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2:09pm

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members

Army veteran Bernie Klemanek, of Mineral, Va., stops to salute his fallen comrades on Memorial Day during an early morning visit today to "The Wall" at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington.
J. David Ake AP

Americans are paying tribute today, Memorial Day, to the sacrifices of service members in the nation's earliest conflicts and the newest.

President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, just outside Washington.

Some 5,000 people were at the grounds of the cemetery, which Obama called "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself. A reflection of our history, the wars we've waged for democracy, the peace we've laid to preserve it.

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1:25pm

Mon May 25, 2015
Interviews

Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

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This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. I hope you’ve been having a good Memorial Day weekend. Today, we’re going to hear my recently-recorded interview with composer Philip Glass.

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11:38am

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Iraq, Iran Push Back Against Defense Secretary's Comments On Iraqi Forces

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 1:10 pm

Updated at 1:04 p.m. ET

Iraq and Iran are refuting Defense Secretary Ash Carter's assertion that Iraqi forces lacked the "will to fight" the self-declared Islamic State, resulting in the loss last week of Anbar Province and its capital, Ramadi.

Saad al-Hadithi, a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, told The Associated Press Ramadi's loss was due to mismanagement and poor planning by some senior military commanders.

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9:53am

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Police: Malaysia Uncovers 139 Mass Graves Believed To Hold Migrants

A Malaysian forensic team personnel handles bags of human remains found at abandoned camps used by human traffickers on the Malaysia-Thailand border in Wang Kelian on Monday.
Joshua Paul AP

Police in Malaysia say they have uncovered more evidence of human smuggling, with the discovery of at least 139 graves along the country's border with Thailand.

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9:17am

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Ex-Israeli Leader Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Corruption Trial

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 9:28 am

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced Monday to eight months in prison for accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman.
Heidi Levine Reuters/Landov

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who as recently as 2009 led his country, was sentenced Monday by a Jerusalem court to eight months in prison for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter.

As we reported in March when Olmert was convicted in the case:

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8:52am

Mon May 25, 2015
The Two-Way

Texas Governor Calls Flood Damage 'Devastating'

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 4:42 pm

San Marcos, Texas, resident Keith Varela checks out the damage done to his wife's truck in the San Marcos Mobile Home Park on Sunday.
Jerry Lara EPA /Landov

Updated at 4:41 p.m. ET

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is calling the flood damage in the central part of his state "absolutely devastating."

Abbott flew over parts of the Blanco River today, a day after storms triggered flooding. The hardest-hit communities were Wimberley and San Marcos. Abbott added 24 counties to the disaster declaration he issued earlier this month to help communities overwhelmed with heavy rains and tornado damage.

The high water forced Peggy Wilborn – and her neighbors — from their homes in Wimberley.

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8:03am

Mon May 25, 2015
NPR Ed

Colleges To Students: Don't Trash Those Dorm Castoffs! Donate!

Originally published on Tue May 26, 2015 7:22 am

Families peruse the belongings left behind by DePauw students.
Stan Jastrzebski

The goat barn at the Putnam County fairgrounds in Greencastle, Ind., will soon be full of, well, goats. But right now it's full of folding tables stacked with clothes, books and housewares — including an anatomically correct coffee mug in the shape of a woman.

At the tables are families, lots of them. Some waited in line for more than an hour to get first dibs on the larger items, like furniture and appliances. Carrie Ardito was first in that line and ran to the back to claim a clothes dryer.

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7:17am

Mon May 25, 2015
Europe

Italian Bakery Confuses Birthday Cake Order

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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7:17am

Mon May 25, 2015
Around the Nation

Fake Killer Whale To Ward Off Sea Lions

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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7:17am

Mon May 25, 2015
Photography

It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 12:18 pm

Army Spc. Jerral Hancock sits for a portrait with his son Julius. It is believed that Hancock was trapped under the wreckage of his Army tank in Iraq for half an hour before he was rescued.
Courtesy of David Jay/Unknown Soldier

It's impolite to stare. But when it comes to severely injured soldiers, maybe we don't look enough; or maybe we'd rather not see wounded veterans at all.

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5:57am

Mon May 25, 2015
NPR Story

With Limited U.S. Troops, Afghan Forces Take The Brunt In Fight Against Taliban

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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5:03am

Mon May 25, 2015
Asia

Malaysian Police Discover 139 Graves; May Contain Migrants' Remains

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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5:03am

Mon May 25, 2015
NPR Story

Trial In Iran Nears For 'Washington Post' Reporter Jason Rezaian

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 8:08 am

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5:03am

Mon May 25, 2015
Europe

From 'Occupying' A Spanish Bank To City Hall: Barcelona's New Mayor

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 9:55 am

Ada Colau (center), leader of the Barcelona en Comú party, celebrates in Barcelona during a press conference following the results in Spain's municipal and regional elections on May 24. She is the first member of Spain's indignados protest movement to win public office.
Quique Garcia AFP/Getty Images

One of the most-tweeted photos in Spain these days shows riot police hauling away Ada Colau. The image is from July 2013, when the anti-poverty protester was trying to "occupy" a Barcelona bank that was foreclosing on homes.

The caption added by Twitter users: "Welcome, new mayor."

Colau is the first of the indignados, or angry ones — Spain's Occupy movement — to win office. She narrowly defeated Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias in local elections Sunday.

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5:03am

Mon May 25, 2015
NPR Story

Anne Meara, Half Of Husband-Wife Comedy Team, Dies At 85

Originally published on Mon May 25, 2015 12:43 pm

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The actress and comedian Anne Meara has died at the age of 85. She became famous as one half of the comedy team Stiller and Meara. Here's NPR's Bob Mondello.

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