Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches
By Tamara Keith

April 17, 2014

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.

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The Ohio Snake Art That's Been Mid-Slither For A Millennium
By Noah Adams

April 17, 2014

In another installment of the Spring Break series, Noah Adams visits the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio. It's not a burial site; it's a massive, grass-covered snake effigy, created a millennium ago.

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When Being Pregnant Also Means Being Out Of A Job
By Yuki Noguchi

April 17, 2014

Thirty-six years after Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, employers still have very different interpretations of what they're required to do to accommodate expectant mothers.

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies
By Mandalit del Barco

April 17, 2014

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.

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A Story Of Torture And Forgiveness That Spans A Half-Century
By NPR Staff

April 17, 2014

Director Jonathan Teplitsky speaks about his film The Railway Man. It tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who was a prisoner of war during World War II at a Japanese labor camp.

Harmony-Loving Sisters Keep It Retro
By Meredith Ochs

April 17, 2014

The Secret Sisters' new album, Put Your Needle Down, displays their sophisticated, timeless sound and the country-twang influences of their hometown, Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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On Russian Call-in Show, Putin Maintains Hard Line Against West
By Corey Flintoff

April 17, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to move troops into Ukraine to protect the local Russian-speaking population, but he reserves the right to do so.

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Why Israel Is Staying On The Sidelines In Ukraine Crisis
By NPR Staff

April 17, 2014

Israel has been largely silent about Russia's muscling in on Ukraine. The tiny country — with a Russian Jewish foreign minister — seems to want to preserve its good relations with Moscow.


Search Continues For Nearly 300 Missing In South Korea Ferry Accident
By Anthony Kuhn

April 17, 2014

The search continues for survivors and answers in the South Korean ferry disaster. NPR's Anthony Kuhn offers details on the latest developments.

Opposing Protests Pull Eastern Ukraine In Two Directions
By Ari Shapiro

April 17, 2014

In eastern Ukraine, demonstrators supporting a unified Ukraine are rallying just blocks from where pro-Russian militants are occupying a government building.


Out Of A Tough Day Of Diplomacy, A Surprising Deal On Ukraine
By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

April 17, 2014

Diplomats from the United States and Europe gathered in Geneva Thursday to discuss how to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterparts from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union spoke for more than five hours on the issue.

Big Stars Don't Always Guide TV Shows To Success
By Eric Deggans

April 17, 2014

CBS is planning a one-hour season finale for Robin Williams' The Crazy Ones. It was one of three sitcoms built around big established stars this season, all three of which suffered in the ratings.

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Who's Crazy Enough To Start A Newspaper In 2014? Ask LA Register
By Ben Bergman

April 17, 2014

The Los Angeles Register is a newspaper that just launched this week. Despite dropping newspaper sales, Ben Bergman of KPCC reports that the publisher thinks there's still an audience for print.

Amid The Tumult, What Dangers Face Minorities In Ukraine?
April 17, 2014

Rita Izsak, the United Nations' special rapporteur on minority issues, discusses her recent visit to Ukraine.


States Are Spotty In Following High Court Lead On Juvenile Sentencing
By NPR Staff

April 17, 2014

The Supreme Court has recently ruled that mandatory life sentences, without parole, for juveniles are unconstitutional, but states have varied in how they've complied with these decisions.

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Following Enrollment Deadline, Health Care Focus Turns To States
By Scott Horsley

April 17, 2014

President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.


Consider The Can: An Unlikely Twist On A Louisiana Dish
By NPR Staff

April 17, 2014

When Poppy Tooker was a kid, her favorite dish was her great-grandmother's Peas in a Roux. Only years later did Tooker discover that canned peas — not fresh or frozen — were the key to the recipe.

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Scientists Spot A Planet That Looks Like 'Earth's Cousin'
By Nell Greenfieldboyce

April 17, 2014

Kepler-186f is almost the same size as Earth, and it orbits in its star's "Goldilocks zone"-- where temperatures may be just right for life. But much is unknown because it's also 500 light-years away.

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First Embryonic Stem Cells Cloned From A Man's Skin
By Richard Harris

April 17, 2014

Scientists based their technique on the one used to create the sheep Dolly years ago. These cells might one day be useful in treating all sorts of diseases.

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Rescuers Deliver Most, But Not All, Nigerian Schoolgirls To Safety
By Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

April 16, 2014

According to the Nigerian military, all but eight of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school have been rescued. As many as 100 girls had been abducted by militants earlier in the week.