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Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

Mon, 2014-10-20 10:46

Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.

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The Artificial Boundary That Divides Iraq

Mon, 2014-10-20 09:59

A checkpoint near Kirkuk marks the line between Kurdish-controlled territory and the world of Islamic State extremists. Some 5,000 civilians stream across daily, lives and families divided.

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Plane Of Good Samaritans: Why Fly To (And From) West Africa

Mon, 2014-10-20 09:03

On the plane to Monrovia, our NPR correspondent saw the best of human nature in the passengers on board. Almost all of them were headed to Liberia to lend a helping hand.

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Nepal Ends Rescue Efforts After Deadly Avalanches In Himalayas

Mon, 2014-10-20 08:40

Locals and international tourists are among at least 39 people known to have died in blizzards and avalanches throughout the foothills of Nepal's Himalayan mountain range last week.

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The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoon-gate' Lessons

Sun, 2014-10-19 13:24

The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

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Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

Sun, 2014-10-19 10:04

The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.

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One Of 7 Northern White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya

Sun, 2014-10-19 08:18

Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.

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As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Sun, 2014-10-19 07:42

Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.

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An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Sun, 2014-10-19 07:06

What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches — even a free library.

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Health Care Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

Sun, 2014-10-19 06:55

The news comes after the woman voluntarily quarantined herself aboard the ship and after Mexico declined to let the ship dock. The woman was allowed off the ship with the rest of the passengers.

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Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

Sun, 2014-10-19 03:57

In a letter published on Sunday, Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said it had made mistakes in the diagnosis of index patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

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'

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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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