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1:19 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Indian Farmer's Apparent Suicide Sparks Political Backlash

An Indian National Congress party worker on Thursday pays tribute to Gajendra Singh, a farmer who committed suicide during a candlelight vigil in New Delhi the previous day.
Rajay Gupta EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:05 pm

The apparent suicide of a farmer at a rally in central Delhi has turned into a political mud-slinging contest.

Gajendra Singh, reportedly in his 40s, was found hanging from a tree during a rally in New Delhi earlier this week. His death has quickly become a powerful symbol for disaffected and destitute farmers who oppose a government push to loosen restrictions on industrial acquisition of farmland.

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The Salt
1:16 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

How Texas Ranchers Try To Clinch The Perfect Rib-Eye

Donnell Brown and another cowboy move a grouping of bulls from one pen to another on rib-eye ultrasound day in March at the R.A Brown Ranch.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:03 pm

We're heading into grilling season, which means breaking out the burgers and brats. But if you're a true meat lover, the slab you'll want to be searing is the rib-eye.

The rib-eye is the bestselling cut of beef in America both at the supermarket and the steakhouse, according to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association.

Beef lovers go crazy for it because of its marbling — the network of fat within muscles that melts on the grill and makes the steak juicy and tender.

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Middle East
1:14 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Saudi Bombing In Yemen Has Led To New Gains For Al-Qaida

Reporter Gregory Johnsen talks with Fresh Air's Dave Davies about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and how the chaos is impacting the U.S. fight against al-Qaida. Johnsen describes a country torn apart. "I don't even think it's accurate to speak of Yemen as one country anymore," he says. "I think the country has been definitively and decisively broken in the way that no one will ever be able to put it back together again."

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Music
1:14 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Dwight Yoakam's 'Second Hand Heart' Is First Class

Dwight Yoakam has been making music that mixes country with rock 'n' roll since the 1970s. Working out of Los Angeles rather than Nashville, he's built a career that has also included a solid acting career, appearing in movies like 1996's Sling Blade and the recent TV series Under the Dome. Yoakam's new album is called Second Hand Heart, and Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker says it's one of Yoakam's most stylistically diverse.

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NPR Story
12:37 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

'Full House' Is Latest Old TV Hit To Be Revived

The '90s sitcom will return as "Fuller House" on Netflix. John Stamos will reprise his role, along with some – though not all – of his costars. (ABC)

If “Full House” was a major part of your childhood, you might get a kick out of this. Netflix announced this week that it’s coming back – as “Fuller House.”

John Stamos – or Uncle Jesse – will produce the new series, and will also reprise his role, along with some of his old co-stars (though not all).

“Full House” is just the latest in a parade of old favorites that seem to be returning to television. There’s also “Arrested Development,” “The X-Files,” “Coach,” “Twin Peaks,” “Boy Meets World” (reimagined as “Girl Meets World”), “Bewitched” and the list goes on.

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NPR Story
12:37 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Social Media Buzz: From Senate Cook To Jamaican Dance Halls

Senate cook Bertrand Olotara is pictured in this screenshot from a Guardian video.

Mike Barry of The Guardian joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to look at how the news is reverberating on social media. The stories include:

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NPR Story
12:37 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Proposal To Close Loophole Looks At Who Is A Farmer

Farmer Levi Greuel spends a sunny Saturday afternoon fixing up his farm equipment and tearing down an old wooden barn in preparation for planting season. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned, by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules, according to regulators, members of Congress and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking aim at what is known as the “actively engaged” loophole, which has been gaping for nearly three decades, by changing the qualifications for some subsidy payments.

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in January. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday after months of delay and partisan bickering.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 1:26 pm

Senate lawmakers have confirmed Loretta Lynch for the post of attorney general after a five-month delay, voting largely along party lines, with Democrats in the chamber joined by 10 Republicans supporting her nomination.

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It's All Politics
12:23 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

Loretta Lynch testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2015.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The Senate voted Thursday, 56-43, to approve the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as U.S. attorney general, ending a more than five month-long political impasse that had stalled her bid to become the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.

Lynch, 55, grew up in the shadow of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, where her family had preached for generations. Most recently, she prosecuted terrorists, mobsters and white collar criminals as the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, a district that covers 8 million people.

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Goats and Soda
12:16 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

She Got 80,000 Girls To Attend School And Won A $1.25 Million Prize

Safeena Husain says: "I educate girls." Her efforts have brought 80,000 Indian girls into school; last week she received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (above).
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation/Gabriel Diamond

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:07 am

Have you ever had an "aha" moment? Suddenly, it becomes clear you have to make a change in your life, and you actually go ahead and do it.

Safeena Husain, 43, has had three "aha" moments. She ran away from home in India to an ashram. She let her fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages to plot a new career in the U.S. And she found her true calling after a soul-shaking encounter in a Himalayan village.

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The Two-Way
11:46 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Live Tweets: Day 3 Of Boston Marathon Bombing Trial's Penalty Phase

NPR's Tovia Smith is covering the sentencing phase of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial in Boston. A jury is weighing whether the 21-year-old convicted in the bombings that killed three people and left 264 others wounded should be put to death for his crimes. Tovia will be tweeting developments as they happen.

The Two-Way
11:36 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Giovanni Lo Porto, Slain Italian Aid Worker, Loved Pakistan And Its People

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:42 pm

Giovanni Lo Porto, the Italian aid worker inadvertently killed in a U.S. operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, was abducted Jan. 19, 2012, soon after he arrived in Pakistan to begin work for a German NGO.

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National Security
11:03 am
Thu April 23, 2015

U.S. Counterterrorism Operations Kill 2 Hostages Of Al-Qaida

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And al-Qaida is at the center of a pretty stunning announcement from the White House this morning. President Obama said two hostages of al-Qaida, including an American, were killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.

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Shots - Health News
10:15 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

A color-enhanced cerebral MRI showing a glioma tumor.
Scott Camazine Science Source

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:03 pm

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.

That's the conclusion of a paper in Cell published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Warren Weinstein, American Killed In U.S. Operation, Was Veteran Aid Worker

This image made from video released to reporters in Pakistan in 2013 shows Warren Weinstein, the U.S. aid worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida in 2011. The White House says Weinstein and another hostage were inadvertently killed during U.S. counterterrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January.
AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:36 pm

Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET

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NPR History Dept.
9:36 am
Thu April 23, 2015

7 Lost American Slang Words

In the Roaring '20s, flappers were dancing and slang was advancing.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 5:13 am

In American English, some slang words come and go. And some stay and stay.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Thu April 23, 2015

U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:31 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

"I take full responsibility for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaida," Obama said.

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Goats and Soda
8:39 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Feeling Blue? Share A Laugh With Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho bust some moves at the 2015 Skoll World Forum.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

The term "living legend" is tossed around so much that it really doesn't have much sway.

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Shots - Health News
7:45 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

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Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:34 am

For the first time, scientists have edited DNA in human embryos, a highly controversial step long considered off limits.

Junjiu Huang and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, performed a series of experiments involving 86 human embryos to see if they could make changes in a gene known as HBB, which causes the sometimes fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.

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The Two-Way
7:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

EU Leaders Pledge More Ships To Patrol Mediterranean For Migrants

In this photo made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, on Wednesday.
Alessandro Di Meo AP

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:04 am

Updated at 5:50 p.m. ET

The European Union has agreed to more ships, planes and helicopters to patrol the Mediterranean in hopes of stopping migrants from Africa and the Middle East and stopping people smugglers who facilitate them.

At an emergency summit in Brussels, Britain pledged three ships, while Germany and France said they would provide two each. Belgium, Ireland, Latvia and Lithuania were also to supply ships, patrol boats and helicopters.

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The Two-Way
7:03 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Watch A Time-Lapse Video Of The Calbuco Volcano Erupting In Chile

Chile's Calbuco volcano is seen from the town of Puerto Montt on Wednesday, as it spews a high column of ash and lava.
Diego Main AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:24 am

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted this week for the first time in four decades. Quiet since 1972, it's blown twice since Wednesday, generating striking images and concerns over the effects of both the lava and a mammoth cloud of ash.

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Thu April 23, 2015

To Get More Students Through College, Give Them Fewer Choices

Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success by Thomas R. Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins
Harvard University Press

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 9:18 am

How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy?

In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were 10 times more likely to actually buy.

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Around the Nation
5:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Dad's Drone Follows Daughter To School

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Around the Nation
5:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Colorado Man Shoots His Troubled Computer

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with a story of an unrepentant offender. Lucas Hinch was having trouble with his Dell computer, so he did something. He took that computer into an alley in Colorado Springs, and he shot the Dell with a 9 mm pistol eight times.

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The Two-Way
5:31 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Petraeus Sentenced To 2 Years' Probation, Fine For Sharing Classified Info

Former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation and must pay a $100,000 fine.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:37 am

Updated at 11:34 a.m. ET Friday

Former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation and handed a $100,000 fine for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, in the form of notebooks he shared with his lover.

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The Two-Way
5:04 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Saudi Airstrikes Target Houthi Forces In Yemen, Despite Talks Of Peace

Supporters of the Shiite Houthi movement brandish weapons as they take part in a demonstration in Yemen's capital of Sanaa on Thursday, protesting the Saudi-led military "Decisive Storm" air campaign.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 8:04 am

Despite Saudi Arabia's announcement earlier this week that a coalition would wind down the nearly month-old military campaign it has been waging in Yemen, warplanes have been hitting areas under Houthi control Thursday. It's now very unclear when peace talks that were mentioned earlier this week might occur.

From Riyadh, NPR's Leila Fadel reports for our Newscast unit:

"The Saudis had said that although strikes were ending, they would use force against Houthi movements inside the poor Gulf country.

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The Two-Way
4:38 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Michael Brown's Parents File Civil Suit Against Ferguson And Former Officer

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:34 pm

The parents of Michael Brown, the unarmed man whom a Ferguson, Mo., police officer shot and killed last August, have filed a civil lawsuit against the city, along with former police chief Thomas Jackson and Darren Wilson, the now-former officer who shot Brown, 18.

The lawsuit was filed by Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden at the St. Louis County Courthouse Thursday morning. It says Wilson "unjustifiably shot and killed" Brown, using "an unnecessary and unreasonable" amount of force.

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Politics
3:06 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Congressional Battle Brews Over Bill To Extend NSA Data Collection

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:15 pm

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Media
3:06 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Secret Papers Reveal Islamic State's Structure

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:41 am

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Around the Nation
3:06 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Early 'Breakfast Club' Script Found At Chicago High School

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:41 am

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