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An Unprecedented Transfer Of Power Marked Ford's Presidency

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 01:14

In the wake of President Nixon's resignation, Gerald Ford assumed the presidency inheriting a nation divided over Watergate and distracted from pressing domestic and international events.

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Hamas Conflict Could Have Lingering Impact On Israel's Economy

NPR News - Mon, 2014-08-18 00:40

With a shaky cease-fire holding, Israel is starting to take stock of how much the monthlong war with Hamas will cost.

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More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:53

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one-quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.

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The Power Of The Peer Group In Preventing Campus Rape

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:51

A small percentage of college students commit most of the rapes on campus. Research suggests that the attitudes of male friends can either lead men to commit rape or stop them.

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Bigger, Faster Air Tankers Help Forest Service Tackle Wildfires

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:50

The agency's fleet of planes shrank dramatically in the early 2000s, falling from 40 air tankers to nine. Now, the addition of new airplanes is both expanding and modernizing the firefighting fleet.

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Casinos Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke-Free

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:49

Dozens of Navajo communities have passed resolutions banning smoking in government buildings and work places this year. But some casino operators worry the measures will drive customers away.

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In South Texas, Few On The Fence Over Divisive Border Wall Issue

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:49

U.S. Border Patrol says the fence separating Mexico and Texas helps control the illegal movement of people and contraband. But many who live on the Texas border call it a boondoggle.

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For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 23:47

Demand for specialty and artisanal foods is booming, and new entrepreneurs want to get in on the action. Incubators can provide shared commercial kitchen space and tips on sales and distribution.

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Obama Breaks Up Vacation With Brief Return To Washington

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 21:42

In a rare move for him, Obama took a break from his vacation to return to Washington for meetings on the U.S. military campaign in Iraq and tensions between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

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More Mayhem In Ferguson: Tear Gas, Riot Gear, Gunshots

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 19:10

Clashes among protesters, journalists and police in the St. Louis suburb erupted into chaos hours before a midnight curfew began Sunday night.

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Yazidi Community In America Watches Events In Iraq With Horror

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 13:03

Lincoln, Neb., is home to a sizable group of Iraqi Yazidis, members of the minority group being persecuted in Iraq. One of them, Sulaiman Murad, describes the agony of watching the crisis from afar.

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With Its Eccentric Owner Gone, What To Do With Graceland Too?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 13:01

The home of Paul MacLeod — with its Elvis shrine and offbeat owner — drew tourists to the postcard town of Holly Springs, Miss. Now, a tragedy has left the town reeling and debating the home's fate.

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New Orleans Makes Big Push To Get More Cops On The Streets

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 13:01

The city is losing about 100 officers a year to retirements and resignations. To beef up the force, New Orleans is speeding up background checks and relaxing some requirements for the job.

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Capt. Ron Johnson: 'I Am Sorry' For Brown's Death

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 13:00

The Missouri Highway Patrol officer in charge of security in violence-wracked Ferguson says: "You are my friends and I am you."

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In Ferguson, Local Faith Leaders Call For 'Different Dialogue'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 12:46

Amid ongoing tension over the shooting death of an unarmed teen, churches are telling their parishioners that now is the time for tough conversations.

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Israel, Palestinians Still Far Apart As Truce Nears End

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 11:55

Hamas wants an easing of the blockade of the territory, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reiterated a demand for security guarantees.

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The Death And Uneasy Rebirth Of Cambodia's Psychedelic Rock

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 10:41

An unlikely music nearly silenced by the Khmer Rouge is being replayed and remixed by young performers of Cambodian descent. But changing up the oldies has landed some musicians in hot water.

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Young Indians And Pakistanis Rewrite Their Shared History

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 09:59

When students from the two countries met in the U.S., they were surprised at how different their history lessons had been at home. So they put together a narrative that offers both versions.

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Kurds: U.S. Air Power Backing Operation To Retake Mosul Dam

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 06:42

Peshmerga fighters claim to have retaken the area around the dam, but an eyewitness tells NPR that he's seen no clear progress as yet by Kurdish forces.

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Kenya Shuts Borders To Ebola-Hit West African Countries

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-17 05:37

The ban on travelers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea goes into effect from midnight Tuesday.

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