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I'm 'The Chief Worrying Officer': Ted Leonsis On Running Washington Sports  Wed, 06 May 2015 17:06:19 -0400
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Ted Leonsis about the hectic life of being the public face of pro sports in Washington, D.C. He owns the city's NHL, NBA, and WNBA teams. 
'More Probable Than Not' That Patriots Deflated Footballs, NFL Report Says  Wed, 06 May 2015 17:06:00 -0400
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Boston Globe sports writer Dan Shaughnessy about the NFL's report into whether the New England Patriots had a hand in deflating footballs for the AFC championship game. 
Staffing An Intensive Care Unit From Miles Away Has Advantages  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:55:00 -0400
Some hospitals are using a remote command center to keep an eye on ICU patients. This brings the expertise of a major medical center to rural hospitals — and may help keep the rural centers open. 
Missing Link Microbes May Help Explain How Single Cells Became Us  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:47:00 -0400
Near a field of deep sea vents between Norway and Greenland, scientists discovered the DNA of microbes that seem to be primitive archaea, but with a lot more genes — typical of complicated creatures. 
New Opposition Leader Asks U.S. To Establish Safe Zones In Syria  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:19:58 -0400
New Syrian opposition coalition leader Khaled Khoja visits Washington, D.C., to urge the U.S. to set up safe zones in the country and stop Bashar al-Assad's air campaign against rebel-held areas. 
Jericho Scott, Promising Young Pitcher, Killed In Drive-By Shooting  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:19:58 -0400
Back in 2008, NPR reported about a 10-year-old fireball pitcher from Connecticut named Jericho Scott. His 40 mile an hour pitches were so good that one youth league decided he shouldn't be allowed to pitch. The story went flying around the Internet faster than Jericho's fastball. Last month, the 16-year old was killed in a drive-by shooting in New Haven. 
Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:19:00 -0400
Oil hit a new high for the year — closing at just under $61 a barrel. But some analysts say the global economic slowdown and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices. 
Baltimore Mayor Asks Justice Department To Investigate Police Department  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:19:00 -0400
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the Justice Department on Wednesday to investigate whether there are patterns of discrimination and excessive force within the city's police department. 
U.S. Issues Licenses For Ferry Travel To Cuba  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:19:00 -0400
For the first time in 50 years, the U.S. has issued licenses for ferry service between the United States and Cuba. At least four companies received licenses Tuesday. 
California Races To Protect Its Forests As Fire Season Begins  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:19:00 -0400
This week marks the official start to California's fire season. The state's ongoing drought is stressing its forests and trees, making them even more vulnerable. 
Las Vegas: Betting On New Teachers But Coming Up Short  Wed, 06 May 2015 16:19:00 -0400
The crowded and fast-growing district is facing a severe teacher shortage. 
NFL Report: 'More Probable Than Not' That Patriots Workers Tampered With Footballs  Wed, 06 May 2015 15:08:00 -0400
After weeks of investigation, a 243-page report says quarterback Tom Brady was probably "at least generally aware" that the team was using underinflated footballs. 
Fed Chair Yellen's Warning Adds To Recent Market Jitters  Wed, 06 May 2015 14:33:00 -0400
Both stock and bond markets had already been having a rough week before the Federal Reserve's Janet Yellen warned about "potential dangers." 
Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers  Wed, 06 May 2015 14:27:00 -0400
Decades of industrialization have left the island reliant on imported food. But change is coming — from government subsidies for small farmers, to classes that teach school kids how to grow food. 
Maryland Governor Lifts State Of Emergency In Baltimore  Wed, 06 May 2015 12:43:00 -0400
Gov. Larry Hogan said all of the National Guard troops and state police called in April 27 to restore order in Baltimore have been withdrawn. The unrest began after the funeral of Freddie Gray.