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Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:01

Students in the eastern Kenyan town of Garissa were slaughtered by al-Shabab fighters. The audacious attack in a town home to a military base has raised concerns about intelligence failures.

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:01

With just over a month to go before general elections in Britain on May 7, snap polls show no clear front runner as the countdown begins.

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:01

The Silk Road was a website that sold illegal drugs, until it was shut down. Now two federal agents on the case have been charged with wire fraud, money laundering and falsifying government documents.

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:01

Iran and the West have very different views on the outcome of Iran's nuclear negotiations, which concluded this week. Iran is having a much easier time of selling the deal to audiences back home.

Sat, 04/04/2015 - 07:01

Saudi Arabia is taking huge risks by staging military operations in Yemen. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Middle East expert Thomas Lippman about the battle over Shiite Iran's power in the region.

A customer shops for groceries with her son at the Wal-Mart on H Street in Washington, D.C.
Sat, 04/04/2015 - 06:33

Wal-Mart conquered the suburbs, but its future may lie in smaller stores in dense city neighborhoods. And in our grab-and-go times, freshly prepared meals are a big part of its urban strategy.

An entrepreneur uses his laptop near graffiti-decorated walls at Hubspace in the Khayelitsha township.
Sat, 04/04/2015 - 05:03

In South Africa's townships, entrepreneurs lack the basic necessities of an office, such as electricity and water. Enter Hutspace. "Damn," one of them said on his first visit. "This is a cool space."

Rev. Channing E. Phillips, (left) Rabbi Arthur Waskow, and Topper Carew on April 4, 1969, the night of the first Freedom Seder.
Sat, 04/04/2015 - 04:25

More than 40 years ago, the communities wove together their stories of enslavement and liberation to create a new Passover ritual.

Multiple lawsuits accuse the New York City Police Department of pressuring officers into fulfilling monthly quotes for tickets and arrests, resulting in warrantless stops. The NYPD denies the allegations.
Sat, 04/04/2015 - 03:47

The NYPD is denying allegations that officers were forced to make a certain number of warrantless stops, and faced retaliation from superiors when they didn't.

Sarah Brady, wife of James Brady, the White House press secretary who was seriously injured in the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, died on Friday.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 18:46

Brady, whose work helped pass the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, died of pneumonia on Friday. She was 73.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 18:07

Comics posing as chefs have written a book with sensational recipes and explanations of essential tools like the "spankler." It's designed to "spank the food if it does anything wrong."

Black and Latino students make up around 70 percent of the student population of New York City's public schools, but makeup a tiny percentage at the city's three elite specialized high schools.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:32

One of New York City's thorniest political issues is over how to make its elite high schools more representative. A new study says that many popular proposals won't help diversity — and might hurt it.

McDonald's announced this week that it will pay workers in its company-owned stores $1 more per hour than the local minimum wage. Wal-Mart, Target and the parent company of Marshalls and TJ Maxx have also promised to boost wages for their lowest-paid workers this year.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:13

Some big U.S. employers are giving their lowest-paid employees a raise. That's helped make low-wage workers one of the few segments of the workforce seeing an increase in pay.

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 17:02

This week, we go old school with an excerpt from the book Visiting Hours and then we cheat and go new school pointing to a New York Times video series about Tehran.

The Rev. Vernon Holmes leads a Lutheran congregation near Sacramento, Calif., that supports the state's right-to-die bill. He describes his faith as promoting quality of life.
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 16:09

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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