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'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 04:10

Bikers claim that many who were arrested in the Waco, Texas, brawl last week were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But police say the bikers were "known criminal gang members."

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Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:54

Yet another English monarch might be buried underneath an English parking lot. Scott Simon has more.

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Takata Air Bag Recall Could Take Years

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:54

The recall of Takata airbags this week was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Sonari Glinton about how and when companies announce a recall.

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Ireland Appears To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:54

Results are coming in from Ireland's vote on same-sex marriage. It's not just a referendum on gay rights; it's also a litmus test for how much this socially conservative country has changed recently.

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TLC's '19 Kids' Pulled For Sex-Abuse Scandal

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:54

Josh Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting admitted "wrongdoing" amid media reports that he allegedly fondled underage girls as a teenager. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with TV critic Eric Deggans.

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Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:54

The long-term environmental impacts of this week's oil spill in California may not be clear for some time. Meantime, the spill has reignited a fierce local debate over off-shore oil drilling.

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People-Smuggling Is Big Business In Myanmar

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:54

Thousands of migrants remain trapped on boats in Southeast Asia's Andaman Sea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to reporter Michael Sullivan about what he heard from some of the people who've reached Thailand.

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Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:54

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

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Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:03

Whether you're barbecuing OR grilling, a meat-eater or a vegetarian, here's how to keep your flavor from going up in smoke this Memorial Day weekend.

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Photos Capture The Joy On Playgrounds Around The World

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 03:03

From the U.K. to Kenya to the West Bank, photographer James Mollison exposes not only inequalities among rich and poor countries, but also the intimate moments that unfold during recess.

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Irish Anti-Gay-Marriage Leader Tweets Election Concession

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 01:52

In a gesture that indicates the Irish ballot measure to legalize same-sex marriage has succeeded, the head of the organization that ran the No campaign tweeted his congratulations to the Yes side.

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Take It Outside: Teaching Sex Ed On The Streets Of New York

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-23 01:30

Sex education often occurs in one of two places: at home or at school. Francisco Ramirez is bringing the subject out into the open.

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Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 23:35

The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.

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Senate Blocks Patriot Act Extension

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 21:15

The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.

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Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 17:11

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.

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Expats Find Brazil's Reputation For Race-Blindness Is Undone By Reality

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 16:32

Brazil is touted as one of the most racially harmonious places in the world, but people of color who move there say they are surprised at the degree of discrimination they face, based on skin color.

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TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 15:33

Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about "one of the most difficult times of our lives."

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In New Jersey, A Beef Over Pork Roll Sparks Rival Festivals

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 13:42

What is pork roll? As one fan puts it, "It's like Spam meets bacon." And this Saturday, Trenton, N.J., will host not one, but two competing festivals devoted to this Garden State meat delicacy.

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Pre-Race Day, Indy 500 Struggles With Flying Cars

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 13:39

Leading up to the premier race is a series of unpredictable airborne crashes — and no one can explain why. Officials have mandated a lower driving speed, while engineers work to find some solution.

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Man Convicted Of Killing D.C. Intern Chandra Levy To Get New Trial

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 13:30

Prosecutors have agreed not to oppose a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was found guilty in 2010 of killing Levy in 2001.

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