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Middle East
10:40 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Yemen's Descent, Through A Photographer's Lens

Alex Potter for NPR

Editor's Note: Photographer Alex Potter arrived in Yemen in 2012 as the country was going through an uprising, part of the broader upheavals in the Arab world. She has lived in the capital Sanaa for much of the past three years, growing deeply attached to the country and the people even as Yemen has descended into chaos.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Italian Coast Guard Rescues 3,700 Migrants In Mediterranean

Migrants arriving at the Lampedusa island harbor aboard an Italian Coast Guard ship early Sunday. Ships rescued 3,690 migrants in just one day from smugglers' boats on the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast, the Italian Coast Guard says.
Mauro Buccarello AP

Italy's coast guard says it has managed to rescue some 3,700 migrants in a single day from smuggler's boats off the coast of Libya in 17 separate operations designed to stem the tide of illegal immigration to Europe from refugees leaving North Africa.

The operations took place just weeks after an estimated 800 migrants were drowned when their boat capsized en route to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Baltimore Mayor Lifts Curfew

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake speaks during a media availability at City Hall, on Friday. The mayor announced Sunday that she was lifting a week-long 10 p.m. curfew that followed civil unrest over the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he sustained in police custody.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 10:55 am

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced today that she was lifting a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew in the city imposed nearly a week ago amid civil unrest over the death of Freddie Gray from injuries sustained in police custody.

"I want to thank the people for their patience," she said.

The emergency curfew was put in place after riots that took place in West Baltimore on Monday.

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Goats and Soda
8:17 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Nepal's Medical Worries: Crowded Hospitals, Open Wounds

Hospital staff members work at the reception area of a hospital in Kathmandu. Some 14,000 were injured in Nepal's earthquake.
Nicolas Asfouri AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:50 am

An estimated 14,000 were injured in April's earthquake in Nepal. The caseload is overwhelming hospitals in Kathmandu, says Dr. Bianca Grecu-Jacobs, a resident in emergency medicine from California who was working in Nepal when the quake struck.

"[In] the lobby areas, patients just are on the floor waiting," Grecu-Jacobs says via Skype from Katmandu. "They strung up IVs for patients who need them in whatever manner they can."

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The Two-Way
8:09 am
Sun May 3, 2015

101-Year-Old Man Among Quake Survivors Found In Nepal

A boy crawls into the ruins of a collapsed building to look for usable things in Nepal capital Kathmandu on Sunday. Officials say they have found three survivors in the rubble a full week after a powerful earthquake.
Kyodo/Landov

Rescue workers digging through the rubble in Nepal have discovered three survivors — including a man thought to be 101 — a week after a powerful earthquake leveled buildings in the South Asian country, killing more than 7,000.

NPR's Russell Lewis reports from Kathmandu: "The man was found alive in the rubble of his home northwest of the capital Kathmandu. He only had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for observation. Rescuers found him on the same day that Nepali officials ruled out finding any more survivors from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake."

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Asia
6:45 am
Sun May 3, 2015

To Restore Its Shattered Treasures, Nepal Has A Secret Weapon

Master carvers like Ratna Muni Brahmacharya are in a position to play a key role in restoring Nepal's many damaged temples and monuments.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 9:50 am

Blue-uniformed police do the heavy lifting in Dabar square in the city of Patan, one of Nepal's oldest. Moving wooden beams and stacking broken bricks, they sift through ruined monuments, some of which date back four centuries and more.

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Race
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Former Baltimore Mayor: Police Charges Send Signal On Arrest Standards

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:50 am

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World
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

World Bank Accused Of Unfair Evictions

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:50 am

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Race
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Amid Baltimore Protests, A 'Little Spotlight Of Joy'

New Shiloh Baptist Rev. Harold Carter Jr. (left) and Caleb Studivant, a 24-year-old member of the church, have closely watched the unrest surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore and the community's reaction.
Natalie Friedman Winston NPR

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:50 am

On Friday, Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore City State's Attorney, announced criminal charges for six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. The charges range from murder to assault and misconduct.

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Middle East
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

In A Surprise Move, Saudi King Picks His Successors

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:50 am

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Race
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Protesters Hope To Sustain Momentum In Baltimore

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 12:01 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:49 am
Sun May 3, 2015

China Promises $46 Billion To Pave The Way For A Brand New Silk Road

Alison Hurt/NPR Xinhua

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:50 am

Go to Xi'an city in northwest China, and you can still hear amateur musical ensembles playing court music from the Tang Dynasty. One of the tunes is about flowers — tulips imported over the Silk Road from Europe some 1,300 years ago.

The Silk Road was a network of trade routes that allowed the exchange of goods and ideas between Asia and Europe, including between the Roman Empire and China's Han Dynasty, towards the end of the first century B.C.

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Shots - Health News
3:20 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Who Keeps Track If Your Surgery Goes Well Or Fails?

XiXinXing iStockphoto

In order to improve the quality of health care and reduce its costs, researchers need to know what works and what doesn't. One powerful way to do that is through a system of "registries," in which doctors and hospitals compile and share their results. But even in this era of big data, remarkably few medical registries exist.

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Sun May 3, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina at a luncheon with New Hampshire Republican lawmakers Tuesday.
Jim Cole AP

Carly Fiorina is expected to declare her candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination Monday morning in a video. Fiorina is perhaps best known as the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. She was ousted after a boardroom struggle in 2005.

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U.S.
7:58 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

After Nearly 60 Years, the Muscular Dystrophy Association Is Ending Telethons

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

Yesterday, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced, after raising $2 billion, it was ending its annual Labor Day telethon.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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It's All Politics
7:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas National Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 11:58 am

Since General Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.

So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise, which was taking place in Texas and several other states, everybody here looked up from their iPhones. What?

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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

American Pharoah Wins 2015 Kentucky Derby

American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza (left), races Firing Line #10, ridden by Gary Stevens, out of turn 4 during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, has won the 141st Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:03:02.

He raced to victory before the largest Derby crowd ever — 170,513, reports The Associated Press.

American Pharoah, owned by Ahmed Zayat, was the favorite heading into the race at Churchill Downs in Louisville. He had to fight Firing Line and Dortmund for the victory; the three were neck-and-neck (and neck) for a stretch, but American Pharoah pulled ahead at the end. Firing Line came in second.

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U.S.
4:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

For The Record: The Voices Of Baltimore

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It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

(SOUNDBITE OF BALTIMORE PROTESTS)

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U.S.
4:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

It's A Beautiful Tree But It Causes A Stink

The disease-resistant Callery pear became American cities' street tree of choice starting in the 1950s. One community in Pennsylvania, fed up with the stench, has banned it.

This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 24, 2015.

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U.S.
4:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Breaking Boundaries At A Harlem Barbershop

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U.S.
4:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

After Police Are Charged In Gray's Death, Baltimore Awaits Next Steps

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 7:57 pm

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National Security
4:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Psychological Association Accused Of 'Complicity' In Bush-Era Torture

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 7:59 pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with James Risen of the New York Times about a new report alleging that the American Psychological Association worked closely with the George W. Bush administration to help justify prisoner torture.

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It's All Politics
2:17 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Full Senate Debates May Reveal Recent Bipartisanship As An Illusion

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., center, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., right, were all smiles April 14 after the committee passed an agreement on oversight of Iran negotiations. But the bill has run into some outspoken opponents in the full Senate.
Andrew Harnik AP

Just a few weeks ago we heard a lot about a delicate compromise that would allow Congress to review any deal emerging from nuclear talks with Iran. It came from a bipartisan negotiation in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee — to wide acclaim.

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Mayweather Outboxes Pacquiao In A Unanimous Decision

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates the unanimous decision victory during the welterweight unification championship bout on Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Al Bello Getty

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 12:12 am

Updated at 1:50 a.m. EDT Sunday: Mayweather wins

Floyd Mayweather Jr.maintained his unbeaten record with a unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquaio in their unified welterweight megabout in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The 38-year-old American made a surprisingly strong start, then withstood some aggressive counter-punching by the Filipino southpaw in the later rounds as he improved his career record to 48-0.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Sat May 2, 2015

30 Graves, Thought To Be Burmese Migrants, Found In Thailand

Thai policemen measure shallow graves in Songkhla province in southern Thailand on Saturday. Authorities say the 30 or so gravesites appear to contain remains of illegal migrants from neighboring Myanmar.
Sumeth Panpetch AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 11:59 am

At least 30 gravesites have been uncovered in a mountainous area of southern Thailand — many containing remains thought to be migrants from neighboring Myanmar, says Michael Sullivan, reporting from Thailand for NPR.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:22 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Louis C.K, A Memoirist's 'Struggle', Pokey LaFarge

Louis C.K. remembers getting "really big laughs" during his third try at stand-up. "I was so excited that I had a little foot in the door," C.K. says. He's pictured above in his FX series Louie.
KC Bailey FX

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:

Louis C.K. On Life And Stand-Up: 'I Live In Service For My Kids': The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Death Toll In Nepal Crosses 6,800

A Nepali woman cries as she participates in a candlelight vigil for victims of last week's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:01 pm

Authorities in Nepal now say the number of dead from a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the South Asian country a week ago has risen to 6,841, as rescue workers recover more bodies from the wreckage. More than 14,000 are reported injured.

NPR's Russell Lewis, reporting from Kathmandu, says thousands are still missing and some 130,000 homes and buildings have been destroyed and another 10,000 buildings have been demolished, according to the government.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Novelist Ruth Rendell, Author Of 'Wexford' Books, Dies At 85

A September 1995 photo shows Ruth Rendell, in London. The prolific crime writer died Saturday at the age of 85.
Max Nash AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:05 pm

British mystery and crime writer Ruth Rendell — one of the most prolific authors in the genre, with more than 60 novels — has died at age 85 following a stroke in January, her publisher said in a statement.

"It is with great sadness that the family of author Ruth Rendell, Baroness Rendell of Babergh, CBE, announce that she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday 2 May, aged 85. The family have requested privacy at this time," Hutchison said in the statement.

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Around the Nation
7:58 am
Sat May 2, 2015

All Tapped Out In A Tiny California Town

Thelma Williams' Fairmead home has been without running water for seven years. She showers at her parents' home nearby and fills up eight five-gallon jugs to bring home.
Ezra David Romero NPR

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 8:26 am

Around the tiny rural community of Fairmead, Calif., about an hour north of Fresno on Highway 99, hundreds of one-story houses on small ranches stretch out for miles.

The ground is mostly brown, parched by California's recent drought. But beneath the surface, this mostly African-American community in the San Joaquin Valley has been going dry for years.

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The Two-Way
7:33 am
Sat May 2, 2015

May Day Protesters, Police Clash In Seattle

Police officers arrest a man during a May Day march, on Friday, in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:06 pm

May Day protests in Seattle turned violent, with police firing pepper spray and flash bang grenades to disperse demonstrators — including some wearing all black — who hurled rocks and other objects at authorities.

The Seattle Times reports:

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