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12:08 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

DOJ Indicts 3 Men Accused Of 'Largest Data Breach In History'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:19 pm

Three men, two from Vietnam and a Canadian who allegedly participated in a scheme to harvest a billion email addresses, have been charged in what the Department of Justice describes as the largest data breach in the history of the Internet.

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Documentary Filmmaker Albert Maysles Dies At 88

Albert Maysles, the father of the contemporary American documentary film who was behind such classics as 1970's Gimme Shelter, has died. He was 88.

Maysles, an Oscar-nominated director, died Thursday in New York, Erica Dilday at the Maysles Documentary Center confirmed.

NPR's Neda Ulaby is reporting on his death for our Newscast unit. She says:

"Albert Maysles with his brother David turned an unflinching cinematic eye on everything from door to door Bible salesmen to the most eccentric members of the East Coast elite. ...

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The Two-Way
11:47 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Mayor: 3 Ferguson Employees Linked To Racist Emails No Longer With Department

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:18 pm

Three Ferguson, Mo., employees who were responsible for emails that contained disparaging references to President Obama and African-Americans are no longer employed by the city, Mayor James Knowles tells The Associated Press.

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History
11:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Fresh Air Pays Tribute To The 50th Anniversary Of Bloody Sunday

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Movie Reviews
11:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

In The Northern Ireland Period Thriller '71,' No One Dies Well

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The Two-Way
11:34 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Former NBC Executive Returns To Oversee Troubled News Division

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:13 pm

The parent company of NBC, Comcast, has turned to a familiar figure to lead the network's troubled news division, naming Andrew Lack as chairman to shore up its credibility, its finances and its stability.

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Politics
11:32 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Obama Returns To Selma For 50th Anniversary Of Historic March

Barack Obama as a presidential candidate in Selma, Ala., in 2007 recreating a voting rights march that was violently repressed by state troopers in 1965.
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It's the kind of moment rich with history – a moment to reflect on a searing date in the civil rights struggle, and to do so with the nation's first African American president taking center stage at the memorial ceremonies. It's a time and place to reflect on where we have been and where we have come as a nation. But also to ponder the future for Barack Obama and whether the discussion of race and inequality will become major themes of his post-presidency, which begins in less than two years.

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The Two-Way
10:58 am
Fri March 6, 2015

FDA Approves First Of New Type Of Generic Drugs

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen behind scaffolding at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of Stein, shown in January. The company's "biosimilar" drug Zarxio has received FDA approval.
Arnd Wiegmann Reuters/Landov

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first in a class of generic drugs that are made from living cells instead of chemical compounds.

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Shots - Health News
10:52 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Federal Rule To Extend Medical Leave To Same-Sex Spouses In All States

A rule from the federal Labor Department will guarantee that regardless of where legally married same-sex spouses live, they can take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick relative.
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Legally married spouses in same-sex couples soon will be able to take unpaid time off to care for a spouse or sick family members even if they live in a state that doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

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The Salt
10:49 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Google Thinks We're Clueless About Cocktails, And It Wants To Help

Left to right: The White Russian, Margarita, Bloody Mary and Moscow Mule are some of the most searched cocktails of 2015.
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One of the advantages of being the world's largest search engine is that you learn a lot about what people don't know, or can't remember.

It turns out the world is daunted by cocktails, and has sought help enough times from Google that the company decided to get in on the mixology instruction game itself.

On Thursday, the tech giant launched a feature that provides step-by-step instructions for how to prepare a desired cocktail, and a list of ingredients. (It also suggests garnish and drinkware.)

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Asia
10:43 am
Fri March 6, 2015

For India's Widows, A Riot Of Color, An Act Of Liberation

Susannah Ireland for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 11:12 am

"I have no one. I've lost everything. My children are gone, my parents are gone. My husband's family doesn't ask about me. They don't even look for me, they don't even know if I eat," says Manu Ghosh, 85.

That's her above, seen before and after the Hindu festival of Holi at her ashram in northern India.

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Muslim Identity In Europe
10:09 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Germans Open Their Homes To Refugee Roommates

Berlin residents Mareike Geiling (left) and her boyfriend, Jonas Kakoschke, speak with their roommate, a Muslim refugee from Mali. Geiling and Kokoschke helped launch a website that matches Germans willing to share their homes with new arrivals.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Asylum-seekers are flooding into Germany in record numbers, with more than 200,000 applying for that status last year, many from Muslim countries, according to the government.

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Code Switch
9:58 am
Fri March 6, 2015

The Fascinating Story Of New Orleans' Two Lost Chinatowns

Chinese who operated small shops in New Orleans' Chinatown for many decades learned in 1937 that their small city-within-a-city was doomed to make way for a parking lot. Shown in front of one of the shops on Tulane Avenue between Elk Place and Rampart Street are Big Gee, seated, and Lee Sing, standing.
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New Orleans is known for its enormous Vietnamese population, one of the largest in the country. But we recently came across a story about a now-lost Chinatown in New Orleans — two of them, in fact — and how they came to be. To understand how these hubs came about, and why they disappeared, we have to rewind the clock 150 years, to the end of the Civil War.

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Shots - Health News
9:54 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Pot Can Trigger Psychotic Symptoms For Some, But Do The Effects Last?

High-end marijuana buds on sale at a Denver dispensary.
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In the "American Sniper" murder trial, prosecutors successfully countered Eddie Ray Routh's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity by saying that he just seemed psychotic because he was high. But scientists continue to argue over whether marijuana-induced psychosis is always short-lived or if there's a deeper connection at play.

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Code Switch
9:34 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Beautiful Photos Of Everyday Life In 19th And 20th Century Iran

Iranian children buy ice cream from a vendor in Tehran around the turn of the century.
Antoin Sevruguin Freer|Sackler Gallery

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:47 pm

Since 1979, tens of thousands of Iranians have lived in exile in the United States. The Iranian Revolution forced large numbers of the population out of the country, and many have never returned. As Persian New Year, referred to by Iranians as Nowruz, approaches, many look back on old photos and remember an Iran they used to know. The holiday happens annually on the spring equinox and symbolizes a rebirth in Persian culture. Iranians in the U.S. now experience new lifestyles and culture that make Nowruz's themes of rebirth more real than they had imagined.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Tajik Opposition Leader Shot Dead In Istanbul

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:56 am

Umarali Kuvatov, an outspoken critic of Tajikistan's autocratic president, was killed by a single shot to the head on a street in Istanbul, where he had been living in exile, according to Turkish media reports.

Kuvatov, 47, a businessman turned government opponent, was head of the Group 24 opposition movement. He had accused Tajik President Emomali Rahmon of corruption and nepotism.

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Europe
4:24 am
Fri March 6, 2015

German Nightclubs Try Out Urine-Repellent Paint

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 4:53 am

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Around the Nation
4:17 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Families Stage 'Sled-In' Protests On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

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Europe
3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Will Greece's New Government Help The Muslim Minority Integrate?

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 9:14 am

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Administration Fights Case That Would Assign Lawyers To Minors Seeking Asylum

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Being Unoriginal Is Not The Biggest Problem For 'Chappie'

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:52 pm

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The director of the acclaimed sci-fi hit "District 9" is now out with a sci-fi thriller called "Chappie." Here's film critic Kenneth Turan.

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The Two-Way
1:49 am
Fri March 6, 2015

NASA Probe Reaches Orbit Around Dwarf Planet

Astronomers have known about Ceres for centuries, but they don't really know what to make of it.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 10:38 am

Updated at 9:45 a.m. ET.

This morning, a plucky NASA spacecraft has entered the orbit of one of the oddest little worlds in our solar system.

Ceres is round like a planet, but really small. Its total surface would cover just a third of the United States.

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Code Switch
1:39 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Photographer Helped Expose Brutality Of Selma's 'Bloody Sunday'

Spider Martin's most well-known photograph, Two Minute Warning, shows marchers facing a line of state troopers in Selma moments before police beat the protestors on March 7, 1965. The day became known as Bloody Sunday.
Spider Martin/Courtesy Tracy Martin

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 8:40 am

Note to our readers: This report contains some strong racial language.

This month Selma, Ala., will mark the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday." That's the day police beat demonstrators attempting to march to Montgomery in support of voting rights. Some of the most iconic images of that day were captured by a white photographer — the late Spider Martin.

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Animals
1:36 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Could A Quokka Beat A Numbat? Oddsmakers Say Yes

One possible result in the Mighty Mini Mammals division of 2015's Mammal March Madness tournament. If the species that's seeded highest always wins its bracket, the fennec fox will beat out the rest of the division and advance to the final four.
Adam Cole NPR

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 12:17 pm

It's March, and that means college basketball fans are gearing up for the NCAA tournament. But there's another tournament taking place this month — and animals aren't the mascots, they're the competitors.

"Mammal March Madness" is organized by a team of evolutionary biologists. They choose 65 animal competitors and then imagine the outcome of a series of simulated interspecies battles. Who would win if a kangaroo took on a warthog? Or if an orca fought a polar bear?

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The Two-Way
1:34 am
Fri March 6, 2015

Coroner Identifies Homeless Man On Skid Row Killed By LAPD

This 2000 photo provided by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office shows a man identified as Charley Saturmin Robinet after his arrest for robbery. Robinet was a stolen identity. The man was identified this week as Charley Leundeu Keunang.
Uncredited AP

A homeless man shot and killed in a confrontation with police has been identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office as 43-year-old Charley Leundeu Keunang. Relatives confirmed his identity. He is believed to originally be from Cameroon.

Keunang was shot and killed by LAPD officers Sunday on skid row, which is home to thousands of people with mental illness and substance abuse problems.

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The Two-Way
6:14 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Actor Harrison Ford Injured In Plane Crash; Son Says He's OK

Actor Harrison Ford attends the 12th Annual "Living Legends of Aviation" at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on in January.
Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 11:11 am

The actor Harrison Ford crash-landed a small vintage plane on a golf course in the Los Angeles area on Thursday, TMZ, the Los Angeles Times and Variety are reporting.

The Times reports that Ford was taken from the scene by ambulance.

During a televised press briefing, Asst. Chief Patrick Butler, of the Los Angeles Fire Department, said the man on the plane suffered "moderate trauma" but was "alert and conscious."

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The Two-Way
5:23 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Argentine Prosecutor Was 'Without A Doubt' Murdered, Says Family

Argentine federal judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, ex-wife of Argentine late prosecutor Alberto Nisman, offers a press conference on the results of the parallel investigation she ordered into his death, in San Isidro, Buenos Aires, on Thursday.
Juan Mabromata AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 5:43 pm

An Argentine prosecutor who died under mysterious circumstances was "without a doubt" murdered, his family says.

Sandra Arroyo Salgado, Alberto Nisman's ex wife, said the family had ordered an independent forensic investigation into his death that revealed a "scientifically verifiable truth."

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Shots - Health News
4:27 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Colorado Debates Whether IUDs Are Contraception Or Abortion

An interauterine device provides long-term birth control.
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Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 6:55 am

A popular contraception program in Colorado is receiving criticism from conservative lawmakers who say that the program's use of intrauterine devices, or IUDs, qualify as abortions.

More than 30,000 women in Colorado have gotten a device because of the state program, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative. An IUD normally costs between $500 and several thousand dollars. Through the program women could receive one for free.

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Law
4:27 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Many Question Lack Of Plea Deal In Boston Bombing Case

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 4:55 pm

The dramatic admission of guilt by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's defense team in its opening statement Wednesday has generated questions about the trial now underway. Many are wondering why the government wouldn't accept a plea deal in exchange for life in prison, or why Tsarnaev wouldn't want to plead guilty to avoid graphic and disturbing testimony that he's not even contesting.

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Youth Radio
3:10 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Transgender Students Learn To Navigate School Halls

Eight-year-old Tomás Rocha, a third grader at Malcolm X Elementary School in Berkeley, Calif., is among a handful of gender non-conforming students at the school.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Fri March 6, 2015 10:28 am

The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the ninth grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don't identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with.

At the time it didn't faze me because I'd never known anyone who'd talked about it or felt that way. But now, three years later, I have a 16-year-old classmate who's transgender. His name is Jace McDonald.

"That is the name I have chosen," Jace says. "It's what my parents would have named me if I was born biologically male."

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