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A Game Of Ludo Helps Liberians Catch A Break From Ebola

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 10:52

The fast-paced board game — it's a lot like Parcheesi — offers a way to escape the stress of life in the Ebola zone.

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'Torture Report': A Closer Look At When And What President Bush Knew

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:58

A Senate investigation says President George W. Bush was not briefed on the specifics of how the CIA interrogated terrorism suspects until four years into the program. Bush denies that.

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Amid Strains, Syrian Refugees Are Facing Curfews In Lebanon

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:47

The fragile country now hosts some 1 million Syrian refugees. Some towns have set up civilian volunteers to enforce curfews on the refugees, leading to rising tensions and some cases of abuse.

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Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:40

A California jury has found that Apple's iTunes 7.0 did not violate antitrust laws when it restricted files bought on other music services.

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Economists: Congress Gets A Hat Tip (Barely) For Its Efforts

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:23

Congress passed no laws addressing the minimum wage, tax reform, trade or immigration this year. But judged by the low recent standards, lawmakers got light applause from economists.

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Scientists Debate If It's OK To Make Viruses More Dangerous In The Lab

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 09:19

Researchers are struggling with how to balance the benefits and risks of genetic experiments that can give viruses new talents for causing infections.

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Deggans: 'Fargo,' 'True Detective,' 'Transparent' Top Best TV of 2014

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:53

At a time when there is so much good TV around, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says any Top Ten list says as much about the critic as the shows they are picking.

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Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:15

The Russia leader was riding high at home this year with the successful Winter Olympics and his annexation of Crimea. Now he's staring at a recession and has alienated Western nations that could help.

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Hunt For Dengue Vaccine Gets Closer

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 08:12

Dengue sickens millions of people each year, and there's no cure. Now scientists have found powerful antibodies that stop the virus. Their discovery offers a road map to develop a simple vaccine.

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FIFA Dismisses U.S. Lawyer's Appeal On Handling Of World Cup Report

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 07:41

Michael Garcia had filed an appeal against how his report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 soccer World Cup was handled. FIFA said his appeal is inadmissible.

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Jeb Bush Announces He Will 'Actively Explore' Presidential Run

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:34

Bush, a GOP favorite, said he would establish a political action committee in January to "facilitate conversations with citizens across America."

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Book News: James Patterson Makes Good On $1M Promise To Indies

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 06:26

With a final $437,000 push, his plan to donate $1 million of his own money to support independent booksellers is complete. Also: Judy Blume is set to publish her first adult novel in 15 years.

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Thousands Lay Flowers At The Site Hostage Siege In Sydney

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 05:24

A day after two people, plus a gunman were killed in a hostage siege, thousands of Australians left bouquets of flowers. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife visited and signed a condolence book.

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Quiz: Studying social networks

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-16 04:46

The most discussed academic paper on the web in 2014 involved manipulating social media users, according to Altmetric rankings of online research.

We talked about the study back in July.

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Few Employers Cover Egg Freezing For Women With Cancer

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 04:22

Although egg freezing is the perk of the moment at some high-profile companies, the option isn't often available, even for women with serious illnesses that could affect their fertility.

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Russia's Rate Increase Fails To Stop Currency's Steep Decline

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:41

The ruble plunged to a record low against the dollar, today, despite efforts by the Russian central bank to stabilize it.

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Is Courting Controversy An Urban Outfitters Strategy?

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:03

Questionable sincerity aside, the recent pileup of apparent missteps by the retailer raises another question: Is the company doing it on purpose?

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PODCAST: Lend me your art

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-16 03:00

How the falling price of oil and its effects on the economy might factor into the deliberations of the Federal Reserve this week. And while the economic scars of the recession largely started to heal by 2013 for white Americans, minority Americans are still feeling an acute decline in wealth, according to Federal Reserve data that was crunched by the Pew Research Center. We dig into one of the reasons why: Housing. Plus, while western sanctions bite more deeply into the Russian economy, and there's talk of a new Cold War, the British Museum has stunned the world with an extraordinary gesture.  It's lent a priceless Greek antiquity to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. But why lend to the Russians? 

Taliban Gunmen Storm School, Kill Dozens In Pakistan

NPR News - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:35

Officials said the death toll stood at 126 more than half of them were students. The school is run by the military and the Taliban said they were retaliating for a recent military offensive.

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Wealth gap in U.S. widens among races

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-12-16 02:00

As the economy recovers, the wealth gap along racial lines in the U.S. is widening.

What’s driving the divide? Recent research shows one big reason is the disparity in asset wealth. 

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