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Sun September 28, 2014
Around the Nation

To Counter Gun Violence, Researchers Seek Deeper Data

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 6:43 pm

Surrendered handguns are piled in a bin during a gun buyback event in Los Angeles on May 31, 2014.
David McNew Getty Images

For the first time in nearly two decades, federal money is beginning to flow into gun violence research. And there's growing momentum behind creating a reliable national reporting database for firearm injuries and deaths.

On the front lines at the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, one of the top trauma hospitals on the West Coast, researchers like Dr. Demetrios Demetriades hope to get a better picture of the scope of the problem, so states can better target their prevention programs.

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4:49pm

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Sober And Sold-Out: Dance Club In Sweden Cuts Booze For A Night

Clubgoers dance at a Stockholm club that forbade its patrons from drinking Friday night.
Marten Andersson

Breathalyzers were placed in the doorway of a nightclub in Stockholm this weekend, with an unusual purpose: to ensure no guests had been drinking alcohol. It was all part of a plan for a booze-free night out called Sober, where staff were also on the lookout for anyone who seemed to be on drugs.

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2:47pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Code Switch

People Be Triflin', From 'Bills, Bills, Bills' To The Bible

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 11:10 am

Yes, this ad was really in the newspaper – from the October 1, 1922 New York Tribune.
Library of Congress

In our semi-regular Word Watch feature, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story.

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2:09pm

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Kenya's Kimetto Sets New Marathon World Record In Berlin

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:00 pm

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon Sunday. Kimetto set a new world marathon record, breaking the 2 hour, 3 minute mark for the first time.
Tobias Schwarz AFP/Getty Images

For the first time, the world record in the marathon is now under 2 hours and 3 minutes, after Dennis Kimetto of Kenya tore through the course at Sunday's Berlin Marathon. Kimetto, 30, says he wants to set a new record next year.

"I feel good because I won a very tough race," Kimetto said after the finish. "I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record. I believe I can improve it further. I'd like to return and try to break it again next year."

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1:09pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Goats and Soda

The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 4:33 pm

In Sierra Leone, a burial team from the government carries the coffin of an Ebola doctor who succumbed to the virus. Funerals and other expressions of mourning are key moments for anthropologists to translate between native cultures and foreign aid efforts, anthropologist Ann Kelly says.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

As the Ebola outbreak gains steam, experts continue to deploy to the region.

Teams from Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the U.S. military and others are in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia assembling treatment centers and fighting the deadly virus.

There's one group of experts missing from the picture, says Ann Kelly, senior lecturer at the University of Exeter: anthropologists.

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12:14pm

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Popular Indian Politician's Corruption Conviction Spurs Nervousness

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:04 pm

Supporters of J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state and head of the AIADMK party, hold a protest against a prison sentence for the popular politician in the southern Indian city of Chennai Sunday.
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In India, the law has caught up with one of the country's most powerful political figures. A court has sentenced the popular J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, to four years in prison and a record $1.5 million fine.

Her crime: accumulating vast wealth for which the 66-year-old veteran politician could not account.

It is India's highest-profile corruption case addressing illegally amassed wealth; the ruling has stunned an Indian political class that is widely seen as permeated with graft.

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10:56am

Sun September 28, 2014
All Tech Considered

Facebook Requires Real Names. What Does That Mean For Drag Queens?

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 11:11 am

Drag queens Lil Miss Hot Mess (left) and Sister Roma join other activists for a news conference at San Francisco City Hall on Sept. 17 to speak out against Facebook's rule on using legal names for profiles.
Eric Risberg AP

Years ago, Lil Miss Hot Mess created a Facebook profile.

"The way that I move through the world as a drag queen is different than how I move through the world every day," she says. With her stage name, she has a different social circle, a different way of being online.

Her page was shut down early last week, and she wasn't the only one whose account was deactivated. Facebook also closed the pages of other queens after they were reported for not using their "real" names on Facebook.

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10:55am

Sun September 28, 2014
Parallels

With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega celebrates with first lady Rosario Murillo a day before his re-inauguration in 2012.
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images

Nicaragua's gigantic transoceanic canal, if it gets built, will dwarf the neighboring Panama Canal. Ground-breaking is set to begin before the end of the year.

The $50 billion mega project would bring an economic boom to the poor nation — and a political bonanza for its president, Daniel Ortega.

Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He shies away from public appearances and has left day-to-day operations to his wife, an eccentric former revolutionary poet.

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10:46am

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Turkey Signals Willingness To Join Coalition Against ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 2:55 pm

Turkish military forces of the Jandarma (police) block access at the Mursitpinar crossing gate near the Syrian border, where Syrian Kurdish people seek to pass, on Sunday. Turkey's leader says the country is willing to fight ISIS.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Saying his country will do "whatever is needed" to help fight the extremist group ISIS, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has reached what local media are calling "a point of determination."

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10:25am

Sun September 28, 2014
Goats and Soda

What Drives Abortion: The Law Or Income?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 2:35 pm

Abortions are legal in India. But many are performed by traditional midwives, called dais. Sometimes a dai rubs herbs on a woman's stomach or gives her plants to eat.
Poulomi Basu for NPR

About 50,000 women worldwide die because of unsafe abortions. Five million more are admitted to hospitals with complications after the procedure.

Activists and researchers on both sides of the abortion debate agree that these "back-alley" operations are dangerous for women. It's figuring out the best way to stop them that has been contentious.

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10:16am

Sun September 28, 2014
U.S.

With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, shown speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus legislative conference on Friday, will be stepping down from his position as soon as a replacement is appointed.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

A day after Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, he made a long-planned visit to Scranton, Penn.

That's where he won his first big trial as a young public corruption prosecutor nearly 40 years ago. And he says coming to this federal courthouse now, returning to the site of his earliest legal success, makes sense.

"This, for me, was ... almost like completing a circle," he says. "I came here as a young and inexperienced trial lawyer and I came back as the head of the agency that I had just joined back in 1978."

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9:36am

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Hong Kong Police Use Tear Gas On Large Pro-Democracy Protest

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 11:50 pm

Riot police launch tear gas into a crowd of thousands of protesters outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Sunday. Police warned of further measures as they tried to clear the streets.
Wally Santana AP

Police in riot gear have been deployed to the streets of Hong Kong, where thousands of protesters are calling for free elections. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to try to clear the city's central business and government district. Organized by student groups, the Occupy Central protests have now been going on for three days.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: Organizers Urge A Retreat

Saying that the chance for severe injuries is too great, Occupy Central's organizers ask supporters to retreat from stand-offs with police.

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9:04am

Sun September 28, 2014
Parallels

Reporter's Notebook: In Eastern Ukraine, A Bellicose Mood Prevails

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 10:06 am

A teacher spreads a plastic sheet to prevent rain from further damaging the shelled top floor of Gymnasium 33, a high school in Donetsk. The school was hit by Ukrainian shelling on Aug. 27. Many schools are unable to accommodate students due to damaged facilities and unpaid teachers.
John MacDougall AFP/Getty Images

During my recent reporting trip to cover the Ukrainian conflict in the eastern city of Donetsk, I stayed at one of the city's last functioning hotels. It also happens to be the unofficial separatist headquarters, affording me a close-up glimpse of the leaders of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic.

This is the name the separatists have given to this part of eastern Ukraine they want to become independent.

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8:25am

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

More Than 30 Feared Dead In Japanese Volcano's Eruption

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 2:51 pm

A hiker is lifted by a rescue helicopter at Mt. Ontake, which erupted Saturday. The volcano straddles the Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan.
Kyodo Reuters /Landov

The sudden and powerful eruption of a volcano Saturday may have killed more than 30 hikers in central Japan, according to authorities who have made their way up the side of Mt. Ontake. Officials say the hikers were found close to the mountain's peak, in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

As the AP reports, "The victims have been described as not breathing and their hearts have stopped, which is the customary way for Japanese authorities to describe a body until police doctors can examine it."

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7:36am

Sun September 28, 2014
Afghanistan

Refugees Find Afghanistan Less Than Hospitable

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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7:36am

Sun September 28, 2014
Europe

Russia Moves To Protect Its 'Information Sovereignty'

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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7:36am

Sun September 28, 2014
National Security

Some Democrats At Odds Over Obama's Claim To Airstrike Authority

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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7:36am

Sun September 28, 2014
Business

Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

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5:48am

Sun September 28, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

2 Ways To Think About Nothing, One Mo' Time

NASA

This being my last weekend with this blog, I wanted to repost a story I wrote a few years ago that has continued to intrigue me ...

I'm going to show you two kinds of nothing.

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5:41am

Sun September 28, 2014
Parallels

Tiny Spanish Island Nears Its Goal: 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:21 pm

Five industrial wind turbines form part of the Gorona del Viento power plant on the island of El Hierro. By the end of this year, the power plant is set to generate 100 percent of the energy El Hierro needs, making it the world's first energy-independent island powered only by renewables.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

It actually takes quite a lot of fossil fuel power to reach the tiny Spanish island of El Hierro. You have to catch a commercial jet flight, a propeller plane and then a ferry to reach what was once the end of the known world, before Columbus set sail.

But once you're there, there's no need for fossil fuels at all. The ancient island off the west coast of Africa is now a model for the future, within months of running on 100 percent renewable energy, which consists of a mix of wind and hydro-power.

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12:44am

Sun September 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Police Officer Shot In Ferguson, Mo., As Protests Continue

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:19 am

A Ferguson, Mo., police officer was shot while on patrol Saturday evening, according to St. Louis police amid continuing protests over the August police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

The officer was shot in the arm at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and was taken to an area hospital. Police say the officer, a woman, and is expected to recover.

They say the suspect fled on foot and is still being pursued.

Update At 2:42 a.m. ET:

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5:25pm

Sat September 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

I Thought It Was Just Stress, Until It Broke My Heart

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 12:23 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

That Friday, I was dizzy and sick to my stomach with what felt like food poisoning, only sometimes my chest throbbed. I declined my husband's offer of a ride to the emergency room because I had to prepare for a crucial school meeting on Monday.

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5:18pm

Sat September 27, 2014
NPR Story

How Is The Arab Press Covering Its Own Crisis?

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 6:29 pm

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5:18pm

Sat September 27, 2014
NPR Story

After Nearly Three Decades, A Royals Welcome To The Playoffs

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 6:29 pm

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In case you missed it, last night baseball history was made. Michael Taylor, from the Chicago White Sox, hits a pop-fly in foul territory.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAME)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: Popped up.

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5:18pm

Sat September 27, 2014
NPR Story

Ohio's James Traficant Dies, Days After Accident On Farm

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 6:29 pm

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4:53pm

Sat September 27, 2014
The Two-Way

At U.N., India's Modi Discusses Pakistan, Terrorism, And Peace

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 5:22 pm

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, speaks at the UN General Assembly in New York City Saturday. Addressing the question of peace talks with Pakistan, Modi said they must happen "without the shadow of terrorism."
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

Saying his country is prepared to resume peace talks with Pakistan, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the U.N. General Assembly Saturday that the discussion must take place "without the shadow of terrorism."

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2:48pm

Sat September 27, 2014
Remembrances

Why Youngstown, Ohio, Loved 'Jimbo' Traficant

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 3:08 pm

Former U.S. Rep. James Traficant, seen here during a House Ethics Committee hearing in 2002, served seven years in prison on federal bribery and racketeering charges. Traficant died on Saturday. He was 73.
Joe Marquette AP

On national holidays, I hang a beautiful American flag in my front yard. It's a keepsake flag that, at the request of a congressman, flew over the Capitol.

It was sent to me by Jim Traficant, the Ohio Democrat who spent 17 years representing my hometown in Congress. He spent seven more years in prison after being convicted in 2002 of bribery and racketeering. He was one of only four congressmen in history to be expelled from Washington.

That flag helps me understand why Traficant remained popular with so many people in Youngstown. It helps me appreciate rogue politicians.

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2:38pm

Sat September 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Ohio's James Traficant Dies, Days After Accident On Farm

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 2:02 pm

Former Rep. James Traficant, seen here arriving at a House ethics hearing in 2002, has died at age 73.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Former Rep. James Traficant, the Ohio politician whose career included 17 years in Congress and a conviction for bribery, has died at age 73. Traficant's family had been fearing for his life since earlier this week, when he was critically injured in a tractor accident.

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2:08pm

Sat September 27, 2014
Parallels

Kidnapped By ISIS, One Woman Tells How She Saved Her Sisters

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 11:13 am

In English, the 22-year-old woman's name means life. She's afraid to let us use it for the safety of the hostages that ISIS still holds. She was taken with thousands of other women and children, but she escaped, and now they're searching for her. Her nickname is Dudu.

We meet her and her four younger sisters inside a shipping container that's propped up on cinder blocks and fashioned into a makeshift shelter. It's where her extended family lives now, just outside the northern Kurdish city of Dohuk.

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1:42pm

Sat September 27, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Leads More Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq And Syria

Originally published on Sat September 27, 2014 1:57 pm

Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4 fighter jets prepare to take off Saturday from an airbase in Cyprus. The British warplanes were heading on their first mission over Iraq since being given parliamentary authority to strike at ISIS Friday.
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U.S. fighters and drone aircraft continue to strike targets tied to the so-called Islamic State group, with at least 10 missions carried out in Iraq and Syria since Friday. Some of the strikes hit around Kobani, a town close to Turkey's border with Syria that's been under siege.

Kobani is in an area where tens of thousands of Kurdish people have fled Syria in the past week, seeking safety in Turkey.

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