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Tensions In South China Seas Looms Over Kerry Visit

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 03:47

Secretary of State John Kerry underscored U.S. concerns over China's claim to ownership of disputed islands the South China Sea, an issue that has strained relations in the region.

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Week Of Damage Control For Jeb Bush And Hillary Clinton

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 03:47

It's been a tough political week for Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton on issues of Iraq and Clinton Foundation funding. Political editor Ron Elving talks with NPR's Scott Simon about the implications.

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Red Tape Slows Control System That Could Have Saved Speeding Train

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 03:47

Investigators say the control network would have prevented this week's crash, and Amtrak vows to have it implemented by the 2016 deadline. But technical and bureaucratic hurdles are holding others up.

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Will Israel Charge Soldiers In Gaza Civilian Deaths?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 03:47

Israel is investigating potential criminal actions by its troops last summer during the war against Hamas in Gaza, including three attacks that killed nearly 50 civilians taking refuge in schools.

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Words Of Wisdom: Commencement Speeches Are Back

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 03:13

Grad speeches are underway. Kanye West, Mary Karr and Michelle Obama offer advice on expressing opinions, fear and being black in America.

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What If Americans Ate Like South Africans And Vice Versa?

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 03:03

In a two-week diet swap, they got burgers and fries. We got kale salad and corn porridge. Guess whose bowels fared better?

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Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi To Death

NPR News - Sat, 2015-05-16 02:09

Morsi was sentenced to death over his part in a mass prison break that took place during the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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All 8 Bodies Recovered From U.S. Helicopter Crash In Nepal

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 23:12

The bodies of six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers were recovered near the crash site in remote mountains northeast of Kathmandu where it was delivering earthquake relief aid.

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Clintons Earned $30 Million From Paid Speeches And Book Sales

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 17:34

The Clinton campaign revealed just how much the former president and secretary of state made in 2014 and 2015.

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Boston Bomber's Attorney Is A Strident Opponent Of Death Penalty

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:58

Judy Clarke has defended everyone from the Unabomber to Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner. Until Friday's sentence for Dzhokar Tsarnaev, she had saved her high-profile clients from the death penalty.

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Inside The Obama And Biden Financial Disclosures

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:39

The president continues to earn royalties on each of his books. And the Bidens got a better mortgage than the Obamas did: 30 years at 3.375 percent.

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Big 3 Airlines Say Foreign Competitors Are 'Dumping' Seats In U.S.

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 15:18

The chief executives of Delta, United and American airlines say Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad received subsidies from their governments. The Gulf carriers reject the accusations.

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Investigators Examining Whether Amtrak Train Was Struck By Object

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 14:38

An assistant conductor on the train that derailed Tuesday says she heard a radio transmission from the engineer that the locomotive had been struck. The derailment killed eight people.

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USDA To Certify Non-GMO Foods With New Label

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:34

The government runs organic and antibiotic-free labeling programs, but has stayed out of the non-GMO labeling fray. That is, until a food company asked the USDA for help, and the agency obliged.

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She's Not A Candidate, So Why Do So Many People Have An Opinion Of Her?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:31

Emily Farris is not running for anything and has no national profile or political aspirations. Yet, a quarter of GOP primary voters in one poll had an opinion of her. What's going on? Pseudo-opinion.

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Change is in the air traffic control tower

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:30

Momentum is growing for major changes to the U.S. air traffic control system, which, believe it or not, uses radar, not GPS, to land planes.

Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice present for policy at Airlines for America, says getting rid of radar would increase efficiency.

“It would enable us to put planes closer together and be more accurate in our prediction in weather and working around weather,” she says.

But American skies are already some of the safest in the world. So why the urgency? The Federal Aviation Administration’s budget has become a political football in Congress, and that's rattled air traffic controllers.

“They want to see stable, predictable, long-range planning and funding to modernize the system,” says Jim Burnley, who was transportation secretary under Ronald Reagan.

The union, he says, “has now made very clear in the last couple of months that it is willing to look at serious alternatives to the present structure of air traffic control.”

But proposals are still vague. Some want to reform but keep the agency inside the government, others want it privatized. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, says the Pentagon has told him it's weary of giving airspace control to a private group.

“Do we want to do the same old thing, maybe try to patchwork it in place?” he says. “Or do we want to do something iterative and say, 'OK, we’re going to make a major change to try and solve some of the long-term problems with this agency'?”

Politics Rewind: Between Iraq And A Hard Place

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-15 13:10

Jeb Bush's shifting positions on the Iraq War gave an opening to Republican rivals for the presidential nomination. And will Hillary Clinton answer questions directly on her trip to Iowa next week?

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