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Monkey See
10:22 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'Gentleman's Guide' Leads The Tony Nominations

The Tony nominations are out, and it was a good year to be playing eight people at the same time.

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Theater
10:05 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Audra McDonald As Billie Holiday: The Importance Of Feeling It

Audra McDonald just nabbed a Tony nominations for playing Billie Holiday in Lady Day At Emerson's Bar And Grill.
Evgenia Eliseeva

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:32 am

Billie Holiday will not be singing unless she "feels it." That's practically her thesis statement in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Lanie Robertson's play about a drug-ravaged nightclub show near the end of Holiday's tortured life. War stories and bawdy jokes are never a problem — and neither is pouring a drink — but if the audience wants a show, they have to wait until Lady Day can give them something real.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Tue April 29, 2014

North Korea Conducts Artillery Drills Near Southern Border

South Korean soldiers on Yeonpyeong last month. North Korea conducted live-fire artillery drills near the island on Tuesday.
Yonhap EPA/Landov

North Korea has conducted live artillery drills near a disputed western maritime border with the South just days after President Obama and his South Korean counterpart urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The exercises occurred near Yeonpyeong Island, which was hit by North Korean shelling in 2010, killing four people and causing significant damage.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Tue April 29, 2014

EU Follows U.S. In Imposing New Sanctions On Russia

Armed pro-Russian militants attacked a demonstration of supporters of Ukraine in Donetsk on Monday.
Olya Morvan Maxppp/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:28 am

This post was updated at 9:30 a.m. ET.

The European Union has followed the U.S. in imposing a new round of sanctions on Russia for the Kremlin's intervention in Crimea and alleged support of separatist elements inside eastern Ukraine.

The sanctions, which specifically target Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle," drew a response from Moscow, which described them in Cold War terms.

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The Two-Way
7:26 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Book News: Harper Lee Agrees To E-Book Version Of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee smiles before receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:00 am

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

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Books
6:53 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'Nothing More To Lose' Forges A Connection To Palestine

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:53 am

Roughly halfway through Najwan Darwish's Nothing More to Lose, wiping awkwardly at tears and trying self-consciously not to sob with my partner in the room, I found myself wondering what someone with no connection to Palestine would make of it.

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Economy
6:21 am
Tue April 29, 2014

How Much Will New U.S. Sanctions Affect Russia?

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's examine just how much U.S. sanctions could affect Russia. President Obama yesterday announced the latest measures aimed at punishing Russia for its links to violence in Eastern Ukraine. Russia is accusing the U.S. and its allies in Europe and Japan of resorting to Cold War tactics.

NPR's Corey Flintoff is covering this story from Moscow. Hi, Corey.

COREY FLINTOFF, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve.

INSKEEP: So what will the latest sanctions do?

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Middle East
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

For Peace Talks To Resume, Israel Insists Hamas Must Change

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's look at the Middle East now. The two leading Palestinian parties are trying to form a unity government. Israel wants them to break up again. The parties are Fatah and Hamas. Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel says he will not deal with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, and he called off peace talks, at least for now. The question is how, if at all, Middle East peace can advance.

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Europe
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Swedish Town To Move As Iron Mine Swallows It

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK, as Greensburg rebuilds from the ground up, people in a town in Sweden are preparing to move their community a couple of miles to the east.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That be the town of Kiruna sits on the edge of an iron mine. Officials realized the mine would slowly swallow the community about 10 years ago, so they began preparing to empty the town and rebuild it - hopefully new and improved - two miles down the road.

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NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Iraqis Recall Al-Maliki's Lead In Return To Shiite Dominance

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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NPR Story
5:17 am
Tue April 29, 2014

'To Kill A Mockingbird' Goes Digital

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: Digital Mockingbird.

Yesterday, on her 88th birthday, author Harper Lee announced that her classic novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" will finally be made available as an e-book and a digital audio book. It was first printed on old fashion paper in 1960 and still sells over a million copies per year.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

In a statement, the reclusive author proclaimed: I'm still old-fashioned. I love dusty old books and libraries. But she added: This is "Mockingbird" for a new generation.

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Parallels
3:16 am
Tue April 29, 2014

With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back

At Harmanli Camp in Bulgaria, hundred of asylum seekers — mostly from Syria and Afghanistan — live in reconfigured shipping containers and decommissioned military schools. The poor country is ill-equipped to deal with the influx of refugees from Syria.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 1:05 pm

Some countries in Syria's neighborhood are feeling inundated with refugees, and countries like Greece are making it harder for them to enter the country. Now Bulgaria has followed suit, with growing reports of Syrian refugees facing violent beatings, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

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Music
3:15 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Future Wants To Change Your Mood

Future.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:44 pm

The Atlanta-based rapper named Future has become an influential figure in hip-hop and pop over the last couple of years, writing songs for Rihanna and Ciara, and landing guest spots from Miley Cyrus, Pharrell and Drake. Just before he put out his brand new album, titled Honest, he spoke with Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the hosts of NPR Music's Microphone Check, about standing out from the crowd and his apprenticeship with Atlanta's long-standing Dungeon Family.

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Music
2:03 am
Tue April 29, 2014

The Public School Where The Duke Lives On

Trumpeter Geraldo Marshall and trombonist Johannes Utas, students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, rehearse for their school's 40th anniversary celebration.
Lauren Migaki NPR

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 12:52 pm

Duke Ellington didn't consider himself a jazz musician.

He said he was a musician who played jazz. And what a musician: pianist, bandleader, composer of more than 1,000 songs including standards like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady."

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The Two-Way
7:55 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Another Round Of Tornadoes Rakes Through The South

A map from the Storm Prediction Center shows the risk of severe weather.
NOAA

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 9:28 am

A day after a line of severe storms spawned tornadoes blamed for the death of at least 15 people in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the South was raked again.

This time, Mississippi and Alabama were hard hit.

CNN reports:

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The Two-Way
7:15 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

United Church Of Christ Challenges North Carolina Ban On Gay Marriage

A meeting of an LGBT support group at the United Church of Christ, in Holladay, Utah.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 8:15 am

The United Church of Christ is joining the national debate on the future of gay marriage in a novel way: The church filed a lawsuit on Monday challenging North Carolina's ban on same-sex marriage, saying Amendment One violates the church's constitutional guarantee to freedom of religion.

According to the church, this is likely the first challenge by a national Christian denomination of a state's gay marriage ban.

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The Two-Way
6:05 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Ohio Will Increase Dosage Of Drugs In Lethal Injection

Dennis McGuire was executed in January.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:46 am

Ohio has concluded that Dennis McGuire did not suffer any pain during his execution last January, the state's Department of Rehabilitation & Correction said Monday.

McGuire was executed using a new cocktail of drugs. The state ran out of pentobarbital, the traditional drug used in executions, so it used a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone.

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The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

What Can The NBA Do With Donald Sterling?

In a protest against comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the team's players wore their red warm-up shirts inside out to hide the team's logo. The NBA is still working to confirm Sterling made the controversial statements.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:44 pm

After a weekend in which the Los Angeles Clippers' playoff games were played in the shadow of racially inflammatory remarks attributed to team owner Donald Sterling, the NBA is trying to determine whether Sterling did in fact make the comments — and if he did, what to do about it.

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Shots - Health News
5:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Higher Doses Of Antidepressants May Raise Teen Suicide Risk

It's not clear why children, teenagers and young adults would be at greater risk of suicide when they start taking antidepressants.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:50 pm

Antidepressants are thought to increase the risk of suicide in young people, but that may be caused by starting them on larger doses of the drugs, a study finds.

Children and young adults who started taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants in higher-than-average doses were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people taking average doses, according to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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