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Putin: 'No Regrets' Over Crimea Annexation

In a new documentary titled The President, the Russian leader says seizing Crimea from Ukraine righted a historical wrong.

Baltimore Police: 34 Arrested In Freddie Gray Protest

Even with the arrests, police said Saturday's protest over Gray — a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody after receiving a fatal spinal cord injury — was "mostly peaceful."

2 Dead, 5 Missing After Sudden Squall Hits Alabama Sailing Regatta

Several boats in a race at Dauphin Island in Mobile Bay were capsized when winds unexpectedly gusted to 50 knots, generating waves up to 10 feet high.

High-Altitude Rescue Underway On Everest

At least 17 people are reported dead on the mountain after a massive quake-triggered avalanche swept through base camp on the south side on Saturday.

What If Students Could Fire Their Professors?

A bill in the Iowa state Senate would rate and fire professors based solely on student evaluations. Research suggests that's not such a good idea.

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Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.

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Pakistani Activists Mourn Slain Bookstore Owner

On Friday, gunmen killed prominent Pakistani women's rights activist and book store owner Sabeen Mahmud. At a book fair in Karachi, colleagues are mourning her loss.

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Everest Climbers Hit By Deadly Snow, Rock After Nepal Quake

Many climbers are currently trapped on Mount Everest following the earthquake in Nepal. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Outside Magazine Senior Editor Grayson Schaffer about the rescue efforts.

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Baltimore Protests Turn Violent

A week of peaceful protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, turned violent Saturday. Police arrested twelve people for destroying property and other crimes.

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Kathmandu In Chaos After Massive Saturday Earthquake

One day after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal, killing more than 2,000 people, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks correspondent Julie McCarthy, who is in Kathmandu.

Week In Review: Tsarnaev, Breathalyzers, MBTA Oversight, Warren V. Obama

April 24, 2015
Liz Norden, whose two sons lost legs in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, arrives at federal court on Thursday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines: the prosecution rests it’s case in the penalty phase of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, several Massachusetts district attorneys hold off on using breathalyzer test results, Gov. Baker pushes for new fiscal oversight of the MBTA, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren and President Obama trade barbs over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Drone Strike Deaths Raise Questions

April 24, 2015
President Barack Obama makes a statement in the Brady Briefing room at the White House April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama talked about a US drone strike that targeted a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan but inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Italy says it wants more information from the United States about how an Italian aid worker was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

What Baker's MBTA Legislation Might Mean For Fares

April 24, 2015
People walk by the Green Line along Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, in this 2008 file photo. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Gov. Charlie Baker’s legislation to overhaul the MBTA focuses on a fiscal control board to oversee the transit system. But it also calls for lifting the cap on fare increases.

Proposed Ride-For-Hire Regulations Would Require Driver Background Checks

April 24, 2015
A smartphone is mounted on the glass of an Uber car. (Rafiq Maqbool/AP)

The bill would give the Department of Public Utilities the authority to develop and enforce a “modern regulatory framework” for ride-for-hire services.

Should The Ban On U.S. Oil Exports Be Lifted?

April 24, 2015
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. The well produces about 55-70 barrels of oil per day. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benefited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

America’s oil industry is calling for the 1970s ban to be lifted. We take a look at the reason for the ban and what lifting it would do.

Amid Listeria Outbreak, FDA Calls For Better Prevention Policies

April 24, 2015
Shelves are bare and signs are posted where Blue Bell products were displayed in a grocery store on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a listeria contamination. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

As a second ice cream maker recalls all of its products, we hear from a top FDA official on food safety and inspections.

Week In The News: Drone Deaths, Migrant Crisis, No Answers For Freddie Gray

April 24, 2015
The Rev. Jamal Bryant leads a rally outside of the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station during a march and vigil for Freddie Gray, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP)

Loretta Lynch gets a vote. Race and anger in Baltimore. Migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. Petraeus, sentenced. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Can Someone Explain How Robert E. Lee Became An American Icon?

April 24, 2015
Thomas J. Whalen: A proliferation of books about the Civil War conveniently gloss over the fact that the Confederate general was a domestic terrorist who advocated the enslavement of millions. In this photo, Robert E. Lee poses in his uniform during the American Civil War, 1861-65. (AP)

A proliferation of books about the Civil War conveniently gloss over the fact that the Confederate general was a domestic terrorist who advocated the enslavement of millions.

New England Governors Renew Commitment To Regional Energy Solution

April 23, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker, left, sits with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and several other New England governors Thursday during a meeting on energy in Connecticut. (Jessica Hill/AP)

Key elements of a joint solution to the energy supply “crisis” in the region, including who might pay for the infrastructure, remain in flux.

Proposal To Close Loophole Looks At Who Is A Farmer

April 23, 2015
Farmer Levi Greuel spends a sunny Saturday afternoon fixing up his farm equipment and tearing down an old wooden barn in preparation for planting season. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned, by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules.

Texas House Committee Passes Bill Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

April 23, 2015
Texas State Capitol building. (Daniel Mayer/Wikimedia Commons)

The measure would ban state and local funds from being used to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

Lessons From Australia’s 17-Year Drought

April 23, 2015
Nic Walker carries his son Tasman in his arms during a daily afternoon walk at his property 'Rio Station' on March 20, 2014 in Longreach, Australia. Queensland, Australia's second-largest state, is currently suffering from its widest spread drought on record. Almost 80 percent of the region is now declared affected. The Australian government recently approved an emergency drought relief package of A$320m, of which at least A$280m is allocated for loans to assist eligible farm businesses to recover. (Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

As California continues to deal with a drought, we take a look at the policies and laws that Australia put in place during its drought.

Can A New Fiscal Board Save The T?

April 22, 2015
The green line suffered all during the last Boston winter. (James Wang/Flickr)

Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Baker proposed new legislation overhauling control of the T — including a new fiscal control board that will claim financial oversight of the MBTA.

Migrant Deaths In The Mediterranean: Why It’s Gotten Worse

April 22, 2015
Rescued migrants are assisted down the gangplank by Italian Red Cross workers as they disembark from the Italian Navy vessel Bettica after arriving in the Sicilian harbor of Augusta on April 22, 2015. European governments came under increasing pressure to tackle the Mediterranean's migrant crisis ahead of an emergency summit, as harrowing details emerged of the fate of hundreds who died in the latest tragedy. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

European leaders are debating how the continent should deal with this crisis of people risking their lives to flee poverty and violence.

‘Stop-And-Frisk’ Likely To Change Under Next Philly Mayor

April 22, 2015
Sgt.Thomas Davis oversees about a dozen or so officers in the18th Police Precinct in West Philadelphia.. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

All of the top candidates in Philadelphia’s mayoral race are promising to end stop-and-frisk altogether, despite police support.

Democrats Battle Over Obama’s Trade Initiatives

April 22, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is welcomed to the stage by United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard (L) during the Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference at the Washington Hilton April 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by a varied coalition including lightweight metals producer Alcoa, the United Steelworks union, the Sierra Club and various other labor, industry and telecommunications leaders, the conference promotes the use of efficient and renewable energy and cooperation in updating the country's energy infrastructure. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are among those sparring with the president over his Asia-Pacific trade agreement.

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