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NPR History Dept.
8:18 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:48 am

"All slang words are detestable from the lips of ladies," Eliza Leslie said in 1867. She was the author of the Behavior Book, a 19th century etiquette manual published in Philadelphia.

How times have changed. Men and women in contemporary America sling slang around like hash — or like weed. From txt msgs to the Twitterverse, the jargon can be jarring.

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8:10 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Germanwings Jet Crashes In The French Alps

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The Two-Way
6:40 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Angelina Jolie Pitt Has Ovaries Removed, Citing Cancer Fears

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 11:39 am

Actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie Pitt says she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer.

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The Two-Way
5:08 am
Tue March 24, 2015

As Night Fell, Officials Called Off Search Operation For German Plane

Family of passengers on the Germanwings plane that crashed Tuesday arrive at Barcelona airport.
Emilio Morenatti AP

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 3:35 pm

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An Airbus A320 aircraft operated by Germanwings, Lufthansa's low-cost subsidiary, crashed in the French Alps today, likely killing all 150 people on board, French officials said. Germanwings said Flight 4U 9525 was traveling from Barcelona, Spain, to Duesseldorf, Germany.

As night fell on the area, French authorities called off the search operations.

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The Two-Way
4:47 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Report: Israel Spied On U.S. Nuclear Talks With Iran

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 12:20 pm

Israel spied on talks the U.S. and its allies are having with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Espionage among friends is not exactly new. In fact, the newspaper reported that the White House discovered the operation when U.S. intelligence agencies "spying on Israel intercepted communications among Israeli officials that carried details the U.S. believed could have come only from access to the confidential talks."

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