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5:08pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Asia

In Regulating Outdoor Dancing, China Tells Seniors How To Bust A Move

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 8:07 pm

China's sports bureaucracy threatened this week to standardize dancing in public squares. Government committees have for decades drafted standardized eye exercises for squinting school children, calisthenics for office workers and Tai Chi routines for retirees.

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5:07pm

Fri March 27, 2015
Parallels

After Abuse In A Peruvian Circus, A Bear Awaits A New Home

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 9:59 pm

Cholita, an Andean bespectacled bear, was rescued from a circus in Peru after suffering from abuse. An animal welfare group is now attempting to take Cholita to the U.S.
Courtesy of Animal Defenders International

In Peru, a beleaguered bear is looking for a new home.

And the former circus animal is getting high-profile help from Michael Bond, the British author of the well-loved children's books about Paddington bear.

The tale of Cholita, an Andean spectacled bear like the fictional Paddington, is less the stuff of children's books and more of horror films.

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6:43pm

Thu March 26, 2015
National Security

National Guardsman, Cousin Arrested For Trying To Join Islamic State

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

An Illinois National Guardsman and his cousin were arrested for allegedly conspiring to provide support to the self-proclaimed Islamic State. One of the men wanted to go to Syria to martyr himself, and the other planned to carry out an attack on a nearby military base in northern Illinois.

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5:44pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Science

Big Shelves Of Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Scientists Thought

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

A 2008 view of the leading edge of the Larsen B ice shelf, extending into the northwest part of the Weddell Sea. Huge, floating ice shelves that line the Antarctic coast help hold back sheets of ice that cover land.
Mariano Caravaca Reuters/Landov

The Antarctic is far away, freezing and buried under a patchwork of ice sheets and glaciers. But a warming climate is altering that mosaic in unpredictable ways — research published Thursday shows that the pace of change in parts of the Antarctic is accelerating.

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5:44pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Law

Ellen Pao Trial Highlights Long Road To Ending Workplace Bias

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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5:37pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Religion

Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

The HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief airs Sunday — over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.
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The Church of Scientology is famous for its efforts to silence its critics, but it has not blocked an upcoming HBO film that turns a harsh light on the powerful organization and its leadership.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, directed by Academy Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney, will debut Sunday over the vigorous objection of Scientology officials.

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4:40pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Sports

Australia Defeats India To Advance To Cricket World Cup Final

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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4:40pm

Thu March 26, 2015
Planet Money

Computer Models Play 'What If' Game With Our Economy

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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4:40pm

Thu March 26, 2015
National Security

Co-Pilot's Actions In French Alps Crash Raise Questions About Cockpit Doors

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 8:01 pm

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7:14pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Law

California Attorney General Moves To Stop Anti-Gay Ballot Proposal

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:00 pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Vikram Amar, a law professor at the University of California, Davis, about the attorney general's move to halt a proposed initiative that would allow gays and lesbians to be "put to death by bullets to the head."

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5:37pm

Wed March 25, 2015
The Salt

Heinz And Kraft: Before They Were Food Giants, They Were Men

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Henry J. Heinz
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Heinz and Kraft.

When we hear those names we think ketchup and Velveeta, right?

But before they were products and companies that will merge to become a giant with $28 billion in revenue, Heinz and Kraft were men.

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5:22pm

Wed March 25, 2015
National Security

U.S. Military Charges Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl With Desertion

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 7:43 am

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Bowe Bergdahl was charged today by the U.S. military. He's the U.S. Army sergeant who was captured in Afghanistan and held by the Taliban for nearly five years. Here's Army Colonel Daniel King announcing the charges.

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5:08pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Law

Calif. Lawyer's Ballot Proposal Calls Referendum System Into Question

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:00 pm

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12:40pm

Wed March 25, 2015
Europe

Germanwings Disaster Marks First Crash For The Budget Airliner

The airline operating the plane that crashed in the French Alps says the plane had been inspected and found safe Monday. Officials in the German town that lost 16 schoolchildren in the disaster say there will be no classes tomorrow, but children will be welcomed for counseling.

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8:35pm

Tue March 24, 2015
Code Switch

Retired Oakland Police Officer Recruits Locals To Police Their Own City

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 4:42 am

File photo of the Oakland Police Department as they salute at the public memorial service for slain Oakland police officers.
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Police departments around the county are under more and more pressure to diversify. In Oakland, Calif., officials say police-community relations also might be improved by increasing the number of cops who actually live in the city.

Margaret Dixon, a fiery retired Oakland police officer, grew up in a rough part of this city of 400,000. These days she's teaching classes at Merritt College, an Oakland community college — including one on policing and community relations.

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