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Often The Butt Of Jokes, S.C.'s Giant Peach Is Ripe For Renovation

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 1:26pm

The South Carolina landmark that's both loved and lampooned has gained national celebrity. But the peach's bright paint has soured over the years, so it's getting a makeover — to the chagrin of some.

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Maine Bill Aims To Make Abuse-Deterrent Painkillers More Affordable

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 12:58pm

Expensive versions of prescription opioids that are tougher to cut, crush and inject are less likely to be abused, legislators hope. But some doctors call the bill well-meant, but ill-advised.

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Immigrant Family's Hope On Hold After Promises From The President

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 12:56pm

Six months ago, President Obama announced executive actions that would protect millions of immigrants who are undocumented from deportation. But those actions are on hold pending a lawsuit.

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An Author Of Paper About Changing Minds On Gay Marriage Seeks Retraction

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 12:51pm

The paper, published in Science, suggested conversations could increase support for same-sex marriage. Researchers who tried to replicate the study say the data were not collected as described.

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Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 12:40pm

Stephanie Packer's debilitating illnesses leave her in a lot of pain. But she is opposed to a California bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.

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Is Harvard Showing Bias Against Asian-Americans?

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 12:37pm

A coalition of more than 60 organizations says the university has adopted higher expectations for Asian applicants in order to limit enrollment of this minority group.

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Desperate Rohingya Granted Temporary Shelter. But What Next?

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 12:30pm

Malaysia and Indonesia will allow migrants stranded at sea to come ashore. But it's a one-year, one-off deal, with no signs the flow of the Muslim minority fleeing persecution in Myanmar will stop.

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David Letterman Is Set For Final Curtain Wednesday Night

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 11:48am

"What this means now," the talk show host told a hushed audience as he announced his departure in December, "is that Paul and I can be married."

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I'd Like To Buy The Emerging World A Coke

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 11:16am

The Mad Men finale featured the classic jingle: "I'd like to buy the world a Coke," sung by a globally diverse group. Today, the global market is more important than ever to Big Soda.

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Popular Health Exchange In Jeopardy After Surprise Republican Win

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 10:22am

Kentucky has one of the best-run health exchanges in the country, Kynect. It's led to the second-biggest drop in uninsured nationwide. But if a GOP primary result holds up, its days could be numbered.

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Nebraska Lawmakers Move Step Closer To Repealing Death Penalty

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 9:29am

The vote in the Republican-controlled unicameral legislature was 32-15 — enough support to override a threatened veto from Gov. Pete Ricketts.

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Who Is Clinton Confidant Sidney Blumenthal?

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 8:53am

Emails from informal adviser Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in Libya have been subpoenaed by a House committee. He's no stranger to controversy, but Clinton says he's just an old friend.

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Looks Good Enough To Smoke: Marijuana Gets Its Glamour Moment

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 8:52am

Aficionados of fine weed describe the effects as if they're talking about vintage wine. But how to know which medicinal or recreational strain to choose? This field guide cuts through the haze.

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Big Banks Pay $5.6 Billion, Plead Guilty To Felonies Over Currency And Rate-Fixing

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 8:46am

In one exchange, a broker told a trader, "mate yur getting bloody good at this libor game ... think of me when yur on yur yacht in monaco."

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U.S. Releases Documents Seized From Osama Bin Laden's Compound

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 8:05am

Newly declassified materials include books, magazines and letters found during the 2011 raid on the al-Qaida leader's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

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Grassley To Justice Department: Crack Down On Medicare Advantage Overbilling

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 7:57am

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Obama administration pointed questions about what is being done to investigate alleged fraud, waste and abuse by Medicare Advantage plans.

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'Cartel' Of 4 Big Banks To Plead Guilty To Gaming The Exchange Rate

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 7:15am

Four banks agreed to plead guilty to currency manipulation and pay over $5 billion in fines. Officials say the banks used secret codes to manipulate the exchange rate between U.S. dollars and Euros.

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Rare Black Rhino Killed By U.S. Hunter Who Won Controversial Auction

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 7:10am

Corey Knowlton of Dallas won an auction last January for a hunting permit that would allow him to kill a black rhino weighing about 3,000 pounds.

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ArtsBeat: Laszlo Krasznahorkai Wins Man Booker International Prize

New York Times Book Reviews - May 20, 2015 - 6:55am
Mr. Krasznahorkai, the author of “Satantango,” is the sixth winner of the award.







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Oil Spill Near Santa Barbara Fouls California Coastline

NPR Top Stories - May 20, 2015 - 5:14am

A pipeline rupture spilled some 21,000 gallons of crude. Some beaches were evacuated, and it's unclear if they will reopen in time for Memorial Day.

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