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Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The filmmaker of Going Clear, which is critical of the church, says the documentary treats the dangers of "blind faith." Scientology officials have hit back with their own public relations effort.
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Testing The Standards: Do Gender Differences Matter For Combat?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The man who designed the training experiment to determine if female Marines should be allowed into combat positions is not a Marine himself, but a civilian scientist.
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Marines Hope To Determine Gender Neutral Standards For Ground Combat

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Katelyn Allison, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, about her observations of the women who are currently training in an experimental unit.
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Did You Place Your Bet? March Madness Betting Could Surpass Superbowl

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans will bet $9 billion over the course of this year's March Madness tournament, more than double what they bet on the Super Bowl.
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Co-Pilot's Actions In French Alps Crash Raise Questions About Cockpit Doors

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prosecutors in France say the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane locked the pilot out of the cockpit. Cockpit doors were hardened to resist unauthorized entry after Sept. 11.
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Saudi Arabia Launches Air Strikes On Houthi Rebels In Yemen

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Saudi Arabia says it is working with a large Arab coalition to restore Yemen's president to power after he fled the country. The U.S. is supporting the action, but its role at this time is limited.
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Australia Defeats India To Advance To Cricket World Cup Final

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Australia advanced to the Cricket World Cup final Thursday after defeating defending champions India. A look at the disappointed, cricket-obsessed nation.
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Computer Models Play 'What If' Game With Our Economy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Economists often use computer models to try to understand the economy. Planet Money checks back in on a model it used a few years ago to predict what would happen with unemployment.
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Co-Pilot Deliberately Crashed Germanwings Plane, Investigators Say

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Investigators say that the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit before starting the plane's rapid descent. The Germanwings CEO says that the co-pilot passed all pre-flight tests.
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After Weeks On The Sidelines, U.S. Begins Air Campaign In Tikrit

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The U.S. has begun airstrikes against self-declared Islamic State militants in Tikrit, Iraq. The effort by Iranian-backed militias to help Iraq recapture the city has stalled.
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Flight Club Members Say Germanwings Co-Pilot Seemed Happy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NPR's Robert Seigel interviews Associated Press reporter David McHugh, who visited the gliding club where the co-pilot of the plane in Tuesday's crash learned to fly.
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A Fraying Promise: Exploring Race And Inequality In Havana

Thursday, March 26, 2015

One of the revolution's core promises was an egalitarian society. But as Cuba opens up, one of the unintended consequences may be more inequality.
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Critic Faults Alcoholics Anonymous For Lack Of Evidence

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Writer Gabrielle Glaser challenges the usefulness of Alcoholics Anonymous in April's issue of The Atlantic. The program's tenets aren't based in science, she says, and other options may work better.
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The Sensuous Radical: Pierre Boulez at 90

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Claiming total freedom in sound and color — and making outrageous pronouncements — the tough-minded composer and conductor charted a new course for classical music.
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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is readying new regulations on payday loans and other high-cost forms of credit. Officials with the agency say the loans can trap borrowers in a cycle of debt.
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California Attorney General Moves To Stop Anti-Gay Ballot Proposal

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, about the attorney general's move to halt a proposed initiative.
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U.S. Military Charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

U.S. Army officials said Wednesday that Bergdahl's 2009 disappearance is considered a crime of desertion. Bergdahl was freed last May after being held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years.
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Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Henry Heinz was big into pickles before ketchup came along. James Kraft gave the world American cheese. (Ironically, he was Canadian.) Now, two companies that revamped how we eat will become one.
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Calif. Lawyer's Ballot Proposal Calls Referendum System Into Question

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law, about the initiative that would allow the killing of gays and lesbians.
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'Super-Termite' Could Be Even More Destructive Than Parent Species

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In South Florida, the world's two most destructive termite species could be mating because of climate change. Researchers say if the hybrids colonize, they could pose an even greater economic threat.
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