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An Island Wonders: Why Are The Sharks Attacking So Often?

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 45 min ago

Since 2011, the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has had 16 shark attacks, seven of them fatal. It's a sharp rise from previous years and Australia is the only country with more deaths during this span.

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Trying To Organize A Marathon, An Arab-Israeli Woman Runs Into Opposition

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 15 min ago

Conservatives in Tira pushed back hard at the idea of women and men running together in a public race. Someone went so far as to shoot at race organizer Haneen Radi's car. For now, the run is off.

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On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 35 min ago

In a Boston neighborhood, WBUR's Steve Brown seeks out the story of a Marine honored by one of the many markers throughout the city that commemorates sacrifice in war.

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Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 37 min ago

The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.

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Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Second Indy 500

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 13 min ago

The Colombian native came from dead last to finish first. He won the event in 2000 as a rookie.

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Capitol Police: Pressure Cooker In Suspicious Vehicle Destroyed

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 25 min ago

A bomb squad destroyed a pressure cooker found in a "suspicious" vehicle left unattended Sunday on the National Mall and the vehicle's owner was arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

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Death Toll Rises After Storms Barrel Through Plains, Midwest

NPR Top Stories - 14 hours 46 min ago

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes. Three people were killed.

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In New England, Recognizing A Little Known History Of Slavery

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 2:21pm

A burial ground including the remains of 18th century African slaves was uncovered in 2003 in Portsmouth, N.H. Over Memorial Day weekend, the city dedicated the grave site as a special memorial park.

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A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 2:03pm

In polluted Pittsburgh, a new device from a local university helps residents assess indoor air. It's not the only monitor on the market — but is the only one available to borrow from a public library.

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Long-Time Actress And Comedian Anne Meara Dies

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 1:51pm

Meara, who was married to Jerry Stiller and mom to Ben Stiller, had roles on Rhoda, Alf, Sex and the City and The King of Queens.

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Remembering Nobel Prize-Winning Mathematician John Nash

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 1:16pm

The great mathematician, whose accomplishments and struggle with schizophrenia were depicted in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, died with his wife, Alice, in a car accident on Saturday. "His suffering, I know, was real," says University of Chicago economist Roger Myerson. "But he was touched by glory."

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'It's For You To Know That You Forgive,' Says Holocaust Survivor

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 1:16pm

Eva Kor, who was held at Auschwitz and recently testified against former Nazi guard Oskar Groening, says that when a victim chooses to forgive, they take the power back from their tormentors.

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Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi Forces Lack 'Will To Fight' ISIS

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 11:45am

Ash Carter, in an interview on CNN, said that the ISF lost Anbar despite "vastly outnumbering" fighters of the self-declared Islamic State.

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Malaysia Finds Gravesites In Camps Used By People Smugglers

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 9:43am

The gruesome discovery of the sites thought to contain dozens or possibly hundreds of remains of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh, follows a similar find this month across the border in Thailand.

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'Beautiful Mind' Mathematician John Nash, Jr. Dies In New Jersey Car Crash

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 6:40am

The Nobel Prize winner who struggled with schizophrenia and was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film, died with his wife in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike, officials say. He was 86.

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Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 4:37am

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.

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Nepali Villagers Flee After Landslide Cuts Off Major River

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 4:19am

Rising waters behind the earth dam created by the landslide could burst through, inundating villages for miles downstream, officials say.

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Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 3:27am

A program that made IUDs accessible to Colorado teenagers is running out of funding. State Rep. Don Coram, a Republican, fought to save it. He credits the initiative with the drop in teen pregnancies.

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Macedonia Goes On A Baroque Building Binge

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 3:27am

Macedonia is one of the poorest countries in Europe, but it's been on a building spree that includes elaborate buildings and hundreds of statues, including en enormous one of Alexander the Great.

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Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

NPR Top Stories - May 24, 2015 - 3:27am

Famed American feminist Gloria Steinem has taken her activism to the border between North and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Elise Hu about the demonstration aimed at reunifying two nations.

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