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The Two-Way
8:50 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Colorado Man Throws Books Out Car Window, Is Nabbed For Littering

A Colorado man plead guilty on Thursday to littering. He wasn't dumping trash, or toxic waste from a mine, but books, writes the Times-Call newspaper.

The paper reports that Glenn Pladsen, 62, got a ticket this spring after he tossed books along U.S. 287. Pladsen lives in Arvada, a town just outside of Denver, and apparently threw thousands of books out on the highway over several months because "he couldn't figure out another way to get rid of them."

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The Two-Way
7:21 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

U.S. Officials Say Self-Proclaimed Islamic State Leader Raped American Hostage

Kayla Mueller was 26 when she was killed.
Courtesy of The Mueller family

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:09 pm

U.S. government officials report that Kayla Mueller, the American who was kidnapped while doing relief work with Syrian refugees, was repeatedly raped by the top leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

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Commentary
6:36 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Melissa Block Looks Back On More Than 12 Years Hosting 'All Things Considered'

Melissa Block reporting in China in 2008. She was on a reporting trip to southwest China when a massive earthquake hit, leaving some 90,000 dead or missing.
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Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:11 pm

You don't host All Things Considered without having a list of memorable interview moments with musicians, actors and authors.

On her last day as host, NPR's Melissa Block takes a look at some of the highlights over her 12 1/2 years as one of the voices of All Things Considered.

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It's All Politics
6:20 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Democrat Vows To Block Key Nomination Over Asia Trade Deal Secrecy

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is holding up an Obama trade nomination after U.S. trade authorities missed a deadline to ease secrecy protocols around TPP draft language.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:13 pm

Sen. Sherrod Brown announced Friday he is going to block the confirmation of a high-level White House nominee, because of the Obama administration's refusal to relax its secrecy protocols that make it difficult for members of Congress and their staffs to review the language in a Pacific Rim trade deal.

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World
5:38 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

'Running Away Is The Best Policy': Syrian Refugee Recalls Journey To Greece

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:11 pm

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Asia
5:27 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

What Caused The Warehouse Explosions In Tianjin, China?

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:19 pm

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Performing Arts
5:27 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Laura Dreyfuss plays Zoe, Connor's bereaved sister, and Ben Platt is Evan in Dear Evan Hansen.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of Arena Stage

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:08 pm

An anxious, awkward teenager, social media, suicide. These are the themes at play in a new musical at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The production has garnered praise from both the New York Times ("sweet, sad and quite moving") and the Washington Post (which said it "radiates charm and wit)." They're not the only ones buzzing about it — this play about human behavior in the digital age will head to New York's Second Stage Theater next spring.

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NPR Story
4:49 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Listening to Latino Covers

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4:49 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Kali Uchis

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4:49 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

El Sistema

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NPR Story
4:49 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Los Crudos

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4:49 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Hardpop

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The Two-Way
4:44 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

U.S. Investigating Whether ISIS Used Chemical Weapons Against Kurds

The U.S. is investigating the possibility that the self-proclaimed Islamic State used mustard gas or another chemical weapon to attack Kurdish forces in Iraq this week.

The Wall Street Journal reported first reported the story:

"Islamic State militants likely used mustard agent against Kurdish forces in Iraq this week, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, in the first indication the militant group has obtained banned chemicals."

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National Security
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

U.S. Investigates Reports ISIS Used Chemical Weapons In Attack On Kurds

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

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Politics
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Secretary Of State John Kerry Raises Flag At Reopened U.S. Embassy In Cuba

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

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Asia
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Expresses 'Profound Grief' For WWII Aggression

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

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Commentary
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Letters: Greek Migrants, Summer Movies

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:21 pm

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Politics
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Iowa State Fair Goers Grill Jeb Bush On Brother's Role In Iraq

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:17 pm

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Science
4:29 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Scientists Discover 15th Convex Pentagon Able To Tile A Plane

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 7:17 pm

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The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Fri August 14, 2015

Immigration Officials Arrest 50 Suspected Of Human Rights Violations

Fifty foreign nationals have been arrested in several cities across the U.S. in raids this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on suspicion of human rights violations.

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