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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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Staring Down Famine, Agencies Hesitate To Use F-Word In South Sudan

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

The "famine" label will bring an influx of aid to South Sudan from foreign countries — but why do donor organizations wait for that F-word before getting involved?

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Chicaco Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series. Chicago Public Radio's Natalie Moore reports that this all-black team has helped to unify a city reeling from North and South Side segregation, as well as renewed attention on the city's violence.

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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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Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.

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Surfers Flock To The Water, As Huge Waves Hit The West Coast

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

High surf is hitting the Southern California coast, much to the delight of surfers and the worry of lifeguards.

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In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

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The Life Of The Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS

Wed, 2014-08-27 12:09

Douglas McAuthur McCain has earned a dubious distinction, as the first American to die in Syria fighting for the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Wed, 2014-08-27 11:53

Peaks around Glacier National Park store water that irrigates a large section of North America. But a warming climate is shrinking that snowpack, with ominous consequences for wildlife and people.

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It's Not Whisky, But Everyone In Scotland Drinks It By The Bottle

Wed, 2014-08-27 10:35

Irn Bru is a neon orange soda that inspires passion and may help explain the strong independent streak in Scotland as it prepares to vote Sept. 18 on whether to break away from the United Kingdom.

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As Cease-Fire Takes Hold, Big Question In Gaza Becomes What's Next

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:43

Some semblance of normal life returned to Gaza, after Hamas and Israel accepted an open-ended cease-fire. People returned home and markets opened. What the future holds, however, is far from certain.

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Lizards And Worms Should Not Be On The School Lunch Menu

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:19

India wins praise for providing free lunches to 120 million of its poorest children. But lax supervision has led to lapses that have sickened and even killed youngsters.

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Hate-Crime Convictions In Amish Beard-Cutting Case Thrown Out

Wed, 2014-08-27 09:08

An appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that it was interpersonal disagreements rather than religious beliefs that sparked the attacks.

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Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

Wed, 2014-08-27 08:08

Villagers in Al-Qoush opened homes and schools to Iraqis fleeing the advance of the Islamic State. But that was June. Now it's a ghost town, as silent as it's 6th-century monastery.

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