Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?
By Frank James

April 18, 2014

Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.

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In The Land Of Razor Clams, Dinner Hides Deep Within The Sand
By Martin Kaste

April 18, 2014

Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.

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Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims
By Scott Neuman

April 18, 2014

Rescuers say they've recovered 39 bodies from the massive March 22 mudslide and are still searching for four others.

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Airbnb To Start Charging Hotel Taxes In A Handful Of Cities
By Ben Trefny

April 18, 2014

Airbnb and other rental websites have made billions marketing existing housing to tourists, without hotel tax. Soon, Airbnb will start collecting tax in New York City, San Francisco and Portland, Ore.

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Marathon Safety Embraced By Boston, For The Most Part
By Jeff Brady

April 18, 2014

Authorities in Massachusetts spent the past year planning a more secure environment for the 2014 Boston Marathon. This year, there will be 3,500 police and National Guard soldiers along the course. Runners and spectators are asked to leave bags and strollers at home. Participants generally seem OK with the new measures but say it may change their experience of the race.

Hey, Superheroes On The National Mall: Any Advice For Congress?
By Ailsa Chang

April 18, 2014

Gathered in Washington for a comic book convention, these costumed enthusiasts shared how their favorite characters would run the country.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Review Extended By State Department
By Dana Farrington

April 18, 2014

Federal agencies are getting more time to review the controversial project, the State Department says, given an ongoing legal battle in Nebraska over whether the pipeline could pass through.

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Why Scott Walker Is Looking Beyond His Fan Base
By Ron Elving

April 18, 2014

Governors in both parties routinely run for re-election while keeping coy about the White House. But there's no question what's on the Wisconsin governor's mind, long term.

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Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?
April 18, 2014

From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news.

Gefilte Fish Shortage: Best Thing Since The Parting Of The Red Sea?
April 18, 2014

A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.


New York's Muslims Push For Public Schools To Close For Eid Holidays
April 18, 2014

President of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York Linda Sarsour discusses why she wants the city's public schools to close on holidays like Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

To Fight Extremism, Don't Alienate Troublemakers At The Mosque
April 18, 2014

In the fight against Islamic extremism, the president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council says that intervention within the community is more effective than external surveillance and secrecy.


15 Years After Columbine, Are Schools Any Safer?
April 18, 2014

The mass shooting at Columbine High School spurred schools to adopt "zero tolerance" policies. Do they work? NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez and former principal Bill Bond discuss.

Wal-Mart To Offer Money-Transfer Service
April 18, 2014

The giant retailer will go head to head with Western Union and Moneygram in a market worth about $900 billion. But Wal-Mart says it will offer lower fees.


Obama Wants To Sell Exports To Asia, But Critics Aren't Buying
By Marilyn Geewax

April 18, 2014

As the president prepares to travel to Asia, the White House says a trade deal would boost U.S. exports. But opponents say the Trans-Pacific Partnership would hurt the environment and U.S. jobs.

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Six Words: 'Segregation Should Not Determine Our Future'
By NPR Staff

April 18, 2014

Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was once considered a model of desegregation. Today, the school's population is 99 percent black. One family's story underscores three generations of change.

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'Completely Unique': Cave-Dwelling Female Insects Have Penises
By Michaeleen Doucleff

April 17, 2014

A team of international scientists have found four species of insects with reversed sex organs. The females' anatomy may have to do with their need for nutrients that only males produce.

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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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Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant
By Scott Neuman

April 17, 2014

The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are "very excited."

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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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