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The Salt
11:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Fertilizer Shows Its Deadly Side

Workers at a cooperative farm near Shanghai scatter fertilizer across fields of winter wheat. Image from the May issue of National Geographic magazine.
© Peter Essick National Geographic

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 12:06 pm

My first reaction when I heard details of this week's deadly fertilizer explosion in Texas was horror.

My second thought was, "Maybe I shouldn't have pushed to change that headline."

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The Two-Way
10:36 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston On Lockdown: 'Today Is So Much Scarier'

A sign calling for citizens of Boston to "Shelter in Place" hung across I-93 Friday in Boston.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 2:20 pm

Update at 7:10 p.m. ET. Back Inside:

Following reports of sudden, heavy police presence in Watertown, Boston police have asked residents to once again stay indoors. Just about an hour earlier, the governor had lifted the shelter-in-place advisory. The police tweeted: "Police operations in the Franklin Street Watertown area. Residents shelter in place."

Update at 6:25 p.m. ET. "Shelter-In-Place" Advisory Lifted:

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Fri April 19, 2013

FAA OKs Boeing's 787 Battery Fix

A part of a charred battery from a Japan Airlines 787 on display at the NTSB headquarters in January.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved changes to the design of the Boeing 787's battery system — the first step toward returning the grounded aircraft to service.

The approximately 50 787 "Dreamliners" delivered to airlines worldwide were grounded in January after incidents involving overheating problems in lithium-ion batteries.

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The Two-Way
9:57 am
Fri April 19, 2013

CDC: U.S. Hospitals Should Be Vigilant For Bird Flu

An H7N9 bird flu patient is escorted after his recovery and approval for discharge at a central China hospital on Friday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

U.S. hospitals have been urged to be on the lookout for symptoms of bird flu among patients who have recently traveled to China, where a new strain of the virus has killed 17 people and infected more than 70.

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The Two-Way
8:49 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Bombing Suspects Are Brothers Living In U.S. For Years

This combination of undated photos shows Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, left, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 8:23 am

Updated 1:50 p.m. ET: (Correcting that brothers shared an apartment in Cambridge, not Watertown.)

The suspects in Monday's deadly Boston Marathon explosions and the Thursday night murder of a police officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are two brothers from a former Soviet republic who were in the United States legally for years, and lived together in a Cambridge, Mass., apartment.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Fri April 19, 2013

French Family Set Free After Cameroon Kidnapping

A security guard in Cameroon shows photos of Tanguy Moulin-Fournier and his wife, Albane, and their four children, in February.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Members of a French family held for weeks by Boko Haram militants in Cameroon have been freed and are in good health, Al-Jazeera reports, citing Cameroonian and French officials.

Cameroon's President Paul Biya, in a statement read on national radio, said the couple and their four children, aged 5 to 12, had been "handed over last night to Cameroonian authorities."

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Shots - Health News
8:41 am
Fri April 19, 2013

What David Lynch And Tylenol Can Tell You About The Brain

Researchers used a clip from the David Lynch film Rabbits to make volunteers uneasy. Afterward some people got Tylenol, which appeared to help them cope.
YouTube

Even for a hardcore David Lynch fan, the idea that a film of his would be used to weird people out in a psychology experiment is a tad weird.

But it gets much stranger than that — fast.

Imagine the experiment involved testing whether Tylenol could help people overcome the angst triggered by a four-minute dose of Lynch. A related experiment tested Tylenol's effect on people asked to write about what happens to their bodies after they die.

At the University of British Columbia, psychologists went both places.

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Strange News
8:32 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Juror In Oregon Held In Contempt For Texting During Trial

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene. Earlier this week we told you about a Michigan judge who held himself in contempt when his cell phone went off in the courtroom. He said judges are not above the rules. An Oregon judge this week showed that jurors are not above the rules, either. During a trial in the town of Salem, the judge noticed that a juror's pocket was glowing.

Strange News
8:32 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Explosions In The News Hit Home For Boston Runner From Texas

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

If you think this has been an unbelievable week of news, try telling it to Joe Berti. Mr. Berti traveled to Boston for that city's marathon and crossed the finish line seconds before the first bomb exploded. He was OK and he went home to Texas, where he was close enough to a fertilizer plant to see it explode on Wednesday night. Some people might feel star-crossed at that point, but Mr. Berti considers himself lucky.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
8:32 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Area Suburbs Remain On Lockdown

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All morning we have been following the extraordinary events in Boston, where a manhunt is underway for one of the two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. The brother of the young man the police are searching for, his brother was killed in a shootout last night with police. Meanwhile, this American city, the city of Boston and its surrounding neighborhoods are in total lockdown.

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National Security
7:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

How To Lock Down A City

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we are going to dig into the new Senate bill that would dramatically overhaul the country's immigration framework. We want to answer as many questions as we can about the bill and also talk about what it says, or what it might say, about what immigration means to the American people right now.

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Politics
7:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Breaking Down Senate's Immigration Overhaul Bill

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Coming up, we'll check in with the Barbershop guys to hear what they have to say about all the news of the week.

But, first, it's only because of the kind of week that we've had that it would be possible that a major issue like the one we're about to talk about could actually fly under the radar. It was introduced by a group called the Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group who also had the support of a very wide array of interest groups that often do not agree on much of anything.

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BackTalk
7:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Guantanamo Study Gets Replies

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And now it's time for BackTalk. That's where we lift the curtain on what's happening in the TELL ME MORE blogosphere. Editor Ammad Omar is back with us. What's going on today, Ammad?

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Eerie Images From An Empty Boston And Cambridge

Images collected from social media show veritable ghost towns Friday after local residents were ordered to "shelter in place" during a manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
7:33 am
Fri April 19, 2013

What It Looked Like From Inside Boston's Lockdown

Boston area residents essentially found themselves stuck inside a crime scene Thursday night and Friday morning. Pictures taken from behind window screens and on top of roofs gave the world a look at what people there were seeing.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:27 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Dennis Lehane On 'Messing With The Wrong City'

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 5:41 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR and we're talking about what's happening in Boston. With me now is our TV critic David Bianculli. And David, usually when there's breaking news like this you're watching, like, a lot of TVs at a time.

DAVID BIANCULLI, BYLINE: Right.

GROSS: Trying to see how different networks are covering it. And you've done this for years. You've done this through many different crises. So how does this past week compare to other crises that you've monitored in the media in terms of the coverage?

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
7:27 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Journalists Charles Sennott And Seth Mnookin Discuss Boston Manhunt

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 5:41 pm

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TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. Today we're following events in Boston. We have several guests standing by. Our first guest is Seth Mnookin, a professor of journalism at MIT. He's become famous for live-tweeting the events in Watertown last night. He's a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and was a senior writer at Newsweek. Seth, are you joining us on the phone there?

SETH MNOOKIN: Yes, I'm here.

GROSS: Thank you for being with us. So how did you end up being on the scene at Watertown last night?

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Around the Nation
6:00 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Area Is At A Standstill As Police Search For Suspect

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. And Steve, what an astonishing morning this has been.

INSKEEP: Yeah.

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The Two-Way
5:56 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Watertown Residents Hunker Down As Manhunt Unfolds

A police officer evacuates a shoeless man holding a child as members of law enforcement conduct a search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass., on Friday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 7:01 am

Joel Obermayer is a former NPR contributor who lives and works near the scene of the overnight showdown in Watertown, Mass.

While the manhunt for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continued Thursday night into Friday morning, residents of Watertown, Mass., and surrounding communities were hiding in bedrooms, looking out from roofs and peering from behind locked doors.

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The Two-Way
5:55 am
Fri April 19, 2013

A Timeline Of The Boston Manhunt

Police with guns drawn search for one of the Boston Marathon suspects early Friday in Watertown, Mass.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 5:53 pm

A timeline of how events unfolded overnight in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. We'll update as new information is released.

  • Approximately 5:20 p.m. ET on Thursday: The FBI releases images of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. Suspect No. 1 is wearing a black hat, and suspect No. 2 is wearing a white hat. The FBI urges people to call in with any information.
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Around the Nation
5:45 am
Fri April 19, 2013

12 Dead In Texas Fertilizer Plant Blast, Authorities Say

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There is so much we do not yet know about the chase for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing. We do know that one suspect was killed by police overnight in the Boston area. One is believed to still be at large. We're going to continue covering that story, but we're also trying to get a little more deeply into another story we've been following in this unbelievable week of news.

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Explosions At Boston Marathon
5:45 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Terrorism Expert Weighs In On Monday's Bombing In Boston

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:32 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

There's so much we do not know about the Boston Marathon bombing, but here are some things that we do know. Police have focused on two suspects who were found on video images from the scene of the bombing. They chased those two young men last night, shot it out with them. A police officer is dead. A police officer is wounded in the Boston area. One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is reported killed, a second one still at large, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both of them described as being from Chechnya.

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The Salt
5:44 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Frozen Food Gets Ready For Its Image Upgrade

Are you thinking healthy and nutritious?
Bebeto Matthews AP

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 6:33 am

Alarmed by a nation that increasingly equates fresh with healthy, the frozen food industry has a message for you.

"What we call fresh in the supermarket is really better termed raw," says Kristin Reimers, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods. "A lot of times, those vegetables have been transported for days, and then sit. It could be a matter of weeks between when they're picked and consumed."

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Europe
3:38 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombers Described As Chechens

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 5:45 am

Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Corey Flintoff in Moscow for reaction to news that Boston Marathon bombing suspects are from Chechnya. One suspect has been killed and the other is on the run. Authorities have encouraged Boston-area residents to shelter in place.

Around the Nation
3:30 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Massive Manhunt Underway To Track Bombing Suspect

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 5:45 am

Steve Inkseep and David Greene talk to NPR's Tom Gjelten about the latest in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings. Dr. David Schoenfeld of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston talks about one of the bombing suspects being taken to that facility. That suspect died, the other is on the run.

Around the Nation
3:15 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Boston-Area Residents Told To Shelter In Place

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 8:32 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. And we have special coverage right now of the unfolding events in Boston following the Boston Marathon bombing. I'm David Greene.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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The Two-Way
2:13 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Book News: Two Authors Make 'Time' List Of '100 Most Influential People'

Hilary Mantel attends the Costa Book of the Year awards in London, England.
Stuart Wilson Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Shots - Health News
12:38 am
Fri April 19, 2013

With Bird Flu, 'Right Now, Anything Is Possible'

A health worker collects pigeons from a trap at People's Square in Shanghai, China, earlier this month. So far, workers have tested more than 48,000 animals for the H7N9 flu virus.
ChinaFotoPress Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 4:27 pm

An international dream team of flu experts assembled in China today.

Underscoring the urgency that public health agencies feel about the emergence of a new kind of bird flu, the team is headed by Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the World Health Organization's top influenza scientist.

Before he left Geneva, Fukuda explained the wide-open nature of the investigation in an interview with NPR.

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The Two-Way
10:53 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

'The Hunt Is Over:' Police Apprehend Marathon Bombing Suspect

Police officers guard the entrance to Franklin Street in Watertown, Mass., where Boston Police say they have captured the second suspect in the marathon bombings.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sat April 20, 2013 2:11 am

(We most recently updated this post at 11:10 p.m. ET on Friday. See this note about how we cover news such as this. For our running post about developments on Saturday, go here.)

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Latin America
9:46 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Post-Chavez Venezuela Grows More, Not Less, Polarized

Supporters of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles protest in the area of Altamira, in Caracas, capital of Venezuela, on Monday.
Mauricio Valenzuela Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 3:37 am

Under the rule of its late president, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela became a nation sharply divided between those who supported his self-styled socialist revolution and those who opposed it.

But after a disputed presidential election in which Chavez's deputy was ruled the winner by a razor-thin margin, the country appears more polarized than ever.

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