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2:17pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:26 pm

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in January. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday after months of delay and partisan bickering.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Senate lawmakers have confirmed Loretta Lynch for the post of attorney general after a five-month delay, voting largely along party lines, with Democrats in the chamber joined by 10 Republicans supporting her nomination.

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2:17pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Dwayne Bowe, A Former Chief, Flies To Kansas City For Fan's Funeral

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe greets fans before a Kansas City Chiefs game last November. After fan Betty Johnson, known to players as "Grandma," died at 86 last week, Bowe flew back to Kansas City.
Charlie Riedel AP

He plays for Cleveland now — but when the NFL's Dwayne Bowe heard that one of the former Kansas City Chiefs' biggest fans had died, he flew to Missouri to attend the funeral of Betty Johnson, age 86.

The gesture is perhaps the most notable of several made by a team whose players called Johnson, a long-time season ticket holder and retired school-bus driver, "Grandma."

Bowe, who has been a star receiver in the NFL, spent eight seasons in Kansas City before the team released him this year. He signed a new contract with the Cleveland Browns last month.

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2:16pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Goats and Soda

She Got 80,000 Girls To Attend School And Won A $1.25 Million Prize

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 11:07 am

Safeena Husain says: "I educate girls." Her efforts have brought 80,000 Indian girls into school; last week she received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (above).
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation/Gabriel Diamond

Have you ever had an "aha" moment? Suddenly, it becomes clear you have to make a change in your life, and you actually go ahead and do it.

Safeena Husain, 43, has had three "aha" moments. She ran away from home in India to an ashram. She let her fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages to plot a new career in the U.S. And she found her true calling after a soul-shaking encounter in a Himalayan village.

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2:12pm

Thu April 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Rubio Takes Up Koch Brothers Charge On Export-Import Bank

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:25 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in New Hampshire earlier this month.
Getty Images

There's a growing battle in Washington, especially among Republicans, over the Export-Import Bank, an 80-year-old federal agency that helps to finance American companies in foreign trade. Congress must reauthorize the bank by June 30 or it will shut down.

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2:07pm

Thu April 23, 2015
It's All Politics

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch As Attorney General

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:23 pm

Loretta Lynch testifies during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January 2015.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The Senate voted Thursday, 56-43, to approve the nomination of Loretta Lynch to serve as U.S. attorney general, ending a more than five month-long political impasse that had stalled her bid to become the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.

Lynch, 55, grew up in the shadow of the civil rights movement in North Carolina, where her family had preached for generations. Most recently, she prosecuted terrorists, mobsters and white collar criminals as the top federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, a district that covers 8 million people.

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1:46pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Live Tweets: Day 3 Of Boston Marathon Bombing Trial's Penalty Phase

NPR's Tovia Smith is covering the sentencing phase of the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial in Boston. A jury is weighing whether the 21-year-old convicted in the bombings that killed three people and left 264 others wounded should be put to death for his crimes. Tovia will be tweeting developments as they happen.

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1:03pm

Thu April 23, 2015
National Security

U.S. Counterterrorism Operations Kill 2 Hostages Of Al-Qaida

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And al-Qaida is at the center of a pretty stunning announcement from the White House this morning. President Obama said two hostages of al-Qaida, including an American, were killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.

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12:55pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Salt

Lunch With Monet, Dinner With Jackson Pollock

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 10:51 am

Jackson Pollock cooks with his wife, the artist Lee Krasner, and his mother, Stella Pollock, in the kitchen of his home in Springs, in East Hampton, N.Y., 1950.
Courtesy Pollock‑Krasner House and Study Center

Regardless of our cooking prowess, all of us have undoubtedly spent some time in the kitchen. We all need to eat, and our preferences are intensely personal. Yet food is often overlooked in the biographies of anyone who wasn't a chef or gastronomic icon.

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12:49pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Giovanni Lo Porto, Slain Italian Aid Worker, Loved Pakistan And Its People

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:42 pm

Giovanni Lo Porto, the Italian aid worker inadvertently killed in a U.S. operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, was abducted Jan. 19, 2012, soon after he arrived in Pakistan to begin work for a German NGO.

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12:15pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Shots - Health News

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:03 pm

A color-enhanced cerebral MRI showing a glioma tumor.
Scott Camazine Science Source

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.

That's the conclusion of a paper in Cell published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.

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12:01pm

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Warren Weinstein, American Killed In U.S. Operation, Was Veteran Aid Worker

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 2:36 pm

This image made from video released to reporters in Pakistan in 2013 shows Warren Weinstein, the U.S. aid worker who was kidnapped in Pakistan by al-Qaida in 2011. The White House says Weinstein and another hostage were inadvertently killed during U.S. counterterrorism operations in a border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January.
AP

Updated at 2:33 p.m. ET

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11:10am

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

Germany's Largest Bank Fined $2.5 Billion In Rate-Fixing Scandal

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 3:35 pm

The headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. Germany's largest bank has been hit with a $2.5 billion fine for manipulating a key interest rate. Seven other banks in various countries have also been fined in the far-reaching scandal.
Michael Probst AP

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, has been fined $2.5 billion by U.S. and U.K. regulators for trying to manipulate the so-called LIBOR rate, a benchmark for interbank loans, which in turn is used to set interest rates on everything from credit card debt to mortgages.

The German bank is one of eight financial institutions, including Swiss-based UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland, that were caught up in the scandal, which involved dozens of traders and managers and spanned a four-year period from 2005-2009.

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11:03am

Thu April 23, 2015
NPR History Dept.

7 Lost American Slang Words

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 7:36 pm

In the Roaring '20s, flappers were dancing and slang was advancing.
Library of Congress

In American English, some slang words come and go. And some stay and stay.

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10:08am

Thu April 23, 2015
The Two-Way

U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 5:31 pm

President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January.
Susan Walsh AP

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

"I take full responsibility for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaida," Obama said.

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10:05am

Thu April 23, 2015
Goats and Soda

Feeling Blue? Share A Laugh With Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:39 am

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho bust some moves at the 2015 Skoll World Forum.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

The term "living legend" is tossed around so much that it really doesn't have much sway.

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