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With The U.S. In The Background, Afghan Commandos Step It Up

April 27
Tom Bowman / NPR
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With fighting expected to pick up this spring, Afghanistan's security is heavily dependent on elite forces like the commandos. NPR's Tom Bowman profiles the top enlisted man.

Freddie Gray's Funeral Spurs Calls For Calm; Huge Crowd Expected

April 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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After a weekend that saw violence and arrests, Gray's family and many public and religious figures are calling for peace in Baltimore.

Four San Diegans Trapped On Mountain In Nepal Following Quake

April 27
By 10News

Four San Diegans are among a group of mountain climbers trapped in Nepal after a massive earthquake Saturday that killed thousands of people.

Families Reunite At San Diego-Tijuana Border As Door Opens Briefly

April 27
By Jean Guerrero
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Four divided families were able to reunite for two minutes each at the border on Sunday in commemoration of Mexico's Children's Day.

6 Novelists Withdraw From Event Honoring 'Charlie Hebdo' For Free Speech

April 27
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Peter Carey and Rachel Kushner are among those who are withdrawing in protest from the PEN American Center's annual gala. Kushner says she is uncomfortable with Charlie Hebdo's "cultural intolerance."

Leave The Selfie-Sticks At Home, Wimbledon Says

April 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Taking the same stance as the Kentucky Derby and major music festivals, the All England Lawn Tennis Club reportedly cited the devices' "nuisance value."

The Shipwreck That Led Confederate Veterans To Risk All For Union Lives

April 27
Jon Hamilton / NPR

On April 27, 1865, a steamboat named the Sultana exploded and sunk while transporting Union soldiers up the Mississippi. An estimated 1,800 people died, but few today have heard of this disaster.

Water Use Declines In Nation, California

April 27
By Erik Anderson
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Water use around the country is falling even though the economy is growing.

Oceanside Launches North County's First Police Homeless Outreach Team

April 27
Promise Yee
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The City of Oceanside has launched a Homeless Outreach Team, based on the success of the City of San Diego's HOT team.

Interstate 5-Highway 78 Interchange In A Tough Spot

April 27
By Alison St John
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Oceanside residents will meet Tuesday to talk about how plans for a new Interstate 5-Highway 78 interchange will affect their neighborhoods.

James Holmes Trial Set To Begin In Colorado, 3 Years After Cinema Shooting

April 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire on an audience at a midnight movie premiere in Aurora, Colo., his trial will begin in earnest Monday.

More Than 4,000 Dead In Nepal As Earthquake Toll Rises

April 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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Aftershocks are rattling survivors' nerves and making the recovery even more challenging. In one district, 400,000 people were affected by the quake and more than 4,000 homes are now unsafe.

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

April 27
Maanvi Singh / NPR
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A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention. And for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

Same-Sex Marriage, In The Justices' Words

April 27
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the question of same-sex marriage. In the meantime, though, we do know a good deal about the views of the justices already.

Drop-In Home Chefs May Be An Alternative To Assisted Living

April 27
Ina Jaffe / NPR
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As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

Japan's Prime Minister Abe Aims For A Lot From His High-Profile Visit To U.S.

April 27
Jackie Northam / NPR
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Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement, and make an historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his week-long visit.

In Texas, Questions About Prosecuting Truancy

April 27
Claudio Sanchez / NPR
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Chronic, unexcused absence in Texas often sends students and parents to adult criminal courts.

Legal Battle Over Gay Marriage Hits The Supreme Court Tuesday

April 27
Nina Totenberg / NPR
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People have been lining up for days hoping they will be among the lucky ones to get a seat for Tuesday's historic arguments. At issue: whether states can ban, and refuse to recognize, gay marriage.

Opening Statements To Begin Monday In Colorado Theater Shooting Trial

April 27
Ben Marcus / NPR
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James Holmes' legal team admits he was behind the massacre that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colo., nearly three years ago. There are two key questions: Was Holmes insane and should he be put to death?

South Africa's Xenophobic Attacks 'Vile,' Says Zulu King Accused Of Inciting Them

April 26
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton / NPR
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Recent attacks against immigrants have reportedly caused at least seven deaths in the country. Accused of incendiary remarks, Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini says his comments were taken out of context.