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Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:41

The pope gave his traditional Easter blessing before a large crowd in St. Peter's Square; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.

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Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller.

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Hindu Nationalist Topping Polls In World's Largest Election

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

In India, hundreds of millions are casting their ballots in parliamentary elections over the next month. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Indian reporter Supriya Sharma.

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S. Korean Community Waits And Prays For Its Missing Students

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

It's been a week of tragedy for the community of Ansan, an industrial town near Seoul. Many of the high school teenagers who sank with the South Korean ferry last week attended high school there.

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Measures Of Change After Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

One year ago, 1,100 garment workers were killed when a Bangladesh factory collapsed. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Steven Greenhouse, labor reporter for The New York Times, about what has changed.

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Ukraine's Divide, Too Broad For Easter To Bridge?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

Most Ukrainians are primarily Orthodox Christians, and Easter is the most important religious holiday of the year. Many in the country are hoping the holiday will calm current tensions.

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Legal At Last, Colorado's Pot Contest Gets Competitively Mellow

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

Denver is playing host to the annual Cannabis Cup this weekend. Editor Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post's The Cannabist blog gives NPR's Rachel Martin the high scores.

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Conservationist Shot In Africa's Oldest Nature Preserve

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

An internationally recognized conservationist is recovering after he was attacked in the Democratic Republic of Congo. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Allard Blom of the World Wildlife Fund.

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Organizers Predict Huge Crowd For Boston Marathon

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 04:05

Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.

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Relatives Grieve As Divers Pull Bodies From S. Korean Ferry

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-20 00:43

The grim recovery operation off South Korea continues Sunday. Police boats brought bodies ashore to the deafening cries and screams of family members.

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Divers Begin Pulling Bodies From Sunken Ferry

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 20:43

Divers begin pulling bodies from sunken ferry

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Training For An Uncertain Military Future In The Calif. Desert

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 13:38

The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?

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GM Was Slow To Recall Saturn Cars With Steering Flaw

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 13:02

General Motors delayed a safety recall of more than 330,000 cars, newly released federal documents show. The Saturn Ions were found to have defective power steering systems.

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Mount Everest: Avalanche Death Toll Rises To 13

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 11:16

Search teams are digging through ice and snow on Mount Everest in hopes of finding Sherpa guides who are still missing. Survivors say the avalanche was like being trapped in a cloud.

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Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 09:22

Officials in Columbus, Ohio, are scrambling to contain a burst of mumps cases. There's a new clinic open for vaccinations, and Ohio State University is teaching students how to protect themselves.

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Pakistani TV Journalist Hamid Mir Wounded In Attack

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 09:04

Prominent TV anchor Hamid Mir is in a Karachi hospital after gunmen opened fire on his car Saturday afternoon. Mir's car was reportedly ambushed by attackers who were riding motorcycles.

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Ancient Landscape Is Found Under 2 Miles Of Ice In Greenland

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 08:01

A revelation goes against widely held ideas about how some glaciers work, and it suggests that at least parts of Greenland's ice sheet survived periods of global warming intact.

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Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 07:07

Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.

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So This Is How They Do It! Zebras Getting Stripes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 07:03

The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.

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Ukraine Calls An Easter Truce In Clash With Militants

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-19 05:41

Citing recent progress and the Easter holiday, Ukrainian officials say they've suspended an "anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pro-Russian forces who have occupied government buildings.

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