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7:31 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Argument Over Requested Leave Preceded Fort Hood Shootings

U.S. Spc. Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula between 2007 and 2008, during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard in an undated handout photo by PR National Guard. Lopez killed three other soldiers and himself at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, officials say.
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Army officials said Spc. Iván López went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood last week after an argument involving a request for leave.

Ryland Barton from NPR member station KWBU in Waco sent this report for our Newscast unit:

"Investigators say López had gotten into an argument at his unit's administrative office before he began shooting.

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The Two-Way
6:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Sick 1-Year-Old Rescued From Sailboat 1,000 Miles Off Mexican Coast

The Kaufman family's 36-foot cutter, Rebel Heart.
AP

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 3:28 pm

A family with two small children who set sail on a round-the-world trip in their 36-foot boat were rescued 1,000 miles off Mexico's Pacific Coast after the 1-year-old daughter fell seriously ill.

Eric Kaufman, a U.S. Coast-Guard-licensed captain, and his wife, Charlotte, 3-year-old Cora and baby Lyra set sail from Mexico in March, bound for the Marquesas, a Pacific island chain. They were following a route used by hundreds of small-boat sailors each year that is nicknamed the "coconut milk run" for its generally benign conditions.

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Shots - Health News
6:30 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Play It Again And Again, Sam

Rick Blaine, the sentimental tough guy in Casablanca, pined for "As Time Goes By."
The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 8:57 am

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The Two-Way
6:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

With Legislators' OK, Maryland Poised To Decriminalize Pot

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:48 am

Maryland lawmakers voted on Monday to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

"As recently as Friday, the proposal seemed to be dying in the House of Delegates, before the Legislative Black Caucus and other advocates convinced a key committee chairman to change course.

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The Two-Way
5:52 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Men's NCAA Basketball Final Pits UConn Against Kentucky

The Connecticut Huskies and Kentucky Wildcats will face off on the AT&T Stadium court in Arlington, Texas, on Monday night to decide the men's national champion in the NCAA tournament. The game begins at 9:10 p.m. ET.
Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 5:56 pm

Monday night's NCAA basketball national championship matches two teams that have a knack for dramatic finishes. But the teams' rankings in this tournament didn't predict their presence in the final: Connecticut was a No. 7 seed, and Kentucky a No. 8. The NCAA says their combined seeding of 15 is a new record.

As you would expect, the game will be broadcast on television by CBS, with the tipoff scheduled for 9:10 p.m. ET in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Salt
5:46 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Can Fish Farms Thrive In The USA?

Live tilapia are loaded into a truck bound for New York.
Dan Charles NPR

Originally published on

Why hasn't fish farming taken off in the United States?

It's certainly not for lack of demand for the fish. Slowly but surely, seafood that's grown in aquaculture is taking over the seafood section at your supermarket, and the vast majority is imported. The shrimp and tilapia typically come from warm-water ponds in southeast Asia and Latin America. Farmed salmon come from big net pens in the coastal waters of Norway or Chile.

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Shots - Health News
4:53 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way

This one's virus-free: Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill and Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon performed in Los Angeles in December.
Kevin Winter Getty Images for Radio.com

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 11:54 am

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The Two-Way
4:46 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

WATCH: Giant Container Ship Collides With Hong Kong Park

The 633-foot container ship Hanza Constitution runs aground in Hong Kong.
YouTube

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:47 am

Such are the hazards of living in a city that is also home to one of the world's busiest ports ...

Joggers are used to dodging bikers, skateboarders and even stray animals. But if you'd happened to be running on a popular path at the Stanley Ho Sports Center in Hong Kong's Pok Fu Lam district on Sunday, you might have come close to hitting a 633-foot container ship.

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

USAID Says Building Of 'Cuban Twitter' Was Part Of Public Record

A book street vendor passes the time on her smart phone as she waits for customers in Havana, Cuba, on Tuesday. The Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest.
Ramon Espinosa AP

The United States Agency for International Development came out swinging today against an Associated Press report that said the agency used public funds to build a social media platform designed to undermine the Cuban government.

In a blog post, USAID says the wire agency "falsely characterized" the program.

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The Salt
2:46 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Disease Detectives Are Solving Fewer Foodborne Illness Cases

The CDC is using DNA sequencing technology to get to the bottom of a listeria outbreak linked to cheese produced at a Delaware factory.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:44 pm

Recall, if you will, some of the biggest foodborne illness outbreaks of the past decade. There was the nasty outbreak of listeria from cantaloupe in 2011 that killed 33 people.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
2:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Sizing Up Your Children Is A Tricky Business

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When I had a second baby earlier this year, my three-year-old suddenly seemed enormous. "Check out the size of those feet!" I marveled. She seemed so heavy, so tall, so substantial.

She even seemed more capable, more robust. Images of airborne cookware and toppling bookshelves faded. The staircase didn't seem quite so treacherous. Instead, I trusted in her basic competence to scale the kitchen stools without incident and to keep (most) sharp-and-pointy things beyond the envelope of her person.

It wasn't just me: my husband reported the same experience.

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The Salt
2:05 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Sandwich Monday: Snail Sausage Sandwich

Where there was once a shell, there is now a hot dog bun.
NPR

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 3:01 pm

At Publican Quality Meats of Chicago, chefs make their famous snail sausage by leaving a hot dog bun out in the garden near the lettuces, waiting a bit, then snapping the bun shut.

Snails aren't good at fast getaways. Actually, Publican takes its pork sausage recipe and adds snail meat and lots of butter. We had ours with spicy hot mustard.

Peter: The trip to my mouth was the fastest those snails have ever moved.

Miles: Less escargot, more escarget-in-my-mouth.

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The Two-Way
1:26 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Mob In Ukraine Seizes Provincial Building, Declares Independence

Pro-Russian protesters gather next to a barricade as they occupy the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Monday.
Roman Pilipey EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:53 pm

Pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly declared an independent "people's republic" in a move that echoes events leading to last month's secession of Crimea.

You can see video of the scuffle between police and protesters that led up to the storming of the building here.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Gay Wedding Photography Case

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 8:48 am

An appeal brought by a photographer who refused to take pictures of gay weddings was turned down by the Supreme Court on Monday morning. The court also refused to hear a challenge to a ban on campaign contributions by corporations, and allowed a district court case over U.S. surveillance to continue.

The photography case was brought by Elane Photography, a New Mexico business run by a husband-and-wife team who said their First Amendment rights allowed them to refuse service to a woman who had sought to hire the company to photograph her commitment ceremony with her partner.

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The Two-Way
12:04 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Death Toll At 33 In Washington State Mudslide

Residents bow their heads during a prayer service Friday at Haller Middle School in Arlington, Wash., that was dedicated to the communities affected by the Highway 530 mudslide.
Marcus Yam AP

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 2:46 pm

The number of dead from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., has been officially raised to 33 by the Snohomish County medical examiner's office. All but three of the victims have been identified, and 10 people are still missing in the mud and debris.

Billy L. Spillers, 30, of Arlington, Wash., is among the newly identified victims. Like all of the victims recovered so far, Spillers died of blunt force trauma, the medical examiner said.

According to The Associated Press:

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