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Volunteer Recap: Megaphones, Machetes And Unexpected Tears

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 03:03

At 4:30 a.m., medical student Ryan Klitgaard would wake up to a Nicaraguan newspaper vendor yelling through a megaphone. Then came a day of treating patients — and fending off dogs and chickens.

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 02:47

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.

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Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 02:47

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.

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China Gets Its First Taste Of Fine Art Photography

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 01:38

China's largest fair devoted to fine art photography opened in Shanghai this weekend. The first-time event includes more than 500 works from photographers around the world.

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China Gets Its First Taste Of Fine Art Photography

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 01:38

China's largest fair devoted to fine art photography opened in Shanghai this weekend. The first-time event includes more than 500 works from photographers around the world.

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U.S. Launches New Strikes Against Islamic State

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 01:23

Sunday's airstrikes around Haditha Dam in western Iraq targeted Islamic State insurgents there for the first time in a move to prevent the group from capturing the vital dam.

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In A Test Of The Cease-Fire, Ukraine Checkpoint Reportedly Destroyed

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-07 00:50

The cease-fire in Ukraine is barely two days old, but the relative peace was ruptured by steady overnight shelling near the port city of Mariupol.

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China's Alibaba Could See $155 Billion Valuation In U.S. IPO

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 13:00

Preparing for its initial public offering, e-commerce company Alibaba estimates its stock will sell for $60 to $66 a share. The retailing giant will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Dry California Braces As Wildfires Continue

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 12:29

A blaze in Mariposa County is one of many large fires burning in drought-stricken California. Officials say this weekend's conditions will make the danger even greater.

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Japan's Nishikori Beats Djokovic, Making History; Federer Falls To Cilic

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 12:15

Kei Nishikori put a buzz into the U.S. Open crowd in New York and put himself into the history books, becoming the first Asian man to reach a Grand Slam tennis final.

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Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 10:44

Denim sales fell 6 percent over the past year. Blue jeans haven't hit the skids this hard since Marlon Brando and James Dean made them famous in the 1950s.

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Obama Will Put Off Executive Actions On Immigration

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 09:36

In June, President Obama said he would act on his own to reshape U.S. immigration policies at the summer's end. Since then, he's come under pressure from fellow Democrats.

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If It's Not About Sex, It Must Be About Money — Unless It's About Power

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 09:01

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction is a reminder that politicians are more likely to be nailed for petty chiseling than for fleecing the public treasury for billions in pork barrel projects.

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Former IS Hostage Says Museum Shooting Suspect Was His Jailer

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 08:36

Before now, the former hostages have avoided disclosing details about their captors' identity, out of fears that Westerners still being held by the Islamic State could face retaliation.

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Crews Search For Wreckage Of N.Y. Couple's Plane Near Jamaica

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 07:26

The plane's occupants are believed to have been real estate developer Larry Glazer, who may have been at the controls, and his wife, Jane, who owned a catalog business.

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Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 06:28

As Iraqi and American forces battle militants in the north, there are fears the turmoil could fuel new killings in the capital.

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Bengals' Signing Of Player Will Let Him Pay For Daughter's Cancer Care

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 06:02

For Devon Still, the Cincinnati Bengals' decision means he'll be able to stay close to his daughter — and it will help pay the roughly $1 million her fight against cancer will require.

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Ebola Spurs A Full Public Lockdown In Sierra Leone

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 04:57

The lockdown's effectiveness will depend on citizens buying in to the government's plan. The news comes as the World Health Organization says it's speeding up delivery of possible vaccines.

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Q&A: Dana Goldstein, Author, 'The Teacher Wars'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 04:43

Testing, tenure, pay, standards, business influence, poverty and inequality--the big education issues have been with us a long time, says a new book.

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How Genuine Is Russia's Ceasefire?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-06 03:50

NATO leaders gathered in Wales this week to address the crisis in Ukraine and the threat posed by the Islamic State. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder.

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