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When A Cholesterol Test Becomes A Vice Instead Of A Virtue

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 08:51

No single concept has permeated American medical culture to the extent that our anxiety about cholesterol has. Old or young, man or woman, rich or poor — everyone wants a cholesterol test.

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U.S. Embassy Officers Shot, Killed 2 Armed Individuals In Yemen

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 06:55

Last month's incident has the potential to inflame tensions with a U.S. ally on the war on terror. Officials say the two officers are no longer in the country.

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High-Ho, The Derry-O, The Farmer And The Drone

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 06:33

Congress has ordered the FAA to create new rules to safely integrate drones into U.S. airspace by 2015, but North Dakota's farmers aren't waiting.

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South Sudanese Leaders Sign Cease-Fire Agreement

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 05:36

The pact calls for the "immediate cessation of hostilities." The world's youngest country has been roiled by ethnic violence since December. Thousands have been killed and 1.3 million are displaced.

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2 Dead, 1 Missing After Hot Air Balloon Catches Fire In Virginia

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 04:25

The balloon hit power lines, and images showed the basket on fire. Witnesses said they heard an explosion and saw people falling from the balloon.

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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric Internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.

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Russia's Independent Media All But Silenced

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

As state-run TV cheers Vladimir Putin, cable providers have dropped Russia's last independent channel. NPR's Scott Simon interviews the editor of Dozhd TV about its struggles to stay on the air.

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Mexican Vigilantes Keep Arms Despite Deadline

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

Mexican civilians in Michoacan State have taken up arms to fight the murderous Knights Templar cartel. Saturday is the deadline for vigilantes to register their weapons with the police.

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How Much Can The U.S. Do For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

The U.S. is advising Nigeria in the search for the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. But Africa expert Paul Lubeck tells NPR's Scott Simon he doubts the Nigerian government can make good use of the aid.

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On Eve Of Referendum, Many Fear For Ukrainian Economy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:52

Sunday's referendum in eastern Ukraine comes as fierce battles are waged in the port city of Mariupol. A vote for independence may calm tensions, but it might also bankrupt the economy.

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Michelle Obama: Nigerian Girls 'Embody The Best Hope For The Future'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 03:44

In a Mother's Day address, first lady Michelle Obama said the U.S. is committed to standing up for the girls and their right to an education.

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Tech Week: Target CEO Out, Drones In Question, Apple's Big Deal

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 02:07

This week's technology news included the departure of Target's chief in the wake of the chain's data breach, efforts to regulate commercial use of drones and reports Apple may buy Beats Electronics.

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How Loud Is Too Loud? A High-Decibel Debate On Expanding Heathrow

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 02:05

Schoolkids under the flight path of London's main airport now play in noise-reducing huts because it's so loud. Yet the airport wants a third runway so it can accommodate more flights.

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With Great Korean Barbecue Comes Great Responsibility

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 02:04

The bulgogi beef in Los Angeles' Koreatown might be the best grilled meat you'll ever have. At least, if you know how to place an order. We'll walk you through one important rule.

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With Great Korean Barbecue Comes Great Responsibility

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 02:04

The bulgogi beef in Los Angeles' Koreatown might be the best grilled meat you'll ever have. At least, if you know how to place an order. We'll walk you through one important rule.

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Bridging The Cultural Gap With A Mother-In-Law In The Kitchen

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 02:03

My Indian mother-in-law and I didn't have an exact recipe to follow as we forged our relationship. At times it seemed like we might never understand each other, but we cooked together.

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The Congresswoman Whose Husband Called Her Home

NPR News - Sat, 2014-05-10 01:58

Coya Knutson was the first woman elected to Congress from Minnesota. But the charismatic farmer's daughter saw her political career derailed by one of the worst dirty tricks ever.

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Reports: Hot-Air Balloon Catches Fire In Virginia

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 23:43

A hot-air balloon is believed to have caught fire and crashed in Virginia after colliding with a power line. Eyewitnesses said they saw the balloon in flames and heard screams for help.

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New Rules Aim To Streamline GOP's 2016 Nominating Process

NPR News - Fri, 2014-05-09 16:18

If there are other Herman Cains and Michele Bachmanns out there with 2016 presidential hopes, new RNC rules may make it harder for them to go from "who?" to Republican presidential contenders.

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