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The Salt
12:02 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Sandwich Monday: Deep-Fried Cheese Curds

Deep-fried cheese curds.
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Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 12:26 pm

Whenever people from the edges of the country come to visit me in the Midwest, I don't let them leave until they have tried deep-fried cheese curds.

If you're not familiar with them, cheese curds are a byproduct of the cheddar cheese-making process, and "deep frying" is a method by which anything is made into a better version of itself.

You can find deep-fried cheese curds all over the states surrounding Wisconsin. But today we're eating the exceptional beer-battered ones from Farmhouse in Chicago.

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Commentary
11:31 am
Mon April 27, 2015

From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Martin Starr plays software designer Gilfoyle in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. In the show's new season, Gilfoyle and his fellow techies attend a start-up competition named "Disrupt."
Frank Masi HBO

HBO's Silicon Valley is back, with its pitch-perfect renderings of the culture and language of the tech world — like at the opening of the "Disrupt" startup competition run by the Tech Crunch website at the end of last season. "We're making the world a better place through scalable fault-tolerant distributed databases" — the show's writers didn't have to exercise their imagination much to come up with those little arias of geeky self-puffery, or with the name Disrupt, which, as it happens, is what the Tech Crunch conferences are actually called.

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Music Interviews
11:31 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

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Music
11:31 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Alabama Shakes Opens New Territory On 'Sound & Color'

Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm In Baltimore

Mourners line up to pay their respects during Freddie Gray's funeral at the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., on Monday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was underway Monday. Gray's family and many public figures are calling for peace, after a weekend that saw violence and arrests.

"We must not allow an already tragic situation to tear our community apart," Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Loretta Lynch Sworn In As U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 28 during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Updated at 11:41 a.m. ET

Loretta Lynch is the new U.S. attorney general.

Lynch was sworn in today by Vice President Joe Biden, who said the daughter of a Baptist minister who preached during the sit-ins in Greensboro, N.C., will now be "leading the march to a more perfect union."

Lynch, 55, is the nation's 83rd attorney general and the first black woman to hold the position. She said during a ceremony at the Justice Department that she would work to "imbue our criminal justice system with both strength and fairness" to protect the rights of all.

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Shots - Health News
9:53 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Chemical Change In Synthetic Marijuana Suspected Of Causing Illnesses

Dried plants dosed with psychoactive chemicals is marketed as K2 or spice.
Kelley McCall AP

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 10:25 am

Over the past three weeks, people have been tumbling into emergency rooms across the country, seriously ill after using a synthetic drug known as K2 or spice.

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Parallels
9:42 am
Mon April 27, 2015

With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

Afghan commandos move through a smoke screen during a training exercise at Camp Commando on the outskirts of Kabul. Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

With the U.S. combat role over in Afghanistan, the country's security now depends on men like Sgt. Maj. Faiz Mohammed Wafa, one of the leaders of the Afghan commandos.

On this day, the Afghan sergeant is screaming at trainees at Camp Commando, a training center built by the Americans in the hills south of Kabul. Two dozen trainees are seated in the dirt in full combat gear. Wafa is trying to teach them the proper way to clear a house, searching room to room for insurgents.

"I told you 10 times," he says. "Hold your weapons correctly!"

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, the late editor of Charlie Hebdo, is seen in September 2012. PEN American Center's decision to give the French satirical magazine its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award has prompted six writers to withdraw from the annual event.
Michel Euler AP

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:28 am

Six writers have withdrawn from the PEN American Center's annual gala on May 5 in protest against the free-speech organization's decision to give the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Leave The Selfie Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

Tennis fans at this year's Wimbledon will have to take selfies the old-fashioned way, like these fans at last year's championships.
Dan Kitwood Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:33 am

Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and other big events, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is telling ticket holders for this year's Wimbledon not to try to bring selfie sticks to matches. The club reportedly cited the devices' "nuisance value."

Large music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza banned the photo-taking props last month, with Coachella dismissing them as "narciss-sticks." Many museums and galleries have similar policies.

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The Two-Way
6:34 am
Mon April 27, 2015

James Holmes Trial Set To Begin In Colorado, 3 Years After Cinema Shooting

A courtroom sketch shows accused murderer James Holmes sitting with Arapahoe County Public Defender Tamara Brady at the Arapahoe District Courthouse in Centennial, Colo., in January. His trial will begin with opening statements Monday.
Jeff Kandyba EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:13 am

More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire on an audience at a midnight movie in Aurora, Colo., his trial will begin in earnest Monday.

His defense team admits Homes killed 12 people and injured 70 more; the trial is expected to turn on questions about Holmes' sanity — and whether he should be executed.

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Colorado State Patrol Nabs Literary Litterbug

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:20 am

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The Two-Way
5:24 am
Mon April 27, 2015

More Than 4,000 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake Toll Rises

A woman and child rest in the open outside a destroyed building Sunday, a day after a major earthquake destroyed homes in Kumalpur village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. Nine people reportedly died in the small village, including four children.
Narendrea Shrestha EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:59 am

Nepal's devastating earthquake that hit Saturday is now blamed for at least 4,000 deaths. Reconstruction is estimated to cost billions. International aid efforts are underway, but aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging.

Update at noon ET: Death Toll Rises Above 4,000

We've updated this post with the latest figures from officials in Nepal.

Our original post continues:

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Around the Nation
5:00 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Airport Traveler In New York Stopped With Marijuana And Crack

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:20 am

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Shots - Health News
3:23 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

For all the good aspirin can do in preventing second heart attacks and strokes, taking it daily can boost some risks, too — of ulcers, for example, and of bleeding in the brain or gut.
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Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:48 am

We've all heard that an aspirin a day can keep heart disease at bay. But lots of Americans seem to be taking it as a preventive measure, when many probably shouldn't.

In a recent national survey, more than half the adults who were middle age or older reported taking an aspirin regularly to prevent a heart attack or stroke. The Food and Drug Administration only recommends the drug for people wh have already experienced such an event or are at extremely high risk.

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NPR Story
3:23 am
Mon April 27, 2015

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 9:47 am

On April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded and sank while traveling up the Mississippi River, killing an estimated 1,800 people.

The event remains the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history (the sinking of the Titanic killed 1,512 people). Yet few know the story of the Sultana's demise, or the ensuing rescue effort that included Confederate soldiers saving Union soldiers they might have shot just weeks earlier.

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NPR Story
3:23 am
Mon April 27, 2015

For 40 Years, Maine County Helps Families Build Successful Healthy Habits

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:36 am

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NPR Story
3:23 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Same-Sex Supreme Court Case Raises Political Issues

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:20 am

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

Protesters hold a pro-gay rights flag outside the US Supreme Court on Saturday, countering the demonstrators who attended the March For Marriage in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court meets on Tuesday to hear arguments whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

People have been lining up outside the U.S. Supreme Court for days hoping that they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments on gay marriage.

As of now, gay marriage is legal in 36 states. By the end of this Supreme Court term, same-sex couples with either be able to wed in all 50 states, or gay marriage bans may be reinstituted in many of the states where they've previously been struck down.

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It's All Politics
2:34 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

Chief Justice John Roberts (from left) and Justices Anthony M. Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor at the State of the Union address earlier this year.
Mandel Ngan AP

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 8:40 am

The U.S. Supreme Court directly confronts the question of gay marriage this week with a whopping 2 1/2 hours of oral argument, accompanied by plenty of prognostication afterward about the expected results. It won't be until June that we learn how the issue is settled nationally. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

To say that there has been a revolution in the law when it comes to gay rights is an understatement.

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NPR Ed
2:31 am
Mon April 27, 2015

In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

Edgar Ramirez, 17, and his mother, Alma, appear before Judge Williams.
Elissa Nadworny/NPR

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:31 am

As long as there have been schools and classes, there have been students who don't show up. And educators scratching their heads over what to do about it.

In most states, missing a lot of school means a trip to the principal's office. In Texas, parents and students are more likely to end up in front of a judge.

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Law
2:03 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

An artist's sketch of Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes, from an April 2013 court appearance.
Bill Robles Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 11:37 am

It's been nearly three years since 12 people were killed in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight premier of the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises.

James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre, but there are two key questions: Was he insane, and should he be put to death?

Tom Teves says his son Alex made a split-second decision to shield his girlfriend when the gunman stormed the theater and began firing into the crowd.

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Africa
4:33 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks 'Vile,' Says Zulu King Accused Of Inciting Them

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, center, arrives at a Zulu gathering at a stadium in Durban, South Africa. Six people have died in anti-immigrant violence in the city in recent weeks, and another death has been reported in Johannesburg; Zwelithini is accused of inciting the attacks with incendiary comments, but says his remarks were taken out of context.
AP

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:36 pm

Goodwill Zwelithini is the influential king of South Africa's Zulu nation. Comments that he made last month — when he reportedly said head lice should be squashed and foreigners should pack their belongings and leave the country — have been blamed for igniting attacks on foreigners, resulting in at least seven deaths. But Zwelithini denies inciting the violence.

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U.S.
4:17 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

As California's Economy Reels From Drought, At Least One Industry Is Doing Fine

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:40 pm

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World
4:17 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Malta's Coast Guard Rescues Migrants — And Feels The Strain

Soldiers in Malta carry coffins during a funeral service for 24 migrants who drowned while trying to reach southern Italy.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 4:34 pm

This week, the bodies of 24 unidentified migrants were laid to rest in Malta, the European island nation in the Mediterranean Sea. They were among more than 800 people who lost their lives last weekend off the coast of Libya when their ship capsized as they were trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach a better life.

Lieutenant Keith Caruana of the Armed Forces of Malta spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about the situation in the Mediterranean — and the toll it has taken on rescuers after more than a decade of trying to save the lives of desperate people seeking safety.

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Asia
4:17 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

A Day After Earthquake, Nepal Struck By Aftershocks

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 6:51 pm

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The Two-Way
1:21 pm
Sun April 26, 2015

Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a celebration to mark the first anniversary of Crimea's incorporation into Russia, in Moscow, on March 18.
Xinhua Xinhua/Landov

In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.

In the film titled The President, Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. "It's because this has elements of historical justice. I believe we did the right thing and I don't regret anything," he says, according to RIA news agency.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

Police carry a detained man to a waiting police van after a march to City Hall for Freddie Gray, on Saturday. Authorities say 34 people were arrested in the protest over Gray, who died in police custody last week.
Alex Brandon AP

Police in Baltimore say that 34 people were arrested and six police officers received "minor injuries" in protests Saturday afternoon and evening over the death in custody of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Sun April 26, 2015

2 Dead, 5 Missing After Sudden Squall Hits Alabama Sailing Regatta

Regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., right, rejoices on learning that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found after their boat capsized in a storm on Saturday, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Coast Guard is still searching for five missing sailors.
Mike Kittrell AL.COM/Landov

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 12:56 pm

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

At least two people are dead and five others missing after a powerful storm swept through a race regatta in Alabama's Mobile Bay, capsizing sailboats.

Ideal race conditions suddenly turned Saturday afternoon, when winds quickly went from 15 knots to 50 knots, generating waves as high as 10 feet along the 18-mile course.

One body was plucked from the water Saturday night and another today as a Coast Guard search continued for five sailors still unaccounted for, The Associated Press quoted Petty Officer Carlos Vega as saying.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Sun April 26, 2015

Eliud Kipchoge Edges Out Fellow Kenyans To Win London Marathon

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (left) celebrates winning the London Marathon next to runner-up and last year's winner Wilson Kipsang, also of Kenya, on Sunday.
Facundo Arrozabalaga EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 12:57 pm

In his first London Marathon win, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge edged past his countryman and defending champ Wilson Kipsang to win the distance race by five seconds, with a final time of 2:04:47. Fellow Kenyans, including the world-record holder, rounded out the third and fourth spots.

ESPN writes:

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