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It's All Politics

Gyrocopter Pilot On His 'Incredible' Flight Onto Capitol Lawn

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 no regrets.

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The Salt

Adios, Trans Fats: FDA Poised To Phase Out Artery-Clogging Fat

Any day now, the FDA could announce a final rule aimed at removing much of the remaining trans fats out of the food supply. It could amount to a near ban on the fats, which wreak cardiovascular havoc.

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Korean Air 'Nut Rage' Executive Freed From Jail

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren't served in a manner to her liking.

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Music

Mathias Eick's 'Midwest': A Musical Landscape

After a tour through the Upper Midwest, the trumpeter pays tribute to the Norwegian settlers' arrival on the American plains with his new album, Midwest.

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Parallels - World News

Rome's Cinematic 'Dream Factory' Ramps Up Production Once Again

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."

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White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

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Shots - Health News

You And Yeast Have More In Common Than You Might Think

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.

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First-graders take soccer class at the Nandulehe Elementary School in suburban Beijing. The school is one of 20,000 that's launching a national soccer curriculum in the next five years. It's part of a government plan to raise China's soccer skills and eventually, China's leaders hope, host and win a World Cup. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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China Kicks Off 'Great Leap Forward' On The Soccer Field

China is rolling out an ambitious soccer program. President Xi Jinping is reported to be a big fan who wants China to win a World Cup. Critics say there's too much emphasis on quick results.

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Goats and Soda

A Toilet In Every Home: Zambians Celebrate Sanitation Milestone

Answering the call of nature in the open is all too common when families don't have other options. But now the country has its first zone that's free of open defecation.

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