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7:03 am
Tue March 25, 2014

A Lyrical Meditation On Grief In 'Falling Out Of Time'

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 10:44 am

I am a mortal reader; I have my flaws. I don't usually enjoy prose poems or novels written in lines of poetry, and when I see character types with names in capital letters like the ones that appear in Israeli writer David Grossman's new Falling Out of Time — The Walking Man, the Net Mender, the Midwife, the Town Chronicler — I tend to prepare to pack up, close the book, and turn to something less allegorical.

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The Two-Way
6:54 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Bad Weather Suspends Search For Flight 370 In Indian Ocean

Family members of passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tearfully shouted slogans during a protest Tuesday in front of the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing.
Kim Kyung-hoon Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 9:59 am

Angry relatives of passengers aboard the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vented their anger at Malaysian officials Tuesday as rough weather in the southern Indian Ocean temporarily halted the search for wreckage from the airliner.

The BBC reports:

"In Beijing, relatives of passengers on board the plane released a statement accusing the Malaysian government of trying to 'delay, distort and hide the truth.'

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Asia
5:22 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Can Mathematics Find Missing Malaysia Jetliner?

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 6:07 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The search for survivors on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight took a dark turn yesterday when Malaysia's prime minister said his government now believes the plane went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean and that all 239 people aboard are dead.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

They based that on a new assessment of signals sent from the aircraft to a satellite, but they can't tell exactly where the aircraft might have gone down.

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Education
5:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Maze Of College Costs And Aid Programs Traps Some Families

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Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:11 pm

In the past 20 years, the average burden for a four-year college graduate in the U.S. has gone from about $9,000 to nearly $30,000 today. The percentage of students carrying debt has shot up from less than half to nearly 70 percent these days.

At a large public high school in Freemont, Calif., southeast of San Francisco, Alyssa Tucker and Thao Le sit on a metal table. Both come from families with modest incomes.

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Middle East
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Egyptian Court Sentences 529 Morsi Supporters To Death

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Good morning. In Egypt yesterday, a criminal court sentenced 529 people to death over the killing of a police officer. The verdict has been described as unprecedented and humanitarian critics say the two-day trial that preceded it was a sham. Here's NPR's Leila Fadel from Cairo.

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Business
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

China's E-Commerce Giant Alibaba To Offer U.S.-Listed IPO

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The Chinese tech company Alibaba let's you buy and sell online - think Amazon or eBay. Now the Internet commerce giant will have something else in common with those U.S. companies. Alibaba plans to go public in New York later this year.

And as NPR's Steve Henn reports, this could be the biggest initial public offering ever.

STEVE HENN, BYLINE: Just how big is Alibaba? It's huge.

KATHLEEN SMITH: It could be one of the top 20 most valuable companies that are trading in U.S. markets.

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Europe
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

NATO Monitors Defense Needs Of Allies Near Ukraine

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

Linda Wertheimer talks to former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Admiral James Stavridis, about NATO's role in the Ukraine-Russia crisis.

Europe
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Crisis In Ukraine Overshadows Nuclear Summit

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

President Obama attends the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague on Tuesday. With relations between the U.S. and Russia at a critical point, there are doubts that much progress can be achieved.

Business
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Chevron Pizza 'Scandal' Leaves Small Town Divided

Joann Herrington holds up the gift certificate to Bobtown Pizza that she and her husband received from Chevron three days after a natural gas well exploded up the hill from their home in Mount Morris, Pa.
Katie Colaneri WHYY

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 5:05 pm

More than 12,000 people from the Netherlands to San Francisco have signed a petition demanding that Chevron apologize for insulting Bobtown, Pa., after the energy giant responded to an explosion of one of its natural gas wells by giving nearby residents coupons for free pizza.

The explosion killed a young worker.

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NPR Story
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Vicious Gang, Barrio Azteca, Gets Its Start In El Paso

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 8:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

During our road trip along the U.S./Mexico border, we took a walk along the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas. You can look right into Mexico and the heart of Ciudad Juarez across the river. Monique Ortiz Uribe brought us here. She's a reporter with public radio's Fronteras desk, which covers the border, and she pointed out a gray office building.

MONIQUE ORTIZ URIBE: See, that's city hall inside Juarez in Mexico, and to our right we can see the international bridge that connects the two cities of El Paso and Juarez.

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Around the Nation
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Washington Town Waits For Mudslide To Stabilize

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene, good morning.

A massive mudslide hit the small riverside town of Oso, north of Seattle, Saturday morning, and days later we are still learning about the scale of the devastation. The death toll now stands at 14 with dozens of people still missing.

From members station KPLU in Seattle, Bellamy Pailthorp reports.

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Business
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Disney To Buy YouTube Video Supplier Maker Studios

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

Maker is the leading network for YouTube content creation. The Walt Disney Company will acquire it for $500 million.

Business
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Jury Convicts 5 Ex-Madoff Employees Of Securities Fraud

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 7:33 am

A federal court jury in New York found 5 of Bernard Madoff's former employees guilty of fraud. They were accused of enriching themselves by helping the imprisoned financier carry out a Ponzi scheme.

Around the Nation
5:06 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Principal Encourages Immigrant Students To Aim For Middle Class

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 8:55 am

At a rural high school outside El Paso, Texas, the principal tries to inspire poor immigrants or kids of immigrants to go to college, though many have never seen one.

Remembering The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
3:20 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez

The Ohmsett research facility, which researches oil spill response, was closed just before the Exxon Valdez accident. It was reopened as part of the measures included in the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 2:59 pm

A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.

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Author Interviews
3:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

Akron was once known as the rubber capital of the world.
Mark Duncan AP

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:17 am

When it comes to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, writer and journalist David Giffels says, "I have spent my whole life watching people leave." Once known as the rubber capital of the world, Akron was a hub of tire manufacturing giants. Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich provided thousands of high-paying jobs until the 1970s, when those jobs began migrating to places with cheaper labor.

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Health Care
3:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Case Goes Before Supreme Court

Hobby Lobby President Steve Green says the company should not have to provide insurance coverage for IUDs and morning-after pills for its 13,000 employees.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 10:23 am

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday in the latest challenge to the Obama health care overhaul.

This time the issue is whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to provide some, or potentially all, contraceptive services in health plans offered to employees. It is a case that touches lots of hot-button issues.

In enacting the ACA, Congress required large employers to provide basic preventive care for employees. That turned out to include all 20 contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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It's All Politics
7:32 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Why The Democrats' Koch Brothers Fixation?

Democrats say they're focused on the Koch brothers because, they allege, Republican candidates are doing the billionaires' bidding. Republicans say Democrats are desperate. David Koch (above) is chairman of Americans for Prosperity.
Phelan M. Ebenhack AP

Another day, another wave of Democratic attacks on the Koch brothers and their Republican allies.

Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader, took to the Senate floor Monday to bash the Koch brothers and the GOP, as has become his habit in recent weeks.

In his latest criticism, he accused Republicans of stalling aid to beleaguered Ukraine until Democrats agreed to delay new Internal Revenue Service rules that would affect the political activities of nonprofit groups.

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The Two-Way
7:18 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

In Taiwan, Police Evict Protesters From Government Building

Riot police detain a protester near the Cabinet compound in Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday.
David Chang EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 2:09 pm

Early Monday morning, police moved into the Executive Yuan in Tapei to remove student protesters who had barricaded themselves inside the cabinet offices.

That erupted into a dramatic clash between protesters and police, which resulted in 58 arrests and 137 people injured.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, the demonstrations are in response to a controversial trade agreement that would bring the country closer to China.

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The Two-Way
6:38 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Girl Scout Sells Record 18,107 Boxes, Says She Can Move Samoa

Lisa Crigar Ocala Star-Banner/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 12:42 pm

Dough-she-does, for sure.

When it comes to selling Thin Mints, Do-si-dos, Tagalongs and other Girl Scout cookies, all sixth-grader Katie Francis of Oklahoma City can seem to say is let me sell Samoa. (Rimshot!)

KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City shares the story of her sweet success:

"Katie ... a sixth-grader at Hefner Middle School, set a new cookie selling record Sunday night by selling 18,107 boxes [since sales began on Feb. 7].

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