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Brelo Verdict Shows The Difficulty In Applying Use Of Force Standards 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 18:01:42 -0400 
    NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Michael Benza, law professor at Case Western Reserve University, about what questions remain after Cleveland officer Michael Brelo was acquitted of manslaughter.

Officer's Acquittal Highlights Tense Police, Community Relations In Cleveland 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 17:10:18 -0400 
    There were relatively peaceful protests after a white police officer in Cleveland was acquitted Saturday in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists in a barrage of police gunfire in 2012.

Left Turns Cause A Quarter Of All Pedestrian Crashes In U.S. 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 17:01:32 -0400 
    One of the biggest problems with left turns is that the turning driver has a green light when pedestrians have a walk light. Changes in how cars are built have also created more blind spots.

Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Arrest For Domestic Violence 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:58:00 -0400 
    It is the defensive end's second arrest in the past nine months. Police in Santa Clara, Calif., say McDonald assaulted a woman while she was holding a baby.

Why Have We Stopped Building War Memorials? 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:44:07 -0400 
    NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Kurt Piehler, director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience, about the history of and decline in war memorials.

Oil Boom Brings Diversity To States Out West 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:30:50 -0400 
    Wyoming has long been one of the whitest states in the country, but over the last few years its black population has more than doubled. African-Americans still make up a tiny percentage of the state's population, but the substantial shift is largely a result of the oil boom of the last few years. But with oil prices so low, layoffs are looming.

'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana! 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:30:50 -0400 
    How did a monument to the USS Maine, which sank in Havana Harbor in 1898, come to rest in Indiana? The answer tells a lot about the power and influence of veterans, years after war.

FEMA To Allow Superstorm Sandy Victims To Reopen Flood Claims 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:30:00 -0400 
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to reopen claims if they feel insurance companies short-changed them.

After Fall Of Ramadi, Iraqi Troops Hope For More U.S. Support 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:30:00 -0400 
    NPR's Audie Cornish interviews Washington Post reporter Loveday Morris about how the city of Ramadi, Iraq, fell to the self-declared Islamic State. She says Iraqi troops in the city were worn down.

Flash Flooding Races Through Texas, Oklahoma After Record Rainfall 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:30:00 -0400 
    Severe storms are creating massive flooding in Texas, Oklahoma and throughout the Great Plains. Meteorologists say this downpour most likely ended the years long drought for that portion of the West — but it comes at a high cost.

In California, Technology Makes "Droughtshaming" Easier Than Ever 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:30:00 -0400 
    As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 16:03:00 -0400 
    Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.

For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 15:59:00 -0400 
    They've been supporting the men for years. But for the first time, the American Outlaws — a growing and influential U.S. soccer fan group — will cheer for the women's national team at a World Cup.

Reports: Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55B 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 15:05:00 -0400 
    The deal would make the combined company a major rival to Comcast Corp. Comcast last month abandoned its own bid for Time Warner following concerns raised by the Justice Department.

On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members 
  Mon, 25 May 2015 14:09:00 -0400 
    The president called Arlington National Cemetery "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself."
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