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5 Questions About The Supreme Court And Gay Marriage In The U.S.

Mon, 2014-10-06 14:27

The Supreme Court surprised many by refusing to weigh in on gay marriage Monday. And it prompted a question: What does this mean for same-sex couples in 20 states that still have a ban?

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Female Heads Of Household (And Hair) Reveal Afghanistan's Drug Use

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:58

A new study of drug use in Afghanistan, relying on information from female heads of households and confirmed by lab tests, shows that 1 in 20 Afghans are using prescription or illicit drugs.

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USA Swimming Suspends Michael Phelps Over DUI Arrest

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:40

The 18-time gold medalist said that he was going to attend a program to "better understand myself." USA Swimming said Phelps will be excluded from 2015 FINA World Championships.

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Some Americans Boosted Charitable Giving In Recession; The Rich Did Not

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:39

As times got tough, America's less-wealthy citizens grew more generous, according to a new study. But people making at least $200,000 a year cut the portion of their incomes they gave to charity.

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A New Understanding Of Arson Spurs A Retrial In A Fatal Texas Fire

Mon, 2014-10-06 13:26

Much of the evidence used against Ed Graf, in prison since 1986 for setting a fire that killed his stepsons, is now considered junk science. His is one of many old arson cases Texas is re-examining.

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Should Short Beards Be Allowed Behind Bars?

Mon, 2014-10-06 12:26

Arkansas prisoner Gregory Holt hand-wrote a 15-page petition without the help of lawyers, arguing that he be permitted to wear a beard as part of his religion. The Supreme Court will hear the case.

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Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks

Mon, 2014-10-06 12:03

There's a company town in Liberia with 80,000 residents. Ebola was first detected in March. Firestone's resourceful response has kept the virus from spreading.

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Mexican President Says He's 'Indignant' Over Case Of Missing Students

Mon, 2014-10-06 11:35

Over the weekend, police found the mass graves that are thought to contain the bodies of some of the students.

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On China's Mainland, A Less Charitable Take On Hong Kong's Protests

Mon, 2014-10-06 10:31

The pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong largely have been peaceful, but many mainland Chinese see the demonstrators as spoiled troublemakers who are asking for too much, too soon.

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From GIs To Gen Z (Or Is It iGen?): How Generations Get Nicknames

Mon, 2014-10-06 09:02

Baby boomers, Generation X, millennials — every generation has a name. But where do these names come from, who chooses them, and why do we need them?

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Why Ebola Patients Are Getting Treatment In Nebraska

Mon, 2014-10-06 08:40

The Nebraska Medical Center is the largest of four high-level biocontainment patient care units in the U.S.

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NPR Chief Announces Departure Of Key Digital Strategist

Mon, 2014-10-06 08:32

CEO Jarl Mohn announced Monday that Kinsey Wilson is leaving the network. Wilson, whose exit follows the departure of several other NPR executives, is seen as a leader on the digital front.

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Supreme Court Declines To Take Up Gay-Marriage Appeals

Mon, 2014-10-06 07:37

On Monday, on the first day of its new term, the court stunned the legal world, refusing to take any of the appeals pending on lower court rulings allowing gay marriage.

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Neves Will Face Incumbent Rousseff In Brazil's Runoff Election

Sun, 2014-10-05 15:01

In Sunday's presidential election, incumbent Dilma Rousseff and right-of-center candidate Aecio Neves came out on top. Marina Silva, the environmentalist Socialist candidate, trailed far behind.

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'You Have The Right To Remain Silent.' Or Do You?

Sun, 2014-10-05 13:05

Any devotee of TV crime dramas or police procedural shows hears the phrase regularly. But court decisions in recent years have chipped away at that principle.

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WATCH: Protesters Disrupt St. Louis Symphony With 'Requiem For Mike Brown'

Sun, 2014-10-05 11:33

"Justice for Mike Brown is justice for us all," the demonstrators sang, referring to the unarmed black teenager killed by a police officer.

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Occupy Central: Faces From Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Movement

Sun, 2014-10-05 10:04

On what could be a fateful day for the eight-day old civil disobedience movement, NPR's Anthony Kuhn brings us some of the sights.

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Gabby Giffords' SuperPAC Fights For Her Old House Seat

Sun, 2014-10-05 08:59

Sympathy for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, helped get her successor elected. Now she lobbies for tighter gun laws, and a tough ad from her PAC has stirred anger.

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Hope For Ebola Treatment Found In Survivors

Sun, 2014-10-05 08:17

Health officials are looking to those who have recovered from Ebola to treat new cases. The World Health Organization hopes to find antibodies in the blood of people who have fought off the virus.

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UPDATED: Authorities In Dallas Find Man Who Had Contact With Ebola Patient

Sun, 2014-10-05 08:06

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said they want to provide the man with a "compassionate place where we can monitor him and care for his every need."

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