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5:13pm

Fri May 22, 2015
U.S.

Obama: Camden, N.J. Police A Model For Improving Community Relations

Camden County Police Officer Virginia Matias and Officer Jose Vale often walk together when on foot patrol in Camden. Matias patrols sections of the city including on-foot so she can strike up conversations with business owners and residents. She says this makes her more familiar with what's going on than she could accomplish by staying in her patrol car all day.
Jeff Brady NPR

Camden, N.J. has long been known for its poverty and violence. But President Obama gave it a new label this week, calling the city, "a symbol of promise for the nation."

He praised the Camden County Police Department's effort to improve community relations. The city still has a high crime rate, but the president says progress so far makes it a model for others.

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5:09pm

Fri May 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Decision On Gay Scout Leaders To Come By October, Group's Head Says

Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, tells NPR his organization will have a decision on its ban on gay adults no later than October. His comments, in an interview to be aired on Weekend Edition Saturday, come a day after he told the Boy Scouts that its ban on gay adults was "unsustainable."

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4:43pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Sports

The Curse Of Lil B: Fans Blame Rapper For Houston Rockets' Bad Luck

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4:43pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Parallels

What Archbishop Romero's Beatification Means For El Salvador Today

Maria del Pilar Perdomo holds up a framed portrait of the slain Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, during a procession on March 24 to mark the 35th anniversary of his assassination in San Salvador, El Salvador. Romero was killed in 1980 while offering Mass. Romero will be beatified on Saturday.
Salvador Melendez AP

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of the capital of El Salvador on Saturday to celebrate as one of Latin America's most revered and controversial religious figures is beatified — the last official step before sainthood.

They will gather to pay tribute to former Archbishop Oscar Romero, a beloved priest and staunch defender of the poor, who was murdered while celebrating Mass in 1980.

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3:41pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Shots - Health News

The Future Of Cardiology Will Be Shown In 3-D

A 3-D simulation of a human heart created by The Living Heart project.
Courtesy of Dassault Systèmes

How can you tell ­the difference between a good surgeon and an exceptional one?

You could start by looking for the one who has the rare ability to visualize a human organ in three dimensions from little more than a scan.

"The handful of the top surgeons in the world are like sculptors," said Dr. Deepak Srivastava, a director at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease in San Francisco.

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3:39pm

Fri May 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Thai Authorities Arrest Protesters On Anniversary Of 2014 Coup

Policemen face protesters during a protest in central Bangkok today. Thai authorities detained dozens of activists protesting against military rule on the one-year anniversary of a coup against the elected government.
Damir Sagolj Reuters/Landov

One year after an army-led coup toppled Thailand's elected government, authorities detained a dozen student activists in the capital and elsewhere for gathering to protest the putsch.

"We invited them to talk but they would not back down so we are sending them to the police," a soldier in the area who declined to be identified was quoted by Reuters as saying.

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3:36pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Interviews

How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:20 pm

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3:36pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Movie Reviews

The Future Is Bright In The Time-And-Space Twisting 'Tomorrowland'

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 4:21 pm

Casey (Britt Robertson) experiences a fantastic futuristic world in Tomorrowland.
Disney

Much of Brad Bird's Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland is terrific fun, but it's one of the strangest family movies I've seen: Bird's not just making a case for hope, he's making a furious, near-hysterical case against anti-hope.

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2:38pm

Fri May 22, 2015
The Two-Way

ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:57 pm

People examine the debris following a suicide bomb attack Friday at the Imam Ali mosque in the eastern village of al Qudaih in Saudi Arabia's Qatif province. A branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Reuters/Landov

A branch of the self-declared Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia that has killed at least 19 people, a move that could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

NPR's Leila Fadel reports from Cairo that the online statement from ISIS "named and praised the Saudi suicide bomber who detonated himself amongst a congregation of Shiite Saudis praying in a mosque in the village of al Qudaih in Qatif province."

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2:28pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Code Switch

2 Biker Rallies: One White, One Black — One 'Badass,' The Other, Just 'Bad'

A biker leaves a biker bar in Murrells Inlet, S.C., in May 2012 after competing in a slow ride competition inside the bar. It was one of the events held during the annual Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Spring Rally in and around Myrtle Beach.
Randall Hill Reuters/Landov

In his column this week, Charles Blow of The New York Times broke down the difference between "bikers" and "thugs" in the wake of the deadly biker gang shootout in Waco, Texas:

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1:48pm

Fri May 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

Josh Brones, president of the California Houndsmen for Conservation, walks his hunting dogs, Dollar, left, Sequoia, center and Tanner right, near his home in Wilton, Calif., in 2012.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

It looks like dogs might well have been man's (and woman's) best friend for a lot longer than once thought.

The long-held conventional wisdom is that canis lupus familiaris split from wolves 11,000 to 16,000 years ago and that the divergence was helped along by Stone Age humans who wanted a fellow hunter, a sentry and a companion.

Now, DNA evidence suggests that the split between dogs and their wild ancestors occurred closer to 30,000 years ago.

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12:04pm

Fri May 22, 2015
The Two-Way

Some Clinton Emails Were Retroactively Classified

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:12 pm

The State Department is releasing 296 emails from Hillary Clinton's email account during her tenure as secretary of state. The correspondence relates to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
M. Spencer Green AP

Updated at 3:40 p.m. ET

Emails released Friday by the State Department appear to confirm Hillary Clinton's assertion that she received no classified information on her personal email account while she served as secretary of state. Still, some of the emails were classified at the FBI's request after the fact — something the White House says is not uncommon.

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12:03pm

Fri May 22, 2015
Goats and Soda

A Desk That Can Take A Ton Of Earthquake Rubble

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 3:02 pm

Still standing: The earthquake-proof desk can withstand 2,200 pounds dropped on top of it.
Courtesy of Ido Bruno

Call it the little school desk that can.

At 57 pounds, the desk in question is light enough for two students to carry and move around the classroom. At $35 per student, it's affordable enough for many school districts to buy in bulk. And oh yes, tests have shown it can survive a crushing weight of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) or more.

In other words, this desk can withstand an earthquake — and potentially save students' lives in the process

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11:20am

Fri May 22, 2015
Shots - Health News

Your Roommate In The Nursing Home Might Be A Bedbug

Hospitals seem to be doing a better job than nursing homes of keeping bedbugs at bay.
iStockphoto

If you're in the hospital or a nursing home, the last thing you want to be dealing with is bedbugs. But exterminators saying they're getting more and more calls for bedbug infestations in nursing homes, hospitals and doctor's offices.

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10:46am

Fri May 22, 2015
Shots - Health News

Covered California Votes To Cap What Patients Pay For Pricey Drugs

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 12:01 pm

Retired California school teacher Mikkel Lawrence sits with his cat, Max. Lawrence has hepatitis C and has struggled to afford the medicine he needs to treat it.
April Dembosky KQED

In recent years, expensive specialty medicines used to treat cancer and chronic illnesses have forced some very ill Americans to choose between getting proper treatment and paying their rent.

To ease the financial burden, the California agency that governs the state's Obamacare plans issued landmark rules Thursday that will put a lid on the amount anyone enrolled in one of those plans can be charged each month for high-end medicine.

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