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5:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

After Fighting Crime, Ex-Guatemala Attorney General Moves To U.S.

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:12 am

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Around the Nation
5:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Wanted: Snow Shovelers To Clear Bills' Stadium

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:07 pm

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

What The U.S. Could Learn From Japan's Latest Recession

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:37 pm

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Low Consumer Spending Hinders Japan's Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:12 am

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A big aim of Japan's effort to revive the economy is to get consumers to start buying again. Consumers are spending a little more, but apparently not enough. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Tokyo.

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

To Quell Controversy, Mexico's First Lady Will Sell Mansion

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 10:04 pm

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Pew Report Indicates Illegal Immigration Is Leveling Off

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:12 am

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NPR Story
5:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Residents Wait To See If Ferguson Commission Succeeds

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:12 am

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New Boom
3:55 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Despite Low Employment, Millennials Hold Key To Reviving South Texas

Olmo Maldonado (center) returned to his hometown of McAllen, Texas, despite the low employment rate for millennials.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:02 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Welcome to boot camp for the young and unemployed in McAllen, Texas.

"We're going to go ahead and do this," says instructor Marco Lopez, leading a small classroom of millennials through do's and don'ts for job seekers inside a strip mall near McAllen.

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Parallels
3:52 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Despite A Massacre By ISIS, An Iraqi Tribe Vows To Fight Back

Sunni tribesmen train on the outskirts of Ramadi, Iraq, on Nov. 16. Legislation authorizing a force of Sunni fighters drawn from Anbar province itself — modeled on the U.S. National Guard — has yet to be passed.
Ali al-Mashhadani Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:12 am

The massacre of the Albu Nimr tribe came after they had fought against the extremists of the so-called Islamic State for weeks. In Iraq's vast western province of Anbar, the tribesmen had been driven from their stronghold in the city of Hit in early October.

They clung on to one last outpost on the outskirts of the city for nearly two more weeks. The Albu Nimr are accustomed to fighting. They say they participated in two insurrections against Saddam Hussein and boast of their ancestors' roles in pushing out British colonial rule.

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Around the Nation
3:48 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Officer's Death Raises Safety Concerns For Alaska's Unarmed Law Enforcement

Mike Myers is the roving village public safety officer serving southwest Alaska villages including Manokotak. Like many officers in rural Alaska, Myers doesn't carry a gun and often doesn't need one.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:16 pm

Americans expect police to carry guns. In most places, it's just assumed that law enforcement is always armed. But not everywhere.

One of the last exceptions to the rule is the native communities of rural Alaska, such as Manokotak, a Yupik village of about 400 in southwest Alaska. Hunters and fishermen live there in modest houses huddled along a few roads.

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NPR Ed
3:46 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Are NOLA Schools Failing Students With Disabilities?

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:28 am

In New Orleans, schools have long struggled to provide for students with physical, emotional and mental disabilities. Even before Hurricane Katrina, many parents had to fight for extra help. But many say things have only gotten harder since the city's public school district shifted almost entirely to charter schools.

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The Two-Way
10:30 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

Neil Gaiman, left, and Ursula K. Le Guin attend the 2014 National Book Awards, where Le Guin was recognized, on Wednesday in New York City.
Robin Marchant Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:12 am

At a New York City ceremony packed as much with jabs at Amazon as with jazzy entrance music, the National Book Foundation crowned a newcomer. Former Marine Phil Klay took home the National Book Award for fiction, winning the prize for his debut short story collection Redeployment.

Klay, who had been deployed in Iraq, appeared taken aback by the honor on stage.

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The Two-Way
6:26 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Delinquent Mine Fines: 'Clearly Troubling ... More Can Be Done'

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 10:21 am

A key House Republican called today for federal regulators to crack down on mine owners who don't pay fines for safety violations, saying, "Clearly more can be done."

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The Two-Way
6:14 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Motown's Jimmy Ruffin Dies; Sang 'What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted'

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:13 pm

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Law
5:16 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Guantanamo Nurse Could Be Discharged For Not Force-Feeding Detainees

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:46 pm

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Goats and Soda
4:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Oh, The Places You'll Go: Toilet Signs Try To Help (And Often Fail)

You have to go. You know, um, go potty.

You are in a foreign country. And things are certainly looking a bit foreign.

Do you sit or squat? Can you toss toilet paper down the bowl or hole?

Let the signs guide you.

That is, if you can understand them.

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World
4:54 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

U.N. Commissioner For Human Rights Faces Challenges In Iraq, Syria

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:34 pm

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Around the Nation
4:52 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Bush Pilot Helps Rural Alaskan Police Explore Isolated Villages

Bush pilot John Bouker (right) and village public safety officer Mike Myers (left) outside Bouker's Cessna 207. Bouker transports Alaskan cops to remote areas and helps pick up prisoners.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:09 pm

In order to reach what Alaskans call "The Bush" — villages isolated across tundra — you'll need a bush pilot. That's where John Bouker comes in.

Most of Bouker's passengers are civilians he transports to and from Alaska's remote villages. He does his job with the nonchalance of a suburban dad in a minivan dropping his kids off at the mall.

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Around the Nation
4:39 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Old Man Winter Knocks Hard On One Buffalo, N.Y., Resident's Door

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:31 pm

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New Boom
4:37 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt

Noelle Johnson has a lengthy commute via bus and train to her job near Washington, D.C. She's been working toward her B.A. for nine years, and when she finally finishes, she says, she'll be able to afford to live closer to work.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:47 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

If Noelle Johnson had a bachelor's degree, she'd be able to live closer to work, she says. She wouldn't have to spend so much of her free time hustling for baby-sitting gigs. She'd shop at the farmers market. She'd be able to treat her sister to dinner for once. She and her husband could go on trips together — they'd be able to afford two tickets instead of one.

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Politics
4:36 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Sen. Angus King: Executive Action On Immigration Could Backfire

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:16 pm

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

America's 'Best Restroom 2014' Is Verdant And Curvy

America's best place to go, 2014: Philadelphia's Longwood Gardens wins an award for its restrooms.
Longwood Gardens

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:26 pm

Public bathrooms don't have to be boring. Just look at this year's contenders for the title of America's Best Restroom, which range from sculpture and doll themes to wash-tub basins. This year's winner is tucked along a "green wall" of plants.

The top bathroom in America is currently at Longwood Gardens, west of Philadelphia, according to Cintas, the business uniform and supply company that runs the Best Restroom competition.

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Shots - Health News
4:09 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

Drew Kilb/Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:41 pm

How much is a fast track for the Food and Drug Administration review of a new drug worth? Try $125 million.

In an auction, Gilead Sciences, a maker of HIV and hepatitis medicines, just bought a coupon good for the accelerated review of a drug of the company's choice from Knight Therapeutics, a Canadian company.

The priority review voucher entitles Gilead to move a drug of its choice through the FDA four months faster than the normal track.

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The Two-Way
3:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

NBC And Netflix Shelve Bill Cosby Projects As New Rape Claim Emerges

Comedian and actor Bill Cosby, seen here performing in September, is facing several new allegations of sexual assault.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:33 pm

A TV comedy Bill Cosby had been developing for NBC has been canceled, after new allegations of rape have been made against the comedian. Netflix made a similar move late Tuesday, shelving a comedy special that had been slated to premiere the week of Thanksgiving.

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Goats and Soda
2:49 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Me, Myself And The Loo: A Woman's Future Can Rest On A Toilet

"Parents enroll their kids here because of our child-friendly toilets," says Eunice, the co-founder of a Kenyan school with latrines designed specially for kids.
Frederic Courbet WSUP/Panos

What does it mean to have a toilet?

We in the West don't spend much time pondering that question (on or off the toilet).

"It's something that's always in the background that keeps everything else moving," says Sam Drabble of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a London-based nonprofit. "It allows us to live very busy lives, and it's not something we ever need to think about."

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Parallels
2:37 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

With Hand-Sewn Ships, Oman Revives A Glorious Maritime Past

The Jewel of Muscat, a replica of a ninth century Omani trading ship, sails into the harbor of Galle, Sri Lanka, in 2010. The ship was built in a traditional manner that uses coconut fibers (but no nails) to hold the ship together. The ship followed old routes used by Arab traders.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:47 pm

These days, a visitor to the Persian Gulf sultanate of Oman is likely to be a pale European seeking some winter sun, or perhaps a diplomat seeking to broker a deal between longtime rivals such as, say, the U.S. and Iran. But Oman's reputation as a go-between is well-earned and stretches back centuries.

Back when Northern Europe was overrun by Vikings, Oman had a vast maritime trading empire.
 Now the country is training a new generation of Omanis to care for that legacy, and along the way remind the world of its rich maritime history.

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The Salt
2:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

The flavor of the season, you may have noticed, is pumpkin spice. Food companies have gone overboard on the stuff. There are pumpkin spice ice cream sandwiches, pumpkin spice-flavored almonds and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes.

Comedian John Oliver couldn't take it anymore.

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Movie Interviews
1:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Bennett Miller On Making The True-Life Crime Film 'Foxcatcher'

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:22 pm

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Music
1:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes

A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music. Burnett gathered Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes, and Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and they recorded an album over the course of two weeks in L.A. It's called Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, and Showtime will air a documentary about the making of the album on November 21.

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Television
1:48 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Jon Stewart On The 'Daily Show': 'I'm Still Really Proud Of The Work We Do'

Stewart talks about his future hosting the show known for its political satire.

"It is unclear to me," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "The minute I say I'm not going to do it anymore, I will miss it like crazy."

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