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Invoking 'Castle Doctrine,' Mont. Man Pleads Not Guilty In Teen's Death

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Montana man says he was justified in shooting a prowler, a German exchange student, in his garage. The case has revived the debate over how far Americans should be able to go to defend their homes.

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Anxiety And MRIs May Be Driving The Rise In Double Mastectomies

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

More than two-thirds of women who had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis didn't have the high risk that could be reduced by the surgery, a study finds.

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Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

After a tornado hits, emergency crews looking for survivors in storm shelters face a problem: Streets and landmarks are suddenly unrecognizable. One Moore, Okla., firefighter developed an app to help.

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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Strike Policy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Senate will consider a judicial nominee who wrote legal advice approving drone strikes against Americans overseas. Critics question executive branch authority to execute citizens without trial.

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Wait Times Scandal At VA Moves To Front Burner

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

President Obama promised accountability for problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs after meeting with Secretary Eric Shinseki. The secretary has been on the hot seat since allegations surfaced last month about a possible cover-up of long wait times at a Phoenix VA medical center.

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Penny Hoarders Hope For The Day The Penny Dies

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A pre-1982 penny has about 2 cents worth of copper in it. Some people hoard them, betting that the U.S. will kill the penny and then it will be legal to melt them down and they can make a killing.

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JPMorgan Chase Announces Detroit Investment

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

JPMorgan Chase will invest $100 million into the Motor City. The bulk of the money will go to small business development, blight removal and job training. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reports.

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Oregon Voters Approve Local Bans On GMO Crops

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Despite heavy spending by agribusiness and potential legal hurdles, voters in two rural Oregon counties approved bans on genetically modified crops on Tuesday.

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In Primary Races, Republicans Fight Back Tea Party

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Six states held primaries on Tuesday, and the results were good for the GOP establishment. Host Michel Martin learns more about the results from NPR Politics Editor Charles Mahtesian.

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Does It 'Suck To Be A Fat Girl'?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A recent episode of FX show Louie raised some controversial questions about women, weight and body image. Did the episode miss the mark? Our panel of writers and bloggers weigh in.

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Are India's Elections A Wake Up Call For The Diaspora?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

An overwhelming win for India's conservative opposition party could profoundly change the direction of the world's largest democracy. But what do Indian Americans think?

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When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Who doesn't like a contest, especially if it lets you prove that you're smarter than your peers? When doctors played a game that tests their knowledge, patients' blood pressure control improved.

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GM Announces Its 30th Recall Of The Year Thus Far

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A day after recalling 2.42 million vehicles, General Motors says it's recalling an additional 218,000 Chevrolet model cars. All told, the company has recalled nearly 14 million vehicles this year.

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In Kentucky Primary, McConnell Bests Tea Party Challenger

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In a day packed full of primaries, voters headed to the polls in six states โ€” including three that are expected to have highly competitive Senate races.

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Morning Edition

Rise In Cyber Crime Challenges FBI

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The FBI is hiring hundreds of hackers. It has a rule against hiring anyone who's smoked marijuana recently. But to get the best hacking candidates, it's rethinking its pot policy.

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Pleasant Hills, Calf., Is Looking For A New City Clerk

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The previous clerk quit. In an email announcing her resignation, she said the job was "atrocious" and "incredibly depressing."

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What Does It Take To Surf Lake Tahoe In The Sierra Nevada?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

California's Lake Tahoe offers a different kind of experience for those able to stomach the frigid waters. Mountain storms bring high winds and waves.

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These Days A Penny Doesn't Buy Very Much

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The penny occupies a strange spot in our economy โ€” it's worth almost nothing. Our Planet Money Team goes on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something they can buy for one cent.

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In Kentucky, McConnell Wins Big Over Tea Party Candidate

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sen. Mitch McConnell is seeking a sixth term, and he easily beat a Tea Party challenger in Tuesday's primary. In November, he faces Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state.

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Koch Brothers' Group Tries To Derail Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

State lawmakers are debating bills that would give Detroit about $200 million as part of a larger aid package. Many Republicans are balking at the deal after threats of political retribution.

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