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Parks Service Surveys The Environment's Accoustical Health

February 22, 2015 - 7:51am

The National Park Service has been measuring sounds in nature for a decade. But not all sounds are natural. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with Kurt Fristrup, who's behind the bio-acoustical project.

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Ash Carter Says U.S. Is Considering A Slower Exit From Afghanistan

February 22, 2015 - 7:51am

The defense secretary said Saturday that the U.S. may slow its withdrawal from Afghanistan to make sure "progress sticks." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Kate Clark of the Afghanistan Analyst Network.

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In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

February 22, 2015 - 7:51am

The distinctive music in the movie Birdman will not win an Oscar — in fact, it wasn't even nominated. Like other acclaimed film scores from years past, it didn't comply with Academy rules.

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Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It

February 22, 2015 - 7:51am

Some tribes are trying to set up growing operations after the Justice Department announced it would back off enforcement. Others worry about the potential for substance abuse.

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Iraqi Kurds: We're Ready To Fight For Mosul

February 22, 2015 - 7:51am

The Kurdish security chief says his Peshmerga fighters have gained ground against ISIS. But the big prize in northern Iraq is Mosul, and he says the Iraqi army will be needed for that battle.

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Director Of Oscar-Nommed 'Timbuktu' Found A Star In A Refugee Camp

February 22, 2015 - 7:03am

A 12-year-old girl followed him everywhere. And she got the part. Abderrahmane Sissako tells what it's like to make a reality-based movie in Mauritania.

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If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade

February 22, 2015 - 5:55am

Like likes like: New research supports the notion that teachers favor those who favor them.

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Visual Feast: If The World's Major Cities Were Made Of Food

February 22, 2015 - 5:41am

A charming photo series called BrunchCity re-creates metropolises in miniature, with famous local noshes are part of the architecture.

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Visual Feast: If The World's Major Cities Were Made Of Food

February 22, 2015 - 5:41am

A charming photo series called BrunchCity re-creates metropolises in miniature, with famous local noshes are part of the architecture.

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FAA's Proposed Drone Rules Ground Many Commercial Aspirations

February 21, 2015 - 5:09pm

Industries that had hoped for permission to use drones in their business were left out of the FAA's proposed drone rules. The agency said that drones should stay within the operator's line of sight.

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Texas Court Ruling Leaves Undocumented Immigrants In Legal Limbo

February 21, 2015 - 5:09pm

Immigration advocacy groups met yesterday to talk about what is next for those who want to apply for temporary protections offered by President Obama. A Texas judge recently blocked those actions.

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Britain's Cameron Calls On Schools To Help Stop Extremist Recruitment

February 21, 2015 - 4:55pm

The prime minister's remarks follow the disappearance this week of three British girls who are believed to have flown to Turkey with the intent of joining the self-declared Islamic State.

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After Tentative Port Deal, Container Ships Still Line The Horizon

February 21, 2015 - 4:09pm

Shipping companies and dock workers reached a tentative deal after labor disputes jammed cargo along the West Coast. But at the nation's largest port, you can still see the backlog of container ships.

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WATCH: Shipping Around The World In 1:40

February 21, 2015 - 3:09pm

A video that presents a fascinating visual representation of the extent of international shipping.

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Court Blocks White House 'No-Release' Detention Policy

February 21, 2015 - 11:19am

The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the policy of detaining mothers and children seeking asylum in the U.S.

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Police Are Learning To Accept Civilian Oversight, But Distrust Lingers

February 21, 2015 - 10:18am

More than 200 civilian review boards investigate police misconduct in cities across the United States. Reformers say they're essential. But officers tend to be wary of them.

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Fire In Dubai Skyscraper Forces Evacuation Of Residents

February 21, 2015 - 9:32am

No one was killed in the blaze at the 86-story Torch Tower that began early in the morning in the United Arab Emirates. It was extinguished within a few hours.

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Defense Secretary Carter Hints At Slowing U.S. Exit From Afghanistan

February 21, 2015 - 8:21am

Ashton Carter, on a surprise visit to Afghanistan, said he was there to assess the situation on the ground and indicated that a "rethinking" of the U.S. troop withdrawal timetable was possible.

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Superstorm Sandy Victims Say FEMA's Role Is Fatally Conflicted

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

As Sandy victims and FEMA work to resolve accusations of falsified damage estimates, some are questioning how the agency can be both a flood insurance provider and a regulator of flood insurance.

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Zambian Prosecutor Drops Charges In Case Against Himself

February 21, 2015 - 8:03am

It may sound like an episode of The Twilight Zone, but this isn't fiction. Zambia's top prosecutor dropped his own corruption charges and set himself free. NPR's Scott Simon discusses the case.

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