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Fighting Resumes In South Sudan, Despite Cease-Fire Agreement

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 05:46

Two days after signing an agreement to halt fighting, there was conflict in the town of Bentiu. The rebels and the government blamed each other for reneging on the pact.

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Seeds Of Political Engagement? They're Planted Early

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 05:03

NPR listeners shared photos of their early political memories and experiences. This is what we learned.

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WATCH: Michael Sam, Boyfriend React To Draft Pick

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 03:49

After Sam was drafted by the Rams, he celebrated by kissing his boyfriend. Sam will become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

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Beating The Odds To Become First Female Chief Nuclear Officer

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 03:33

There are nine men for every woman in nuclear engineering. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Maria Korsnick, the first female chief nuclear officer in the U.S., about her experience as a woman in the industry.

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U.N. Panel Could Find Vatican Guilty Of Torture

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 03:33

This week the Vatican faced a U.N. panel investigating priest sex abuse. The panel called for an end to what it called a Vatican "climate of impunity."

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Plenty Of Women Enter Academic Science. They Just Don't Stay

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 03:33

Women are underrepresented in the senior ranks of academic science, but they attend grad school in equal numbers as men. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to science correspondent Joe Palca about the disparity.

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Seperatists Hold Referendum On East Ukraine Independence

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 03:33

Pro-Moscow separatists hold their unofficial referendum on independence for eastern Ukraine on Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondents Corey Flintoff and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.

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In Run-Up To Egyptian Election, A Crackdown On Dissent

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 03:33

In Egypt, campaign season has kicked off for the presidential election later this month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.

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The Squabble That Never Ends: Britain and Spain Duel Over Gibraltar

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 03:33

The Rock of Gibraltar is on a peninsula attached to Spain. It's been sovereign British territory for 301 years, but many Spaniards still say it belongs to them.

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On Income Inequality: A French Economist Vs. An American Capitalist

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 01:40

Thomas Piketty says governments must impose heavy taxes to break up concentrations of wealth. Edward Conard says governments should cut taxes to encourage wealthy people to pursue even bigger profits.

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Did Homer Simpson Actually Solve Fermat's Last Theorem? Take A Look

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 01:33

Simon Singh spotted the equation on a Homer Simpson blackboard. Had Homer just solved one of the toughest puzzles in math? His solution, crazily, seemed "valid" – so Singh checked Homer's numbers.

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Voting Begins On Independence For Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-11 01:02

Residents of two fractious regions of eastern Ukraine began voting in a controversial referendum over sovereignty from the central government in Kiev.

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Austria's Conchita Wurst Takes Top Prize At Eurovision

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 15:37

The backlash against this year's winner, who performed in drag, highlights a rift between Europe's liberal side and the traditional values of Russia and other nations taking part.

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Rams Pick Michael Sam, First Openly Gay Player Drafted In NFL

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 15:29

In the seventh round of the NFL draft, the St. Louis Rams have picked Michael Sam, paving the way for him to be the first openly gay player in the league.

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Athletes Chased By Technology In The Sport Of Anti-Doping

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 14:40

As testing for doping in sports becomes more sophisticated, so do the drugs. Looking at the recent history of cycling can make you wonder how many cheaters continue to slip by undetected.

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Descendants Of Chinese Laborers Reclaim Railroad's History

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 13:21

America's first transcontinental railroad was completed with a golden spike 145 years ago. Thousands of Chinese workers helped build it, but their faces were left out of photos from that historic day.

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Youth Football Clinics Try A New Angle To Prevent Concussions

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 12:30

Heads Up Football is leading hundreds of training sessions across the country to teach kids a safer stance to avoid head injury. But in the heat of the game, will they forget and hit headfirst?

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Florida Rabble-Rouser Seeks To Open Civic Meeting With Satanist Prayer

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 11:28

The Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the constitutionality of saying secular prayers before government meetings. Chaz Stevens is testing the court's opinion in Deerfield Beach.

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Unidentified Remains Of Sept. 11 Victims Returned To Ground Zero

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 09:44

Some family members protested the move by wearing black gags over their mouths. Others thought the procession and final resting place were appropriate.

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Say It With A Selfie: Protesting In The Age Of Social Media

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 09:42

Signs remain a popular tactic for activists, but now they're showing up in digital self-portraits. These shared visuals put local issues, like kidnapped girls in Nigeria, into a global context.

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