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A Love Letter To Matzo: Why The Holey Cracker Is A Crunch Above

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 00:45

Plain, dry matzo tends to have a reputation for tastelessness. But Dan Pashman, host of the food podcast and blog The Sporkful, argues that the crunchy cracker is a culinary marvel.

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Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 00:43

The bronze sculpture depicting Jesus huddled under a blanket on a park bench has provoked praise and complaints — and a call to the police — in its new North Carolina neighborhood.

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Pray Or Prey? Cameroon's Pentecostal Churches Face Crackdown

NPR News - Sun, 2014-04-13 00:43

Hundreds of Pentecostal churches have cropped up in Cameroon in the past decade. Now, the government is shutting some down, targeting churches that it says take advantage of poor, desperate people.

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By Helping Gay Athletes, Group Hopes To Refocus On Talent

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 14:26

This week, Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in NCAA Division 1 basketball. You Can Play, the organization that helped him through the process, wants to be irrelevant eventually.

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U.S. Agency Backs Down In Standoff With Cattle Rancher

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 13:10

A Nevada rancher whose cattle were seized over his refusal to pay grazing fees for the use of federally protected land seems to have won at least a reprieve in his fight against the government.

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When Your Child's Food Allergies Are A Matter Of Life And Death

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 13:09

Laurel Francoeur's son has multiple severe allergies. This means keeping certain items out of the house and calling ahead to restaurants. It also means tough talks with her son and other parents.

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In Australia, A Minute Of Silence Is Being Sold To Help Vets

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 11:57

Before you start thinking things are too noisy Down Under, know this: The Minute of Silence was recorded as veterans of Australia's military stood by, in honor of their fallen comrades.

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Google Maps Displays Crimean Border Differently In Russia, U.S.

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 11:01

In Russia, Google Maps now shows the Crimean Peninsula as part of Russian territory. The service shows a different image on browsers in the U.S.

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Bus Crash Tragedy: Investigators Work As Communities Mourn

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 07:25

Investigators don't yet know what caused a deadly highway crash that killed 10 people Thursday after a FedEx truck hit a bus that was taking teenagers to tour a college campus in Northern California.

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Tech Week: Heartbleed, The Latest Bubble And Windows XP Retires

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 06:40

The cybersecurity threat that individuals are largely powerless to fix, Heartbleed, dominated this week's headlines. And is Silicon Valley overvaluing the future?

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Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 06:33

As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.

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Pakistani Court Tosses Out Attempted Murder Charge Against Baby

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:43

Weeks after he was fingerprinted and appeared in court, baby Musa is no longer living under the shadow of an attempted murder charge. The boy was reportedly 9 months old when he was charged.

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Republicans Form New Fundraising Group, On Heels Of High Court Ruling

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:04

Seeking to capitalize on the Supreme Court's recent ruling that eased restrictions on political contributions, Republicans are launching a new "super joint fundraising committee."

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Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:03

Men and women ski on the same slopes. A rock band performs in the capital. It's all part of the constant tug-of-war between religious conservatives and those seeking more social freedoms.

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School Lunch: Any Chicken In Those 'Food-Like Nubbins'?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:03

It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias. NPR's Scott Simon reveals the chemical contents.

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Pentecostal Churches Accused Of Exploiting Cameroon's Poor

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:03

Pentecostalism is spreading rapidly throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Half of the world's Pentecostalists live there, and Cameroon's government has deemed the church a national threat.

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Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:03

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves.

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A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back 'Strong'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:03

The Boston Strong campaign cheers the grit and grace the city's shown since last year's marathon bombing. Journalist Mike Barnicle tells NPR's Scott Simon how Bostonians are overcoming the tragedy.

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Jailed In Cuba Since 2009, USAID Contractor On Hunger Strike

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:03

Alan Gross has been in a Cuban jail for more than four years. This week, he went on a hunger strike. Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, recently back from Cuba, brings NPR's Scott Simon an update.

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IRS Chasing Children For Dead Parents' Debts

NPR News - Sat, 2014-04-12 05:03

The IRS is going after taxpayers to pay their deceased parents' decades-old debts. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Marc Fisher of The Washington Post about the collection efforts.

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