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2:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Former NFL Player Aaron Hernandez Sentenced To Life In Prison

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:46 pm

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2:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Bostonians Mark 2nd Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:49 pm

Bostonians marked the second anniversary of the marathon bombing Wednesday, all while awaiting the sentencing phase of convicted bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to begin. The jury must decide on death or life in prison — a fact that hung over the day's events.

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Animals
2:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Chicago-Area Dog Flu Outbreak Rises To Over 1,000 Cases

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:52 pm

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Pet owners in the Chicago area are hearing messages like this when they check in with their veterinarians.

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Business
2:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Online Crafts Marketplace Etsy Prepares For Public Offering

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:52 pm

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Technology
2:19 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

European Union Charges Google With Antitrust Violations

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 7:21 am

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Shots - Health News
12:49 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Sequencing the genes of a cancer cell turns up lots of genetic mutations — but some of them are harmless. The goal is to figure out which mutations are the troublemakers.
Kevin Curtis Science Source

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:52 pm

It's becoming routine for cancer doctors to order a detailed genetic test of a patient's tumor to help guide treatment, but often those results are ambiguous. Researchers writing in Science Translational Medicine Wednesday say there's a way to make these expensive tests more useful.

Here's the issue: These genomic tests scan hundreds or even thousands of genes looking for mutations that cause or promote cancer growth. In the process, they uncover many mutations that scientists simply don't know how to interpret — some may be harmless.

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Shots - Health News
10:21 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Some Doctors Still Dismiss Parents' Concerns About Autism

Some doctors aren't up to date on how to assess autism symptoms in very young children.
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Most children with autism get diagnosed around age 5, when they start school. But signs of the developmental disorder may be seen as early as 1 year old.

Yet even if a parent notices problems making eye contact or other early signs of autism, some doctors still dismiss those concerns, a study finds, saying the child will "grow out of it." That can delay diagnosis and a child's access to therapy.

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NPR Ed
10:03 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Real-World Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses

With the math done, student Kendall Hood works the plasma cutter.
Jenny Brundin Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:52 pm

Building a giant steel bale feeder is hard. Try it.

Problem No. 1: Unless you live in ranch country, you probably don't even know what it's supposed to look like — regardless of whether you can build one.

Problem No. 2: Arc welding is involved.

Problem No. 3: Getting it right requires some serious math.

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Code Switch
6:39 am
Wed April 15, 2015

At Walter Scott's Funeral, An Unexpected Conversation

Mourners arrive for the funeral of Walter Scott at W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center in Summerville, S.C., on April 11, 2015.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 10:02 am

This past Saturday morning, my wife, Saadiqa, and I pulled into the parking lot of W.O.R.D. Ministries Christian Center, a little brick church surrounded by lush oak and maple trees in Summerville, S.C., where Walter Scott's funeral was about to begin. Cars were parked all over the grass and lined the surrounding streets. On the lawn, friends and families exchanged warm, tight hugs, fully dressed in sharply pressed suits, dark dresses and elegant hats despite the already blistering heat.

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Around the Nation
4:17 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Latest Protests Keep Attention On Police Killings Of Unarmed Minorities

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:11 pm

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Around the Nation
1:41 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Radio Connects North Dakota Residents Divided On Gay Rights

Joel Heitkamp smiles while broadcasting in 2009 at AM radio station KFGO in Fargo, N.D.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 5:09 am

This week, Morning Edition discusses gay rights in North Dakota, one of 13 states that still bans same-sex marriage. Wednesday's story features two men with contrasting ideologies: a liberal radio host and a conservative business owner.

North Dakota is a state where radio reigns supreme. Its communities are far apart, and shopping trips, or just visiting a neighbor, can mean a long drive. Many people have the radio on, and often it's tuned into KFGO-AM, The Mighty 790, out of Fargo.

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Shots - Health News
1:40 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Marathon Bombing Survivors Face A World That Still Feels Out Of Control

Martha and Alvaro Galvis used to travel from New Hampshire to Boston to watch the marathon every year. Both were hurt in the bombing two years ago.
Jesse Costa/WBUR

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 6:10 pm

It's just the crumb of a muffin, but Martha Galvis must pick it up. Lips clenched, eyes narrowed, she pushes it back and forth across a slick table, then in circles.

"I struggle and struggle until," Galvis pauses, concentrating all her attention on the thumb and middle finger of her left hand. She can't get them to close around the crumb.

"I try as much as I can, and if I do it, I'm so happy — so happy," she says, giggling.

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Politics
4:11 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Senate Panel Backs Bill To Allow Congressional Review Of Iran Deal

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:49 am

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously voted Tuesday in support of a bill that would give Congress a role in approving the Iran nuclear agreement.

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Law
4:08 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Chicago Offers Reparations Package To Police Torture Victims

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

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Law
3:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Immigrant-Rights Activists In Seattle Claim Victory In Child Deportation Case

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

A federal judge in Seattle has given immigrant advocates a victory. He is allowing a challenge to move forward dealing with the Obama Administration's effort to fast-track deportation hearings for immigrant children.

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History
3:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Andrew Johnson's Presidency Highlighted Issues With Vice Presidential Selection

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews University of Virginia historian Barbara Perry about the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Andrew Johnson presidency. Perry explains how he was chosen as vice president, and how he suddenly became president after President Abraham Lincoln's assassination.

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Politics
3:38 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Presidential Candidates Move Away From Public Financing

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

You can still check the box on your 1040 federal income tax return and earmark $3 for presidential public financing. This Watergate-era reform was supposed to push big money out of presidential politics, but so far this cycle, not many people have checked it.

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Goats and Soda
2:51 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Thousands Of Young Women In U.S. Forced Into Marriage

A year ago, Lina says her parents took her to Yemen because her grandmother was gravely ill. But when the family arrived, Lina's father announced that she would be getting married to a local man.
Renee Deschamps Getty Images/Vetta

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 6:13 pm

Lina describes herself as strong and independent. Born in Yemen and brought to the U.S. as a toddler, the 22-year-old now works retail at a mall to pay her way through college.

"I was raised very, very Americanized. I did sports, I did community service, I worked," Lina says. (NPR is not using her full name because she fears retribution from her family.)

When people hear her story, she says they tell her, "I never thought that this would ever happen to you."

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Around the Nation
2:23 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Famed Mountain Lion Settles In Under Los Angeles Home

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

A mountain lion named "P-22," known to prowl the Hollywood Hills, is something of a local celebrity in the Los Angeles area. And like any celebrity worth his salt, he inspired a media frenzy earlier this week when he made a cameo appearance beneath a home in LA's Los Feliz neighborhood.

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U.S.
2:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Advocates Fight To Keep Sheltered Workshops For Workers With Disabilities

Most employees at Production Unlimited say they're happy at this sheltered workshop in Watertown, N.Y. But disability advocates say they'd get paid minimum wage, enjoy socializing with nondisabled people and no longer be segregated if they get jobs in community settings.
David Sommerstein North Country Public Radio

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 9:14 pm

It's a hectic day at Production Unlimited in Watertown, N.Y. Everyone has to drop his regular work — making plastic binders, safety equipment, office supplies — for a huge order.

Beth Carpenter punches hole after hole into colored plastic tags. She and her co-workers are paid based on how fast they work, usually well below minimum wage. Carpenter has done all different kinds of tasks here for more than 15 years.

"And I like working here every day," she says. "I work here five days a week. That's why I'd like to make sure we fight to keep this place open."

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Law
2:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Atlanta Educators Handed Sentences In Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:52 am

In a fiery sentencing hearing Tuesday, a judge in Atlanta lashed out at some of the 10 former educators convicted in a grade-changing scandal. Prosecutors offered reduced sentences in exchange for apologies, but most of the former educators chose not to do that and received lengthy prison terms.

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Around the Nation
2:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

New York Mayor Announces Plan To Reduce Rikers Island Jail Population

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

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Law
2:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Tulsa Reserve Cop Turns Himself In After Accidentally Killing Unarmed Suspect

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

In Tulsa, Okla., a volunteer sheriff's deputy turned himself in Tuesday morning for manslaughter. The man says he accidentally discharged his handgun rather than his Taser in the course of an arrest, killing an unarmed suspect.

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Politics
2:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton Kicks Off Presidential Campaign With First Events In Iowa

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 3:48 am

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Politics
2:21 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Helping Bridge Congress' Iran Divide, Sen. Ben Cardin Moves Into Spotlight

Cardin, right, confers with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. during a committee markup meeting on the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran Tuesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 5:45 pm

It was a fluke that turned Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland into the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. New Jersey Democrat Bob Menendez got hit with criminal charges and gave the rank up. Now, just two weeks into his new gig, Cardin has helped bridge the divide on legislation letting Congress weigh in on a nuclear deal with Iran. The bill thrust a man without flash or hubris into the spotlight.

The way his rabbi puts it, Democrat Ben Cardin isn't how you'd picture a senator.

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Shots - Health News
1:45 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 2:28 pm

There's new evidence that the brain's activity during sleep isn't random. And the findings could help explain why the brain consumes so much energy even when it appears to be resting.

"There is something that's going on in a very structured manner during rest and during sleep," says Stanford neurologist Dr. Josef Parvizi, "and that will, of course, require energy consumption."

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NPR Ed
10:00 am
Tue April 14, 2015

If Walls Could Talk: What Lead Is Doing To Our Students

Peeling lead paint in a New York City apartment. Many buildings built before 1960 still have high amounts of lead.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 12:04 pm

Every child's ability to succeed in school is influenced by lots of external factors: teacher quality, parenting, poverty, geography, to name a few. But far less attention has been paid to the power of a child's bedroom walls. Or, rather, the paint that's on them and the lead that may be in that paint.

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Around the Nation
2:18 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Year After Denying Federal Control, Bundy Still Runs His Bit Of Nevada

Rancher Cliven Bundy holds his 5-month-old grandson Roper Cox on Saturday in Bunkerville, Nev. Bundy was hosting an event to mark one year since the Bureau of Land Management's failed attempt to collect his cattle.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:50 pm

It's been a year since Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia supporters stood down federal agents with the Bureau of Land Management outside Las Vegas.

Bundy owes more than $1 million in delinquent cattle grazing fees and penalties, but the BLM has stayed quiet in the year since the showdown, and Bundy's supporters marked the anniversary by throwing a party.

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News
2:15 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Church Ceremonies Push North Dakota Town To Grapple With Gay Rights

Diane Gira (left) and Valerie Nelson (right) pose with their son, Madison, in their home near Wahpeton, N.D.
Maggie Penman NPR

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 5:10 am

This week, Morning Edition is taking a look at the attitudes about gay rights in North Dakota, one of 13 states that still ban same-sex marriage.

Sixteen years ago, in the small town of Wahpeton, N.D., a United Methodist pastor refused to baptize a baby raised by lesbian parents. The pastor said because the child had lesbian parents, there was no way he could get a Christian upbringing. In response, the child's mothers, Valerie Nelson and Diane Gira, left the church.

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The Two-Way
6:24 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Airplane Makes Emergency Landing After Worker Trapped in Cargo Hold

In a statement posted to its blog, Alaska Airlines said that Flight 448, traveling from Seattle to Los Angeles, returned to Seattle-Tacoma International after being in the air for just 14 minutes. Alaska Airlines said "immediately after takeoff" the pilot "reported hearing banging from beneath the aircraft."

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