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8:03am

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

5 Things You Should Know About Rick Santorum

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:07 pm

Rick Santorum, R-Pa., won Iowa in 2012. He faces a more crowded field this time around.
J. David Ake AP

Updated to reflect that Santorum is now officially in the race.

After taking the silver medal in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is making a second bid for the White House. But Santorum faces a very different β€” and much larger β€” field than four years ago.

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7:24am

Wed May 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Leader Of Turkmenistan Honors Himself With A Statue

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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7:24am

Wed May 27, 2015
Europe

Wedding Agency Offers Couples A Ride In Armored Personnel Carrier

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
Remembrances

Influential Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:27 am

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
NPR Story

Raging Flood Waters Do A Number On Wimberly, Texas

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
NPR Story

Officials Of Soccer's Governing Board Arrested On Corruption Charges

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 5:40 pm

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
NPR Story

Sen. Sanders Launches Longshot Presidential Campaign In Vermont

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
NPR Story

Are Motorists Paying Attention To The Takata Air Bag Recall?

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:54 am

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5:04am

Wed May 27, 2015
It's All Politics

How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:45 pm

An engineer from Cisco shows live wireless traffic to a FedEx employee during a recent security conference in San Francisco.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

When President Obama took office back in 2009, "cybersecurity" was not a word that everyday people used. It wasn't debated. Then, mega-breaches against consumers, businesses and the federal government changed that.

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4:07am

Wed May 27, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Indicts 14 In FIFA Corruption Inquiry

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 2:08 am

The FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. On Wednesday, Swiss police raided a Zurich hotel to detain top FIFA officials as part of a U.S. investigation into corruption.
Philipp Schmidli Getty Images

Updated at 2:50 p.m. ET

Arrest and search warrants have been executed against senior FIFA officials and several executives for what the Justice Department says was a corrupt scheme that gleaned "well over $150 million in bribes and kickbacks" over the course of 24 years.

The department announced that it has indicted 14 people from the U.S. and South America β€” including nine senior officials with FIFA, soccer's international governing body. Seven of the FIFA officials were arrested in Switzerland early Wednesday.

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3:32am

Wed May 27, 2015
Goats and Soda

As Antibiotic Resistance Spreads, WHO Plans Strategy To Fight It

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 3:36 pm

Patients receive treatment at the Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar, India. The country has one of the highest rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the world, in part because antibiotics for the disease are poorly regulated by the government.
Dar Yasin AP

The world is losing some of the most powerful tools in modern medicine. Antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at fighting infections. The problem has gotten so bad that some doctors are starting to ponder a "post-antibiotic world."

Common infections that have been easily treatable for decades could become deadly if the current growth of antimicrobial resistance continues.

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3:31am

Wed May 27, 2015
Doing More With Less

Casa Ruby Is A 'Chosen Family' For Trans People Who Need A Home

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:06 pm

Ruby Corado runs Casa Ruby, a drop-in and service center for transgender people in Washington, D.C. Through the center, Corado helps people find housing, medical care and get food. Corado also has 22 beds in transitional housing for transgender adults and youth who would otherwise be homeless.
Lexey Swall GRAIN for NPR

Editor's note: This story contains language that some may find offensive.

This story is part of an occasional series about individuals who don't have much money or power but do have a big impact on their communities.

If you're transgender in America, you're far more likely than other people to be unemployed, homeless and poor. And there's a 4 in 10 chance you've tried to kill yourself.

It can be a confusing and lonely life.

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3:30am

Wed May 27, 2015
Business

In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As Ever

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 9:19 am

Paper can make the abstract tangible in a way that digital devices don't.
Alejandro Escamilla Unsplash

I confess. I'm a notebook nut. I own dozens and dozens of them. Everything from cheap reporter's notebooks to hand-crafted Italian leather beauties.

I wondered: Am I an analog dinosaur, or are there others out there like me?

The first stop in my investigation was, frankly, discouraging.

At first glance, a Starbucks on the campus of George Washington University points to the dinosaur conclusion. So plentiful are the laptops and tablets that they outnumber the double-mocha-half-caf-triple-shot-Frappuccinos.

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7:28pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Heat Wave Claims More Than 750 Lives In India

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 4:23 pm

An Indian farmer sits Tuesday in his dried-up land in Gauribidanur village, in southern India's Karnataka state. More than 750 people have died in a heat wave that has swept across the country.
Jagadeesh NV EPA/Landov

More than 750 people are dead in India in a heat wave that has seen temperatures in some parts of the country touching 118 degrees.

Most of the deaths have occurred in southern Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. The Associated Press reports that more than 550 people have died in Andhra Pradesh since May 13; the number is 215 in Telangana since April 15. Indian news sites say the toll has exceeded 1,000.

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7:25pm

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Test Of '1 Person, 1 Vote' Heads To The Supreme Court

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 10:11 am

Part of Texas' congressional redistricting map from 2003. The lead plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott are residents of a state Senate district in Texas who say their equal rights to representation are diluted because Texas equalized the districts in population terms, and€” not in terms of eligible voters.
Harry Cabluck AP

When the Supreme Court returns for its next term in October, among the cases it has agreed to hear is a challenge to a fundamental practice that has governed American elections for generations.

When public-policy makers talk about a state's population, they generally mean the number of human beings living in that state β€” as counted or estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau.

That applies to a host of political actions, including the apportionment of seats in Congress and the Electoral College votes that choose the president.

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6:31pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Economy

IRS Reports Theft Of More Than 100,000 Taxpayers' Information

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6:31pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Hackers Stole Data From More Than 100,000 Taxpayers, IRS Says

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 8:56 am

The IRS says criminals gained access to the accounts of more than 100,000 taxpayers through its online service Get Transcript. The data stolen included taxpayers' Social Security information, when they were born and their street addresses.

At a news conference, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said criminals made about 200,000 attempts to access tax information; 100,000 of those attempts, made from February to mid-May, were successful.

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6:31pm

Tue May 26, 2015
NPR Ed

Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:23 pm

Kids in the U.S. are spending less time outside. Even in kindergarten, recess is being cut back. But in the small town of Quechee, Vt., a teacher is bucking that trend: One day a week, she takes her students outside β€” for the entire school day.

It's called Forest Monday.

Eliza Minnucci got the idea after watching a documentary about a forest school in Switzerland where kids spend all day, every day, out in the woods.

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6:11pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Salt

How Dorothea Lange Taught Us To See Hunger And Humanity

Carrot pullers from Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Mexico. "We come from all states and we can't make a dollar in this field noways. [sic] Working from seven in the morning until twelve noon, we earn an average of thirty-five cents." California, February 1937
Dorothea Lange Library of Congress

Documentary photographer Dorothea Lange had a favorite saying: "A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera."

And perhaps no one did more to reveal the human toll of the Great Depression than Lange, who was born on this day in 1895. Her photographs gave us an unflinching β€” but also deeply humanizing β€” look at the struggles of displaced farmers, migrant laborers, sharecroppers and others at the bottom of the American farm economy as it reeled through the 1930s.

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5:42pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Salt

Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:03 pm

A range of Darjeeling tea at Goomtee Tea Estate in Darjeeling, India.
Jeff Koehler for NPR

At least 2,500 years ago, tea, as we know it, was born.

Back then, it was a medicinal concoction blended with herbs, seeds and forest leaves in the mountains of southwest China. Gradually, as manners of processing and drinking tea were refined, it became imbued with artistic, religious, and cultural notes. Under the Tang Dynasty (AD 618–907), the apogee of ancient Chinese prosperity, the drink involved ritual, etiquette and specific utensils. During this period of splendor, the first book dedicated solely to tea was written by Lu YΓΌ.

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5:27pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Sports

As The NBA Conference Finals Wind Down, LeBron James Remains Dominant

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:31 pm

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5:27pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Law

Before Cleveland, About 30 Police Departments Entered DOJ Agreements

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:31 pm

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5:27pm

Tue May 26, 2015
World

'Journey To Jihad' Tells Story Of Belgian Teenager Who Joined Islamic State

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:31 pm

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5:27pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Goats and Soda

How Worried Should We Be About Lassa Fever?

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 6:31 pm

A single Lassa fever virus particle, stained to show surface spikes β€” they're yellow β€” that help the virus infect its host cells.
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

An unidentified New Jersey man died after returning home from West Africa, where he had contracted Lassa fever, a virus that has symptoms similar to those of Ebola. Federal health officials are treating the case with caution because the virus, which commonly is spread by rodents, can occasionally spread from person to person.

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4:43pm

Tue May 26, 2015
Goats and Soda

Blind Waiters Give Diners A Taste Of 'Dinner In The Dark' In Kenya

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:21 am

At the "Dinner in the Dark" restaurant that's just opened in Nairobi, a blind waiter leads guests to their table. The photo was taken during a training session β€” that's why the lights are on.
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Ignatius Agon practices his greeting: "OK, good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Ignatius and I am going to guide you into the dark."

It's Monday, and the first day of training for a new restaurant opening this month in Kenya. Diners will be served in the dark. They'll have to find their food with their forks and eat it in a pitch black room.

And the waiters are blind.

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4:42pm

Tue May 26, 2015
The Two-Way

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark Dies At 75

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 9:27 am

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark attends the Leica Los Angeles grand opening on June 20, 2013. Mark died Monday. She was 75.
Todd Williamson Invision for Leica

Mary Ellen Mark, the influential photographer known mostly for her humanist work, has died. She was 75.

Mark died Monday, a representative said Tuesday. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that she died in New York.

Mark's work appeared in Life, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Her photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of Streetwise, an Academy Award-nominated film that was directed by her husband, Martin Bell.

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4:39pm

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain Stuck

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:21 pm

Seattle Space Needle elevator operator Michael Hall says despite the success of the attraction, his pay hasn't budged in four years.
Ted S. Warren AP

As candidates hit the campaign trail, NPR looks at four major issues the next president will face from Day 1 in office.

For seven years, Michael Hall has been guiding tourists to the top of Seattle's Space Needle and back. It's a unique vantage point from which to watch the ups and downs of Americans' paychecks.

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4:35pm

Tue May 26, 2015
It's All Politics

What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:20 am

The next president to occupy the Oval Office will confront four seemingly intractable problems: stagnant wages, cybersecurity, violent extremism and federal debt.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Presidential candidates are doing what they have to do at this point in the campaign season β€” they're raising money and strutting their biographies and electoral viability to voters. We haven't heard much yet about policy papers or what they would actually do if they win. But those policy issues will matter β€” as the campaign picks up steam and especially once the next president steps into the Oval Office on Day 1.

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4:30pm

Tue May 26, 2015
NPR Ed

NYU Changes Its Policy On Reviewing Applicants' Criminal Background

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:24 pm

New York University announced it will not require the criminal record of prospective students in the first round of the admissions process.
Jpellgen Flickr

Students applying for college supply all sorts of information β€” financial records, letters of recommendation, the personal essay β€” to name just a few.

One big question they face: Do you have a criminal record?

The question appears on the Common Application β€” the website that prospective students use to apply to more than 500 schools across the U.S. and abroad.

Most students don't even think about it. But for some applicants, it's a reason not to apply.

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4:26pm

Tue May 26, 2015
All Tech Considered

Higher-Tech Fake Eggs Offer Better Clues To Wild-Bird Behavior

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 8:39 pm

One of these things is not like the other: A 3-D printed model of a beige cowbird egg stands out from its robin's egg nest mates, though their shape and heft are similar.
Ana Lopez/Courtesy of Mark Hauber

Since the 1960s, biologists have made fake eggs for some studies of bird behavior. But Mark Hauber of Hunter College in New York says this kind of scientific handicraft is not exactly his forte.

"I'm a terrible craftsperson," he admits.

That's why Hauber is pioneering the use of 3-D printing technology to quickly produce made-to-order fake eggs, taking a bit of old-school science into the 21st century.

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