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Europe
3:11 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Extremists Vow To Disrupt Ukraine's Presidential Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:52 am

The elections could be a major step in bringing legitimacy to the Kiev government if it can navigate the pitfalls of pro-Russian extremists in the East and hardline Ukrainian nationalists in the West.

Code Switch
3:03 am
Fri May 23, 2014

'Unmosqued' Examines Muslim Variant Of Unchurched Youth

Zain Lodhia plays an original song at a Mawlid, a birthday celebration for the Prophet Muhammad. The event was sponsored by the Webb Foundation, a so-called "Third Space" Muslim faith community outside the traditional mosque.
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Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 8:00 am

There's a new film screening on American college campuses this spring that's sparking lively debate among Muslim students. Unmosqued depicts a younger generation of American Muslims drifting away from Islam, and it argues that mosques bear the blame.

Recently several hundred people gathered at the Webb Foundation to celebrate Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The foundation is named after an early American convert to Islam. There's no dome, minaret or even a building. It's known for service projects, good Sunday schools and father-daughter camping trips.

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Europe
2:59 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Britain's Right-Wing Party Make Gains In EU Parliament Election

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 6:42 am

British voters went to the polls Thursday in European and local elections. The vote is key for the UK Independence Party, whose anti-Europe and anti-immigration views struck a chord with some Britons.

Around the Nation
2:36 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Unopposed Candidate Left Off Ballot

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep with the story of a man who lost an election even though he was unopposed.

Curtis Mele expected a third term on the City Council of Benwood, West Virginia; nobody ran against him. But on Election Day, he got a call saying his name was accidentally left off the ballot. Another councilman was listed in his place. The county clerk says there could be a rerun but the councilman disapproves. He's afraid that if there's a revote he might face opposition.

Around the Nation
2:28 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Koch Foundation Criticized Again For Influencing Florida State

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In Florida, there are questions about whether a conservative political group has too much influence at a public college. Florida State University rewrote its agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation after some on campus complained that the relationship undermined the school's academic integrity. But critics say it still gives donors with their own agendas too much influence in the classroom. NPR's Greg Allen reports.

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Sports
2:01 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Spanish Soccer Fans Rejoice, 2 Madrid Teams In European Final

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 4:52 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been hearing a lot lately about the World Cup which kicks off in Brazil next month. It comes every four years. Soccer's most important annual match kicks off this weekend in Lisbon, Portugal. It's the Champions League and for the first time in history, that competition is between two teams from the same city - Madrid. If you didn't know how obsessed Spaniards are with soccer, you're about to find out with this postcard from Lauren Frayer, in Madrid.

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Construction Work Ends
1:54 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

I-5 Pinch Point In Rogue Valley Re-opens

All four lanes of Interstate Five between Medford and Ashland are back in service, after three weeks of one-lane-in-each-direction.

A construction project related to the revamping of the Phoenix interchange (exit 24) required the placement of a large-diameter drain pipe under the freeway.  And that required the closing of a lane in each direction, starting in late April.  

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Asia
4:37 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Thai Military Says Coup Necessary To Restore Order

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:19 am

Two days ago, Thailand's military declared martial law. The army chief went on television on Thursday to say that he'd changed his mind, and the army is taking control of the government.

Around the Nation
3:29 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Reporter Reveals He's Allergic To Newspaper Ink

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:18 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Around the Nation
3:05 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Instant Cat Celebrity Declines First Pitch Honor

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:18 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with a celebrity turn for a cat. Tara the cat saved a California boy from an attack by a dog. Surely, someone thought, a cat that fended off a dog could also throw the first pitch in a Minor League Baseball game. The Bakersfield Blaze wanted Tara to push a baseball dangling from a fishing line. But that's the deal with cats: The last thing they ever do is what you tell them.

Tara declined the honor, and the boy Tara saved threw the first pitch instead.

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