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10:55 am
Mon May 5, 2014

A Survivor Of The Crusades Comes Up Against The Syrian Civil War

An artist's rendering of the Crac des Chevaliers in Syria. UNESCO says the fortress "was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271."
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:24 pm

One of the many casualties of Syria's civil war is the country's architectural heritage. We've told you about damage to the historic 11th century Umayyad mosque and the ancient city of Palmyra.

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The Two-Way
10:54 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Prayers Before Town Hall Meetings Are Constitutional, High Court Finds

Members of the media camp outside the U.S. Supreme Court in June of 2013.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:36 pm

A city council in upstate New York is not violating the Constitution when it opens its meetings with a prayer, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday with a 5-4 vote.

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Planet Money
10:48 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Most Americans Make It To The Top 20 Percent (At Least For A While)

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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 2:07 pm

We often talk about income as if it's this fixed thing. Those people over there are the 1 percent. These over here live in poverty. That other group is the people in the top 20 percent. That's not the way it is.

While economic mobility hasn't increased in this country over the past few decades, there is still churn. Lots of people move up and down the income ladder over the course of a career.

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The Two-Way
9:06 am
Mon May 5, 2014

George H.W. Bush Given Courage Award For 1990 Tax Hikes

Accepting the 2014 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award on behalf of her grandfather former President George H.W. Bush, Lauren Bush Lauren, center, and fellow Award recipient Paul W. Bridges, the former mayor of Uvalda, Ga., right, hold the awards as they stand with Jack Schlossberg, left, grandson of President John F. Kennedy.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:27 am

During his campaign for president in 1988, George H.W. Bush made what's arguably one of the most memorable campaign promises: "Read my lips," he said. "No new taxes."

But as 1990 came around, with the economy still sluggish, he agreed to a bipartisan budget deal that reneged on that promise by raising taxes.

For that politically costly decision, Bush was honored on Sunday with the John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award.

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The Two-Way
8:19 am
Mon May 5, 2014

WATCH: An Almost Unbelievable Backheel Goal By Ronaldo

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid Sunday.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:22 am

We usually don't make much of European soccer. But on Sunday, Cristiano Ronaldo nailed such a spectacular goal against Valencia that we just had to show it to you.

Here's how SBNation describes it:

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The Two-Way
7:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

In Wake Of Massive Data Breach, Target CEO Steps Down

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:16 am

In the wake of a massive data breach that exposed the personal information of about 70 million customers last year, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel is stepping down, the retailer's board announced in a statement Monday.

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The Two-Way
6:58 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Under Pressure, Nigerian President Breaks Silence On Mass Abduction

Nigerian women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue kidnapped school girls.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 10:05 am

After mounting public pressure to say something, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan broke his silence on the abduction of some 200 school girls more than three weeks ago.

In a TV broadcast on Sunday, Jonathan said authorities still did not know where the girls were. The president appealed to local communities and the girls' families to assist in their search.

"We promise that anywhere the girls are, we will surely get them out," Jonathan said, according to the BBC.

The news service adds:

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All Tech Considered
6:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

You Love Pinterest. Find Out Why The Police Do, Too

Pinterest users helped police in Redwood City, Calif., reunite stolen property with its owners.
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Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:20 am

Plenty of people use Pinterest to find things — purses, posh hotels, eggplant parm recipes — but the rightful owner of a charm bracelet stolen 30 years ago? Leave that to the police.

In February, when an officer in Redwood City, Calif., discovered bags of stolen jewelry in the trunk of a car during a routine traffic stop, Detective Dave Stahler turned to social media — in hopes of tracking down the owner of a charm bracelet stamped with names and dates.

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Politics
6:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

George HW Bush Receives JFK Profiles In Courage Award

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The John F. Kennedy Library gave an award to the first President Bush. Kennedy wrote a book called "Profiles in Courage," about politicians who made unpopular decisions they believed to be right. George HW Bush now gets the Profiles in Courage Award. In 1990, he broke his own read-my-lips-no-new-taxes pledge and accepted higher taxes to cut the federal deficit. It may have caused Bush's job but for many reasons the deficit went down.

Around the Nation
6:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Divers Explore North Atlantic Shipwreck

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A World War II veteran got a visit from a group of divers over the weekend. They had found a shipwreck in the North Atlantic, the very ship Mort Raphelson was on 70 years ago when it was sunk by a German U-boat. He told the South Jersey Career Post he was eating breakfast when the torpedo hit, so when the divers presented him with two bowls recovered from the wreck, the 92-year-old thanked them, joking: Where's my soup? It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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