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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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April 15, 2014 | WBUR · At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
 
April 15, 2014 | NPR · Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Feb 24, 2014 — There's a time and place for evidence-based decision making. For commentator Tania Lombrozo, naming her babies wasn't it.
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Aug 12, 2013 — A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby's name to be changed from Messiah to Martin, after the boy's parents went to court to fight over their son's last name. The boy's mother says she was shocked by the decision, and that she'll appeal the order to rename her baby.
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Jul 25, 2013 — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge broke with recent tradition with their quick announcement of Prince George's name. That got us wondering just how long parents have to name a new bundle of joy.
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May 10, 2013 — For the 14th year, Jacob was the most popular name for boys born in the U.S. Sophia topped the girls' list for the second straight year. Some other names are rising fast: Elizabeth, Liam, Arya and Major are among them.
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Jan 4, 2013 — For 15 years, an Icelandic teenager has been called her given name, Blaer Bjarkardottir, by everyone except government employees and other officials. That's because "Blaer" (reportedly Icelandic for "light breeze") isn't on a list of government-approved names for girls.
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May 14, 2012 — There's a real difference in the type of names people give their children in red states as opposed to blue states. It's the opposite of what you might expect.
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May 14, 2012 — Jacob remains the most popular name for boys born in the U.S., as it has been since 1999. Meanwhile, there's good news for fans of the King: Elvis is back in the top 1,000.
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May 6, 2011 — Since 1955, the King's name had been among the 1,000 most popular baby names each year. No longer. And for the second year in a row, Twillight's Jacob and Isabella rule as No. 1s.
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