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'Twinkle' Sparks Fireworks As Fiddler Guts Violin Method

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-16 01:41

Fiddler Mark O'Connor claims Shinichi Suzuki, creator of the popular Suzuki Method of violin instruction, was a fraud. O'Connor has created his own teaching system.

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ISIS Claims Beheading Of American Aid Worker

NPR News - Sun, 2014-11-16 01:18

The so-called Islamic State released a new video Sunday purporting to show the beheading of hostage Peter Kassig, who was kidnapped in Syria last year.

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4 DuPont Workers Die In Texas Chemical Leak

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 21:41

One worker was also injured at a suburban Houston industrial plant when the chemical, methyl mercaptan, began leaking around 4 a.m.

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Ebola-Infected Doctor Arrives In Nebraska For Treatment

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 12:53

Dr. Martin Salia, who got the virus while working in Sierra Leone, is said to be sicker than some of the other patients who have been successfully treated for the disease in the U.S.

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For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 12:24

Ford is about to sell an aluminum-sided version of its F-150 pickup, setting the industry atwitter with expectation. Some hope that after 40 years on top, the truck will finally fall on its tailgate.

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Boko Haram Seizes Town That Is Home To Kidnapped Schoolgirls

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 10:37

The rebel group that abducted nearly 300 girls in April has captured the town where they were taken, dashing faint hopes that a cease-fire deal with the government could still be salvaged.

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Putin Faces Frosty Reception At G20 In Australia

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 07:55

President Obama and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper were among those who gave the Russian leader an earful over Moscow's involvement in Ukraine.

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The Wondrous World Of Tom Thumb Weddings

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 07:13

Young girls and boys take a little trip into the future of matrimony.

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Hong Kong Democracy Leaders Barred From Traveling To Beijing

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 07:04

Three student activists, including Alex Chow, were stopped at the airport as they sought to board a flight in hopes of meeting with Chinese leaders.

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In NPR Interview, Bill Cosby Declines To Discuss Assault Allegations

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 06:23

The 77-year-old comic actor is weathering new allegations by a former Cosby Show actress who says he drugged and raped her in 1985.

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Gen. Dempsey Lands In Iraq As U.S. Presence Starts To Grow

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 04:35

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey's visit comes as the U.S. prepares to deploy 1,500 military advisors to Iraq.

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Ukraine Conflict Disturbs G-20 Summit

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

Russia and Ukraine take center stage at the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Moscow correspondent Corey Flintoff about President Putin's possible chilly reception.

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Success Record is Mixed For Global Climate Deals

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

As China and the U.S. strike a landmark climate change deal, NPR's Scott Simon asks science correspondent Christopher Joyce how effective these climate targets have been historically.

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Mayor Jane Byrne: 'No One Else Had The Guts'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

Jane Byrne, the first female mayor of Chicago, died at the age of 81. NPR's Scott Simon revisits a conversation from earlier this year with Kathy Byrne, the former mayor's daughter.

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At A Tense Jerusalem Holy Site, Palestinians Stand Watch

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

With tensions rising over a sacred hilltop in Jerusalem, Muslims "defenders" say they are protecting the holy site against Jewish activists. But critics say this is just contributing to the friction.

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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care's Cost

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

A patient's portion of a health care bill is the result of a complicated equation. But it's simple compared to the variety of deals insurers negotiate with hospitals and doctors.

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Despite Job Growth, Voters Focus On Stagnant Wages

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

NPR's Scott Simon talks to columnist Megan McArdle of Bloomberg View about what voters really want from the U.S. job market.

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U.N.'s Truce Plan For Aleppo Draws Skepticism

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said a U.N. proposal for a ceasefire in Aleppo was "worth studying." NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim about the prospects.

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A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 03:48

Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

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Get Ready To Watch This Lame-Duck Congress Sprint

NPR News - Sat, 2014-11-15 02:05

From a Hail Mary pass on the Keystone pipeline aimed at saving Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to attempts to block White House appointments and executive actions, the next month in Congress could be busy.

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