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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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WikiLeaks Makes It Easy To Access Hacked Sony Pictures Information

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sony reacted angrily to the news that the leaked emails and private documents are now available in a searchable archive. WikiLeaks says they belong in the public domain.

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All Things Considered

Family Of Unaccounted For USS Oklahoma Sailor Wouldn't 'Let Him Go'

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Edward Hopkins was on the USS Oklahoma when it was attacked in Pearl Harbor, and was one of hundreds buried as an unknown. His family is grateful for the decision to try to ID some of the remains.

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Use Of E-Cigarettes Triples Among U.S. Teens

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Even as the use of traditional cigarettes and most other tobacco products dipped or stayed the same from 2013 to 2014, the use of e-cigarettes climbed among students in high school and middle school.

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Florida Mailman Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto Capitol Lawn Charged

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Douglas Mark Hughes, 61, made his initial appearance in court Thursday. He was released on his own recognizance. He says his flight was a political protest.

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'Mad Cow' Disease In Texas Man Has Mysterious Origin

Thursday, April 16, 2015

It's only the fourth case of the deadly disease in the U.S. And it has doctors on an international hunt. How did a disease linked to contaminated beef in the U.K. more than a decade ago get to Texas?

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We Might Welcome Robot Lawn Mowers, But Astronomers Aren't So Happy

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The company that makes the Roomba vacuum is developing a lawn mower robot. But the frequency on which it would work is also used by radio telescopes. A mini-battle is being played out in FCC filings.

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The Most Corrupt State In The Country Is ...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A new poll says Americans think New York is the most corrupt state in the country. But is it? There are lots of ways to calculate it.

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All Things Considered

California Cities Struggle To Enforce Mandatory Water Restrictions

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state to cut back its water use by 25 percent overall and mandated specific targets for each city.

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All Things Considered

58 Percent Of Bostonians Oppose Death Penalty For Bomber, Poll Finds

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A new poll commissioned by member station WBUR looks at Greater Boston's attitudes toward capital punishment as the penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bombing trial gets underway.

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Adrian Peterson To Be Reinstated By NFL

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings running back was suspended by the league last fall amid allegations of child abuse involving his 4-year-old son.

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Scientists Probe Puppy Love

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Research shows the mutual gazing between pooches and people spurs release of a "trust hormone" in both. The results suggest dogs really may love us back.

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The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine Born Of U.S. Prejudice

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fried yellow chilis. Baja-style fish. Not the typical Chinese restaurant fare, unless you're near the U.S.-Mexico border. The reasons why go back to an 1882 law enacted to keep Chinese out of the U.S.

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Men Strive To Give More To Charity When The Fundraiser Is Cute

Thursday, April 16, 2015

If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say.

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Morning Edition

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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In Record Drought, Calif. Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.

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Morning Edition

Desalination Plants: Drought Cure Or Growth Enabler?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Desalination facilities are under construction across California that would make ocean water drinkable. Environmentalists debate whether more plants would only worsen long-term water issues.

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Defense In Colo. Movie Theater Shooting Questions DA's Political Motives

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The district attorney prosecuting the Aurora shooting case is pursuing the death penalty. The defense was rejected when it offered to have the suspect plead guilty in return for life in prison.

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Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As voting equipment ages, new concerns are being raised.

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Morning Edition

A North Dakota Family Breaks The Silence On Gay Marriage

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Author Melanie Hoffert grew up gay in rural America, where coming out was difficult. But that hasn't stopped her family from having a frank and challenging conversation about same-sex marriage.

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