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Algae Toxins Prompt Toledo To Ban Its Drinking Water

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 06:31

The toxins' presence is blamed on algae from Lake Erie, sparking a water ban that has affected about half a million people since it was first announced this weekend.

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Can Google Build A Typeface To Support Every Written Language?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:31

Google recently announced a font family, Noto, that aims to include all the world's written languages. But it may prove to be an even more ambitious effort than self-driving cars.

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'It's So Terrible': Quake Reportedly Kills Hundreds In Southwest China

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:25

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon, leveling buildings and rippling roads. Rescue crews are still working to find survivors.

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Afghanistan Officials To Audit Votes From June Election

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Election officials in Afghanistan are preparing for an audit of all the votes cast in the June election after the two candidates disagreed on how to determine which votes were fraudulent.

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As Wildfires Burn Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Wildfires are ravaging the West Coast, burning homes and prompting evacuations. Responding to wildfires has proven costly and now the Obama administration is reevaluating how it pays to fight them.

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Sierra Leone, Struggling With Ebola, Passes On Africa Summit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Umaru Fofana of the BBC World Service in Sierra Leone tells NPR's Arun Rath about the Ebola situation and the Sierra Leonean president's decision to stay home from the U.S.-Africa summit.

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Obama Moves To Overhaul VA With Compromise Measure

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Two months after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned, President Obama looks set to sign legislation to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs, to the tune of nearly $17 billion.

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What The Week's Primaries Mean For Politics

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

Another five states hold primaries this coming week, including Tennessee, Kansas and Michigan. NPR's Arun Rath talks to senior Washington correspondent Ron Elving about what's at stake.

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Africa Summit Hopes To Change The Narrative About The Continent

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-03 05:18

The first ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit kicks off at the White House on Monday. Africa correspondent Gregory Warner previews what's on the agenda with NPR's Arun Rath.

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Toledo Residents Cut Off From Water Supply After Tests Show Toxins

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 21:17

After tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie, officials in Toledo, Ohio, warned residents not to drink from its water supply. More than 400,000 people are affected.

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Hall Of Famer Andre Reed Makes One More Catch

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 19:39

During Saturday's induction ceremony, the wide receiver caught a pass from former Buffalo Bills teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jim Kelly on the stage at Fawcett Stadium.

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China: 37 Civilians, 59 Attackers Killed In Xinjiang Violence

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 19:25

Last week's violence in the western province is the deadliest unrest in months that authorities blame on ethnic separatists.

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The NFL's Punters (Finally) Land One In The Hall Of Fame

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-02 12:45

Ray Guy, a gifted athlete who became the prototype of an NFL punter in the 1970s and 80s, becomes the first punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.

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