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Law
8:02 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry On Charges Of Abusing Power

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:12 pm

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Goats and Soda
5:24 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Even With $100 Million, WHO Says It Will Take Months To Control Ebola

A health worker cleans his hands with chlorinated water before entering an Ebola screening tent at the Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. More than 300 Sierra Leoneans have died of the disease.
Michael Duff AP

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:50 pm

When public health officials warn that it's likely to take many months to bring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa under control, it's not because they're facing a single huge challenge.

"If there was just one solid, large chunk we could slice out, we would," says WHO spokeswoman Nyka Alexander, at the agency's regional coordination center in Conakry, Guinea. "But it's so many little things that add up to the outbreak."

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Law
4:57 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Ferguson Officer's Motives In Police Shooting Remain Murky

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

New information was released Friday about the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo. The police chief finally released the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown and an incident report listing Brown as a suspect in a recent convenience store robbery. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is promising a full investigation.

Politics
4:48 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Left And Right Unite In Criticizing Ferguson Police Response

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Nixon ordered the Missouri State Highway Patrol to take over the supervision of security in Ferguson.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:50 pm

The police response to this week's protests in Ferguson, Mo., has been criticized on both sides of the aisle as heavy-handed.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon — a two-term Democrat — ordered an overnight change in police tactics. He brought in state troopers, who walked side-by-side with demonstrators.

"This is a place where people work, go to school, raise their families and go to church. A diverse community. A Missouri community. But lately it's looked more like a war zone, and that's unacceptable," he said at a press conference Thursday.

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Sports
4:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Baseball Owners Call Up Commissioner Bud Selig's Relief

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

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Europe
4:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Russian Military Vehicles Reportedly Move Into Ukraine

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

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Around the Nation
4:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Massive Neighborhood Rehab Gives Detroiters A Much-Needed Boost

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

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Shots - Health News
5:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

A Virtual Outbreak Offers Hints Of Ebola's Future

Kenyan health officials take the temperatures of passengers arriving at the Nairobi airport on Thursday. Kenya has no reported cases of Ebola, but it's a transportation hub and so is on alert.
Simon Maina AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 8:07 pm

While the Ebola outbreak continues to rage in West Africa, it is also unfolding — in a virtual sense — inside the computers of researchers who study the dynamics of epidemics.

Policymakers look to these simulations to get a sense of how the outbreak might spread. They also can use them to run experiments to see which public health measures should take priority.

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Music Interviews
5:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

In 10 Songs, A Pair Of Brothers Beat Tracks Across History

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

Ethan Johns' sophomore album, The Reckoning, follows the tale of two brothers as they travel across the 1850s American frontier. Johns developed the idea for the epic 19th century journey while traveling himself. Listen to Johns' story, and his music, at the audio link above, check out a hand-picked playlist of his favorite songs on Spotify.

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Around the Nation
5:58 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Once-Dilapidated City Train Stations Enjoying A Renaissance

Denver's Union Station, which was remodeled to include restaurants, stores and a hotel, reopened last month.
Gary C. Caskey UPI/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 11:49 am

With its new restaurants and stores, Denver's recently reopened Union Station is bustling now. But five years ago, it would have been empty.

"If you would have come down here on a Saturday, there would have been no one in here," says Walter Isenberg, who runs Sage Hospitality, one of the main architects of Union Station's resurgence. "It would have been this vacant, desolate hall. Ceilings were peeling, kind of in some major disrepair."

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Around the Nation
4:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Ferguson Braces For New Night Of Clashes, As Leaders Call For Peace

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

A fifth night of violence erupted in a St. Louis suburb, as Ferguson police again clashed with protesters. Community frustration has only escalated since the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager on Saturday. Ferguson's police chief called for calm, while reiterating that he will not release the name of the officer who shot Brown. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon also spoke out for more peaceful relations between police and protesters.

Parallels
4:35 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Gaza Students Wonder When Their Schools Will Reopen

Displaced Palestinian Emada Al Attar, 23, holds her 16 day-old baby boy Anous in a classroom where they sleep in a U.N. school where the family is taking refuge during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip on Aug. 8.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

There's clamor and hustle outside the Western Gaza City Educational Directorate. A month late, this year's graduating high school students are getting their high school diplomas.

Usually, there's a little ceremony. But today, they're just clustering around a window while the certificates are handed out. So many education workers are injured or have lost homes that only about a third of them showed up for work.

Nonetheless, the students' joy feels loud and luminous in a city numbed by war.

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Trade Lingo
4:31 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Electricians Aren't Magicians, But Their Rabbits Disappear, Too

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 6:35 pm

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A soap maker...

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A gemologist...

SIEGEL: ...A few motorcyclists...

BLOCK: ...A sail maker...

SIEGEL: ...Some baristas...

BLOCK: ...A couple of strippers...

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Iraq
9:14 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Hagel Says Rescue Mission At Iraq's Mt. Sinjar Is No Longer Needed

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:32 pm

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The Salt
6:32 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Shifting Climate Has North Dakota Farmers Swapping Wheat For Corn

Dan Selvig says wetter conditions helped convince his family to shift their plantings to corn.
John Ydstie NPR

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 11:29 am

Overall, climate change is predicted to hurt agriculture around the world. It could even threaten corn production in the Corn Belt.

But in North Dakota conditions are now better for raising corn, and that's a big benefit for farmers.

When I was growing up in Wolford, N.D., up near the Canadian border, wheat was king. It had been the dominant crop since the prairie was first plowed in the late 1800s. So it was kind of strange to go back this summer and find Larry Slaubaugh, a local farmer, filling his 18-wheeler with corn from a huge steel grain bin.

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Business
5:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

City-Run Gas Station Makes Waves In Southeastern Kentucky

Bob Thomas fills up his pickup truck at the municipal-run gas station in Somerset, Ky. There are no candy bars, 44-ounce soft drinks or lottery tickets sold. The price of gas here is $3.36 a gallon, about 20 cents lower than the statewide average.
Emil Moffatt WKYU

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 7:41 pm

After years of complaints about high gas prices in Somerset, Ky., the city council and mayor did something about it. Last month, Somerset began selling gasoline to the public.

"It should have been this way years ago — fair," says Bob Thomas as he fills up his green pickup truck at the municipal Somerset Fuel Center.

The price is $3.36 a gallon, lower than the statewide average.

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Race
4:39 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

In Hashtag Protest, 'Black Twitter' Shows Its Strength

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:14 pm

Following the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, many young African-Americans posted pictures of themselves on Twitter under the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. They were protesting the damaging ways in which young black men like Brown are often portrayed in the media. The response demonstrated the scope of what's informally known as Black Twitter, a virtual community of African-American Twitter users.

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Education
4:36 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Forget The Bake Sale: Some Of School's Funds Come From Bars And Brothels

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:14 pm

This month, schools across the U.S. are preparing for students to return to the classroom and looking for creative ways to supplement budgets. As Capital Public Radio's Ky Plaskon reports, one Nevada school district is turning to unlikely sources of funding: liquor and prostitution.

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Men In America
4:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Secrets Spawned Of Machismo, Matchmaking And MySpace

Matt de la Peña is the author of Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and, most recently, The Living.
Random House Children's Books

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:14 pm

For the past eight years I've been living a lie.

Whenever someone from my working-class family asks how I met my now-wife, I make up stories. The truth just doesn't live up to my machismo Mexican roots.

Take my old man, for example. He met my mom in the aftermath of a car wreck. He was riding shotgun when my uncle sideswiped a Datsun carrying four women, one of them my mom. Pops made his initial approach in the ER waiting room, while a doctor was plucking glass out of his brother's forehead.

Now that's game.

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Around the Nation
4:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Between Ferguson's Police And Population, A Racial Divide

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:14 pm

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Digital Life
4:23 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

With New Parenting Apps, More Dads Are Phoning It In

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 9:14 pm

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Support for new dads comes in many forms - family, friends, books and oh, yes, there's an app for that - several actually. One of the latest is designed by a clueless dad for other dads - could be...

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Remembrances
9:45 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Legendary Film Star Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 10:09 pm

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A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus
6:02 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

How Campus Sexual Assaults Came To Command New Attention

President Obama signs a memorandum establishing the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in January.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 11:27 am

Call it a sign of the times that right along with required writing core courses, incoming freshmen at most schools this fall will also face a mandatory crash course on the subject of sexual assault.

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Remembrances
5:41 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

A Farewell To Robin Williams, Whose Antics Never Hid The Tenderness Beneath

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 9:45 pm

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BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: He talked faster than the rest of us, he thought faster than the rest of us and now he has lived faster than the rest of. But, oh, the lives while he was with us.

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The Salt
5:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

Farmer Seth Watkins (left) and agronomist Matt Liebman stand amid native prairie grasses near Des Moines, Iowa. The conservation strip is used to stop soil erosion.
John Ydstie NPR

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 11:32 am

Climate change is creating all kinds of challenges and opportunities for business. One of the sectors that feels the effects most immediately is agriculture. Already, weather patterns are making it more challenging to raise corn — even in Iowa — in the middle of the Corn Belt.

Seth Watkins raises corn and cattle in southern Iowa, and he recalls the memorable weather from 2012.

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Research News
5:20 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

In 'Um' Or 'Uh,' A Few Clues To What We're Saying — And Who's Saying It

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 9:45 pm

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UNIDENTIFIED PEOPLE: Um - uh...

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Remembrances
4:54 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

For A Comic Like Robin Williams, Depression Can Wait 2 Steps Offstage

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 9:45 pm

Robin Williams reportedly suffered from severe depression before his death. As the country copes with the shock of the comedian's apparent suicide, former TV talk show host Dick Cavett recalls his interview with Williams and his own struggles with depression.

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Parallels
4:40 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques

The Omari mosque was badly damaged in the recent fighting in the territory. In the foreground are the remains of Qurans at the mosque, which dates back centuries.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 10:44 am

Because of the debris, you can't go through the door anymore to get into the Omari mosque. You have to climb over a pile of rubble and through a hole in the wall, followed by a surging crowd of kids.

The ceiling of the low building in the Jabaliya area, near Gaza City, is made of vaulted stone arches – except where the sunlight comes streaming through a hole torn in the roof and lands on a pile of ripped-up pages of Arabic calligraphy. It's what remains of the mosque's Qurans. Most were destroyed; some burned. It took Gazans three days to dig out the remains.

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Shots - Health News
4:32 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Workplace drug testing for marijuana may need updating in light of changing laws, a case before the Colorado Supreme Court suggests.
Kai-Huei Yau MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 14, 2014 5:23 pm

A car accident crushed Brandon Coats' upper spine when he was 16, leaving him unable to walk. His muscles still spasm, disrupting sleep and causing pain.

"If I'm out in public it's embarrassing," Coats says. "It's always uncomfortable. If I smoke marijuana, it almost completely alleviates it" — more, he says, than other prescriptions.

Coats smokes at night, and says he was never high when answering customer calls at Dish Network. "I was really good at my job," he says.

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Remembrances
9:18 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Robin Williams, A Stand-up Act — On Stage, On Set And In Life

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