The Jewish Kid From New Jersey Who Became A Radical Islamist
By Dina Temple-Raston

April 25, 2014

Yousef al-Khattab was born Jewish but became a Muslim and put extremist propaganda on the web. On the eve of sentencing for terrorism charges, he tells NPR his actions were "stupid" and "wrong."

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Got My Goat? Vermont Farms Put Fresh Meat On Refugee Tables
By Angela Evancie

April 25, 2014

Americans don't eat much barbecued goat, but the meat is a mainstay in many African, Asian and Caribbean diets. In Vermont, farmers raise for refugees and immigrants, with hopes to mainstream it.

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With Medical Debt Rising, Some Doctors Push For Payment Upfront
By Jenny Gold

April 25, 2014

Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.

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Confusion, Cost Lead Some Californians To Go Uninsured
By Stephanie O'Neill

April 25, 2014

The deadline to enroll in Obamacare plans has passed, and many people didn't buy health insurance. Many will have to pay a penalty. Their reasons for opting out vary.

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After A Shocking Loss, Finding Healing By Teaching Others
By NPR Staff

April 25, 2014

When Ayodeji Ogunniyi was a pre-med student, his father was killed by three young men — and his life changed course. (This StoryCorps interview first aired Oct. 30, 2011 on Weekend Edition Saturday.)

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Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan
By Laura Sydell

April 24, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention
By Tracy Samilton

April 24, 2014

Critics have blamed General Motors' delayed recall of a defective ignition switch on its dysfunctional culture. But there is already a shift underway to prioritize customers and communication.

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'He's My Partner, Not My Friend': A Primer On LGBT Etiquette
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Steven Petrow is behind the new LGBT/straight etiquette column for The Washington Post called "Civilities." He says many letter writers are just well-meaning people afraid of doing the wrong thing.

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Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs
By Yuki Noguchi

April 24, 2014

U.S. Postal Service workers picketed in front of Staples stores on Thursday. They were protesting USPS plans to provide mail services inside Staples stores, using nonunion Staples employees.

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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help
By Eric Whitney

April 24, 2014

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invicibles' To Get Health Insurance
By David Kestenbaum

April 24, 2014

Enrolling in health insurance often doesn't make good economic sense for healthy young people, as they can end up paying a lot for very little coverage. Why are young invincibles still willing to pay?

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons
By Alastair Bland

April 24, 2014

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

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NCAA Directors Decide To Allow More Freedom To Wealthier Schools
By Tom Goldman

April 24, 2014

Major changes are expected for the NCAA, whose board meets Thursday. Directors will consider giving the five power conferences more autonomy, as well as changing the way scholarships are administered.

With New E-Cigarette Rules, FDA Hopes To Tame A 'Wild, Wild West'
By Rob Stein

April 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to expand its regulatory powers to e-cigarettes and other popular products containing nicotine.


Report Decries A Cozy Relationship Shared By DHS And Watchdog
By Brian Naylor

April 24, 2014

A Senate panel released a report Thursday that criticizes the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security. It accuses him of repeatedly compromising his independence.

What Do Net Neutrality Rules Mean For Web Users?
By NPR Staff

April 24, 2014

Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, coined the phrase "net neutrality." He discusses how the Federal Communications Commission's proposed changes could affect the average consumer.


CIA Acts In Syria, Slipping Weapons To Rebels In Secret
By Tom Bowman

April 24, 2014

As diplomatic talks in Geneva have failed to resolve the three-year-old civil war in Syria, the U.S. is undertaking a new covert program to send weapons in support of rebel forces there.

Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty
By Scott Neuman

April 24, 2014

The Marshall Islands, the site of 66 U.S. nuclear weapons tests between 1946 and 1958, says the Non-Proliferation Treaty requires nuclear states to disarm.

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A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S.
By Nancy Shute

April 24, 2014

International travel is one reason why the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.

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American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine
By Scott Neuman

April 24, 2014

Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. Vice says he is now safe and in good health.

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