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Study Finds Lingering Spike In Car Theft After California Prison Change

May 21
Midday Edition
By Associated Press
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The study by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that sentencing lower-level felons to local lockups instead of state prisons led to a 17 percent increase in auto thefts in 2013.

Rome's Cinematic 'Dream Factory' Ramps Up Production Once Again

May 21
Sylvia Poggioli / NPR
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Blockbusters like Ben-Hur were filmed at Cinecittà, a 100-acre movie metropolis, during its heyday. After decades of hard times, a tax credit has sparked a revival of "Hollywood on the Tiber."

Urban Food Forests Make Fruit Free For The Picking

May 21
Alastair Bland / NPR
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Urban orchards are dropping everything from apples to avocados on Seattle, Bloomington, Ind., Boston and several other cities. Advocates say orchards can have longer lasting impact than gardens.

'Fast-Track' Trade Authority Wins Key Test Vote In Senate

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR

Lawmakers voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill that would grant the authority to President Obama, marking a big step toward a new trade pact with 11 Asia-Pacific nations.

Overnight Contacts Can Help Kids' Sight During Day, But Also Carry Risks

May 21
Barbara Feder Ostrov / NPR
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Ophthalmologists and cornea specialists have raised concerns about the lenses, citing studies and their own experiences treating children and teens who developed eye infections after wearing them.

Heart Risk Factors May Affect Black Women More Than White Women

May 21
Nancy Shute / NPR
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Race affects the risk of heart disease, and black women face elevated risk with just a few metabolic risk factors, a study finds. That's not the case for white women.

Charles Blow On Why All The Talk About Bikers And Thugs Matters

May 21
Maanvi Singh / NPR
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Many have contrasted the press' treatment of those involved in the Waco shootout with its treatment of black protesters. Blow says this speaks to an underlying fear "of the otherness of blackness."

Domestic Violence Charges Dismissed Against The NFL's Ray Rice

May 21
Bill Chappell / NPR

A felony charge was filed after Rice struck his fiancee while they were visiting Atlantic City, N.J., in February of 2014. Last May, he entered a one-year pretrial program.

Muddled Messages In America's Past

May 21
Linton Weeks / NPR
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Communication breakdown is not a new phenomenon. American history features a mass — and a mess — of misunderstood messages.

Malaysia Orders Navy, Coast Guard To Rescue Rohingyas At Sea

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Prime Minister Najib Razak made the announcement via Twitter, a day after Indonesia joined Kuala Lumpur in agreeing to take in the refugees, most of whom have fled Myanmar.

Strong Winds Expected In San Diego County Deserts

May 21
By City News Service
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A National Weather Service wind advisory for the deserts is scheduled to take effect at 2 p.m. and extend until 8 a.m. Friday. Westerly winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour are forecast for the area along with gusts that may reach 50 mph.

Man Accused Of Killing Fallbrook Family Hires Attorneys

May 21
By Associated Press
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Charles "Chase" Merritt is charged with killing 40-year-old Joseph McStay, 43-year-old Summer McStay and their two young sons. The family disappeared in 2010 and their remains were found in the desert in 2013.

Magnitude 4.1 Earthquake Shakes Imperial County

May 21
By City News Service
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A series of six earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 2.8 to 4.1 rattled the Imperial County city of Calipatria Wednesday night.

Oceanside's Prince Of Peace Abbey Spiritual Leader To Step Down

May 21
By Alison St John
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The Rev. Charles Wright, head of the Prince of Peace Abbey for the past two decades, will resign this summer on his 80th birthday.

Two Encinitas YMCA Board Members Forced Out Over Youth Membership Dispute

May 21
By Amita Sharma
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Board members Lizbeth Ecke and Bob Ayers say they were asked to resign from the board at the Ecke YMCA after objecting to a decision to eliminate discounted youth memberships at all of San Diego County's 12 YMCAs.

Fears Grow That ISIS Might Target Palmyra's Ancient Treasures

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Ancient ruins in the Syrian city captured by Islamist extremists could suffer the same fate as priceless artifacts that were destroyed in other cities seized by the group.

David Letterman Leaves Late-Night TV With A Near-Perfect Final Show

May 21
Eric Deggans / NPR
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Letterman led his last CBS Late Show Wednesday after 33 years in late night. The host left as he arrived: with a hilarious show made on his own terms.

Pipeline Operator In Calif. Spill Reportedly Had History Of Infractions

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Plains All American Pipeline had accumulated 175 safety and maintenance infractions since 2006, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate opposes the collection of bulk telephone data and other surveillance measures that the government says are needed to combat terrorism.

#MotorCityDrive: Is Detroit's Economic Engine Roaring Back To Life?

May 21
Michel Martin / NPR

Michel Martin heads to Detroit for a live conversation with some of the creative forces fueling the Motor City's economy. She'll ask: What's driving Detroit's future now?