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McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:10

In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

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The Quandary At Jackson Hole: Is It Time To Step Back From Stimulus?

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:10

With the economy showing signs of positive momentum, the Federal Reserve is facing familiar questions at its monetary symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Chief among these: Are interest rates too low? Robert Siegel asks Alan Blinder of Princeton University.

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Bank Of America Settles With Feds And States For Record Amount

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:10

In the latest fallout from misdeeds leading up to the financial crisis, Bank of America has agreed to a record $16.65 billion deal with federal and state governments. The deal helps the bank avoid prosecution for the fraudulent sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors.

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The Siege Deepens In Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:10

There are reports of heavy shelling on the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, as government forces try to take the city from pro-Russian separatists. Meanwhile, thousands of the city's residents are trying to flee the fighting.

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Israel Unrolls New Series Of Strikes Against Hamas Leadership

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:10

An Israeli airstrike killed three Hamas military commanders, who were buried shortly later amid threats that the militant group would respond.

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BREAKING: British Burn Washington ... 2 Centuries Ago

Thu, 2014-08-21 12:01

Two hundred years ago this week, invading British troops destroyed the White House and the U.S. Capitol. NPR wasn't there, but if we were, our coverage might have sounded something like this ...

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A Year Later, Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Gone, But Siege Remains

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:46

The Damascus suburb hit by a deadly chemical weapons attack a year ago remains surrounded by Syrian government forces who are still trying to squeeze the rebels out.

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Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments?

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:34

Even though the current outbreak in West Africa has become the largest ever, Ebola isn't the most attractive business proposition for drugmakers. The right financial incentives might change that.

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The 10-Year-Old Boy Has Died, Probably Of Ebola

Thu, 2014-08-21 11:29

The photo showed a little boy. He was found naked on a beach in Liberia and was very sick, most likely with Ebola. The world was deeply touched. And hoped for a miracle. But his story has a sad end.

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U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thu, 2014-08-21 10:43

The State Department lauded the fundraising phenomenon, but said the participation of high-profile diplomats, such as ambassadors, violates internal policy.

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The Sleepy Road Near Our National Conversation On Race

Thu, 2014-08-21 09:17

National media attention for much of the past two weeks has been focused on a small stretch of West Florissant Avenue. A little over a mile away is South Florissant Road, which has been much quieter.

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When Venus Was Filled With Venusians — 50 Billion Of Them

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:49

Look up at the night sky and ask, "Anybody there?" Then consider this answer (from the 1830s): There are 22 trillion individuals in our solar system.

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California Drought Has Wild Salmon Competing With Almonds For Water

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:47

Thousands of Chinook salmon are struggling to survive in the Klamath River, where waters are running dangerously low and warm. Cold reservoir water is instead going to farms in the Central Valley.

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Mental Health Meets 'Moneyball' In San Antonio

Thu, 2014-08-21 08:05

The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.

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Thailand's Parliament Hands Prime Minister Post To Coup Leader

Thu, 2014-08-21 07:50

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a May putsch against the country's democratically elected government, was approved unanimously by a hand-picked legislature.

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Is There Such A Thing As A 'Good Psychopath'?

Thu, 2014-08-21 07:13

A pair of authors believe that certain traits such as ruthlessness and fearlessness can enhance your life.

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U.S. Won't Rule Out Attack In Syria To Hit Islamic State

Thu, 2014-08-21 06:59

American aircraft have carried out more strikes against the Islamic State, after the extremist group beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley. The attacks come despite threats to kill other hostages.

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Afghanistan Expels 'Times' Reporter Over Article About Potential Coup

Thu, 2014-08-21 06:26

New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg was forced to leave Afghanistan after officials called one of his recent stories a threat to national security.

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Bank Of America Reaches Record Settlement Over Mortgage Meltdown

Thu, 2014-08-21 06:24

The nation's second-largest bank has agreed to pay nearly $17 billion to settle allegations that it misled investors into buying toxic mortgage-backed securities.

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An Officer Shot A Black Teen, And St. Louis Rioted — In 1962

Thu, 2014-08-21 06:13

As we unpack St. Louis' long, tense history of racial unrest amid continuing protests in Ferguson, Mo., we find striking parallels between the events of years past and those of the past few weeks.

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