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10:36 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Nigeria Declares State Of Emergency In 3 States

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency during a live broadcast on state television on Tuesday.
Utomi Ekpei AFP/Getty

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:35 pm

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan imposed states of emergency in three states Wednesday, promising to send more soldiers to the northeast to put down a growing threat from militants from the Islamist group Boko Haram group and an offshoot, Ansaru.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:35 am
Sun May 19, 2013

For The Love Of Science: A Call To Action

Mountains in the area where Marcelo first explored the wonders of the natural world.
Leonardo Pallotta Flickr

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 12:06 pm

People often ask me how I got interested in science. I wish I could answer that I had a mentor when I was a child, that a biologist or a physicist visited my school when I was in third grade and transformed my life. But that's not what happened to me and, sadly, not what happens to the vast majority of children.

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Political Junkie
10:35 am
Sun May 19, 2013

It's ScuttleButton Time!

Ken Rudin collection

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:34 am

We know how the president feels about it. "We don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games in Washington," Barack Obama said on Monday, in what many took to be a full attack on ScuttleButton, America's favorite political game.

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Monkey See
10:35 am
Sun May 19, 2013

What's On TV This Fall? The Networks Roll Out Their New Shows

Betsy Brandt and Michael J. Fox star in NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show, coming this fall.
Eric Liebowitz NBC

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 11:26 am

This was the week of the broadcast network "upfront" presentations, which are the splashy ads for new programming that networks show to advertisers to entice them into ignoring their fears that everybody is fast-forwarding through all the commercials anyway.

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Kitchen Window
10:35 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Bringing Back Butterscotch

Rina Rapuano for NPR

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 6:22 am

Butterscotch is going through something of a revival. So much so, that two Kitchen Window regular contributors wanted to write about it. Therefore, welcome to the more-than-you-ever-thought-you-needed-to-know-about-butterscotch special coverage. Today is the first in our two-part butterscotch series. Check in next week (May 22) for more recipes featuring this resurgent flavor.

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Book Reviews
10:34 am
Sun May 19, 2013

West Meets Midwest In Tom Drury's Quirky 'Pacific'

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 8:44 am

There are novels you read to find out what happens next, and novels you read to linger in the moment. Tom Drury's new book, Pacific, falls squarely in the second category. Drury started writing about the inhabitants of fictional Grouse County in 1994, in The End of Vandalism, and continued with 2000's Hunts in Dreams. But to call Pacific a sequel implies that you need to read the first two installments to fully invest in this slight, beguiling third. You don't.

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Business
10:34 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Is A Smaller Budget Deficit A Lasting Trend?

Copies of President Obama's budget plan for fiscal 2014 are prepared for delivery at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington in April. The Congressional Budget Office has sharply cut the outlook for the federal deficit.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 10:22 am

As the economy improves, the federal budget deficit is growing dramatically smaller. The Congressional Budget Office has sharply revised its estimates from just a few months ago, knocking off $200 billion in red ink for the current fiscal year. Some temporary factors are being cited for the projected improvement.

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All Tech Considered
10:34 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Grad Student Tracks His Online Moves, Looks To Sell Data

Everyone is tracked by marketers online. Federico Zannier wants to sell his information.
myprivacy.info

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:50 am

You know you're being tracked by marketers online. But instead of fighting it, a grad student in New York decided to sell his personal data directly.

It wasn't hard to get hold of Federico Zannier. His phone number and email are right on his website. For a couple of bucks, I could have learned a lot more about him.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Member Of Fort Hood Sexual Assault Response Team Accused Of Abuse

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 8:20 am

An Army sergeant who was part of the Fort Hood, Texas, sexual-assault response office is under investigation for abusive sexual contact.

NPR's Larry Abramson is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Benghazi Review Board Chair Asks Issa For Chance To Testify

Former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Pickering arrives for a closed door meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in December to discuss findings of the Benghazi Accountability Review Board.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 7:31 pm

Former Ambassador Thomas Pickering on Tuesday defended the investigative board he led looking into last year's attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, saying he wanted the opportunity to clear up "unfounded" criticisms leveled against it during last week's Congressional hearings.

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