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Ukraine's Acting President: We've Lost Control Of East

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

Pro-Russian separatists have seized government buildings in another eastern Ukrainian city. After Luhansk fell, Ukraine's acting president said his troops were helpless in the face of the unrest. He said he now was working to keep the rest of eastern Ukraine under his government's control.

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Botched Oklahoma Execution Mobilizes Death Penalty Opponents

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's execution was botched on Tuesday, when a relatively new combination of drugs failed to work as expected.

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Against 'Dark Money,' A Star Witness Speaks In Congress

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

Congress held its first hearing on "dark money," the donations to tax-exempt political groups that can keep donors' names secret. The star witness at the Senate committee was former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a vocal critic of the rulings that opened the door for the secret spending.

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A Quiet Election Day In Iraq, With Some Signs For Concern

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

For the first time since U.S. troops withdrew in 2011, Iraqis went to the polls to vote on their leaders. As Reuters reporter Ned Parker says, the day's events paint a grim future for Iraq's future.

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U.S. Tests Teens A Lot, But Worldwide, Exam Stakes Are Higher

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 12:00

American students take an alphabet soup of mandatory and voluntary exams: SAT, PISA, AP. Sure it's a lot, but in places like Japan and England, tests are incredibly high-stress and life-defining.

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Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails In Downtown Lynchburg, Va.

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 11:55

Authorities evacuated the general area but there are reports that some of the oil has seeped into the James River.

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Mars Rover Takes A Break To Drill A Hole

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 11:20

Over the next few days, Curiosity will drill deeper and collect samples, telling scientists about the fluids that once flowed across the area, a point of convergence for different types of terrain.

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Smiting The Mite To Save The Bees (And The Crops They Pollinate)

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 11:07

A government scientist says that to help keep more bees from dying we need to focus on helping beekeepers fight the varroa mite. But some groups say pesticides are just as problematic.

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Oklahoma Governor Calls For Independent Review Of Botched Execution

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 11:06

Gov. Mary Fallin said she will also delay other executions until the review is complete. Oklahoma tried to execute a man using a new combination of drugs. He died after the procedure was called off.

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A Whale Of A Problem: Town Faces Threat Of Exploding Carcass

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 10:17

The town of Trout River in Newfoundland has a bloated, methane-filled, 80-foot blue whale carcass on its beach, and people are concerned that it might spontaneously combust.

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Cancer Plus Chemo Might Put Your Job At Risk

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 10:04

Four years after women with jobs were diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, nearly one-third were unemployed. But it's not clear how much of that was due to illness or to a sour economy.

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Montana Supreme Court Overturns Ex-Teacher's 30-Day Rape Sentence

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 09:14

The court ruled that a new judge must re-sentence Stacey Dean Rambold, who was convicted of the 2007 rape of a 14-year-old student who later killed herself.

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Bikes + Salad = I've got the month of May

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-30 09:06

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Thursday, May 1. (Really? It's May already?)

In Washington, the Commerce Department reports on how much we earned and how much left our wallets in March. It releases its personal income and spending report.

Automakers are scheduled to release sales figures for April.

The Council of Chief State School Officers says Sean McComb, National Teacher of the Year, will be honored by President Obama tomorrow at the White House.

The Senate Energy & Natural Resourced Committee discusses the events that led to last winter's propane crisis.

And it's National Bike Month. It's also National Salad Month. (Why don't we just call it Get Ready for Swimsuit Season Month?)

China Could (By One Measure) Pass U.S. As No. 1 Economy This Year

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 08:20

A World Bank forecast was based on purchasing power parity, an estimate of the cost of living in a particular country. But that isn't the only way to measure the size of an economy.

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V. Stiviano 'Thunderously Unintelligent' In Sterling Scandal?

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 08:08

The NBA has banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life after tapes revealed racist comments he made to girlfriend V. Stiviano. The Beautyshop ladies weigh in.

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To Get Help From A Little Kid, Ask The Right Way

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 08:08

Asking preschoolers to be helpers is more effective than asking them to help, a study suggests. The noun-based approach works with adults, too, psychologists say, but don't take it too far.

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Botched Oklahoma Execution Prompts Questions About Lethal Injection

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:30

The aborted execution of Clayton Lockett, who died of a heart attack, and problems in other states have sparked calls for a reassessment.

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Gays In Cincinnati: From Second-Class Citizens To Fully Accepted

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:18

Cincinnati had a history of discrimination against gays, but all that has changed. The LGBT community has been embraced by politicians and corporations and now feels much safer than it used to.

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PODCAST: Winter came for the GDP

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-04-30 07:00

On Wednesday, the government reported GDP numbers. Turns out, January to March showed hardly any growth -- an annual rate of just one-tenth of one percent, way below forecasts. Spending on goods was down, but for services, like healthcare, consumer spending was up. Business investments and exports were down, so it wasn't just the weather. But analysts say more recent data suggest the current quarter will be better.

Plus, it seems like you can get everything at a Walmart—including the kitchen sink. And, now, auto insurance. Wal-Mart is rolling out a new service via its website, walmart.com, that allows consumers to shop online for auto coverage, compare premiums, and sign up for a policy all in one sitting and from a single website. It’s part of the giant retailer’s strategy to offer more financial services as it struggles to sell more to consumers in its stores, says retail consultant Burt Flickinger III at the Strategic Resource Group in New York.

“Whether it’s money transfers, or competing with GameStop on used videos, or auto insurance, Walmart is struggling to attract shoppers,” says Flickinger. “And the shoppers aren’t coming to the supercenters.”

 

What's The NSA Doing Now? Training More Cyberwarriors

NPR News - Wed, 2014-04-30 06:57

The military's reliance on cyberspace is outpacing its ability to defend against cyberattacks, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Here's how cyberwarriors are being trained.

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