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11:56 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Arrest Made In Shooting Of Two Officers In Ferguson, Police Say

Jeffrey Williams, 20, is charged with two counts of first-degree assault in connection with the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson on March 12.
St. Louis County Police Department AP

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 6:44 pm

Updated at 3:45 p.m.

The St. Louis County Police Department says an arrest has been made in connection with the shooting of two officers during a protest in Ferguson, Mo., last week.

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The Two-Way
9:54 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Robert Durst, Subject Of HBO's 'The Jinx,' Arrested In New Orleans

This booking photo provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office shows Robert Durst, after his arrest Saturday in New Orleans on an extradition warrant to Los Angeles.
AP

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 9:23 am

Updated at 8:00 p.m. ET

At the conclusion of the HBO documentary The Jinx, the filmmakers presented audio of Robert Durst whispering to himself, "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course" — an apparent reference to the alleged crimes that have clouded his life in suspicion.

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Around the Nation
8:25 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Instead Of Tickets, N.H. Police Hand Out Good-Deed Coupons

Originally published on Sun March 15, 2015 9:03 am

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Police in Farmington, N.H., are issuing tickets all over town. But these are tickets you might not mind getting.

CHIEF JOHN DRURY: They're for a slice of pizza or a small French fry.

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Code Switch
7:03 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Univision Race Gaffe Shows Culture Gap

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 6:33 am

It happened again. The Spanish-language, Miami-based Univision — the fifth-largest television network in the U.S. — has another racial insensitivity mess to clean up.

On Wednesday, Univision talk show host and fashion commentator Rodner Figueroa said that first lady Michelle Obama looks like an apocalyptic ape.

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Sun March 15, 2015

Six Things We Learned At South By Southwest EDU

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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 4:58 am

The NPR Ed team is back from Austin, where we connected with hundreds of educators and people excited about education at the annual South By Southwest Edu Conference. As with many conferences, there's just as much to be gained from conversations in the hallways and chance encounters as from the official sessions. Here's what we learned from both.

1) For many teachers, the most important tech tools are free.

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U.S.
5:09 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

When Police Are Given Body Cameras, Do They Use Them?

Body cameras, like this one shown at a 2014 press conference in Washington, D.C., are small enough to be clipped to an officer's chest. Washington and Denver are among U.S. cities trying the cameras.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 4:55 am

Back in December, following the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama called for $75 million in funding for 50,000 body cameras to be used by police around the United States. The cameras record police activity, and their use is intended to boost accountability.

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Energy
3:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Alaska Town Braces For Another Boom

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:36 pm

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U.S.
3:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

A Gender Discrimination Trial Rocks Silicon Valley

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 2:58 pm

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U.S.
3:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Graphic Testimony Marks Boston Marathon Bombing Trial So Far

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 9:35 pm

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U.S.
3:19 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

The Way Forward In Ferguson

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 10:42 pm

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Large Crowd Attends Funeral Of Wisconsin Man Shot By Police

A makeshift memorial is seen on March 11 in Madison, Wis., in remembrance of 19-year-old Tony Robinson, who was fatally shot by a Madison police officer on March 6.
Carrie Antlfinger AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 4:19 pm

Updated at 6:15 EDT

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the funeral in Wisconsin for Tony Robinson, the unarmed 19-year-old black man who was killed March 6 by a police officer in Madison.

Police say Robinson was shot after a confrontation in which he allegedly assaulted the officer. Robinson was shot in the head, torso and right arm, according to a preliminary autopsy.

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Middle East
7:50 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Syrian Rebels Will Face ISIS, But The U.S. May Not Have Their Backs

Fighters from the Free Syrian Army and the Kurdish People's Protection Units battle ISIS militants in Kobani, Syria, in November. U.S. officials haven't said whether they will defend the forces if they are attacked by Bashar al-Assad.
Jake Simkin AP

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

The U.S. air war in Iraq and Syria against the self-proclaimed Islamic State is now in its eighth month.

American officials say dropping bombs won't be enough to defeat that group; it will also require fighting on the ground. So the U.S. is trying to put together a ground force in Syria by training and equipping thousands of Syrians.

One big question is what the U.S. will do if these Syrian rebel forces get attacked by the regime of Bashar Assad — and so far, the U.S. doesn't have an answer.

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U.S.
6:26 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Razing Liberty: Miami's Gambit To Fix A Crime-Plagued Neighborhood

Liberty Square, a 700-unit low-rise complex, is in the heart of one of Miami's most crime-plagued neighborhoods. Miami officials recently announced plans to demolish the building and relocate residents to new public housing.
Nadege Green WLRN

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 1:52 pm

In Miami, officials have announced plans to replace a troubled public housing complex.

Liberty Square, in the heart of one of Miami's most crime-plagued neighborhoods, will be demolished; residents will be relocated to new public housing. Officials say it will improve living conditions and reduce violent crime.

Residents like the county's plan, but worry it may be the latest in a string of broken promises.

A Storied History

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Politics
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Loretta Lynch To Get A Senate Vote: The Week In Politics

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

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Race
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

St. Louis Alderman: People Want To See More Than Resignations

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 9:38 pm

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Around the Nation
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

'Midnight Rider' Director Gets Two-Year Sentence In Camera Assistant's Death

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

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Remembrances
6:25 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Rev. Willie Barrow: Remembering 'The Little Warrior'

Originally published on Sat March 14, 2015 3:20 pm

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Goats and Soda
7:21 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Several Americans Possibly Exposed To Ebola, As Epidemic Smolders

Health workers are disinfected with a chlorine solution after treating patients at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Nine American aid workers have contracted Ebola while working in West Africa.
David Gilkey NPR

This week we got a rude reminder that Ebola is clearly not over in West Africa.

Another American aid worker contracted the disease in Sierra Leone, health officials reported Thursday. The infected worker was flown back to the U.S. in a private jet and is being treated at the National Institutes of Health Clinic Center in Maryland.

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The Two-Way
6:56 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Fraternity's Defense Lawyer Not Ruling Out Suing OU

Lawyer Stephen Jones has been retained by a board representing the recently-disbanded Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma. He said Friday he's not ruling out a lawsuit.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Lawyer Stephen Jones, hired yesterday by members of Oklahoma University's disbanded chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, said today he's hopeful he can avoid a lawsuit against the school but he's not ruling one out.

Jones, who is most widely known for defending Timothy McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing trial, was retained by a board of alumni who oversee the OU chapter of SAE.

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It's All Politics
5:19 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Lego Says You Can't Build That — Because Of Politics

A model made of Legos of the four female Supreme Court justices. The designs were rejected as a product submission because of politics.
Courtesy of Maia Weinstock

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:26 pm

Science journalist Maia Weinstock recently got the idea to create a custom Lego set to celebrate the female justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. She researched the Supreme Court building, the justices and their traditions, all the way down to the silver mugs that they often carry out to the bench when hearing oral arguments.

After purchasing the pieces she needed, Weinstock created the "Legal Justice League: Women of the Supreme Court in Lego," in honor of International Women's Day.

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It's All Politics
5:03 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Who Is Tom Cotton, The Man Behind The Iran Letter?

Tom Cotton, R-Ark., the freshman senator and Harvard graduate senator with a record of tough talk on foreign policy.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 11:33 pm

The man behind a letter 47 Senate Republicans addressed to Iranian leaders this week is a freshman senator who's been in the chamber just over two months. Tom Cotton was the unusual GOP candidate last fall who thrilled both the Tea Party base and the Republican establishment.

And now, the young Iraq War vet is a rapidly rising star among his new colleagues.

All week – even against a crescendo of backlash about the letter – there were still plenty of Senate Republicans gushing about the youngest member of their chamber.

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Business
4:05 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Lumber Liquidators Defends Its Products After '60 Minutes' Report

A man walks past a Lumber Liquidators store in Philadelphia. The retailer says it stands by its products and will pay for the safety testing of laminate floors.
Matt Slocum AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

Earlier this month, the flooring retailer Lumber Liquidators got the kind of attention companies dread. CBS' 60 Minutes did a story saying the company's products have unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

President Obama Visits Phoenix Hospital At Center Of VA Crisis

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visit the veterans hospital in Phoenix Friday to announce a new outside advisory committee to help the VA with customer service. A scandal last year at the Phoenix facility led to revelations of long wait times for veterans throughout the VA medical system.

The Two-Way
4:03 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Ferguson Mayor Knowles Slams 'Hostile Language' From Eric Holder

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles announces the resignation of police Chief Thomas Jackson during a news conference on Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

Saying that he's trying to save the community of Ferguson, Mo., Mayor James Knowles says that he is frustrated and concerned by the tone of Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks about his city and its police department — both of which were harshly criticized in a recent Justice Department report.

Knowles also says that he sees no reason to step down, as some of his critics have demanded, stating that he still has residents' support.

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The Two-Way
3:45 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Univision Incident Reignites Questions About Diversity In Latino Media

Former Univision host Rodner Figueroa
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Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 10:40 am

Univision host Rodner Figueroa has been let go for offensive remarks about first lady Michelle Obama.

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Politics
3:04 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Tom Cotton: The Freshman Senator Behind The Iran Letter

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

Freshman Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, who has been in office barely two months, penned an open letter to Iranian leaders this week that 47 Republican senators signed. NPR profiles the Harvard-trained lawyer and Iraq War veteran.

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Religion
2:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Pope Francis Very Popular Among Both U.S. Catholics, Non-Catholics

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

Pope Francis has maintained high approval ratings even as the Catholic Church struggles with declining membership and the effects of the sexual abuse scandal. In six months, he will make an anticipated visit to the U.S.

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Around the Nation
2:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Wichita Waiter Gets Generous Tip In Form Of New Smile

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

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Now a tip to make you smile. It sure made waiter Brian Maixner smile. In January, during a busy shift at the Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, Kan., Maixner's boss suddenly pulled him aside.

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Around the Nation
2:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Ferguson Residents Continue To Heal After Police Shooting

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

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Around the Nation
2:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Dallas Police Make Arrest In Murder Of Iraqi Migrant

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 6:00 pm

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