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12:23pm

Sat May 23, 2015
Law

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple. Brelo had fired 49 shots at the couple following a car chase. Reporter Nick Castele of member-station WCPN speaks with host Scott Simon about the ruling.

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8:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
Iraq

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in 2014. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says of the situation in Iraq.
Mark Zaleski AP

The self-declared Islamic State gained a real grip on Iraq and Syria this week, capturing the cities of Ramadi and parts of Mosul in Iraq, and the ancient town Palmyra, Syria.

Most recently, ISIS has claimed credit for a suicide bomb attack inside Saudi Arabia on a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers. That attack killed at least 19 and could represent a significant escalation of the extremist group's operations in the kingdom.

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8:23am

Sat May 23, 2015
Around the Nation

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 11:13 pm

Authorities investigate a shooting in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant Sunday in Waco, Texas. Bikers say that most of the 170 people arrested had nothing to do with the violence.
Jerry Larson AP

Authorities in Waco, Texas, continue to investigate the deaths of nine motorcycle gang members in one of the worst biker brawls in recent times. More than 170 people were arrested and charged with organized crime; each is being held under a $1 million bond.

Now there's a backlash from biker groups, who claim many of the riders were simply at the wrong place at the wrong time, and had nothing to do with Sunday's bloody fight.

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7:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
Europe

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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7:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
Author Interviews

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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7:56am

Sat May 23, 2015
National Security

The Stories Behind The Symbols On Vets' Headstones

Originally published on Sat May 23, 2015 9:48 pm

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10:06am

Sat May 16, 2015
Around the Nation

Water Logged: Firm Reclaims Timber Lost To Maine's Frigid Rivers

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 11:55 am

Four lumberjacks stand on a logjam in a river, using sticks to break up the mass of lumber, Maine, circa 1930.
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In the north woods of Maine, Tom Shafer is bumping along on a rutted trail in his four-wheel drive truck. Ahead are mounds of maple, pine, oak and birch trees, all cut a century or more ago and pulled from the bottom of a lake.

Clumped together in the muck, the logs wouldn't look like much to most people.

"The wood comes out and it looks like that, in those piles of mud," Shafer says. "It looks like construction debris."

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9:09am

Sat May 16, 2015
Middle East

Senior ISIS Commander In Syria Killed By U.S. Troops

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 3:00 pm

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9:09am

Sat May 16, 2015
Religion

Losing Faith: A Religious Leader On America's Disillusionment With Church

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, stands outside the church in Washington, D.C., in 2013.
Evan Vucci AP

The U.S. is less Christian than it used to be, and fewer Americans choose to be a part of any religion, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.

Of the more than 35,000 people surveyed, 70 percent say they are Christian — but the number of people who call themselves atheist and agnostic has nearly doubled in the last seven years.

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Asia

'Nepali Times' Editor: After Quakes, Nepalese Surprisingly Upbeat

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Middle East

Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi To Death

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 3:51 pm

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Politics

Week Of Damage Control For Jeb Bush And Hillary Clinton

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 7:35 pm

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7:58am

Sat May 16, 2015
Sports

Basketball Playoffs And Preakness: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat May 16, 2015 11:23 am

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2:22pm

Sun May 10, 2015
Middle East

Americans Among The Many Families Escaping Chaos In Yemen

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:14 pm

The Amiri Red Sea was one of many boats ferrying refugees, including some Americans, escaping fighting in Yemen to nearby Djibouti, across the Gulf.
Gregory Warner NPR

Traveling with the State Department in Africa, you feel like you're traveling in countries without people. Traffic-clogged roads are cleared in advance by security services. The two-hour drive from downtown Nairobi to the airport takes a beautiful 12 minutes.

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10:32am

Sat May 9, 2015
It's All Politics

Las Vegas High School Has A Proud History Of Political Involvement

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:29 am

Students at Rancho High School wait for Hillary Clinton to visit last week. The school is 70 percent Hispanic, and two-thirds of students are economically disadvantaged, but it has a proud history of political involvement.
John Locher AP

When Hillary Clinton's campaign was looking for a place for her to make an announcement this week about immigration policy, it chose Rancho High School in Las Vegas.

Clinton visited this school in 2007, when she was running for president the first time. Barack Obama visited the campus twice during that campaign season. The backdrop wasn't a coincidence.

Rancho High School's population is 70 percent Hispanic, and it has a proud history of political involvement.

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