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New Report Examines Lynchings And Their Legacy In The United States

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 16:44

The report by the Equal Justice Initiative says that the number of victims in the American South was more than 20 percent higher than was thought, and that the phenomenon was a form of terrorism.

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NBC Suspends Brian Williams For 6 Months, Without Pay

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 16:00

The evening news anchor had stepped down voluntarily after he said on air that a helicopter he was on had been hit by fire over Iraq. He later admitted he had "misremembered" the episode.

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Jon Stewart Will Leave 'The Daily Show' This Year

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 14:56

Stewart let the news slip during a taping of his show today. Comedy Central said Stewart will remain at the helm of the influential satire show until "later this year."

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Proposed Law In Puerto Rico Would Fine Parents Of Obese Children

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 13:49

Education officials would identify the children and parents would have six months to get them to lose weight. If they don't, after another six-month period, parents could face a hefty fine.

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Chelsea Manning To Be 'Guardian' Columnist

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 13:43

The former Army intelligence analyst, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified information, will write for the newspaper's U.S. website. She won't be paid.

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After Ruling, Alabama Faces Hodgepodge Of Same-Sex Marriage Policies

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 13:33

Gay rights advocates have asked a federal court to order probate judges in Alabama to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Newly Discovered Footage Shows Sinking Of SS Eastland

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 13:23

Robert Siegel speaks with grad student Jeff Nichols about his recent find of footage from the 1915 SS Eastland disaster in Chicago.

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Guess How Much Of Uncle Sam's Money Goes To Foreign Aid! Guess Again!

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 13:17

A poll shows that Americans have no clue about the percent of the budget pie that is directed to foreign aid. But maybe it's not our fault.

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California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 13:06

Strawberry farmers have dropped a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis, and the university has hired a new strawberry breeder. But the future of academic berry breeding is uncertain.

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When It's Hard To Get A Vaccine Exemption, More Kids Get Shots

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 13:00

Robert Siegel speaks to Emory University epidemiologist Dr. Saad Omer about his research into state laws covering non-medical vaccine exemptions.

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With New Moves, Russia's Parliament Looks To Rewrite History

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:58

Russia's seizure of Crimea has been widely criticized. But what if Crimea was given away illegally to Ukraine back in 1954? Russian lawmakers are hard at work on their own version of history.

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Texas Insurance Brokers Play Bigger Obamacare Role

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:54

Despite an uneasy relationship to the health law, insurance brokers are touting their expertise and helping Texans sign up for Affordable Care Act insurance.

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Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:54

With gas prices down, a growing number of states are turning to a gas tax increase. New Jersey looks at following suit to fund much-needed projects, but some drivers aren't eager to pay up.

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Tech May Get In The Way Of Good Culture Shock While Studying Abroad

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:40

A record number of Americans are studying abroad. Educators say that's good, as it promotes better cross-cultural understanding. But many in the field worry the influx of technology and social media may be hampering students' ability to fully immerse themselves abroad.

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Family Confirms Death Of American Hostage Held By ISIS Militants

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:40

The family of Kayla Mueller released a statement on Tuesday confirming her death while being held hostage by ISIS militants. Mueller's death raises questions about whether U.S. policies made it more difficult to save her.

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New Government Agency Designed To Tackle Cyber Threats More Effectively

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:40

The Obama administration is creating a new agency to gather and distribute intelligence on cyber threats more quickly. The agency is modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, created after Sept. 11 to improve information sharing across the U.S. government.

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New Illinois Governor Has Unions Bristling Less Than A Month Into The Job

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:40

Illinois' new Republican governor is taking a page in politics from other Midwestern states. Bruce Rauner is setting policies that have government labor unions bristling and he hasn't even been on the job for a month.

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Putin Receives Warm Royal Welcome In Egypt

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:40

Russian President Vladimir Putin brought a present to Cairo for the Egyptian president — a Kalashnikov rifle. The two leaders also signed a deal for a Russian nuclear plant.

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A Historic Drought Grips Brazil's Economic Capital

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:40

Restaurants are using disposable cutlery and plates. Residents only have water for a few hours. Food prices are soaring. Now, Sao Paulo faces draconian rationing of up to five days a week.

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Advocates Join Fight To Eliminate Detroit's Rape Kit Backlog

NPR News - Tue, 2015-02-10 12:40

Six years ago, 11,000 untested rape kits were found in Detroit. Now nearly all of the kits have been tested, but it will cost the city millions to investigate and prosecute every case.

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