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Parallels
2:29 am
Mon May 25, 2015

An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

Surfer Alexis Gazzo (left) is helping train specialized lifeguards who will survey the waters around popular beaches in Reunion for sharks. Shark attacks have gone up sharply along the coast of the Indian Ocean island, with seven people killed in recent years.
Emma Jacobs for NPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 12:56 pm

The 850,000 people who live on the island of Reunion, which lies east of Madagascar, depend on the Indian Ocean that surrounds them. Many homes are near the sea. The beaches attract tourists.

But the ocean has also become a source of dread for this French island. Since 2011, sharks have attacked 16 people, killing seven of them. It's a sharp jump from previous years and has left islanders at a loss as to why.

Bishop Talon, 22, was attacked off a beach called Étang-Sale in February. She died a few hours later from her injuries.

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Back At Base
1:39 am
Mon May 25, 2015

On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

A memorial honors Staff Sgt. John Henry McCarthy on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Colborne Road in Boston.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 6:08 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Walk through a town square this Memorial Day and you might just see a marker or monument commemorating sacrifice in war. On it: The name of an American who died in combat.

In some parts of the city of Boston, there are markers on nearly every corner.

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U.S.
6:28 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Death Toll Rises After Storms Barrel Through Plains, Midwest

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 1:25 am

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes.

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Arts & Life
5:58 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

In this Nov. 6, 2003, file photo, Jerry Stiller and his wife Anne Meara pose on the set of The King of Queens, at Sony Studio in Culver City, Calif. Meara, whose comic work with Stiller helped launch a 60-year career in film and TV, has died. She was 85. Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday, May 23, 2015.
Stefano Paltera Associated Press

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 10:54 pm

Anne Meara, the loopy, lovable comedian who launched a standup career with husband Jerry Stiller in the 1950s and found success as an actress in films, on TV and the stage, has died.

Jerry Stiller and son Ben Stiller say Meara died Saturday. No other details were provided.

The Stiller family released a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday describing Jerry Stiller as Meara's "husband and partner in life."

"The two were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long," the statement said.

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History
4:54 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

In New England, Recognizing A Little-Known History Of Slavery

The new African Burying Ground Memorial Park was dedicated on Saturday in Portsmouth, N.H.
Emily Corwin NHPR

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 5:27 am

Two men are sliding nine pine coffins into a vault in the ground on Chestnut Street in downtown Portsmouth, N.H. The remains were disinterred in 2003, part of a long-forgotten burial ground for African slaves discovered during routine road work. Now, they are being reburied among 200 other long forgotten men and women as part of Portsmouth's new African Burying Ground Memorial Park.

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Environment
4:03 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

The Speck air quality monitor costs $200, but is available to all through Pittsburgh's public library system.
Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 4:54 pm

Air pollution comes from many sources — power plants, industrial production and fires, to name a few. In Pittsburgh, the most polluted city east of California, according the American Lung Association, avoiding dirty air while outdoors can be difficult, if not impossible. But a new device, available through the public library system, helps people identify and reduce bad air quality inside their homes.

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Food
3:18 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

How Dangerous Is Powdered Alcohol?

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 4:54 pm

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Remembrances
3:18 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 4:54 pm

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Interviews
3:18 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

'It's For You To Know That You Forgive,' Says Holocaust Survivor

Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor sits in a courtroom in Lueneburg, northern Germany, on April 21, 2015. She testified at the trial of 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening.
Julian Stratenschulte AP

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 4:54 pm

Around this time 70 years ago, following the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in Europe, the world was coming to grips with the scale of the holocaust, and how to deal with crimes so horrendous, they're almost incomprehensible.

That process is still ongoing.

Right now in Germany, a 93-year-old former Nazi who served at Auschwitz is on trial. Holocaust survivor Eva Kor flew to Germany to testify about her experience in the camp.

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The Two-Way
1:45 pm
Sun May 24, 2015

Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

Defense Secretary Ash Carter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this month. In an interview on CNN Sunday, Carter complained that Iraqi forces lacked "the will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:04 am

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State and that they lost western Anbar province to the extremist group despite outnumbering their opponents.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

Malaysian authorities say they've discovered numerous gravesites in at least 17 abandoned camps used by human smugglers along the Thai-Malay border. The dozens or possibly hundreds of bodies are thought to be migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Voice of America quotes Malaysia's Home Minister Zahid Hamidi as telling reporters today that the graves had been found near villages used by people traffickers.

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The Two-Way
8:58 am
Sun May 24, 2015

'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

Princeton University professor John Nash speaks during a news conference at the university in Oct. 1994 after being named the winner of the Nobel Prize for economics.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 9:00 am

Updated at 12:01 p.m. ET

John Forbes Nash Jr., the Nobel laureate known for his groundbreaking work on game theory and differential equations, was killed along with his wife in a taxi crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, police say. He was 86.

His death was first reported by NJ.com citing a police official. NPR has confirmed the report through longtime colleague Louis Nirenberg. The couple were killed on Saturday.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (center) gestures next to Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis (left) and Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Minister Nikos Voutsis. Voutsis says Greece may miss its next debt payment.
Alkis Konstantinidis Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 8:17 am

Greece is warning that unless it can reach a deal with its creditors, it will be unable to make a debt payment to the International Monetary Fund next month.

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis, speaking on Greek television, said bluntly that four installments totaling 1.6 billion euros ($1.76 billion) "will not be given and is not there to be given."

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

Vehicles pass by a landslide area after the earthquake in Gorkha district last week. A fresh landslide in the same area has cut off a major river, threatening villages downstream.
Navesh Chitrakar Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:48 am

Hundreds of villagers in Nepal have fled to higher ground after a landslide Sunday cut off the flow of a major river, creating a dam that could burst at any time, inundating towns downstream.

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, reports that authorities are warning residents that the blockage of the Kali Gandaki River could burst and that torrents of water could sweep away villages for miles downstream.

"We have asked villagers along the river side in these districts to move to safer places," Interior Ministry official Laxmi Prasad Dhakal told Reuters.

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Latin America
6:38 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

Panama's former President Ricardo Martinelli answers questions during an interview at a hotel in Guatemala City in January.
Moises Castillo AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:40 am

Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli wasn't always rich.

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Martinelli started off as a credit officer at Citibank in Panama. He bought one business, then another. Among his holdings is the country's largest supermarket chain, Super 99, known for bargain prices and catchy jingles.

But while his jingles may get Panamanian's hips moving, Martinelli's alleged pilfering and profiteering make their blood boil.

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Around the Nation
5:36 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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Europe
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

To Build Up Its Historical Image, Macedonia Is Going Baroque

A statue of Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, depicts her as pregnant with her famous son. It's part of a monument to Alexander's family in Skopje, the Macedonian capital.
Joanna Kakissis NPR

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 1:23 pm

Martin Panovski used to like hanging out in the center of his hometown, Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, a tiny Balkan nation that was, until 1991, part of Yugoslavia. Skopje's an old city, with complex, multi-ethnic layers of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman history.

"Even the communist era produced some interesting contemporary architecture," says Panovski, an architect in hip eyeglasses.

The nationalist government of prime minister Nikola Gruevski did not agree. "The capital did not look European," says Nikola Zezov, a historian and Gruevski supporter. "It looked boring."

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Asia
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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Parallels
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

Mourners attend the May 14 funeral of Hezbollah fighter Ahmad al-Amin in Babliyeh, Lebanon. Hezbollah is fighting alongside the Syrian army and Amin was killed while fighting in Syria's Qalamoun mountains against Nusra Front, al-Qaida's branch in Syria. The Syrian army has suffered multiple setbacks recently, but Hezbollah did help dislodge rebel fighters along the Syria-Lebanon border.
Mohammad Zaatari AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:43 am

The dirt roads on the border between Syria and Lebanon wind across a mountain range dotted with little wildflowers.

It's windswept and deserted except for a few hilltop outposts with clumps of gray tents, machine-gun nests and flags that fly the green and gold colors of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement.

These posts are new. In a three-week offensive, Hezbollah has worked with Syrian government forces and other allies to push rebel fighters out of a chunk of territory that the rebels held along this border for two years.

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Research News
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Author Says Researcher Faked Gay Marriage Opinon Study

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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Middle East
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

As ISIS Expands Its Control, U.S. Policy Is Questioned

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Cleveland Police Arrest Protesters After Officer's Aquittal

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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Around the Nation
5:31 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 9:15 am

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The Two-Way
3:34 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Controversy Follows As Activists Cross North-South Korean Border

Gloria Steinem and South Korean peace activists march along a military fence at a checkpoint after crossing the border separating North and South Korea.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:53 am

The much-publicized peace walk across the inter-Korean border was really a bus ride. South Korean immigration officials insisted that a group of 30 international women, including American feminist pioneer Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Prize laureates, take a ride across the border for their own safety.

Still, Steinem said, just getting agreement to cross at all — from two nations still technically at war — counts as a win.

"It was an enormous, enormous triumph," Steinem said, after crossing into the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone.

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The Two-Way
12:48 am
Sun May 24, 2015

Dozens Of Cleveland Protesters Arrested After Officer's Acquittal

A protestor films riot police Saturday as they advance on a small march against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a Cleveland patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:04 am

Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET

Cleveland police in riot gear made a number of arrests Saturday night, as protesters poured into the streets, angry over the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects.

Reuters says a total of 71 arrests were made.

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Television
4:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Alfonso Ribeiro Wants To Let 'Funniest Home Videos' Shine

Alfonso Ribeiro, best known as Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air will host America's Funniest Home Videos for its 26th season starting in the fall.
Sam Diephuis

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

America's Funniest Home Videos has a new host.

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Environment
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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Law
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Cleveland Simmers In Wake Of Officer's Manslaughter Acquittal

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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Afghanistan
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Notes On A Month Spent Embedded In Afghanistan

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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Our own producer, Rebecca Hersher, is just back from a six-week reporting trip where she was embedded with the Afghan army. Now she's back with me in the studio. Hi Becky, good...

REBECCA HERSHER, BYLINE: Hi.

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NPR Story
3:01 pm
Sat May 23, 2015

Love — And Legalization — Is In The Eire For Irish Same-Sex Couples

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 7:49 pm

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