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Senate OKs Jobless Bill; House Prospects Slimmer

Mon, 2014-04-07 21:38

The Senate voted 59-38 Monday to resurrect federal jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Republican supporters appealed to Speaker Boehner to permit election-year action in the House too.

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Study: States Did Better Job Running Elections In 2012

Mon, 2014-04-07 20:03

Most states improved improved their election performance between 2008 and 2012, with overall wait times at polling stations decreasing in many places.

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Seniors Rule: UConn Beats Kentucky For NCAA Title

Mon, 2014-04-07 19:32

Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.

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Argument Over Requested Leave Preceded Fort Hood Shootings

Mon, 2014-04-07 15:27

Army officials say Spc. Iván López opened fire after a dispute over his request for leave. Within eight minutes, López allegedly fired 35 shots.

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Sick 1-Year-Old Rescued From Sailboat 1,000 Miles Off Mexican Coast

Mon, 2014-04-07 14:45

The parents activated a distress beacon from their 36-foot sailboat en route to the Pacific islands after the girl developed a fever and rash that wouldn't respond to medications.

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Group Goes Online To Find Affirmative Action Plaintiffs

Mon, 2014-04-07 14:32

The Project on Fair Representation is looking for college applicants willing to challenge Harvard University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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With Legislators' OK, Maryland Poised To Decriminalize Pot

Mon, 2014-04-07 14:00

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign the bill, said decriminalizing marijuana might lead to a greater focus on more serious threats.

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Rwanda Honors Dead, Celebrates Progress, 20 Years After Genocide

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:46

The 100 days of brutality that began in Rwanda in April 1994 left 800,000 dead, and is the fastest genocide in history.

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The Future Of Clean, Green Fish Farming Could Be Indoor Factories

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:45

Aquaculture in the U.S. has lagged because of opposition from environmentalists and people living on the coast. But entrepreneurs say they've found a way to produce fish on land with little pollution.

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Former Senate Rivals Team Up To Combat Campus Sexual Assault

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:27

Sens. Claire McCaskill and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling for increased funding to bulk up the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

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Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:18

The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music — and their success magnified further.

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Men's NCAA Basketball Final Pits UConn Against Kentucky

Mon, 2014-04-07 13:08

Monday night's NCAA basketball national championship matches two teams with a knack for dramatic finishes. Neither team was in last year's tournament.

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Measles At A Rock Concert Goes Viral In A Bad Way

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:53

A young woman who didn't know she was infected with measles went to a Kings of Leon concert in Seattle. Public health investigators have reconstructed her movements to warn the public.

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WATCH: Giant Container Ship Collides With Hong Kong Park

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:46

The 633-foot-long vessel, which may have suffered a loss of power, ran aground within yards of a popular jogging path in the Chinese territory.

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Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play?

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:40

Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups like WhatsApp and Nest. That has analysts wondering if another tech bubble is about to burst.

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USAID Says Building Of 'Cuban Twitter' Was Part Of Public Record

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:08

Congress, the development agency says, specifically earmarked money for a program to break the "information blockade" in Cuba.

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Deep-Sea Ping May Lead To Malaysian Jet — But Time's Running Out

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

Australia and China both claim to hear underwater pings from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel explains the pings, why they're tough to verify and what might happen next.

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Oscar Pistorius Takes The Stand, Opening With Apology

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

In court Monday, Olympian Oscar Pistorius spoke publicly for the first time of the night he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. David Smith, the Africa correspondent for The Guardian, offers more detail.

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In NCAA Finals, Two Recent Champions On Unlikely Rides

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

The Kentucky Wildcats and the Connecticut Huskies take the court in Monday's NCAA men's college basketball final. NPR's Tom Goldman talks to Melissa Block about what to watch for in the game.

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In New Exhibit, Running Shoes Are Potent Symbol Of Boston Bombing

Mon, 2014-04-07 12:03

Mourners left more than 600 pairs of sneakers at the site, shoes that held deeply personal meanings for runners before the race.

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