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Coded Talk About Assisted Suicide Can Leave Families Confused

May 21
April Dembosky / NPR
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In veiled conversations, some doctors may explain to dying patients how to hasten death. But overwhelmed families are left with profound questions and the feeling that no one can answer them.

Head Of Boy Scouts Says Group's Ban On Gay Adults 'Unsustainable'

May 21
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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Robert Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, told the organization, "We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be."

More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan

May 21
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Prosecutors say clerics accused the couple of burning a page of the Quran and helped incite a mob to incinerate them in a brick kiln.

Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players

May 21
Bill Chappell / NPR

Also on the list of 6,500 new Scrabble words: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. Or you could just say yeesh — if you've got the right tiles.

Fla. Mailman Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto Capitol Lawns To Appear In Court

May 21
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR

Douglas Mark Hughes faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison. He was arrested after his April 15 flight from Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, and has been under house arrest since then.

You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

May 21
Nell Greenfieldboyce / NPR
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Genetically, at least, not that much has changed in the billion years since you two last shared a relative. Roughly half the 500 genes yeast need for life are interchangeable with the human versions.

When Is A Filibuster Not Really a Filibuster? When It Looks Like A Filibuster

May 21
Ron Elving / NPR
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Filibusters were once reserved for the gravest existential issues. Rand Paul's long hours Wednesday were about liberty, the Constitution, and the need to stand out in a field of presidential hopefuls.

He Calmed Kandahar. But At What Cost?

May 21
Tom Bowman / NPR
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Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq has imposed control on the city where the Taliban were born. He's been praised by the U.S. and the Afghan leadership, but his forces have also been accused of human rights abuses.

Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Into Capitol Lawn

May 21
Peter Overby / NPR
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Doug Hughes flew into Washington, D.C., on something resembling a hybrid bicycle and helicopter. He did it to protest money in politics, but he could face up to a decade in prison. He has not regrets.

Obama Calls Loss Of Ramadi A 'Setback,' But Denies U.S. Is Losing To ISIS

May 21
Krishnadev Calamur / NPR
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The comments came in an interview with The Atlantic. The president also discussed the nuclear talks with Iran and his often-frosty relationship with Israel's political leadership.

People In Poor Communities Are More Likely To Lose Eyesight

May 21
Nancy Shute / NPR

In some counties in the South, almost 20 percent of adults have severe vision loss. And those communities are also likely to be among the nation's poorest. Lack of regular eye care is just one issue.

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.