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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

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

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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

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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Sports
3:31 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Soccer Fans In Latin America React To FIFA Corruption Charges

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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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The Salt
2:48 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

In This Test Kitchen, The Secret To A Great Cookbook Is Try, Try Again

Chefs Yotam Ottolenghi (left) and Sami Tamimi pose for the photographer at their company's bakery in London, December 2012.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Underneath railway arches on a nondescript street in North London, you'll find an old warehouse that's the epicenter of the Ottolenghi food empire.

Jerusalem-born food impresario Yotam Ottolenghi and his business partner, Sami Tamimi, started out over a decade ago with one restaurant in London selling fresh, Middle East-inspired food. The business now encompasses several restaurants, an expanding online food business and some cookbooks that have been wildly successful on their home turf and here in the U.S.

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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 3:31 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 3:31 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 2:55 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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All Tech Considered
2:33 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

License plate scanners have helped police locate stolen vehicles and have even assisted in murder investigations. But with their ability to track a person's every move, skeptics worry about privacy.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:31 pm

License plate scanners have become a fact of life. They're attached to traffic lights, on police cars — even "repo" staff use them. All those devices have created a torrent of data, raising new concerns about how it's being stored and analyzed.

Bryce Newell's laptop is filled with the comings and goings of Seattle residents. The data comes from the city's license plate scanner, acquired from the police through public disclosure requests. He plugs in a license plate number, uncovering evidence of long-forgotten errands.

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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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NPR Story
12:29 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

In India, Heat Kills As Monsoon Season Approaches

The front page of the Hindustan Times carried this photo of asphalt melting in Delhi. (Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times)

A heat wave in India has left over 1,100 people dead over the past month. In the capital New Delhi, 113 degree Fahrenheit temperatures have melted roadway crosswalks.

The sweltering heat will continue for at least another week when the annual monsoon rains begin. The BBC’s Delhi correspondent Zubair Ahmad joins Here & Now’s Robin Young with details.

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NPR Story
12:29 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Parched Rivers, Grasslands Choke California Wildlife

The giant kangaroo rat plays a big role in California’s ecosystem. (John Roser/University of California at Berkeley)

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:14 pm

Torrential rains this week in Texas have helped ease the drought in that state, but in California there is no relief in sight. Ranchers in San Luis Obispo County have sold off 75 percent of their cattle in the past four years. There’s not enough water or food to sustain them. And as Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd reports, in the wild, other animals important to the state’s economy and ecosystem are dying off.

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NPR Story
12:29 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Texas Lake Slowly Recovers From Drought

This photo taken by John Williams' daughter Tiffany Jowers shows the creek bottom, where the water is normally 20 to 25 feet deep. Right now, it's about 6 inches deep, but John says "we're glad it is flowing." (Tiffany Jowers)

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:07 pm

It continues to rain today in South Central Texas, which was hit hard by devastating flooding this week. The heavy rains have brought an end to the extreme drought there, which began in 2010.

In September 2013, John Williams, who owns Thunderbird Lodge and Resort on Lake Buchanan in Central Texas, spoke with Here & Now. The lake had shrunk to about one-third capacity.

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Shots - Health News
11:43 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Supreme Court Says Locals Can Make Pill-Makers Pay For Drug Disposal

Tuesday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to not review an ordinance passed by Alameda County, California, means that drug makers will now need to pay for collection and disposal of unused drugs in the county.
iStockphoto

Many of us have old prescription drugs sitting around in medicine cabinets — so what's the best way to get rid of them?

Some folks simply toss old pills in the garbage, or down the toilet.

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It's All Politics
11:02 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Scott Walker Says Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing'

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin speaking to reporters in West Des Moines, Iowa, earlier this month.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:11 pm

Updated at 1:45 p.m. ET

Republican Scott Walker dismissed any controversy over a law he signed in Wisconsin requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound, referring to ultrasounds in an interview on a conservative radio show as "just a cool thing out there."

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Nebraska Lawmakers Override Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:35 pm

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

Lawmakers in Nebraska overrode Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of their vote to repeal the death penalty, making it the first Republican-controlled state in the U.S. to repeal the death penalty since North Dakota in 1973. The vote was 30-19.

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Shots - Health News
9:16 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Paralyzed By Doubt? Here's A Guide For The Worrier In Us All

A Worrier's Guide To Life
Courtesy of Andrews McMeel Publishing

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:03 pm

Feeling anxious? A bit panicky? Fear not — cartoonist and self-proclaimed World Champion Overthinker Gemma Correll is here to help you laugh about it.

In A Worrier's Guide to Life, Correll dishes out her dubious and droll advice on everything from health and hypochondria to attaboy stickers for grownups. (Sample: "I did the laundry.")

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Wed May 27, 2015

More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

A man walks along a section of the Blanco River on Tuesday where sweeping floodwaters overturned vehicles and knocked down trees in Wimberley, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:05 pm

Updated at 2:45 p.m. ET

Residents of southeastern Texas woke up Wednesday morning to another flash-flood warning, as a new round of thunderstorms rumbled across parts of the already flood-soaked state.

The National Weather Service forecasts more storms for Wednesday across the region, some of them possibly severe.

Near Dallas, the Padera Lake dam was breached for a time, forcing evacuations before officials drained the lake to reduce pressure on the earthen structure.

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The Two-Way
8:35 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Arkansas Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:43 pm

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has blocked an Arkansas law that bans abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The case was filed by two doctors on their own and their patients' behalf.

The court's ruling notes:

"By banning abortions after 12 weeks' gestation, the Act prohibits women from making the ultimate decision to terminate a pregnancy at a point before viability. Because the State made no attempt to refute the plaintiffs' assertions of fact, the district court's summary judgment order must be affirmed."

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Penn State Bounces Fraternity For 3 Years Over Nude Photo Scandal

After news broke in March of a private Facebook page that collected nude photos of women, protesters gathered outside Kappa Delta Rho fraternity at Penn State. The school has banned the chapter for three years.
Abby Drey TNS/Landov

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 1:13 pm

Tripling a penalty that was announced this spring, Penn State has shut down the school's Kappa Delta Rho fraternity chapter for three years, after an inquiry over a Facebook group page that collected pictures of nude women also uncovered other transgressions.

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Shots - Health News
7:57 am
Wed May 27, 2015

How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

Controversy over childhood vaccines may make it too easy to embrace what appear to be new vaccine benefits.
Dmitry Naumov iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:58 pm

Sometimes a story takes odd turns as you report it. Every once in while it goes off the rails. That's what happened as I reported on a new study purporting to explain how a childhood vaccine helps prevent leukemia. The experience reaffirmed the lessons I've learned in my years of reporting on vaccines and other scientific research: Be wary of grand claims, get outside perspectives on new research and never, ever rely only on the press release.

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News
6:56 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Attempt To Get More People On Board With Organ Donation Backfires

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Wed May 27, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum, R-Pa., won Iowa in 2012. He faces a more crowded field this time around.
J. David Ake AP

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:48 am

After taking the silver medal in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is making a second bid for the White House. Expected to launch his campaign near his boyhood home in Butler County, Pa., Wednesday evening, Santorum faces a very different — and much larger — field than four years ago.

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Santorum Hopes To Catch Lightning In A Bottle A Second Time

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during the Republican Society Patriot Dinner at the Citadel Military College in Charleston, S.C., in February.
Richard Ellis Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:38 am

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is praying for political lightning to strike twice.

Even after pulling an upset win in the Iowa caucuses four years ago and going on to survive the longest against eventual nominee Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential hopeful is again the underdog in a much more crowded 2016 field.

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Wed May 27, 2015

A New Kind Of College Wins State Approval In Rhode Island

Students Carmen Boucher (left) and Hilda Castillo collaborate at a College Unbound weekly seminar.
Tracy Money College Unbound/Big Picture Learning

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 2:33 pm

It's one of the biggest challenges in higher education today: What do you do with the nearly one in five working-age adults who have some college experience, but no degree?

Sokeo Ros was one of them. "I just hated" community college, he says. "I wasn't being challenged."

Ros, 34, was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand. He dropped out of two colleges, switching majors several times.

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Around the Nation
5:23 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Leader Of Turkmenistan Honors Himself With A Statue

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:54 am

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