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Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 1:01pm

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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One Scientist's Quest To Vanquish Epileptic Seizures

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 12:37pm

Ivan Soltesz studies epilepsy in mice, but says children with chronic seizures are his inspiration. He's closing in on a way to quell the seizures with light — and without drugs' side effects.

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Disaster On Everest Marks Deadliest Day In Mountain's History

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 12:08pm

More than 13 Nepalese climbers died while preparing a route on Mount Everest for Western climbers. Grayson Schaffer of Outside Magazine explains that local porters and guides bear the brunt of the danger on these extreme climbs.

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Pipeline Put Off, As Keystone Review Is Indefinitely Extended

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 12:08pm

It looks as though the "comment period" for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project will be extended, delaying a decision past the November elections.

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Like Ham? There's A Festival For That In French Basque Country

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 11:49am

The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.

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Leaflets Given To Donetsk Jews Made Waves Worldwide, But Not In Donetsk

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 11:49am

The story of fliers ordering Jews to register with the separatists stoked fears of anti-Semitism. But Jews in the Ukrainian town say the orders aren't real and were intended as political provocation.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 11:40am

Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

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Captains Uncourageous: Abandoning Ship Long Seen As A Crime

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 11:26am

Whenever a captain comes back and passengers don't, it's seen as shameful behavior. The captains of the Costa Concordia and the South Korean ferry both received blame for not staying with their ship.

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Salsa Legend Cheo Feliciano Dies

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 11:12am

One of the most respected figures in Latin music, the salsa singer had deep roots in both Puerto Rico and New York, where he influenced a younger generation of musicians.

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Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 10:02am

After a U.N. court ruling last month ordering Japan to halt whaling in Antarctic waters, Tokyo said it was reducing its target catch to just 210 animals a year.

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Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 9:27am

Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House. But there's no question what's on the Wisconsin governor's mind, long-term.

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Pot Smoke And Mirrors: Vaporizer Pens Hide Marijuana Use

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 8:29am

Odorless and discreet, vaporizer pens for pot are growing in popularity. But the devices are a nightmare for parents because they make it hard to know if kids are using marijuana.

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Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 8:13am

The magnitude 7.2 temblor's epicenter was about 80 miles northwest of Acapulco, but it shook up residents in the capital, Mexico City.

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Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 7:58am

From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news.

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Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 7:58am

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.

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New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 7:57am

President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 7:55am

In the fight against Islamic extremism, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council says that intervention within the community is more effective than external surveillance and secrecy.

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15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer?

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 7:51am

The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.

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Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 7:22am

When the NSA leaker asked the Russian leader about his nation's electronic eavesdropping, Putin said there's no "mass system." The Center for Strategic & International Studies says there is.

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Wal-Mart To Offer Money-Transfer Service

NPR Top Stories - April 18, 2014 - 7:07am

The giant retailer will go head to head with Western Union and Moneygram in a market worth about $900 billion. But Wal-Mart says it will offer lower fees.

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