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A drug to ease withdrawal given in the emergency room could improve the odds a patient will get started in addiction treatment.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:33

Like asthma or diabetes, opioid addiction is a chronic condition. Could treatment that begins when people show up in the ER get them on the right road faster?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is greeted by members before speaking to a joint meeting of Congress, the first Japanese prime minister to do so.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 14:08

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe laid out his vision of increasing ties with the U.S., and expressed his remorse over Japan's wartime atrocities.

An artist's rendition of the HD 7924 planetary system — just 54 light-years away from Earth — shows newly discovered exoplanets c and d, which join Planet b.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:32

Astronomers using telescopes in Hawaii and California have found two exoplanets orbiting a star a mere 54 light-years away. The discovery is important for two big reasons.

Lee's Easter-themed creation, made with an omelette, zucchini, cheese, seaweed, ketchup and red capsicum.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:18

Elaborately illustrated napkins. Famous paintings recreated using food. Depending on your viewpoint, these lunch projects are an expression of parental love or another salvo in the parenting wars.

Pope Francis delivers a speech Wednesday during his general audience at Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 13:00

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful statements yet in favor of women.

Clinton spoke at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum at Columbia University Wednesday.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:53

Hillary Clinton told an audience in New York the criminal justice system is "out of balance" and Rand Paul attributed the violence to "the lack of a sort of moral code in our society."

Saudi King Salman (center) appears alongside then-Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (third from left) and then-deputy Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef (left) in January. Muqrin has since been pushed aside to make way for Mohammed.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:16

King Salman has named a new heir to the throne — and consolidated power in the hands of a younger generation.

Girls share a quiet moment before school starts in Barpark village in the Gorkha district, 1984. The village was reportedly at the epicenter of the earthquake.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:28

Kevin Bubriski came as a Peace Corps volunteer in 1975, camera in hand, and has taken photos of daily life for 40 years: monks, haircuts, schoolgirls in a village that was at the quake's epicenter.

Calvin Peete, seen here in 1995, has died at age 71. A 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, Peete was 23 years old before he began to play golf.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:06

Peete won 12 PGA events during a long career as a professional golfer. For many years, he was the most successful black golfer in the world.

Crystal Harden-Lindsey, 35, is the principal at Green Street Academy in West Baltimore.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:30

Code Switch reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji spends the day with a Baltimore principal who's charged with a huge task. We'll be updating the post as the day unfolds.

Anheuser-Busch has apologized for a message on bottles of Bud Light that said it is "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night."  The labels are no longer being produced.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:15

Bud Light was touted as "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary." But that's precisely the word that occurred to many people who saw it.

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:12

The revelation in a regulatory filing follows a 60 Minutes report last month that said the company's Chinese laminate flooring products have unsafe levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

Seasonally adjusted annual rates
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:11

The economy posted its weakest performance in a year, growing at a 0.2 percent pace in the first quarter. Analysts say that could affect the central bank's timetable for boosting rates.

NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg and SCOTUSBlog's Tom Goldstein debrief after arguments at the Supreme Court regarding state bans on same-sex marriage.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:53

Want to catch up on the same-sex-marriage arguments before the Supreme Court? NPR's Nina Totenberg and Tom Goldstein of SCOTUS Blog are here to help.

A Russian launch vehicle carrying the Progress M-27M cargo ship lifts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Tuesday. Fears mounted Wednesday that the unmanned cargo capsule was lost and may plunge back to Earth as ground control failed to gain control of the orbiting ship for a second day in a row.
Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:25

The cargo ship was launched Tuesday and scheduled to dock at the International Space Station to deliver 2.5 tons of supplies. Ground control lost contact after the ship reached its first orbit.

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