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U.S.
4:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

What's That Smell? The Beautiful Tree That's Causing Quite A Stink

Callery pear trees in Pittsburgh. The smell of the invasive trees has been compared to rotting fish and other stinky things.
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Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 9:33 pm

It's springtime in Pittsburgh, and throughout the city, Callery pear trees are sprouting beautiful, white blossoms.

But that's just the problem. Simply put, these trees stink.

"This whole place smells like dead fish," says Sheila Titus. "I mean everywhere. Everywhere you see one of these trees with the white on them."

Titus has lived in her home in the now-hip neighborhood of Lawrenceville for 49 years. Two decades ago, her grandson and his 7th grade class planted a row of Callery pears across the street from her house.

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Africa
4:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Lawless Libya: The Jumping Off Point For Migrants Heading To Europe

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

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Business
3:24 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Comcast Drops $45 Billion Bid For Time Warner Cable

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

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Movies
3:24 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Native American Actors Walk Off Set of Adam Sandler Movie

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 8:11 pm

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Environment
3:24 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

California Cities Struggle To Meet Water Conservation Targets

Originally published on Fri April 24, 2015 5:55 pm

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All Tech Considered
5:38 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Biometrics are increasingly replacing the password for user identification.
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Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:03 pm

Passwords get hacked — a lot. In an effort to move beyond passwords, big companies are embracing biometric technology: the use of fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition for user identification.

To heighten security, smartphones are being outfitted with biometric features. But, ditching passwords for biometrics may not make the hackers go away.

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Space
4:21 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

'That's What Hubble Can See': A Tribute To The Space Telescope

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:29 pm

NPR has this tribute to the Hubble Space Telescope — a parody of Iggy Azalea's "Trouble."

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Politics
4:21 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Lawmakers Urge Boehner To Act On Obama's Use Of Force Request

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:03 pm

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Planet Money
4:21 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

'We Built A Robot That Types': The Man Behind Computerized Stock Trading

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:03 pm

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Around the Nation
3:30 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Award-Winning Poets Write For Passersby In New York

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 6:03 pm

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In New York City, commuters traveling near ground zero today were greeted by an unusual sound - typewriters. And tapping away on them - poets writing verse on demand. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang stopped by to see some of them at work in lower Manhattan.

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