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Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:58

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

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Tom Frieden's Ebola Assessment: The Risk Is Increasing

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:54

In an exclusive interview with NPR, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares his impressions from a visit to West Africa.

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Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:45

Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."

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Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:39

A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.

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Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:16

Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.

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With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:11

U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.

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Momentum Gathers For The West's Response To Russia

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:11

Lithuania has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia's new incursions into Ukraine. The issue's also likely to dominate an upcoming NATO summit. Since sanctions seem to have failed to change Russia's calculations, the U.S. and its European partners are still trying to find a way to effectively protect Ukraine's sovereignty.

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Rebels Storm Key Border Crossing Between Syria And Israel

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:11

The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.

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Security Vs. Free Speech: India Blocks Film On Assassination

Thu, 2014-08-28 12:11

The 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was followed by a wave of sectarian killings. The government has now stepped in to stop the release of a film about the traumatic episode.

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Deal Reached To Sell Market Basket Chain To Ex-CEO

Wed, 2014-08-27 20:23

The New England supermarket chain that has been in turmoil for weeks over a workers' revolt and customer boycott announced that former CEO Arthur T. Demoulas will buy a majority stake in the business.

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Former Iowa Lawmaker Admits To Getting Payoff Before 2012 Caucuses

Wed, 2014-08-27 14:34

Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.

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ACLU, U.S. Settle Lawsuit On Deportation Of Immigrants

Wed, 2014-08-27 14:06

Under the deal, immigrants who are in the country illegally must be informed of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The ACLU was representing nine Mexicans and three organizations.

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Diplomats And Lawyers Try To Define 'Culturally Acceptable Food'

Wed, 2014-08-27 13:34

Some governments recently said that agricultural investments should supply "culturally acceptable food." Now they're trying to define what that is.

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In Settlement, Homeland Security Agrees To Reform 'Voluntary Departures'

Wed, 2014-08-27 13:20

The Department of Homeland Security is settling a lawsuit with the ACLU, which deals with immigrants who were improperly pushed to leave the country.

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Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

Wed, 2014-08-27 13:10

The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:43

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:41

American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. So the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

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As BK Takes Tim Hortons, Canadians Stay Loyal To Their National Icon

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.

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Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.

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