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8:09 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Sabra Hummus Announces A Recall Over Listeria Fears

Sabra has announced a voluntary recall of some products, including Classic Hummus, after a sample tested positive for Listeria.
Sabra via Facebook

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:35 pm

A nationwide recall has been announced for some 30,000 cases of hummus made by the Sabra company, due to possible contamination. The FDA says the recall is voluntary and no illnesses have been reported.

The recall covers several products with a "best by" date of May 11 or May 15 (see details below). The products are predominantly the "Classic" variety of the hummus, in a range of sizes.

The FDA says anyone who has bought the packages should either dispose of them or take them back to retailers for a refund.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Is The NRA Really Banning Guns At Its Convention?

A woman points a handgun with a laser sight at a wall display of other guns during the 2007 National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:11 pm

The National Rifle Association, which supports Second Amendment rights, is holding its annual convention in Nashville, Tenn., this weekend. So it came as a surprise to see headlines that said the expected 80,000 people attending the gun-rights group's convention will not be allowed to carry their firearms.

The truth, as it turns out, is more complicated.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Tentative Nuclear Deal In Hand, Iran Says All Sanctions Must Be Lifted

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, seen here in a photo released by his official website Thursday, stopped short of giving his endorsement to the framework nuclear deal struck last week.
AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:02 am

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country will only sign an agreement restricting his country's nuclear program if economic sanctions are lifted. The remarks on state TV came as Iran's supreme leader said he's neither for nor against the deal.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also said that any arrangements must respect Iran's interests and dignity. He questioned the need for talks if they don't trigger the removal of sanctions, and he reiterated his distrust of the United States.

From Istanbul, NPR's Peter Kenyon reports:

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Thu April 9, 2015

A Classic Prep For Parenthood, But Is The Egg All It's Cracked Up To Be?

Egg babies created by Aaron Warren's ninth-grade students at Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles.
Courtesy of Aaron Warren

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:40 pm

For the series Tools of the Trade we've been thinking a lot about the iconic tools that some of us remember using — if only for a short time — in our early schooling.

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The Two-Way
5:53 am
Thu April 9, 2015

French TV Network Hacked By 'Cyber Caliphate' Group

A screen grab of the newly restored TV5Monde website shows its coverage of the hacking attack.
NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 1:10 pm

The large and influential French TV network TV5Monde was taken off the air and its online presence was hijacked by a group calling itself the Cyber Caliphate. Hours after the attack began, the network was still unable to produce live programming.

The attack by what are being called cyber jihadists began at 10 p.m. in Paris on Wednesday, when screens that would normally show TV5Monde went blank, with normal programming replaced by a message: "Je suIS IS."

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Around the Nation
5:13 am
Thu April 9, 2015

It Could Have Been A Scene Out Of A Movie: Jet Clips Terminal

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:34 am

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The Two-Way
4:52 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Secret Service Supervisor Put On Leave After Assault Accusation

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 5:51 pm

A senior manager is on leave from the Secret Service, after an employee he supervised reportedly told investigators that he assaulted her by making forceful and unwelcome sexual advances.

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NPR Story
3:03 am
Thu April 9, 2015

California Works Out Details Of Mandatory Water Restrictions

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 5:34 am

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It's All Politics
1:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Suicides By Missouri Politicians Raise Questions About State Ethics

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide following political attacks during his campaign for governor. His press secretary, Spence Jackson, committed suicide just one month later.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:53 pm

In Missouri, two political suicides have stunned the Republican Party. In February, state Auditor Tom Schweich, a leading candidate for the party's nomination for governor, shot himself. Then just last month, his press secretary, Spence Jackson, took his own life. The tragedies have sparked fresh scrutiny of Missouri's increasingly bruising political system.

Schweich launched his campaign for governor with a scathing broadside against the state's Republican Party establishment.

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Parallels
1:29 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Rome's Plan For Prostitutes Upsets Sex Workers And The Catholic Church

The Sts. Peter and Paul Basilica is in Rome's EUR district. The area has seen a rise in prostitution, and authorities have approved plans for a red light zone where prostitution will be officially tolerated in certain areas. While much of the community appears to support the move, Catholic groups are among those opposed, saying it legitimizes the exploitation of women.
Filippo Monteforte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 7:40 am

On Rome's southern outskirts, EUR is a middle- and upper-middle class neighborhood full of parks and office buildings. With tens of thousands of people coming and going every day, the neighborhood has also become a magnet for prostitutes.

This has upset many residents. Now, neighborhood officials are preparing to create a "zone of tolerance," which is welcomed by the local community, but not the Catholic Church or the prostitutes.

Resident Armando Grassi supports the plan to corral streetwalkers somewhere far from his home.

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The Two-Way
6:52 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

White House Says It Supports Efforts To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy

The White House said on Wednesday that it supports efforts to ban therapies aimed at converting gay and transgender minors into heterosexuals.

"Often, this practice is used on minors, who lack the legal authority to make their own medical and mental health decisions," White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said in a statement. "We share your concern about its potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer youth."

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The Two-Way
5:52 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Man Who Filmed S.C. Shooting: 'You Pay For Your Decisions In This Life'

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 7:44 pm

The man who filmed a white police officer in South Carolina shooting an unarmed black man as he was running away says he turned over the video to Walter Scott's family because it deserved to know the truth.

"I thought about his position, their situation. ... If I were to have a family member that would happen [to], I would like to know the truth," Feidin Santana told NBC News.

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Poll: Obama More Popular Than Fidel And Raúl Castro In Cuba

President Obama waves from Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Wednesday.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama is more popular among Cuban citizens in Cuba than either President Raúl Castro or former President Fidel Castro.

That's according to a new poll based on 1,200 in-person interviews conducted by Bendixen & Amandi and commissioned by Fusion and Univision.

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Shots - Health News
4:42 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Sushi Science: A 3-D View Of The Body's Wasabi Receptor

The same nerve receptor that responds to the green paste on your sushi plate is activated by car exhaust, the smoke of a wildfire, tear gas and other chemical irritants.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 5:33 pm

Researchers have discovered the exact structure of the receptor that makes our sensory nerves tingle when we eat sushi garnished with wasabi. And because the "wasabi receptor" is also involved in pain perception, knowing its shape should help pharmaceutical companies develop new drugs to fight pain.

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The Two-Way
4:41 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

United States Coast Guard ships break up ice in eastern Lake Superior on Tuesday.
Kenneth Armstrong Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:08 pm

Huge ice chunks stacked some 8 feet deep on Lake Superior have left 18 freighters stuck. The U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards have gotten involved, sending Canadian icebreakers and American vessels to help the ships break free from Whitefish Bay.

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It's All Politics
3:50 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tom Cotton: Military Action Against Iran Would Take Only 'Several Days'

Sen. Tom Cotton, who orchestrated a letter to Iran's leaders disapproving of any potential deal with their country, called the president's underlying assumptions in making a deal "wishful thinking."
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 2:14 pm

This story was updated April 9 at 4 p.m. ET.

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The Salt
3:50 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

The new Sirloin Third Pound burgers will be offered at McDonald's starting later this month, for a limited time.
Courtesy of McDonald's

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:39 pm

McDonald's has been struggling in recent years to keep pace with fast-casual chains like Five Guys and Chipotle Mexican Grill.

So the fast-food giant is testing different menu options to lure back customers. Starting later this month, McDonald's diners will be able to choose a $4.99 sandwich — the Sirloin Third Pound burger.

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Shots - Health News
3:49 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Link Between Heart Disease And Height Hidden In Our Genes

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:53 am

Shorter people are more likely than taller folks to have clogged heart arteries, and a new study says part of the reason lies in the genes.

Doctors have known since the 1950s about the link between short stature and coronary artery disease, "but the reason behind this really hasn't been completely clear," says Nilesh Samani, a cardiologist at the University of Leicester in the U.K.

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U.S.
3:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Homeless Families Wait Longer For Shelter Under Seattle's System

Homeless families outside a downtown Seattle shelter.
John Ryan KUOW

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

If you have an emergency, you dial 911. If you find yourself in need of emergency food or shelter, you can dial 211 — but help might not come very soon.

On a busy morning at Seattle's Crisis Clinic, specially trained operators such as Alex Williams, handle a flood of 211 calls.

"We do try to stress that, unfortunately, because the need is so great, it isn't likely to be immediate, and it could be months, even, before they are placed in a shelter," Williams says. "It can be frustrating and difficult to deliver that message."

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Environment
3:20 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

From Pet To Pest, Goldfish Tip Scales Of Survival In Lake's Ecosystem

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

Colorado wildlife officials believe someone released four or five pet goldfish into Teller Lake #5 a few years ago. Now, the fish number in the thousands and threaten the lake's ecosystem. Aquatic biologist Ben Swigle explains how they're trying to rid the lake of the invasive species.

News
3:01 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

More Body Cameras Are On The Way For North Charleston Police

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-S.C., discusses the fatal shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, S.C., after Scott was stopped after a traffic stop. Gilliard also explains his proposed legislation, which would mandate that police officers wear body cameras while on duty.

Law
2:42 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

In North Charleston, Video Of Police Shooting 'Sickens' City Leaders

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

Copyright 2015 Georgia Public Broadcasting. To see more, visit http://www.gpb.org/.

Asia
2:15 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Money is pouring into the stock market, but most new investors only have a middle-school education, says Texas A&M University economist Gan Li.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 7:50 am

On weekend afternoons, large crowds descend on a pair of street corners across from People's Square in downtown Shanghai to trade stock tips. Shen Yuxi has set up a homemade desk with two laptops, a big flat screen and offers insights like this:

"When a Communist Party chairman takes office, I buy stock in companies from his hometown," Shen tells a crowd of about 20 people that spills out over the sidewalk.

Recently, Shen has been buying up companies in Shaanxi, the home province of Xi Jinping, who serves as general secretary of China's Communist Party.

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Law
2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Convictions Come Down For Boston Marathon Bomber; Death Penalty Still Possible

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

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Code Switch
2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The Navajo Nation's Tax On Junk Food Splits Reservation

About 15,000 families on the Navajo Nation live without electricity. So all of their food has to be non perishable.
Laurel Morales Fronteras

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 9:19 am

This month, the Navajo Nation did something that no other tribe has successfully done and only Berkeley, Calif., has passed something similar: taxing junk food and soda.

It is an attempt by Navajo leaders to trim obesity rates that are almost three times the national average. But half of the tribe is unemployed and say they can't afford more expensive food.

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Parallels
2:13 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

The 33 Venezuelan Mayors Who Face Charges (And Oppose The President)

A woman holds up a blanket with the portrait of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma during a demonstration on Feb. 20 to protest his detention. He was arrested on charges of planning a coup, which he denies. He is one of three opposition mayors who have been jailed; more than 30 face criminal charges.
Miguel Gutierrez EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 4:23 pm

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has faced a rough time dealing with food shortages and spiraling inflation. As life gets tougher, his government has responded by cracking down on opposition leaders, and mayors in particular.

Several of the politicians have been thrown in prison and overall, 33 of 78 opposition mayors are facing legal charges.

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Latin America
2:05 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

'More Than A Handshake': How Upcoming Summit Could Impact U.S.-Cuba Thaw

Originally published on Thu April 9, 2015 12:12 pm

The Summit of the Americas is convening this week in Panama, and it's expected to feature a historic meeting between President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. Asistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson has been leading the normalization talks for the U.S., and as the summit approaches, she speaks with NPR's Melissa Block about the challenges facing the recent diplomatic thaw.

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NPR Story
1:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tsarnaev Convicted On All Charges In Marathon Bombing

A jury has convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of all 30 counts he faced stemming from the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Of the 30 charges, 17 are punishable by death.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings, but said his now-dead older brother was the driving force behind the deadly attack.

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NPR Story
1:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Police Chief 'Sickened' By S.C. Shooting Video

Anthony Scott holds a photo of himself, center, and his brothers Walter Scott, left, and Rodney Scott, right, as he talks about his brother at his home near North Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Walter Scott was killed by a North Charleston police officer after a traffic stop on Saturday. The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been charged with murder. (Chuck Burton/AP)

A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defense has been fired and faces murder charges after a bystander’s video recorded him firing eight shots at the man’s back as he ran away. The city’s mayor also said he’s ordered body cameras to be worn by every single officer on the force.

The officer, Michael Thomas Slager, has been fired, but the town will continue to pay for his health insurance because his wife is eight months pregnant, said North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, who called it a tragedy for two families.

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NPR Story
1:32 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

A New Kind Of Nuclear Reactor?

Steam billows from the cooling towers at Exelon's nuclear power generating station February 17, 2006 in Byron, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Nuclear energy is fraught. What do you do with the spent radioactive fuel rods? What happens if there’s a meltdown? These worries have led many to write the whole thing off, and some to rebel against it. But a startup in Cambridge, Mass., thinks things can be different – like, revolutionary different. Ari Daniel, with Here & Now’s tech partner IEEE Spectrum, has our story.

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