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Economy
3:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Chicago's Credit Rating Is Downgraded

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 pm

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Iraq
3:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Islamic State Claims To Have Seized Iraqi City of Ramadi

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 pm

The self-declared Islamic State claims to have seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with international correspondent Alice Fordham, who has reported extensively from Iraq and is following the situation from Beirut.

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U.S.
3:19 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Helping Postal Workers Fend Off An Age-Old Problem: Dog Bites

Allen Burnsworth, owner of Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Los Angeles, demonstrates how to fight off a dog attack with Flash, a trained 2-year-old Belgian Malinois.
Allie Ferguson NPR

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 7:58 am

This week, the U.S. Postal Service released its rankings for dog attacks on postal workers in 2014, and Los Angeles was No. 1 on the list. Seventy-four letter carriers in the LA area were attacked last year.

"Dog bites mailman" may be a cliche, but if you've ever been attacked by a dog, you know there's nothing funny about it.

Horace Lewis knows about that, too.

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The Two-Way
2:56 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Indonesian Military Chief Defends 'Virginity Tests' For Female Recruits

Female soldiers perform martial arts at a ceremony in Jakarta. Women in Indonesia must undergo an invasive "virginity test" to join the military.
Agung Kuncahya B. Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:26 am

Indonesia's top military commander defended a requirement that female recruits undergo an invasive "virginity test" to determine whether they are morally suited for the armed forces. His remarks follow a letter from Human Rights Watch condemning the practice.

"So what's the problem? It's a good thing, so why criticize it?" Gen. Moeldoko was quoted by The Jakarta Globe as telling reporters on Friday.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

Islamic State Claims Capture Of Iraqi City Of Ramadi

Displaced Iraqis from Ramadi rest before crossing the Bzebiz bridge as they flee toward Baghdad on Saturday.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 10:06 pm

Updated at 11:50 p.m. ET

The self-declared Islamic State claims its fighters have seized Ramadi in Iraq's western Anbar province, even as Iraqi officials disagreed on whether the city was lost and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi ordered Shiite militias not to abandon their positions.

In a statement, the extremist group said it seized tanks and killed "dozens of apostates," referring to Iraqi security forces, according to Reuters. A spokesman for the governor of Anbar province also said the city had fallen to ISIS.

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The Two-Way
1:01 pm
Sun May 17, 2015

20 Years After China Seized Boy Monk, Tibetans Call For His Release

Members of Exile Tibetan Women Association protest to demand the immediate release of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, during a gathering to mark the 20th anniversary of his disappearance, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday.
Tsering Topgyal AP

Two decades after a 6-year-old boy designated as Tibetan Buddhism's second most important spiritual leader was swept up by Chinese authorities and never heard from again, the Dalai Lama's government-in-exile has renewed a call for his release.

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Asia's Governments Talk As Desperate Rohingyas Wait At Sea

Migrants as their boat is towed away by a Thai navy vessel, in waters near Koh Lipe island, on Saturday. Thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshis have been turned away by Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 1:34 pm

At least 1,000 desperate Rohingya migrants from Myanmar remain stranded on boats in the Andaman Sea with little food or water as the nations of Southeast Asia seem no closer to resolving the problem of where — or even whether — they will come ashore.

As Michael Sullivan reports from Thailand, the region's countries have begun leaning on Myanmar to take action to stop the flow.

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The Two-Way
8:52 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Palestinian Nuns Among Latest Saints Declared By Pope Francis

Pope Francis greets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a canonization ceremony for four nuns, including two Palestinians, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Sunday.
Alessandra Tarantino AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:58 pm

Two nuns from 19th-century Palestine are now saints after being canonized by Pope Francis, in a move seen as aimed at encouraging Christians across the Middle East who are facing persecution by Islamist extremists.

According to The Associated Press:

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Burundi's President Makes First Public Appearance Since Coup Attempt

President Pierre Nkurunziza makes a brief statement at the presidential palace in Bujumbura, Burundi, on Sunday. In his first appearance since a failed coup against his government, Nkurunziza, didn't mention the unrest.
Jerome Delay AP

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:48 pm

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose government survived a coup attempt last week, has made his first appearance in the capital since the unsuccessful attempt to oust him, warning of the threat from the extremist al-Shabab movement in Somalia.

According to AP:

"Nkurunziza made a brief statement to journalists in the foyer of his heavily guarded presidential offices in Bujumbura Sunday morning. He did not mention the failed coup plot against him or the protests that have rocked Burundi for weeks over his bid for a third term in office."

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It's All Politics
7:39 am
Sun May 17, 2015

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Serve Up Ice Cream, Cheese And Red Meat To Iowans

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker offers cheese and ice cream to guests in his hospitality room at the Iowa Lincoln Day Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:51 am

GOP presidential hopefuls spent Saturday night serving up ice cream, cheese and political red meat to potential Iowa caucus voters.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Sun May 17, 2015

WATCH: Tornado Skirts Past Cows In Oklahoma

A tornado in Elmer, Okla., on Saturday.
TVNWeather.com YouTube

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:21 pm

Tornadoes in western Oklahoma damaged homes, brought down power lines and otherwise caused havoc Saturday evening, but no casualties have been reported.

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Sun May 17, 2015

4 ISIS Leaders Reportedly Among 32 Killed In U.S. Raid, Airstrikes

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:44 pm

At least four leaders of the self-declared Islamic State, including Abu Sayyaf, were among 32 members of the extremist group killed in airstrikes and a U.S. Special Forces raid inside Syria, according to U.K.-based monitors.

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Asia
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Blogging In Bangladesh Is A Deadly Occupation

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 8:44 am

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Around the Nation
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

As Amtrak's Train Cars Age, Ridership Skew Young

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 1:38 pm

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Health Care
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Ebola Doctor To Grads: Enter The Suffering Of Others

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 8:44 am

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Around the Nation
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Train Engineer: You Have To Be 'Ready To Act'

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 8:44 am

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Politics
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

GOP Presidential Race Revs Its Motors At Iowa Dinner

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 5:14 pm

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The Salt
6:32 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Assault On Salt: Uruguay Bans Shakers In Restaurants And Schools

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 12:51 pm

A typical Uruguayan asado, or barbecue, is made up of vast racks of prime cuts of beef, pork or chicken roasted on a grill next to — not on top of — a wood burning fire.

At parilla restaurants across the capitol Montevideo, the asados are pretty epic; the fatty cuts sizzle and then get slapped onto your plate, oozing with juice.

But if you want to grab a salt shaker and add a bit of extra salt to your meal these days in the Uruguayan capital, you can't.

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Shots - Health News
5:18 am
Sun May 17, 2015

Sex Ed Works Better When It Addresses Power In Relationships

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Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 6:25 pm

At schools that offer comprehensive sex education, students tend to get the biology and the basics — they'll learn about sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, how to put a condom on a banana and the like.

But some public health researchers and educators are saying that's not enough. They're making the case that sex ed should include discussion about relationships, gender and power dynamics.

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The Two-Way
5:04 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

American Pharoah Wins Preakness Stakes, Has Shot At Triple Crown

American Pharoah, ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the soggy finish line to win the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.
Patrick Smith Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 8:27 pm

American Pharoah is the king of the nation's horse races this month: in a driving rain, the Kentucky Derby winner took home top prize at the Preakness Stakes Saturday.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, he left the other horses at Pimlico Race Course eating his mud; with an unofficial time of 1:58.46, he led by an impressive seven lengths.

If he can win the Belmont Stakes on June 6, he'll be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.

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U.S.
4:07 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Coming To Terms With The Boston Marathon Bomber's Sentence

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 6:13 pm

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Afghanistan
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

New Fears Among Afghanistan's Minority Hazara Community

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:16 pm

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Africa
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Coping With Continued Violence And Uncertainty In Burundi

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:16 pm

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U.S.
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Amtrak Ordered To Improve Safety Along Northeast Corridor

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 1:59 pm

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U.S.
3:40 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

An Underground Community Of Hash Oil 'Craftsmen'

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 8:56 am

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mike Sager, who wrote for California Sunday Magazine about the makers of a marijuana concentrate called "hash oil." While using hash oil is legal in some states, making it is not.

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The Two-Way
2:53 pm
Sat May 16, 2015

Kerry Meets With China's Foreign Minister Over Disputed Islands

A photo taken days ago shows alleged on-going reclamation by China of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Ritchie B. Tongo AP

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 5:48 pm

China's foreign minister today reasserted Beijing's claims to disputed islands in the South China Sea, dismissing a push by his counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, to pursue a diplomatic solution to tensions.

NPR's Anthony Kuhn, reporting from Beijing, says Kerry called for China to halt the building of military outposts on the islands and instead focus on reaching an agreement about the area with its Southeast Asian neighbors.

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The Two-Way
11:49 am
Sat May 16, 2015

8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash Site In Nepal

Nepali army soldiers prepare for a rescue mission to the downed U.S. helicopter on Friday. Officials say the remains of all eight aboard the Huey UH-1 have been recovered.
Niranjan Shrestha AP

NPR's Julie McCarthy, reporting from New Delhi, says the remains of all eight people aboard a U.S. Marine helicopter that went down in Nepal east of the capital, Kathmandu, have been recovered.

"Nepali special forces along with U.S. Marines and Air Force personnel were inserted into the crash site early Saturday. The Joint Task Force coordinating the U.S. military's disaster relief in Nepal said they are investigation why the [UH-1 ] Huey helicopter went down."

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Unmanned Russian Rocket Burns Up Carrying Mexican Satellite

A Proton-M rocket shown in 2013. The same type of rocket malfunctioned in mid-flight on Saturday and crashed over Siberia carrying a Mexican communications satellite.
PHOTO ITAR-TASS ITAR-TASS/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:56 am

A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a Mexican telecommunications satellite experienced a malfunction minutes after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and subsequently burned up over eastern Siberia, the Russian space agency says.

According to Russian news agencies, the rocket crashed about eight minutes after launch in the sparsely populated Chita region of Siberia.

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:26 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

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Fresh Air Weekend
9:26 am
Sat May 16, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: Tom Brokaw Reflects On His 'Lucky Life'

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