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Supreme Court Calls Maryland Income Tax Law 'A Tariff'

Mon, 2015-05-18 08:35

The court says Maryland unconstitutionally raised the cost of doing business in more than one state, by letting local governments tax money that was earned — and taxed — in other states.

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Does A Foreign Accent Mess Up Our Memory Of What's Said?

Mon, 2015-05-18 07:47

It can be hard to decipher what a non-native speaker is saying. But that might not always be a bad thing when it comes to understanding or remembering, scientists say.

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How We Store Food At Home Could Be Linked To How Much We Eat

Mon, 2015-05-18 07:33

Could keeping food out of sight be a way to keep it out of your mouth? A new study points to a possible tie between how food is stored, how visible it is in the home and obesity.

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2 BASE Jumpers Die On Wingsuit Flight In Yosemite

Mon, 2015-05-18 06:43

The world of climbing lost a daring innovator Saturday when Dean Potter died during a wingsuit flight. He was killed along with Graham Hunt as they tried to soar above California's Yosemite Valley.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham Is 'Having A Blast' As He Preps Presidential Run

Mon, 2015-05-18 06:10

Graham told NPR he knows he'll have to work to introduce himself to voters, despite his long tenure in politics.

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Amtrak Restores Full Service On The Northeast Corridor

Mon, 2015-05-18 05:08

Amtrak trains between Philadelphia and New York City had been halted for a week, after a derailment killed eight people.

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Obama To Limit Police Acquisition Of Some Military-Style Equipment

Mon, 2015-05-18 03:55

In an executive order, President Obama will curb the kind of equipment local police can acquire from the federal government. Obama will also demand more accountability in exchange for other equipment.

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Gunfight Between Motorcycle Gangs In Waco, Texas, Leaves 9 Dead

Mon, 2015-05-18 02:44

The rival gangs had gathered at a restaurant to work through issues about turf and recruitment. Police say they shot at each other and police.

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'Mad Men' Finale: A Love Letter To Fans Filled With Mostly Happy Endings

Mon, 2015-05-18 00:58

AMC's Mad Men ended its seven-season run on Sunday. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says fans may have loved how characters' stories were resolved, but critics may question how writers got them there.

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It's Not A Come-On From A Satanic Cult. It's A New Kind Of Poll!

Sun, 2015-05-17 23:53

Tanzanians were skeptical when they were invited for a free trip to the big city to discuss natural gas policy. But it's actually an innovative strategy to involve ordinary citizens in key decisions.

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Deaf Jam: Experiencing Music Through A Cochlear Implant

Sun, 2015-05-17 23:52

After swapping hearing aids for a cochlear implant, Sam Swiller's taste in music shifted dramatically, from grunge rock to folk. Now scientists are trying to improve how implants relay music.

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In Seoul, Kerry Calls N. Korea Provocations 'Egregious,' 'Reckless'

Sun, 2015-05-17 23:44

America's top diplomat says North Korea's muscle flexing on the Korean peninsula may lead to further international pressure — and possibly a referral to the International Criminal Court.

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1 Marine Killed During Osprey Training Exercise In Hawaii

Sun, 2015-05-17 21:48

A Marine Corps Osprey aircraft made a hard landing in Hawaii on Sunday, killing one Marine and sending 21 other people to hospitals as dark smoke from the resulting fire billowed into the sky.

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9 Dead After Shootout Between Rival Bike Gangs In Central Texas

Sun, 2015-05-17 21:08

A shootout at a busy restaurant in Waco, Texas, shortly after noon on Sunday, left bystanders and patrons fleeing for safety. The number of injured is not yet known.

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9 Dead After Central Texas Shootout Between Rival Biker Gangs

Sun, 2015-05-17 15:30

The violence at a busy restaurant in Waco, Texas, which started shortly after noon, left bystanders and patrons fleeing for safety. The number of injured is not yet known.

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Amtrak To Restore Service Between Philadelphia, New York

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:23

That portion of the Northeast Corridor — the nation's busiest railroad — was shut down while the train service investigated Tuesday's fatal derailment. It will reopen early Monday.

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Does Airbnb Help Folks Get By — Or Help Businesses Get Sly?

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

Santa Monica, Calif., approved a law that would outlaw most short-term rentals in the city. Some say many listings are by big companies. Others say such laws hurt homeowners trying to make ends meet.

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Chicago's Credit Rating Is Downgraded

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

Earlier this week, Moody's Investors Service downgraded Chicago's credit rating to junk status. How did the city's finances reach this point?

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Iraqi City of Ramadi Falls to ISIS

Sun, 2015-05-17 13:17

The self-declared Islamic State claims to have seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar province. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with international correspondent Alice Fordham, who has reported extensively from Iraq and is following the situation from Beirut.

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Indonesian Military Chief Defends 'Virginity Tests' For Female Recruits

Sun, 2015-05-17 12:32

Following a letter from Human Rights Watch decrying the invasive and scientifically invalid procedure, Gen. Moeldoko said it is necessary to ensure that women are morally suited to join the military.

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