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What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

NPR News - 1 hour 11 min ago

A census of bacteria and viruses on the floors, toilets and soap dispensers of several bathrooms on a college campus turned up around 77,000 different types of organisms. Oh, joy.

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When Thanksgiving Was Weird

NPR News - 1 hour 13 min ago

Circa 1900, Americans wore gaudy costumes and bizarre masks and some roved the streets begging for candy and treats — on Thanksgiving Day.

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As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

NPR News - 1 hour 14 min ago

Many couples have traveled to states where gay marriage is recognized to get hitched. Those who do have a much harder time getting divorced once they get back home.

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 22:59

The fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling a number of health issues. He was 78.

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Ferguson Grand Jury Will Reportedly Meet Again Monday

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 13:19

A community is holding its breath, awaiting a decision on whether to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18. Brown's family is calling for calm.

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UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 12:01

In a recent article, a student named Jackie describes how her initial excitement of being invited to a party was replaced by fear and violence, after a group of men trapped her in a room.

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Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 10:16

As Ebola surges in the east African country, the capital city sends surveillance teams into the neighborhoods to record who might be sick with the virus — or already dead.

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Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 10:06

Many of the displaced ended up in camps in the city of Yola. Now they're racing further away as concerns grow that Yola also faces attack, and that the government isn't doing enough to stop it.

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In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 08:05

After a deadly attack by a Palestinian militant last month, Israel blew up his apartment building. Israel says the aim is deterrence, while the Palestinians call it "collective punishment."

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Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 07:34

The 29 players on Booker High School's football team include two cousins who became the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver this season.

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It's Crunch Time For The Iranian Nuclear Talks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 07:00

Iran and six world powers are meeting this weekend in Vienna with a Monday deadline looming. Here's a look at what it all means for Iran and its neighbors.

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Highway Bandits Steal Blood Believed To Contain Ebola Virus

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 06:08

A roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items – and a batch of Red Cross blood samples.

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Diplomats Look To Solve Iran's Nuclear Issue As Deadline Nears

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 05:22

More diplomats are joining the discussions this weekend, hoping to broker a deal to ease years of disputes over Iran's nuclear program.

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Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then.

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Asians Benefit, Not Just Latinos, From Obama's Immigration Action

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

President Obama used executive action this week to reshape the country's immigration system. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California about the new policies.

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Obama Grandmother Continues Life's Work Of Educating Young Kenyans

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

Sarah Obama, 94, received an award from the United Nations on Wednesday, and hopes to raise money during the trip to build a school and hospital in her home village.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

While snowed-in Buffalo, N.Y. digs out, some Buffaloans are trying to figure out how to get home for Thanksgiving. That includes college students preparing for a difficult drive.

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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

President Obama has begun to try to sell the American public on his controversial executive action on immigration. He started Friday, with a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:51

NPR's Scott Simon explains the controversy London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into recently. He's a U.S. citizen, and the Internal Revenue Service says he owes them taxes.

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