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5:58 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Toll Rises From Deadly Car Bomb In Nigerian Capital

A destroyed car is seen at the blast site in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, on Thursday. The death toll rose to 19 on Friday.
Ikechukwu Ibe Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 4:25 pm

The death toll from a car bomb in Nigeria's capital — the second in a month — has risen to 19, officials said Friday. The attack occurred days before the city is set to host a major international conference.

The explosion Thursday on a busy street in Abuja occurred near a bus station where 70 people were killed in an April 14 bombing, Reuters says. The Islamic extremist terrorist network Boko Haram claimed responsibility for last month's attack.

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Europe
5:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NATO: Russia Uses Shadow Soldiers In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We'll talk now with the commander of NATO forces, the supreme allied commander in Europe. General Philip Breedlove has been watching Russia as it took over part of Ukraine and has massed troops near another part, Eastern Ukraine. He joins us on the line now. General, welcome to the program.

GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE: Good morning. Thanks for having me aboard.

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The Two-Way
5:27 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ukraine Launches Military Operation Against Separatists In The East

Ukrainian soldiers stay near a checkpoint they seized not far from Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Friday. Ukrainian officials say two helicopters were shot down during an "anti-terror" operation against pro-Russia separatists.
Roman Pilipey EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 12:12 pm

Ukrainian forces have launched what appears to be a major operation to rout pro-Russia forces from occupied government buildings in the country's east. Two helicopters were shot down by separatists, killing the pilots, both sides report.

The move is being described by Ukraine as an "anti-terror" operation in the Slovyansk-Kramatorsk region.

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Around the Nation
5:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ohio Teenager Takes His Great-Grandmother To Prom

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DOLORES")

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Around the Nation
5:24 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Squirrel Selfie Doesn't End So Well

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Next time you think of photographing a squirrel, remember it doesn't know how to say no pictures. A teenager was in Tampa looking at colleges and spotted a squirrel. He took a selfie, himself with the squirrel. The camera flash scared the animal which leaped into a place to hide - inside the young man's shirt. It clutched his back. The teen threw himself on the ground. The squirrel ran off, possibly shaking its head about paparazzi.

It's All Politics
5:03 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Death Penalty Fades As Hot-Button Issue

Death penalty opponents set up signs April 23 at the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla., just hours before the execution of Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, who killed his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent him from testifying in a burglary case against him.
Phil Sandlin AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 8:00 am

It's almost hard to remember how dominant an issue the death penalty was a generation ago.

Crime and drugs were the top issues for voters in 1994. Not coincidentally, support for the death penalty peaked that year, at 80 percent, according to Gallup polling.

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All Songs Considered
5:03 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Drum Fill Friday With The War On Drugs Drummer Charlie Hall

Charlie Hall, drummer for the band The War On Drugs, is this week's guest quizmaster for Drum Fill Friday.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 8:30 am

If you think my picks for these weekly puzzlers were hard, try guessing the ones selected by an actual drummer. Charlie Hall, who anchors the Philadelphia-based rock group The War On Drugs, is this week's guest quizmaster. He offers an eclectic, surprising and (for me anyway) challenging batch of fills and intros to identify. See how you do!

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Economy
4:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Jobless Report May Confirm Economy Is Heating Up

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The economy nearly stalled out here in the U.S. in the beginning of the year, according to the government. That slowdown was blamed largely on winter storms that clobbered much of the country last winter. Recent data suggests the economy has warmed up. There's hope that will be confirmed this morning when the monthly job numbers for April are released. NPR's John Ydstie reports.

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NPR Story
4:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

College Applicant Had 'Fingers Crossed For A Full Ride'

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:05 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It turns out Tao's situation is common. According to the American Freshman Survey, most students were accepted by their first-choice colleges last year; that's the good news. But when you look at the students accepted by colleges - their first choice - almost half actually enrolled somewhere else for financial reasons. To find out more, our colleague David Greene spoke with Sylvia Hurtado, head of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, which conducts the survey.

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NPR Story
4:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Many Seniors Accepted To First-Choice Colleges Go Elsewhere

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

According to the American Freshman Survey, most students were accepted by their first-choice colleges last year — but almost half of them actually enrolled in other schools, primarily for financial reasons.

To find out more, Morning Edition's David Greene spoke with Sylvia Hurtado, head of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, which conducts the annual survey.


Interview Highlights

On forgoing their first-choice schools

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NPR Story
4:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Fate Of Kidnapped Nigerian School Girls Remains Unknown

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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And in Nigeria, there is still no word on the fate of more than 200 schoolgirls still in captivity after being kidnapped from a boarding school. In the two weeks since the all-girls school was attacked in the country's remote northeast, anguished parents and families have turned against a military which has been unable to rescue their daughters.

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Africa
3:40 am
Fri May 2, 2014

USAID: War Puts South Sudan Closer To Humanitarian Disaster

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. This next conversation underlines the human cost of civil war in South Sudan. Secretary of State Kerry is in that country today. He wants the president and former vice president to stop fighting. Kerry at least wants armed groups to allow in boatloads and truckloads of food. We spoke with Rajiv Shah of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which a famine early warning system.

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Education
3:25 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Feds List Schools Under Investigation For Abuse Claims

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

A Supreme Court justice famously said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. Louis Brandeis meant that publicity changes bad behavior, and this appears to be the theory followed by the U.S. Department of Education. For the first time, the department released names of colleges and universities that are currently under investigation for the way they have handled sexual assaults.

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The Salt
3:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Agribusiness Funds 'Farmland' To Counter Hollywood Message

David Loberg's family farm in Carroll, Neb., is featured in the film Farmland.
Don Holtz Ketchum

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

The movie Farmland opened in theaters Thursday. It's the latest in a string of documentaries about agriculture, like Food Inc. and King Corn.

But while the latter two films made damning accusations about the environmental and human costs of modern agribusiness, this documentary was funded by agribusiness. It tells a very different story.

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Crisis In Eastern Ukraine Takes A Deadly Turn

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. The crisis in eastern Ukraine took a deadly turn this morning. Pro-Russian gunmen in the town of Slovyansk have shot down at least two Ukrainian helicopters. Two Ukrainian troops are believed to have been killed when those helicopters crashed. The Ukrainian government also says that it has captured 10 pro-Russian checkpoints on the outskirts of Slovyansk and that it's surrounded the city.

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

General Motors Returns To Federal Bankruptcy Court

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with General Motors back in court.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: GM returns to federal bankruptcy court this morning. You will recall that company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009 and they are now asking a judge to enforce one of the provisions of that bankruptcy deal. The provision protects GM from lawsuits over automobile accidents that occurred before that time.

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Quiet Zone Shuns Cell Service, Wi-Fi

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-miles area in West Virginia where cell phones and WI-FI are banned. (This piece originally aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Morning Edition.)

Shots - Health News
3:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Obamacare Sign-Ups Show Wide Variation By State, Ethnicity

Lauren Farnsworth (left) and April Buell hand out literature in late March encouraging people to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:08 am

New numbers and demographic information released by the White House Thursday reveal some telling details about the 8 million people who selected new health insurance through HealthCare.gov and state marketplaces.

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StoryCorps
1:52 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Leaving A Dark Time Behind To 'Get Through It As A Family'

Frank Tempone with his son Jack at StoryCorps in Chicago.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

In 2009, Frank Tempone was severely depressed. He had what he calls a midlife crisis, and left his wife and three kids in Massachusetts to live on his own in Chicago.

But after two years apart, Frank came back. The entire family moved to Chicago, and Frank brought his oldest son, Jack, to StoryCorps because he wanted to apologize.

"Do you remember that time?" Frank asks Jack.

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Law
1:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 3:22 pm

A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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U.S.
1:45 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Cinco De Mayo: Whose Holiday Is It, Anyway?

Members of Dance Academy of Mexico perform during last year's Cinco de Mayo celebrations in Milwaukee.
Rick Wood Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

Across the country this weekend, Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated with festivals, music, Mexican food and plenty of bar specials.

But south of the border, the holiday merits little more than a parade in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. There, in 1862, outgunned Mexican troops defeated an invading French army.

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Movie Interviews
1:44 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Behind 'Belle': An 18th Century Portrait Ahead Of Its Time

Johann Zoffany's 18th century painting portrays Dido Elizabeth Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray.
Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 7:47 am

Director Amma Asante found the story behind her new movie, Belle, in a painting: artist Johann Zoffany's 18th century portrait of two beautiful, young English ladies, draped in silks and pearls. The twist? One is biracial.

Belle is based on the real-life story of that woman, Dido Elizabeth Belle, who was the daughter of a Royal Navy captain and the slave he met after capturing a Spanish ship.

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Parallels
1:42 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Afghan Female Cyclists: Breaking Away, And Breaking Taboos

The women of the Afghan National Cycling Federation team train outside Kabul, the capital. They face poor road conditions, terrible traffic, lots of gawking and even threats of violence in pursuit of their sport.
Peter Breslow NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

On a recent day, just west of Kabul — where the city's sooty sky gives way to fresher air — Abdul Sadiq coaches four young members of the Afghan National Cycling Federation. They're working on their riding technique while dodging the free-form traffic.

"The road is very narrow. Make sure you don't get into an accident, as you can see the cars are coming," the former competitive cyclist tells them, amid zooming vehicles and honking horns.

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All Tech Considered
1:41 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Amid The Device Hype, This Startup Is Taking Wearables To Heart

Steve Jungmann, vice president at the tech startup Quanttus, holds up an early prototype of the biometric sensors the company will use on its wearable products. The current version is much smaller.
Chris Arnold NPR

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:38 am

There's been a lot of talk about wearable devices being the next big thing in the technology world. It's easy for the hype to get ahead of the products, but there's actually some serious innovation going on.

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The Two-Way
6:46 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Microsoft Releases Fix For Critical Internet Explorer Bug

Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser shortcut shown on a laptop.
Alexander Hassenstein Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 9:09 am

Microsoft has released a fix for a critical bug that affected its Internet Explorer browser.

The vulnerability was so severe, it led the Department of Homeland Security to ask Americans to stop using the browser until a fix was released.

As we reported, the bug allows an attacker to install malicious software without the user knowing it.

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Politics
6:32 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

When College Sexual Assault Panels Fall Short, And When They Help

Dartmouth College is one of 55 colleges and universities on the Education Department's list of institutions being investigated for how they've handled sexual assault cases.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 8:45 am

Thursday, the federal government sent a message that it's taking sexual harassment on college campuses seriously. Education officials released the names of 55 schools facing investigation for their handling of sexual abuse allegations.

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The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

NBA Panel Moves Forward With Attempt To Oust Clippers Owner

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

An NBA panel of 10 owners or their proxies voted unanimously on Thursday to move forward with an attempt to oust Donald Sterling from the basketball league.

In a statement, Executive Vice President of Communications Mike Bass said:

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The Salt
4:15 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Mamma Mia! Italian Chains Make Fast-Food Fare Look Light

At 820 calories, Maggiano's tiramisu packs in more than the tiramisu served at Olive Garden (510 calories) or Macaroni Grill (690 calories). But it pales in comparison with the version served at Carrabba's, which has 1,060 calories.
Maggiano's

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:13 am

A Mediterranean diet is all the rage, but don't confuse this healthful pattern of eating for what you're likely to be served in popular Italian-style chains.

A new report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest finds some astronomical calorie counts at these restaurants. Not to mention sodium.

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The Two-Way
4:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oklahoma Issues Timeline Of Botched Execution

Clayton Lockett died during a botched execution on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 5:21 pm

Robert Patton, the chief of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, offered a detailed timeline on Thursday of the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett.

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A Blog Supreme
3:38 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The 2014 Jazz At Lincoln Center Gala Concert

Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in concert.
Brad Barket Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:54 pm

Tonight's concert has concluded.

Jazz at Lincoln Center presents its annual gala concert, featuring an all-star lineup including host Billy Crystal and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra directed by Wynton Marsalis.

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