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Kristen Wiig, Alice Munro And Negative Space In Fiction

NPR Books - April 14, 2014 - 5:20am

A new film starring Kristen Wiig adapts an Alice Munro short story, filling in huge swaths of negative space that Munro left. But surprisingly, in telling more of the story, the film loses something.

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Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 4:25am

The explosion at a bus station near Abuja is thought to be the latest in a string of such attacks by the extreme Islamist group Boko Haram. More than 70 people were killed. More than 120 were injured.

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In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 3:35am

A deadline set by the Ukrainian government passed without gunmen leaving sites they have seized in the eastern part of the country. But the prospect of Ukrainian troops moving in is rattling nerves.

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Book News: 'Captain Underpants' Is 2013's Most Vilified Book

NPR Books - April 14, 2014 - 3:18am

Also: Sue Townsend was writing another Adrian Mole novel at the time of her death; the best books coming out this week.

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Suspect In Killings At Kansas City Jewish Sites Linked To KKK

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 2:50am

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, was once a Ku Klux Klan grand dragon, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. He allegedly shot and killed three people on Sunday.

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Kiev Deadline For Disarming In East Ukraine Passes

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:36am

A deadline for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday. There was no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out.

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Police In Utah Seek Answers After 7 Dead Babies Found

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:33am

The discovery of seven dead babies in cardboard boxes in a Utah garage has police desperately seeking answers about how such a tragedy unfolded over a decade with no one noticing.

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Supremacist ID'd As Suspect In Kansas Attacks

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:12am

The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist.

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Official Says Sub Will Be Used In Search For Jet

NPR Top Stories - April 14, 2014 - 12:06am

Crews will for the first time send a robotic sub into the Indian Ocean. It's trying to determine whether signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes

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Mind Over Milkshake: How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 11:22pm

What we think about food may change how our bodies respond to it. Sip what you think is a rich milkshake, and your body acts as if you've had a fatty treat, even if it's really a lower-calorie drink.

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'Grapes Of Wrath' Is 75, But Its Depictions Of Poverty Are Timeless

NPR Books - April 13, 2014 - 11:22pm

John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl story is "about haves and have-nots," says one scholar, "and that story is getting increasingly urgent." The book was first published April 14, 1939.

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A Gold Obsession Pays Dividends For Indian Women

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 11:20pm

Gold is not just about ornamentation in India. It's an insurance policy against bad economic times and bad marriages. Enterprising Indian women are using it to get loans to start small businesses.

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Kiev Government To Deploy Troops In Ukraine's East

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 6:53pm

Kiev government to deploy troops in Ukraine's east

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Bubba Watson Dons Green Jacket For Second Time At Masters

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 3:04pm

After a blustery final round at Augusta National, Bubba Watson earned his second win at the prestigious Masters golf championship on Sunday.

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Drought Could Complicate Already Difficult Food Crisis In Syria

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 2:07pm

The World Food Programme is moving about 40,000 tons of food around Syria each month, navigating conflict zones and checkpoints. And now a potential drought could hurt food production in the country.

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3 Dead After Shootings At Jewish Facilities Near Kansas City

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 1:21pm

One shooting took place at a Jewish community center and another happened at an assisted-living facility. Authorities say a person of interest is in custody, The Associated Press reports.

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What 'Life In The New Cuba' Is Really Like

NPR Books - April 13, 2014 - 12:59pm

American Julia Cooke documented the ways Cuba has changed since Fidel Castro ceded authority to his brother. During her travels, she says, everything she thought she knew was "blown out of the water."

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'Bully' Serves His Punishment: Holding Sign In Public

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 12:32pm

After a court found Edmond Aviv had abused his neighbors with racial slurs and pranks, he was forced to sit by a busy street with a sign proclaiming, "I am a bully."

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'Pay Secrecy' Policies At Work: Often Illegal, And Misunderstood

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 11:12am

President Obama has signed an order that reinforces part of a law that's existed for nearly 80 years: Employees can discuss compensation without fear of retaliation. Here's what you should know.

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A Girl Ages From 0 To 14 Years Old, In 4 Minutes

NPR Top Stories - April 13, 2014 - 11:06am

Lotte turned 14 in October; that led her father, Dutch filmmaker Frans Hofmeester, to make a new "time lapse edit" of the images he has collected since her birth.

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