5:13pm

Fri September 19, 2014
National Security

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

American Joshua Fattal was released in 2011 from Iran after the Sultan of Oman paid more than $400,000 in ransom. He now says the U.S. should bail its citizens out abroad.
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It was three years ago that Joshua Fattal tasted freedom again. Fattal was one of three Americans who were seized as they hiked in Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border. He was held for 26 months by the Tehran government, charged with spying. His release came as then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the United States.

"I was released while Ahmadinejad was visiting the U.N. for the U.N. General Assembly, and it was really just a publicity stunt and I could tell what they were doing was a response to pressure," says Fattal.

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5:13pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Sports

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

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4:30pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Europe

British Ambassador To U.S. Says Scottish Vote Is 'Decisive'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

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4:27pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Author Interviews

'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

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4:16pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Europe

United Kingdom Remains Intact But Not Unchanged

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:08 pm

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4:16pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Code Switch

Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 6:59 pm

The Cosby Show starred Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad as Cliff and Clair Huxtable, an upper-middle-class couple in New York. Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Lisa Bonet and Keshia Knight Pulliam played four of their five children.
Frank Carroll AP

The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th birthday on Saturday.

It was a monster hit inspired by the comedy and life experiences of its star, Bill Cosby, as shown in the new biography Cosby: His Life and Times. In the book, author Mark Whitaker makes a strong argument that Cosby's comedic style and approach to race issues turned The Cosby Show into television's most quietly subversive program.

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3:58pm

Fri September 19, 2014
The Salt

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:13 pm

It's been six weeks since Moscow slapped a ban on foods imported from the United States, the European Union and other countries that sanctioned Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. The implications of that move are just beginning to be felt.

Many of the Russian capital's trendiest restaurants have been hit hard because they get most of their ingredients from Europe. So they've had to scramble to find replacements.

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3:43pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo, Astorino have rare encounter at business conference

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the Business Council of New York State's annual meeting Friday.
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The Republican candidate for governor temporarily upstaged incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when Rob Astorino appeared unexpectedly at the Business Council of New York State's annual meeting and attempted to talk to the governor.

Astorino addressed the Business Council Thursday night, in a speech scheduled months ago. Cuomo did not commit to speak to the group at its annual meeting on Lake George until the conference had already started, and Cuomo chose a Friday morning time slot.  

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3:39pm

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

NFL Commissioner: 'We Will Get Our House In Order'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:32 pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference on Friday, during which he said, "I got it wrong on the handling of Ray Rice. ... But now I will get it right."
Jason DeCrow AP

During a news conference on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised that the league "will get our house in order."

Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an investigation of the way the league handled the Ray Rice case, and he said that at the end of the process the league will implement new conduct policies.

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2:24pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare's Fate In 2 States

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:21 pm

Here's a health law pop quiz: Which two states have the least successful Obamacare exchanges?

You might guess a state in the Deep South where political opposition to the health law has been fierce. Or maybe you'd say Missouri. It passed a state law saying consumer advisers funded by the Affordable Care Act aren't allowed to give advice about plans to consumers.

But those answers would be wrong.

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