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Singing Star Of All-Black Cowboy Movies, Herb Jeffries, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:59

Herb Jeffries was the first singing star of all-black cowboy movies in the late 1930s, which garnered him the nickname the "Bronze Buckeroo." He died Sunday in California, at age 100.

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In France, Remembering The American Flyboys Of World War I

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:59

A century after World War I started, the French pay tribute on Memorial Day to the "Lafayette Squadron," American pilots who fought with the allies before the U.S. officially entered the war.

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Violence Returns To Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:59

A day after Ukraine's tumultuous elections, pro-Russian militants in the country's east took over part of an airport in Donetsk, prompting airstrikes by the government.

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Mass Collection Of Student Data Raises Privacy Concerns

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:59

States are centralizing record-keeping and tracking student progress, while online educational software sheds light on how students learn. But many worry about how this information could be misused.

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VIDEO: 'Eighth wonder of world' rare access

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:55
BBC News has been granted rare access to the Thames Tunnel - which was once known as the eighth wonder of the world.

Harrington fails to qualify for US Open

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:47
Ireland's Padraig Harrington misses out on the US Open for the first time in 15 years, but Shane Lowry will play at Pinehurst.

Clegg: Exhausted, red-eyed and pale

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:43
Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg left heartbroken and exhausted

US dog scared by hero cat 'put down'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:40
The cat in California caught on video saving a boy from a dog is invited to "throw" the first pitch at a baseball game, but the dog is reportedly destroyed.

The Man Who Brought G.I. Joe To Children Dies At 86

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:28

Donald Levine brought the first G.I. Joe action figures to U.S. shelves 50 years ago after rejecting other possible names for military figures, like Salty the Sailor.

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The Blind Woman Who Sees Rain, But Not Her Daughter's Smile

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:07

When Milena Channing was 29 years old she was blinded by a stroke. But the injury left her with connections from her eyes to the part of the brain that detects motion.

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In California, Life With Parole Increasingly Leads To Freedom

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 12:06

Until recently, inmates with life sentences — most for murder — were rarely released from prison, regardless of their behavior. But a 2008 court case and a new governor have changed their odds.

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VIDEO: Cheese-rolling contest back on menu

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 11:57
Thousands of people have gathered for an annual cheese-chasing competition on Cooper's Hill near Brockworth in Gloucestershire.

Just sit back and enjoy it - Coulthard

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 11:43
The rivalry between Mercedes team-mates Louis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg is a once in a generation show, says David Coulthard.

Pope visits Jerusalem holy sites

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 11:02
Pope Francis visits the most important holy sites for Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem's Old City on the final day of his Middle East tour.

Murray aims for good run in Paris

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 10:56
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray plays Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev in the French Open first round on Tuesday.

Brad Paisley Leaves 'Southern Comfort Zone' For Troops In Afghanistan

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 10:54

The country music star rescheduled an Iowa gig so he could travel to Bagram Airfield with the president. Paisley's change of plans turned out to be a boon for vendors at the Tree Town Music Festival.

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VIDEO: Ukraine battle at Donetsk airport

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 10:52
Ukrainian troops have launched air attacks to regain control of Donetsk airport from pro-Russia rebels.

Eamon Gilmore to resign as leader

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-26 10:23
The Tánaiste (deputy prime minister) in the Republic of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, announces he is to stand down as leader of the Labour Party.

Why a lot of military vets like farming

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-26 10:11

The first time Sonia Kendrick got out in her fields of tomatoes, cucumbers and corn, something magical happened. “It was as if the earth had grounded me,” she says.

Kendrick served in the Army and National Guard for nine years, including eight months in Afghanistan. She has PTSD. Around 2009, she started farming in her hometown near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Kendrick says veterans like her don’t want office jobs. She says, when you’ve almost lost your life repeatedly, it’s hard to care about office rules. So farming’s perfect.

“You're not in a cubicle playing bureaucratic rules, I don’t think we enjoy,” she explains.

So many veterans have turned to farming, the Agriculture Department has created special programs to help them. The department says 45 percent of service members are from rural areas. Non-profits are springing up to teach them how to farm -- groups like Growing Warriors, based on a 286-acre spread in eastern Kentucky.

Kevin Lanzi is the farm manager. He’s been farming for about five years. He’s a former Marine who spent almost 10 months in Iraq. He’s also got PTSD. He says he spent years trying to find himself after leaving the military.

“I finally found farming and, ever since I’ve never looked back," Lanzi says. "Just seeing what you’re making. The responsibility is all you. It’s awesome.”

Why does farming seem to help veterans with PTSD?

“They’re distracted. They’re engaged in something that’s fun and they don’t necessarily have to think about or it’s easier to avoid those memories and thoughts of the traumatic event,” says Craig Bryan, head of the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah.

But Bryan says farming offers only temporary relief from PTSD symptoms. Veterans suffering from it still need therapy. Those I talked to all have done therapy. They say it helps.  But only if they can farm, too.

Parents Of Elliot Rodger Heard Of Attack As They Tried To Stop Him

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-26 10:03

The 22-year-old's parents were rushing to stop him from hurting anyone Friday night when they heard news of a shooting and feared their son was involved.

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