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Smartphones Are So Smart They Can Now Test Your Vision

NPR Top Stories - May 28, 2015 - 11:35am

In a new study, an easy-to-use app did just as good a job as the machines in an eye doctor's office. That's a boon for people in low-income countries — and really for anyone with vision issues.

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Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

NPR Top Stories - May 28, 2015 - 8:23am

Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.

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George Pataki Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

NPR Top Stories - May 28, 2015 - 4:13am

Former New York Gov. George Pataki unveiled a video announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination Thursday. He'll speak at an 11 a.m. ET event in New Hampshire.

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Live Anthrax Was Mistakenly Sent To 9 States And A U.S. Military Base

NPR Top Stories - May 28, 2015 - 3:12am

The Pentagon says an attempt to ship inactive anthrax samples resulted in live samples being sent to labs in nine U.S. states and to a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea.

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Non-Academic Skills Are Key To Success. But What Should We Call Them?

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

Half the picture of student success is something other than academic. So why can't someone come up with a better name for them?

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Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton?

NPR Top Stories - May 28, 2015 - 1:00am

African Americans are going to be key to a Hillary Clinton presidential run. After a tense 2008 primary fight with Barack Obama, she's trying to win them over.

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The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

NPR Top Stories - May 28, 2015 - 1:00am

The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

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Their Life In A Refugee Camp Might Be Better Than Life Back At Home

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 11:30pm

In the 1990s, hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled war and found a new home — and new opportunities — in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya.

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The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 11:29pm

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.

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Golden State Beats Houston, Will Face Cleveland For NBA Title

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 9:02pm

The Warriors return to the Finals for the first time in 40 years with a convincing 104-90 victory over the Rockets.

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Scientists Discover Evidence Of A 435,000-Year-Old Murder

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 5:15pm

Scientists say it's not just a murder from another era, but also part of one of the earliest mass graves.

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Fact Check: 3 Questions Answered About Bill Clinton's LLC

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 4:10pm

Does Bill Clinton have a secret corporation that he is using to hide money? Is it intended to pay a lower tax rate? Or is it something else entirely?

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Tracy Morgan, Wal-Mart Settle Lawsuit Over Truck-Limousine Crash

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 3:56pm

The actor sued the retail giant for negligence last year after he was seriously injured in a crash in which his limousine was struck by a Wal-Mart truck traveling 20 mph over the speed limit.

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Danish Broadcaster Says Killing Of Rabbit On Air Highlighted Hypocrisy

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 3:44pm

The rabbit was clubbed to death during a debate on animal cruelty. Radio24syv says it wanted a debate about the hypocrisy toward perceptions of cruelty toward animals. Critics aren't buying it.

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Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 2:08pm

Nebraska just repealed its death penalty. Here's a look at where the law stands in your state.

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On The Road To Recovery, Detroit Property Taxes Aren't Helping

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 2:02pm

Even with cheap rent, the cost of doing business is high. With the nation's highest commercial property taxes, one business mogul says this stunts entrepreneurship in a city that needs more jobs.

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Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 1:52pm

Cost and lethal-injection complications have led some states to reconsider the death penalty. U.S. support for the practice has declined over the last two decades, but three-in-five still support it.

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Nebraska Governor's Veto Of Death Penalty Repeal Sets Up Override Vote

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 8:44am

Thirty votes are needed in the state's unicameral legislature to override Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The vote is expected to be close.

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Paralyzed By Doubt? Here's A Guide For The Worrier In Us All

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 7:16am

You might think that anxiety disorder is no laughing matter, but illustrator Gemma Correll respectfully disagrees. She sees the humor in the mental condition that she deals with every day.

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More Severe Storms Possible For Flood-Hit Texas

NPR Top Stories - May 27, 2015 - 7:00am

At least 17 people have died as a result of severe storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma.

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