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Hope For Ebola Treatment Found In Survivors

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 08:17

Health officials are looking to those who have recovered from Ebola to treat new cases. The World Health Organization hopes to find antibodies in the blood of people who have fought off the virus.

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UPDATED: Authorities In Dallas Find Man Who Had Contact With Ebola Patient

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 08:06

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said they want to provide the man with a "compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need."

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Seeing Neurological Patients As Characters, Not Case Studies

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 06:29

Legendary theater director Peter Brook is working on a new play centered on people with unusual conditions — like synesthesia, extraordinary memory or the inability to sense their own bodies.

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Vatican Synod Tests The Pope's Vision Of A More Merciful Church

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 06:27

Bishops are meeting with Pope Francis these next two weeks for an extraordinary conference to debate family matters – including hot-button issues like artificial contraception and gay civil unions.

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Mass Graves Found In Mexico, Near Place Where 43 Students Went Missing

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 05:35

The students were last seen being forced into police vans. The mass graves gave rise to fears that the missing students may be dead.

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After Quiet Night Of Protests, Hong Kong's Government Offices Reopen

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 04:06

The government had warned that it wanted streets opened by Monday, but police didn't confront most occupiers. The protesters made room for commuters to enter government offices and return to work.

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The World's Largest Cave Chamber Rises 1,000 Feet

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 03:57

Newly measured, the world's largest chamber is as tall as the Eiffel Tower. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to long-time caver, Andy Eavis, who has explored the ethereally beautiful underground cave.

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Monument Honors Vets Left With Scars, Physical Or Mental

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 03:57

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opens Sunday not far from the U.S. Capitol building. The granite and glass monument honors all those permanently wounded in war.

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For Now, Court Stays Mum On Gay Marriage Cases

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 03:57

A new Supreme Court term starts Monday. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg about what to expect from the court this year.

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How To Measure A Crowd, Without The Political Numbers

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-05 03:57

The Number of the Week is: 80,000. That's how many are protesting in Hong Kong, according to organizers. But data journalist Mona Chalabi says estimating crowd size isn't an exact science.

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Photo Break: America Puts On Its Fall Colors

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 13:08

October brings the peak of the autumn foliage season in many U.S. states. Thanks to the NPR community, we've collected some photos that are worth taking a break from the news to stare at.

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Pro-Democracy Unrest Continues In Hong Kong

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 13:05

It's been two weeks since pro-democracy protestors took to the streets in Hong Kong. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Lily Kuo of the website Quartz for an update and whether negotiations with the government will resume.

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How Can The Secret Service Recover Its Reputation?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 13:05

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with W. Ralph Basham, former director of the U.S. Secret Service, about the agency's recent lapses in security and how it can work to improve.

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Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Dies At 63

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 09:03

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former Haitian dictator nicknamed "Baby Doc" after he succeeded his father in ruling the country, has died. After a brutal regime, Duvalier was sent into exile in 1986.

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Dallas Ebola Case: Experts Say 9 People At Highest Risk Of Contact

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 08:50

Health experts are "fairly certain" that nine people had enough direct contact with an Ebola patient that they could potentially have been infected. None of them have shown symptoms, the CDC says.

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Hong Kong Police Can 'Take All Actions Necessary,' City Leader Says

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 07:36

Discussions between the protesters and the government broke down after the violence. With thousands of protesters still in the streets, some are fearing that a crackdown might be imminent.

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Broken Art: The Closing Of A Washington Museum

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 07:11

A photojournalism student at the Corcoran College of Art + Design responds to a museum's demise the only way she knows how – creatively.

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FAA Chief: No Quick Fix To Prevent Another Fire Like Chicago

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 06:43

Administrator Michael Huerta has a response to lawmakers who criticized the FAA for failing to have backup systems in place when a fire at an air traffic control center shut down Chicago's airports.

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Two For One: Subsidies Help Food Stamp Recipients Buy Fresh Food

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 06:23

There a big new pot of government money available for programs that boost the buying power of food stamps. But there's a catch: The cash has to spent on local fruit and vegetables.

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A First: Uterus Transplant Gives Parents A Healthy Baby

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-04 06:10

The new mother, 36, had been born without a uterus, so another woman, 61, donated her womb several years after she had gone through menopause.

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