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9:10 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Venezuela Cuts American Embassy Staff, Restricts U.S. Travel

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro waves to supporters during a march in Caracas, Venezuela, on Saturday.
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced a reduction in U.S. diplomatic staff in the country and restrictions on travel by U.S. citizens there –- as he accused Washington of "gringo" meddling.

The BBC reports:

"The president said that the US government had 100 employees working in Venezuela whereas Venezuela had 17 based in the US.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Sun March 1, 2015

ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna, Installation

Astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:35 am

Astronauts at the International Space Station have ventured outside to perform a challenging cable installation on their orbiting platform.

Spacewalkers Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore have 400 feet of cable to install as well as two sets of antennas.

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Parallels
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Only Granted By Husband's Permission

In Gett, the character Viviane Ansalem wants a divorce but her husband will not give permission. In Israel, if you're Jewish, even if you're not religious, you have to be divorced by Jewish law.
Courtesy Music Box Films

In Israel, religious law governs family matters.

For a Jewish divorce, an Orthodox rabbi oversees a ritual that begins with the husband placing a folded decree into the wife's cupped hands. But that paper can be hard to get, because the husband can refuse to grant the divorce.

A new Israeli film playing in the U.S. shows how patriarchal Jewish divorce laws can trap even secular women for years.

The film is a drama called Gett: The trial of Viviane Ansalem. Viviane wants a divorce but needs her husband's permission.

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Europe
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Thousands March In Moscow In Memory Of Murdered Putin Critic

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Middle East
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes

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Parallels
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Spain's Muslim Business Owners Feel Squeezed By New Zoning Proposals

Muslim men attend Friday prayers at La Pau Islamic Center in Tarragona, a Mediterranean coastal town where Muslims comprise about 10 percent of the population.
Lauren Frayer NPR

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 8:36 am

Spain's Mediterranean coast is home to the country's biggest Muslim community. And in one town there, local politicians have proposed new zoning laws that have people pondering what it means to be Spanish, or Muslim, or both.

Ruling conservatives in the town of Tarragona want to limit the number of kebab shops and Internet cafes in the town center, keeping them 500 yards apart to "protect traditional Spanish businesses" and prevent what they call ghettos.

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Around the Nation
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads

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Law
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

After Delays, Jury Selection To Wrap Up In Boston Bombing Trial

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Around the Nation
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

In Fourth Year Of Drought, Many Calif. Farms Won't Get Federal Water

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Iraq
6:44 am
Sun March 1, 2015

ISIS Destroys Objects That Record Region's History Of Cultural Diversity

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Opposition Rally In Moscow To Mourn Boris Nemtsov

People hold flags and posters during a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night.
Tatyana Makeyeva Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:23 am

Tens of thousands of people are gathering in the Russian capital to mourn Boris Nemtsov, the former deputy prime minister turned harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down on a Moscow street last week.

The march, originally scheduled to oppose Russian involvement in Ukraine, was to have been led by Nemtsov himself. Following his murder, however, the gathering has turned into a wake for the fallen opposition leader.

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the rally in Moscow, says the demonstration is peaceful.

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U.S.
5:48 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots

Opponents of fracking protested in January at the inauguration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:12 am

Wendy Lee, an anti-fracking activist and philosophy professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, has always protested peacefully. So she was stunned last winter when a state trooper came to her home to ask her about eco-terrorism and pipe bombs.

The trooper was investigating an alleged trespassing incident that involved Lee and two other activists visiting a gas compressor in Pennsylvania's Lycoming County in June 2013. Lee says they stayed on a public road and left when security guards told them to go away.

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Code Switch
5:06 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Mr. Spock, Mixed-Race Pioneer

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock. The character's mixed Vulcan and human heritage set him apart from the rest of the Star Trek crew.
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At a time when the mere sight of Petula Clark touching Harry Belafonte's arm held the potential to upset delicate sensibilities, the half-human, half-Vulcan character Mr. Spock embodied an identity rarely acknowledged, much less seen, on television: a mixed-race person.

Sure, the mixing of races was allegorical in Spock's case, as was the brilliantly subversive mode for social commentary on Star Trek. But that doesn't mean it didn't resonate.

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Shots - Health News
5:03 am
Sun March 1, 2015

How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen

Chris Newman, seen at her home in Los Molinos, Calif., calls the change she helped get made to lung cancer treatment guidelines a "small, but very important victory."
Courtesy of Chris Newman

A group of lung cancer survivors was chatting online last May about what they thought was a big problem: Influential treatment guidelines published by a consortium of prominent cancer centers didn't reflect an option that several people thought had saved their lives. They wanted to change that.

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NPR Ed
4:15 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Teaching The Holocaust: New Approaches For A New Generation

Ruth Hálová, a survivor of the Holocaust (clockwise): Ruth as a child dressed up for a play; Ruth's 1st grade class taken in 1932; Ruth and husband Milan Hala in India in the 1990's; Ruth and her mother in (the then) Czechoslovakia after the war.
Centropa Photo Archives

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 9:19 am

Writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt once wrote that, with the German genocide of European Jews, human history "has known no story more difficult to tell."

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Animals
4:39 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

To Curb Bear Population, Florida Reinstates Hunting Season

This black bear was spotted atop a tree in Tampa, Fla., on May 17, 2013. The bear population has been on the rise, so state wildlife officials are calling for a bear hunting season.
Skip O'Rourke MCT /Landov

For the first time in two decades, Florida officials have scheduled a bear hunting season. It's a response to a rise in bear attacks — but it has some environmentalists upset.

Experts say there's plenty of room for humans and black bears to co-exist, but the smell of food is pulling the animals out of the woods and into neighborhoods.

If you want to understand the situation, take a trip to Franklin County, in the pandhandle. A few months ago, a bear attacked a teenager there while she walked her dog near a convenience store.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Is The Battle Won And Done For Those Who Fought For Net Neutrality?

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 4:39 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: All in favor, say aye.

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Together) Aye.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Opposed?

UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: (Together) No.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: The ayes have it.

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Politics
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Homeland Security Gets Stopgap Funding, But More Political Battles Loom

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 4:39 pm

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Space
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Rejected As A Mars One Astronaut Candidate, She's Turning To Plan B (Or M)

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 4:39 pm

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Last year, we introduced you to Heidi Beemer, a young woman determined to one day leave this planet and go to Mars.

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Law
2:59 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

The Challenges Of Jury Selection In The Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 4:39 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:57 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Greg O'Brien gathers his thoughts before a run in 2013. "Running is essential," he says.
Michael Strong Living With Alzheimers

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:21 pm

This is the third in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with the illness. In parts one and two, Greg O'Brien talked about what it was like to get the diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and how he thinks about the future.

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The Two-Way
11:12 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

A man looks at ancient Assyrian human-headed winged bull statues at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:14 pm

Days after video emerged showing self-declared Islamic State extremists taking sledge hammers to pre-Islamic antiquities inside the Mosul museum, the Iraqi government has reopened the country's national museum, shuttered since the 2003 U.S. invasion of the country that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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Goats and Soda
10:07 am
Sat February 28, 2015

While New England Gets Snow, West Africa Gets Sand

The Harmattan haze can become so dense in Dakar, Senegal, it dims the sun and grounds flights.
Joe Penney Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:11 pm

Would you kindly bear with me a little while I have a good old moan, please? I'm feeling rather wretched. No, not because I've finally kicked a lingering lurgy that turned out to be bronchitis and stole my voice. But because one of the reasons I blame for the illness is back: the Harmattan.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:29 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Larry Wilmore, The Smart Home And Bill Gifford

Larry Wilmore debuts Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Jan. 19.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images for Comedy Central

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Two-Way
8:39 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas patrol on the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip earlier this month.
Abed Rahim Khatib APA/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 12:00 pm

A court in Egypt has declared Hamas a "terrorist organization."

The verdict concerning Hamas, which controls Gaza, is seen as part of the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's crackdown on Islamist groups.

Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist party that was banned in Egypt after President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013.

The Associated Press reports:

"Last month, an Egyptian court banned Hamas' military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and also designated it a terrorist organization. ...

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Code Switch
8:03 am
Sat February 28, 2015

A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

A heads-up to our readers: This post quotes a racial slur.

When actress Erin Quill saw a casting notice earlier this month for a Show Boat musical revival with a completely Asian-American cast, she raised an eyebrow.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Sat February 28, 2015

West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

People lay flowers on Saturday at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Western leaders are pressuring Moscow for a full and transparent investigation into the fatal shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

Nemtsov, 55, a deputy prime minister in the 1990s who later organized mass rallies against Putin in 2011 and 2012. Most recently, he accused Putin allies of profiteering from the development of the Sochi Winter Olympics infrastructure.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:07 am

As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed. The passage capped a day of scrambling that saw a longer three-week stopgap shot down in the House.

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Europe
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Tiny Hungarian Village Puts Itself Up For Hire

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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Politics
6:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Conservatives Heckle Jeb Bush On Education, Immigration

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 8:40 am

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