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11:40 am
Wed April 24, 2013

China Calls Planned U.S.-Japan Drills 'Provocative'

File photo from China's Xinhua News Agency, of one of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands that are in dispute.
Uncredited Associated Press

China says Japan's decision to participate in joint military exercises with the United States will not dampen its resolve to defend its claim to a disputed island chain that has been a recurring source of tension between the Asian neighbors.

In reference to the joint drills, planned for June, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said "foreign pressure" cannot sway China from protecting its territorial sovereignty in the East China Sea.

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The Two-Way
11:22 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Midwest Rivers Crest As Flooding Turns Deadly

National Weather Service Significant Flood Outlook for the week of April 23 - 28, 2013.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 2:02 pm

Flooding continues to plague the upper Midwest, as waters crested at record highs in places and weary river-town residents watched the flood markers for signs of relief.

NPR's David Schaper, reporting from Chicago, tells our Newscast Unit that the Mississippi River continues to rise, overtopping small levees north of St. Louis. But he says some of the bigger problems are in Illinois, near the town of Peoria, where "many roads, homes and businesses are flooded, and dozens of Peoria-area residents have been evacuated."

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Shots - Health News
10:55 am
Wed April 24, 2013

First Case Of New Bird Flu Found Outside China

People sit near pigeons at a park in Shanghai where more than 30 human cases of bird flu have been reported.
AP

Public health authorities in Taiwan have identified the first human case of a new type of bird flu seen outside China.

The development, while not unexpected, points to the potential spread of a new type of bird flu that has, according to the World Health Organization, sickened at least 108 people and been implicated in 22 deaths.

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Mountain Stage
10:53 am
Wed April 24, 2013

The Chapin Sisters On Mountain Stage

The Chapin Sisters' Abigail and Lily Chapin perform live on Mountain Stage.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Abigail and Lily Chapin, who together form The Chapin Sisters, make their second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. To say that the Chapins were raised in a musical family is an understatement: Their father, Tom Chapin, won three Grammys; their grandfather, Jim Chapin, was a respected jazz drummer; and their uncle, Harry Chapin, was one of America's most beloved folk singer-songwriters. Naturally, The Chapin Sisters' sound relies heavily on sibling harmonies.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Wed April 24, 2013

5 People Dead After Shooting In Small Illinois Town

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 12:28 pm

A suspect is in custody after five people were reportedly shot to death in Manchester, Ill., a town of 300 or so residents about 90 miles north of St. Louis, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Boeing To Resume 787 Deliveries; NTSB Probes Certification

NTSB Chairwoman Deborah Hersman during Tuesday's hearing.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:11 am

Update at 10:50 a.m. ET: Boeing to resume deliveries of 787s

Boeing, which had delivered about 50 of its new passenger aircraft before battery failures in January grounded the plane, says it will resume deliveries to airline customers in early May, The Associated Press reports.

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Monkey See
9:56 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Ryan Lochte And The Easy Life Of The Professional Public Dummy

Ryan Lochte, seen here during the London Olympics in 2012, has a new reality show on E!.
Ng Han Guan Getty Images

Is there any reason to be a professional public hero anymore when you can be a professional public dummy?

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Wed April 24, 2013

AP's Twitter Account Running Again; Was Hacked Tuesday

Twitter.com/AP

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 10:21 am

"The @AP Twitter account, which was suspended after being hacked, has been secured and is back up. Thank you for your patience."

That's the word Wednesday morning from The Associated Press.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
9:33 am
Wed April 24, 2013

God, Einstein And Games Of Chance

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"God doesn't play dice."

I'm sure the reader has heard this famous saying from Einstein in a 1926 letter to fellow physicist Max Born. Perhaps not so clear to most people is what God and what dice Einstein was referring to. His worries reflect a deep concern about how far our explanations of Nature can go. They speak to the heart of what science is, an issue that remains contentious to this day.

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The Two-Way
9:02 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

This is a composite of 25 separate images spanning the period from April 16, 2012, to April 15, 2013. In a video, NASA has also collected three years' worth of such images and set them in a new video.
NASA/SDO/AIA/S

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:37 am

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Dozens Killed In Collapse Of Bangladesh Garment Complex

Relatives mourn a victim at the site of the building collapse.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 1:27 pm

More than 85 people are dead and scores injured in Bangladesh after the collapse of an eight-story building on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.

The building, called Rana Plaza, housed several garment factories in the town of Savar. A firefighter at the scene told Reuters that about 2,000 people were inside when the upper floors jolted down on top of each other Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
8:29 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Top Stories: Boston Developments; Same-Sex Marriage In France

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 8:57 am

Good Wednesday morning, here are our early stories:

-- Boston Bombing Investigation: Wednesday's Developments.

-- Violent Protests In Paris After Same-Sex Marriage Law Passes.

And here are more early headlines:

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Violent Protests In Paris After Same-Sex Marriage Law Passes

Protesters took to the streets of Paris on Tueday after parliament gave its final OK to a law legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption by same-sex couples.
Yoan Valat EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 9:41 am

"Clashes broke out between protesters and riot police near France's lower house of parliament late on Tuesday just hours after the country legalized gay marriage, with opponents of the law hurling projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas," France 24 reports.

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Around the Nation
7:34 am
Wed April 24, 2013

TV Captioning Service Apologizes For Identity Mistake

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Some of the media made mistakes during coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. A sign of integrity is whether you correct them. A TV captioning service apologized for its mistake. Viewers in Dallas saw the bombing suspect misidentified. The screen read: "Marathon Bomber: He is 19-year-old Zooey Deschanel." For the record, the suspect is 19-year-old Chechen immigrant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and not the star of the TV series "New Girl." It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

The Two-Way
7:24 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Book News: Letters Reveal A Caustic But Affectionate Salinger

A photo of J.D. Salinger taken in September 1961.
AP

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 11:01 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
7:15 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Boston Bombing Investigation: Wednesday's Developments

A Massachusetts state trooper salutes Wednesday during the memorial service for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) police officer Sean Collier on the school's campus in Cambridge, Mass.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:45 pm

The latest developments in the investigation into the bombings at the Boston Marathon and related news include:

Update at 7:36 p.m. ET. Suspect Unarmed When Arrested:

When police cornered Dzhokhar Tsarnev in a boat in Watertown, they said they traded fire with the Boston bombing suspect.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Wed April 24, 2013

False Notes In Allende's Dear-Diary 'Notebook'

At 19, Maya Vidal, the California-born heroine of Isabel Allende's florid, frenzied and intermittently entertaining novel Maya's Notebook, has already busted out of a wilderness academy for troubled teens in Oregon, been raped and beaten by a trucker, worked as a girl Friday for a drug dealer/counterfeiter and done some $10 hooking in Las Vegas.

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Around the Nation
6:44 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Washington State Now Has Gender-Neutral Laws

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:20 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

It was a yeoman's task but they would never put it that way in Washington State. The state just completed a six-year effort to rewrite its laws using gender-neutral language. Terms like fisherman and freshman were replaced by fisher and first-year student. Penmanship became handwriting. More than 3,000 sections of the law were revised but some words did not change. Manhole and man lock are words that survived; they just couldn't find a better way of saying them.

Middle East
6:08 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Syria Accused Of Repeatedly Using Chemical Weapons

Originally published on Sun April 28, 2013 9:51 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. On one level, this story is about nothing more than a bit of diplomatic jargon.

GREENE: On a deeper level, though, the stakes could not be higher. President Obama's administration told Syria that using chemical weapons against Syrian rebels is a red line.

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The Picture Show
6:03 am
Wed April 24, 2013

100 Words: Mongolia In Flux

Hovorerden plays with his sister during a sand storm. Mongolia, Gobi, Omongovi, 2012.
Courtesy of Michele Palazzi

This project was born from an interest in documenting the transformation of Asia in recent decades.

The photographs in this series focus on Mongolia, where economic development is hitting the nomad populations living in the desert, changing millennia-old landscapes and traditions. It is an undefined border zone between centurylong traditions contaminated by a modernity that is still very far from progressive.

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