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9:00 am
Sun March 1, 2015

ISS Spacewalkers Perform Tricky Cable, Antenna, Installation

Astronaut Terry Virts points to his helmet as he sits inside the International Space Station on Wednesday.
AP

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 9:35 am

Astronauts at the International Space Station have ventured outside to perform a challenging cable installation on their orbiting platform.

Spacewalkers Terry Virts and Butch Wilmore have 400 feet of cable to install as well as two sets of antennas.

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Monkey See
8:57 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Will Forte Is 'The Last Man On Earth'

In the year 2020, a deadly virus has swept Earth. Phil Miller (Will Forte) is the only survivor.
Jordin Althaus FOX

Even were it not a strong show out of the gate, you'd have to give Fox's new comedy The Last Man On Earth, premiering Sunday night, at least this much: they know how to save on hiring extras.

Will Forte, a flexible and talented performer who's been looking for just the right thing since he left Saturday Night Live, did what a lot of people do now when they aren't getting the right opportunities: he wrote himself a television show.

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The Two-Way
8:10 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Opposition Rally In Moscow To Mourn Boris Nemtsov

People hold flags and posters during a march to commemorate Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday night.
Tatyana Makeyeva Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 9:23 am

Tens of thousands of people are gathering in the Russian capital to mourn Boris Nemtsov, the former deputy prime minister turned harsh critic of President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down on a Moscow street last week.

The march, originally scheduled to oppose Russian involvement in Ukraine, was to have been led by Nemtsov himself. Following his murder, however, the gathering has turned into a wake for the fallen opposition leader.

NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the rally in Moscow, says the demonstration is peaceful.

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Shots - Health News
7:03 am
Sun March 1, 2015

How A Group Of Lung Cancer Survivors Got Doctors To Listen

Chris Newman, seen at her home in Los Molinos, Calif., calls the change she helped get made to lung cancer treatment guidelines a "small, but very important victory."
Courtesy of Chris Newman

A group of lung cancer survivors was chatting online last May about what they thought was a big problem: Influential treatment guidelines published by a consortium of prominent cancer centers didn't reflect an option that several people thought had saved their lives. They wanted to change that.

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The Salt
5:56 am
Sun March 1, 2015

Italian Cheese Lovers Find Their Bovine Match Through Adopt A Cow

In exchange for a fee of 60 euros, members of Adopt A Cow get an assortment of aged and soft cheeses made from the milk of cows like Mery.
Christopher Livesay for NPR

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 8:44 am

Foodies have long savored the cheeses of the Italian Alps. Dairy farmers still make it by hand, but unless you live in the region or can travel there, you'll have a hard time getting your hands on it. Much of this precious cheese isn't exported.

As you might imagine, this has not been good for business and the Alpine cheese makers have been slowly disappearing. That is until some farmers banded together - with the help of the Internet – and came up with an unusual adoption program called Adopt A Cow.

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Shots - Health News
4:57 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Greg O'Brien gathers his thoughts before a run in 2013. "Running is essential," he says.
Michael Strong Living With Alzheimers

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:21 pm

This is the third in NPR's series "Inside Alzheimer's," about the experience of living with the illness. In parts one and two, Greg O'Brien talked about what it was like to get the diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and how he thinks about the future.

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The Two-Way
1:12 pm
Sat February 28, 2015

Iraq's National Museum To Open For First Time Since 2003 Invasion

A man looks at ancient Assyrian human-headed winged bull statues at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 2:14 pm

Days after video emerged showing self-declared Islamic State extremists taking sledge hammers to pre-Islamic antiquities inside the Mosul museum, the Iraqi government has reopened the country's national museum, shuttered since the 2003 U.S. invasion of the country that toppled Saddam Hussein.

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The Two-Way
10:39 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Egypt Declares Hamas 'Terrorist' Group

Members of Palestinian security forces loyal to Hamas patrol on the border between Egypt and southern Gaza Strip earlier this month.
Abed Rahim Khatib APA/Landov

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 2:00 pm

A court in Egypt has declared Hamas a "terrorist organization."

The verdict concerning Hamas, which controls Gaza, is seen as part of the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's crackdown on Islamist groups.

Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist party that was banned in Egypt after President Mohamed Morsi was ousted in 2013.

The Associated Press reports:

"Last month, an Egyptian court banned Hamas' military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, and also designated it a terrorist organization. ...

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Sat February 28, 2015

West Calls On Russia For Independent Probe Of Nemtsov's Murder

People lay flowers on Saturday at the place where Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic Russian opposition leader and sharp critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia.
Pavel Golovkin AP

Western leaders are pressuring Moscow for a full and transparent investigation into the fatal shooting of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a staunch opponent of President Vladimir Putin.

Nemtsov, 55, a deputy prime minister in the 1990s who later organized mass rallies against Putin in 2011 and 2012. Most recently, he accused Putin allies of profiteering from the development of the Sochi Winter Olympics infrastructure.

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The Salt
9:37 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 2:09 pm

When it comes to nutrition, fruits and vegetables are usually the most virtuous denizens of the dinner plate.

But it turns out, wholesome produce can also get pretty raunchy — like the randy tomatoes in this image, which our standards editor deemed too "saucy" for us to embed here.

Or needy, like this eggplant, clearly shopping for a hug ...

Or moody, like this forlorn-looking apple ...

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Funding Homeland Security: Where Do We Go From Here?

Speaker of the House John Boehner responds to reporters about the impasse over passing the Homeland Security budget on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 10:07 am

As we reported late Friday, the House managed to approve a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which President Obama signed. The passage capped a day of scrambling that saw a longer three-week stopgap shot down in the House.

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Monkey See
4:33 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock Taught Us Acceptance Is Highly Logical

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek episode, "Plato's Stepchildren" in 1968.
CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

For this Star Trek fan, Leonard Nimoy was more than the guy who played one of the most popular characters in the most popular science fiction franchise on American TV.

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The Two-Way
8:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

After Second Round Of Talks, Cubans, Americans Emerge Upbeat

Josefina Vidal, director general of the U.S. division at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, smiles at the start of the Cuba talks at the State Department in Washington, on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 8:52 pm

After a second round of talks, Cuban and American diplomats emerged upbeat about the potential to reestablish diplomatic ties between the long-estranged neighbors.

In a press conference following the talks, Roberta Jacobson, the diplomat leading the talks for the Americans, said: "Today we saw the kind of constructive exchange that advances us toward a more productive diplomatic relationship."

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The Two-Way
6:33 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Mexican Attorney General Who Handled Case Of Vanished Students Will Step Down

Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam is leaving his post to take a new Cabinet-level job as head of urban and rural development.
Marco Ugarte AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:31 pm

Embattled Mexican Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam will be stepping down. The announcement came Friday after Murillo Karam weathered months of criticism over the way he handled the investigation into the disappearance of 43 college students.

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The Two-Way
5:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, Longtime President Of Notre Dame University, Dies

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, longtime president of the University of Notre Dame, was influential in reshaping Catholic higher education.
Joe Raymond AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:21 pm

The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, a former president of the University of Notre Dame who tangled with the Nixon administration, died late Thursday. He was 97.

For those who knew him, Hesburgh was simply Father Ted. But make no mistake, he was a highly influential priest who moved among presidents and popes. During his 35 years as president of Notre Dome, he reinforced the importance of a college education and urged that it be affordable and accessible to all.

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The Two-Way
5:54 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in Moscow today.
Ivan Sekretarev AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:52 pm

(This post last updated at 10:50 p.m. ET)

Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister turned prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was shot dead today on a street in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry told the Interfax news agency.

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The Two-Way
4:53 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

A Rival's Retirement Prompts One-Word Statement From Aussie Politician

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 6:55 pm

"If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" goes the old saw. Australian politician Anthony Albanese seems to have taken that to heart. Almost.

Upon receiving news that Max Moore-Wilton, the head of the Sydney Airport Corp. was planning to retire in May, Albanese, a member of Parliament from the opposition Labour Party, issued a one-word statement: "Good."

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The Two-Way
4:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

#NPRreads: A Sign Of The Times? Trinidad Offers Venezuela Toilet Paper For Oil

People line up outside the Bicentenario, a state-run supermarket, in Caracas, Venezuela, on Jan. 9. Most of the shortages in Venezuela are driven in part by the country's tight currency controls, which make it hard to get dollars at a subsidized rate for imports while creating a thriving black market for currency.
Fernando Llano AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:44 pm

#NPRreads is a new feature we're testing out on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom will share pieces that have kept them reading. They'll share tidbits on Twitter using the #NPRreads hashtag, and on occasion we'll share a longer take here on the blog.

This week, we share with you three longish reads.

From Didrik Schanche, NPR's deputy international editor:

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The Two-Way
2:49 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

#LLAP: Tributes Flow For Leonard Nimoy

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:48 pm

The death today of actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock in Star Trek, at age 83 prompted an outpouring of grief on social media.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

5 Quotes From Earl Lloyd, The First Black Player In The NBA

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player to play in the NBA in 1950, died Thursday at 86. He's seen here (center) being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame's Honors Ring in 2003.
Jim Bourg Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:31 pm

Earl Lloyd, who became the first black player in the NBA nearly 65 years ago, died Thursday at age 86.

Lloyd had a long career that stretched from West Virginia State to basketball's Hall of Fame. He once told a young man who thanked him for being a pioneer, "Man, you owe me absolutely nothing."

As a player, the 6-foot-5-inch Lloyd was nicknamed The Big Cat. He was drafted in the same year as other black players, but he was the first to play in the regular season, for the then-Washington Capitols.

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The Two-Way
1:52 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Families Of ISIS Victims React To Identification Of 'Jihadi John'

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 7:16 pm

Families of hostages killed by the self-described Islamic State militant group are reacting to the identification Thursday of "Jihadi John" as Mohammed Emzawi, a Kuwaiti-born British man who is seen in the group's videos appearing to behead the hostages.

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The Salt
1:52 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Student volunteers with The Campus Kitchens Project evaluate produce. The initiative gets high-school and college students to scavenge food from cafeterias, grocery stores and farmers' markets, cook it and deliver it to organizations serving low-income people in their communities.
Courtesy of DC Central Kitchen

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 4:57 pm

Back in 2011 when I was a student at the University of Maryland in College Park I once noticed a massive pile of trash in front of a dining hall. A closer look revealed that it was mostly food — a half-eaten sandwich, a browning apple and what appeared to be the remains of the day's lunch special.

The heap was gross, but intriguing. Turned out it was a stunt to get students thinking about how much food they throw out each day.

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Monkey See
1:09 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels

Petra Mayer of NPR Books sat down with our regular panelist Glen Weldon to chat about the massive graphic novel The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud. They talk about what the book does and what they wanted from it, and from there, they go on to recommend some other good reads.

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Shots - Health News
1:07 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Parents Choose A Simple Device To Reshape A Baby's Ear

Before and after photos of an ear shaped with the EarWell device.
Courtesy of Becon Medical, Ltd.

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 3:24 pm

Soon after giving birth to a baby girl, Jennifer McMullen noticed that one of her daughter's ears looked a little different.

"She had a condition called lidding, where the top part of the cartilage in the ear is basically folded over so the top ridge is kind of rounded over," McMullen tells Shots. Her daughter could hear just fine, but McMullen worried about bullying when she got older. "She's a beautiful baby girl," she says. "If she plays sports, I don't want her to be self-conscious pulling her hair back or anything like that."

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The Two-Way
12:39 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Mexico Says Leader Of Knights Templar Cartel Captured

Armed members of the Self-Defense Council of Michoacan patrol a checkpoint set up by the self-defense group.
Eduardo Verdugo AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 4:59 pm

Mexican authorities say they have detained Servando Gomez, the leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel and one of Mexico's most-wanted men.

NPR's Carrie Kahn filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"He's known as 'La Tuta' and has evaded capture for years. Authorities say he was taken down in [Morelia,] the state capital of Michoacan, during an early morning raid Friday without a single shot fired.

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Shots - Health News
11:18 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Fines Remain Rare Even As Health Data Breaches Multiply

ProPublica

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 2:25 pm

In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.

"We've now moved into an area of more assertive enforcement," Leon Rodriguez, then-director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights, warned at a privacy and security forum in December 2012.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Rocker Gary Glitter Jailed For 16 Years For Child Sex Abuse

A court sketch of former glam rocker Gary Glitter, who was sentenced today to 16 years in prison for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.
Elizabeth Cook PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:50 am

Rocker Gary Glitter, best known for the stadium rock anthem "Rock & Roll (Part 2)," was sentenced to 16 years in prison for sex offenses during the 1970s and '80s against three girls between the ages of 8 and 13.

Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, was sentenced today for attempted rape, four counts of indecent assault and one of having sex with a girl under 13, the BBC reports. A jury found the 70-year-old guilty of the charges on Feb. 5, and Judge Alistair McCreath said then that Glitter would remain jailed until his sentencing.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Bangladeshi-American Blogger Hacked To Death In Dhaka

People gather on the spot where Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy was killed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday.
Abir Abdullah EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 1:17 pm

A Bangladeshi-American blogger, whose writings denounced fundamentalist thought and earned him death threats from Islamist groups, was hacked to death by two attackers in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital. Avijit Roy's wife, Rafida Ahmed, who was with him during the attack late Thursday, was severely wounded.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Fri February 27, 2015

9 People Found Dead In Southern Missouri

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 11:20 am

Police say a gunman is among nine people found dead in south-central Missouri, following a series of shootings in multiple locations Thursday night. The man was 36; police say he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The attacks happened in Texas County, Mo., and the gunman's body was found in nearby Shannon County. Police say an elderly woman whose body was found in a residence seems to have died from natural causes. Seven other people died of gunshot wounds; one person who was wounded is in the hospital.

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