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U.S.
7:32 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Why Only Utah Is Trying To Track, And Limit SWAT-Style Tactics

Investigators stand next to evidence markers in front of the house of Matthew Stewart, who was shot and injured by Ogden police on Wednesday during a drug raid, in Ogden, Utah Jan. 5, 2012. One police officer was killed and five were wounded in the shootout that erupted as a narcotics enforcement team executed a search warrant at Stewart's home in Ogden, police said.
George Frey Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 31, 2015 8:11 am

The phrase police militarization conjures up an image of cops wrapped in Kevlar, barging into homes with semi-automatic weapons. But familiar as that image is, we don't know how common it is. There are simply no good statistics on police tactical operations in America. The federal government doesn't keep track, and neither do the states – with one exception: Utah.

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Around the Nation
6:53 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Selfie Leads To Car Crash, Police Say

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Sports
6:22 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Greensboro Grasshoppers Honor Miss Babe Ruth

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NPR Story
5:38 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Buddhist And Muslim Relations Underly Southeast Asia Refugee Crisis

Originally published on Mon August 31, 2015 6:17 am

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Sports
5:38 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Tokyo Wins Little League World Series 18-11 Over Pa. Team

Originally published on Mon August 31, 2015 6:13 am

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NPR Story
5:38 am
Mon August 31, 2015

Travel Suggestions: 'Gates Of Hell' And Ringing Rocks Park

Originally published on Mon August 31, 2015 6:15 am

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Latin America
5:06 am
Fri August 28, 2015

White House Explores Ways To Do Business With Cuba

A bus with the Cuban and U.S. flags is seen on a beach in Havana earlier this month. The White House is exploring regulatory changes to provide new opportunities for American citizens and U.S. businesses in Cuba.
Yamil Lage AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 28, 2015 6:20 pm

The Obama administration is considering ways to further ease travel and trade restrictions on Cuba. There is still an embargo in place and it would take an act of Congress to lift that.

The president, however, does have ways to make it easier for Americans to go to Havana or to sell goods there. A lot has changed already since the White House announced its new approach last year.

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Music News
8:46 am
Tue August 25, 2015

Yo La Tengo: Morning Edition's In-House Band For A Day

Yo La Tengo plays the music you hear between Morning Edition stories in Studio 1.
Lani Milton NPR

Originally published on Tue August 25, 2015 1:32 pm

When listeners aren't writing to NPR to comment on a story, they mostly just want to know what music was played between segments. We call those buttons or breaks or deadrolls, and they give a breath after reporting a tragedy, lighten the mood after you most definitely cried during StoryCorps, or seize a moment to be ridiculously cheeky. How could you not play Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold" following a story about why women shiver in the office?

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Around the Nation
5:09 am
Mon August 24, 2015

As New Orleans Recovers, Will The Dew Drop Inn Swing Again?

Kenneth Jackson stands outside the Dew Drop Inn, which his grandfather, Frank Painia, opened in 1938.
John Burnett for NPR

Originally published on Mon August 24, 2015 2:55 pm

It was known as the "Swankiest Night Spot in the South" and considered one of the most famous clubs in the network of black cabarets known as the "Chitlin' Circuit." During the era of segregation, it was the cultural mecca of black New Orleans — what the Savoy Ballroom was to Harlem. Little Richard, a frequent performer there, even composed a song about the place.

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The Salt
6:08 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers

Pizza night on the Stoney Acres Farm in Athens, Wis.
John Ivanko/Courtesy of Stoney Acres Farm

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:46 pm

Across the U.S., small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. Even for organic farmers, who can justify higher prices, making a profit is tough.

But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

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NPR Story
5:29 am
Wed August 19, 2015

Double Disasters Leave An Alabama Fishing Village Struggling

On Aug. 30, 2005, a man walks past a shrimp boat that was blown up on the dock in Bayou la Batre, Ala., after Hurricane Katrina came through the area.
Rob Carr AP

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:21 pm

The people of Bayou la Batre, Ala., say you know their town by the four seasons.

"Shrimp, fish, crab and oyster," says Stephanie Nelson Bosarge. "That's your four seasons."

Bosarge grew up here in a house less than a thousand feet from the water — one of nine kids, the fourth generation to work in the seafood industry.

Today all that's left of the house is a concrete slab. Grass and weeds are creeping up over what's left of the oyster run, where a conveyor belt once carried shells between the shuckers.

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Around the Nation
8:14 am
Tue August 18, 2015

College Student Opts For Solar-Powered House Over Dorm Room

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Around the Nation
8:14 am
Tue August 18, 2015

Police Dashboard Camera Records Officer Helping Woman In Labor

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Atlanta Sounds
11:49 am
Mon August 10, 2015

'It's Free Therapy': Open Mic Poetry Night In Decatur

Kodac Harrison has been the emcee of Java Monkey's weekly open mic poetry night for the past 14 years.
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There’s something about coffeehouses that brings people together besides the free wifi.  At Java Monkey in Decatur it seems to be the familiar faces and – on Sunday evenings at least – the amateur, uncensored poetry. 

In this Atlanta Sound we meet Kodac Harrison, the organizer of the coffeehouse's weekly open mic poetry night. He has been hosting the event since it began back in 2001.

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All Tech Considered
6:54 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Tesla Model S Can Be Hacked, And Fixed (Which Is The Real News)

Hackers say they took control of a Tesla Model S through the car's computers. Tesla Motors says it is updating its systems with a patch to fix the vulnerability.
Tesla Motors

Originally published on Fri August 7, 2015 10:10 am

Cars have become computers on wheels. Crash the computer, and you could crash the car.

Two hackers decided they wanted to try doing that with a car that's considered pretty strong in terms of software, not just hardware. They chose the Tesla Model S. And — guess what — they broke in. But that's not the surprising part. The surprising part is how Tesla responded.

The Hack

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Around the Nation
5:17 am
Wed August 5, 2015

Making Mountains Out Of Trail Markers? Cairns Spark Debate In Southwest

A cairn marks a trail in Arches National Park in Utah. Some people build the piles as a meditative exercise, but their proliferation has infuriated some other nature lovers.
Larry Clouse CSM/Landov

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 12:07 pm

When people go hiking these days, all kinds of gadgets can help guide their way. But historically, humans used something a lot more low-tech: a pile of rocks.

The piles, technically called cairns, have marked trails for millennia, but in recent years, these stones have become steeped in controversy.

To Beth Dinet, stacking stones provides "an overwhelming sense of peace, and connecting with onenness."

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The Salt
5:49 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Here's The Buzz On America's Forgotten Native 'Tea' Plant

Yaupon growing in the wild in east Texas. This evergreen holly was once valuable to Native American tribes in the Southeastern U.S., which made a brew from its caffeinated leaves.
Murray Carpenter for NPR

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 12:13 pm

During a severe drought in 2011, JennaDee Detro noticed that many trees on the family cattle ranch in Cat Spring, Texas, withered, but a certain evergreen holly appeared vigorous. It's called a yaupon.

"The best we can tell is that they enjoy suffering," Detro says with a laugh. "So this kind of extreme weather in Texas — and the extreme soil conditions — are perfect for the yaupon."

Detro began researching yaupon — a tree abundant in its native range, from coastal North Carolina to East Texas — and discovered that the plant contains caffeine and has a remarkable history.

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Parallels
5:20 am
Mon August 3, 2015

Allegations Of Corruption Dog Mexico's First Lady Angélica Rivera

Angelica Rivera, the wife of Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, has been embroiled in controversy over the purchase of a luxury home.
Thomas Samson AP

Originally published on Mon August 3, 2015 11:53 am

Eight months ago, Mexico's first lady, Angélica Rivera, known for her fondness of designer clothes and European vacations, made a public promise to sell a multimillion-dollar mansion bought under controversial circumstances. She purchased the home, at below market rates, from a contractor with lucrative connections to her husband.

The scandal has been one of the biggest to rock President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration. Months later, many questions remain regarding the purchase — and Rivera has yet to sell the house.

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All Tech Considered
6:08 am
Mon July 27, 2015

Major Flaw In Android Phones Would Let Hackers In With Just A Text

A security gap on Android, the most popular smartphone operating system, was discovered by security experts in a lab and is so far not widely exploited.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 28, 2015 1:48 pm

Android is the most popular mobile operating system on Earth: About 80 percent of smartphones run on it. And, according to mobile security experts at the firm Zimperium, there's a gaping hole in the software — one that would let hackers break into someone's phone and take over, just by knowing the phone's number.

Just A Text

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Parallels
6:14 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Obama's Roots A Source Of Pride — And Discord — In Kenya

Workers finish installing a billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Barack Obama in downtown Nairobi a day before Obama's visit.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:05 pm

The billboard that President Obama will see when he exits the airport in Nairobi on Friday says: "Welcome Home, Mr. President."

Obama's Kenyan roots have been a source of pride, but at times a source of discord, too, in the land of his father's birth.

For example, when Barack Obama won the U.S. presidency in 2008, Kenyans were ecstatic. His victory was declared a national holiday.

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Strange News
5:28 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Trapped Under A Car, A Women Is Saved By A Crowd

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:24 am

A motorcyclist in Dallas crashed into a car and the rider ended up trapped under the car.

Emergency personnel tried to use a jack to lift the vehicle, but it failed. And it was taking too long to bring heavier equipment.

So a crowd of emergency responders and passers-by lifted the vehicle by hand.

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Strange News
9:40 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Struck By Lighting As A Kid, A Lottery Winner As An Adult

Lady Luck has a sense of humor. The odds of being struck by lightning or winning the lottery are very slim.

The likelihood that both will happen to the same person are about one in 2.6 trillion. Peter McCathie is that one.

The Canadian man survived a lightning strike when he was a kid.

And now, after buying lottery tickets for about a year, McCathie has struck it big. He won a million dollars.

He's not gambling with the winnings. He's taking his wife on a second honeymoon.

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NPR Story
9:40 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Things Not To Pack When Flying: Smoke Grenades, Bottle Rockets, Knives

When packing for a trip, you have that moment of wondering if security will let you carry on that item.

We're not sure what that moment was like for Mitchell Crawford.

Airport security in Baltimore went through Mr. Crawford's luggage.

They found smoke grenades and bottle rockets. And rope cutters. And several knives. Also a folding saw. And a hatchet.

Mr. Crawford is now under arrest, though he told police he simply meant to use the items while camping.

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Middle East
9:40 am
Thu July 23, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:32 am

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NPR Story
6:12 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Pets And Other Non-Humans Gets Rights Upgraded In A Spanish Town

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:52 am

The Declaration of Independence says "all men are created equal."

It took a civil war to show it really meant all men, and generations more to make it all men and women.

Now a small town in Spain has taken another step.

The town council of Trigueros de Valle declared all residents are born equal.

That includes pets.

"A resident, whether human or non-human, is entitled to respect," the council decreed.

Bullfighting is out. It's not clear if dogs and cats get to vote.

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Strange News
6:02 am
Tue July 21, 2015

In Transylvania, Donating Blood Will Get You Concert Tickets

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

An electro-dance festival in Romania "vants to suck your blood."

Concert-goers will get free or discounted tickets for donating blood for transfusions.

Organizers aim to raise awareness about donating in a country where less than 2 percent of people give blood.

The Festival is being held in Transylvania, home of Dracula. Let's hope the Count doesn't make an appearance looking for music from the children of the night.

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Sports
7:20 am
Mon July 20, 2015

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:14 pm

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

This past weekend, hundreds of "speedcubers," as they're known, descended on Sao Paulo from over 40 countries, to take part in three days of intensive competition.

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Shots - Health News
6:54 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

At a Minecraft camp in Shaker Heights, Ohio, kids trade secrets about making their virtual worlds come to life.
Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:49 pm

It's family vacation time, and I've taken the kids back to where I grew up — a small plot of land off a dirt road in Kansas.

For my city kids, this is supposed to be heaven. There are freshly laid chicken eggs to gather, new kittens to play with and miles of pasture to explore.

But we're not outside.

I'm sitting in my childhood bedroom watching my 7-year-old son and his 11-year-old-cousin stare at a screen. The older kid is teaching the younger the secrets of one of the most popular games on Earth: Minecraft.

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Business
6:45 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
Patrick George Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network — the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data — can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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Animals
7:52 am
Fri July 17, 2015

Plantigrade Pastry Purloiner Persnickety

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:55 am

A Colorado bear recently had itself a heck of a breakfast: 24 pies.

The owners of the Colorado Cherry Company bakery between Lyons and Estes Park say they've experienced bear break-ins before, but this one was a little choosy.

Apparently during his early morning ransack, the bear went for apple and cherry pies — but left the strawberry rhubarb pies untouched.

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