FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report
April 23, 2014

The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh.

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy
By NPR Staff

April 23, 2014

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.

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Scientists Pinpoint Source Of Antarctic 'Quack'
By Geoff Brumfiel

April 23, 2014

For decades, a mysterious quacking "bio-duck" has been heard roaming the waters of the Southern Ocean. Now scientists say the source is a whale.

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New Browser Plug-in Would Literally Annihilate This Headline
By Melissa Block

April 23, 2014

Mike Lazer-Walker created a free browser plug-in called Literally, which replaces the word "literally" with "figuratively" in all online text. As the website explains, that's literally all it does.


Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes
By Alexandra Hall

April 23, 2014

In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected.

Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own
By Eleanor Beardsley

April 23, 2014

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis.


Slaughter In South Sudan Raises Fears Of Future Violence
By NPR Staff

April 23, 2014

Prompted by calls for violence on the radio, South Sudanese rebels have slaughtered hundreds of civilians. As Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International explains, details are just starting to emerge.

Palestinian Talks Could Heal Leadership Divide And Anger Israelis
By Emily Harris

April 23, 2014

Palestinian leaders say they're close to a deal that would end the seven-year division between Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

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The Curious Practice Of Bringing Immigrants Back — To Deport Them
By Ted Robbins

April 23, 2014

U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking.

Obama Administration Opens Review Of Its Deportation Policy
By Brian Naylor

April 23, 2014

The Obama administration is reviewing its deportation policies in an effort to conduct enforcement more humanely, according to the White House. As part of the effort, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is listening to recommendations from a range of groups.


Obama Raises Curtain On 4-Country East Asia Trip
By Anthony Kuhn

April 23, 2014

President Obama is visiting East Asia, stopping in Japan and three other countries. The trip aims to assure U.S. allies that they're not forgotten, even as China gets more bullish with its neighbors.

Justice Dept. Opens Door To Freedom For Some Nonviolent Offenders
By Carrie Johnson

April 23, 2014

The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences.


With Aereo Before Supreme Court, Cloud Computing Is Up In The Air
By NPR Staff

April 23, 2014

The Supreme Court is considering the legality of Aereo, an internet service that allows users to stream and record live television. Some fear a broad ruling against the company could have major implications for cloud computing. Zachary Seward, senior editor of the website Quartz, explains more.

Under Calif. Law With Teeth, Big-Time Lawsuits Hit Small Businesses
By Nate Rott

April 23, 2014

Some California lawyers and litigants have created a cottage industry around the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some plaintiffs file hundreds of complaints a year, collecting a living off small businesses that aren't compliant with the ADA. Small business advocates and community leaders say they focus on minority businesses because they make for easier targets.


Blockbuster Trades Are Changing The Face Of Pharmaceuticals
By Jim Zarroli

April 23, 2014

Pharmaceutical companies are suddenly trading entire divisions the way sports teams swap players. Glaxo, Novartis and Ely Lily are all involved in a complicated deal announced Tuesday, and so far this year, five deals exceeding $2 billion have been announced. What's driving the deal-making?

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus
By Neda Ulaby

April 23, 2014

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.

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Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market
By Kaomi Goetz

April 23, 2014

Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least.

New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers
By Margot Adler

April 23, 2014

Some New Yorkers are upset about the changing skyline that rims Central Park. They say that as the sun goes behind some of the city's new tall towers, there's a chilling effect to their shadows.

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2,000 Buses Of Visitors: Rome Braces For Canonization Crowds
By Sylvia Poggioli

April 23, 2014

Millions of pilgrims are expected Sunday for the joint canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. Rome is cleaning up and preparing everything from first aid stands to portable toilets.

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A Knuckleball No More: World Cup Soccer Ball Gets A Redesign
By NPR Staff

April 22, 2014

John Eric Goff, the chair of the physics department at Lynchburg College, explains the science of the 2014 World Cup soccer ball.

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