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10:42 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Attorney General Meets With Freddie Gray's Family In Baltimore

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is in Baltimore today where she is meeting with the family of Freddie Gray, the black man whose death led to riots in the city and charges against six police officers.

The Justice Department and the FBI are investigating the events that led to Gray's death for possible civil rights violations. As we have previously reported, Gray, 25, was arrested April 12 and suffered a serious spine injury while in police custody. He died April 19.

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Shots - Health News
9:42 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Spore Wars Help Fend Off Life-Threatening Bacterial Infections

C. difficile bacteria, shown in yellow, are common in hospitals and nursing homes, and very difficult to treat.
Paul Gunning Science Source

Infections with the bacteria Clostridium difficile are a big problem, killing 29,000 people a year. Many of those people got infected while in the hospital. And antibiotics often don't work.

So how about this: Take spores from a harmless version of C. difficile and use them to fight off the bad bugs?

That's just what researchers at the VA hospital in Hines, Ill., did.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee Announces Presidential Run

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:43 am

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

"It seems perfectly fitting that it would be here that I announce that I am a candidate for president of the United States of America," he told a crowd of supporters in his hometown of Hope, Ark., which is also Bill Clinton's hometown.

Huckabee, who previously ran for the presidency in 2008, hosted a television program on Fox News until January, when he ended the eponymous show to consider his political future.

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Shots - Health News
9:36 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Whooping Cough Vaccine's Protection Fades Quickly

Vials of Tdap vaccine sit on a table at a Solano County, Calif., health fair in August 2010.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Lately, Californians have been focused on a measles outbreak that got its start at Disneyland. But in the last five years, state health officials have declared epidemics of whooping cough twice — in 2010 and in 2014, when 11,000 people were sickened and three infants died.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Tue May 5, 2015

One Chart That Explains A Big Issue Behind Baltimore Protests

Where you grow up matters.
Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:19 am

When you talk to the people of west Baltimore, you'll hear a lot about how bleak the future looks for the children from that part of the city. The protests were certainly driven by the issue of policing, but they were also informed by the tough economic conditions of west Baltimore.

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NPR History Dept.
9:03 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Do We Really Need Libraries?

Bedford Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library — a gift from Andrew Carnegie, 1905.
New York Public Library

In New York City, supporters of public libraries say that respect for — and repair of — the libraries is long, well, overdue.

A new campaign, Invest in Libraries, puts forth that in the past 10 years, the city government has reduced funding for public libraries by nearly 20 percent and 1,000 workers or so have been trimmed from the payroll. The campaign calls on the city to increase its support in various ways, such as restoring $65 million in operating funds.

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Africa
8:22 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Unannounced And Unprecedented: Kerry Makes A Stop In Somalia

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:18 am

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The Two-Way
6:37 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama Nominates Marine General As Next Joint Chiefs Chairman

Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee in March.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:09 am

(Updated at 12:09 p.m. ET.)

President Obama has nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the country's next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Speaking at the White House, Obama praised Dunford as one of the most admired officers in the military.

Dunford, 59, is currently the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. Previously, he served as the commander of the allied forces in Afghanistan and he commanded the 5th Marine Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Tue May 5, 2015

A First: John Kerry Makes Unannounced Visit To Somalia

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Tuesday. Kerry made the unannounced trip to Somalia in a show of solidarity with the government trying to defeat al-Qaida-allied militants.
Andrew Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:51 am

John Kerry became the first United States secretary of state to visit Somalia when he landed in Mogadishu on Tuesday for an unannounced visit.

NBC News reports:

"The secretary of state was greeted upon arrival in Mogadishu by Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who called the visit 'a great moment' for his nation.

" 'I'm glad to be here,' Kerry said, asking if the president had spent a 'long time' waiting for his arrival.

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Around the Nation
5:44 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Speeder In Arizona Thankful He Wasn't Caught Going Faster

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Around the Nation
5:44 am
Tue May 5, 2015

For TV News Employee, Resigning Was A Piece Of Cake

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The Two-Way
4:48 am
Tue May 5, 2015

ISIS Claims Credit For Shooting In Garland, Texas

An FBI crime scene investigator documents evidence outside the Curtis Culwell Center on Monday in Garland, Texas.
Brandon Wade AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:05 am

The self-declared Islamic State is taking credit for a thwarted attack on a contest to draw the Prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas.

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Can Huckabee Overcome The 'New Car Smell' Of Other Candidates?

Mike Huckabee is again trying to run on his experience as governor of Arkansas, not his stint as a firebrand conservative analyst.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:58 am

This post was updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.

Meet Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor. Forget about Mike Huckabee, Fox News host.

That's the message the GOP presidential hopeful is already conveying as he makes another bid for the presidency.

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The Two-Way
4:02 am
Tue May 5, 2015

NYU Student Detained In North Korea Was Hoping For 'Great Event'

A screen grab from Joo Won-moon's interview with CNN from Pyongyang on Tuesday.
CNN

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:43 am

New York University student Joo Won-moon, who's a South Korean citizen, says he's healthy and being treated well in North Korean custody, according to an interview he gave CNN on Tuesday.

Joo, 21, acknowledged he crossed the border into North Korea illegally, out of hopes for a "great event" to help strengthen ties between diplomatic rivals North and South Korea.

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Europe
3:02 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Skeletal Horse On Trafalgar Square's 4th Plinth Is Art And A Stock Ticker

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 4:51 am

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Middle East
3:02 am
Tue May 5, 2015

From Israel To ISIS: How A Search For A Safe Haven Took A Wrong Turn

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:02 am

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Europe
3:02 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Relentless Flow Of Migrants Causes Alarm In Italy

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:44 am

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Politics
3:02 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Carson Touts Candor As A Plus For His GOP Presidential Bid

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:44 am

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NPR Ed
2:33 am
Tue May 5, 2015

The Civics Teacher Who Turned His Arrest Into A Classroom Lesson

Dennis Henderson teaches at Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh.
Erika Beras/WESA

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 7:31 am

Geography, history, civics.

At Manchester Academic Charter School in Pittsburgh, Dennis Henderson teaches all of these, and a few things more.

"You don't want to sound ghetto when you talk to people," says eighth-grader Malajah Smith, quoting Henderson. "Because people would think, 'Oh, you're one of those black, ghetto kids.' "

"He tells us how to stand up straight and how you shake people's hands," adds student Sharae Blair.

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Around the Nation
2:31 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Santa Barbara Leads California In Cutting Water Use

Gov. Jerry Brown announced mandatory statewide water restrictions at the site of a manual snow survey on April 1, in Phillips, Calif. The recorded level was zero, the lowest in recorded history for California.
Max Whittaker Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:44 am

Cathie Pare adores water-wise gardens. She works for Santa Barbara's water conservation program, and today, she's inspecting a yard that was recently converted from grass to drought-friendly plants.

"There's a little manzanitas in here — the little baby ones," Pare says. "Those are so cute!"

The owners will get reimbursed for half the cost of materials, thanks to a city rebate program that since last July has doled out $190,000.

Pare and a team of two others also visit homes for water checkups to help homeowners program their sprinklers or improve irrigation.

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Youth Radio
2:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Teens Say California Drought Makes Tap Water Taste Funky

After teens noticed a change in the tap water in Oakland due to the California drought, 17-year-old Amber Lee took a tap vs. bottled water taste test in Youth Radio's studios.
Jenny Bolario Youth Radio

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:44 am

A shower is my favorite part of the day. It helps me face school in the morning, or relax in the evening. Even so, I know that with California's four-year drought, long showers are a luxury that we can't really afford anymore. So I decided to time myself to see how long I was taking.

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All Tech Considered
8:57 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

Comedian Aziz Ansari became a pioneer of emoji language use in 2011, when he transcribed the hit Jay-Z and Kanye West song, "N----- In Paris."
azizisbored.tumblr.com

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 8:42 am

The increasingly abundant use of emojis across cultures and age groups — and the similar meanings we assign them — suggest we're entering an era of hybrid communication, as we treat pictures like a real language.

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The Two-Way
6:15 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Site Using Candidate Carly Fiorina's Name Attacks Her Record At HP

NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 6:33 pm

Just hours after the Republican Carly Fiorina announced her presidential run, she was criticized on a website bearing her name, for causing the loss of 30,000 jobs while serving as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

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It's All Politics
5:19 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

The Republican Presidential Field Just Got More Diverse. So What?

Ben Carson at his presidential announcement speech in Detroit.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:43 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:03 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

The World's Mothers Don't Always Get The Care They Need

When Dr. Bina Valsangkar had a miscarriage in India, she received state-of-the-art medical care. But just a few miles from the hospital she visited, nurses were struggling to keep up with sick patients.
Courtesy of Save the Children

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 6:51 pm

Two months into my first pregnancy, I suffered a miscarriage and needed to seek medical care.

Although a miscarriage is difficult for any woman to experience, I had access to the best care. My physician was excellent, I trusted her judgment, and the imaging equipment, laboratory facilities and clinical care were all first-rate.

That's not surprising — except that I was then living in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, the capital city of one of India's poorest states.

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The Salt
4:14 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

What's inside artisanal looking bottles may be startlingly close — and in cases exactly the same — to bourbon produced in big batches.
Mike McCune/Flickr

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 9:25 am

Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600.

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U.S.
3:59 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center), City Police Commissioner William Bratton (second from right) and other NYPD officers address a news conference on Jan. 5. There is debate surrounding the citywide increase of low-level crime enforcement, otherwise known as the broken windows approach to policing.
Richard Drew AP

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

Police departments across the country are under pressure to rethink their most aggressive tactics — and it's not just flashpoints like Ferguson and Baltimore. The New York Police Department is on the defensive about its long-standing approach known as "broken windows" policing.

Simply put, broken windows is the idea that police should aggressively crack down on low-level offenses to stop bigger crimes from happening. It's been copied all over the country, but now critics in New York say broken windows needs fixing.

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Law
3:59 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Gets Emotional During Relatives' Testimony

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

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

NATO Forces Launch Largest Anti-Submarine Exercises Ever Off Norway Coast

Helicopter belonging to the Netherlands participates in NATO's Dynamic Mongoose anti-submarine exercise in the North Sea, off the coast of Norway, on May 4, 2015.
MARIT HOMMEDAL AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:38 pm

Naval Forces from 10 NATO countries and Sweden have launched a massive anti-submarine exercise in the Norwegian Sea. The two-week exercise, dubbed Dynamic Mongoose, brings together thousands of NATO troops, and dozens of vessels, including submarines, that will practice hunting, attacking and avoiding detection, according to news reports.

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Parallels
3:25 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Replica Of Lafayette's Ship Re-Creates Historic Voyage To America

The Marquis de Lafayette sailed across the Atlantic to America aboard the original Hermione in 1780 and joined the American rebels in their struggle for independence from Great Britain. This replica will retrace his voyage; it's scheduled to arrive in Yorktown, Va., on June 5.
Eleanor Beardsley/NPR

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

Hundreds of American towns, streets and parks are named after the Marquis de Lafayette — the French general who came in 1780 to help George Washington in the struggle for independence.

Now, an exact replica of the general's ship is sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, retracing Lafayette's voyage.

The magnificent "tall ship" is anchored in the waters off the coast of Fouras in western France. Its towering masts and 18th century rigging set it apart from any other boat out here.

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