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Supreme Court To Weigh Power Of Redistricting Commissions

NPR Top Stories - March 2, 2015 - 1:02am

Although the court has viewed gerrymandering of legislative districts as a practice that deprives citizens of fair representation, it's also thrown up its hands when it comes to policing the practice.

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Liberia's President: Ebola Re-Energized Her Downtrodden Country

NPR Top Stories - March 2, 2015 - 1:02am

In an exclusive interview, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf remembers how Liberia was "the poster child of everything that could go wrong." But people lived up to the local proverb: "Go fix it."

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A Nearly Recession-Proof City Is Not Slowing Down

NPR Top Stories - March 2, 2015 - 12:58am

The unemployment rate in Lincoln, Neb., is one of lowest in the U.S., thanks to a well-educated workforce. The focus now is on finding workers and keeping young people from leaving.

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Minnie Miñoso, Major League Baseball's First Black Latino Star, Dies

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 5:40pm

Miñoso, known as the Cuban Comet and Mr. White Sox, was a seven-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glover whose major league career spanned five decades.

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'Battle Creek' Tries To Shake Up CBS' Cop Show Formula

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 5:37pm

CBS' new cop show Battle Creek is based on a 12-year-old script by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan. It's among three new network shows that aim to reinvent old TV concepts.

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How Pittsburgh's Freedom House Pioneered Paramedic Treatment

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm

The groundbreaking ambulance service was created in the 1960s as the city struggled with racial tensions and poor medical transport. It trained African-American men to provide crucial emergency care.

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A Standout Student, A Star At Goldman Sachs — And Undocumented

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm

Julissa Arce was a stellar student and an even better financial analyst, but she was scared to go to work every day. "Maybe today's the day someone's going to find out," she feared.

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The Brother Went To Fight Ebola. So Did His Sister. Mom Was 'A Wreck'

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm

He's an epidemiologist. She's a nurse. And both of them felt compelled to head off to West Africa to battle the virus.

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For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction'

NPR Books - March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm

In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.

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Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life

NPR Books - March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm

One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces."

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Kerry Tries To Calm Tensions Over Netanyahu Visit

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 1:31pm

The Secretary of State said the Israeli prime minister is welcome to speak in the U.S. and that the White House does not want to see his address to Congress become "a political football."

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Avalanches Kill Nearly 250 In Afghanistan

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 11:59am

The latest avalanches, in the Panjshir Valley north of the capital, Kabul, have cut off villages in the area for almost a week.

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6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 10:23am

A Pew Research Center survey shows that 63 percent of Republicans under the age of 34 favor legalization.

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Venezuela Cuts American Embassy Staff, Restricts U.S. Travel

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 8:10am

President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of "gringo" meddling and placed several individuals, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Marco Rubio on a list of people banned from the country.

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ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna, Installation

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 6:00am

Two American astronauts at the Space Station are outside the craft for the last of three jobs aimed at paving the way to receive a new generation of crew modules beginning in 2017.

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In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Only Granted By Husband's Permission

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 5:17am

An Israeli film now playing in the U.S. shows how rabbinical rules regulating Jewish divorces in Israel can trap women. Rabbinical judges have taken the highly unusual step to see the film themselves.

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Opposition Rally In Moscow To Mourn Boris Nemtsov

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 5:10am

The Russian opposition leader was gunned down in Moscow in Friday in what many of his supporters believe was a directed political assassination.

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Thousands March In Moscow In Memory Of Murdered Putin Critic

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 5:07am

Thousands of people gathered on Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed on Friday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Corey Flintoff, who was at the march.

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Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 5:07am

Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress just before Israeli elections. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Chemi Shalev, the U.S. editor of Haartz, about how the controversial visit is playing back home.

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Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads

NPR Top Stories - March 1, 2015 - 5:07am

The number of dollars of unpaid child support each year in the U.S. is well into the billions. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi of FiveThirtyEight.com about the numbers.

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