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40 Is The New Cute: Hello Kitty Celebrates Birthday

Sat, 2014-11-01 09:13

The milestone inspired a Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles this week. But the largest fete was in Tokyo, where parent company Sanrio put on a parade and other events.

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A Taliban Hostage's Story: Educating Children Who Have No Teachers

Sat, 2014-11-01 08:43

During his four years as a prisoner, professor Ajmal Khan came across boys in remote Waziristan who were hungry to learn. He taught them math and science, but his captivity became a lesson, too.

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National Blackout: Bangladesh Hit By Massive Power Outage

Sat, 2014-11-01 07:20

The blackout struck around 11:30 a.m. Saturday, after a connection that brings power in from India tripped. Most of the country's more than 160 million people were without power for hours.

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Three Years In Prison For Egyptian Men In Purported Gay Marriage Video

Sat, 2014-11-01 06:25

The event included the presentation of a ring and a cake featuring two of the men. After a video was posted online, one site asked, "Is This Egypt's First Gay Marriage?"

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Boko Haram Says Kidnapped Girls Are Now 'Married'

Sat, 2014-11-01 04:11

The Nigerian extremist group says more than 200 girls it kidnapped from a school in April have been married to fighters. The group also denies stories that it has reached a cease fire deal.

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Jury Finds Tradition Is No Excuse For Brutal Hazing

Sat, 2014-11-01 04:11

Dante Martin faces a possible 22 years in prison for manslaughter in the death of fellow Florida A&M band member Robert Champion.

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At This Museum, Falling Back An Hour Takes The Whole Weekend

Sat, 2014-11-01 04:04

When Daylight Saving Time arrives, who adjusts all those old clocks? Noel Poirier, director of the National Watch and Clock Museum, tells NPR's Scott Simon he has to turn back 60 pendulum clocks.

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Virgin Galactic Crash Raises Questions About Private Space Ventures

Sat, 2014-11-01 04:04

NPR's Scott Simon talks to reporter Joel Glenn Brenner about the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crash. She knew both pilots who were on board the spacecraft.

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Press Freedom Dwindles In Egypt

Sat, 2014-11-01 04:04

Egypt's president says the nation is involved in a war against terrorism and the media is falling in line. Some talk show hosts have been pulled off the air for criticizing the government.

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U.S. Marine In Mexican Jail Is Now Free, Mexican Judge Orders

Fri, 2014-10-31 16:57

Andrew Tahmooressi said he made a wrong turn and ended up across the border in Mexico with his legally registered guns, which were illegal in Mexico. He has been in a Mexican jail for seven months.

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On Eve Of Promotion, NYPD's Top Uniformed Official Resigns

Fri, 2014-10-31 14:47

Philip Banks III was set to become Commissioner William Bratton's deputy. The reasons for his abrupt resignation are not clear.

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A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

Fri, 2014-10-31 14:34

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th century novel The Way We Live Now clarifies the current financial situation.

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With Mexican Students Missing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber

Fri, 2014-10-31 14:21

The Day of the Dead is a time when Mexicans remember loved ones with grand floral tributes. But the atmosphere is downbeat in the state of Guerrero, where 43 students are still missing.

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Payments Start For N.C. Eugenics Victims, But Many Won't Qualify

Fri, 2014-10-31 13:04

North Carolina forcibly sterilized thousands of people between 1929 and 1976. The state has begun compensating victims, but some who were sterilized may never receive restitution from the fund.

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U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power Sees Signs Of Hope In West Africa

Fri, 2014-10-31 12:59

After a four-day visit to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, she reports progress — along with the need for continued support.

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How Liberia Is Starting To Beat Ebola, With Fingers Crossed

Fri, 2014-10-31 12:54

There's potentially some good news about Ebola: While cases are still rising in Sierra Leone, the outbreak shows signs of slowing in Liberia. Communities are banding together to get Ebola out.

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Former Band Member Found Guilty In FAMU Hazing Case

Fri, 2014-10-31 12:43

A Florida jury found Dante Martin guilty of manslaughter for his role in the fatal hazing of drum major Robert Champion.

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A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live

Fri, 2014-10-31 11:46

Where do you live? Health specialists think that simple question could make a difference in how doctors prevent and treat diseases for individuals. That's expanding its storied role in public health.

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Why Is North Korea Freaked Out About The Threat Of Ebola?

Fri, 2014-10-31 11:31

Fear of the virus has prompted Pyongyang to ban tourism and quarantine all foreigners. It's a curious stance since the Hermit Kingdom has plenty of other, more pressing health woes.

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After Mass Protests, Hungary Gives Up On Internet Tax

Fri, 2014-10-31 11:13

The government had proposed taxing Internet usage, but opponents claimed it the government was trying to impose a digital iron curtain on Hungary.

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