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The Case For U.S. Combat Troops In Iraq

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

Airstrikes against ISIS have had some success. But James Jeffrey, Obama's former ambassador to Iraq, says Americans on the ground are necessary to win the war.

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In Brazil, Race Is A Matter Of Life And Violent Death

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:45

In 2012, 56,337 people were murdered in Brazil. But that figure hides a color-coded truth: Homicide rates are actually way down — if you're white. If you're black? Murder rates are up 40 percent.

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Reggae Vibe, Ebola Message: African Superstars Try To Go Viral

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:03

They're some of the most popular musicians in West Africa, joining voices to sing (mainly in French but also in some local languages) about defeating an "invisible enemy."

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New MLB Rule Cuts Home Plate Crashes, But Not Catcher Concussions

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-09 01:38

Major League Baseball is reviewing its controversial Rule 7.13, which bans most home plate collisions. Catchers actually face a bigger head-injury risk that the rule can't prevent.

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The Cold War 'Mole' Who Smuggled 1,000 East Germans To The West

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-09 01:32

Hasso Herschel fled East Germany in 1961 on a false passport. Over the next decade, he helped more than 1,000 East Germans flee by smuggling them through tunnels or by hiding them inside cars.

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'Chief Resilience Officers' Could Help Cities Cope With Calamity

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-07 17:00

The Rockefeller Foundation will pay 100 cities to hire people who can help them prepare for future shocks and stresses.

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