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Around the Nation
6:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Condemns Violent Protesters At Press Conference

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All Tech Considered
6:02 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

A Nepalese man checks his cellphone as people stay on open ground from fears of earthquake tremors in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Monday.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

The feeling that tech giants such as Facebook and Google know exactly where we are and what we're doing can be uncomfortable. Targeted advertisements or suggestions based on our location can feel like an invasion of privacy.

But the collection of our digital data has an upside in certain circumstances, and the aftermath of the massive earthquake in Nepal provides a good example.

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It's All Politics
5:07 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Fact Check: Is The Clinton Foundation 'The Most Transparent'?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at the Clinton foundation's Clinton Global Initiative conference with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Chelsea, looking on.
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Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 5:08 pm

During the early phase of her presidential run, Hillary Clinton has been dogged by scrutiny of her family's foundation, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The Clintons have pushed back, calling the foundation among the most transparent foundations in the world.

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All Tech Considered
4:58 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:21 pm

Thanks to the fast-growing sharing economy, anyone can make money renting out his home or car — or by becoming a personal chef.

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It's All Politics
4:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

3 Reasons Republicans Might Cheer A Pro-Gay-Marriage Ruling

Sen. Marco Rubio spoke at the an Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition meeting last weekend.
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The idea that the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage is a good thing for Republicans sounds counterintuitive — after all, the GOP is the party of traditional marriage.

But here's why it might actually be a good thing for the party:

1. Public opinion is changing — at lightning speed.

There's never been a social issue in America on which public attitudes reached a tipping point so quickly.

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Around the Nation
4:57 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Violent Protests Erupt In Baltimore After Freddie Gray's Funeral

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:14 pm

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All Tech Considered
4:06 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Google Experimenting With Patent Marketplace To Combat Trolls

A Google sign at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google is launching a two-week-long patent marketplace next month, where sellers can name their own price.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:12 pm

In the most straightforward of language, Google announced its very own patent marketplace on Monday. "We invite you to sell us your patents," reads the first sentence of the blog post announcing the news.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Economic Impact Of Nepal Quake Likely To Be Massive

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:08 pm

More than 4,000 people are believed dead in the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday. The scale of the devastation is likely to have an economic impact on the country, one of the poorest in the world.

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The Salt
4:06 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

Ran Duan will represent the U.S. at the Bacardi Global Legacy Cocktail Competition in Sydney on April 28.
Daniel A. Gross

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 5:40 pm

Most days, you can find Ran Duan pouring drinks for guests at The Baldwin Bar, inside a branch of his parents' Sichuan Garden restaurant in Woburn, Mass.

But recently he's been setting aside time each day to practice making a special drink.

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The Two-Way
3:54 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Big Aftershocks In Nepal Could Persist For Years

A man stands near collapsed houses in Bhaktapur, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, on April 27, two days after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal. Aftershocks tend to get less frequent with time, scientists say, but not necessarily gentler.
Prakash Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 6:14 pm

Aftershocks following Saturday's magnitude-7.8 quake in Nepal are jangling nerves and complicating rescue operations. So far, there have been more than a dozen quakes of magnitude 5 or higher, and another two dozen between magnitude 4.5 and 5.

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Around the Nation
3:38 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

California Cemeteries Adapt To Water Restrictions To Avoid Going Dry

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:57 pm

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Amid Riots, Maryland Governor Will Deploy National Guard To Baltimore

Demonstrators climb on a destroyed Baltimore Police car Monday furing violent protests following the funeral of Freddie Gray. The 25-year-old was arrested for possessing a switchblade April 12 outside a west Baltimore housing project, and died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody, according to his attorney.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 7:41 pm

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A day of mourning gave way to an evening of riots and looting in Baltimore on Monday, where Gov. Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard.

Just hours after Freddie Gray's funeral, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets, burning police cars, looting stores and facing off with police. Television images showed those demonstrators throwing rocks, bricks and bottles at a line of police officers in riot gear.

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The Salt
3:04 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

Chipotle's announcement that it has removed all GMOs from its menu items is part of a growing food industry trend. From left: Nestle chocolates, Chipotle tortillas, Diet Pepsi, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, a Subway sandwich. All of these companies have dropped ingredients over the past year in response to consumer demands.
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Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 3:27 pm

Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu, making good on a two-year-old promise. It's the latest example of the food industry stripping away ingredients, some more questionable than others, as consumers demand a say in what's in their dinner.

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Parallels
2:54 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

For Europe-Bound Migrants, Desperation Outweighs Risks

Migrants crowd an inflatable dinghy as members of the Italian coast guard approach them off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on April 22.
Alessandro Di Meo AP

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:57 pm

After a two-month wait in Libya, Hassan Silla, a 35-year-old from Sierra Leone, made the sea crossing from northern Africa to southern Italy on a smuggler's boat last February.

As one of 76 migrants on a 12-meter-long inflatable dinghy, Silla knew exactly what the risks were. Lawlessness and chaos have gripped Libya, and Silla says migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are the most vulnerable.

While waiting to make the crossing, he lost his best friend.

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NPR Ed
2:48 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

The Largest For-Profit College Shutdown In History

Corinthian operated colleges and training programs under the names Everest College, Heald, WyoTech and QuickStart Intelligence. This location is in Milwaukee.
Jeramey Jannene Flickr

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 3:47 pm

The long-running story of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges has entered what looks like a final phase. As our colleagues at SCPR wrote:

"Corinthian Colleges will shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses, displacing about 16,000 students, less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announced it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation."

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Pop Culture
2:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Stephen Hawking Says Zayn Malik Could Still Be In One Direction In A Parallel Universe

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:09 pm

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Law
2:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Tsarnaev Defense Urges Jury To Spare His Life

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:09 pm

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Politics
2:25 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

U.S., Japan Announce Updated Defense Guidelines

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:44 pm

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The Two-Way
1:43 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

LOOK: Historic Nepal Sites Before And After The Quake

(Left) Nepalese devotees participating in a procession of chariots of god and goddess Ganesh, Kumari and Bhairav during the last day of the Indrajatra festival at Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Sept. 22, 2013. (Right) The ruins on the Durbar Square after an earthquake in Kathmandu on Saturday.
Sunil Sharma Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 5:06 pm

More than 4,000 people are dead in Nepal after a devastating earthquake over the weekend.

The human toll of the quake is extensive, but the temblor also damaged some of Kathmandu's historic structures.

Here are some before-and-after images of some of those sites.

Durbar Square

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Shots - Health News
12:50 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water

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Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:52 pm

Federal health officials Monday changed the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962, cutting by almost half the maximum amount of fluoride that should be added to drinking supplies.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommended 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of the long-standing range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams.

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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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Music Interviews
11:31 am
Mon April 27, 2015

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

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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

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 2:12 pm

In Baltimore, the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old black man who died after being arrested, was held 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 1:39 pm

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 smokescreen during a training exercise at Camp Commando on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 4:09 pm

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
6:34 am
Mon April 27, 2015

James Holmes' Trial Begins 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 2:23 pm

(This post was updated at 4:23 p.m. ET.)

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

Prosecutors said that two mental health evaluations found Holmes was sane.

The AP reports that a prosecutor said Holmes killed 12 people and injured 70 more because he thought he " had lost his career, lost his love life, lost his purpose."

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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 leveled 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 1:07 pm

Updated at noon ET.

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.

Rescue crews and aid groups are working to reach survivors — but their efforts are being hampered by the stricken areas' remote locations. Roads that are drivable are clogged with traffic.

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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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