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Stuffed Tiger, Camera-Stealing Elephant Get Attention

Friday, May 22, 2015

Police in Washington responded to a call about a Bengal tiger — turns out it was a stuffed animal. In Thailand, an elephant grabbed a tourist's camera. Instead of a selfie, can we call it an elfie?
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Congressional Stalemate Threatens To Kill Phone Data Program

Friday, May 22, 2015

Congress continues to debate the USA Patriot Act. A key provision allowing the bulk collection of Americans' phone records expires at the end of the month.
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Official Scrabble Word List Updated With More Jargon And Slang

Friday, May 22, 2015

A list of 6,500 new words have been approved for use in Scrabble games. The new words include slang terms like twerk and shizzle.
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Boy Scouts' National President Says It's Time To Accept Gay Adult Leaders

Friday, May 22, 2015

President Robert Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, said in Atlanta on Thursday that failure to make changes quickly could spell the end of the group as a national movement.
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Talking To Qatar's World Cup Workers Gets BBC Reporter Arrested

Friday, May 22, 2015

Qatar is getting bad press for its treatment of migrant workers building 2022 World Cup facilities. Renee Montagne talks to the BBC's Mark Lobel, who was arrested when he talked to migrant workers.
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Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

Friday, May 22, 2015

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.
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A Recovering Heroin Addict Tells His Story

Friday, May 22, 2015

Renee Montagne talks to Jeremy Wilder, a recovering opiate addict. He is one of the millions of Americans who became addicted to heroin after first getting hooked on prescription painkillers.
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State Department Envoy Defends Administration's Efforts Against ISIS

Friday, May 22, 2015

Steve Inskeep talks to Brett McGurk, the State Department's deputy special envoy to the coalition fighting the self-proclaimed Islamic State, about the administration's strategy in Iraq and Syria.
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Visting Georgetown Professor Among Those Egypt Sentences To Death

Friday, May 22, 2015

Renee Montagne talks to Emad Shahin, one of more than 100 Egyptians who received a death sentence, along with ex-President Morsi, for alleged roles in events surrounding Hosni Mubarak's overthrow.
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Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine Recycling

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tulsa County began recycling prescription drugs 10 years ago. More than $16 million worth of medicines have been given to the poor. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Johnston, director of Social Services.
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Players' Costs May Be A Factor In Why Tennis Leads Golf In Diversity

Friday, May 22, 2015

Venus and Serena Williams have inspired thousands of young African-Americans to learn and play tennis, and brought racial diversity to the sport. Has golf benefited in the same way from Tiger Woods?
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Beyond The Best-Sellers: Nancy Pearl Recommends Under-The-Radar Reads

Friday, May 22, 2015

NPR's go-to books guru has sent Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep a stack of books — titles she thinks deserve more attention. Here are her fiction picks, to kick off your summer reading.
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In America's Heartland, Heroin Crisis Is Hitting Too Close To Home

Friday, May 22, 2015

Midwestern and Southwestern states struggle with an influx of heroin being sold for cheap by Mexican cartels. In one community, a spike in heroin-related deaths has everyone on high alert.
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Two Strangers Come Together To Remember A Friend And Loved One

Friday, May 22, 2015

Sgt. 1st Class Carl Torello was killed in Vietnam when his daughter was just 5 years old. Nearly 50 years later, she got a chance to meet the one person who survived the attack that killed him.
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Revealed: The Ocean's Tiniest Life At The Bottom Of The Food Chain

Friday, May 22, 2015

The ocean's tiniest inhabitants — including bacteria, plankton, krill — are food for most everything that swims or floats. Now, scientists have completed a count of this vast and diverse hidden world.
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Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

Friday, May 22, 2015

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.
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Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery-Clogging Fat

Friday, May 22, 2015

Any day now, the FDA could announce a final rule aimed at removing much of the remaining trans fats out of the food supply. It could amount to a near ban on the fats, which wreak cardiovascular havoc.
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Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle and helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He has no regrets.
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Freed From Boko Haram, Hostages Now Held By Nigeria's Military

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The nearly 300 people rescued last month from Boko Haram are in military custody. There are suspicions that some are working with the extremist group. Renee Montagne talks to the AP's Michelle Faul.
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California Drought Creates Business Opportunities

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The state's drought has turned many lawns brown. David Bartlett will turn those lawns green again by painting them. His Sacramento-area company is called Xtreme Green Grass.
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