Colleges Move To Ban Selfie Taking At Graduation Ceremonies
April 24, 2014

The University of South Florida told students to think about "the dignity of the ceremony" before attempting a selfie with the university president as she hands them their diplomas.

Amsterdam Mayor May Ban Pot In Red Light District, Court Says
April 24, 2014

A court in the Netherlands has upheld the mayor's efforts to ban marijuana cafes in an area that permits prostitution.


U.S. Ramps Up Aid To Syrian Rebels
By Tom Bowman

April 24, 2014

The U.S. is increasing both arms and training assistance to the Syrian rebels. Advocates of the program say they hope to change the situation on the ground, others doubt it will help much.

Obama: U.S. To Defend Japan In Territorial Disputes With China
By Anthony Kuhn

April 24, 2014

President Obama is in Japan for the start of his four-nation Asia visit. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.


Small Businesses Fight Big-Box Stores By Specializing
By Sonari Glinton

April 24, 2014

As online and mega stores take up more of the retail landscape, small mom-and-pop shops are getting more specific. We examine one of the ways small stores are looking to survive and possibly thrive.

With SuperShoes, Insoles Can Be Your Guide
April 24, 2014

SuperShoes are squishy insoles that fit inside your shoes. Inside those insoles are "vibrotactile ticklers" linked to your mobile device. Enter a destination and the ticklers guide your way.


Competition Watches As Wal-Mart Debuts Money Transfer Service
By Allison Keyes

April 24, 2014

Customers will be able to send and receive up to $900 at a time at more than 4,000 U.S. stores. Analysts don't think the other money transfer clients will be hurt because of their loyal customer base.

FCC Set To Change Net Neutrality Rules
By Joel Rose

April 24, 2014

On Thursday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules for how broadband providers should treat the Internet traffic flowing through their networks.


Sales Of New Homes Plunged In March
April 24, 2014

The harsh, persistent winter may have been partly to blame. New home sales are at their lowest pace since last July.

Injured Sherpa Explains Why He'll Never Climb Mount Everest Again
By Julie McCarthy

April 24, 2014

Kaji Sherpa recalls taking two steps backward when a wall of snow careened toward him, and it made all the difference. He survived Everest's deadliest disaster — and now says he'll stick to farming.

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Mine Dust Rules Could Slow Production, Coal Mining Companies Say
By Howard Berkes

April 24, 2014

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced new regulations reducing the amount of coal dust miners can be exposed to in underground and surface mines.

U.N. Blames Rebel Forces For South Sudan Massacre
April 24, 2014

Hundreds of civilians have been massacred in the South Sudan town of Bentiu. For more, Steve Inskeep talks to Andrew Green, the South Sudan bureau chief for the Voice of America.


Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour
By Stephen Koranda

April 24, 2014

The 90-year-old former GOP senator says it's an opportunity to meet with friends and thank voters who supported him during his decades-long career in state and national politics.

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Why Bill Gates Fights Diseases Abroad, Not At Home
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

The Microsoft founder and philanthropist talks with NPR's David Greene about why he's spent billions on health efforts in developing countries, and about the prospect of beating polio and malaria.

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After Bangladesh Factory Disaster, Efforts Show Mixed Progress
By Jim Zarroli

April 24, 2014

One year ago, a factory building in Bangladesh collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. Top retailers have begun inspecting factories more aggressively, but other steps have fallen short.

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When Money Trumps Need In College Admissions
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Some of the factors keeping low-income students from getting into college aren't always obvious to the public, higher education insiders tell Morning Edition's David Greene.

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Damon Albarn On 'Everyday Robots' And The Birth Of Britpop
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Albarn says the sound he helped create with Blur in the 1990s was not a celebration of England, but a reaction to America's encroaching influence.

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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes
By Rob Stein

April 24, 2014

If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.

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Florida School Offered Kids Caffeine On Test Day
April 23, 2014

Students at a Melbourne, Fla., elementary school were offered trail mix and Mountain Dew on the morning of standardized tests. A grandmother got the school to stop.

Canadian Police Extricate Bear From Jar
April 23, 2014

Residents in Ontario called police when they spotted a bear bumbling down the street. It was unable to see where it was going because of a large birdseed jar stuck on its head.