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10:25am

Fri April 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Alleged Skipper Of Migrant Boat Appears In Italian Court

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 1:21 pm

Mohammed Ali Malek is seen at Catania's tribunal, on Friday. Italian prosecutors blamed the captain of a grossly overloaded fishing boat for a collision that capsized and sank his vessel off Libya, drowning hundreds of migrants.
Antonio Parrinello Reuters/Landov

The man who authorities say captained a boat carrying migrants from Libya that capsized in the Mediterranean, killing more than 700, has appeared in an Italian court. He faces possible charges of homicide and human trafficking.

An attorney for Mohammed Ali Malek, 27, from Tunisia, says that his client was a passenger – not skipper – of the overloaded fishing boat that reportedly collided with a merchant ship and then capsized. Hundreds of migrants were allegedly locked below deck and unable to escape when the boat sank.

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10:24am

Fri April 24, 2015
Business

Comcast Calls Off Merger With Time Warner

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

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9:28am

Fri April 24, 2015
NPR Ed

Uncomfortable Conversations: Talking About Race In The Classroom

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:21 pm

LA Johnson/NPR

Open up the newspaper or turn on the news these days, and you'll find plenty of talk about race and racism. But it's a different story in many classrooms.

Some teachers don't consider race germane to their math or English syllabus. Others strive for colorblindness in the classroom, wanting to believe we live in a post-racial society. Unfortunately, says H. Richard Milner, we don't.

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9:22am

Fri April 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Comcast Cuts The Cord On Deal With Time Warner Cable

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:04 pm

Updated at 9:40 a.m. ET

Comcast Corp. announced Friday that it's ending its merger agreement with Time Warner Cable — after the Justice Department raised concerns over a deal.

"Today, we move on," Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian L. Roberts said in a statement. "Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away."

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8:55am

Fri April 24, 2015
The Two-Way

More Than A Dozen Hurt After High School Stage Collapses In Indiana

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:34 am

A stage collapse at a musical performance at a surburban Indianapolis high school has left more than a dozen students with minor injuries.

In a video of the accident at Westfield High School, students are seen clapping and dancing as they sing the finale of a stage show featuring '80s music when the stage suddenly drops from underneath them.

WLS TV reports that people then began yelling for help.

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8:15am

Fri April 24, 2015
The Two-Way

Armenians Mark A Century Since World War I Massacre

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:51 pm

Catholicos Karekin II (R, front), the supreme head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin walk to attend a commemoration ceremony marking the centenary of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in Yerevan, Armenia.
RIA Novosti Reuters/Landov

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

European leaders attended a ceremony marking the centenary of the massacre of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, as German lawmakers risked triggering a diplomatic row with Turkey by voting to acknowledge the historical event as "genocide" –- a charge Ankara has strongly denied.

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7:23am

Fri April 24, 2015
Around the Nation

Tales Of Environmental Activism

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

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7:23am

Fri April 24, 2015
Europe

Lost Siblings Find Each Other On Dating App

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

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6:31am

Fri April 24, 2015
The Two-Way

A Century After Atrocities Against Armenians, An Unresolved Wound

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:38 am

Armenians were massacred by forces of the Ottoman Empire in 1915. In this instance, the heads of the victims were placed on stakes.
AP

This much is known: Up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed or deported in the violence unleashed by Ottoman Turks starting on April 24, 1915. But as the 100th anniversary of these events is marked on Friday, it remains a bitter source of contention between Turks and Armenians.

Armenians, along with many historians and European countries, have called it the 20th century's first genocide. Turkey suppressed accounts of the killings for decades, and to this day staunchly rejects the label of genocide.

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6:09am

Fri April 24, 2015
Code Switch

A Look At 'Blackbird,' The First Film On The New 'Black Netflix'

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

Blackbird is about a gay interracial romance set in the deep South.
courtesy of blackbirdthemovie.com

A tiny independent movie has been picked by one of Hollywood's biggest moguls to promote his latest venture. Robert L. Johnson created BET and now, the Urban Movie Channel — an online channel that's being called the black Netflix.

The first original film it has acquired is a gay interracial romance set in the Deep South. In Blackbird, the main character Randy is in high school. Everyone thinks he's gay, and they're totally fine with it.

Randy, 18, is fervently religious. Even though his best friend is gay, Randy's in denial about his own sexuality.

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5:19am

Fri April 24, 2015
It's All Politics

As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

Gov. Scott Walker arrives at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire. Walker has long been a polarizing figure due to his epic battles with public employee unions, but a new poll this week shows a new and sizable drop in his approval rating.
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The list of official and likely candidates for president in 2016 includes some prominent Republicans who are currently governors. Three of them — Scott Walker, Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal — all tout executive experience as qualification for the White House. They also share something else — slumping poll numbers back home.

They've been working to make themselves familiar and friendly faces to the party faithful in early voting states, including at a big event hosted last week by the New Hampshire GOP.

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5:17am

Fri April 24, 2015
It's All Politics

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 1:52 pm

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is facing questions about money, access and influence while she was secretary of state.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The House Select Committee on Benghazi announced plans to call Hillary Clinton to testify next month, right around the time her campaign was reportedly going to shift into high gear with a mid-May campaign kickoff speech.

At the same time, a new book about the Clinton foundation is generating the kind of headlines and news coverage no presidential candidate wants to see.

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5:10am

Fri April 24, 2015
NPR Story

2 Years After Garment Factory Collapse, Are Workers Any Safer?

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:25 pm

Two years after the collapse of the factory at Rana Plaza, families of victims gather, holding photos of their lost loved ones.
Amy Yee for NPR

Beneath a gray sky, rainwater had collected in a hole in the ground where Rana Plaza once stood, creating a small, murky pond. Rubble and pieces of steel bars surrounded the edge of the water. It was hard to believe that this small lot, steps away from a busy main road, was once home to an eight-story building with thousands of garment workers.

The nondescript place did not look like the site of the world's worst garment factory disaster. Two years ago on April 24, Rana Plaza collapsed, killing more than 1,100 people and injuring 2,500.

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5:10am

Fri April 24, 2015
NPR Story

After 5-Month Delay, Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

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5:10am

Fri April 24, 2015
NPR Story

Kidnappers In Mexico Now Target Undocumented Migrants

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

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4:55am

Fri April 24, 2015
The Two-Way

China's Latest Target: Funeral Strippers

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:32 am

A screenshot of a striptease act at a funeral in February in China's Hebei province.
Weibo

Looking for a way to give a departed loved one a send-off everyone will remember?

How about hiring strippers to perform at the funeral?

In some parts of rural China, this is not considered absurd, but a good idea.

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4:34am

Fri April 24, 2015
All Tech Considered

Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:11 pm

As the Apple Watch goes on sale Friday, it's unclear if the gadget and others like it can attain the utility and prominence smartphones have in the past eight years.
Ryan Emberley AP

The Apple Watch is making quite a splash with its launch Friday, but most of us have never thought about this new gadget, the "smart watch." Is it a luxury item, or is the smart watch destined to be the next great essential, something we don't know we'll need but will.

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3:56am

Fri April 24, 2015
Science

After 25 Years, The Hubble Space Telescope Still Wows Humanity

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 4:26 pm

(Left) This is one of two cameras that the telescope originally carried, and it has since been replaced with a more up-to-date version. (Right) Workers study Hubble's 8-foot main mirror. After launch the mirror was found to have a problem, which astronauts corrected in 1993.
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Mike Massimino is one of the last people to ever see the Hubble Space Telescope in person.

From inside his orbiting space shuttle, the telescope first appeared on the horizon as a star, says Massimino, who was an astronaut on the final mission to service the space telescope in 2009.

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3:54am

Fri April 24, 2015
Politics

Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 12:27 pm

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., (left) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., at a ceremony last month at the U.S. Capitol.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Loretta Lynch's confirmation as Attorney General was not the only sign of a spring thaw in the Senate this week: Senators also voted for a crackdown on human trafficking, while green shoots of compromise seemed to sprout on other contentious issues, both foreign and domestic.

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3:23am

Fri April 24, 2015
Art & Design

Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It's Made Of

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 1:15 pm

The Zady clothing line sources cotton from the Texas Organic Cotton Cooperative in Lubbock, Texas.
Zady

If you're into "slow food" — the ethical response to "fast food" — you probably want to know how the animals were treated or whether pesticides were used on your vegetables. Now, the "slow fashion" movement is in the same spirit.

"It's about understanding the process or the origins of how things are made," says Soraya Darabi, co-founder of the clothing line Zady. "Where our products come from, how they're constructed and by whom. Slow fashion is really indicative of a movement of people who want to literally slow down."

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6:55pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Delinquent Mines: Congress Revives Bill To Hold Mine Owners Accountable

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:01 am

Federal lawmakers have revived a mine safety reform bill that addresses a regulatory failure detailed in a joint investigation by NPR and Mine Safety and Health News.

The Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act includes a provision that directly addresses the Mine Safety and Health Administration's (MSHA) failure to fully enforce penalties for safety violations at the nation's mines.

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6:31pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Maryland Governor Sends State Troopers As Protests Grow In Baltimore

Marchers gather at the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march for Freddie Gray on Wednesday in Baltimore.
Alex Brandon AP

Maryland's governor has ordered state troopers to Baltimore as protests over the death of Freddie Gray have grown.

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5:44pm

Thu April 23, 2015
All Tech Considered

Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

Biometrics are increasingly replacing the password for user identification.
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Passwords get hacked — a lot. In an effort to move beyond passwords, big companies are embracing biometric technology: the use of fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition for user identification.

To heighten security, smartphones are being outfitted with biometric features. But, ditching passwords for biometrics may not make the hackers go away.

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5:06pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Planet Money

'We Built A Robot That Types': The Man Behind Computerized Stock Trading

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

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5:06pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Politics

Lawmakers Urge Boehner To Act On Obama's Use Of Force Request

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

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5:06pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Space

'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:29 pm

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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5:06pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Animals

Return Of Horses A Sign Of Spring On Michigan Island

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:00 am

Every spring, hundreds of horses are ferried from their winter hiatus in the Upper Peninsula for a good grooming and harness fitting, before beginning their summer jobs pulling carriages.
Amy Robinson WCMU

Spring has a lot of faces around the country, like the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C., and the sap run in Vermont. On one Michigan island, it's horses that are the harbinger of the season.

Mackinac Island draws a million visitors a year for its scenery, fudge and horses. Cars aren't allowed on the island, and every spring, hundreds of horses are ferried from their winter hiatus in the Upper Peninsula for a good grooming and harness fitting, before beginning their summer jobs pulling carriages.

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4:10pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

15 Years After The Dot-Com Bust, A Nasdaq Record

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

As the Nasdaq closes above the record set 15 years ago, stock analysts are debating whether the market is approaching another bubble.
Bryan Thomas Getty Images

When it closed at 5,056.06 on Thursday, the Nasdaq Composite Index hit a new high — surpassing the old record close of 5,048.62, reached March 10, 2000, during the dot-com craze.

That also makes it 15 years since that infamous tech bubble burst, sending the index down more than 75 percent by the time it hit bottom.

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4:05pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Indian Farmer's Apparent Suicide Sparks Political Backlash

An Indian National Congress party worker on Thursday pays tribute to Gajendra Singh, a farmer who committed suicide during a candlelight vigil in New Delhi the previous day.
Rajay Gupta EPA/Landov

The apparent suicide of a farmer at a rally in central Delhi has turned into a political mud-slinging contest.

Gajendra Singh, reportedly in his 40s, was found hanging from a tree during a rally in New Delhi earlier this week. His death has quickly become a powerful symbol for disaffected and destitute farmers who oppose a government push to loosen restrictions on industrial acquisition of farmland.

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3:36pm

Thu April 23, 2015
It's All Politics

#TBT: With Year To Go In White House, First Lady Runs For Senate

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 3:57 pm

Hillary Clinton walking in the a St. Patrick's Day parade in Queens, N.Y., during her 2000 Senate race.
Diane Bondareff AP

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