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A Giant Among Dinosaurs Discovered In Argentina

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 11:11

Paleontologists say the titanosaur fossils are from the biggest dinosaur ever to walk the planet.

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'The Play Of The Game:' Watch A Boy Win Over A Girl With A Foul Ball

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 09:51

It was the smoothest play during Saturday's Blue Jays/Rangers game: A boy catches a foul ball, turns around and hands it to a much older girl. But, watch the replay and there's more to his play.

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Nigerian Church Spreads African-Style Zeal Across North America

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 09:22

White missionaries used to travel to Africa to save souls. Today, the trend is reversed, as evangelists from the global south target Americans and Europeans they say are ripe for Christian renewal.

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Unity Is A Difficult Mission For Christians In Israel

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 08:51

In Israel, Christians make up just 2 percent of the population. Their numbers are rising and the population diversifying.

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Swiss Voters Reject Hiking Minimum Wage To World's Highest Level

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 07:13

A referendum would have raised the national minimum wage to $25 an hour. It was rejected by 76.3 percent of voters.

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Reports: Syrian Air Defense Chief Killed In Rebel Attack

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 06:27

Lieutenant General Hussein Ishaq is one of the few high-ranking officials to have been killed during the Syrian civil war.

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Turkey Arrests More Than A Dozen In Connection With Mine Disaster

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 04:37

Among them are executives from the mine company. With the death toll at 301, this became Turkey's worst mining disaster.

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China To Send More Ships To Evacuate Its Citizens From Vietnam

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:47

Anti-Chinese riots have erupted in Vietnam over a Chinese oil rig in disputed waters. Two Chinese workers have been killed.

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McConnell Faces Challenge From The Right In Tuesday Midterms

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

On Tuesday, voters in six states head to the polls for primary elections. NPR's Charles Mahtesian gives NPR's Lynn Neary a preview of what to expect.

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Court User Fees Bill Defendants For Their Punishment

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

Courts have found a new source of funding by charging fees to defendants who go through the criminal justice system. NPR's Joe Shapiro tells NPR's Lynn Neary about his year-long investigation into the fees.

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Voters Hope Modi Can Revive India's Economy

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Sadanand Dhume of the American Enterprise Institute about the results of the Indian election.

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Child Soldiers Freed In Central African Republic Struggle To Adapt

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

The U.N. has negotiated the release of more than 1,000 child soldiers in CAR. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Alexandra Zavis, a reporter who met with some of the former child fighters.

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Safety Of Ukraine's Presidential Election In Doubt In The East

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

Ukraine votes next week in a presidential election, but there's still separatist unrest in the east. NPR's Corey Flintoff tells NPR's Lynn Neary how a local oligarch restored peace in one city.

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Poverty, A Frustrating Mix Of Bad Choices And Bad Luck

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:37

Stories about poverty can evoke strong reactions, in part because Americans are conflicted about the topic. Both bad circumstances and bad choices can be the cause.

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How A Conservative Darling Could Lose His Conservative State

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 03:03

Sam Brownback's reelection as the GOP governor of Kansas might have been a slam dunk, but he's managed to anger enough constituency groups — including some Republicans — that now he faces a real race.

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Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:30

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? That's the question asked of an obscure federal agency pursuing a Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

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The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:29

Economists say too much income inequality is a bad thing. But they also say some inequality is necessary, and even good for society. Here are suggestions for finding that balance.

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Intriguing Lime Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-05-18 01:27

It's dry. Empty. Rocks everywhere. About 10,000 feet up in the Andes. Then, all of a sudden you see an enormous, lime green, tasty-looking lump. Should you lick it?

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Public college presidents get big paychecks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2014-05-17 23:20

College grads might be having a tough time landing jobs these days, but college presidents are doing pretty well for themselves. That's according to a new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education on executive pay at public colleges.

"Their pay seems to have been more or less impervious to the recent downturns we've seen in the economy," says Jack Stripling, lead reporter on the Chronicle's college president pay report.

The media group says the typical college president pulled in about $480,000 in total compensation in the 2012-2013 fiscal year. Nine presidents of the 256 public college leaders surveyed by the Chronicle had total compensation packages that topped $1-million. The highest-earning president was E. Gordon Gee, who ran Ohio State University during the period in question. His total compensation exceeded $6-million. Gee is now president at West Virgina University.

Such big pay packages may raise hackles at a time when schools are charging more for tuition and using cheap, adjunct faculty. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, president emeritus at the George Washington University, says college faculty likely do need a pay bump. But he says that's a separate issue.

"You don't have to make the case that presidents are overpaid in order to make the case that faculty are underpaid," he says.

Trachtenberg argues that college presidents earn their big paychecks by bringing in lots of money in tough fundraising environments.

But Michael Dannenberg, director of higher education and education finance policy with the Education Trust, says public college presidents should have some relationship to graduation rates.

"We have pretty high compensation levels at many institutions with disturbingly low performance when it comes to student success," he says.

The Chronicle of Higher Education's survey reveals that in many cases, presidents are not the top earners at public colleges. Its analysis finds that of the public college faculty earnig more than $1-million in fiscal year 2012-2013, 70 percent were coaches.

Lao Defense Chief, 4 Others Killed In Plane Crash

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-17 18:33

Lao defense chief, 4 others killed in plane crash

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