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Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up'

4 hours 38 min ago

The judge composed a rhyme to let an Oregon man know he'd been found guilty of the crime: stealing a bulldog puppy from its owners at gunpoint.

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Sarah Palin Gets A Speeding Ticket, Says She 'Can't Drive 55'

4 hours 38 min ago

The former governor faces a fine for exceeding the limit in Wasila, Alaska. She joked that the Sammy Hagar song distracted her, adding, "I wasn't speeding; I was qualifying."

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A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

5 hours 21 min ago

An open revolt among moderate Kansas Republicans has clouded Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election hopes and focused national attention on the tax-cutting experiment at the heart of his "red-state model."

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Videographer's 'Happy' View Of Gaza Turns Tragic

5 hours 24 min ago

A few months ago, 24-year-old Anas Hamra made a "Happy" video about Gaza. If the rest of the world was playing off Pharrell Williams' song, he figured Gaza ought to step up, too. Plus, even with salty tap water and travel restrictions, life in Gaza was not all misery. On Wednesday, Hamra spent 24 hours with his video camera in Shifa Hospital in Gaza and emerged unable to find a word to describe how he feels. The first song that came to mind is "Wake Me Up When It's Over."

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Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel

5 hours 24 min ago

Anti-Semitism in France and across Europe is fueling emigration, Jews say. One father whose son is leaving says, "France is no longer the beautiful country it was."

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Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

5 hours 24 min ago

Syrians have flooded into neighboring countries and now they are having babies. But the children are not receiving citizenship from either Syria or the country where they are born.

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What Would Demilitarizing Gaza Entail?

5 hours 25 min ago

Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars talks with Steve Inskeep about Israel's call to demilitarize Gaza and whether such a proposal is realistic.

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As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer?

5 hours 25 min ago

New research examines the effects of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which millions of people around the world go without food all day. Does religious practice affect economic growth?

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The 313 Turns 313: Happy Birthday, Detroit

5 hours 25 min ago

In 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded the beginnings of modern-day Detroit — area code 313. Motor City can't throw a big celebration because of its bankruptcy, but there will be some parties.

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In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense

5 hours 25 min ago

The murder trial is underway for Theodore Wafer, the Detroit homeowner who shot Renisha McBride, an unarmed black teen, on his porch. Wafer claims self-defense; prosecutors say there was no threat.

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Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

5 hours 25 min ago

The governor of Iowa says he's empathetic but doesn't want to host any of the unaccompanied and undocumented children from Central America. But advocacy groups and other officials in the state are urging Iowans to welcome them.

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Russia Will Move Clocks To Make Winter Mornings Brighter

5 hours 25 min ago

The government abandoned a move to daylight saving time, which allows more light in the evenings but led to dim light and traffic accidents at the start of the day. Russia is also adding time zones.

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Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs

5 hours 25 min ago

Small-town startups often struggle to attract serious investors. But efforts are under way to help entrepreneurs outside the urban beltway find financing.

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New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

5 hours 25 min ago

The Obama administration is proposing new safety rules for railroad oil tank cars, after a series of fiery derailments. The rules would phase out thousands of older cars in two years.

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Complications During Ariz. Inmate's Execution Reignite Controversy

5 hours 25 min ago

An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die after receiving a lethal injection Wednesday.

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With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

5 hours 25 min ago

Three years after the Fukushima disaster shut Japan's nuclear power plants, reactors at a different plant may reopen. Steve Inskeep talks with Wall Street Journal Tokyo bureau chief Peter Landers.

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Military Dogs' Advocates Say The Canines Aren't Pets — They're Vets

5 hours 25 min ago

Military war dogs serve combat tours, save lives and suffer injuries like the soldiers they serve. On Capitol Hill this week, dogs and their handlers made the case that all dogs should be brought home from war and treated with the respect they've earned.

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As Gaza Fighting Rages, West Bank Palestinians Can Only Watch

July 23, 2014 - 5:29am

The West Bank and Gaza are less than 40 miles apart, and many Palestinians have ties to both places. Yet the current fighting has made it even harder than usual to stay in touch, let alone visit.

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Skype A Vital Bridge For Palestinians In West Bank, Gaza

July 23, 2014 - 5:29am

By most accounts, the war between Israel and Hamas is getting worse. As the casualties mount, so does the frustration of Palestinian families living apart who rarely if ever get to see each other.

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Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options

July 23, 2014 - 5:24am

The new Sienna minivan has an optional pull-down mirror to allow better surveillance of the backseat, and a "Driver Easy Speak" feature that lets you speak to the kids without shouting.

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