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3:49pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:18 pm

Yemenis walk past near oil tankers that were burnt during clashes between Shiite Houthi rebels and their opponents in the capital, Sanaa, in September. Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes this week to counter the Houthis' offensive.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

The current upheaval in Yemen is a sharp reminder of the fragility of the global oil market. Airstrikes by Saudi Arabia against Houthi rebels in Yemen has stoked fears of a disruption to the supply market.

Yemen and Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil producer, share a long border. While Yemen is only a small producer of crude oil, it controls the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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3:45pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 5:45 pm

Writers lowered the boom on the broom — metaphorically, of course.
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In a stroke of irony fit for fiction, an effort by two Idaho parents to clean up their daughter's books has dredged up a fairly messy controversy. Clean Reader — an e-reader app designed to ferret out, and block, profanity in novels and nonfiction — drew significant pushback from some authors amid its recent launch.

In the face of that criticism, the folks behind Clean Reader have now backed down, announcing their intentions to stop selling books directly through the e-reading platform.

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3:43pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

After A Tough Election, Israel's Netanyahu Looks To Ease Tensions

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:08 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to supporters following the country's March 17 election. After a bruising campaign in which he faced considerable criticism, Netanyahu has taken a number of steps to try to ease tensions.
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During a tough Israeli election campaign, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu managed to antagonize, among others, the White House, Israel's Arab citizens and the Palestinians.

Now that Netanyahu's Likud Party has come out on top, the prime minister has sought to ease tensions with a series of gestures.

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3:43pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

LISTEN: A Cuban Protest Singer On The State Of U.S.-Cuba Relations

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:07 pm

Carlos Varela, a Cuban protest singer, poses for a picture at the bar of the historic Hotel Nacional in Havana.
Eyder Peralta NPR

Over the past couple of weeks — on All Things Considered, over at Parallels, on Tumblr and on this blog — we've been reporting on Cuba.

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3:04pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

Medical Bills Linger, Long After Cancer Treatment Ends

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:07 pm

Melinda Townsend-Breslin holds a photo showing her and her mother standing in the parking lot of a favorite thrift store in 2013.
William DeShazer for NPR

Melinda Townsend-Breslin keeps a photo of herself on her refrigerator standing with her mother, MaryLou Townsend, in the front of the Unique Thrift Store in Louisville, Ky. They're side by side in the parking lot, both wearing white shirts and sporting short, practical haircuts.

Mom is proudly showing her discount card. "For the thrift store!" said Townsend-Breslin, laughing. "The discount for the thrift store!"

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2:35pm

Fri March 27, 2015
It's All Politics

How Senate Democrats Will Choose Their Next Leader

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:49 pm

Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., left, with then-Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle at a 1995 news conference on Capitol Hill. Harry Reid took over as leader in 2005 after Daschle unexpectedly lost his re-election. At the time, Reid was unknown to most Americans, but he beat back a challenge Dodd.
John Duricka AP

When word came of Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's decision to retire, various observers and Democratic constituencies quickly emerged with their choices for his successor as the party's Senate leader.

There were those who touted Patty Murray of Washington, the proven problem-solver and veteran legislator who has worked her way up the ladder of Senate succession. Others talked up Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who in just two years has emerged as a star in the caucus and who has also joined the leadership in a junior role.

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2:23pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Alabama Police Officer Accused Of Injuring Indian Man Is Indicted

Sureshbhai Patel lies in a bed at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala., on Feb. 7. Patel was severely injured when police threw him to the ground.
Chirag Patel AP

An Alabama police officer has been indicted on one charge of using unreasonable force against an Indian man in February.

A federal grand jury decided there was enough evidence to bring charges against Officer Eric Parker.

"Parker's actions deprived the man in Madison of his right under the U.S. Constitution to be secure from unreasonable seizures, which includes the right to be free from unreasonable force by someone acting under color of law," the Justice Department said in a press release.

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2:18pm

Fri March 27, 2015
It's All Politics

With Reid Out, Republicans See An Opportunity

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:07 pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, wearing sunglasses to protect an injured eye. His announced retirement should set off a scramble to replace him.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Harry Reid, the wily Democratic Senate leader, was likely — once again — to be one of the most vulnerable incumbents up for re-election in 2016.

Few, though, would have bet the house against Reid — a sharp-elbowed campaigner — especially in a presidential year when demography will favor Democrats in a state where almost 3 in 10 people are Hispanic.

"Do you really want to go up against Harry Reid?" said one national GOP operative, pointing out Reid's bare-knuckles style of campaigning.

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2:12pm

Fri March 27, 2015
It's All Politics

6 Things You Might Not Have Known About Harry Reid

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:45 pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid greets supporters in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev., during a campaign stop in 2010.
Laura Rauch AP

Longtime Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, 75, who announced Friday he would not run for re-election in 2016, isn't exactly known for his charisma on Capitol Hill. But he has become known as someone who will always put up a fight.

That toughness can be seen throughout his life and political career. It was an essential quality during his hardscrabble childhood and time in the boxing ring. And it's what he later brought to fighting organized crime in Nevada and, more recently, taking off his gloves against the Tea Party Republicans.

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1:47pm

Fri March 27, 2015
It's All Politics

What Reid Endorsing Schumer As Top Democrat Means

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:58 pm

Sen. Charles Schumer of New York stands a podium March 3 as Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada looks on. Reid is backing Schumer to be his replacement as Democratic leader.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Harry Reid's exit could have ignited a scramble to fill the power vacuum among Senate Democrats.

But the Nevada senator is doing his best to avoid what he called a "knock-down, drag-out fight" by endorsing Charles Schumer, the New York Democrat better known as Chuck, who has been Reid's top lieutenant for years.

"He will be elected to replace me in 22 months," Reid told KNPR about Schumer. "One reason that will happen is because I want him to be my replacement."

Reid called Schumer "a brilliant man" and "a tremendous asset."

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1:16pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

He, She Or Hen? Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:03 pm

People gather at the Stockholm Olympic Stadium in 2013 to show support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Russia.
TT News Agency Reuters/Landov

The official dictionary of the Swedish language is getting a fresh infusion of 13,000 new words, editors of the Swedish Academy have announced.

Among the additions is a gender-neutral pronoun. Instead of just he (han) and she (hon), there will now be hen as well.

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1:15pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Television

An Oncologist's 'Biography Of Cancer' Adapted Into A Documentary

In The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Siddhartha Mukherjee chronicled how our understanding of cancer has evolved. Starting Monday, Ken Burns' three-part documentary will air on PBS. Terry Gross talked with Mukherjee in 2010.

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1:15pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Movie Reviews

In 'While We're Young,' The Border Between Ridicule And Sympathy Is Thin

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1:11pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Reid Backs N.Y.'s Schumer To Succeed Him As Senate Democratic Leader

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:04 pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Reid said today that he won't seek re-election in 2016, adding he wants Schumer to succed him as the Democratic leader in the Senate.
Molly Riley AP

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who has announced that he won't seek re-election in 2016, says he is backing Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the Senate's No. 3 Democrat, to succeed him in the leadership position.

"He [Schumer] will be elected to replace me in 22 months," he told Nevada Public Radio. "One reason that will happen is because I want him to be my replacement."

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12:57pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Shots - Health News

New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

Most teenagers with mental health problems don't get any help.
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The majority of teenagers with mental health issues don't get help. But maybe if help were just a text message away — they wouldn't be so hesitant to reach out.

That's the thinking behind NYC Teen Text, a pilot program at 10 New York public high schools that allows teens to get help with mental health issues by text.

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12:42pm

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Saudi Arabia Pounds Rebel Targets In Yemen On 2nd Day Of Air Campaign

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 7:03 pm

A Houthi Shiite fighter stands guard Thursday as people search for survivors under the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi airstrikes near Sanaa Airport in Yemen.
Hani Mohammed AP

Saudi Arabia unleashed another round of airstrikes today on its southern neighbor, Yemen. The warplanes targeted Houthi rebel targets, including air bases, in a bid to neutralize the militants' air defenses.

Explosions rocked the capital, Sanaa, and anti-aircraft guns could be heard returning fire, according to The Associated Press.

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11:03am

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Indiana Suspends Ban On Needle Exchanges To Combat HIV Outbreak

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 1:57 pm

Schedule 2 narcotics Morphine Sulfate, OxyContin and Opana. Liquefied as an injectable, Opana has been connected to a major abuse problem in rural southern Indiana.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Hoping to reverse a steep increase in HIV infections in southern Indiana, Gov. Mike Pence has temporarily suspended state law and his own anti-drug policies to implement a short-term needle exchange program for addicts.

Jake Harper at member station WFYI in Indianapolis reports:

"Pence issued the order on Thursday, after meeting with Scott County health officials yesterday.

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9:27am

Fri March 27, 2015
Goats and Soda

Is There Any Way To Screen The World's Pilots For Suicidal Tendencies?

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 3:45 pm

Flight crew in cockpit, rear view (zoom effect).
Tom Sheppard Getty Images

The crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 into the French Alps earlier this week appears to have been a deliberate act carried out by a co-pilot.

It is too soon to put the label "suicide" on the co-pilot's actions. Not enough is known yet about his state of mind or what his motivation might have been. But as investigations continue, the incident raises questions about whether better mental health screening can prevent a person with suicidal tendencies from taking charge in the cockpit in the first place.

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9:25am

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 10:14 am

A Southwest Airlines pilot and co-pilot preparing for a flight from Dallas last year. In the wake of the Germanwings crash this week, many European airlines are rushing to adopt a two-person cockpit rule similar to the one already in place in the U.S.
LM Otero AP

The global aviation industry is moving swiftly to change policies to reassure the traveling public in the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of airliner into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard.

Airlines from around the world have announced that they will begin requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times after investigators on Thursday announced that the crash of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 occurred when the co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit and placed the Airbus A320 into a deliberate descent.

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8:24am

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

Sen. Harry Reid Says He Won't Seek Re-Election

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:16 pm

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Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Democratic leader in the Senate, said he won't seek re-election next year.

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7:40am

Fri March 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Buffalo Fans Cheer Sabres 4-Game Losing Streak

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:00 am

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7:40am

Fri March 27, 2015
Around the Nation

Social Media Posts Help Police Nab Suspect

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:00 am

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7:38am

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

WATCH: Obama, A 'Wire' Superfan, Talks To Show's Creator David Simon

President Obama talks to David Simon, creator of The Wire.
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President Obama is a fan of The Wire. He has even said Omar Little was his favorite character on the HBO show.

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7:03am

Fri March 27, 2015
NPR Ed

Stretching One Great Teacher Across Many Classrooms

At Nashville's Bailey Middle Prep, Whitney Bradley teaches her 8th-graders how to organize an essay in preparation for the writing section of Tennessee's standardized test. Most in her class trail their peers in literacy.
Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio

A stack of research suggests that all the classroom technology in the world can't compare to the power of a great teacher. And, since we haven't yet figured out how to clone our best teachers, a few schools around the country are trying something like it: Stretching them across multiple classrooms.

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6:51am

Fri March 27, 2015
The Two-Way

German Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Concealed Medical Condition

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:14 pm

Police officers carry boxes outside a house in Montabaur, Germany, on Thursday in connection with the investigation into the Germanwings A320 crash.
Fredrik von Erichsen EPA /Landov

Updated at 8:53 a.m. ET

Prosecutors in Duesseldorf, Germany, say Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight FU 9525, who appears to have deliberately crashed the plane carrying 150 people into the French Alps, concealed a medical condition from his employers.

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5:02am

Fri March 27, 2015
NPR Story

As Nigeria Votes, The Specter Of Boko Haram Hangs Over The Election

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:36 pm

A man hammers a wall with elections posters at an open market in Kano, Nigeria, on Friday. The country is preparing for presidential elections on Saturday. President Goodluck Jonathan faces former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and 13 other candidates in what is seen as the closest presidential race since the end of military rule in 1999.
Goran Tomasevic Reuters/Landov

Nigerian voters go to the polls Saturday to elect their next president and lawmakers in a vote delayed since February, partly due to the insecurity brought on by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

In the past six weeks, Boko Haram has been pushed out of a huge zone in the northeast by Nigerian forces backed by troops from the neighboring countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon. While the group has lost ground, it is still a dangerous force.

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5:02am

Fri March 27, 2015
NPR Story

Examining Right-To-Work Laws Impact On Income And Economic Growth

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:00 am

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5:02am

Fri March 27, 2015
NPR Story

Air War In Yemen May Come At The Expense of Coalition Against ISIS

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:00 am

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5:02am

Fri March 27, 2015
NPR Story

Is There Evidence That Yemeni Rebels are Backed By Iran?

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 2:28 pm

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5:02am

Fri March 27, 2015
NPR Story

Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:00 am

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