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CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:05

The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad's growing strength in the civil war.

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Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:53

While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.

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Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:26

People recover better from serious brain injuries if they've had more formal education, researchers say. They're not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.

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Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:14

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.

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Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least.

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Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected.

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Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis.

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Slaughter In South Sudan Raises Fears Of Future Violence

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Prompted by calls for violence on the radio, South Sudanese rebels have slaughtered hundreds of civilians. As Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International explains, details are just starting to emerge.

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Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

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Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policies in an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely, according to the White House. As part of the effort, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is listening to recommendations from a range of groups.

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Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.

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Justice Dept. Opens Door To Freedom For Some Nonviolent Offenders

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences.

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Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?

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Pennsylvania Congresswoman Goes All In For Obamacare

Wed, 2014-04-23 11:27

Does Rep. Allyson Schwartz's pro-Affordable Care Act television ad signal a new thinking among Democrats running in statewide races?

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Reports Of Mass Slaughter As South Sudan Teeters On The Brink

Wed, 2014-04-23 11:17

The U.N. reports that hundreds of civilians were hunted down and killed. NPR's Gregory Warner explains the roots of the conflict in a nation that's not yet 3 years old.

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2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds

Wed, 2014-04-23 11:04

Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up, and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.

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Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches

Wed, 2014-04-23 10:50

The Safe Carry Protection Act, known to critics as the "Guns Everywhere Bill," was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. It is considered among the most permissive such measures in the country.

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In Lawsuit, American Muslims Claim FBI Used No-Fly List To Bully Them

Wed, 2014-04-23 10:33

The four men claim they were approached by FBI agents to become informants. When they declined, they say they were put on the no-fly list.

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Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea'

Wed, 2014-04-23 10:13

The ex-U.S. Army intelligence analyst formerly known as Bradley Manning, made the request to reflect a change in gender identity.

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China And Beyond: NPR's Frank Langfitt Answers Redditors' Questions

Wed, 2014-04-23 09:34

From his base in Shanghai, Frank Langfitt covers everything from the missing Malaysian airliner to why the Chinese are wild about Sherlock. Ask him anything at 3:15 p.m. EDT today at Reddit.

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