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Giant Panda Jia Jia Celebrates 37th Birthday And Two Guinness World Records

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 9 min ago

Jia Jia, who lives at an amusement park in Hong Kong, became the oldest panda ever living in captivity and the oldest panda currently living in captivity. In human terms, Jia Jia would more than 100.

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Former N.Y. Prison Employee Enters Guilty Plea Related To Inmates' Escape

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 32 min ago

Joyce Mitchell, the Clinton Correctional Facility worker who was charged last month with aiding two convicted killers' escape, has reached a deal with prosecutors.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 45 min ago

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

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Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

NPR Top Stories - 4 hours 13 min ago

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.

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An Airborne Adventurer's Journey In 'Circling The Sun'

NPR Books - 4 hours 42 min ago

The author of The Paris Wife is back with another novelized memoir, this time of pioneering aviator (and all-around adventurer) Beryl Markham, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean east to west.

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Obama Asks African Countries To Create Jobs, Foster Democracy

NPR Top Stories - 4 hours 44 min ago

President Obama was the first sitting American president to address the African Union. The speech capped a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

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NATO Says It Stands With Turkey In Fight Against ISIS

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 24 min ago

After it began an air campaign against the so-called Islamic State, Turkey called a meeting of the 27 allies to raise the possibility of a need for NATO involvement.

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Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 41 min ago

Cancer patients who get what some people are calling prehabilitation can recover more quickly, early research suggests. Getting insurance to cover it can be tricky, though.

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Drawing A Line From The Chinese Stock Market To Your Wallet

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 43 min ago

U.S. commodities — copper, corn, coal and more — are cheaper because of China's economic cooling. Producers got caught up in China's "teaser" demand for more of everything. It couldn't last.

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Bookends: Who Should Be Kicked Out of the Canon?

New York Times book reviews - 6 hours 46 min ago
James Parker and Francine Prose discuss which writers should be ejected from the literary canon.









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'Crooked' Nixon Knew: There Are Worse Things Than Nukes

NPR Books - 7 hours 43 min ago

Austin Grossman's new novel is half Lovecraftian horror, half thoughtful character study of a President Nixon who's in charge of an alternate America built not on democracy, but on dark magic.

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In Libya, Gadhafi's Son, Saif Al-Islam, Is Sentenced To Death In Absentia

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 44 min ago

The sentence was handed down in connection to killings during the 2011 uprising that overthrew his father, Moammar Gadhafi. Saif Al-Islam, however, is being held by a militia in the west.

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The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 40 min ago

As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 41 min ago

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.

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The Demise Of Old-Style Demolition Derby

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 43 min ago

Demo derby used to be a low-budget hobby for guys who bought jalopies for one last romp before the scrap heap. But the event has changed — and some fear it may be running out of gas.

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‘The Conservative Heart,’ by Arthur C. Brooks

New York Times book reviews - 9 hours 46 min ago
Arthur C. Brooks says Republicans should revise their rhetoric and speak in moral terms.









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‘Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,’ by Susan Southard

New York Times book reviews - 9 hours 46 min ago
What happened in Nagasaki after the second atomic bomb.









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How Finns Make Sports Part Of Everyday Life

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 46 min ago

In Finland, 90 percent of adults take part in sports or exercise at least twice a week. The Nordic nation far outpaces the U.S. in adult sports participation. Free and easy access to facilities helps.

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The 'Swim Whisperer' Teaches Kids To Be Water-Safe

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 49 min ago

For 20 years, Conrad Cooper has been helping children in Los Angeles learn to swim by earning his young students' unwavering trust.

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Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 13 min ago

Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.

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