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1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Once A Punchline, Reno Takes A Gamble On Revamping Image

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:26 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Reno, Nevada is trying to change its image. It wants to move beyond its reputation as a wannabe Las Vegas or the home of quickie divorces. And people there say the city has turned a corner. As Will Stone of Reno Public Radio reports, they want outsiders to see that too.

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Around the Nation
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Some In Irwindale Still Not Happy About Smelly Neighbor, Sriracha

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:26 pm

The skirmish continues between Sriracha and Irwindale, Calif. Irwindale's city council declared that owner David Tran must curb his hot sauce factory's smelly fumes or they'll do it themselves. Tran is considering relocating, and he has already received several offers.

Parallels
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Made In The USA: Childless Chinese Turn To American Surrogates

After failed attempts with Chinese surrogates, Tony Jiang and his wife now have three children, thanks to an American surrogate.
Aly Song Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 8:13 am

Chinese couples who are unable to have children are turning to a surprising place for help these days: America. By hiring American surrogates, Chinese couples get around a ban on surrogacy in China, as well as the country's birth limits.

It also guarantees their children something many wealthy Chinese want these days: a U.S. passport.

Tony Jiang and his wife, Cherry, live in Shanghai and couldn't have children naturally. First, they turned to underground hospitals in China for surrogacy.

It didn't go well.

Jiang says one of the surrogates ran away.

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Shots - Health News
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Tennessee Bill Could Send Addicted Moms To Jail

The number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is rising in Tennessee, and lawmakers want to try a punitive approach.
Katie Collins PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:26 pm

Pregnant women addicted to illegal narcotics or prescription pain pills could soon be jailed in Tennessee under a bill awaiting the governor's signature. The strict proposal enjoys bipartisan support — despite objections from doctors.

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News
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Eastern Ukraine Town Sent Reeling After Checkpoint Killings

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:26 pm

The killing of three people at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk has increased tension in the town, where a government building is being occupied by pro-Moscow militants.

News
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

A Year From Tragedy, Boston Marathon Laurels Go To American

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:26 pm

The Boston Marathon is back, over one year since bombs rocked its finish line. NPR's Jeff Brady discusses the race, its heightened security and Meb Keflezighi, the first American to win it since 1983.

News
1:05 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Teen Stowaway Somehow Survives Flight To Hawaii In Wheel Well

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 4:26 pm

The FBI is saying that a 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after he hid in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose to Maui. Severe temperatures and low oxygen would make survival difficult. Investigators are examining the case.

Oso Disaster
12:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Oso, Wash., Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 41; 4 Still Missing

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:33 pm

Authorities announced Monday that the death toll from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., had risen to 41. Four people are still listed as missing.

Tuesday marks one month since the devastating landslide that caught the small community in the Cascade foothills by surprise. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed, setting in motion a massive flow of mud and debris.

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NPR Story
12:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

South Korean President Condemns Captain Of Sunken Ferry

Boats and cranes surround the site of the submerged 'Sewol' ferry off the coast of Jindo on April 21, 2014. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:09 pm

On Monday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye likened the actions and decisions of the captain and some of the crew members of the sunken ferry in Sewol as “unforgivable, murderous behavior.”

The disaster has left some 300 people missing or dead. Journalist Jason Strother joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from Seoul with the latest.

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NPR Story
12:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Investors Pour $450 Million Into Airbnb

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 11:52 am

The Wall Street Journal reports today that a group of investors has agreed to pour $450 million into the home rental website Airbnb, valuing it at $10 billion.

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NPR Story
12:22 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

'Wait Wait' Host Peter Sagal Runs Boston Marathon As Guide

Peter Sagal and Erich Manser are pictured about an hour before the start of the Boston Marathon. (@Peterruns/Twitter)

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 11:52 am

You know Peter Sagal as host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” but he’s also a marathon runner. For the second year in a row, he’s running the Boston Marathon with a legally blind athlete, at the invitation of a group called “Team with a Vision.”

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NPR Story
12:20 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Everest Climbing Season In Doubt As Sherpas Call For Boycott

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 11:55 am

Representatives of Sherpa mountain guides in Nepal are meeting with the government and climbers groups as some in their community call for a boycott of this year’s Mount Everest climb.

This comes after the avalanche on Friday that killed 13 Sherpa guides — the deadliest disaster on the mountain. Three guides are still missing.

As the Everest climbing season gets underway, more than 300 international climbers are already at the mountain, acclimating and preparing for the journey up to the top of the world.

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12:20 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Vice President Biden Travels To Ukraine

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 12:31 pm

Following peace talks in Geneva last week, Vice President Joe Biden is in Ukraine today to meet with the Ukrainian government and show them support as tensions with Russia rise.

His visit is an attempt to deescalate tensions as violence continues.

NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from Ukraine to discuss the vice president’s visit and her observations on the road.

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NPR Story
11:57 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Remembering Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is pictured in February 2010. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 1:18 pm

Middleweight boxing champion Rubin “Hurricane” Carter died on Sunday at age 76. He was twice wrongly convicted in a 1966 triple murder. Celebrities rallied for his release, but after his second conviction, many fell away.

Thom Kidrin was among the few who kept up support and lobbied relentlessly for Carter’s release. In 1985, a federal judge ruled Carter had been wrongly convicted.

Kidrin joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss his friend’s life and legacy.

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NPR Story
11:52 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Song Of The Week: 'Animals'

The band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger consists of Sean Lennon and his girlfriend and fellow musician Charlotte Kemp Muhl. (Courtesy of the artist)

NPR music writer and editor Stephen Thompson introduces Here & Now’s Robin Young to the song “Animals” by the band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

The band consists of John Lennon’s son, Sean Lennon, and his girlfriend and fellow musician Charlotte Kemp Muhl.

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