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Goats and Soda
5:28 am
Sat May 2, 2015

You Want To Go To Nepal And Help Out. Is That A Good Idea?

In Haiti after the earthquake, volunteers with All Hands toss buckets from the cement mixer back to the sand piles for a quick refill.
Courtesy of All Hands Volunteers

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 8:07 am

A thousand people have already signed up to go to Nepal on the website for All Hands – a U.S. group that sends volunteers to help out after a disaster. Indeed, people around the world are eager to assist on the ground.

But will your presence hinder more than it will help?

We asked officials at several organizations working in Nepal. Their answer: It depends. On when you go; Whether you're part of an organized group or on your own; And if your skills and experience match what's needed.

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The Two-Way
2:24 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Kate Middleton, Wife Of Prince William, Is In Labor

Royal supporter John Loughrey salutes with men dressed as soldiers carrying boards with proposed baby names outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in London on Friday.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 6:30 am

Fans of the British royals are beside themselves with excitement.

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has checked into St. Mary's Hospital in London and is in the early stage of labor, the BBC is reporting.

This baby will be fourth in line to the throne, behind grandfather Prince Charles, dad Prince William and brother Prince George, born in July 2013.

Officials have said the duchess and her husband do not know the gender of their second child.

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Goats and Soda
7:20 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Show Us The Aid: Anger In An Ancient Nepali Town

A grandmother and her grandson sit on the belongings that they have salvaged from their collapsed homes on April 29, 2015 in Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Omar Havana Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:15 am

Where is the aid?

That's what the people of the ancient city of Bhaktapur want to know.

The historic gate to old Bhaktapur is about the only thing still standing after the earthquake. The ornate temples have crumbled. Brick homes were reduced to rubble. People have lost everything, including loved ones.

People are living under tarps or out in the open, without running water or toilets. Some 70 people are living in an improvised hut. Flies are everywhere. People say they haven't had any help from the outside — no medicine, no food.

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News
6:48 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

If Tesla's new solar power batteries are as good as its cars, they could be a game changer

Attendees take pictures of the new Tesla Energy Powerwall Home Battery during an event at Tesla Motors in Hawthorne, California, on April 30, 2015.

Patrick T. Fallon/Reuters

If you’re one of the millions of people around the world who’ve put solar panels on your roof, you're never happy about cloudy weather. No sun means no power.

That in itself is old news, and a problem plenty of people are working on. But now a big name is trying to come up with a way to crack the market for cheap and efficient batteries that can literally store up power for a rainy day: Tesla, the electric car company, and its billionaire CEO Elon Musk.

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U.S.
6:23 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Law Enforcement Reacts To Baltimore Officer Criminal Charges

A Maryland state trooper stands guard near a CVS pharmacy that was destroyed during rioting in Baltimore this week.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

The surprise announcement of criminal charges in Baltimore Friday morning definitely got the attention of police officers. The decision has been welcomed by protesters, but it's causing dismay for law enforcement across the country.

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Back At Base
6:20 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

How The Fall Of Saigon Turned San Diego Into A Home For Refugees

Members of the Nguyen family, including Harry, Tammy, Elizabeth, Emma, Elly and Quan, look through family photos.
Nicholas McVicker KPBS

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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News
6:19 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

A journalist remembers the 'quite eerie' calm after the fall of Saigon

North Vietnamese troops and Saigon residents eye each other on the streets of the city on April 30th, 1975, the day the city fell to the government in Hanoi. 

Nayan Chanda

Indian journalist Nayan Chanda recalls waking up in Saigon on May 1, 1975, the day after the city fell to communist North Vietnam. The noise that jolted him from sleep? Nothing. 

"There were no longer helicopters buzzing over your head," Chandaa says. "That silence was quite eerie."

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Politics
6:19 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Baltimore State's Attorney Known For Understanding City's Poor Communities

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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Now, more about the woman who's building the case against those six officers. Marilyn Mosby is 35 years old. She just took the office of chief prosecutor in Baltimore four months ago. NPR's Nurith Aizenman reports.

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Goats and Soda
6:19 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

A Man Said To Be Ebola-Free Could Still Infect A Partner During Sex

There's a new concern to add to possible means of transmitting Ebola: unprotected sex with a male survivor of the virus.
Abbas Dulleh AP

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 8:26 pm

For the first time since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976, a woman has been found to have very likely contracted the virus through unprotected sex with a man who survived the disease.

A 44-year-old woman in Monrovia developed symptoms on March 14; Ebola was confirmed on March 20. Medical investigators ruled out all the usual transmission suspects: travel to or interaction with visitors from countries with Ebola; attending the funeral of a victim; or contact with people with symptoms.

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The Two-Way
6:06 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

PROFILE: Young Prosecutor In Gray Case Shows No Tolerance For Police Misconduct

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore on Friday. Gray died in police custody after being arrested on April 12.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 12:12 am

When Marilyn Mosby was elected in January as state's attorney for the city of Baltimore, it's unlikely she had any inkling that just four months later she would be thrust into the national spotlight.

But as Mosby stood behind a bank of microphones Friday and announced criminal charges - including murder and manslaughter — against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, it looked as though she was born into the job.

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News
5:37 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Memories of fleeing Vietnam, landing in Idaho and asking people for candy

Joshua Nguyen arrives to Boise, Idaho, in 1975. He and his family fled Saigon, the South Vietnamese capital at the time, when North Vietnamese military forces captured the city.  

Courtesy Joshua and Colette Nguyen

First stop: Guam.

That’s what Joshua Nguyen remembers, after he and his family fled Vietnam in 1975, when North Vietnamese forces captured Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. Like many others, they left on crammed ships for Guam, where the US government had established a base where the refugees would wait until they were processed for resettlement elsewhere.

Nguyen was 10. When he got off the boat, he realized someone was missing: His dad.

“He still was not with us,” Nguyen recalls.

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News
5:23 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

This Aboriginal star doesn't give interviews, but still wows Australians with his voice

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingum, or Gurrumul for short, is a top-selling indigenous artist from Australia. He made his debut in the United States earlier this week and wowed the crowd.

But that doesn't mean he enjoys the limelight. His producer and bass player, Michael Hohnen, does all the talking for him.

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Sports
5:09 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Mayweather, Pacquiao Finally Go Head-To-Head This Weekend

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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Around the Nation
5:09 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates Criticizes Calls For Nonviolence In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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Law
5:09 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

What Is Depraved Heart Murder? The Unusual Charges Against Officers In Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:18 pm

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