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For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 11:41pm

When adults are absorbed in their mobile devices, the consequences for children are not good. Research shows kids act out more if they are competing with a mobile device for their parent's attention.

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Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 11:40pm

In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.

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LA County's New Watchdog May Not Have Much Bite

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 11:39pm

Max Huntsman's job is to monitor the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, one of the nation's most troubled law enforcement agencies. The only problem: He doesn't have any real legal power.

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Car Hits Packed Florida Church, Injuring About 20

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 10:15pm

The Lexus sedan slammed into the church Sunday night just as the annual Easter concert was about to begin. The car went through the building's brick outer wall and several rows of pews, police said.

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16-Year-Old Survives In Wheel Well Of Maui Flight

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 9:58pm

The teenage boy survived the trip from California to Hawaii on Sunday unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said.

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Six Things I Saw In Eastern Ukraine

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 4:05pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro went to Kiev this month planning to report several feature stories on the Ukrainian revolution. Instead, he found himself documenting a country edging toward civil war.

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Hey, Kids, Remember You're On Our Side: The FBI Makes A Movie

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 1:07pm

Instead of a public service announcement, the FBI has made Game of Pawns, a docudrama about a college student recruited by the Chinese government. The message is obvious: Don't be a spy.

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A Scientific Experiment: Field Trips Just For Teachers

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 1:00pm

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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In South Korea, Ferry Rescue Efforts Yield Only Grisly Results

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 1:00pm

It's been a grim Easter Sunday in South Korea as the death toll continues to rise from the ferry disaster that left nearly 300 passengers, many of them high school students, dead or missing.

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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 1:00pm

California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S.

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Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic: 'Please Come Quickly'

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 12:59pm

The radio call transcript gives new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people missing. Early in its plight, the South Korean ferry seems to have listed too far to deploy its life boats.

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It's 4:20 On 4/20: Denver Hosts The Cannabis Cup Today

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 12:20pm

The Cannabis Cup festival's date is no coincidence – it's a conversion of the pot smoker's favorite time of 4:20 into a date. Denver is hosting it for the first time since state pot laws were relaxed.

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Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 12:16pm

Newlyweds Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes each lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing. Rescue the assistance dog helps fetch keys and push buttons, bringing warmth and joy as the couple recovers.

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'A Wound That Doesn't Close': Armenians Suffer Uncertainty Together

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 11:17am

The Easter holiday finds Christians in the Middle East concerned over what the future may hold. As the violence in Syria deepens, many Armenians remember a history of genocidal tragedies.

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The Florida Church Whose Worshipers Are All Tourists

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 8:39am

The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it's hosting tens of thousands of worshipers today –- it's across the street from Walt Disney World.

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'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 7:31am

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion who served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Carter's story inspired a Bob Dylan protest song; he was 76.

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This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 7:28am

Ten years after sneaking into a church slated for closing, parishioners at Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church maintain a 24-hour vigil in attempt to keep their house of worship open.

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Google Frecking: The Week In Pandas

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 7:13am

Based on Google Alerts, a snapshot of pandas in black-and-white. In the here-and-now.

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Ukraine: Deadly Gunfight Rattles Easter Truce

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 6:34am

The shootout took place at a checkpoint near Slovyansk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants have held a government building since last week.

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Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

NPR Top Stories - April 20, 2014 - 4:41am

The pope gave his traditional Easter blessing before a large crowd in St. Peter's Square; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

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