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Front-End Of Tunnel-Boring Machine Freed From Seattle Pit  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:58:59 -0400
Engineers have removed the cutter head from the enormous tunneling machine nicknamed Bertha. The malfunctioning part had been stuck for more than a year in a highway project under the city's downtown. 
No Easy, Reliable Way To Screen For Suicide, Specialists Say  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:58:59 -0400
Clinicians correctly predict a suicide attempt about half the time — no better than a coin toss. Certain tests of involuntary responses, although still experimental, aim to improve the odds. 
With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:58:00 -0400
Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient. 
After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:58:00 -0400
To keep its code-breaking prowess, the NSA must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. But the Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts. 
Mass Tax Foreclosure Threatens Detroit Homeowners  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:59:00 -0400
Tuesday is the deadline to begin what many call the largest U.S. mass tax foreclosure. With the city counting on tax revenue, the owners behind on payments may be forced out of their homes. 
Fear Of The Black Man: How Racial Bias Could Affect Crime, Labor Rates  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:38:28 -0400
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with professors Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA and Harry Holzer of Georgetown University about how fears of African-American men are manifested in the criminal justice system. 
California's Death Row, The Nation's Largest, Runs Out Of Room  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 17:34:00 -0400
The death-row population in the state is growing because no one has been put to death in nearly a decade. Gov. Jerry Brown is asking for more money to open 100 more cells. 
Though Most Americans Are Wired, Seniors Lack Internet Access In U.S.  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:45 -0400
While the U.S. is pretty well connected, there are still 20 million people who aren't online. Lee Rainie of Pew Research describes who they are and why that matters. 
Iran Talks Shed Light On Nuclear Tensions Between India, Pakistan  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:45 -0400
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Frank O'Donnell, a doctoral candidate at King's College London, about how nuclear powers India and Pakistan manage their bilateral relationship. 
Prosecution Rests Case Against Admitted Boston Marathon Bomber  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400
Federal prosecutors rested their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Monday. Medical examiners revealed the autopsy results of an 8-year-old boy who was the youngest person killed in the bombing. 
Controversy Continues Over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400
Fallout continues over whether Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act sanctions discrimination. People on both sides point out that such laws are not new, but the controversy over them is. 
GNC Announces New Policy After Facing Scrutiny Over Mislabeled Products  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400
After a probe by the New York Attorney General's office, GNC has announced major new testing and quality control procedures. 
To Catch Up On Unsolved Murders, Detroit Detectives Mine Cold Cases  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400
Criminologists say the country's poor homicide clearance rate could be improved if police departments put more effort into solving murders. 
Jon Stewart's Replacement Is Unlikely Choice For 'The Daily Show'  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400
"The Daily Show" replaces departing host Jon Stewart with South African comedian Trevor Noah. He is a relatively unknown comedian and an unlikely choice for the program. 
Iranian Nuclear Talks Continue As Preliminary Deadline Looms  Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0400
NPR's Audie Cornish learns the latest in the nuclear talks with Iran and six world powers taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland. Their deadline to reach a preliminary agreement is midnight Tuesday.