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Black, Gay Cowboy: Michael Sam Steps Up

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 10:18

Gay football player Michael Sam didn't make an NFL team, but he will play for the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. Writer Michael Arceneaux says that's an important step forward for gay black men.

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New Ebola Vaccine Is Tested In Humans, After Success In Monkeys

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 09:37

The vaccine was developed by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and at Okairos, a Swiss-based biotech company owned by the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline.

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Cuomo Gets More Of An Opponent Than He Bargained For

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 07:23

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was expected to cruise to victory in next Tuesday's Democratic primary. But he faces a surprisingly vigorous challenge from the left.

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Obama To Speak Wednesday On U.S. Strategy Against Islamic State

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 06:54

Citing a broad threat posed by the Islamic State, President Obama said Sunday that he will deliver a national address Wednesday to discuss the U.S. approach to the group.

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U.S. Pacific Blue Whales Seen Rebounding Close To Historic Levels

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 06:12

With their population estimated at roughly 97 percent of historical levels, blue whales off the West Coast are being called a conservation success story.

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U.S. Airstrikes Hit Islamic State Fighters Near Haditha Dam

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 03:58

U.S. fighters and bombers carried out the attack in western Iraq's Anbar Province, trying to protect a key piece of Iraq's infrastructure.

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U.S. Launches New Airstrikes To Protect Iraqi Dam

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 03:52

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with correspondent Alice Fordham from Baghdad about the latest round of U.S. airstrikes to support Iraqi forces on the ground in Iraq.

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In Kiev, A New Patriotism Cemented In Russia's Shadow

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 03:52

Residents of the Ukrainian capital say the conflict has been devastating, yet has also helped forge a real sense of Ukrainian identity.

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Congress Returns To A Plateful Of Foreign Problems

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 03:52

Congress returns next week in the midst of a crisis in Ukraine and the rise of the Islamic State. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Mara Liasson about Congress's role in shaping foreign policy strategy.

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For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 03:52

Thousands of miles of Louisiana's coastline have been disappearing over the last century. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to fishing guide Ryan Lambert about what's happening to his community.

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Will Apple Sell A Smart Wallet For Your Smartphone?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 03:52

Rumors are swirling about the unveiling of the newest iPhone this Tuesday. But will it be enough to keep Apple at the top of the pack? NPR's Lynn Neary talks with Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times.

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China's Alibaba Could See $155 Billion Valuation In U.S. IPO

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 13:00

Preparing for its initial public offering, e-commerce company Alibaba estimates its stock will sell for $60 to $66 a share. The retailing giant will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Dry California Braces As Wildfires Continue

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 12:29

A blaze in Mariposa County is one of many large fires burning in drought-stricken California. Officials say this weekend's conditions will make the danger even greater.

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Japan's Nishikori Beats Djokovic, Making History; Federer Falls To Cilic

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 12:15

Kei Nishikori put a buzz into the U.S. Open crowd in New York and put himself into the history books, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final.

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Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 10:44

Denim sales fell 6 percent over the past year. Blue jeans haven't hit the skids this hard since Marlon Brando and James Dean made them famous in the 1950s.

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Obama Will Put Off Executive Actions On Immigration

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 09:36

In June, President Obama said he would act on his own to reshape U.S. immigration policies at the summer's end. Since then, he's come under pressure from fellow Democrats.

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If It's Not About Sex, It Must Be About Money — Unless It's About Power

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 09:01

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction is a reminder that politicians are more likely to be nailed for petty chiseling than for fleecing the public treasury for billions in pork barrel projects.

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Former IS Hostage Says Museum Shooting Suspect Was His Jailer

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 08:36

Before now, the former hostages have avoided disclosing details about their captors' identity, out of fears that Westerners still being held by the Islamic State could face retaliation.

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Crews Search For Wreckage Of N.Y. Couple's Plane Near Jamaica

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 07:26

The plane's occupants are believed to have been real estate developer Larry Glazer, who may have been at the controls, and his wife, Jane, who owned a catalog business.

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Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 06:28

As Iraqi and American forces battle militants in the north, there are fears the turmoil could fuel new killings in the capital.

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