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GM To Ask Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:11:00 -0400
General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy. 
NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:06:00 -0400
The New York Police Department's Demographics Unit reportedly carried out systematic surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods to root out terrorist threats, but it never produced a single usable lead. 
Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:47:00 -0400
Some investors avoid paying taxes in a move called round-tripping — shifting money offshore, then investing it in U.S. stocks or bonds. A study estimates it costs the U.S. billions in lost revenues. 
The Long Wait On Safety Rules For The 'Soda Can' Of Rail Cars  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:12:00 -0400
Nine months after the deadly crash of a runaway oil train just over the U.S. border in Canada, U.S. regulators still haven't enacted new safety standards for tank cars known for their thin shells. 
Months Of Training And A Moment Of Silence As Marathon Draws Near  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:04:00 -0400
Even as Boston pays tribute to the victims of the marathon bombing, runners are preparing to run in the race next week. NPR is following the stories of eight of these participants, dubbed the "NPR 8." 
Oil Is Not All That's Booming In North Dakota — So Is Drug Trade  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:52 -0400
Local and federal authorities worry over a rise in North Dakota's drug trade. Sharon Cohen of the Associated Press explains the proposed solutions to the issue, which some tie to the recent oil boom. 
Alabama Tax Program Grows Out Of A Grandfather's Lasting Legacy  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:52 -0400
In Alabama, Stephen Black is trying to get college graduates to stay in the state and make life better for Alabamans. His inspiration is his grandfather, the late Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. 
Between Heartbleed And Homeland, NSA Treads Cybersecurity Gray Area  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:52 -0400
Amid controversy over the Heartbleed security bug, the White House clarified how U.S. intelligence agencies must handle such bugs. Bloomberg Businessweek cybersecurity reporter Michael Riley explains. 
Yearly Homecoming Makes For A Springtime Fish Frenzy  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:52 -0400
Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition. 
Boston Mourns A Tragic Anniversary With Voices Of Victims  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:52 -0400
One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves. 
Obama's Tax Rate Rose — And He Can't Blame Anyone But Himself  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:00 -0400
President Obama, like many wealthy Americans, is paying more of his income to the IRS. He and the first lady paid $98,169 in taxes for 2013 on income of $481,098. 
Despite Worries, Boston Survivor Heads Back To The Start Line  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:14:00 -0400
At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race. 
Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:47:00 -0400
Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out. 
Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:43:00 -0400
Back in the day — say, up until about a decade or so ago — the big news on April 15 was always about last-minute filers lining up at post offices as the clock ticked down. Now? It's a different story. 
A Year After Boston Marathon Bombing, How Does Public Grief Help?  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:46:00 -0400
Flowers, running shoes and posters were sent to Boston after the marathon bombing happened. Tell Me More asks how public expressions of grief help people, even when they are far away from the tragedy. 
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National News From NPR
GM To Ask Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:11:00 -0400
NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:06:00 -0400
Sending Money On An Overseas Round Trip To Avoid Taxes  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:47:00 -0400
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Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:56:43 GMT
Putin: Ukraine on brink of civil war  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:47:56 GMT
Mini-sub continues search for plane  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:18:51 GMT
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