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Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

Fri, 2014-09-19 13:08

Videotaped murders by Islamic State have sparked outrage around the world. But while some European countries have paid ransom to retrieve victims taken by ISIS, Britain and the U.S. have not.

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Inside An Ebola Kit: A Little Chlorine And A Lot Of Hope

Fri, 2014-09-19 12:15

The Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. And clinics don't have space for patients. So the U.S. government is giving families kits for treating people at home. Will this help slow the epidemic?

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Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

Fri, 2014-09-19 12:15

On the anniversary of the iconic series, NPR's Eric Deggans talks with the author of a new Bill Cosby biography about how the show and the comedian have shaped perceptions of black families.

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To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Fri, 2014-09-19 11:40

Russia's ban on imported foods hasn't stopped its trendiest restaurants from sourcing top-quality ingredients like Italian cheese and Norwegian fish. How? Just slap on a "made in Belarus" label.

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NFL Commissioner: 'We Will Get Our House In Order'

Fri, 2014-09-19 11:24

Roger Goodell has been embroiled in controversy over how the league has handled off-field violent behavior of some of its star players. He said he had not considered resigning.

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A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare's Fate In 2 States

Fri, 2014-09-19 10:24

Where have the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act struggled the most? The answer lies in commerce, not politics.

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His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

Fri, 2014-09-19 09:44

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

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White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

Fri, 2014-09-19 09:41

In unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading

Fri, 2014-09-19 09:32

Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history. They were priced at $68 a share.

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Iconic Pabst Beer Brands Sold To Russian Company

Fri, 2014-09-19 08:33

Pabst Brewing Co., with its famous Blue Ribbon, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz labels, is being acquired by Russian brewer Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum.

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How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

Fri, 2014-09-19 08:21

Most parents say they have used corporal punishment. But there's abundant evidence that it doesn't improve behavior over time. Changing how parents talk to children does work, but it takes practice.

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'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Fri, 2014-09-19 07:53

They are small. They are weak. They are vulnerable. But these little bees take on a humongous predator in the most ingenious way.

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India's Modi Calls Al-Qaida's Plans For His Country 'Delusional'

Fri, 2014-09-19 07:49

The Indian prime minister, in an interview, called his country's Muslims patriots. The remarks are his most forthcoming on India's Muslims, many of whom doubted his commitment to religious minorities.

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Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Fri, 2014-09-19 07:17

The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.

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Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:44

Seven young Iranians were arrested in May for producing their own version of the Pharrell Williams song "Happy." Iranian authorities said the video, which went viral, offended public morals.

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Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:14

From tasty tempura to gross gruel, hospital meals across the globe vary wildly. Highbrow institutions in China and India have long served top-notch food. U.S. hospitals are starting to follow suit.

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Scotland's Vote Could Bring Big Changes To England, Wales, N. Ireland

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:11

British Prime Minister David Cameron says now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to the rest of the U.K.

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Why 'Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?' Is Such A Loaded Question

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:03

An NFL star's indictment on child abuse charges has reignited a national debate about parents using corporal punishment. But how people feel about this issue is tied to some very personal questions.

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Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

Fri, 2014-09-19 05:05

The shooter, Don Spirit, 51, had done time in prison on firearms violations in connection with the shooting death of his 8-year-old son during a 2001 hunting accident.

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French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

Fri, 2014-09-19 04:27

President Francois Hollande says the Rafale fighters "entirely destroyed" a logistics depot. His office said more air operations against Islamic State militants would be conducted in coming days.

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