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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 03:43

Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

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California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 03:43

Farmers say they aren't using up groundwater supplies, nor are they solely to blame for the water crisis. Almond grower Dan Errotabere talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the situation on his farm.

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DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 03:43

The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

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U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 03:43

After criticism of a poor response to the Ebola crisis, the United Nations is establishing a management hub in Ghana. The head of UNMEER says the agency is in a race against the disease.

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ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying' Says Counter-Insurgency Expert

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 03:43

A decade after the U.S. took control of Fallujah, America is at war again. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with former Lt. Col. John Nagl, whose counter-insurgency manual helped shape U.S. strategy in Iraq.

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After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 03:03

It's literary awards season. The Nobel, the National Book Awards shortlists, and the Man Booker Prize were all recently announced. Author Jason Sheehan recommends some reading on all this reading.

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Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 03:03

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, died of Ebola in an American hospital. But white American patients have survived. Some Liberians believe racism is the reason for Duncan's demise.

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The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 01:33

In Florida, a key river is undergoing the largest environmental restoration effort in the world. But when complete, a looming water shortage means the river's waters still face an uncertain future.

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9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-19 01:32

In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multi-billion dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.

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Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 12:49

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr spoke out on behalf of Saudi Shia demonstrating against government discrimination in 2011 and 2012. Protesters promise more unrest if Nimr is killed.

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Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 10:32

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 08:14

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

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America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 07:11

You've heard of recycling and upcycling, now there's boocycling — making first-rate costumes from second-hand stuff.

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Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 06:37

Pro-democracy protesters have replaced barricades in the congested Mong Kong district of the city hours after authorities dismantled the obstacles.

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Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 05:31

In the British island territory, Gonzalo has wiped out power to roughly half of the island's 70,000 inhabitants.

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Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 04:01

With three justices dissenting, the high court's ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.

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Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:43

The World Series starts Tuesday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the unexpected stars of the series — the managers.

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Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:43

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.

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Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:43

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

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Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-18 03:43

The Supreme Court announced that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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