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Live Blog: Facing Midnight Deadline, The Senate Debates Parts Of The Patriot Act

Sun, 2015-05-31 13:40

If the Senate fails to act before midnight, one of the most controversial parts of the Patriot Act — which allows for the bulk collection of phone records — will end.

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WIth A Midnight Deadline, The Senate Meets To Resolve Patriot Act Issues

Sun, 2015-05-31 13:14

The Obama administration is pressing the Senate to act to prevent key parts of the USA Patriot Act from expiring at the end of Sunday. Administration officials argue an expiration could hurt counterterrorism efforts. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates gets an update from correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Fatal Shootings By Police Twice As High As Official Number, Report Says

Sun, 2015-05-31 11:29

An analysis by The Washington Post shows that the number of such incidents is more than twice as high as official federal figures.

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Bernie Sanders Likens Salacious 1972 Essay To 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

Sun, 2015-05-31 09:53

The senator from Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate has been put on the defensive about the article he wrote for an alternative newspaper.

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No Love Lost In Paris As 'Love Locks' To Be Cut From Bridge

Sun, 2015-05-31 06:45

For years, lovers have placed padlocks on the bridge and tossed the key into the Seine as a symbol of their undying commitment to one another. But Parisian officials have a less romantic view.

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Racial Diversity Grows On Network Television, But Will Quality Lag Behind?

Sun, 2015-05-31 06:16

Network TV's fall schedule has a lot of new shows with non-white stars and casts. But NPR television critic Eric Deggans wonders if those series will explore race and culture as well as current shows.

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All Eyes On Senate As Patriot Act Provisions Set To Expire

Sun, 2015-05-31 05:54

Three key provisions of the act sunset on June 1. The Senate has scheduled a rare Sunday session to try to pass a House measure that modifies some of the provisions.

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Secretary Of Agriculture: Bird Flu Poses 'No Health Issue' To Humans

Sun, 2015-05-31 05:22

The largest outbreak of avian flu in U.S. history is ravaging poultry at farms in the Midwest. Sec. Tom Vilsack says there's no risk of transmission to humans, but egg prices may rise.

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Planetary Society Regains Communication With LightSail Spacecraft

Sun, 2015-05-31 04:14

The organization launched the tiny satellite earlier this month, but then lost contact last week due to a software glitch.

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At World's Fair In Italy, The Future Of Food Is On The Table

Sun, 2015-05-31 03:34

Vertical farms, food trucks, tropical forests and the supermarket of the future are on display at Expo 2015 in Milan. Exhibits from 145 countries focus on how to feed the planet sustainably.

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Adult Course Offers Learning For The Sake Of Learning

Sun, 2015-05-31 03:34

The Clemente course provides low-income adults with college-level education about the arts, literature and the humanities — topics often lost in the race to get a practical degree.

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Does Your Neighborhood Doom You To An Early Death?

Sun, 2015-05-31 03:08

People living just a few miles from each other in American cities can have radically different chances of living a long healthy life.

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Who's Addicted To What? The First Worldwide Guide

Sun, 2015-05-31 03:03

Researchers have put together a comprehensive look at alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use — and broken down the data by region.

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John Kerry Breaks Leg In Bicycle Accident Outside Geneva

Sun, 2015-05-31 02:46

The secretary of state is calling off the rest of his four-nation diplomatic trip after being injured in a bike crash near Sconzier, France. He is in stable condition, a spokesman says.

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John Kerry Flown To Swiss Hospital After Bicycle Accident

Sun, 2015-05-31 02:46

The secretary of state was taken to a hospital in Geneva after being injured in a bike crash near Sconzier, France. He has suffered a likely leg injury and is in stable condition, a spokesman says.

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5 Things You Should Know About Lindsey Graham

Sun, 2015-05-31 02:03

Graham has never sent an email, and he catapulted onto the national stage because of his role in the Clinton impeachment proceedings.

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In Norway, A Prison Built On Second Chances

Sun, 2015-05-31 01:46

The inmates have private cells and dine with the guards. Norway spends three times as much as the U.S. per prisoner. Norwegians say it pays off, with less than half the U.S. recidivism rate.

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Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's Son, Dies After Cancer Battle

Sat, 2015-05-30 17:59

Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's son, has died after battling brain cancer, the vice president announced Saturday. Beau Biden, a former attorney general of Delaware, was 46.

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Seeing What Isn't There: Inside Alzheimer's Hallucinations

Sat, 2015-05-30 13:05

Sometimes Greg O'Brien gets a tingling in the back of his brain that tells him a hallucination is coming. Lions. Spiders. Birds. Sometimes the creatures are friendly. Too often, they're not.

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Manhattanhenge Set To Wow New Yorkers Tonight

Sat, 2015-05-30 10:00

The semi-annual phenomenon in late May and mid-July each year occurs when the Sun aligns with the street grid in Manhattan, casting a shaft of light between the skyscrapers.

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