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Analysts: Pakistan Youth Vote Could Tip Power Balance Analysts: Pakistan Youth Vote Could Tip Power Balance
— As Pakistan gears up for expected national elections in May, there are 35 million new voters on the rolls, most of them between the ages of 18 and 25. For decades, the country has been ruled by two political dynasties - or by the military. Party leaders have depended on political favors and ethnic loyalties to win over entire communities that vote as a block in their favor. But students from across Pakistan say the new generations could change these longstanding political alliances. “It is also very...
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Postal Service Moves To Halt Saturday Mail Postal Service Moves To Halt Saturday Mail
Enlarge image i Letter carrier Raymond Hou delivering mail on his route in San Francisco (March 2010 file photo). Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Letter carrier Raymond Hou delivering mail on his route in San Francisco (March 2010 file photo). Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The U.S. Postal Service, which has been preparing the public for this news for a couple years now, will announce this morning that it plans to halt Saturday delivery of first-class mail this summer, according to reports from The...
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Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns Book News: Chick-Lit Icon Bridget Jones Returns
Enlarge image i Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Universal Studios Renee Zellweger in a scene from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. Universal Studios The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly. Alfred A. Knopf announced in a press release Tuesday that Helen Fielding's third Bridget Jones book will be published in November. Fielding told the BBC last year that the new Bridget has changed with the times and will be more...
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Boy Scouts Debate Accepting Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits Boy Scouts Debate Accepting Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits
Enlarge image i A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images As leaders of the Boy Scouts of America meet in Irving, Texas to consider whether local troops should be allowed to have gay members and leaders, there's breaking news about a related issue: "The military is poised to extend some benefits to the same-sex partners of service members," U.S. officials...
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Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits Boy Scouts Delay Decision About Gays; Pentagon May Extend Some Benefits
Enlarge image i A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images A statue outside the National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas. Tom Pennington/Getty Images (We updated the top of this post at 10:45 a.m. ET.) The Boy Scouts of America now intends to vote in May about whether its troops should be allowed to accept gay members and leaders, a spokesman says. Deron Smith, the BSA director of public relations, told reporters Wednesday morning at the...
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Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill' Tsunami Debris On Alaska's Shores Like 'Standing In Landfill'
Enlarge image i Trash, much of it believed to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, litters the beach on Montague Island, Alaska, on Jan. 26. Annie Feidt for NPR Trash, much of it believed to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, litters the beach on Montague Island, Alaska, on Jan. 26. Annie Feidt for NPR Refrigerators, foam buoys and even ketchup bottles are piling up on Alaska's beaches. Almost two years after the devastating Japanese tsunami, its debris and rubbish are fouling the...
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Using 3-D Printers To Make Gun Parts Raises Alarms Using 3-D Printers To Make Gun Parts Raises Alarms
Enlarge image i This is a computer-generated design for a vital part, called a lower receiver, of the AR-15 rifle. The design can be used to make the part on a 3-D printer. Courtesy of DEFCAD This is a computer-generated design for a vital part, called a lower receiver, of the AR-15 rifle. The design can be used to make the part on a 3-D printer. Courtesy of DEFCAD You may have heard about 3-D printing, a technological phenomenon that uses a robotic arm to build objects one layer at a time. As...
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Is Online Gambling Legal If Bitcoins, Not Dollars, Are At Stake? Is Online Gambling Legal If Bitcoins, Not Dollars, Are At Stake?
Enlarge image i An image depicts the SatoshiDice website, which exclusively uses Bitcoin, not dollars, for gambling. NPR An image depicts the SatoshiDice website, which exclusively uses Bitcoin, not dollars, for gambling. NPR With no government ties, Bitcoin is used to buy everything from blogging services to Brooklyn-made cupcakes. Theoretically, millions of dollars are being kept in the digital currency, and it's increasingly being used by specialized online gambling websites. But is Bitcoin...
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Puerto Rico's Battered Economy: The Greece Of The Caribbean? Puerto Rico's Battered Economy: The Greece Of The Caribbean?
Hide caption Edward Bonet, 23, lives in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, and works on the dive team at the Copamarina Beach Resort & Spa in the town of Guanica. He lives with his grandmother, Genoveva "Veva" Camacho. Coburn Dukehart/NPR Hide caption Bonet has worked at the resort for six months and enjoys his life in Puerto Rico. Although his mom and sister live in Central Florida, he has no desire to leave the island. Coburn Dukehart/NPR Hide caption Bonet and Camacho say they prefer...
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New Hampshire Cuts Red Tape To Put Nanobreweries On Tap New Hampshire Cuts Red Tape To Put Nanobreweries On Tap
Enlarge image i Throwback Brewery co-owner Nicole Carrier and assistant brewer Chris Naro pour beer for customers at their North Hampton, N.H., taproom. Emily Corwin/NHPR Throwback Brewery co-owner Nicole Carrier and assistant brewer Chris Naro pour beer for customers at their North Hampton, N.H., taproom. Emily Corwin/NHPR As beer drinkers demand increasingly obscure beers with ingredients like jalapenos or rhubarb, smaller and smaller breweries are stepping up to the plate. New Hampshire is one...
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