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4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Planet Money

When The Wealthy Need Cash, Pawn Shops Can Be Appealing

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 8:39 pm

This diamond necklace was pawned at New York Loan. It's for sale for $65,000.
Ashley Milne-Tyte NPR

Traditionally, pawn shops have been the last stop for people desperate for cash. But now there's a small but growing group of pawn shops for the wealthy.

Actor and model Regi Huc needed $75,000 in a hurry last year. He was making his first feature film, and needed to do re-shoots before the deadline to enter this year's film festivals.

On paper his finances look good. He owns some buildings in Philadelphia and has a stake in a family business, but he needed that money within a week. He didn't have the cash in his bank account. He didn't have time to apply for a loan.

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4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
All Tech Considered

Restaurants: The Modern-Day Lab For Our Smartphone-Obsessed Ways

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 10:43 am

Courtney Cranch tends bar at The Red Hen in Washington, D.C., where she estimates at least half her customers have smartphones out at mealtime.
Elise Hu NPR

When we asked you about the changing norms for smartphone use in public spaces, hundreds of stories poured in.

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4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
News

Defiant Of Deadline, Pro-Moscow Occupiers Persist

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish. In eastern Ukraine, people are bracing for possible war. The government gave a deadline of this morning for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their weapons. Instead, the demonstrators took over still more government buildings in eastern Ukrainian cities. Ukraine's president has promised to send in the army to retake this region near the Russian border.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from the city of Donetsk.

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4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Suspected Kansas Shooter Had Ties To KKK

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:42 pm

The man suspected of killing three people at a Jewish community center and retirement home is a white supremacist formerly of the Ku Klux Klan. As Frank Morris of KCUR reports, 73-year-old Frazier Glen Cross once ran a paramilitary camp in North Carolina. Cross may have been planning the shooting for months.

4:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
News

Nevada Ranch Dispute Ends As Feds Back Down — For Now

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 6:42 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

A standoff between federal agents and a Nevada rancher is over for now. Over the weekend, the Bureau of Land Management released about 400 head of cattle it had rounded up, fearing a violent confrontation. Militia members, including many with guns, had rallied in support of the rancher, Cliven Bundy, and his family. NPR's Ted Robbins has the story.

UNIDENTIFIED GROUP: No BLM. No BLM. No BLM.

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3:24pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Pulitzer Prizes Are Out: 'Washington Post,' 'The Guardian' Win For NSA Stories

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 12:07 pm

Journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald helped The Guardian win a Pulitzer Prize for public service along with The Washington Post Monday, for their stories based on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Months after lifting a veil of secrecy from the National Security Agency's surveillance operations, The Washington Post and The Guardian won a Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday. The two papers broke the story in tandem, relying on NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden.

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3:22pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why Babies Cry At Night

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 2:07 pm

More than just hungry or wet?
George Marks Getty Images

Somewhere between bliss and exhaustion. That's how the first few months of parenting often feel, as sleepless nights blur into semicomatose days.

Most of us chalk up a baby's nighttime crying to one simple fact: He's hungry.

But could that chubby bundle of joy have a devious plan?

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2:04pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future

Glowing Lines are tested earlier this month on a highway near Oss in the Netherlands. The road markings absorb light during the day and emit the green glow at night.
Remko De Waal EPA/Landov

There's a half-kilometer stretch of road in the Netherlands that looks a bit like something out of the movie Tron, thanks to new luminescent markings that glow green in the dark.

The photoluminescent paint, a sort of amped-up version of what is found on many wristwatches, charges up during daylight hours and then emits the green hue at night along the short test patch of N329 highway in Oss, according to Dutch companies Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, a road construction firm.

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1:33pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 3:07 pm

The USS Donald Cook, a guided-missile destroyer, on patrol Saturday in the Black Sea.
Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Edward Guttierrez III U.S. Navy

The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and unprofessional," NPR's Tom Bowman reports.

According to the Pentagon, the Russian SU-24 attack aircraft came within several thousand feet of the USS Donald Cook on Saturday and ignored multiple radio warnings from the ship.

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1:17pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Author Interviews

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 8:18 pm

According to Dr. Martin Blaser, the overuse of antibiotics has contributed to killing off strains of bacteria that typically live in the gut.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically live in the gut.

Blaser is an expert on the human microbiome, which is the collection of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbes that live in and on the body. In fact, up to 90 percent of all the cells in the human body aren't human at all — they're micro-organisms.

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1:08pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Banksy Is Believed To Be Behind Eavesdropping Mural Near British Spy HQ

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:34 pm

Suspected Banksy artwork appears on the side of a house, depicting government agents spying on a phone box near GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) in Gloucestershire, England, Sunday.
Jules Annan Barcroft Media/Landov

A telephone box near Britain's Government Communications Headquarters is now bracketed with a trio of snoops, after a mural was added to a nearby wall this weekend. The art is believed to be the work of Banksy, who often uses public spaces as his canvas.

The mural was painted around the telephone box to create the image of three trenchcoat-clad men wearing sunglasses, holding microphones and other surveillance gear. A dark streak of paint rises above them, linking their scene with a satellite dish that's anchored on the side of the house.

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12:42pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Shots - Health News

Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:29 pm

A 2011 GAO report that sampled data from a handful of states suggests that, even before Obamacare, patients got the claim denial overturned 39 to 59 percent of the time when they appealed directly to the insurer.
iStockphoto

Federal rules ensure that none of the millions of people who signed up for Obamacare can be denied insurance — but there is no guarantee that all health services will be covered.

To help make sure a patient's claims aren't improperly denied, the Affordable Care Act creates national standards that allow everyone who is denied treatment to appeal that decision to the insurance company and, if necessary, to a third party reviewer.

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12:40pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Japan May Send Maglev Train Expertise To U.S., Without A Fee

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:33 pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters after inspecting a maglev train system at the Yamanashi Experiment Center in Tsuru Saturday. Japan is reportedly willing to send the technology to the U.S. without a fee.
Kazuhiro Nogi AP

The technology behind Japan's magnetically levitated train system, which whooshes passengers to their destinations at speeds topping 300 mph, could come to the U.S. without a traditional license fee, according to Japanese media outlets.

Japan is also willing to include billions in loans to help underwrite what would be a very expensive project, a government source tells The Japan Times.

Here's more from the newspaper:

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12:35pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Music

Voice Of Mavis Staples Still Inspires

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Mavis Staples has one of those voices that makes you stop and listen.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'LL TAKE YOU THERE")

MAVIS STAPLES: (Singing) I know a place. Ain't nobody crying.

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12:35pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Race

The Latino Experience In Appalachia

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Let's take a visit to Appalachia now, the region that stretches from Southern New York all the way down to northern Mississippi. The stereotype of Appalachia is a mountainous area sparsely populated by poor whites. But there is a lot more to that region, including a growing Latino community with rich traditions in the arts.

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12:35pm

Mon April 14, 2014
Your Money

The Dangers Of Defaulting On Student Loans

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

It's college admissions season. So this spring, along with NPR's Morning Edition, we're bringing you stories to help you navigate the higher education money maze.

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12:04pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink For Much Longer

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:49 pm

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday that it expects the federal deficit will be about $22 billion less this fiscal year than previously thought, and about $9 billion less than had been anticipated next year.

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12:01pm

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 1:12 pm

Nicole Yorksmith (left) holds her son while standing with her partner, Pam Yorksmith. They were among four legally married couples who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to compel Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates.
Al Behrman AP

The state of Ohio was told by a federal judge Monday that it must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, Ohio Public Radio and TV's Jo Ingles reports.

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11:53am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

French Police Deploy DNA Dragnet To Solve Rape Of Teen

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 2:05 pm

Police in France are taking DNA samples from more than 500 male high school students in western France in hopes of identifying the person who raped a 16-year-old girl.

The assault reportedly occurred at a private Roman Catholic school in La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast on Sept. 30. Investigators are trying to match DNA found on the victim's clothing, the BBC says.

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11:20am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It?

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 4:30 pm

This combination of 10 separate images shows the moon during a total lunar eclipse in 2011 from the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife.
Desiree Martin AFP/Getty Images

It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.

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11:13am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Protojournalist

The Grumpy Point: When A Man Turns 70

Originally published on Wed April 16, 2014 10:39 am

istockphoto.com

The approximate moment when grumpiness kicks in for men, according to a recently released report, is around age 70.

Then you'd better get off his lawn.

Researchers found that as men grow older — from, say, 50 on — they have fewer obstacles and annoyances to worry about in life and, furthermore, they are more equipped to deal with adversity. But around age 70, life — or at least the perception of happiness — begins to go downhill.

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9:46am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

For Second Night, Valparaiso Fire Spreads Misery In Chile

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 2:41 pm

People flee after a rejuvenated fire threatened their neighborhood in Valparaiso, Chile, Sunday. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated because of the fire.
Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images

At least 12 people are dead and more than 2,000 homes have been destroyed by a large fire that wreaked havoc over the weekend in Valparaiso, Chile. Some 10,000 people have been forced to evacuate parts of the port city.

Government spokesman Álvaro Elizalde says those figures are likely to go up as the fire continues to burn.

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9:44am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:28 am

The U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle as it was being hoisted on board the Australian Navy vessel Ocean Shield earlier this month. The Bluefin is being deployed to map the sea floor in the area of the southern Indian Ocean where the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is concentrated. It will look for any sign of the missing jet.
MC1 Peter D. Blair U.S. Navy

On Day 38, the latest developments in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 come from the surface of the Indian Ocean and more than 2 miles beneath on the sea floor.

-- Search Goes Below. "Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 deployed to find plane's wreckage." (The Sydney Morning Herald)

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8:29am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 2:00 pm

A bomb blast and explosions that followed killed more than 70 people and injured more than 120 on Monday near Nigeria's capital, Abuja. Early speculation is that the attack was the work of the Boko Haram extremist group.
EPA/Landov

A rush-hour bomb blast Monday at a bus station near Nigeria's capital and other explosions that followed are thought to have killed more than 70 people and injured more than 120.

An Islamist group that believes Western education is sinful and takes other extremist stands is being blamed.

"Fingers are being pointed at Boko Haram, the terrorist network that has been threatening to attack Nigeria's capital," NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton tells our Newscast Desk.

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7:38am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:57 am

Armed men in military fatigues stood guard Monday outside a regional administration building they seized in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images

"A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday," The Associated Press writes, "with no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out."

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7:33am

Mon April 14, 2014
Europe

Treadmill Users Can Use App To Run London Marathon

Transcript

KELLY MCEVERS, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Kelly McEvers. So the London Marathon happened yesterday, but runners who missed it will soon be able to run it from the gym. Race organizers are releasing an app for treadmill users creating a high definition virtual reality London marathon experience. The app senses your pace and sends you down the route in real time, past some famous landmarks, Buckingham palace and all that and spares you from London's famous rain. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:18am

Mon April 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Waste Treatment Plant Boasts It's Pefect For Weddings

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:51 am

The plant in King County, Wash., is billed as offering beautiful landscape, a dance floor, catering, and space for guests. All at a fifth of the price of competing venues. It promises zero odor.

6:57am

Mon April 14, 2014
The Two-Way

'This Was A Hate Crime,' Police Say Of Kansas City-Area Killings

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 5:38 pm

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is accused of killing three people Sunday in Kansas City. He allegedly attacked them at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement facility.
Johnson County, Kan., Sheriff's Office
(This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.)

The man who shot and killed three people Sunday near Kansas City will face federal hate crime charges for the attacks at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, authorities said Monday.

"This was a hate crime," Overland Park, Kan., Police Chief John Douglass told reporters at a midday news conference.

Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is already in jail. The 73-year-old man was taken into custody shortly after the attacks and is accused of premeditated murder.

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6:35am

Mon April 14, 2014
Monkey See

Don Draper, The Truth Is: You Lied

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:56 am

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has a lot on his mind as the new season of Mad Men gets underway.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

***For Mad Men fans who missed Sunday night's Season 7 premiere, be warned: There are spoilers below.

Don Draper finally told the truth, and it ruined his life.

Perhaps that shouldn't have been such a surprise. Because Don has mostly been a master of the lie — especially in the form of an ad pitch. And he never lost his touch: He suckered everyone last season with one of his best pitches for Hershey's chocolate bars.

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4:59am

Mon April 14, 2014
NPR Story

Ukraine Vows To Reclaim Occupied Towns By Force

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 7:33 am

Tensions are growing between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces in eastern Ukraine. The new Ukrainian government has pledged a "very tough" response to those occupying government buildings.

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