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  • Germanwings Jet Crashes In The French Alps

    March 24, 2015 2:05 PM 62

    Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. We're learning as much as we can about a deadly plane crash in Europe this morning. The commercial jet from the airline Germanwings was carrying nearly 150 people. It was traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Dusseldorf, Germany, and went down in the foothills

  • Angelina Jolie Pitt Has Ovaries Removed, Citing Cancer Fears

    March 24, 2015 12:32 PM 64

    Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt says she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Writing in The New York Times, Jolie Pitt, 39, who had a preventive double mastectomy two years ago, said she carried a gene that gave her an "estimated 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer

  • What If Web Search Results Were Based On Accuracy?

    March 24, 2015 11:55 AM 76

    Imagine, for a moment, that every web search gave only accurate, verified information. Imagine that questions concerning real facts about the real world returned lists of websites ordered by how well those site's facts matched the real world. Search for "Barack Obama's nationality," and websites claiming "Kenya" would be banished to the 32nd page of the list. Search

  • U.S. Withdraws Remaining Personnel From Volatile Yemen

    March 24, 2015 9:04 AM 63

    The U.S. has withdrawn its remaining personnel from Yemen, including more than 100 special operations forces, because of the deteriorating security situation there. The decision to evacuate will have an impact on counter-terrorism operations in an al-Qaida stronghold, and also in an area where the self proclaims Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is starting

  • March Deadline Approaches For Iran Nuclear Talks Deal

    March 24, 2015 9:04 AM 62

    Negotiators from Europe, Russia, China, the U.S. and Iran will be in Lausanne, Switzerland, later this week. They've said the end of March is a make or break deadline to get something accomplished. Copyright © 2015 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript

  • Not Going After Companies If They Promise To Behave

    March 24, 2015 7:41 AM 72

    The logo of Swiss bank UBS is seen at the company's headquarters in Zurich. U.S. officials are investigating UBS and Barclays for manipulating currency rates at a time when they were already operating under a deferred prosecution agreement for manipulating interest rates. Last week, a top Justice Department official issued a tough warning to banks and other

  • You're Just A Blob In Layers Of Plastic

    March 23, 2015 10:49 PM 69

    It's not the real deal. This Ebola Treatment Unit was set up for a TED talk in Vancouver so people could get a sense of what the units are like, and what it's like to put on the protective suit. At his TED Talk in Vancouver last week, Bill Gates posed the idea that, "If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it's most likely to be a highly

  • Israel's 50-year 'occupation' must end

    March 23, 2015 9:17 PM 62

    Through his chief of staff, President Obama is strongly countering rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a two-state, Israeli-Palestinian solution. "An occupation that has lasted for almost 50 years must end, and the Palestinian people must have the right to live in and govern themselves in their own sovereign state," Denis McDonough

  • Remembering NPR's Bill Deputy, A 'Guardian Of Sound'

    March 23, 2015 8:43 PM 76

    Bill Deputy was All Things Considered's guardian of sound. An engineer and the show's technical director for many years, Deputy died Sunday of lung cancer in New Orleans at the age of 58. Sound was a serious business for Bill. When he wasn't combining words and sound with music in the All Things Considered control room, he was traveling with us on assignments

  • Even Neil DeGrasse Tyson Is Now Munching On Bugs

    March 23, 2015 8:27 PM 66

    Neil deGrasse Tyson with a Cambodian cricket rumaki canape, wrapped in bacon. "I have come to surmise, in the culinary universe, that anytime someone feels compelled to wrap something in bacon, it probably doesn't taste very good," he said skeptically before taking a bite. More than 1,000 guests in gowns and tuxedos crowded into a two-story hall on Saturday