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7:33 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar On Sterling: 'There's Light Now'

Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar embraces Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson during a news conference on Tuesday after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling from basketball for life.
AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 4:46 pm

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he believes the entire LA Clippers corporate organization is better off now that owner Donald Sterling has lost his standing with the NBA.

Sterling was banned for life from the NBA last week for racist remarks made on a recording released by TMZ Sports. Abdul-Jabbar says the punishment announced by NBA commissioner Adam Silver is wise and just, and has given the team confidence.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Afghan Landslide: Search For Survivors Ends; Thousands Feared Dead

Afghan villagers pray at the site of a landslide in Abi-Barik Saturday. Rescuers searched in vain for survivors of the disaster, which is feared to have killed more than 2,000 people.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 11:28 am

More than 2,000 people are believed to be dead after a hillside collapsed on part of a remote village in Afghanistan, where rescue attempts have largely been abandoned. Heavy rain prompted the landslide, which enclosed hundreds of houses in more than 30 feet of mud.

The U.N. and relief agencies are working to help more than 4,000 displaced people in Abi-Barik, the village in northeastern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province where the landslide occurred.

The event took place in two stages, the BBC reports:

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Sports
7:14 am
Sat May 3, 2014

A Black Sheep Crashes The Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby contender California Chrome exercises at Churchill Downs on Thursday in Louisville, Ky.
Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

The favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby is a flashy red horse with a big white blaze down his face. California Chrome is of humble origin, and he'll be taking on expensive horses with Kentucky bluegrass connections, but he also comes with a lot of quirks that have folks rooting for him.

At age 77, trainer Art Sherman has finally hit the jackpot.

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Sports
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

NBA's Ban On Sterling: Moral Justice Or Smart Business Move?

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

The NBA's ban on Clippers owner Donald Sterling has drawn approval all around. ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon that with such heinous remarks, the league may not have had much choice.

Economy
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Discouraging Numbers Hidden By A Positive Jobs Report

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

The April jobs report came in much better than expected, though the shrinking labor force leaves some unanswered questions.

Business
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Apple's Win Settles Samsung's Complaint, Too

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Yesterday a jury handed down a mixed verdict in a patent dispute between Samsung and Apple. Both sides were found to have violated each other's patents, however Apple received most of the damages - over $119 million.

But as NPR's Laura Sydell reports, many experts say the case can be seen as a victory for Samsung and may mark a turn in the international battle between the two smartphone makers.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: When the late Apple CEO and founder, Steve Jobs, introduced the first iPhone, he famously made this remark.

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Europe
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Monitors Released In Ukraine As Fire Kills Dozens In Odessa

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

International observers have been freed by pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about their release and new military action.

Games & Humor
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

College Chess Turns Out High-Stakes Championships

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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Education
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Gerry Adams' Arrest Calls Educational Privacy Into Question

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 7:16 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. This week, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams was arrested in connection to a 1972 murder. He has been accused of being behind the crime. There has never been enough evidence to warrant his arrest. But then came what's known as the Belfast Project. Former IRA members gave a series of candid, even confessional, interviews to researchers at Boston College.

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Media
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

'Slate Plus' Offers Readers Inside Access, For A Fee

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Since the dawn of digital news, publications have been trying to figure out how to make money. Newspapers and magazines have experimented with paywalls and subscriptions. Few have been successful. Slate, the online magazine, is trying a new way to raise much-needed revenue. They were one of the first to erect a paywall back in 1998, but it didn't work. They had to open up the site to get readers back.

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Business
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Present But Not There: Ruling Supports Telecommuting

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Working from home used to be an exception. Technology's changed that. And now an appeals court has ruled that being at work doesn't always require you to physically have to be at work. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.

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Television
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

'24' Returns To Live Another Action-Packed Day

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 9:33 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

The world is in a terrible fix. Drones are zipping. Threats are flying. Secrets are leaking. The president of the United States is in the crosshairs of crisis. Only one person can help - Chloe O'Brian. Oh, and her friend, Jack Bauer. But not everyone's happy.

(SOUNDBITE OF TRAILER)

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Music Interviews
6:52 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Sri Lankan Opera Singer Followed Her Dream To American Stage

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 9:32 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Kids in America can dream of becoming an opera singer and performing around the world. The odds are long, but talent, hard work, the right breaks - all of that could make it happen. But what if you grew up in Sri Lanka, off the coast of India?

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The Two-Way
6:18 am
Sat May 3, 2014

European Observers Held By Pro-Russian Force Are Freed In Ukraine

Military observers including German Col. Axel Schneider, second left, hug each other after being released in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. They were released to Russian envoy Vladimir Lukin, left.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 10:47 am

Seven European military observers are free Saturday, more than a week after they were seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The move comes as Kiev applies military pressure to separatists who have claimed territory and buildings in the region.

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The Salt
4:18 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

The National Organic Standards Board voted to no longer allow farmers to use the antibiotic streptomycin on organic apple and pear trees.
Jeff Haynes AFP/Getty Images

Here in the news biz, we rely on thumbnail descriptions, sparing you the details. We'll tell you, for instance, that organic farmers aren't allowed to use synthetic pesticides and factory-made fertilizer.

In general, that's true. But there's also a long list of pesky exceptions to the rule. And this week, a battle erupted over those exceptions: the synthetic or factory-made substances that organic farmers are still allowed to use because the farmers say they couldn't survive without them.

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