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Russia's Independent Media All But Silenced

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

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?

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Judge Strikes Down Arkansas Ban On Gay Marriage

Fri, 2014-05-09 14:27

The move clears the way for gay couples to wed in the state. Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's office is expected to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Europeans Are Getting Fatter, Just Like Americans

Fri, 2014-05-09 13:14

A huge number of adults in Europe will be obese or overweight by 2030, a study predicts. Ireland has the dubious honor of leading the way.

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Home-Wrecker: Woman Doesn't Like Neighbors, Demolishes Their Home

Fri, 2014-05-09 13:11

Ana Maria Moreta Folch said she was doing her neighborhood in St. Johns County, Fla., a favor. She was charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, and released on $10,000 bail.

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Keep Or Kill Last Lab Stocks Of Smallpox? Time To Decide, Says WHO

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:51

"If smallpox is outlawed, only outlaws will have smallpox," says one NIH virologist. Others say keeping vials of deadly virus just invites a horrific accident or theft. WHO is about to vote — again.

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Faced With Pentagon Budget Cuts, Congress Finesses The Numbers

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:31

The Pentagon's congressionally-imposed budget cuts ran into a powerful opponent this week: Congress itself. The House Armed Services Committee rejected $5 billion worth of proposed cuts.

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Heisman Winner Slides In NFL Draft, Caught By Cleveland

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

The NFL draft opened Thursday night, and as sportswriter Stefan Fatsis notes, it wasn't short on drama. The most talked-about draftee, quarterback Johnny Manziel, slid to the 22nd pick. Stretched across the whole weekend, the draft has become all but ubiquitous.

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On Victory Day, Fanfare In Crimea And Turmoil In Eastern Ukraine

Fri, 2014-05-09 12:11

As Russians celebrated their World War II victory, President Vladimir Putin made his first visit to Crimea since its annexation to Russia. Meanwhile, pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine are preparing for a referendum Sunday.

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