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Why Do You Care About Fairness? Ask A Chimp

Thu, 2014-09-18 11:37

Squirrel monkeys, chimps and humans: Two among these are willing to give up an unfair advantage, but why? It's about greasing the social wheels, scientists say.

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New Islamic State Video Purports To Show Kidnapped British Journalist

Thu, 2014-09-18 11:33

The man in the video says he is John Cantile, a British journalist and hostage. He asks why his government has abandoned him. NPR hasn't independently verified the video's authenticity.

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Islamic State Planned Killing In Australia, PM Says After Raids

Wed, 2014-09-17 18:53

Fifteen people were arrested across Sydney in the counterterrorism operation, which one official said was the largest in the country's history.

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Two More NFL Players Placed On 'Exempt List' Over Domestic Violence

Wed, 2014-09-17 16:39

The Carolina Panthers placed Greg Hardy on the list over a long-running case and the Cardinals did the same after Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault.

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Doctor Says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has 'Rare ... Difficult' Cancer

Wed, 2014-09-17 15:45

The mayor, who made international news after he admitted to smoking crack, dropped out of the mayoral race last week. Ford's doctor said he was "optimistic."

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Federal Reserve To Markets: Nothing To See Here; Move Along

Wed, 2014-09-17 14:22

The Fed said because wage-and-price hikes remain low and growth continues at a moderate pace, interest rates will stay at historic lows for a "considerable time."

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House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

Wed, 2014-09-17 13:20

Even though it was backed by both party leaders, the vote split politicians within their own ranks. The final tally on the narrow military measure was 273 to 156.

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The Insights Of An Ebola Doctor Who Became A Patient

Wed, 2014-09-17 13:00

Dr. Kent Brantly, an American Ebola survivor, tells NPR what it was like to suffer from the deadly and "humiliating" disease.

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Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And The Risk Of Diabetes

Wed, 2014-09-17 12:47

There's a new wrinkle to the old debate over diet soda: Artificial sweeteners may alter our microbiomes. And for some, this may raise blood sugar levels and set the stage for diabetes.

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Europe's Family Tree Gets A New Branch

Wed, 2014-09-17 12:47

Genetic evidence from ancient humans and modern people suggests that travelers from northern Eurasia moved south several thousand years ago. They stuck around to have kids with early European farmers.

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Fed Pledges To Keep Interest Rates Low For A While

Wed, 2014-09-17 12:08

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen took questions from reporters on Wednesday afternoon after the central bank's release of a new policy statement. The Fed said that its bond-buying stimulus program would end next month but it will still be a "considerable time" before short-term interest rates are increased.

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After A Long Wait, Syrian Rebels Hope The Weapons Will Now Flow

Wed, 2014-09-17 11:44

The "moderate" opposition has been losing ground on the battlefield and pleading for weapons from the U.S. for the past couple of years. They are hoping that their fortunes have finally changed.

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From Quebec To Kashmir, Separatists Watch Scotland Vote

Wed, 2014-09-17 11:19

Scotland's referendum on independence has implications beyond the borders of the United Kingdom. We take a look at several other regions with breakaway movements.

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Kids' Perception Of Parents' Favoritism Counts More Than Reality

Wed, 2014-09-17 11:13

Mom always liked you best. But is that enough of an excuse to start smoking dope? It depends on how teenagers perceive parental preference, a study finds. And also how warm the family is overall.

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3.7 Million Comments Later, Here's Where Net Neutrality Stands

Wed, 2014-09-17 11:12

A proposal about how to maintain unfettered access to Internet content drew a bigger public response than any single issue in the Federal Communication Commission's history. What's next?

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Iran's Foreign Minister: U.S. 'Not Serious' About Defeating Islamic State

Wed, 2014-09-17 09:47

In an interview with NPR, Mohammad Javad Zarif says the U.S. has been hesitant and contradictory in its approach to defeating the Islamist insurgency.

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Who's Giving What: Nonprofits Step Up Anti-Ebola Efforts

Wed, 2014-09-17 09:40

Nonprofits have an important role to play in fighting Ebola, Obama said yesterday. Indeed, they are now donating millions, dispatching doctors and sending over critical supplies.

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Boeing And SpaceX Win $6.8 Billion In NASA Contracts

Tue, 2014-09-16 13:52

By 2017, the two American companies are expected to take over a job that NASA has relied upon Russia to perform: shuttling astronauts to the International Space Station.

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Dr. Kent Brantly: Ebola Survivor Gives Testimony On The Hill

Tue, 2014-09-16 13:32

The doctor spoke of "the horror that this disease visits upon its victims" and told a joint Senate committee hearing that he favors U.S. military intervention to fight it.

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More Birthdays For Kids Under 5 Around The World

Tue, 2014-09-16 13:13

The number of deaths of children under 5 has dropped by 49 percent since 1990. There are many reasons why, from better vaccines and health workers to "kangaroo mother care."

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