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A Day's A Day The World Around — But Shorter On Saturn

NPR Top Stories - March 28, 2015 - 3:38am

Researchers have finally determined the length of a day on the ringed planet (gas shrouds any landmarks, so it was tough). Precision matters: A faster spin influences the speed of surface winds.

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Why South African Students Say The Statue Of Rhodes Must Fall

NPR Top Stories - March 28, 2015 - 3:03am

Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa is in its teenage phase: Questioning everything, including the statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes on the University of Cape Town campus.

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Saying Goodbye: Reflections Of A Music Teacher

NPR Top Stories - March 28, 2015 - 3:03am

An Ohio music teacher looks back at the school that defined her more than 30 years of teaching.

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#NPRreads: Leaving Guantanamo, And Why Black People Don't Call Police

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 4:34pm

For this weekend, we recommend pieces that touch on what's happened to some of the prisoners released from Guantanamo and an essay from one of India's few foreign correspondents.

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Southern Baptists Don't Shy Away From Talking About Their Racist Past

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 4:06pm

The denomination held a summit in Nashville, Tenn., this week to consider how the Gospel speaks to race relations. It wasn't easy, and moving from words to actions may be a challenge.

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Jury Rules Against Ellen Pao, Clearing Kleiner Perkins Of Discrimination

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 4:04pm

The case was the highest-profile gender discrimination case to come out of Silicon Valley. Pao had sued her former employers for $16 million in damages.

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Calif. Governor Can't Make It Rain, But Can Make Relief Money Pour

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 1:57pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed his sweeping $1.1 billion emergency drought relief bill Friday. It funds water infrastructure improvements like flood control and aid for farmworkers.

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Italy's Highest Court Overturns Amanda Knox Conviction

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 1:42pm

The decision puts an end to a story that began in 2009 when Knox was found guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kirchner two years earlier.

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Nostalgic Cars: Sour Automotive Fruit Of Cuban Embargo Gets New Life

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 1:35pm

In Havana, Cuba, the old cars that crowd the streets used to symbolize a stagnant nation. Now enterprising Cubans have begun renting cars out to tourists who are hungry for the cars of their youth.

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Thai Ruler Says He's Prepared To End Martial Law

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 1:33pm

Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power last May, says he will lift martial law and replace it with a constitutional provision that gives him the very same powers.

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Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 11:49am

Yemen is minor producer of crude oil but controls a strategic energy waterway. More than 3.8 million barrels a day pass through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 11:42am

For decades, Carlos Varela has doled out incisive criticism of the Cuban government. On our recent visit to Havana, he sang a song he says reflects the mood of the country at this historic moment.

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After A Tough Election, Israel's Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 11:42am

The Israeli leader ruffled feathers during the bruising campaign. Since then, he has sought to make amends. In the latest move, Israel is handing over money it had withheld from the Palestinians.

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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 11:31am

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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University Of Oklahoma: Racist Chant Learned At National Frat Event

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 11:14am

President David Boren, releasing an investigation into the incident involving Sigma Alpha Epsilon, contradicts statements by the fraternity's national office that the chant was learned locally.

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Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 11:04am

A woman's family is stuck with medical charges for care she received after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Negotiating relief from the bills has become a part-time job for her daughter.

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Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 10:53am

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

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How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 10:35am

Closed-door leadership elections are held on a given day, but really take place over years of interaction and commerce among caucus members. Ideology and issues are not the paramount concern.

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Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 3:59am

The Democratic leader in the Senate announced his decision in a video. "My friend Sen. [Mitch] McConnell, don't be too elated," he said. "I'm going to be here for 22 months."

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WATCH: Obama, A 'Wire' Superfan, Talks To Show's Creator David Simon

NPR Top Stories - March 27, 2015 - 3:38am

The president called the show "one of the greatest, not just television shows, but pieces of art in the last couple of decades." Their conversation was about the effects of the war on drugs.

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