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Police Trace Heavy-Breathing Emergency Caller

5 hours 50 min ago

Police near London received a troubling call, and all the dispatcher could hear was heavy breathing. Cops found the caller running through a yard. It was a dog with a wireless phone in its mouth.

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Sad Panda In China Gets Her Own Play Area

6 hours 9 min ago

Si Jia got depressed after her only companion moved to another zoo. The staff at the Yunnan Safari Park in southwest China built her a swing and parallel bars. She may get a real friend soon.

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Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine

6 hours 30 min ago

Several Ukrainian tanks are on the move in some eastern cities, according to reports Wednesday morning. Some of the armored personnel carriers are flying Russian flags.

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Ex-Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Criticizes Tax System

7 hours 36 min ago

Donald Rumsfeld has made complaining to the IRS a bit of a tradition. In this year's letter to the IRS he writes: I have absolutely no idea whether our tax returns and our tax payments are accurate.

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Pension Deal Would Help Detroit Climb Out Of Bankruptcy

7 hours 36 min ago

The city has reached a tentative agreement with retired police officers and firefighters to preserve their pensions. Pensions of other city retirees would take a 4.5 percent hit.

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NBA's Regular Season Ends Wednesday, NHL Playoffs Begin

7 hours 36 min ago

The National Hockey League playoffs start Wednesday night, and the National Basketball Association playoffs begin Saturday. We run down the post-season picture for both sports.

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NYPD To Disband Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims

7 hours 36 min ago

The Demographics Unit was trying to root out terrorist threats, but never produced a usable lead. Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Matt Apuzzo, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the unit.

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Death Toll Expected To Climb In South Korea Ferry Disaster

7 hours 36 min ago

Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast. Among those on the boat, 325 high school students.

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Tremendously Gratifying To Win 2 Pulitzers, 'Post' Editor Says

7 hours 36 min ago

After years of circulation declines and painful staffing cuts, this year's two Pulitzer Prizes are especially sweet. David Greene talks to Marty Baron, the executive editor for The Washington Post.

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Unique Rose Bush Graces Arizona Desert Town

7 hours 36 min ago

The world's largest rose bush is located in an unlikely place for a genteel attraction: Tombstone, Arizona. It blooms during spring break; thousands come to see the bush that was planted in 1885.

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Suspected Muslim Extremists Step Up Attacks In Nigeria

7 hours 36 min ago

Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.

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Despite Everything, Tiger Will Always Be No. 1

9 hours 41 sec ago

Tiger Woods hasn't won a major in six years, and at 38, says commentator Frank Deford, he's past even a golfer's prime years. Still, no one can touch the reigning king of golf.

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A T. Rex Treks To Washington For A Shot At Fame

9 hours 2 min ago

The Smithsonian is set to unpack something it's never had before: a rare, nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. It's a gift from a Montana museum that says this T. rex deserves to be famous.

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How One Michigan City Is Sending Kids To College Tuition-Free

9 hours 2 min ago

In 2005, a group of anonymous donors in Kalamazoo launched a bold program. It pays for graduates of the city's public schools to attend any of Michigan's public universities or community colleges.

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As La. Coast Recedes, Battle Rages Over Who Should Pay

9 hours 4 min ago

A flood protection authority is suing to try to hold the oil and gas industries responsible for Louisiana's land crisis. But policymakers are trying to stop the lawsuit, saying it's bad for business.

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Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Veggies In Space

April 15, 2014 - 6:54am

A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink, with lettuce inside.

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Astronauts Will Soon Be Able To Eat Fresh Vegggies In Space

April 15, 2014 - 6:54am

A plant growth chamber is headed to the International Space Station. It's called Veggie and it sort of looks like a pillow that you can see through, all lit up in pink with lettuce inside.

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'Captain Underpants' 2013's Most Vilified Book

April 15, 2014 - 6:51am

The top spot on the American Library Association's annual list of most challenged books goes to The Adventures of Captain Underpants — for the second year in a row.

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Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another?

April 15, 2014 - 5:17am

Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.

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Florida's Freshwater Springs Attract Vacationers

April 15, 2014 - 5:17am

Florida is most popular for its beaches and theme parks but it has hundreds of freshwater springs too. In central Florida, no springs may be more prized than those at Ichetucknee Springs State Park.

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