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12:01 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Warren Weinstein, American Killed In U.S. Operation, Was Veteran Aid Worker

Warren Weinstein, the American al-Qaida hostage killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January, was a veteran aid worker who spent much of his life in some of the world's toughest places.

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The Two-Way
11:10 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Germany's Largest Bank Fined Record $2.5 Billion In Rate-Fixing Scandal

The headquarters of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. Germany's largest bank has been hit with a $2.5 billion fine for manipulating a key interest rate. Seven other banks in various countries have also been fined in the far-reaching scandal.
Michael Probst AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 11:58 am

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, has been fined $2.5 billion dollars by U.S. and U.K. regulators for trying to manipulate the so-called Libor rate, a benchmark for inter-bank loans, which in turn is used to set interest rates on everything from credit card debt to mortgages.

The German bank is one of eight financial institutions, including Swiss-based UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland, that were caught up in the scandal, which involved dozens of traders and managers,and spanned a four-year period from 2005-2009.

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NPR History Dept.
11:03 am
Thu April 23, 2015

7 Lost American Slang Words

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:14 pm

In American English, some slang words come and go. And some stay and stay.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Thu April 23, 2015

U.S. Operations Killed Two Hostages Held By Al-Qaida, Including An American

President Obama expresses his condolences today to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:14 pm

Updated at 11:49 a.m. ET

President Obama offered his "grief and condolences" to the families of the American and Italian aid workers killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in January. Both men were held hostage by al-Qaida.

"I take full responsibility for a U.S. government counterterrorism operation that killed two innocent hostages held by al-Qaida," Obama said.

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Goats and Soda
10:05 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Feeling Blue? Share A Laugh With Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his daughter Mpho bust some moves at the 2015 Skoll World Forum.
Courtesy of Skoll Foundation

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 10:39 am

The term "living legend" is tossed around so much that it really doesn't have much sway.

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Shots - Health News
9:45 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Critics Lash Out At Chinese Scientists Who Edited DNA In Human Embryos

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For the first time, scientists have edited DNA in human embryos, a highly controversial step long considered off limits.

Junjiu Huang and his colleagues at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, performed a series of experiments involving 86 human embryos to see if they could make changes in a gene known as HBB, which causes the sometimes fatal blood disorder beta-thalassemia.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Thu April 23, 2015

EU Leaders Close To Agreement To Deal With Influx Of Migrants

In this photo made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, migrants crowd and inflatable dinghy as the Italian Coast Guard approaches them, off the Libyan coast, on Wednesday.
Alessandro Di Meo AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 11:19 am

The European Union appears close to an agreement to would step up efforts to rescue migrants trying to reach EU countries by crossing the Mediterranean. The measures would include capturing and destroying human traffickers' vessels. The move comes days after as many as 900 drowned when a single boat capsized off the Libyan coast.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Watch A Time-Lapse Video Of The Calbuco Volcano Erupting In Chile

Chile's Calbuco volcano is seen from the town of Puerto Montt on Wednesday, as it spews a high column of ash and lava.
Diego Main AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 12:17 pm

The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted this week for the first time in four decades. Quiet since 1972, it's blown twice since Wednesday, generating striking images and concerns over the effects of both the lava and a mammoth cloud of ash.

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NPR Ed
8:03 am
Thu April 23, 2015

To Get More Students Through College, Give Them Fewer Choices

Redesigning America's Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success by Thomas R. Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars and Davis Jenkins
Harvard University Press

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 11:18 am

How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy?

In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were 10 times more likely to actually buy.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Gen. David Petraeus Will Be Sentenced Thursday Over Secret Notebooks

At a hearing in a federal courthouse Thursday, former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus is expected to be sentenced to two years' probation for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

In a federal courthouse in Charlotte, former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus will be sentenced today for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, in the form of notebooks he shared with his lover.

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