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Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:40

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups like WhatsApp and Nest. That has analysts wondering if another tech bubble is about to burst.

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USAID Says Building Of 'Cuban Twitter' Was Part Of Public Record

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:08

Congress, the development agency says, specifically earmarked money for a program to break the "information blockade" in Cuba.

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Deep-Sea Ping May Lead To Malaysian Jet — But Time's Running Out

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

Australia and China both claim to hear underwater pings from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel explains the pings, why they're tough to verify and what might happen next.

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Oscar Pistorius Takes The Stand, Opening With Apology

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

In court Monday, Olympian Oscar Pistorius spoke publicly for the first time of the night he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. David Smith, the Africa correspondent for The Guardian, offers more detail.

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In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Connecticut Huskies take the court in Monday's NCAA men's college basketball final. NPR's Tom Goldman talks to Melissa Block about what to watch for in the game.

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In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

Mourners left more than 600 pairs of sneakers at the site, shoes that held deeply personal meanings for runners before the race.

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After Voting, Afghans Must Now Wait For A Winner

Mon, 2014-04-07 11:53

Counting ballots in the presidential election is a painfully slow affair. The voting took place Saturday, but results are still weeks away. And a runoff election is widely expected in June.

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Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

Mon, 2014-04-07 10:42

The government has reported 42 percent fewer foodborne illness cases in the past decade and solved less than half of them, a report finds. But that doesn't necessarily mean the food supply is safer.

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Ukraine's Winter Of Discontent Gives Way To Spring Of Austerity

Mon, 2014-04-07 09:31

The International Monetary Fund has agreed to help Ukraine with a loan of more than $14 billion — in exchange for tough austerity measures. And Russia is threatening to raise Ukraine's gas prices.

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Mob In Ukraine Seizes Provincial Building, Declares Independence

Mon, 2014-04-07 09:12

Pro-Russian protesters stormed the building in the country's eastern city of Donetsk, proclaiming sovereignty from Kiev.

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Supreme Court Rejects Gay Wedding Photography Case

Mon, 2014-04-07 08:52

An appeal by a company that refused to photograph a gay wedding was turned down. The justices also refused to review a ruling that corporations cannot contribute directly to political candidates.

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Death Toll At 33 In Washington State Mudslide

Mon, 2014-04-07 08:03

Ten people are still listed as missing, officials say. According to the medical examiner's office, all of the victims recovered thus far have died of blunt force trauma.

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New Airline Survey Gives Virgin America Top Rating

Mon, 2014-04-07 07:21

It's the carrier's second consecutive year at the top of the annual Air Quality Rating report, with JetBlue coming in second. Overall consumer complaints dropped 15 percent last year from 2012.

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On Stand, A Weeping Pistorius Apologizes To Girlfriend's Family

Mon, 2014-04-07 06:56

An emotional Oscar Pistorius broke down soon after taking the witness stand at his murder trial Monday, saying he has nightmares about the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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How One App Might Be A Step Toward Internet Everywhere

Mon, 2014-04-07 06:41

FireChat connects users without a cellular network or the Internet. It uses technology, known as mesh networking, that could be scaled up to provide Internet access to disaster zones and remote areas.

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Signal 'Just Like' Emergency Beacon Detected In Search For Flight 370

Mon, 2014-04-07 05:28

Calling it the "most promising lead" so far, the leader of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner says ships have again detected a signal used by "black box" beacons.

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India Begins World's Largest Election

Mon, 2014-04-07 00:09

The country's 814 million electorate will vote in stages over the next five weeks to choose representatives to its 543-seat lower house of parliament. Results are expected on May 16.

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Possible Signals From Lost Jet's Black Boxes Heard

Mon, 2014-04-07 00:05

Sounds detected by a ship searching the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes, an Australian official said Monday.

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Involuntary Shaking Can Be Caused By Essential Tremors

Sun, 2014-04-06 23:33

It's easy to think that a shaking hand could be a sign of Parkinson's disease. But it's more likely essential tremor, an ailment that's not life-threatening but can become debilitating.

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Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp

Sun, 2014-04-06 23:24

In the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling last year, advocates worry that jurisdictions are quietly making changes to disenfranchise minorities. A training program is designed to counter that.

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