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The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

Wed, 2014-09-10 10:00

The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

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Putin: Russia To Upgrade Nuclear Forces In Response To West

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:41

The Russian president also accused the West of staging the crisis in Ukraine in order to "resuscitate" the NATO alliance.

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Islamic State Was Fueled By 'Epic American Failure In Iraq,' Reporter Says

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:37

The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango has been reporting from Iraq for five years and has watched the rise of the Islamic State militants. He gives Fresh Air his take on the situation.

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Covering Ebola: Fear And Love In Liberia

Wed, 2014-09-10 08:44

NPR producer Sami Yenigun went on assignment with excitement and trepidation. To protect himself from infection, he did not touch anyone. Yet he was deeply touched by the people he met.

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Heavier Teen Pot Smoking Linked To Problems In Young Adults

Wed, 2014-09-10 08:00

Daily smokers are less likely to graduate from high school or college and are at higher risk of suicide, according to an analysis of three long-term studies of teenagers in Australia and New Zealand.

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A Sad End For A Beloved Kitten

Wed, 2014-09-10 07:59

Peat the kitten had become the face of the Glenturret Distillery in Scotland. He died this week, apparently after being hit by a car.

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Britain's Cameron Pleads With Scots To Stay In U.K.

Wed, 2014-09-10 07:24

The prime minister says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the union in a Sept. 18 referendum.

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How Far Will President Obama Go?

Wed, 2014-09-10 05:48

The president has spent most of his tenure scaling back the U.S. military role in the Middle East. Now he appears poised to broaden an operation that will bring with it substantial risks.

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Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

Wed, 2014-09-10 05:24

The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor conducts most of the government's background checks and was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.

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Coakley Will Face Baker In Massachusetts Governor's Race

Wed, 2014-09-10 05:20

Attorney General Martha Coakley begins with an advantage in the Democratic state, but polling shows a majority views Republican Charlie Baker as a strong enough leader to be an effective governor.

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How Could A Doctor's Death From Ebola Possibly Be 'Good'?

Wed, 2014-09-10 04:42

He giggled, he swore, he was afraid of Ebola. This summer, he was infected by a patient he treated. Two colleagues remember Dr. Samuel Brisbane's good life — and reflect on the idea of a good death.

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Ukrainian President Offers Limited Autonomy For Rebellious Region

Wed, 2014-09-10 04:12

Petro Poroshenko is offering a bill to grant special status to parts of the country's restive east, but he reiterates that there will be no concession on sovereignty.

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Kerry Seeks Iraq's Support On Move Against Islamic State

Wed, 2014-09-10 03:24

The secretary of state's visit to Baghdad comes ahead of President Obama's speech tonight to outline a plan to combat the militant group.

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Your Favorite Sites Will 'Slow Down' Today, For A Cause

Wed, 2014-09-10 03:03

Websites including Foursquare, Netflix and WordPress are taking part in Internet Slowdown Day to make a case for unfettered access to the Internet. The slowdown will only be symbolic, not real.

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Ferguson's Plan To Cut Back On Court Fees Could Inspire Change

Wed, 2014-09-10 01:03

The council in the Missouri town met Tuesday for the first time since the shooting of Michael Brown. A plan introduced would address one source of tension: heavy collection of court fines and fees.

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Obama To Push Military Campaign Against Islamic State Militants

Tue, 2014-09-09 23:49

Experts say it's not so much the American people that the president has to convince, but the Middle East leaders he's counting on for help.

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Veterans' Care Emerges As A Key, Bipartisan Issue In Campaign Ads

Tue, 2014-09-09 23:29

"We don't see foreign policy events, the crisis in the Middle East, even border security here at home appearing in campaign ads to nearly the same degree," says one political ad expert.

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Dogged By Controversy, A Jewish Sect Is On The Move Again

Tue, 2014-09-09 23:28

Members of Lev Tahor left Canada with trail of allegations of child abuse. Then leaders of the Guatemalan village where they settled asked them to leave. The sect is again looking for a new home.

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Here's What's Becoming Of America's Dead Shopping Malls

Tue, 2014-09-09 23:21

What happens when shopping malls die? Often they're turning into medical centers, churches, schools and universities and new suburban downtowns.

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New York Says It's Time To Flip The Switch On Its Power Grid

Tue, 2014-09-09 23:21

Officials want to overhaul the state's energy grid. Experts say the plan would help utilities withstand severe weather events, but it would also require a massive re-engineering of the power system.

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