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Latin America
2:16 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Bolivia's President Signs To Play Professional Soccer

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 8:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne.

In soccer-mad countries there is one job even more desirable than head of state. And now Bolivia's president has reached that goal. Evo Morales signed on to play professional soccer. The Sports Boys club has assigned him a jersey and says he will actually play. A publicity stunt, of course, but Morales has played before. In 2010, he made headlines against a team of political rivals when he kneed an opposing player in the groin.

NPR Story
2:09 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Military Declares Martial Law In Thailand

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 8:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In a surprise move, Thailand's army declared martial law today. For six months there's been a standoff between the government and its opposition that worsened last week after the prime minister was removed from office by Thailand's constitutional court. The Thai military says this is not a coup, insisting the move is meant to prevent violent clashes between the two sides. To learn more we're joined by reporter Michael Sullivan in Bangkok. And, Michael, the army has imposed martial law. What does Bangkok look like today?

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Around the Nation
2:09 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Despite A History Of Twisters, Moore, Okla., Keeps Growing

Max Alvarez (left) and Hollan Corliss construct a new home in Moore, Okla., to replace one that was destroyed in May 2013. More than 300 new homes have been built since the tornado, in addition to the 1,100 that are being rebuilt.
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Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 9:08 am

One year ago Tuesday, a violent tornado obliterated the city of Moore, Okla., killing 24 residents and leaving nearly 400 injured among the razed homes and businesses. It was the third violent tornado to strike the city in the past 15 years. But rather than move away, residents have stayed put in Moore — and more and more are actually moving here.

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Around the Nation
4:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Rice Finds 'Purrfect' Angle To Recruit High School QB

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A recruiting letter was catnip to a high school football star in Texas. Quarterback J.T. Granato said yes to Rice University after getting a pitch in the mail. It was actually addressed not to J.T. but to his cat. A coach at Rice knew Granato loved his cat so he wrote to Kitty: I know you'd like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box.

Please help us get him to choose us. Paw if you have any questions. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Global Health
3:44 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Mosquito-Borne Breaking Bone Disease Spreads In Haiti

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 7:20 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

A mosquito-borne virus is spreading across the Caribbean. It's called Chikungunya. It's hardly ever fatal but it does hurt, causing severe joint pain. And public health officials expect the disease to eventually reach the U.S. Reporter Peter Granitz takes us to Haiti, the country with the most recent confirmed outbreak.

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Research News
3:36 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Why Reporting On Scientific Research May Warp Findings

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Next we're going to report on scientific research, in particular on the way that reporting on scientific research might actually warp the findings. Scientists face pressure to publish new discoveries, which in turn might influence what they study, and that, of course, is not necessarily a good thing. There's work being published today that's part of an effort to fix this problem. NPR's Shankar Vendantam joined our colleague, Steve Inskeep, to talk about it.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Shankar, welcome back.

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Around the Nation
3:07 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Boy Tries To Win Over Girl With A Foul Ball

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning, I'm David Greene with highlights from a Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers game over the weekend. A young fan sitting near third base snagged a foul ball. He immediately turned around and offered the ball to the young woman sitting behind him. She was caught on TV looking charmed and flattered. What she didn't know is she had been had. The boy had given her a ball he already had in his hand. He kept the real foul ball hidden in his glove. The TV announcers called, quote, "The play of the game."

Europe
2:29 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Record Floodwaters Wash Across Balkans

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's get an update now on some deadly weather in Europe. Crowds of people have been stacking sandbags through the night around one of Serbia's main power plants. They are trying to protect it from the worst rainfall and flooding in Serbia and Bosnia since record keeping began a 120 years ago. The floodwaters have caused more than 3,000 mudslides and the region's death toll is now at least 37.

The BBC's Guy De Launey lives in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and joins us on the line. Guy, good morning.

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NPR Story
1:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

India's Next Prime Minister Ready To Act On Mandate

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:46 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

As India prepares for a transition of power to a new party and a new prime minister, everyone's waiting to see what government Narendra Modi will form following his big victory. Modi's BJP Party will elect him as their parliamentary leader tomorrow, a formal step before taking the oath to become prime minister. From New Delhi, NPR's Julie McCarthy has more on India's changing of the guard.

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Analysis
1:57 am
Mon May 19, 2014

GOP Candidates Try To Hold Off Tea Party Picks In Primaries

Originally published on Tue May 20, 2014 4:46 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

OK, so that's the governor's race in Pennsylvania; a battle among Democrats. The other races we'll be watching closely tomorrow are mainly those among Republicans who want to serve in the Senate, and they are hoping it is a Senate with a GOP majority.

To walk us through some of these races, we're joined as we are most Mondays by Cokie Roberts. Cokie, good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, David.

GREENE: And here in the studio with me is NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Ron, good morning to you.

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