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3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Soccer Indictments Outline Schemes Involving Sports Marking Firms

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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.
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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 left-over 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

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

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

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

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Veto; Abolish Death Penalty

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NPR Story
3:01 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Families In Houston Begin Cleaning Up After Devastating Floods

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

Their Life In A Refugee Camp Might Be Better Than Life Back At Home

Somali children dance in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.
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Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 3:01 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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Book News & Features
1:29 am
Thu May 28, 2015

The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

Capitol Hill Books owner Jim Toole runs the front register of his used book store several days a week. He's banned several words from his store, including "awesome," "perfect" and, of course, "Amazon."
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 3:01 am

If the book is dead, nobody bothered to tell the folks at Capitol Hill Books in Washington, D.C. Books of every size, shape and genre occupy each square inch of the converted row house — including the bathroom — all arranged in an order discernible only to the mind of Jim Toole, the store's endearingly grouchy owner.

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The Two-Way
11:02 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Golden State Beats Houston, Will Face Cleveland For NBA Title

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drives on James Harden of the Houston Rockets in the second half of the Warrior's series-clinching win Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif.
Ezra Shaw Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 12:36 am

The Golden State Warriors managed to dominate a stacked Western Conference all season long; with Wednesday night's 104-90 win over the Houston Rockets, they'll get a chance to finish the job in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors got a team-leading 26 points from star point guard Stephen Curry, who had struck his head in a fall in the previous game on Monday. Curry's shot wasn't as accurate as usual, but he made up for it with steals, rebounds and free throws. Harrison Barnes added 24 points for Golden State and Klay Thompson added 20.

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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

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

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 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 Wed May 27, 2015 5:48 pm

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 shows an electric chair and gurney on Aug. 29, 2001, in Lucasville, Ohio.
Mike Simons Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:31 pm

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 Wed May 27, 2015 4:04 pm

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

Super PACs like Ready for Hillary — and the dark money that often comes with them — have inspired new dictionary entries. Here, volunteers for the Ready for Hillary Clinton for President 2016 Super PAC canvas people waiting in line to see Clinton discuss her new book, 'Hard Choices: A Memoir,' at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University June 13, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:33 pm

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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Back At Base
2:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Women Fight Their Way Through Army's Grueling Ranger School

Soldiers participate in close arm combative training during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning.
Spc. Nikayla Shodeen U.S. Army

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:44 pm

At Georgia's Fort Benning, female soldiers are fighting a two-month battle. Their enemies? Hunger, fatigue, even hallucination. They're fighting their way through the Army's notoriously hard Ranger School, trying to make history by becoming the first women to graduate from it.

It's one of several Pentagon experiments to see how best to move women into ground combat roles. And it's a test that thousands of men before them have failed.

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Shots - Health News
2:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

A Top Medical School Revamps Requirements To Lure English Majors

Dr. David Muller, dean of medical education at Mount Sinai, believes that including in each medical school class some students who have a strong background in the humanities makes traditional science students better doctors, too.
Cindy Carpien for NPR

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

You can't tell by looking which students at Mount Sinai's school of medicine in New York City were traditional pre-meds as undergraduates and which weren't. And that's exactly the point.

Most of the class majored in biology or chemistry, crammed for the medical college admission test and got flawless grades and scores.

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Around the Nation
2:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

MacArthur Foundation Launches Grant Program To Reduce Jail Populations

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

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Music
2:45 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Road Trip Playlist Sends You On Your Way With These Songs About Driving

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It's All Politics
2:25 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Iowa Group Divorces Itself From Controversial Marriage Pledge

Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats said he does not want to see the "Marriage Vow" pledge used as a weapon against the candidates they might support.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Four years ago, pledges were en vogue in the early going of the Republican presidential primary. But a prominent one, that landed some of the candidates in hot water, is being nixed this time around.

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Research Chimps Get Their Day In Court In New York

Should chimps have the same legal rights as these lawyers? Steven Wise, president of the Nonhuman Rights Foundation, who is representing research chimps Hercules and Leo, says yes. Assistant Attorney General Christopher Coulston disagrees. They both made their arguments Wednesday in Manhattan State Supreme Court in New York.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:02 pm

Two research chimps got their day in court — though they weren't actually present in the courtroom.

Steven Wise, an attorney with the Nonhuman Rights Project, told Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe that Hercules and Leo, the 8-year-old research chimps at Stony Brook University on Long Island, are "autonomous and self-determining beings" who should be granted a writ of habeas corpus, which would effectively recognize them as legal persons. The chimps, he argued, should be moved from the university to a sanctuary in Florida.

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