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Sierra Leone: Where Colin Powell Felt His Roots

Fri, 2014-09-19 13:27

The West African nation is in the news today because of the tragic Ebola outbreak. It once played a part in another tragedy: the U.S. slave trade.

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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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Voters In Scotland Reject Independence With Unprecedented Turnout

Thu, 2014-09-18 21:45

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to the British political establishment. Scots voted 55 percent to 45 percent against independence.

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In Scotland History Is Made... But At A Golf Club

Thu, 2014-09-18 15:56

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews voted to allow women for the first time in its 260 year history.

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In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

Thu, 2014-09-18 14:41

Sierra Leoneans scramble for supplies as a three-day, countrywide lockdown approaches. International medical professionals doubt the move will do much to halt the spread of Ebola.

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Senate Approves Measure To Arm And Train Syrian Rebels

Thu, 2014-09-18 14:37

The measure, approved in rare bipartisan fashion by both chambers, is now headed to President Obama's desk.

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A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Thu, 2014-09-18 14:00

Health leaders now say the Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially. That means, if nothing changes in the next few weeks, we could see at least 60,000 Ebola cases by the end of 2014.

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Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:52

NPR's Michel Martin will sit down with a panel of award-winning playwrights to ask about diversity in theater. Follow here or join us on Twitter on Friday at 7 p.m. ET, using #NPRMichel.

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A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:49

With rising seas, cities like Satellite Beach, Fla., are debating options: defend the shoreline to avoid destruction, or retreat, withdrawing homes and businesses from the water's edge.

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Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scan Civilian Computers

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:29

At issue is a Navy investigation that snagged a civilian trading in child porn. The appeals court said the actions violated the Posse Comitatus Act, which bars the military from enforcing state laws.

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Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle's CEO

Thu, 2014-09-18 13:28

Safra Catz and Mark Hurd will be co-CEOs. Ellison, who co-founded Oracle in 1977, was named executive chairman of the board and Oracle's chief technology officer.

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Live Blog: Scotland Votes On Its Independence

Thu, 2014-09-18 12:45

The polls have closed and the counting has begun on a referendum that could have historic implications for the United Kingdom.

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