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Is A Confederate Flag License Plate Free Speech?

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 00:08

Texas issues specialty license plates at the behest of private groups or individuals. At issue before the Supreme Court Monday is whether the state can reject messages that are offensive to some.

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Hillary Clinton Is Ready To 'Stand Out' As A Female Candidate

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 00:03

The former secretary of state is expected to announce her presidential candidacy soon. In recent weeks, she's given speeches to women's groups, pointing to a likely shift in tone from 2008 to 2016.

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Meet The Attorney Defending Confederate Flag License Plates

NPR News - Mon, 2015-03-23 00:03

R. James George Jr. started his legal career as a clerk for the first African-American Supreme Court justice and once defended rapper Tupac Shakur. But he's also a staunch First Amendment defender.

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Census Bureau Tests New Online Survey In Small Towns Ahead of 2020

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 23:42

The year 2020 will be the first time the census will be available online. But the Census Bureau must persuade hard-to-reach groups to take the survey. So they're doing a practice run in Savannah, Ga.

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As Ebola Crisis Ebbs, Aid Agencies Turn To Building Up Health Systems

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 23:37

After a year of Ebola, the virus is largely contained in Liberia. But an already-fragile health care system has been devastated, and crucially important health care workers have died.

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Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 23:33

The limit for healthy drinking may be less than you think — one drink a day for women and two for men, according to the CDC. New strategies are aimed at helping heavy drinkers reduce their intake.

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Republican Thorn Ted Cruz Announces Run For President

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 20:13

With a midnight tweet, Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce he is running for president. But Cruz faces an uphill climb against better-funded and better-known candidates.

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Starbucks Will Stop Putting The Words 'Race Together' On Cups

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 14:33

Some see the move as a reaction to widespread criticism of the company's push to start candid conversations about race in its stores. But Starbucks says the move had nothing to do with the backlash.

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In New York, Support Grows For Keeping Teens Out Of Adult Prisons

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 13:53

Hundreds of 16- and 17-year-olds are serving time in New York's adult prisons, including Rikers Island. A new proposal would raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18.

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Understanding Skid Row's Tensions After A Fatal Police Shooting

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 13:19

After LA police shot and killed an unarmed man in early March, NPR's Kelly McEvers and producer Tom Dreisbach embedded with Skid Row residents and police to learn more about each side of the story.

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Ashraf Ghani: U.S. Critical To Afghanistan's Future

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 13:03

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, the Afghan president says most of his country wants U.S. troops to remain. He also says he's determined to make sure ISIS doesn't gain a foothold.

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Founding Father Of Modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, Dies at 91

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 12:33

During more than a half-century as the city-state's leader, Lee helped turn the sleepy British colony into an affluent trading enclave. But he ruled with an iron fist and muzzled critics and rivals.

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Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces 'Huge Impact' From Climate Change

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 09:48

The head of the country's meteorological administration says it faces climate disasters and ecological degradation resulting from a warming planet.

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Parisians Sing The Praises Of 'Singin in the Rain'

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 08:03

Until a few years ago, American musical theater was rarely performed in France. But it's become a huge hit, with 'Singin in the Rain' as the latest sold-out success.

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Keeping Women Out Of The Work Force Is Economic Nonsense

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 07:08

New studies show how much a country loses if it discriminates. Not only would the women themselves benefit — to the tune of $9 billion in developing countries alone — The national economy would, too.

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ISIS Issues 'Wanted' List Of 100 U.S. Military Personnel

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 06:14

U.S. defense and intelligence officials tell NPR that the list appears to have been derived from publicly available sources and not a breach of a government server.

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Qatar Digital Library Preserves The Music Of A Vanishing Past

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 05:50

The tiny, super-rich state of Qatar takes pride in its modernity, with its gleaming skyscrapers and lucrative gas fields. But it is also investing in a huge history project.

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Shiite Rebels In Yemen Reportedly Seize Parts Of Southern City

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 05:08

Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have seized the airport at Taiz, one of the country's largest cities, days after rival al-Qaida fighters consolidated their hold on al-Houtha.

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Gen. Allen: Iran's Involvement Complicates Anti-ISIS Effort

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 03:59

Host Rachel Martin speaks with reporter Teri Schultz about her exclusive interview with Gen. John Allen, the man charged with U.S. efforts to counter the self-described Islamic State.

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William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

NPR News - Sun, 2015-03-22 03:59

William Electric Black, the first African American writer for Sesame Street and winner of several Emmys, has a new project: a five-play cycle on gun violence.

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