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Morning Edition

Redistribute California's Water? Not Without A Fight

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, based simply on when their land was first irrigated.

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Morning Edition

Who Was John Wilkes Booth Before He Became Lincoln's Assassin?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death, Morning Edition's Renee Montagne and historian Terry Alford explore John Wilkes Booth's life, and how the assassination affected his family.

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How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.

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All Things Considered

Chicago Offers Reparations Package To Police Torture Victims

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The city of Chicago offered a reparations package Tuesday for men who were tortured by a former Chicago police commander and his "midnight crew" of officers from the 1970s until the early 1990s.

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All Things Considered

Immigrant-Rights Activists In Seattle Claim Victory In Child Deportation Case

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A federal judge in Seattle has given immigrant advocates a victory.

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All Things Considered

Thousands Of Young Women In U.S. Forced Into Marriage

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sometimes the women aren't allowed to leave their homes. Some commit suicide. Many have little recourse, advocates say, because current laws are ill-equipped to address this hidden crisis.

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All Things Considered

New York Mayor Announces Plan To Reduce Rikers Island Jail Population

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New York City's mayor and the state's chief judge announced a plan Tuesday to cut the number of pre-trial detainees at the notorious Rikers Island jail. It's not unusual for defendants to spend a year or more at Rikers awaiting trial.

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All Things Considered

Hillary Clinton Kicks Off Presidential Campaign With First Events In Iowa

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton makes her first public appearances in Iowa Tuesday as a declared 2016 presidential candidate. Her campaign's strategy is to keep this first visit purposefully low key and play down any sense of inevitability.

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All Things Considered

Famed Mountain Lion Settles In Under Los Angeles Home

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A mountain lion named "P-22," known to prowl the Hollywood Hills, is something of a local celebrity in the Los Angeles area.

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All Things Considered

Advocates Fight To Keep Sheltered Workshops For Workers With Disabilities

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Such workshops are being closed across the U.S., more than 15 years after the Supreme Court said separate work settings constitute discrimination. But advocates say clients have nowhere else to go.

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All Things Considered

No Rest For Your Sleeping Brain

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

No wonder the brain needs so much energy. The same coordinated activity that allows you to retrieve a specific memory, like what you had for breakfast, continues at rest and even during sleep.

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Chicago Plans Reparations Fund For Victims Of Police Torture In '70s, '80s

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel supports the proposed $5.5 million package. More than 100 people are eligible for reparations for their treatment at the hands of a former police commander.

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Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Most employers have a wellness program, but who knows if it's actually improving your health. The American Heart Association is proposing its own standards for improving cardiovascular health at work.

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Mountain Lion That Hid Out Under LA Home Appears To Have Left

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

P-22, as the mountain lion is known, typically lives in Los Angeles' Griffith Park. Attempts to dislodge him from under a home Monday failed.

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Jail Terms Handed To Most Atlanta Teachers Convicted In Cheating Scandal

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Two of the 10 teachers convicted this month accepted plea deals. The others received jail times of one to seven years for their roles in the largest cheating scandal in U.S. education.

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Morning Edition

Driver Safety Tip: Don't Smoke Around Gunpowder

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Joseph T. Brennan Jr. survived an explosion in his car. He lit a cigarette while driving with gunpowder in the front seat. The Boston Globe quoted the injured man saying he had no "malicious" plans.

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Morning Edition

IRS Budget Cuts Make For Nightmarish Filing Season

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

People trying to get help from the IRS to file their taxes are finding long lines, long waits on the phone and not much help. The IRS blames staff reductions on budget cuts spearheaded by Republicans.

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Morning Edition

Blackwater Case Raised Many New Legal Issues

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

To learn more about the convictions of the former Blackwater guards, Renee Montagne talks to Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times.

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Morning Edition

Ex-Blackwater Security Guards Receive Lengthy Sentences In Iraq Killings

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A former security contractor was sentenced to life in prison after a deadly shooting in Iraq in 2007. Three more got 30 years in prison for their role in the massacre that killed 14 unarmed civilians.

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Morning Edition

Senate Attempts To Revise No Child Left Behind Measure

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Senate committee begins work on a bill that would overhaul the education law. That measure โ€” once considered a great uniter of politicians on the left and right โ€” has since become a great divider.

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