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What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 1:00pm

Once embraced by cities for its beautiful white flowers, disease resistance and ability to grow just about anywhere, the Callery pear is now considered a nuisance due to its smell and invasive nature.

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Clearing The Tangled Path For Land Ownership In The West Bank

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 12:55pm

Palestinians often buy and sell land without title deeds, or proof of ownership. That's because most of the land doesn't have them. It's a problem dating back generations.

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LGBT Activists Push States To Expand Anti-Discrimination Laws

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 12:40pm

The Supreme Court hears arguments over same-sex marriage on Tuesday. But laws still exist in many states that allow discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations.

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In Charlotte, N.C., Police Use Simulators To Engage Community Amid Distrust

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 12:22pm

In the aftermath of several police shootings of unarmed black men, many police departments are holding community forums to talk to residents about policing.

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At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 12:22pm

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?

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Young Trafficking Victim's Story On NPR Leads To Senator's Amendment

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 12:16pm

Hearing about a young woman's struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation to help other victims.

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Scientists Discover Massive New Magma Chamber Under Yellowstone

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 12:05pm

The newly discovered chamber is 4.5 times larger than the shallow reservoir already known and contains enough partially molten rock to fill the Grand Canyon 11 times.

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Sabeen Mahmud, Pakistani Social Activist, Shot Dead In Karachi

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 11:38am

Mahmud ran the city's Second Floor cafe, which she designed as a community space for open dialogue. It had just hosted an event on the political situation in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

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2 Years Later, Garment Factory Collapse Has Sparked Little Change

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 6:59am

Bangladesh's Rana Plaza tragedy, which killed more than a thousand workers, was a wake-up call that working conditions must improve. Efforts are are being made, but the industry has a long way to go.

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Native American Actors Walk Off The Set Of Adam Sandler Comedy

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 6:37am

The movie is the The Ridiculous Six, an apparent spoof of the classic Western The Magnificent Seven. The Native American actors say the movie's script insults native women, elders and Apaches.

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To Weather Criticism, It Helps To Think Of The Big Picture

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 6:28am

Negative feedback is supposed to be good for us, but it sure doesn't feel so good. Shifting the context by thinking more broadly helps blunt the sting, a study found. So does embracing change.

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Comcast Calls Off Merger With Time Warner

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 6:09am

Comcast is abandoning its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. For more details, Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Yuki Noguchi.

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Alleged Skipper Of Migrant Boat Appears In Italian Court

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 5:56am

The 27-year-old man faces homicide and human trafficking charges. He says he was only a passenger, but survivors from the disaster that killed at least 700 are likely to testify that he was captain.

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Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking About Race In The Classroom

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 5:28am

H. Richard Milner's new book helps educators understand how to incorporate talk of race, class and inequality into their classroom lessons.

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Comcast Cuts The Cord On Deal With Time Warner Cable

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 5:22am

The Justice Department had raised concerns over the proposed $45.2 billion merger, which would have brought nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof.

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More Than A Dozen Hurt After High School Stage Collapses In Indiana

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 4:55am

Students sustained minor injuries in the collapse during the musical finale of a stage show in suburban Indianapolis.

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Armenians Mark A Century Since World War I Massacre

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 4:15am

Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Francois Hollande of France were among those who attended a ceremony in the Armenian capital. German lawmakers vote to call the event "genocide."

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A Century After Atrocities Against Armenians, An Unresolved Wound

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 2:31am

Some 1.5 million Armenians were killed or deported in the violence unleashed by Ottoman Turks starting in 1915. Turkey and Armenia still disagree on how to define these terrible events.

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Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 1:03am

From questions surrounding the Clinton family foundation to a congressional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's campaign is pushing back against allegations of scandal.

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As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

NPR Top Stories - April 24, 2015 - 1:03am

Governing is messy, but slumping approval ratings for hopefuls like Scott Walker and Chris Christie likely won't have much impact on the presidential contest.

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