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A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 11:14am

Answering the call of nature in the open is all too common when families don't have other options. But now the country has its first zone that's free of open defecation.

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More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 10:43am

Prosecutors say clerics accused the couple of burning a page of the Quran and helped incite a mob to incinerate them in a brick kiln.

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Fla. Mailman Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto Capitol Lawn Appears In Court

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 10:23am

Douglas Mark Hughes faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison. He was arrested after his April 15 flight from Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, and has been under house arrest since then.

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You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 10:06am

Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.

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When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 10:00am

Filibusters were once reserved for the gravest existential issues. Rand Paul's long hours Wednesday were about liberty, the Constitution and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.

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He Calmed Kandahar. But At What Cost?

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 9:54am

Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq has imposed control on the city where the Taliban were born. He's been praised by the U.S. and the Afghan leadership, but his forces have also been accused of human rights abuses.

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Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 9:53am

Also on the list of 6,500 new Scrabble words: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. Or you could just say yeesh — if you've got the right tiles.

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Edna O’Brien: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 8:59am
The author, most recently, of “The Love Object” says Joyce staked his claim on Dublin, and it was left to Yeats, J. M. Synge and Beckett “to give us the landscape of the country in all its beauty, savagery, ghostliness and loneliness.”







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Fears Grow That ISIS Might Target Palmyra's Ancient Treasures

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 4:38am

Ancient ruins in the Syrian city captured by Islamist extremists could suffer the same fate as priceless artifacts that were destroyed in other cities seized by the group.

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Pipeline Operator In Calif. Spill Reportedly Had History Of Infractions

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 3:37am

Plains All American Pipeline had accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

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The World Of 'Gracekeepers' Is Immersed In Water — And Secrets

NPR Books - May 21, 2015 - 3:18am

Kirsty Logan's debut novel follows a traveling circus floating through a drowned world where "damplings" aspire to live on the rare patches of land, and hints of magic provide a fairytale feel.

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Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 2:52am

The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate opposes the collection of bulk telephone data and other surveillance measures that the government says are needed to combat terrorism.

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#MotorCityDrive: Is Detroit's Economic Engine Roaring Back To Life?

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 2:03am

Michel Martin heads to Detroit for a live conversation with some of the creative forces fueling the Motor City's economy. She'll ask what's driving Detroit's future now?

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‘Do No Harm,’ by Henry Marsh

New York Times book reviews - May 21, 2015 - 1:30am
A neurosurgeon’s account combines biography, descriptions of operations and considerations of policy.







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Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

NPR Top Stories - May 21, 2015 - 1:00am

Late Show host David Letterman said goodbye Wednesday night with his trademark self-deprecating sarcasm. He left as he had arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.

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WHO Calls For $100 Million Emergency Fund, Doctor 'SWAT Team'

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 11:41pm

The World Health Organization isn't ready for the next pandemic or international health crisis, so the agency's leader is calling for major reforms. But will the changes be enough?

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Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 11:40pm

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

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Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 11:38pm

In Washington state, a community coalition is bringing homeowners, businesses and government together to figure out how best to use what little money there is to protect the land from destruction.

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States Lack Accurate Statistics On Widespread Heroin Use

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 11:36pm

Opiate abuse has reached crisis levels, but some states aren't doing all they can to determine the depth of the problem. Finding up-to-date statistics for specific drugs is often difficult.

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Why A Chinese Government Think Tank Attacked American Scholars

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 11:35pm

The group says American professors are misinterpreting the country's Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). That's huge for China's Communist Party, which is deeply invested in history — and in who interprets it.

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