Sports
2:37 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

NBA Weighs Penalties After Sterling's Alleged Race Remarks Surface

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:18 pm

Controversy is swirling around racist comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The NBA is exploring its potential responses as it investigates the allegations.

It's All Politics
2:29 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Back From Recess, Congress Opens With Scandal

Republican Rep. Michael Grimm of Staten Island arrives for a news conference outside a courthouse in New York on Monday after being indicted on federal charges following a two-year investigation.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 3:11 pm

A former FBI agent turned congressman from New York gets indicted on charges ranging from evading taxes and employing undocumented workers to lying under oath while a member of the U.S. House.

A married congressman from Louisiana announces he won't run again, just weeks after being caught on video in a passionate clutch with a married staffer.

And this in the wake of the recent resignation of former GOP Rep. Trey Radel of Florida, busted for attempting to buy cocaine in the nation's capital.

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All Tech Considered
2:01 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

If We'd Only Known About The Impending Spam

1970s NPR logo.
NPR

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:10 pm

The memo arrived on paper.

Because it was 1994.

A notice, to all NPR staff, proclaiming, "Internet is coming to NPR!"

And there was no directive to log on to this fast-growing "organization," by the way. "If you do not want to use Internet," the memo read, "simply do nothing."

You can see more highlights from NPR's pre-Internet days at the Nprchives Tumblr.

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All Tech Considered
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

As Kickstarter Evolves, Investors Watch For Next $1 Billion Idea

LIFX smart bulbs raised over $1 million on Kickstarter and a few million more from professional investors.
LIFX

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 11:12 am

Most of the projects on Kickstarter are quirky, small and artisanal — take the example of the glow-in-the-dark dog collar — but in one corner of the online bazaar, the projects are about the numbers. Some investors visit Kickstarter in search of the next billion-dollar company.

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Space
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

To Save A Satellite, Former NASA Guy Takes Crowdfunding To Space

An artist's rendering depicts the satellite ISEE-3/ICE during its planned lunar fly-by in August 2014.
Mark Maxwell Courtesy ISEE-3 Reboot Project

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:18 pm

Keith Cowing discusses his campaign to save an old 1970s NASA spacecraft from becoming space junk. ISEE-3/ICE is a satellite that was once used to monitor space weather, but it's been unused for decades. NASA doesn't want to spend the money to bring it back to life, but Cowing and his colleagues are determined to do it. If they can raise $125,000 on a crowdfunding site called RocketHub, Cowing says they'll contact ISEE-3/ICE, wake it up and put it back to good use.

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News
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Tornados Ravage Midwest, Leaving Over A Dozen Dead

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:18 pm

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This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

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Law
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Justices Troubled By Their Earlier Ruling On Public Employee Speech Rights

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:18 pm

A majority of the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court seemed disconcerted Monday by the consequences of one of the court's own rulings on the free speech rights of public employees.

Eight years ago, the conservative court majority, by a 5-4 vote, said public employees have no First Amendment protection for speech "pursuant to his official responsibilities." But Monday, in a case involving subpoenaed testimony in a criminal case, the court seemed headed in a different direction.

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Around the Nation
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Between Farmers And Frackers, Calif. Water Caught In Tussle

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 11:08 am

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Water supplies in California are tight with the state's severe drought and that's putting a spotlight on hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The controversial oil and gas extraction technique uses freshwater, which can mean millions of gallons for each fracking site.

Lauren Sommer of member station KQED reports from California's Central Valley, where tensions between oil and agriculture are on the rise.

(SOUNDBITE OF BEES)

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Parallels
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

A Search For Cervantes That Don Quixote Could Embrace

Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, circa 1600. He published The Adventures of the Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 7:52 pm

Nearly 400 years since the death of Spain's most famous writer, scientists are using ground-penetrating radar to search for Miguel de Cervantes' body.

It's believed to be buried in the foundation or walls of a 17th century convent in downtown Madrid — the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians — built in 1612 and now surrounded by 21st century tapas bars and traffic.

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Europe
2:00 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Marchers And Mayhem In Eastern Ukraine City Roiled By Protests

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:18 pm

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And I'm Robert Siegel. The U.S. and the European Union hit Russia with more sanctions today on both individuals and companies for refusing to deescalate tensions in Ukraine. In a moment, we'll hear more details about those sanctions from NPR's Scott Horsley, but first to eastern Ukraine where the new penalties did little to curb violence.

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