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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 1:32pm

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 1:00pm

This summer, even the most crowded pools are struggling to hire enough lifeguards, and are cutting hours as a result. In a rebounding economy, teens are opting for higher-paying jobs or no job at all.

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After Hope For Early Release, Prisoners' Applications Stuck In Limbo

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 12:36pm

The Obama administration offered help to nonviolent offenders like Dana Bowerman, but more than half the applications sent to the Clemency Project 2014 have not been processed.

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Imprisoned Israeli Spy Jonathan Pollard To Be Released In November

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 12:07pm

The former civilian Navy analyst was arrested in 1985 and received a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel. He has served nearly 30 years.

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Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 11:39am

SpaceShipTwo broke apart during an October test flight because the co-pilot unlocked a section of the spaceship's tail too early, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced.

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Me-Tea-Morphosis: Tea Bags Get Second Life As Works Of Art

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 10:49am

Artists are reinventing the humble tea bag, letting its contents and simple shape and color shine in beautiful, fragile art. Some are even farming out the tea drinking to get to the used bags.

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NFL's Goodell Upholds Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 10:44am

Until June, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not acknowledge to investigators that he had destroyed his cellphone, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says.

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Beyond Brothels: Farms And Fisheries Are Frontier Of Human Trafficking

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 10:19am

The State Department's annual human trafficking report this year gives special attention to slavery in agriculture and fishing. Human rights advocates say there's much work to be done to fight it.

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Political Campaigns Go Social, But Email Is Still King

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 10:16am

Campaigns are Periscoping, Tweeting, Facebooking, Snapchatting and Instagramming. But campaigns and strategists say the biggest bang comes from new ways of using the ol' email list.

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As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 9:53am

A different Twitter greeted some users when they logged on Tuesday as the social media company tries to win more hearts — and users.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

NPR Books - July 28, 2015 - 9:17am

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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Arizona Cardinals Hire Female Coach For Training Camp And Preseason

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 9:00am

"I am honored to be a part of this amazing team," says Jen Welter, an athlete and sports psychologist.

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Look Out Pelley, Muir And Holt. Rapping Reporters Could Give You A Jolt

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 8:43am

Uganda is bringing young eyeballs to the evening news with a team of rappers who inform and amuse.

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Giant Panda Jia Jia Celebrates 37th Birthday And Two Guinness World Records

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 7:36am

Jia Jia, who lives at an amusement park in Hong Kong, became the oldest panda ever living in captivity and the oldest panda currently living in captivity. In human terms, Jia Jia would more than 100.

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Former N.Y. Prison Employee Enters Guilty Plea Related To Inmates' Escape

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 7:14am

Joyce Mitchell, the Clinton Correctional Facility worker who was charged last month with aiding two convicted killers' escape, has reached a deal with prosecutors.

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Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare. Your Patients Are Getting Healthier

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 7:01am

The past 15 years have seen a drop in deaths and hospitalizations among Medicare patients — people 65 and older. Teasing out why is tricky, but it seems a good trend for the 50-year-old program.

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Twitter Takes Down Unoriginal Jokes, But All Of Yours Are Probably Safe

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 6:32am

A freelance writer got the company to take down several unauthorized uses of her humor by what she says are robot accounts, but legal scholars say proving copyright on jokes is difficult.

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An Airborne Adventurer's Journey In 'Circling The Sun'

NPR Books - July 28, 2015 - 6:03am

The author of The Paris Wife is back with another novelized memoir, this time of pioneering aviator (and all-around adventurer) Beryl Markham, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean east to west.

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Obama Asks African Countries To Create Jobs, Foster Democracy

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 6:02am

President Obama was the first sitting American president to address the African Union. The speech capped a five-day trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.

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NATO Says It Stands With Turkey In Fight Against ISIS

NPR Top Stories - July 28, 2015 - 4:22am

After it began an air campaign against the so-called Islamic State, Turkey called a meeting of the 27 allies to raise the possibility of a need for NATO involvement.

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