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Why Norwegians Use 'Texas' As Slang For 'Crazy'

Some think the Lone Star State is a little out there. But in Norway, Texas is literally crazy. NPR's Audie Cornish and Ari Shapiro explain why.
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Lawsuits Target 'Debtors' Prisons' Across the Country

Civil rights lawyers are challenging the use of court fines and fees against people who can't afford to pay. This week's ACLU suit against Biloxi, Miss., is the sixth such case since September.
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Technical Glitch Leaves RushCard Owners Unable To Access Funds

NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Gillian White of The Atlantic about the problems with RushCard, a prepaid debit card started by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.
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Obama Shares Plans To Tackle Heroin Epidemic In West Virginia

President Obama traveled to West Virginia to talk about prescription drug abuse and heroin addiction Wednesday.
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Family Of 31-Year-Old Fatally Shot By Police Officer Demands Answers

Details are still emerging of a police shooting in Florida's Palm Beach County over the weekend, which left 31-year-old Corey Jones dead. Jones was shot by an undercover police officer on a highway.
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Joe Biden Announces Decision Not To Run For President In Rose Garden Speech

Joe Biden said Wednesday the window has closed for him to run for president. And with those words in a Rose Garden address, Vice President Biden took himself out of the running for president.
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An Odd Group Of 5: Roommates Welcome Syrian Refugee Into Toledo, Ohio, Home

The house on Alvin Street in Toledo, Ohio, has five roommates. Four of them are American students or recent graduates, and the fifth is a 22-year-old butcher from Syria who barely speaks any English. Yet somehow they get along. Mohammed's family remains at a refugee camp in Jordan, waiting for visas.
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Prairie View, Texas, Reflects On History Of Racism After Police Incidents

Prairie View, Texas, has seen a couple of racially charged incidents involving law enforcement recently. The arrest and later death of Sandra Bland in police custody gained national attention, as did the arrest of a city councilman outside a college reunion party.
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Rep. Dent: Paul Ryan Must Explain 'Mathematical Reality' Of Speaker Race

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan has announced he is open to serving as speaker of the house. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Rep. Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican, about the future of the House.
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Calif. Hospital Struggles To Control Patient-On-Patient Violence

Part one of this series explored how the violence at Napa State Psychiatric Hospital affects staff at the facility. In part two, NPR reports on patients who are victims of assault by other patients.

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