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2:56pm

Fri May 29, 2015
The Salt

America's Elite Cows Don't Give Birth — Their Surrogates Do

Dan Byers, an elite-cattle breeder, checks the heartbeat on a newborn calf, born from an embryo implanted in a surrogate heifer. Because the calf was delivered via C-section, he sprinkles sweet molasses powder on her to prompt the surrogate mother cow to lick her clean.
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Panda, standing six feet tall and weighing almost a ton, is everything a show cow should be: broad-backed and round-rumped, with sturdy legs holding up her heft. Her hide — thick and black, with splotches of creamy white — fits her name.

"She's a big-time cow," says Dan Byers, owner of Byers Premium Cattle, Inc. "She's a freak of nature is what she is."

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1:46pm

Fri May 29, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Martin O'Malley

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:04 pm

Martin O'Malley performs with his Irish rock group, O'Malley's March, in Baltimore in 2002.
Alex Dorgan-Ross AP

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is set to announce his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday with a speech at Baltimore's Federal Hill Park. His announcement will be quintessentially Baltimore with a venue well-known to area residents and the addition of the local Kelly Bell Band booked as entertainment.

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1:30pm

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Idaho's Abortion Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Court Says

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 1:44 pm

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals says Idaho's law prohibiting abortions after 20 or more weeks of pregnancy is "unconstitutional because it categorically bans some abortions before viability."

The court ruled in favor of Jennie McCormack and Dr. Richard Hearn (on behalf of himself and his patients), who had challenged Idaho's Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that restricts abortion in the state.

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12:55pm

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

First-Quarter Revision Puts GDP In The Red

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:47 pm

Waiter Melvin Angel shovels snow outside the restaurant he works at in Boston in April. The harsh winter in the Northeast took an even bigger toll on economic growth in the first three months of 2015 than previously estimated.
Charles Krupa AP

It turns out that the harsh winter and a growing trade deficit made a bigger dent in the U.S. economy in the first three months of the year than previously thought — with revised first-quarter GDP actually shrinking by 0.7 percent, according to the Commerce Department.

Commerce had earlier estimated output growing by 0.2 percent. The contraction announced Friday is the first since the first quarter of 2014.

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11:54am

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

At FIFA Meeting, Israeli And Palestinian Delegates Shake Hands

Palestinian Jibril Rajoub (left) and Israeli Ofer Eini shook hands Friday after FIFA's member groups adopted a plan to work out problems between their soccer associations.
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Confusion and emotion broke out at Friday's FIFA Congress — and it wasn't over embattled leader Sepp Blatter. The leaders of the Israeli and Palestinian soccer organizations shook hands.

The much-discussed "handshake for peace" happened after the Palestinian Football Association withdrew its proposal that FIFA suspend Israel from international competition.

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11:37am

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Drops Cuba From List Of State Sponsors Of Terrorism

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:29 pm

President Obama with Cuban President Raul Castro during their historic meeting in April at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET

The U.S. State Department announced Friday that Cuba has been dropped from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

"The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for rescission," the department said in a statement. "While the United States has significant concerns and disagreements with a wide range of Cuba's policies and actions, these fall outside the criteria relevant to the rescission of a State Sponsor of Terrorism designation."

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10:55am

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Second Saudi Attack

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:25 pm

Members of the Saudi security services inspect the site of a car bomb attack targeting Shiite Saudis attending Friday prayers at a mosque in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
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The Saudi branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a second suicide bomb attack in as many weeks on a Shiite mosque in the kingdom.

At least four people — including the person thought to be the driver of the car bomb — were killed in the attack, which took place during Friday prayers at the al-Anoud mosque in Dammam in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province.

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10:17am

Fri May 29, 2015
Goats and Soda

Look Who's Hanging Out With A Goat! It's Supermodel Chrissy Teigen

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:27 pm

Screengrab of DuJour Media's Instagram feed.
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Goats have lots of unusual friends.

There's the goat and the hippo.

And the goat and the giraffe.

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9:48am

Fri May 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

Breath-Holding In The Pool Can Spark Sudden Blackouts And Death

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:38 pm

Competitive swimmers often practice breath holding to increase endurance.
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There's a dare that floats out on hot days by the pool: Who can hold their breath the longest? In shallow water, the challenge sounds fun or at least harmless. Competitive swimmers and divers crouch under the surface all the time to build endurance. But the practice can cause swimmers to faint and drown without warning and before anyone notices.

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8:28am

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Muhammadu Buhari Becomes Nigeria's President

Former General and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, arrives for his Inauguration at the eagle square in Abuja, Nigeria, on Friday.
Sunday Alamba AP

For the first time since Nigeria won its independence in 1960, the country has inaugurated an opposition figure as its next president.

Muhammadu Buhari, a retired general who ruled the country back in the '80s after a military coup, was sworn in as president of Nigeria on Friday.

The BBC reports:

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7:54am

Fri May 29, 2015
Asia

Bees Were Literally Gao Bingguo's Knees

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:07 am

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7:54am

Fri May 29, 2015
Around the Nation

God Sues Equifax And Wins

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:07 am

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6:55am

Fri May 29, 2015
The Two-Way

Despite Corruption Scandal, Blatter Wins Fifth Term As FIFA Chief

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 2:20 pm

FIFA President Sepp Blatter attends a press conference in Jerusalem on May 19.
Tsafrir Abayov AP

Update at 1:18 p.m. ET. Blatter Wins Fifth Term:

Two days after leading officials were arrested and charged with corruption and bribery, soccer's world governing body decided to stay the course, electing Joseph "Sepp" Blatter as its president.

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5:08am

Fri May 29, 2015
NPR Story

Democrat O'Malley To Announce Presidential Bid In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:07 am

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5:08am

Fri May 29, 2015
NPR Story

Administration Announces Controversial Plan To Protect Sage Grouse

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 2:59 pm

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5:08am

Fri May 29, 2015
NPR Story

Immerse Yourself In SOAK's Tender, Unsettled Debut Record

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:24 pm

SOAK's debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, comes out June 2.
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5:08am

Fri May 29, 2015
NPR Story

New Season Of 'Halt And Catch Fire' Is A Welcomed Upgrade

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:07 am

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3:46am

Fri May 29, 2015
Goats and Soda

New Jersey Lassa Fever Death Reveals Holes In Ebola Monitoring System

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:06 pm

The man who died of Lassa fever flew from West Africa to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport.
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A man died of a hemorrhagic fever in New Jersey this week. This by itself is fairly unusual in the Garden State. Making the case even more odd was that the man was being monitored for Ebola by New Jersey health officials, and the case should have been caught earlier.

The events expose a hole in a public health system meant to track potential Ebola cases.

The 55-year-old New Jersey resident worked in the mining industry and traveled frequently to West Africa. Two weeks ago he landed at JFK International Airport after a flight from Liberia.

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3:43am

Fri May 29, 2015
Book News & Features

A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 3:10 pm

In 2014, BookCon responded to the We Need Diverse Books campaign by inviting it to form its own panel. Pictured here (from left): I.W. Gregorio, Mike Jung, Matt de la Pena, Grace Lin and Jacqueline Woodson.
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Publishing's big week is almost over. The industry's annual convention, BookExpo America, ends Friday in New York, and on Saturday the publishing world opens its doors to the public with BookCon, where avid readers will get the chance to mix and mingle with their favorite authors.

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3:42am

Fri May 29, 2015
Back At Base

On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 9:00 am

Sgt. Cassie McDole sits in an AAV.
Arezou Rezvani NPR

On the shores of California one recent morning, female Marines were heaving heavy chains to secure amphibious assault vehicles that soon would roll into the waves.

The exercise was one part of a yearlong experiment aimed at settling the question of whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat.

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3:23am

Fri May 29, 2015
NPR Ed

It All Came Down To 'Nunatak'

Vanya Shivashankar, left, of Olathe, Kan., and Gokul Venkatachalam of Chesterfield, Mo., lift the trophy after becoming co-champions Thursday night after the final round of the 88th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hills, Md.
Joshua Roberts Reuters/Landov

I started off wondering whether I might be able to spell a few of the words right. I ended up realizing that most of them I had never even heard of before.

Iridocyclitis. Cibarial. Pyrrhuloxia. And so on.

It was one of the many surprises of an evening spent watching the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night in Washington.

Another big surprise was how much I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I had expected to see a bunch of highly trained kids who've spent months and years memorizing the dictionary, essentially regurgitating that information.

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7:38pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Law

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert Indicted By Federal Grand Jury

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

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6:41pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Goats and Soda

Cholera Surges In Haiti As Rain Arrives Early

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

Health workers collect the body of a cholera victim in Petionville, Haiti, February 2011. The cholera outbreak in Haiti began in October 2010. Nearly 9,000 people have died.
David Gilkey/NPR

At a government-run clinic in Diquini, near Port-au-Prince, doctors are treating a handful of cholera patients.

One of them is Givenchi Predelus. For five days, the high school sophomore has been lying on a cot with a towel over his midsection and an IV in his arm, listening to tinny music on his bare-bones cellphone.

Predelus speaks in a whisper, a sign of what cholera has done to his strength. "Only one other person in my area has cholera," he says, through an interrupter. "She sells patties on the side of the road. I'm the second victim."

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6:24pm

Thu May 28, 2015
The Two-Way

Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 12:37 pm

Then-U.S. Rep. Dennis Hastert greets a supporter in Yorkville, Ill., in August 2007, after he announced that he would not seek another term in Congress. Hastert was indicted May 28 on charges of evading cash-withdrawal reporting requirements and lying to the FBI, in connection with what the indictment described as $3.5 million in hush money slowly taken out and paid to an unnamed individual.
John Gress Reuters/Landov

Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Chicago. The Illinois Republican, 73, is charged with trying to evade cash withdrawal requirements, and with lying to the FBI about it.

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6:15pm

Thu May 28, 2015
U.S.

For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

Forrest Hampton is about to become a family man and he couldn't be happier. He's 25 and he lives in a suburb of Dallas with his fiancée, who's due to have their baby practically any minute. They've already picked out a name: Raven.

In most ways they are a normal family. Except for one thing. Until last year, Hampton was a registered sex offender.

"I honestly don't believe I was supposed to be registered in the first place," he says, "but I wasn't in the position to fight my case."

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6:15pm

Thu May 28, 2015
The Salt

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

Fish for sale in the fish market in Fraserburgh, Scotland.
Ari Shapiro/NPR

Cod love the icy cold waters of the North Sea — and British people love eating cod.

But a decade ago, it looked like people were eating the fish to the brink of collapse. Now the trend has turned around, and the cod are coming back.

We pick up this fish tale, which seems to be on its way to a happy ending, at an early morning fish auction in Fraserburgh, Scotland, where buyers and sellers are lined up alongside hundreds of boxes containing cod, hake, monkfish, sole and every other kind of fish you can imagine from the North Sea.

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5:45pm

Thu May 28, 2015
The Salt

Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms

The Maslowskis love to cook, and with each mushroom harvest, they invent new recipes. One of their favorite dishes is Hungarian mushroom soup.
Courtesy of Susan Maslowski

Many farmers in Appalachia are cultivating food not in big open fields but deep in the forest — where ramps, hazelnuts and maple trees for syrup thrive.

But some would like to see the region producing even more forest-grown products — in particular, mushrooms — to meet growing demand at specialty food stores and restaurants that serve local ingredients.

The catch? Cultivating mushrooms is labor-intensive, and if you want to sell them to the public, you'll need to show proof that they're edible and safe.

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5:32pm

Thu May 28, 2015
Shots - Health News

CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

A security fence surrounds the main part of the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground, a testing laboratory in the Utah desert. The Army says it mistakenly shipped live anthrax from Dugway to several labs in the U.S. and Korea.
George Frey Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still trying to figure out how the military managed to ship anthrax spores that were apparently live from one of its facilities to more than a dozen labs across the United States.

"We have a team at the [military] lab to determine what may have led to this incident," says CDC spokesman Jason McDonald. In addition, he says, the agency is working with health officials in nine states to make sure the potentially live samples are safely disposed of and the labs affected are decontaminated.

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5:25pm

Thu May 28, 2015
All Tech Considered

Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

In the face-to-face interview process, research shows that managers tend to hire applicants who are similar to them on paper.
Bjorn Rune Lie Getty Images/Ikon Images

Entrepreneur Petar Vujosevic was just a regular guy who saw a big problem with the way the hiring system works.

Typically, a hiring manager posts an opening, describes the ideal candidate and resumes come flooding in. After doing some interviews, the manager has to make a gut decision: Who is the best person for the job?

Research shows that more often than not, managers pick someone whose background is similar to theirs.

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5:23pm

Thu May 28, 2015
National Security

Foreign Policy Experts Weigh In On U.S. Strategy Against The Islamic State

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

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