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Obama: U.S. Underestimated ISIS, Overestimated Iraqi Army

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 15:10

In an interview with 60 Minutes the president, citing the director of national intelligence, acknowledged that U.S. intelligence overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to fight the group.

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To Counter Gun Violence, Researchers Seek Deeper Data

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 13:06

For the first time in nearly 20 years, federal money is flowing into gun violence research. There's also growing momentum behind creating a reliable national database for firearm injuries and deaths.

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Sober And Sold-Out: Dance Club In Sweden Cuts Booze For A Night

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 12:44

Breathalyzers were placed in the doorway of a nightclub in Stockholm this weekend, with an unusual purpose: to ensure no guests had been drinking any booze.

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People Be Triflin', From 'Bills, Bills, Bills' To The Bible

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 10:47

The word "trifling" (or, as it may be more commonly said, "triflin'"), used to blast folks as lazy, good-for-nothing cheaters, goes back quite a ways.

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Kenya's Kimetto Sets New Marathon World Record In Berlin

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 10:09

For the first time, the world record in the marathon is now under 2 hours and 3 minutes, after Dennis Kimetto of Kenya tore through the course at Sunday's Berlin Marathon.

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The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:54

The scientists who study humans and their cultures could help health care professionals treat people who are reasonably, desperately afraid, they argue.

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Popular Indian Politician's Corruption Conviction Spurs Nervousness

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 08:14

A ruling against J. Jayalalithaa in India's highest-profile corruption case has stunned a political class that is widely seen as permeated with graft. She's been sentenced to four years in prison.

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Facebook Requires Real Names. What Does That Mean For Drag Queens?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 06:56

Dozens of queens' profiles were deactivated recently because they used stage names. Facebook says requiring real names curbs abuse, but LGBT groups say it's restricting — for drag queens and others.

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With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 06:53

Daniel Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He's toned down the rhetoric and his wife runs day-to-day operations. Critics say it's not unlike the regime he toppled 30 years ago.

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Turkey Signals Willingness To Join Coalition Against ISIS

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 06:46

Saying his country will do "whatever is needed" to help fight the extremist group ISIS, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has reached what media are calling "a point of determination."

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What Drives Abortion: The Law or Income?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 06:25

About 5 million women worldwide are admitted to hospitals each year because of complications after an abortion. But the key to stopping these injuries may have nothing to with changing the law.

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With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 06:12

Attorney General Eric Holder tells NPR's Carrie Johnson that he's sorry his parents couldn't see Obama's tribute to him on Thursday — and that his greatest regret hit home on a visit to Newtown.

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Hong Kong Police Use Tear Gas On Large Pro-Democracy Protest

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 05:36

Video footage from earlier in the day showed protesters using umbrellas to try to deflect pepper spray and water cannons as officers attempted to disperse the crowd.

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Reporter's Notebook: In Eastern Ukraine, A Bellicose Mood Prevails

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 05:04

On a return trip to eastern Ukraine, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley found a ceasefire that feels shaky and separatists who are full of swagger and determined to press their fight for independence.

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More Than 30 Feared Dead In Japanese Volcano's Eruption

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-28 04:25

Officials say the hikers were found close to the mountain's peak, in cardiac and respiratory arrest. More than 200 hikers survived Saturday's eruption.

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Police Officer Shot In Ferguson, Mo. As Protests Continue

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-27 20:44

The officer, a woman, is expected to recover. A hunt for the suspect is underway.

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I Thought It Was Just Stress, Until It Broke My Heart

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-27 13:25

Sure, she felt sick, but it was probably just stress. She had to make it to the crucial meeting at her son's school and solve the day care problem. But all along her heart was whispering, "enough."

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At U.N., India's Modi Discusses Pakistan, Terrorism, And Peace

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-27 12:53

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at the U.N. one day after Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. Modi said it's up to Pakistan to create an "appropriate atmosphere" for peace talks.

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Why Youngstown, Ohio, Loved 'Jimbo' Traficant

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-27 10:48

Former congressman Jim Traficant, who died Saturday at age 73, served prison time for bribery and racketeering. But he always remained popular in Youngstown — a city that felt abandoned by others.

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Ohio's James Traficant Dies, Days After Accident On Farm

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-27 10:37

The Ohio politician whose career included 17 years in Congress and a conviction for bribery has died at age 73. He was critically hurt in a tractor accident earlier this week.

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