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In TV Ad, GOP Senate Candidate Mocks 'War On Women' Rhetoric

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 11:12am

Terri Lynn Land, a Republican running for Senate in Michigan, says she knows more about being a woman than the male Democratic congressman who's attacking her.

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45 People Were Shot In Chicago Over The Weekend

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 10:18am

That follows 33 shootings the weekend before and 27 one week before that. As the weather is warming, the deadly incidents are on the rise again.

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We Didn't Believe In 'Artisanal' Toast, Until We Made Our Own

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 10:17am

Inspired by toast's ascendance as a trendy snack du jour, we push "artisanal" toast in new directions. Using a blowtorch, coffee maker and dryer, we prove you can toast it yourself without a toaster.

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Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 9:21am

A 37-year-old British woman was detained in the island nation after a taxi driver noticed her Buddha tattoo, which is viewed as a religious affront to the country's dominant religion.

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Bookends: Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material?

New York Times Book Reviews - April 22, 2014 - 8:01am
Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss what they make of writers mining actual relationships for material.






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'Stop Supporting Men Hiding Behind Masks,' Biden Tells Russia

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 8:01am

In Ukraine on Tuesday, the vice president also said "it's time for Russia to stop talking and start acting" to help resolve the crisis there.

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Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 7:47am

The lawmaker who sponsored the bill to make the Holy Bible the state's official book said it had become a distraction and that there were "much more important" priorities.

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Change Your Income, Change Your Health Insurance Plan

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 7:03am

People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.

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Study: 2 In 5 Americans Earning Degrees After High School

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 7:01am

The Lumina Foundation says nearly 40 percent of adults held college degrees in 2012 — the biggest one-year jump since 2008. And it says that 60 percent college attainment is "within reach" by 2025.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 6:21am

In a 6-2 decision, the justices said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside as discriminatory the state's voter-approved ban on race-conscious college admissions.

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UPDATE: Everest Climbing Season Still In Doubt

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 5:25am

Last week, at least 13 of the Nepalese guides were killed in an avalanche. Sherpas have been discussing a boycott of the climbing season if they aren't given more insurance and other aid.

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Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes To Constitution

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 4:13am

Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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As Korean Ferry Sank, Some Crew Members Fought To Save Lives

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 4:05am

Although the captain and some of the officers have been called cowards or worse, passengers say other crew members acted heroically. At least seven crew members died or are missing.

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Introducing A Divorce Rate For Birds, And Guess Which Bird Never, Ever Divorces?

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 3:10am

A pair of swans suggests Love Eternal. You often see them in twos, gliding together. But they're not Nature's Coupliest Birds. Which are?

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'Chameleon Club' Takes On Too Many Colors

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:03am

Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.

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Exclusive First Read: Colson Whitehead's 'The Noble Hustle'

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:01am

Colson Whitehead's account of his anhedonic adventures at the World Series of Poker is tough and tasty — like a good piece of beef jerky.

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Wheel Well Stowaway Was 'Runaway Kid With A Bad Idea'

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 3:00am

The California teen "ran for the nearest plane," according to the FBI. He ended up riding for 5 1/2 hours to Hawaii, and luckily survived the thin air and freezing temperatures.

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Startup Fights TV Networks In Copyright Case Before Supreme Court

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 2:51am

Aereo offers consumers in 11 cities a cheap way to watch local stations that deliver network TV shows. The networks contend that Aereo uses a gimmick to thwart the economic vitality of their business.

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For Early Childhood Education, Tulsa, Okla., Stands Out

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 1:03am

Many states are planning to expand early childhood education programs, but what constitutes a high-quality pre-K program? Researchers say the city of Tulsa, Okla., has come up with a winning formula.

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What Exactly Is 'High-Quality' Preschool?

NPR Top Stories - April 22, 2014 - 1:03am

Many educators tout the benefits of preschool, but there's no clear standard for what qualifies as a quality program. Researchers say that when it comes to pre-K, Tulsa, Okla., gets it right.

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