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Germans Impatient With Angela Merkel's Migrant Response

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

Germany is the number one destination for the thousands of migrants reaching Europe's shores. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a German perspective from Der Spiegel editor Maximilian Popp.

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Kurdish Activists Camp Out Between Turkey's Army And Kurdish Fighters

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.

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Their Crimes Reclassified, Some Californian Felons Get A Second Chance

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 4:02am

Approved by voters last year, Proposition 47 lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. It's giving former offenders access to better opportunities.

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What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 3:03am

A vast archaeological site sits atop one of the world's biggest untapped copper deposits. And Afghanistan must decide which resource will be a greater boon.

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How Fishermen's Bragging Rights Gave Birth To Fine Art

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 3:03am

In 19th century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art.

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Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 3:03am

Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

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The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story

NPR Top Stories - August 30, 2015 - 12:57am

Bloody Mary's have been around for ages, but an Iowa man has invented a way to take them to a whole new level: a straw made of meat. They've become a hit at bars, ballparks and stadiums. #America

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Broadway's First Black Jean ValJean Dies At 21

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 5:36pm

When he debuted earlier this summer, Kyle Jean-Baptiste was also the youngest person ever to play the lead character in Les Miserables on Broadway. He died in an accident Saturday.

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Egyptian Court Hands Down 3-Year Sentences For Journalists And Activists

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 1:10pm

Three Al-Jazeera English journalists and several student activists were sentenced to up to three years and six months in prison in Cairo on Saturday.

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

NPR Books - August 29, 2015 - 1:10pm

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.

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Demonstrators Storm Beirut, Demanding Solutions To Garbage-Collection Crisis

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 1:10pm

In Beirut, the Lebanese capital, bars and restaurants closed Saturday night in solidarity with anti-government protests that have grown over the last week.

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Turkey, U.S., Conduct First Joint Airstrikes Against ISIS

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 12:55pm

Ankara, long hesitant to commit to the coalition against the self-declared Islamic State, said "[the] fight against the terrorist organization is a priority."

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Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 12:45pm

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.

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Protests In Malaysia Target Prime Minister Over Alleged Corruption

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 12:32pm

Pressure on Premier Najib Razak has mounted since a revelation last month that $600 million had been improperly transferred from a failing state fund.

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New Orleans Mayor On Katrina Anniversary: 'We Saved Each Other'

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 9:42am

The 10th anniversary of the devastating storm was marked by prayers and church bells to remember the estimated 1,800 who lost their lives in the disaster.

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Ebola Flashback: Nancy Snyderman's Experience Was Different From Mine

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 8:03am

The Today show medical editor gave a new interview about her controversial quarantine. It triggered powerful memories for an NPR journalist who was in Liberia around the same time.

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Thai Police Make Arrest Possibly Linked To Deadly Shrine Bombing

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 6:46am

Authorities say it's too early to say for sure if the unidentified suspect, who they say was found with bomb-making materials, had anything to do with the attack on Bangkok's Erawan shrine.

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Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced In Egypt To 3 Years In Prison

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 5:54am

The outcome in the closely watched trial shocked many observers. The Qatar-based network's acting secretary-general said the verdict was politically motivated and "defies logic and common sense."

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Suspect Arrested In Killing Of Texas Deputy At Houston-Area Gas Station

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2015 - 4:41am

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said the Friday evening shooting was unprovoked; he has called it a "cold-blooded execution." A suspect is now in custody and facing capital murder charges.

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Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S.

NPR Books - August 29, 2015 - 4:05am

Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.

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