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Syrian Refugees Find Little Comfort In Greece

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 04:06

Many Syrians fleeing war hope to get to northern Europe. An increasingly popular route is across the Mediterranean to Greece. Those who make it safely often face dire conditions when they arrive.

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Workers Brave Militant Attacks To Vaccinate For Polio

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 04:06

Those who vaccinate children in Pakistan risk their lives. Correspondent Philip Reeves tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the Taliban is gunning down health workers, who are suspected of being spies.

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Why Colleges Adjudicate Their Own Campus Crimes

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 04:06

Colleges are under scrutiny for bungling recent sexual assault cases. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to correspondent Tovia Smith about why schools, and not police, typically handle these cases.

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Podcasts Rise In Popularity, Funded By Advertisers And Listeners

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 04:06

Millions are downloading and listening to podcasts. It's the source of original material and growing ad revenue. Apple's iTunes has 1 billion subscribers, and advertisers are seeing dollar signs.

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Three Lifetimes Spent With Hope In Check After Wrongful Conviction

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 04:06

They were young men when they went to prison in 1975 for a murder they did not commit. The last two of them were freed this month, releasing a joy they could finally savor together.

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The History of Campus Sexual Assault

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 04:03

Sixty years of research on campus rape yields scholarly insight into prevention and accountability.

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With Shopping, Holy Sites, Najaf Offers Respite From Iraq's Violence

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 01:40

When you think of Iraq, you may picture a desert battlefield. But life is not like that everywhere. The southern Shiite heartland of Najaf is full of religious pilgrims and bustling business.

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For Some Uninsured, Simply Signing Up Is A Challenge

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 01:40

Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and has a monstrous commute. There's no wiggle room in his budget to pay a health insurance premium — and no time even to meet with an enrollment counselor.

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With Shopping, Holy Sites, Najaf Offers Respite From Iraq's Violence

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 01:40

When you think of Iraq, you may picture a desert battlefield. But life is not like that everywhere. The southern Shiite heartland of Najaf is full of religious pilgrims and bustling business.

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For Some Uninsured, Simply Signing Up Is A Challenge

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-30 01:40

Leaburn Alexander works two jobs and has a monstrous commute. There's no wiggle room in his budget to pay a health insurance premium — and no time even to meet with an enrollment counselor.

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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Resigns

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 14:46

Wilson, the Ferguson Police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown nearly four months ago, has resigned, according to his attorney.

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'The Banh Mi Handbook': A Guide To A Viet-French Sandwich

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 12:57

Food writer Andrea Nguyen dives into the story of banh mi, a Vietnamese street sandwich with a French colonial past that's been popping up on menus around the country.

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Millennials Might Be 'Generation Twin.' Is That A Bad Thing?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 12:57

Between 1981 and 2012, 1 million extra twins were born in the U.S. One economist says all of those twins could be hurting the economy — but another expert points out some perks of twinhood.

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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand Dies At 80

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 11:10

The Canadian-born poet was known for his wit and introspection. He also won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and Yale University's Bollingen Prize.

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The Market For Low-End Smartphones Is Looking Up

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 11:00

Smartphones that don't scrimp on performance but sell for less than $200 off contract are gaining traction. And the low end is quickly becoming one of the most innovative spaces in mobile tech.

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Taiwan's Premier Quits After Ruling Party's Ballot Box Rebuff

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 09:16

Prime Minister Jiang Yi-huah stepped down after the Kuomintang party (KMT) suffered losses in districts across the country.

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A Musical Tribute For A Waiter Who Spoke Out Against Racism

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 07:41

Fifty years after the desegregation of the South, an oratorio will pay tribute to an unlikely civil rights activist — a waiter named Booker Wright who spoke out about discrimination on the job.

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Taliban Attack A Second Foreign Guesthouse In Kabul

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 07:15

The militant group targeted a different guesthouse in an attack on Friday. The incidents are part of a major uptick in violence in the country in recent days.

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13,000 Modern Slaves Working In U.K., London Says

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 06:13

The Home Office says a re-analysis of its statistics shows more trafficked individuals — including women and children forced into prostitution — than previously thought.

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Foreign Dollars Fuel A New Condo Boom In Miami

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-29 05:59

After the bust of the Great Recession, construction cranes once again tower over Miami. The transformation masks a difficult reality: This flashy city also remains one of the nation's poorest.

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