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WWII Aircraft Carrier Is Found 'Amazingly Intact' On Ocean Floor Near San Francisco  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:43:00 -0400
It fought in World War II and was used in two atomic bomb tests. Now, 64 years after it was scuttled, the USS Independence has been located by an undersea survey team led by NOAA and the U.S. Navy. 
Falling Through The Cracks: Young Lives Adrift In New Orleans  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:03:00 -0400
Among U.S. cities, New Orleans has the third-highest rate of young people who are neither in school nor working. Craig Adams Jr. is trying not to be one of them. 
Why Water Markets Might Work In California  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:00 -0400
When Australia suffered a drought in the 2000s, it set up markets to trade water rights. NPR's Linda Wertheimer asks McKenzie Funk whether water markets could help California. 
20 Years Later, Oklahoma City Bombing Victims Fight Stigmas  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:30:00 -0400
Twenty years after the Oklahoma City bombing, nearly one in four survivors has markers for PTSD. Counselors are still opening up new cases for first responders as a result of the bombing. 
In 'Song Of Lahore,' A Race To Revive Pakistani Classical Music  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 04:56:00 -0400
In 1977, classical music virtually died in Pakistan when the government banned live concerts. Seven musicians are working to bring the art back, and a film premiering Saturday documents their quest. 
The Cat-And-Mouse Game Of The Great Clinton Chase, Iowa Edition  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 04:03:00 -0400
Hillary Clinton's campaign went to great lengths to keep her events in Iowa this week intimate. That's easier said than done when the candidate is one of the world's most famous politicians. 
Michigan Billionaire And Mall Developer A. Alfred Taubman Dies  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 03:02:00 -0400
Taubman's philanthropy and business success — including weaving the enclosed shopping mall into American culture — was clouded by a criminal conviction late in his career. He was 91. 
A Ticking Clock Threatens Obama's Immigration Plan  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:48:00 -0400
A New Orleans federal appeals court case may determine whether the president can implement his immigration plan before his term is up. 
Oklahoma Approves Nitrogen Asphyxiation For Executions  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:57:00 -0400
The new method was proposed after the botched execution by lethal injection last year of an Oklahoma inmate. 
Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:57:00 -0400
Clinton called campaign finance reform one of the "four big fights" of her campaign. But does this idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money stand a chance? 
NBA Players Union Head Michele Roberts Says No Lockout Expected  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:44:11 -0400
NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Michele Roberts who is the first woman to head a major North American professional sports union — the National Basketball Players Association. 
First-Place Fake-Out: Woman Who Didn't Run Marathon Stripped Of Title  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:20:00 -0400
Race officials say Kendall Schler faked her win at last Sunday's GO! St. Louis race. They say she also cheated in last year's race where she finished third. 
Syrian Government Believed To Be Behind Chlorine Gas Attack  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:11:00 -0400
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with chemical weapons expert Amy Smithson about the use of chlorine gas as a weapon in Syria. She says it is a violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. 
'Star Wars' Fans Gear Up For New Film At Convention  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:29:00 -0400
Star Wars fans are gathering this week for the annual Star Wars Celebration fan convention in Anaheim, Calif. 
Actors' Equity Minimum Wage Proposal Could Threaten LA's Small Theaters  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:29:00 -0400
Actors' Equity Theater members are set to vote on whether to require small theaters in Los Angeles to pay equity minimum wage. But some actors say this could force cash-strapped theaters to close.