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4:02 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Pistol Annies: Plain Truths, Sharp Humor, Three-Part Harmony

Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashely Monroe, country stars in their own right, form the trio Pistol Annies.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 10:56 pm

Pistol Annies: The name itself implies a tough country-girl persona, and the band's members can back it up. Born in Texas, Miranda Lambert is an avid hunter. Angaleena Presley hails from three generations of Kentucky coal miners. And Ashley Monroe was raised in East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains. But in song, they don't brag about their toughness.

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Obama Says U.S. And South Korea Stand Firm Against Pyongyang

President Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye after a news conference at the White House on Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

President Obama says the United States and South Korea are determined to stand firm against North Korean threats and that the days of Pyongyang manufacturing a crisis to get international concessions "are over."

In a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday, Obama said the two leaders "very much share the view that we are going to maintain a strong deterrent" against North Korea.

"We're not going to reward provocative behavior, but we remain open to the prospect of North Korea taking a peaceful path," he said.

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Shots - Health News
3:08 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

What's In A Flu Name? H's And N's Tell A Tale

Influenza covers it's shell with two types of accessories: the H spike, blue, and the N spike, red. Here the flu particle is sliced open to show its genetic material.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:28 am

In biology, you can't get much simpler than viruses.

They stick onto cells, pop open and then dump their genes inside to reproduce.

But the naming of viruses isn't so easy to follow.

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The Two-Way
2:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

La. Supreme Court Rules School Vouchers Unconstitutional

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has been a proponent of school vouchers.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:19 pm

The Louisiana Supreme Court handed Gov. Bobby Jindal a loss today: It agreed with a lower court that his method of funding private school tuition through vouchers was unconstitutional.

For the past year, explains the AP, Jindal's administration has used "money earmarked for public schools in the state's Minimum Foundation Program to pay for private school tuition."

In a 6-1 vote, the court decided the funding mechanism was unconstitutional.

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The Salt
2:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Why Britain Has Gone Mad About Baking

Where the streets are lined with cake: This royal-themed cake was served during a street party in South London last June as part of celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
Andrew Cowie AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:51 pm

The first rule of cake club is: You ONLY talk about cake.

The second rule of cake club is: Try as many cakes as possible.

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The Two-Way
2:39 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Feds Say Debt Settlement Firm Defrauded 'Financially Desperate'

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara addresses the media on Tuesday during a news conference on the indictment of Mission Settlement Agency.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:33 pm

The work of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the federal oversight agency established by Dodd-Frank three years ago, has resulted in its first criminal referral — a case against a debt-settlement company it says defrauded thousands of people.

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The Two-Way
1:53 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Gas Tanker Explosion Kills At Least 20 Near Mexico City

Burned cars sit on a highway in Ecatepec near Mexico City, where a gas tanker truck exploded Tuesday. The explosion caused at least 20 deaths and widespread damage in the area.
Victor Rojas AFP/Getty Images

A tanker truck carrying gasoline exploded near Mexico City Tuesday morning, reportedly killing at least 20 people. The explosion, which early reports indicate was an accident, occurred after 5 a.m. local time on the busy highway between Mexico City and Pachuca.

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The Two-Way
1:51 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Ray Harryhausen, Master Of Stop-Motion Animation, Dies

American film animator and special effects creator Ray Harryhausen with one of his creations in 1965.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Ray Harryhausen, who brought sword-fighting skeletons to the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts and was known as the master of stop-motion animation for his work on that and other films such as Clash of the Titans and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, has died.

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Radio Diaries
1:47 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Shaping 'Teenage Diaries': Intimacies, Difficulties, Life

Joe Richman, founder and executive producer of Radio Diaries, tracked down some of the teen diarists from the 1990s and got updates on their lives.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:20 am

A little more than 16 years ago, independent producer Joe Richman equipped a group of teenagers with tape recorders to report on their own lives. The groundbreaking series, Teenage Diaries, produced some of the most personal and memorable stories heard on NPR, and helped to pioneer a movement of first-person narratives on public radio. Since then, listeners have often asked: Where are those teenagers now?

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Radio Diaries
1:44 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Teenage Diaries Revisited: Living Life Under The Radar

Juan
Radio Diaries (left), David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 10:19 am

Name: Juan (NPR is not revealing his full name, because he is living in the country illegally.)

Hometown: Loreto, Zacatecas, Mexico

Current city: Denver

Occupation: Plumber

His first radio diary:

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

What Did 'Prisoner X' Do? There May Be An Answer

The story of "Prisoner X" is dominating the media in both Australia and Israel.
William West AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun May 12, 2013 8:28 am

If you've followed the story of "Prisoner X," the mysterious Israeli-Australian national, who allegedly committed suicide in an Israeli prison after being secretly held, you have no doubt asked yourself: What did Ben Zygier, who worked for Israel's spy agency, do for the country to imprison him and then keep everything about his arrest — or even his existence — secret for years?

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The Two-Way
12:50 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Limo Fire: Driver, Passenger Tell Their Stories

Investigators are trying to determine why the a limousine burst into flames on a San Francisco Bay bridge, trapping and killing five of the nine passengers late Saturday night. Foster City Fire Department Chief Michael Keefe, right, speaks as Redwood City California Highway Patrol Commander Mike Maskarich stands by Monday.
Jeff Chiu AP

The four women who survived a fire that erupted in a moving limousine Saturday did so by squeezing through a narrow partition window between the passenger cabin and the driver's area. As we reported Monday, the tragedy claimed the lives of five other women on a bridge over San Francisco Bay.

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The Salt
12:04 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Wake Up And Smell The Tuna? Sunrise At Honolulu's Fish Auction

Among the 50,000 pounds of fish at the Honolulu auction last Friday was this opah, or moonfish, Lampris regius.
Joe Palca NPR

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 9:48 am

If you are up at 5 in the morning in Honolulu and are wondering what to do, I have a suggestion: Head over to Pier 38 and watch the Honolulu Fish Auction. It's quite a scene.

Getting up at 5 may seem a bit extreme, but for recent arrivals to Hawaii from the East Coast of the mainland — as I was last Friday — the six-hour time difference makes waking up early easy, if not inevitable.

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National Security
11:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

FBI Most Wanted Terrorists List: Who Is Assata Shakur?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Later in the program, we are going to hear more about that very disturbing story out of Cleveland, where three women who'd been missing for years were finally able to escape. That's in just a few minutes. But first, we want to find out more about a woman named Joanne Deborah Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur.

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Race
11:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Missing Ohio Women Found But Bigger Message About Race?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. In a few minutes, we are going to talk about the controversy over where the remains of one of the Boston bombing suspects should be buried. But first we want to talk about that very disturbing story out of Cleveland where three woman, all apparently abducted at different times, all missing for many years, finally managed to escape.

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U.S.
11:58 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Burying Tamerlan: Bostonians Say Not In Our Backyard

There's controversy about what to do with the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. But what happened to the bodies of other similar figures in recent history like Adam Lanza or the Virginia Tech shooter? Host Michel Martin finds out.

The Two-Way
11:22 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Sexual Assaults In Military Have Increased By A Third Since 2010

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 3:23 pm

A Pentagon survey estimating sexual assaults in the military finds that cases have spiked by a third since 2010.

USA Today obtained a summary of the report, which is due out later this week. The newspaper reports that in 2010, 19,300 service members were believed to be victims of sexual assault; that number went up to 26,000 in 2012.

The paper adds:

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Shots - Health News
11:18 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Veterans Have Unusual Choice Thanks To Health Exchanges

When the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs held a hearing recently, members expressed concern that veterans might not qualify for subsidies for the new health insurance marketplaces if they were enrolled in VA health coverage.

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U.S.
11:04 am
Tue May 7, 2013

FBI Agent: 'Nightmare Is Over' For Kidnapped Women

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Tue May 7, 2013

N.J. Gov. Christie Underwent Weight-Loss Surgery In February

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is surrounded by security and journalists in 2012.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 4:29 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whose weight has been both joked about and treated as a real health concern, told The New York Post on Monday that he "secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery [in February] to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids."

"I've struggled with this issue for 20 years," he told the Post. "For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them."

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Shots - Health News
9:08 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Saving Newborns: 'Kangaroo Care' Could Go A Long Way

A health worker weighs a Somali baby on scales at a medical clinic in Mogadishu. Babies in Somalia have the highest risk of dying within the first 24 hours after birth.
Carl de Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 8, 2013 9:46 am

In the developing world, a baby's first day of life is often the most perilous.

Roughly 3 million newborns die each year, the nonprofit Save the Children reported Tuesday. Most of these deaths occur in the first week of life, and more than 1 million babies pass away within 24 hours of being born.

Although the report calls for some big changes in health care systems to prevent newborn deaths, it also says that some simple, inexpensive things could save many lives.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Neighbor In Cleveland: 'I Thought This Girl Was Dead!'

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 8:56 am

Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who police say helped free three long-missing young women from a Cleveland home on Monday, told a vivid story as he spoke with reporters at the scene.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Many Offers, But No OKs For Burial Of Boston Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 8:50 am

The Massachusetts funeral director who is trying to find a cemetery that's willing to bury the body of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev says he has gotten 120 offers from graveyards around the U.S. and Canada.

But when Peter Stefan "calls officials of the cities or towns involved, nobody wants the body," The Associated Press reports.

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Around the Nation
7:48 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Syrian Electronic Army Claims It Hacked 'The Onion'

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Twitter came alive with shocking news. The Syrian Electronic Army apparently hacked the feed of the satirical site The Onion. Syrians topped their attacks on AP, "60 Minutes" and NPR. After being victimized, The Onion published tips to avoid being hacked. Move site to a new web address every few minutes.

Around the Nation
7:28 am
Tue May 7, 2013

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Squashes Spider

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 11:04 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene.

New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie, was hosting a group of school children in his office when a spider appeared. Christie did not grant it a pardon. Kids laughed and cheered as he gave it the smack-down. Christie joked it's one of the perks of being governor - you can kill critters on your desk without getting into any trouble. Well, not completely true. The animal rights group PETA issued a statement criticizing what they called a thoughtless act.

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