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5:03 am
Tue March 31, 2015

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

At Resource Management's Materials Recovery Facility, workers pull plastic bags, other trash and large pieces of cardboard off the conveyor belts before the mixed, single-stream recyclables enter the sorting machines.
VΓ©ronique LaCapra St. Louis Public Radio

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4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Negotiations Over Iran's Nuclear Program Come Down To The Wire

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4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Indiana GOP To Revisit Controversial Religious Freedom Act

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4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Indianapolis Mayor Weighs In On Religious Freedom Bill

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Shots - Health News
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide, Specialists Say

About twice a year, statistics suggest, a pilot somewhere in the world β€” usually flying alone β€” deliberately crashes a plane. The Germanwing flight downed last week may be one such case. But most people who fit the psychological profile of the pilots in these very rare events never have problems while flying.
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Even a careful psychiatric examination of the co-pilot involved in last week's Germanwings jetliner crash probably would not have revealed whether he intended to kill himself, researchers say.

"As a field, we're not very good at accurately predicting who is at risk for suicidal behavior," says Matthew Nock, a psychology professor at Harvard. He says studies show that mental health professionals "perform no better than chance," when it comes to predicting which patients will attempt suicide.

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Race
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Society's Fear Of Black Men And Its Consequences

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National Security
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Pentagon Chief Searches For Beginning And Mid-Career Talent

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Around the Nation
4:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Front-End Of Tunnel-Boring Machine Freed From Seattle Pit

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The Two-Way
10:06 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 4:28 am

Low oil prices are forcing Venezuela to cut a generous subsidy program to Cuba and a dozen other Caribbean nations.

Venezuela is Latin America's largest oil producer, and its economy depends heavily on oil exports. It's been been hit hard by the tumbling oil prices.

"Venezuela is in desperate straits. The oil sector has been deteriorating, and now with the slumping oil prices, they needed cash desperately," says Michael Shifter, the president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington, D.C.-based group that studies the region.

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The Two-Way
9:05 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Despite Protestation From Brazil, Trial For 840-Pound Emerald Will Continue

This 2008 file photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows the so-called Bahia Emerald.
Anonymous AP

A trial about who owns a 840-Pound emerald will continue despite international protestations.

The ownership of the Bahia Emerald, as the massive rock is known, has been hotly contested for years. But in September, the stone became the subject of international controversy, when Brazil said all the ownership questions were irrelevant because the 180,000 carat, $372 million rock was illegally exported.

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The Two-Way
7:25 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Pharmacists Group Votes To Discourage Members From Providing Execution Drugs

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:16 pm

The largest pharmacist association in the country has voted to discourage its members from participating in executions.

The move could make executions harder for states that have been ordering their drugs from compounding pharmacies. As we've reported, some states like Texas turned to the pharmacies after big pharmaceutical companies β€” under pressure from death penalty opponents β€” decided to stop selling their drugs to U.S. prisons.

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The Two-Way
6:17 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

California's Death Row, The Nation's Largest, Runs Out Of Room

The country's largest death row has run out of room.

As NPR member station KCRW reports, that's because a legal fight has meant that the state has not put an inmate to death in nearly a decade, leaving more than 750 of them on death row in the state.

KCRW reports:

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Race
6:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Fear Of The Black Man: How Racial Bias Could Affect Crime, Labor Rates

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:23 pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with professors Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA and Harry Holzer of Georgetown University about how fears of African-American men are manifested in the criminal justice system and the labor market, and what that means for the broader African-American community.

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All Tech Considered
6:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

Google is doing test flights of its balloons carrying Internet routers around the world. Last June, a balloon was released at the airport in Teresina, Brazil.
Google

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:22 pm

About 2 billion people on earth have a smartphone with a decent Internet connection, but 5 billion are largely or entirely offline, according to global figures by the ITU.

That gap is (surprise, surprise) a big opportunity for Silicon Valley. Google and Facebook are already on high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected. And they're betting they can make billions of dollars getting people without electricity or toilets to pay for the Internet.

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U.S.
6:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners

Homeowners sit in a conference room in Detroit's Cobo Center while waiting for their cases to be heard to avoid foreclosure from tax debts in Detroit on Jan. 29. This year, Wayne County officials sent out 62,000 foreclosure notices to city homeowners behind on property taxes.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 8:15 pm

In Detroit, tens of thousands of people are facing a deadline Tuesday that could cost some of them their homes. That's when homeowners have to make arrangements to either pay delinquent property taxes β€” or risk losing their home at a county auction.

When Detroit emerged from bankruptcy last year, it did so with a razor-thin financial cushion. It desperately needs every bit of tax revenue it can muster.

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The Two-Way
5:29 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Airstrikes In Yemen Intensify, Hit Refugee Camp

Pakistani activists march in support of the Saudi government at a protest in Quetta on March 30, 2015. Pakistan is the latest country to join a Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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Saudi-led airstrikes intensified against Houthi rebels in Yemen. International aid agencies say one strike hit a camp for displaced people and refugees in the north of the country, killing at least 29 people and wounding many others.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says the strike hit the Al Mazraq refugee camp in an area controlled by the Houthis. The aid agency says at least 34 people were taken to a nearby hospital, and an additional 29 people were dead on arrival.

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Law
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Prosecution Rests Case Against Admitted Boston Marathon Bomber

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:23 pm

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Music
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Review: Courtney Barnett, 'Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 7:51 pm

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World
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Bangladeshi Blogger, Known As Free-Thinker, Violently Killed In Dhaka

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:23 pm

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Health
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

GNC Announces New Policy After Facing Scrutiny Over Mislabeled Products

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:23 pm

After a probe by the New York Attorney General's office, GNC has announced major new testing and quality control procedures. The dietary supplement retailer recently faced allegations of mislabeling its products.

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Television
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Jon Stewart's Replacement Is Unlikely Choice For 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 11:55 pm

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"The Daily Show" has a new host.

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Law
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

To Catch Up On Unsolved Murders, Detroit Detectives Mine Cold Cases

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:35 pm

Criminologists say the country's poor homicide clearance rate could be improved if police departments put more effort into solving murders. To reduce the backlog in Detroit, homicide detectives are returning to old cases that might be solved with new techniques.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Controversy Continues Over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:00 pm

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The Salt
3:41 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Our Food-Safety System Is A Patchwork With Big Holes, Critics Say

Walking through the warehouse of food processor Heartland Gourmet in Lincoln, Neb., shows how complicated the food safety system can be. Pallets are stacked with sacks of potato flour, and the smell of fresh-baked apple-cinnamon muffins floats in the air.

Heartland Gourmet makes a wide range of foods β€” from muffins and organic baking mixes to pizzas and burritos. That means business manager Mark Zink has to answer to both of the main U.S. food safety regulators, the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Judy Woodruff Recalls Assassination Attempt On President Reagan

A Secret Service agent brandishes a submachine gun while agents and police subdue a gunman who shot President Reagan, his press secretary, a policeman and a Secret Service agent in Washington on March 30, 1981.
Ron Edmonds AP

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:08 pm

Thirty-four years ago today, John Hinckley Jr. tried to kill President Reagan.

Reagan was shot in the chest but made a full recovery. Three others, including press secretary James Brady, were wounded.

Veteran journalist Judy Woodruff, now with PBS Newshour, was then a reporter with NBC News. She tweeted her recollection of the events of the day:

Author Interviews
3:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:27 pm

The words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and the phrase "In God we trust" on the back of a dollar bill haven't been there as long as most Americans might think. Those references were inserted in the 1950s during the Eisenhower administration, the same decade that the National Prayer Breakfast was launched, according to writer Kevin Kruse. His new book is One Nation Under God.

In the original Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Bellamy made no mention of God, Kruse says. Bellamy was Christian socialist, a Baptist who believed in the separation of church and state.

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Music
3:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Art Pepper's Startling Intensity Captured On Live Recordings

Since 2006, Laurie Pepper, the widow of jazz saxophonist Art Pepper, has been releasing live recordings her husband made during the last years of his life. A new batch of these recordings from 1981 is out. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead says that Art Pepper played like he was making up for lost time.

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Book Reviews
3:38 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him

Clive James β€” an author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist β€” was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago.
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Clive James' most anthologized poem is commonly known by its first two lines: "The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered/And I Am Pleased." Those lines tell the uninitiated almost all they need to know about the pleasures to be found in reading James: chief among them, his wit and his appreciation of the underlying absurdity of so much literary effort β€” including his own.

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Shots - Health News
3:08 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Why Are More Baby Boys Born Than Girls?

There's a widely held assumption that a slight imbalance in male births has its start at the very moment of conception. But researchers say factors later in pregnancy are more likely to explain the phenomenon.
CNRI Science Source

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 1:53 am

Scientists have found some unexpected clues that could help explain why 51 percent of the babies born in the United States are male.

It's been a mystery why that ratio isn't 50:50, since that's what basic biology would predict. But scientists have noticed a tilted sex ratio at birth since the 17th century.

The widely held assumption is that this imbalance starts at the very moment of conception β€” that more males are conceived than females.

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The Salt
2:42 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Grocery Stores Are Losing You. Here's How They Plan To Win You Back

A little booze can't hurt: The Hy-Vee grocery chain has added a Market Grille to several of its locations in the Midwest and Great Plains. You can order drinks and dinner before or after you do your grocery shopping.
Courtesy of Hy-Vee Market Grille

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:41 pm

If pushing a cart up and down the lengthy aisles of your neighborhood supermarket β€” past dozens of brands of packaged cereal and crackers lit by fluorescent lights β€” feels overwhelming and soul-sucking, you're not alone.

But there's some good news: The days of shopping this way may be numbered.

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