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Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 11:49am

Robert Rizzo, who paid himself an $800,000 salary for running the small town of Bell, Calif., took advantage of the fact that there were "no checks and balances" in city government, the judge said.

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Light And Dark: The Racial Biases That Remain In Photography

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 11:35am

When Syreeta McFadden was young, she dreaded being photographed. Cameras made her skin look darkened and distorted. Now a photographer herself, she's learned to capture various hues of brown skin.

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Edward Snowden: From 'Geeky' Dropout To NSA Leaker

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 11:24am

What motivated the former NSA contractor to divulge carefully guarded NSA secrets? A new Vanity Fair article takes a look back at the "kid from the Maryland suburbs."

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Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir

NPR Books - April 16, 2014 - 11:24am

A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.

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Debate: Millennials Don't Stand A Chance

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 10:52am

Narcissistic and ill-prepared for the future? Or civic-minded and entrepreneurial? Two teams tackle stereotypes and realities about young Americans in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S.

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Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 10:27am

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.

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Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 10:12am

U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland called the state's ban on abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy "invalid and unconstitutional."

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Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 9:38am

Prosecutors said it would disturb the families of those who died to know that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could view those images. The judge ruled Tsarnaev has the right to see such evidence.

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Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 8:31am

The number of missing is still unclear, but at last count, authorities said seven people remained unaccounted for from the March 22 mudslide near the community of Oso.

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Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 8:00am

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.

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The Ultimate Animal Experience? Losing A Memory Quiz To A Chimp

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 7:34am

You've swum with dolphins, ridden camels, stalked tigers. Now, try taking a memory test with a chimp — and losing. It's fun, humbling and mind-boggling.

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Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 5:30am

The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.

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Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

NPR Books - April 16, 2014 - 5:30am

The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.

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43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 5:14am

The two teens disappeared in 1971. Last year, their bodies were found in the Studebaker they were last seen in. Now, authorities say it appears they mistakenly drove into a creek.

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Tasting With Our Eyes: Why Bright Blue Chicken Looks So Strange

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 5:01am

The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.

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In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 3:55am

As the government tries to assert control in the eastern part of the nation, there's word that some Ukrainian troops may now be on the side of locals who wish to join Russia.

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Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult

NPR Books - April 16, 2014 - 3:52am

Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.

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Hundreds Missing After Ferry Sinks Off South Korea's Coast

NPR Top Stories - April 16, 2014 - 2:55am

Most of the passengers, according to news reports, were high school students and teachers on a school trip. Of the nearly 500 people who were on board, nearly 300 were initially unaccounted for.

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A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

NPR Top Stories - April 15, 2014 - 11:42pm

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. It's a gift from a Montana museum that says this T. rex deserves to be famous.

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How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

NPR Top Stories - April 15, 2014 - 11:41pm

In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.

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