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8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 18 min ago

Every year, the president sits down for dinner with Washington reporters and delivers a standup routine. From his "bucket list" to Hillary Clinton, here's what he came up with this year.

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Devastating Earthquake Hits Nepal, Kills More Than 1,000

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 1:06pm

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Kunda Dixit, a Nepali Times editor, about today's deadly quake. It caused an Everest avalanche and destroyed ancient monuments in and around the capital, Kathmandu.

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

NPR Books - April 25, 2015 - 1:06pm

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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After Baltimore March, Clashes Between Protesters, Police

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 10:07am

People gathered in the city's streets in support of Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a fatal spinal cord injury during or after his arrest. Later, protests took a violent turn at Camden Yards.

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Indonesia Sets Executions For 3 'Bali Nine' Drug-Smugglers

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 8:03am

At least three members of the trafficking ring — two Australians seen as ringleaders and a Filipina maid who acted as a "mule" — have been informed that their execution by firing squad is imminent.

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On Everest, Quake-Triggered Avalanche Leaves Death, Chaos

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 6:58am

Early reports are that at least eight climbers and/or Sherpas have been killed at Everest Base Camp. Others are trapped higher up on the world's tallest peak.

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Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

NPR Books - April 25, 2015 - 6:06am

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.

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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 5:41am

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

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Who, Or What, Crashed The Market In A Flash In 2010?

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 5:33am

The cause of Wall Street's flash crash has been debated ever since it happened. Officials arrested a lone trader working in his parents' London home, but some question whether he was really to blame.

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1,400 Confirmed Dead In Nepal After Powerful Earthquake

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:54am

The magnitude-7.8 temblor hit north of the capital Kathmandu, toppling buildings in the capital. Dozens were also killed in neighboring India, China and Bangladesh.

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Kansas City Royals Break Bad: The Week In Sports

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

The first rounds of NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. NPR's Scott Simon gets an update from ESPN.com's Howard Bryant.

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To West Baltimoreans, 'The Largest Gang Is The ... Police'

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

NPR's Scott Simon takes a walk through the neighborhoods of West Baltimore to talk with residents in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Protesters Plan To 'Shut Down' Baltimore Saturday

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

Demonstrations continue in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. State troopers have been brought in to help control crowds. Gray will be laid to rest on Monday.

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Powerful Quake Hits Nepal; Death Toll Rising

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

An estimated 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday. It's being described as the strongest to hit the country in 81 years. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kunda Dixit, editor at the Nepali Times.

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Patti Reagan: Hinkley Still Capable Of Violence

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

Doctors are recommending that the man who shot President Reagan, be released from a mental hospital. Patti Reagan Davis, the former president's daughter, tells NPR's Scott Simon she disagrees.

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International Guard: How The Vietnam War Changed Guard Service

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

During the war, young men often tried to join the National Guard to avoid being sent overseas. But that war changed the nature of the guard — paving the way for today's deployments abroad.

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Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards' Tolerance

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

Arab and African migrants are landing on Spain's coast in a region with a 34 percent unemployment. That's created friction and prompted a debate about how best to help them.

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Hubble's Other Telescope And The Day It Rocked Our World

NPR Top Stories - April 25, 2015 - 3:33am

Amid this week's hoopla celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope, don't forget the clever astronomer for whom the space scope was named. In the 1920s, he changed our sense of ourselves and the universe.

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Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion'

NPR Books - April 25, 2015 - 3:03am

Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).

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