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Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 5:11pm

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.

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Expats Find Brazil's Reputation For Race-Blindness Is Undone By Reality

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 4:32pm

Brazil is touted as one of the most racially harmonious places in the world, but people of color who move there say they are surprised at the degree of discrimination they face, based on skin color.

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TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 3:33pm

Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about "one of the most difficult times of our lives."

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In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 1:42pm

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." And this Saturday, Trenton, N.J., will host not one, but two competing festivals devoted to this Garden State meat delicacy.

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Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 1:39pm

Leading up to the premier race is a series of unpredictable airborne crashes — and no one can explain why. Officials have mandated a lower driving speed, while engineers work to find some solution.

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Man Convicted Of Killing D.C. Intern Chandra Levy To Get New Trial

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 1:30pm

Prosecutors have agreed not to oppose a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was found guilty in 2010 of killing Levy in 2001.

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Decision On Gay Scout Leaders To Come By October, Group's Head Says

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 1:01pm

Robert Gates, the former CIA director and former defense secretary, tells NPR that the Boy Scouts of America needs to talk to sponsoring institutions about the potential change.

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What Archbishop Romero's Beatification Means For El Salvador Today

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 12:29pm

Saturday's ceremony ends a long battle for recognition of the staunch defender of the poor assassinated in 1980. But some say the violence-wracked country is no better off now than it was then.

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Obama: Camden, N.J., Police A Model For Improving Community Relations

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 12:26pm

"Wherever you walk around, there goes a cop," says one resident, who is happy with the changes in the city. But some critics still see evidence of old-school police tactics that they say don't work.

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The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 11:41am

The Living Heart Project aims to create a detailed simulation of the human heart that doctors and engineers can use to test experimental treatments and interventions.

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Thai Authorities Arrest Protesters On Anniversary Of 2014 Coup

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 11:39am

At least 13 people were arrested in the capital, Bangkok, and seven others in the country's northeast after they staged protests against Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's rule.

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ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 10:32am

The bombing of a Shiite mosque killed at least 19 people. The claim of responsibility is a first for the extremist group involving an attack inside the kingdom.

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Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 9:32am

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

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Some Clinton Emails Were Retroactively Classified

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 8:04am

The State Department released the first batch of 296 emails from the former secretary of state's private email account. Some were classified at the request of the FBI after the fact.

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A Desk That Can Take A Ton Of Earthquake Rubble

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 8:03am

It's fairly light, costs $35 per student and could save lives in earthquake zones. But not everyone thinks this quake-proof desk is a good idea.

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Pipeline Operator: Possibly Months Before Cause Of Calif. Spill Found

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 5:04am

Plains All American, the company that operates the pipeline, says it has yet to uncover the problem. So far, 9,000 gallons of sludge have been removed from a nine-miles stretch of Calif. coast.

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Islamic State Reportedly Seizes Last Syria-Iraq Border Crossing

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 4:04am

The checkpoint at al-Tanf, known as al-Waleed in Iraq, has been seized, according to a British-based monitoring group that says ISIS fighters now control half of Syria.

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An Irreplaceable Replacement, This Sub Gets The Job Done

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 4:03am

Josephine Brewington, from Indiana, is the 2015 Substitute Teacher of the Year.

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How Do You Motivate Kids To Stop Skipping School?

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 3:36am

A study in an Indian slum tried promising a reward: Improve your attendance, and you'll get a small treat. But for third-graders, sometimes these incentive schemes can do more harm than good.

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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

NPR Top Stories - May 22, 2015 - 3:15am

Polls show the "yes" vote is stronger in the conservative, predominately Catholic country. But public opinion surveys could be masking a "shy no vote," observers say.

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