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World Cup Stadium In The Amazon Is Nice, But Is It Needed?

Sat, 2014-06-21 13:36

The $300 million Arena de Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, has been one of the focal points for critics who say Brazil should be spending money on things other than a World Cup extravaganza.

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In Mob Stronghold, Pope Says Mobsters Are Excommunicated

Sat, 2014-06-21 12:43

Pope Francis made the statement during an open air mass, saying mafiosos have a "contempt for the common good."

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In Iraq, ISIS Advances, Shiite Cleric Issues Warning

Sat, 2014-06-21 10:48

During a sermon in Baghdad, Nassir al-Saedi said they would ready for "the occupier" "if you are back." Meanwhile, ISIS took control of two towns.

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Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home

Sat, 2014-06-21 09:07

Blacks and Latinos are much more likely to say housing prices have forced them to move to places where they felt less safe and had worse schools.

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Egyptian Judge Confirms Death Sentence Of More Than 180

Sat, 2014-06-21 07:44

The same judge had originally sentenced 683 people to the death penalty. The defendants, mostly supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, were accused of attacking a police station.

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Talks Yield Possible Framework For Iran Nuclear Deal

Sat, 2014-06-21 07:22

Pressure is increasing for a deal over limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for reduced economic sanctions. Negotiators have one month until the current temporary agreement will expire.

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Science Of Stink: Blame Sulfur Compounds For Your Garlic Breath

Sat, 2014-06-21 06:48

A sulfur compound in garlic can linger in the body for up to two days, stinking up your breath, sweat and pee. Milk, parsley or citrus might help break it down more quickly or mask the stench.

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Revelers Greet The Midsummer Sunrise At Stonehenge

Sat, 2014-06-21 06:41

New-agers, pagans and modern-day Druids began the longest day of the year with songs, dance and yoga at the ancient stones on Salisbury Plain.

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National Park Service Temporarily Bans Drones In National Parks

Sat, 2014-06-21 06:10

The Park Service said it made the decision after several drones disturbed the peace at different parks. The agency will later propose permanent regulation.

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A Former Drug Dealer Gives A Great Defense Of The Liberal Arts

Sat, 2014-06-21 06:03

College programs in prison have become extremely rare, but one alum's story shows how incarceration can truly be reformative.

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Tech Week: Yo, The Amazon Fire Phone And Apple's iWatch?

Sat, 2014-06-21 05:56

An app based around a single word, a phone from Amazon that helps you buy stuff from Amazon and details about Apple's expected wrist candy. All that and more in the week's tech news.

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WATCH: Rep. Ryan Takes IRS Commissioner To Task Over Lost Emails

Sat, 2014-06-21 05:02

During a committee hearing, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan told IRS Commissioner John Koskinen that he did not believe him and that his agency was not being forthcoming.

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Russia Puts Its Troops On 'Full Combat Alert'

Sat, 2014-06-21 04:14

The move is seen as another show of force by Russia as tensions with Ukraine continue to mount. It comes after reports of violence spilling over into the Russian-Ukraine border.

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An Urban Stonehenge For The New World

Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Around the world, civilizations have been fascinated by the solstice. In the first of our series, Summer Stargazing, NPR's Scott Simon talks to astronomer Jackie Faherty about Manhattanhenge.

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Chicago Girl Designs A Parkinson's-Proof Cup

Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Lily Born, 11, has designed a spill-proof cup for people with Parkinson's disease. She and her dad, Joe Born, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about the invention she's named Kangaroo Cups.

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Suburban D.C. Bear Gets Social Before Getting Relocated

Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

A bear that was found walking around Bethesda, Md., has been returned to his natural home. But not before gaining a moment of Internet fame with two fake Twitter accounts created on his behalf.

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With IRS, Email Lost Could Be More Alarming Than A Cover-Up

Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

A former IRS director's missing emails reminded some of the gap on Richard Nixon's Watergate tapes. Columnist Megan McArdle tells NPR's Scott Simon the disappearance indicates bigger problems within the agency.

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Iraq Turmoil Reignites A Decade-Old Debate

Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

NPR's Scott Simon talks with political correspondent Tamara Keith about the reaction to President Obama's decision to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq.

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Will U.S. Military Advisors Be Enough To Secure Iraq?

Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

President Obama says he'll send military advisers to Iraq, but not combat forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks to retired Army Col. Derek Harvey about whether that's enough to help regain stability.

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Trump Stands Firm On Giant Chicago SIgn

Sat, 2014-06-21 03:58

Donald Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are warring over a sign on the side of a skyscraper bearing Trump's name. The mayor wants it removed, but Trump has emphatically said no, via the media.

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