arrested for domestic violence in California – his second arrest in the past nine months.

The Chicago Tribune adds:

"McDonald was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, the Santa Clara, Calif., police department said. It's the second time since Aug. 31 that he's been arrested as a result of women claiming he assaulted them.

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U.S.
2:44 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Why Have We Stopped Building War Memorials?

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

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Around the Nation
2:30 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

A sign encouraging people to save water is displayed at a news conference in Los Angeles. Water use restrictions in California amidst the state's ongoing drought have led to the phenomenon of "droughtshaming," or publicly calling out water wasters.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 5:22 am

California's drought is turning neighbor against neighbor, as everyone seems to be on the lookout for water wasters.

Take Los Angeles resident Jane Demian, for example. She recently got a letter from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Water Conservation Response Unit, about an unverified report of prohibited water use activity at her home in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of L.A. Demian says she was called out for water runoff onto the sidewalk, driveway and gutter, and the unauthorized "washdown of hardscapes" like the walkway to her house.

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Back At Base
2:30 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana!

The remains of the battleship USS Maine, which was blown up in Havana Harbour, triggering the Spanish-American War.
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Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

It was the spark that led to America's first overseas war. After an explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, the cry rose up in the U.S. to "Remember the Maine."

The event was commemorated across the country — sometimes in unexpected places — like the city of East Chicago, Ind.

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NPR Story
2:26 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Problems Persist At VA Despite Congressional Mandate

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 1:07 pm

It’s been over a year since the Veterans Affairs administration was rocked by a scandal that led to the ouster of then-Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki.

Tens of thousands of veterans could not get in to see a doctor at a Veterans Health Administration facilities in Phoenix, Arizona, because of long waits. The Phoenix administrators lied about the caseload to make the numbers look legitimate, adding to the problem.

According to an internal investigation by the VA, at least 35 veterans died because they did not receive timely care at the Phoenix VHA facilities.

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NPR Ed
2:03 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

Yarborough with his Tales From The Crypt students in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, Miss.
Elissa Nadworny NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

It's early evening in Friendship Cemetery, the local graveyard in Columbus, Miss. The white tombstones are coated with that yellow glow you only see right before dusk.

Students from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science are spread out among the gravestones. They're dressed up in costumes: A tall brunette is wearing a dark maroon dress her grandmother made. A young man wears a top hat and leans on a walking cane.

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Sports
1:59 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

American Outlaws, seen on the big screen, cheer for the U.S. women's national team more than half an hour before kickoff during a match with Mexico on May 17.
Shereen Marisol Meraji NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:45 pm

Soccer fans are replacing their favorite club jerseys for national colors as the best female players in the world prepare to face off in Canada for World Cup 2015, which starts on June 6.

The American Outlaws, considered the biggest U.S. national soccer fan association, has already been rocking red, white and blue to cheer on the women's national team.

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NPR Story
1:07 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Not Your Mother's Pot Brownie

Karin Lazarus' bakery in Boulder, Colo., specializes in marijuana-infused baked goods. (Ally Bruschi)

Twenty-three states now allow marijuana for medical use and several others are considering doing the same. Two states including Colorado now allow recreational use of the drug as well.

For people who are sick and use pot to relieve symptoms related to pain, seizures or depression, smoking is often not an option.

The so-called edible market is becoming big business in Colorado, where patients can buy cannabis-infused brownies, truffles and ice cream at their neighborhood dispensary.

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NPR Story
1:07 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Under Pressure In Europe, Amazon Changes Tax Strategy

Amazon is no longer routing its European sales through the low-tax country of Luxembourg, in an effort to cut costs. Instead the American company will pay taxes in individual European countries.

The move comes amid numerous EU investigations into how companies, including Amazon, pay their taxes on the continent.

As Al Jazeera’s Ali Velshi tells Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins, it could significantly increase Amazon’s tax bill.

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NPR Story
1:07 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Debate Over Seal Hunting In Greenland Resumes

The Inuit people of Greenland are trying to get a ban on the sale of seal products overturned.

The European Union imposed that ban five years ago, and the Inuit say it has destroyed their livelihoods because it has wiped out the export of seal fur.

The BBC’s Malcolm Brabant reports.

The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

Reports: Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55B

Charter Communications, the No. 4 U.S. cable company, is reportedly close to buying Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest, for $55 billion, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times are reporting.

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The Two-Way
12:09 pm
Mon May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members

Army veteran Bernie Klemanek, of Mineral, Va., stops to salute his fallen comrades on Memorial Day during an early morning visit today to "The Wall" at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington.
J. David Ake AP

Americans are paying tribute today, Memorial Day, to the sacrifices of service members in the nation's earliest conflicts and the newest.

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington.

Some 5,000 people were at the grounds of the cemetery, which Obama called "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself. A reflection of our history, the wars we've waged for democracy, the peace we've laid to preserve it.

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NPR Story
11:26 am
Mon May 25, 2015

Dr. Beach Reveals His Top 10 U.S. Beaches For 2015

Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on the Hawaiian island of Oahu won the #1 spot on Dr. Beach's top 10 beaches list for 2015. (Ryan Ozawa/Flickr)

Memorial Day weekend is upon us, which for many people marks the first real beach weekend of the year. Just in time, a new list of the top 10 public beaches in the U.S. is out, ranked by a man who goes by the name “Dr. Beach.” Taking this year’s top honor: Waimanalo Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

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