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NPR Story
5:03 am
Fri July 24, 2015

The Night That Bob Dylan Went Electric

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 5:26 pm

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Tomorrow marks 50 years since the night Bob Dylan plugged in his guitar. In 1965, the singer took an electric instrument onstage at the Newport Folk Festival.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Middle East
5:51 am
Thu July 23, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:32 am

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Strange News
5:51 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Struck By Lighting As A Kid, A Lottery Winner As An Adult

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

Lady Luck has a sense of humor. The odds of being struck by lightning or winning the lottery are very slim.

The likelihood that both will happen to the same person are about one in 2.6 trillion. Peter McCathie is that one.

The Canadian man survived a lightning strike when he was a kid.

And now, after buying lottery tickets for about a year, McCathie has struck it big. He won a million dollars.

He's not gambling with the winnings. He's taking his wife on a second honeymoon.

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NPR Story
5:51 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Things Not To Pack When Flying: Smoke Grenades, Bottle Rockets, Knives

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

When packing for a trip, you have that moment of wondering if security will let you carry on that item.

We're not sure what that moment was like for Mitchell Crawford.

Airport security in Baltimore went through Mr. Crawford's luggage.

They found smoke grenades and bottle rockets. And rope cutters. And several knives. Also a folding saw. And a hatchet.

Mr. Crawford is now under arrest, though he told police he simply meant to use the items while camping.

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NPR Story
5:16 am
Thu July 23, 2015

House Bill Would Cut Off Federal Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

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NPR Story
5:16 am
Thu July 23, 2015

At Low Pay, Government Hires Immigrants Held At Detention Centers

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Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:40 am

It's illegal to employ immigrants without documents. But through voluntary work programs in detention centers, the federal government employs thousands of undocumented immigrants. "The government, which forbids everyone else from hiring people without documents, has effectively become the biggest employer of undocumented immigrants in the country," says Carl Takei, an attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project.

The pay for an eight hour shift in a detention center is $1 a day, or roughly 13 cents an hour.

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NPR Story
5:16 am
Thu July 23, 2015

In Financial Disclosure, Trump Puts His Fortune At $10 Billion

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NPR Story
6:12 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Pets And Other Non-Humans Gets Rights Upgraded In A Spanish Town

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:52 am

The Declaration of Independence says "all men are created equal."

It took a civil war to show it really meant all men, and generations more to make it all men and women.

Now a small town in Spain has taken another step.

The town council of Trigueros de Valle declared all residents are born equal.

That includes pets.

"A resident, whether human or non-human, is entitled to respect," the council decreed.

Bullfighting is out. It's not clear if dogs and cats get to vote.

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Strange News
5:54 am
Wed July 22, 2015

In A Hurry, Queen Elizabeth Goes Off Road

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:52 am

Being the queen apparently doesn't exempt one from being what we all are at times: an impatient driver.

Queen Elizabeth was driving to church through the park leading out of Windsor Castle. And she just couldn't pause for a family that was out for a Sunday stroll and blocking her way

So, reports The Telegraph, the queen veered onto the grass.

Though perhaps unlike the rest of us, the queen smiled and waved as she passed the startled family.

National Security
5:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

After Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Mideast Allies

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:47 am

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NPR Story
5:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

A Peek At The New Dr. Seusss Book, In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:47 am

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Strange News
6:02 am
Tue July 21, 2015

In Transylvania, Donating Blood Will Get You Concert Tickets

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

An electro-dance festival in Romania "vants to suck your blood."

Concert-goers will get free or discounted tickets for donating blood for transfusions.

Organizers aim to raise awareness about donating in a country where less than 2 percent of people give blood.

The Festival is being held in Transylvania, home of Dracula. Let's hope the Count doesn't make an appearance looking for music from the children of the night.

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Sports
5:37 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Los Angeles Angels Blow Dry Their Wet Field With A Helicopter

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

There may be a drought in California, but the Los Angeles Angels had a home game rained out Sunday, their first in 20 years.

They needed to dry the field on Monday, so they called in a helicopter to hover overhead.

The field was blow-dried, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia was unimpressed.

He recalls a youth league game years ago when wet base paths were doused in gasoline and set on fire.

Presuambly the fire went out before the game began.

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Interviews
5:37 am
Tue July 21, 2015

The Secret Talks That Led To The Negotiations With Iran

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:22 pm

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In the many months that Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers met to negotiate a nuclear deal, ministers and diplomats were filmed and photographed at the negotiating table, sightseeing, waving from hotel balconies.

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Latin America
5:37 am
Tue July 21, 2015

There's Little To See, But Cubans Gather Outside U.S. Embassy

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:38 pm

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Games + Leisure
7:20 am
Mon July 20, 2015

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:14 pm

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

This past weekend, hundreds of "speedcubers," as they're known, descended on Sao Paulo from over 40 countries, to take part in three days of intensive competition.

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Games + Leisure
6:54 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

At a Minecraft camp in Shaker Heights, Ohio, kids trade secrets about making their virtual worlds come to life.
Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:49 pm

It's family vacation time, and I've taken the kids back to where I grew up — a small plot of land off a dirt road in Kansas.

For my city kids, this is supposed to be heaven. There are freshly laid chicken eggs to gather, new kittens to play with and miles of pasture to explore.

But we're not outside.

I'm sitting in my childhood bedroom watching my 7-year-old son and his 11-year-old-cousin stare at a screen. The older kid is teaching the younger the secrets of one of the most popular games on Earth: Minecraft.

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Business
6:45 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
Patrick George Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network — the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data — can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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NPR Story
6:09 am
Mon July 20, 2015

How Should Republicans Deal With Donald Trump?

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:40 am

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NPR Story
5:18 am
Mon July 20, 2015

Scientists Say They Can Read Your Mind, And Prove It With Pictures

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 7:07 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

David. Hey, David.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Yeah?

MONTAGNE: What am I - what am I thinking?

GREENE: (Laughter) I have no idea. I'm not a mind reader.

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