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12:29 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Prosecution Rests In Case Against Admitted Boston Marathon Bomber

In this March 5, 2015 file courtroom sketch, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, center, is depicted between defense attorneys Miriam Conrad, left, and Judy Clarke, right, during his federal death penalty trial in Boston.
Jane Flavell Collins AP

After presenting emotional testimony about the the physical damage one of the bombs inflicted on 8-year-old Martin Richard, the prosecution rested in its case against admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

NPR's Tovia Smith is inside the court room and she's been Tweeting about the trial. She reports:

After that testimony, Tsarnaev's defense attorneys did not have any questions, so the prosecution rested its case.

The AP reports:

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The Two-Way
11:52 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Ex-Feds Accused Of Pocketing Bitcoins During Investigation

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:52 pm

Two former federal agents accused of stealing bitcoins have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and related offenses, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

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The Two-Way
10:51 am
Mon March 30, 2015

An Unexpected Wilderness Cam At Britain's 10 Downing Street

A fox runs past the door of 10 Downing Street in London on Monday.
Justin Tallis AFP/Getty Images

Things are getting wild at the British prime minister's residence. No, that's not a reference to the official start of the 2015 election campaign: Photographers who staked out 10 Downing Street today captured images of a fox slinking past the door of the famous residence.

And that's not the only animal that appeared at Prime Minister David Cameron's door today. His cat, Larry, popped out for some fresh air — and shared an awkward moment with a police dog.

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The Two-Way
10:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Ex-Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert waits in a courtroom in Jerusalem's District Court on Monday. The court later found him guilty of accepting bribes in a retrial on corruption charges.
Abir Sultan AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:14 am

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty of accepting money from a U.S. supporter. Olmert was convicted last year on separate corruption charges.

Monday's decision reversed a 2012 ruling that had acquitted Olmert, who was prime minister from 2006 to 2009.

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Shots - Health News
10:23 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying

Dan Swangard, a 48-year-old physician from San Francisco, was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of metastatic cancer.
Anna Gorman/KHN

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:55 pm

Dan Swangard knows what death looks like.

As a physician, he has seen patients die in hospitals, hooked to morphine drips and overcome with anxiety. He has watched death drag on for weeks or months as terrified relatives stand by helplessly.

Recently, however, his thoughts about how seriously ill people die have become personal. Swangard was diagnosed in 2013 with a rare form of metastatic cancer.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Mon March 30, 2015

1 Person Killed After Car Tried To Ram Security Gate At NSA

After a car attempted to crash a gate outside the NSA Monday morning, Maryland state police blocked the freeway entrance that accesses the agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 12:24 pm

A car that was intercepted near the security gate of the National Security Agency's headquarters at Fort Meade, Md., was fired upon Monday morning, in a clash that left one of the car's occupants dead.

Authorities tell NPR's Dina Temple-Raston that after two suspects tried to ram a vehicle into the entrance gate, one suspect was shot dead and the other was injured by NSA security guards.

The violence took place in Anne Arundel County, where officials say the investigation is being handled by NSA police. Fort Meade lies between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md.

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Goats and Soda
9:28 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Bill Gates Tells The World: Get Ready For The Next Epidemic

Health workers suit up for Ebola duty in Monrovia, Liberia.
John W. Poole/NPR

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 4:29 pm

"An epidemic is one of the few catastrophes that could set the world back drastically in the next few decades," Bill Gates warns in an essay he wrote for the March 18 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine.

In the article, titled "The Next Epidemic — Lessons From Ebola," he says the Ebola epidemic is a "wake-up call."

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Indiana GOP To Revisit Law; Paper Weighs In With Full Page Editorial

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (left) and House Speaker Brian C. Bosma, both Republicans, discuss their plans for clarifying the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a news conference today at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 9:19 pm

Update, 11:17 p.m. ET

The Indianapolis Star's editorial board is weighing in on the matter, rather loudly, in tomorrow's edition.

Update, 8:55 p.m. ET:

Two Democrat-dominated state governments, Connecticut and Washington state, joined the boycott against Indiana on Monday.

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The Salt
9:24 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

Ann contemplates the little known Fifth Question: What exactly is this?
NPR

Editor's Note: This story was originally published in April 2014.

Why is this Sandwich Monday different from all other Sandwich Mondays? In honor of Passover, I introduced my non-Jewish colleagues to the wonders of the Passover lunch.

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Bangladeshi Blogger Hacked To Death; 2 Students Arrested

Shilpi, a cousin of Bangladeshi blogger Washiqur Rahman, is seen outside a morgue at the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday. The blogger was hacked to death Monday morning by three men in the capital, police said.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 3:20 pm

A Bangladeshi blogger has been hacked to death in the country's capital, Dhaka, and police have arrested two students at an Islamic seminary in connection with the slaying. Washiqur Rahman's killing comes a month after a deadly attack on another blogger in the capital by Islamists.

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Oops: World Leaders' Personal Data Mistakenly Released

(From left) French President Francois Hollande, President Obama, and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014.
Glenn Hunt AP

With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office.

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Monkey See
8:31 am
Mon March 30, 2015

5 Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

Seen here in 2012, Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the new host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central.
Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:03 am

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The Two-Way
7:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Trevor Noah Will Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

Trevor Noah, 31, will become the new host of The Daily Show later this year.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:26 pm

South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years.

Confirming reports of his new job Monday morning, Noah tweeted, "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Germanwings Crash: Co-Pilot Was Treated For Suicidal Tendencies

Airplanes' contrails streak the sky close to where a Germanwings plane crashed last week, in Seyne les Alpes, France.
Thomas Lohnes Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 9:59 am

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week with 150 passengers on board, received treatment for suicidal tendencies for several years before he became a pilot, a German prosecutor says.

Christoph Kumpa, a spokesman for Duesseldorf investigators, says Lubitz "had been in treatment of a psychotherapist because of what is documented as being suicidal at that time."

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The Two-Way
5:27 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Sticking Points In Iran Nuclear Talks: Sanctions And A Fuel Stockpile

Ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wait Monday for the opening of a plenary session on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau-Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 9:33 am

With Tuesday's deadline for an international deal on Iran's nuclear program approaching, foreign ministers from Iran and six world powers are trying to hash out an agreement. The debate currently centers on where Iran's nuclear fuel should be stored, and how — and when — economic sanctions should be lifted.

Other details, such as rules controlling enrichment, the length of the deal and how it would be enforced, also remain unsettled.

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Around the Nation
5:13 am
Mon March 30, 2015

4-year-old Girl Boards Bus Alone At 3 A.M. To Get A Slushie

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

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Around the Nation
5:05 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Twitter Account Chronicles Adventures Of 'Florida Man'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

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Europe
4:46 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Recovery Efforts Continue For Victims of Germanwings Crash

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

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Iraq
4:38 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Tikrit Battle: U.S. And Iran-Backed Militias Are On The Same Side

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Clinton's Email Drama Hasn't Had Much Effect On 2016 Prospects

Hillary Clinton listens to another panelist during an event at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 1:38 pm

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy's Select Committee on Benghazi announced Friday in a statement that Hillary Clinton had wiped her private email server clean; that the committee is getting no additional emails from her; that it's leaving open the possibility of a third-party investigation; and that Republicans are promising to bring Clinton in for more questioning.

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NPR Story
3:37 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Employers And Insurers Gain Control In Workers' Compensation Disputes

Frances Stevens uses a custom ramp leading to her van. An accident at work in 1997 left her unable to walk. She received full workers' compensation benefits until two years ago, when the insurer withdrew her medications and home health aide. Her lawsuit is a test of California's use of anonymous, independent medical reviewers.
Glenna Gordon for ProPublica

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:41 am

Frances Stevens could have been a contender. She was training to be a Golden Gloves boxer and working as a magazine publisher in 1997 when 1,000 copies of the latest issue arrived at her San Francisco office.

"I'd just turned 30. I was an athlete. I had a job that I loved, a life that I loved," she recalls. "And in a second my life changed."

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U.S.
3:37 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Open Cases: Why One-Third Of Murders In America Go Unresolved

Detective Mark Williams (right) speaks with an officer in Richmond, Va. A decade ago, amid a surge in violent crime, Richmond police were identifying relatively few murder suspects. So the police department refocused its efforts to bring up its "clearance rate."
Alex Matzke for NPR

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:22 pm

If you're murdered in America, there's a 1 in 3 chance that the police won't identify your killer.

To use the FBI's terminology, the national "clearance rate" for homicide today is 64.1 percent. Fifty years ago, it was more than 90 percent.

And that's worse than it sounds, because "clearance" doesn't equal conviction: It's just the term that police use to describe cases that end with an arrest, or in which a culprit is otherwise identified without the possibility of arrest — if the suspect has died, for example.

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Mental Health
3:29 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Iran Nuclear Talks Bog Down As Tuesday Deadline Approaches

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:49 am

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Middle East
3:27 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Yemenis Pay The Price For Saudi Arabia-Iran Rivalry

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 9:50 pm

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U.S.
3:12 am
Mon March 30, 2015

How Many Crimes Do Your Police 'Clear'? Now You Can Find Out

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 3:22 pm

Violent crime in America has been falling for two decades. That's the good news. The bad news is, when crimes occur, they mostly go unpunished.

In fact, for most major crimes, police don't even make an arrest or identify a suspect. That's what police call "clearing" a crime; the "clearance rate" is the percentage of offenses cleared.

In 2013, the national clearance rate for homicide was 64 percent, and it's far lower for other violent offenses and property crimes.

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Voting In Nigeria Affected By Isolated Violence And Irregularities

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:33 am

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Congressional Panels Probe Opiate Prescriptions At Wis. VA Hospital

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Politics In The News: Religious Freedom Act

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

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Code Switch
3:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

In New York's Multinational Astoria, Diversity Is Key To Harmony

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens holds classes for people who are learning English as a second language. A teacher leads the class in a rendition of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Night."
Alexandra Starr NPR

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:38 am

Queens, N.Y., is one of the most diverse urban spaces in the world, and one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens is Astoria, across the East River from upper Manhattan.

Astoria has a reputation as New York City's Greektown, but it's more like an urban United Nations. People from nearly 100 countries live there, according to census data.

They coexist pretty peacefully, but that wasn't always the case. The explosion of diversity has helped foster a more tranquil community.

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