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6:01 am
Sat April 4, 2015

Agents In Silk Road Case Indicted For Fraud, Money Laundering

Originally published on Sat April 4, 2015 8:30 am

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The Salt
5:07 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Straight Out Of Brooklyn: 'Encyclofoodia' Pokes Fun At Foodies

Bloomsbury Publishing

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 10:55 am

If you're trying to feed some of the lumberjack hipsters of Brooklyn, you might try serving up some Huevos Machismos. And if you're seeking the next cleanse trend, look no further than the Ultimate Gushy Protein Sewage Blast. Like any balanced smoothie, it incorporates one ounce of "pure, uncut cocaine (for the boost)."

These are the recipes and advice you'd receive from the Mizretti brothers, two fictional restaurateurs who just published an "encyclofoodia" and cookbook called FUDS.

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Business
4:11 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

While Pay Holds Steady For Most, Low-Wage Workers Get A Boost

McDonald's announced this week that it will pay workers in its company-owned stores $1 more per hour than the local minimum wage. Wal-Mart, Target and the parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx have also promised to boost wages for their lowest-paid workers this year.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 10:03 am

The vast majority of U.S. workers haven't seen any real wage gains since the recession. But that's starting to change, at least for low-income workers.

This week, fast-food giant McDonald's announced it will pay workers $1 more than the local minimum wage.

It joins some of the nation's other largest employers, including Wal-Mart, Target and TJX, the parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx. All say they will be boosting pay to at least $9 per hour this year, and some will go to $10 next year.

For Wal-Mart alone, that's a pay raise for half a million Americans.

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World
3:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Technical Details Of Iran Nuclear Deal Show Evidence Of 'Compromise'

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:42 pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks with Gary Samore, executive director for research at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, about some of the technical details of the Iran nuclear deal announced Thursday.

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World
3:51 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Iran's President Calls Nuclear Deal An Important Step To Better Ties

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 6:14 pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times about Iranian reactions to the nuclear framework reached this week. President Hassan Rouhani called the deal an important step towards engaging with the world.

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National Security
3:10 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Negotiators Work To Sell Skeptics On Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:42 pm

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Shots - Health News
3:09 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

The Rev. Vernon Holmes leads a Lutheran congregation near Sacramento, Calif., that supports the state's right-to-die bill. He describes his faith as promoting quality of life.
Andrew Nixon Capital Public Radio

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:54 pm

Clergy, more than a lot of people, come face to face with death regularly.

The Rev. Vernon Holmes, for example, leads a Lutheran congregation near Sacramento; the average age of members is 79.

His faith promotes quality of life, Holmes says. And that same faith leads him to challenge the status quo and injustice. His congregation belongs to an advocacy group called California Church Impact, which supports California's bill that would allow the terminally ill to end their own lives with medical assistance.

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It's All Politics
3:04 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Tom Cotton Eats Birthday Cake Almost Every Day

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.: "Sometimes I just buy birthday cakes, and I eat them."
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 3:28 pm

Every day is a birthday for Tom Cotton.

Cotton has a reputation for being a very serious man. The military veteran, Harvard Law graduate and freshman U.S. senator gained wide attention for being able to rally 46 of his Republican colleagues in the Senate to join in writing a letter to Iran's leaders objecting to a nuclear deal.

So this is a side most would not expect.

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Around the Nation
2:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Wisconsin City Serves As Model For Community Policing

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 1:09 pm

In the wake of fatal police-involved shootings, cities are looking for ways to institute police department reforms. A community policing program in Racine, Wis., calls for police officers to work out of people's houses in specific neighborhoods.

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Sports
2:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Undefeated Kentucky Vies For Perfection As It Enters Final Four

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:42 pm

The NCAA men's basketball Final Four begins Saturday with No. 1 Kentucky facing Wisconsin. Kentucky hopes a championship will bring it a perfect season. NPR explores what it means to be perfect and how we pursue the art of perfection.

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Around the Nation
2:53 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Storm-Ready Design Defends Hospitals Against Natural Disasters

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:42 pm

The 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., destroyed the city's hospital and left the injured with almost no where to go for emergency services. With an increasing number of large-scale natural disasters, hospitals are incorporating new storm-resistant features into their designs.

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Code Switch
2:48 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Way More College Students Are Studying Korean. Is 'Hallyu' The Reason?

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:12 pm

A recent study found that in general, college students aren't taking foreign language classes as much as they used to — a slowdown of nearly 7 percent since 2009. But for one language in particular, there's actually been a pretty amazing jump in the rate of enrollment: Korean.

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Shots - Health News
12:52 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Men And Women Use Different Scales To Weigh Moral Dilemmas

Todd Davidson Getty Images/Illustration Works

You find a time machine and travel to 1920. A young Austrian artist and war veteran named Adolf Hitler is staying in the hotel room next to yours. The doors aren't locked, so you could easily stroll next door and smother him. World War II would never happen.

But Hitler hasn't done anything wrong yet. Is it acceptable to kill him to prevent World War II?

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Law
11:34 am
Fri April 3, 2015

When Civilians Accuse Troops Of Rape, Military Courts Often Decide

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:42 pm

Brittany Bentz was 16 years old in 2012, living near Edwards Air Force Base in California. She went to the same martial arts studio as a family friend, who was 25 and in the Air Force.

"He was like a brother so I felt comfortable talking with him, hanging out with him," Bentz says.

It's NPR policy to name plaintiffs in sexual assault cases only if they want to tell their story — and Bentz does.

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Shots - Health News
8:55 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Will Smart Clothing Amp Up Your Workout?

Athos workout wear includes sensors that measure muscle activity.
Tim Mantoani Courtesy of Athos

When Eric Blue goes to the gym, he sports a wafer-thin shirt that tracks his every move.

Blue's shirt contains tiny sensors woven into the fabric. They monitor his heart rate, the calories he burns and other metrics, like breathing rate. A companion app on his smartphone informs him about the intensity of his workouts.

Blue, a Los Angeles entrepreneur, says regular use of the shirt has pushed him to "up his game" during exercise.

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Sailor, Missing For 66 Days, Rescued Off Cape Hatteras By Passing Ship

Louis Jordan (right), walks from the Coast Guard helicopter to the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., after being found off the North Carolina coast, on Thursday. His family says he sailed out of a marina in Conway, S.C., on Jan. 23, and hadn't been heard from since.
Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 9:28 am

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

In late January, Louis Jordan sailed away from the South Carolina coast aboard his 35-foot sailboat. More than two months later, almost given up for dead, he was rescued 200 miles off Cape Hatteras.

In 66 days at sea, Jordan survived by catching fish and drinking rainwater, he told his rescuers after being spotted by and taken aboard the German-flagged container ship Houston Express.

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Nixon's 'Western White House' Is Up For Sale

President Richard Nixon's California home, seen in 1969, is back on the market for $75 million. The 10-room Spanish-style adobe is located in San Clemente.
HF AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 10:06 am

After owning the estate for 35 years, retired Allergan CEO Gavin S. Herbert is selling the former home of President Richard Nixon for $75 million.

The estate in San Clemente, Calif., is large. Its main residence is 9,000 square feet, and the entire compound boasts more than 15,000 square feet of living space. The Wall Street Journal has details:

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Environment
4:09 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

California Water Experts Explore How To 'Live With' Long-Term Drought

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:04 pm

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Politics
4:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Wisconsin Sen. Johnson Reacts To Tentative Iranian Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

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And now for some reaction from Congress, I'm joined by Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. He serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Welcome to the program.

SENATOR RON JOHNSON: Good afternoon.

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National Security
4:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Two Women Arrested In Bomb Plot, American Al-Qaeda Member To Face Charges

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

Two women who were roommates in Brooklyn, N.Y., have been arrested in a homegrown terrorism plot. Separately, a man thought to be one of the highest-ranking Americans in al-Qaeda will face charges in the U.S.

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The Salt
4:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

How The Matzo Crumbles: Iconic Streit's Factory To Leave Manhattan

A rabbi (center) supervises the production of Passover matzos at the Streit's factory on New York's Lower East Side, circa 1960s. This Passover will be Streit's last one at the landmark location.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 10:42 am

This Passover holiday marks the end of an era for an iconic matzo factory in New York City.

Streit's has been baking matzo — the unleavened bread that Jews eat during the eight days of Passover — in the same factory on the Lower East Side for 90 years. But the company announced it will move production to a new, modern factory after the holiday.

That's a blow to Streit's loyal customers, who insist it tastes better than other brands.

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It's All Politics
3:57 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Americans Support Iran Talks, But Doubt They'll Prevent A Weapon

President Obama about to walk out into the Rose Garden at the White House to announce the framework of a nuclear deal with Iran.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:03 pm

Every politician likes to tout what they believe the "American People" want.

As the debate over the Iran nuclear deal inevitably heads toward the meat grinder that is Congress, President Obama tried to preemptively frame that debate. And he claimed to have the "American people" on his side.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Sen. Menendez Case Revolves Around Friendship With Florida Eye Doctor

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

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Goats and Soda
3:10 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Drug-Resistant Food Poisoning Lands In The U.S.

Shigella is a huge problem around the world. The bacteria infect about 100 million people each year and kill about 600,000.
CDC/Science Source

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 10:36 am

This time last year, a painful new virus was knocking on our doorstep. Travelers were bringing chikungunya to the U.S. And eventually, the mosquito-borne virus set up shop in Florida.

Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says another nasty pathogen is hitching a ride to the U.S. with travelers: multidrug-resistant Shigella.

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Parallels
2:47 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

The Iranian Nuclear Talks: It Isn't Just About The Nukes

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in Tehran in February, has spoken out in favor of nuclear negotiations and opening Iran to the world. But he has faced criticism from hard-liners at home.
Ahmad Halabisaz Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 10:09 am

The Iranian nuclear negotiations have focused on one very big and specific question: Will a deal make it harder for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon?

But the talks are also part of President Obama's much broader quest to repair the fractured relations between the U.S. and Iran, one defined by bitter recriminations in the 36 years since Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Alabama Man To Be Released After Nearly 30 Years On Death Row

A photo made available by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton, who spent nearly 30 years on death row, will go free Friday, after prosecutors told a court that there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing.
AP

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 5:17 am

One of Alabama's longest-serving death row inmates will go free on Friday after prosecutors acknowledged that there's not enough evidence linking him to the 1985 murders for which he already has served nearly three decades.

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Remembrances
2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Rev. Robert Schuller, 'Hour Of Power' Host, Dies at 88

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

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Around the Nation
2:37 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Amid Drought, Central Valley Residents Face Rising Water Prices

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

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The Salt
2:00 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Sodium Sleuths: Do Southerners Eat More Salt Than The Rest Of Us?

The salty suspects: Some 70 percent of the cheeses, soups, cold cuts and pizzas we buy at the grocery store exceed the Food and Drug Administration's "healthy" labeling standards for salt. Since we eat so much bread, it is — perhaps surprisingly — the top contributor of sodium to our diets.
iStockphoto; Deborah Austin/Flickr; Beckman's Bakery/Flickr; iStockphoto; The Pizza Review/Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 3:02 pm

It's not the salt shakers on our tables that explain why Americans consume way too much sodium. It's the processed foods we buy in grocery stores.

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NPR Ed
12:43 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University set out to study how infants use what they already know to motivate future learning.
Len Turner, Dave Schmelick and Deirdre Hammer/Johns Hopkins University Office of Communications

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:27 pm

To survive, we humans need to be able to do a handful of things: breathe, of course. And drink and eat. Those are obvious.

We're going to focus now on a less obvious — but no less vital — human function: learning. Because new research out today in the journal Science sheds light on the very building blocks of learning.

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