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Scottish Author: 'We Want Control Over Our Destiny'

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 03:48

Scotland's independence vote is just a few days away. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to the best-selling Scottish novelist Val McDermid about her thoughts on the referendum.

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USAID Steps Up Building Of New Ebola Treatment Units

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 03:48

Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the organization's efforts to coordinate a worldwide response to the Ebola crisis.

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As Floodwaters Recede In Kashmir Valley, Anger Grows

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 03:48

The floodwaters are receding in Indian-administered Kashmir, but the death toll continues to rise as authorities assess the destruction and seek disaster relief aid from the Indian government.

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Will Obama's Plan Be Enough To Quell Islamic State?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 03:48

Last week, President Obama laid out a plan to fight the Islamic State. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to David Rothkopf, CEO and editor of Foreign Policy magazine, about Obama's foreign policy strategy.

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Islamic State Video Shows Execution Of British Aid Worker

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 03:48

The Islamic State militant group released a video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with NY Times reporter Steven Erlanger about the U.K. reaction.

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Africans Are Introduced To The Blood Pressure Cuff

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 03:48

Esther Okaya is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from hypertension. New efforts to fight the condition include a $1 bonus for health workers who identify and bring in a patient.

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Howling Babies Drove Prehistoric Warriors Into Battle?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 03:03

Can a colicky baby's piercing scream be militarized? As in, made (literally) into a weapon of war? Oh, absolutely, says this scholar, smiling ever so slightly.

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Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 01:27

Why do we use fruits, vegetables, Twinkies and other food items to describe the idea of someone being [Race A] on the inside, [Race B] on the outside?

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Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 01:27

Why do we use fruits, vegetables, Twinkies and other food items to describe the idea of someone being [Race A] on the inside, [Race B] on the outside?

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Pageant Contestant Felt Helpless Against Domestic Violence

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 01:21

Pageant contestants often pick feel-good issues for their platform topics. Miss New York chose domestic violence because she lived it. There are many reasons why women stay with an abuser, she says.

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It's All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 01:17

More than 500 girls living in poverty have lent their voices to Girl Declaration, a campaign urging world leaders to include the needs of girls in the next set of global development goals.

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It's All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

NPR News - Sun, 2014-09-14 01:17

More than 500 girls living in poverty have lent their voices to Girl Declaration, a campaign urging world leaders to include the needs of girls in the next set of global development goals.

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ISIS Video Purports To Show Beheading Of British Aid Worker

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 14:38

The militant group calling itself the Islamic State claims to have killed British aid worker David Haines. The video has been condemned by British prime minister David Cameron and by President Obama.

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San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 12:36

The mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, will have teddy bears in it, school police officials say. The MRAP is a piece of military surplus equipment that's worth around $733,000.

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A Talent That Bridged Genres: Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 08:48

Heard on songs by musicians from Miles Davis to Tupac Shakur, Joe Sample's music incorporated elements of soul and funk into jazz.

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Phoenix Mercury Wins WNBA Title In A Sweep Of Chicago

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 07:23

Thanks to Candice Dupree and Diana Taurasi, the Phoenix Mercury overcame the absence of star center Brittney Griner, who averaged nearly 4 blocks per game this season.

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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 06:40

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

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Poets Give Voice To The Toll Of Type 2 Diabetes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 06:34

Doctors and poets are collaborating in California to encourage young people to tell stories about Type 2 diabetes in their communities.

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Ukraine: Peace Disrupted By Barrage; Russia Sends New Aid Convoy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 05:39

Rocket fire tested — but didn't break — a week-old cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists Friday night. And the EU made concessions to Russia on a trade pact.

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Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 05:34

The president's proposal to degrade and destroy the Islamic State poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.

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