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Minn. Town Outraged After Double Dots Over Its Letter 'O' Are Dropped

Friday, April 17, 2015

The new road signs for Lindstrom dropped the diacritical mark over the letter "o" — known as an umlaut. The area has deep Scandinavian roots. The governor intervened, the umlauts will be back.

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Senator's 'Let It Go' Ringtone Disrupts Committee Hearing

Friday, April 17, 2015

During the panel's hearing on Thursday, Sen. Pat Roberts cellphone rang. And what ringtone does the Kansas Republican have on his phone? It was the theme from the Disney movie Frozen, "Let It Go."

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Greece's Economy Remains Embroiled In Turmoil

Friday, April 17, 2015

David Greene talks to David Wessel about whether Greece will receive more loans in exchange for promises to overhaul its economy. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution

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Demand Increases For Vinyl Records

Friday, April 17, 2015

Saturday is World Record Day, a celebration of independent record stores. Jay Millar of United Record Pressing, says people have a connection to vinyl that you just can't get with a digital download.

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Golden State's Stephen Curry Perfects 3-Pointers

Friday, April 17, 2015

With the NBA playoffs about to begin, the Golden State Warriors have the best record in the league and the most exciting playing style — highlighted by Stephen Curry's long-range shooting.

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E-Cigarettes Grow In Popularity Among Teen Students, Survey Says

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual youth tobacco survey. Among the findings: The use of electronic cigarettes has tripled among U.S. teenagers in the last year.

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Vatican Ends Battle With U.S. Nuns

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Vatican took over the Leadership Conference of Women Religious three years ago claiming the group undermined Catholic teaching while promoting "certain radical feminist themes."

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Last Male White Rhino Is Under Guard In Kenya

Friday, April 17, 2015

In the world, there are only five northern white rhinos left and only one of them is a male. Two females are in a zoo in the Czech Republic. The others are in a nature preserve in Kenya.

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Survivor Tree Stands Strong 20 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sunday marks the 20th anniversary of the bombing at Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Today, the so-called Survivor Tree remains as a symbol of hope and resilience after tragedy.

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Awkward At Times But 'Child 44' Can Hold Audiences' Attention

Friday, April 17, 2015

It's taken 7 years for the best-selling literary thriller Child 44 to make it to the screen. It's set in the Soviet Union in the last days of Josef Stalin and stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace.

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When It Comes To Buying Decisions, Why Feelings Come First

Friday, April 17, 2015

People make buying decisions based on something that is really hard to measure: how we feel. Our Planet Money team reports on the holy grail of economics: knowing what consumers are going to do.

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India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

Friday, April 17, 2015

China and India are each spending billions of dollars on infrastructure, especially hydroelectric dams, in Nepal. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Donatella Lorch about what China and India want.

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Anniversary Of Oklahoma City Bombing Reopens Wounds For Survivors

Friday, April 17, 2015

When the truck bomb exploded at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995, there were 21 children in the building's day care. Six survived, including Chris Nguyen and PJ Allen.

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Clone Drama 'Orphan Black' Returns, As Complex And Complicated As Ever

Friday, April 17, 2015

The BBC America series returns for a third season on Saturday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show's dense stories are immensely absorbing, but can make it hard to follow for casual viewers.

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When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

Friday, April 17, 2015

Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.

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Turkish Educator Pledges $10M To Set Up Universities For Syrian Refugees

Friday, April 17, 2015

The war has put dreams of college on hold for some 40,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey. Enver Yucel hopes to create a higher ed system to meet their needs, with coursework in English, Arabic and Turkish.

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Boston Marathon Surveillance Raises Privacy Concerns Long After Bombing

Friday, April 17, 2015

Boston jurors in the marathon bombing trial watched a nine-minute video pieced together from different surveillance cameras — some with surprisingly high resolution.

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Deaths Of Unarmed Black Men Revive 'Anti-Lynching Plays'

Friday, April 17, 2015

The recent killings of unarmed black men by police have inspired a Brooklyn theater company to stage new readings of dramas written in the early 1900s about the lynching of African-Americans.

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As Joan Jett Is Inducted, Women Still Scarce At Rock Hall

Friday, April 17, 2015

Of the more than 700 artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, only about 8 percent are women. Joan Jett is now one of them.

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Company Offers $70,000 A Year Minimum Wage

Thursday, April 16, 2015

At Gravity Payments in Seattle, the CEO announced the new minimum wage. Some employees will more than double their pay. The boss will take a pay cut to make the $70,000 a year minimum wage possible.

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