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Korean Air ‘Nut Rage’ Executive Freed From Prison

By Elise Hu on May 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: May 22, 2015 at 3:04 pm

An appeals court reduced the sentence of former Korean Air executive Heather Cho. She demanded that a plane return to the gate because her macadamia nuts weren’t served in a manner to her liking.

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Uneasy Rider: The Origins Of Motorcycle Gangs And How They Remain A Force

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 22nd, 2015 | Last updated: May 22, 2015 at 3:04 pm

Steve Cook, who heads the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, tells NPR that soldiers returning from World War II formed biker gangs, which became infamous during a 1947 riot.

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Millions Of Dollars In Speech Fees Support Clinton Foundation

By Tamara Keith on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 22, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to talk to banks, universities and other groups, and give the proceeds to the family’s philanthropic foundation.

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Grand Jury Indicts 6 Baltimore Officers In Freddie Gray’s Death

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby said at a news conference that the officers will be arraigned July 2. The charges against them are mostly similar to those announced May 1.

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Maryland Joins States That Won’t Test New Drivers For Parallel Parking

By Bill Chappell on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 22, 2015 at 7:03 am

Officials say the skills are tested by other tasks, like turning a car around. As of yet, using backup cameras on a driving test isn’t allowed.

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White House Ban On Militarized Gear For Police May Mean Little

By David Eads on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 8:04 pm

An NPR analysis of equipment given to police agencies by the Pentagon since 2006 — 84,258 assault rifles, 951 armored vehicles, for example — found a vast majority of it would fall outside the ban.

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Head Of Boy Scouts Says Group’s Ban On Gay Adults ‘Unsustainable’

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Robert Gates, a former CIA director and former defense secretary, told the organization, “We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be.”

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More Than 100 Charged In Mob Killing Of Christian Couple In Pakistan

By Scott Neuman on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm

Prosecutors say clerics accused the couple of burning a page of the Quran and helped incite a mob to incinerate them in a brick kiln.

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Fla. Mailman Who Flew Gyrocopter Onto Capitol Lawn Appears In Court

By Krishnadev Calamur on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 22, 2015 at 8:03 am

Douglas Mark Hughes faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison. He was arrested after his April 15 flight from Gettysburg, Pa., to Washington, and has been under house arrest since then.

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Go Forth And Pwn For Shizzle, Word List Guardians Tell Scrabble Players

By Bill Chappell on May 21st, 2015 | Last updated: May 21, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Also on the list of 6,500 new Scrabble words: aji (the pepper), coqui (the frog) and the more old-fashioned ixnay and zowee. Or you could just say yeesh — if you’ve got the right tiles.

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