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Ukrainian Jews Celebrate Passover In Uncertain Times

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 2:03pm

The holiday has a powerful message this year for Jews in Ukraine, who have found liberation from what they saw as a corrupt government. But with violence in the East, their story is still unfolding.

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Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 1:59pm

Airlines commonly use Twitter to address the concerns of customers. When US Airways did that Monday, its response included a graphic picture of a naked woman.

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Gene Linked To Alzheimer's Poses A Special Threat To Women

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 1:43pm

Scientists have figured out one reason women might be more vulnerable to Alzheimer's: A risk gene doubles women's chances of getting the disease but has minimal effect on men.

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NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 1:25pm

Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.

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A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 1:21pm

Some lawmakers say a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West last year could be the state's best opportunity to pass needed safety measures. But it's going to be an uphill battle.

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John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:58pm

A high school French teacher who is challenging House Speaker John Boehner has come up with a novel campaign approach: an ad spoofing virility drug commercials.

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Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:56pm

Phelps, who has won 22 Olympic medals, including 18 gold, plans to compete in Arizona later this month.

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After Deaths, Renewed Focus On Leaky Gas Pipelines

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:27pm

The effort to replace thousands of miles of aging, corroded pipes — which could take decades and cost billions — is receiving fresh attention after an explosion last month in New York killed eight.

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Sandwich Monday: The Passover Sandwich

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:11pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, our non-Jewish colleagues get an introduction to the wonders of the Passover lunch. Manischewitz rules this meal.

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Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:01pm

A Wild West-style dispute between a Nevada rancher and the Bureau of Land Management has subsided — at least for the moment. Saying Cliven Bundy owed substantial back fees for allowing cattle to graze on federal land, the BLM had begun rounding up his cattle. But following protests from Bundy and hundreds of others, some armed, the BLM backed down, for now.

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Suspected Kansas Shooter Had Ties To KKK

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:01pm

The man suspected of killing three people at a Jewish community center and retirement home is a white supremacist formerly of the Ku Klux Klan. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, 73-year-old Frazier Glen Cross once ran a paramilitary camp in North Carolina. Cross may have been planning the shooting for months.

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Defiant Of Deadline, Pro-Moscow Occupiers Persist

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:01pm

Pro-Moscow militants have taken over more government buildings in eastern Ukraine, ignoring a government deadline for them to lay down their weapons. The Ukrainian army may enter to retake the region.

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Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 11:57am

Servers and bartenders say those addictive glowing screens are changing restaurant experiences, and not for the better. "This is just sort of the new norm," psychology professor Thomas Plante says.

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Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 11:15am

Months after exposing the National Security Agency's surveillance program, The Washington Post and The Guardian win a Pulitzer for public service. Donna Tartt won for fiction with The Goldfinch.

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Why Babies Cry At Night

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 10:51am

Maybe she's not just hungry. One scientist thinks the chubby bundles have a devious plan: Exhausting a mom delays the arrival of another brother or sister.

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