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Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

Wed, 2014-08-27 08:08

Villagers in Al-Qoush opened homes and schools to Iraqis fleeing the advance of the Islamic State. But that was June. Now it's a ghost town, as silent as it's 6th-century monastery.

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Back Home, Freed American Journalist Says He's 'Overwhelmed By Emotion'

Wed, 2014-08-27 07:24

Peter Theo Curtis was released by a militant group shortly after another group, the Islamic State, beheaded the American journalist James Foley.

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Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head

Wed, 2014-08-27 06:44

Water is scarce in India, which is a good reason not to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. A journalist came up with another option — give a bucket of rice to a hungry person. Her version is going viral.

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U.N. Says Assad Regime, Islamic State Are Committing War Crimes In Syria

Wed, 2014-08-27 06:25

The report paints a grim picture of a country besieged by a ruthless civil war. All sides are indiscriminately killing and torturing civilians.

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Fashion Retailer Zara Pulls Kids Shirt Resembling Concentration Camp Uniform

Wed, 2014-08-27 05:12

The company said the shirt's design was meant to look like a sheriff's star from classic Western films. But after popular uproar, Zara decided to pull it from shelves.

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French Prosecutors Put IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation

Wed, 2014-08-27 04:01

Christine Lagarde said the allegations of "simple negligence" stem from her days as finance minister under former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Wed, 2014-08-27 03:31

Why do some cheeses melt and caramelize better than others? Researchers used high-tech cameras and special software to figure it out.

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Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes

Wed, 2014-08-27 02:48

The latest twist in the already contentious election process throws it further into crisis. It's looking likely that a new president won't be inaugurated by Sept. 2, as had been the plan.

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Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons

Wed, 2014-08-27 01:02

Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.

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Why Patients Aren't Coming To Liberia's Redemption Hospital

Wed, 2014-08-27 00:37

At this government-run facility in Monrovia, doctors and nurses try to provide care as best they can. But since the Ebola outbreak, many people are afraid to come.

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U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria

Tue, 2014-08-26 23:39

Dozens of Americans have gone to Syria to fight against the government, some with groups the U.S. considers terrorists. U.S. officials have to sort out which could be dangerous when they return.

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Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

Tue, 2014-08-26 23:33

President Obama has been widely criticized for not being combative enough. Commentator Frank Deford says we elected a basketball player, but ended up with a golfer.

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The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

Tue, 2014-08-26 23:32

The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.

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Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

Tue, 2014-08-26 23:30

One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

Tue, 2014-08-26 23:28

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

Tue, 2014-08-26 23:27

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

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American Reportedly Fighting Alongside Extremists In Syria Dies

Tue, 2014-08-26 16:31

The White House says it was aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain was in Syria, though it did not confirm he was fighting with the Islamic State. The terrorist group claims McCain died in battle.

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Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

Tue, 2014-08-26 14:56

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.

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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

Tue, 2014-08-26 14:02

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.

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Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment

Tue, 2014-08-26 13:30

Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.

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