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Sun, 05/03/2015 - 04:20

The outcomes of many medical procedures and treatments done in hospitals nationwide aren't tracked or even measured, says a surgeon who thinks that's bad. Understanding outcomes, he says, saves lives.

Carly Fiorina at a luncheon with New Hampshire Republican lawmakers Tuesday.
Sun, 05/03/2015 - 04:03

The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard once had a stint filing and typing for the company. She also dropped out of law school, survived breast cancer and once ran a campaign ad featuring demon sheep.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas National Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party.
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 20:27

Texas' GOP governor is sending the National Guard to monitor a military training exercise after right-wing militia alleged it is just a cover for President Obama's plan to put Texas under martial law.

American Pharoah #18, ridden by Victor Espinoza (left), races Firing Line #10, ridden by Gary Stevens, out of turn 4 during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 18:29

The Bob Baffert-trained horse, ridden by Victor Espinoza, was the favorite heading into the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 17:27

A day after Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, residents of the neighborhood where he grew up hope change will come to the area.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 17:27

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with James Risen of the New York Times about a new report alleging that the American Psychological Association helped justify prisoner torture.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 17:27

Some residents of Baltimore say the relationship with the police is badly damaged. But it wasn't always that way.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., center, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., right, were all smiles April 14 after the committee passed an agreement on oversight of Iran negotiations. But the bill has run into some outspoken opponents in the full Senate.
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 15:17

On the committee level in the Senate, Republicans and Democrats have been able to get deals done. The problem will be what happens after bills leave the committees and head to the Senate floor.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao exchange punches during their bout Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 14:55

The two fighters, battling each other for the welterweight title, have been in negotiations for tonight's fight in Las Vegas for some six years. Win or lose, they each stand to earn millions.

Thai policemen measure shallow graves in Songkhla province in southern Thailand on Saturday. Authorities say the 30 or so gravesites appear to contain remains of illegal migrants from neighboring Myanmar.
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 12:25

Remains from the graves are believed to be illegal migrants who were likely victims of human trafficking.

A Nepali woman cries as she participates in a candlelight vigil for victims of last week's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday.
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 09:58

The United Nations has complained that Nepal's bureaucracy is getting in the way of relief efforts. Government officials in Kathmandu say they aren't receiving enough of the right kind of aid.

Thelma Williams' Fairmead home has been without running water for seven years. She showers at her parents' home nearby and fills up eight five-gallon jugs to bring home.
Sat, 05/02/2015 - 09:26

The years-long drought in California has taken a severe toll on the rural, mainly African-American community of Fairmead, where water drawn for agriculture has left wells dry.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 09:26

NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's Tom Goldman chat about tonight's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao; the Kentucky Derby; and the NBA match-up between the Clippers and Spurs.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 09:26

Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen Holton tells NPR's Scott Simon she's celebrating the indictment of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

Sat, 05/02/2015 - 09:26

After the Justice Department filed a statement of interest in the case, the state of Georgia has settled a lawsuit accusing it of providing inadequate representation to poor young people.

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