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5:03pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Asia

Hong Kong Protests Pick Up Steam After Weekend Clashes With Police

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:30 pm

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5:03pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Asia

Modi Galvanizes Indian Diaspora On U.S. Visit

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:30 pm

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5:03pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Around the Nation

Tensions Flare Again Between Police, Protestors In Ferguson

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:30 pm

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4:33pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

At U.N., Iceland Announces Men-Only Conference On Gender Equality

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 7:31 am

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Monday.
Seth Wenig AP

During a speech before the United Nations, Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi said his country and Suriname are convening a conference to talk about gender equality.

The catch? Only men and boys are invited.

Bragi said that his country wanted to do its part to "promote gender equality." So, he announced:

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4:26pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:05 pm

Mike Trout and Los Angeles Angels have been named favorites to reach the World Series, as have Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're seen here when the two teams played in August.
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If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

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3:46pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:12 pm

As the mayor of Cali, Colombia, epidemiologist Rodrigo Guerrero (left) meets with the police once a week to review murder statistics.
Courtesy of Prensa Alcaldía de Calí

To improve global health, you can track sneezes. Or you can track bullets.

That's what Rodrigo Guerrero did after he became mayor of Cali, Colombia, in 1992, an era when the South American nation led the world in intentional homicides (93 per 100,000 people).

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3:36pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:30 pm

On Tuesday, the federal government is expected to release details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country.

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3:05pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Salt

Sandwich Monday: The Pizza Cake

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 5:07 pm

And this is what we got.
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I generally don't like cake, because it is too sweet, too bland in texture, and doesn't have enough pork products. So I was excited to see this recipe pop up on Buzzfeed.

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2:32pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

After Fire, FAA Orders Review Of Contingency Plans, Security

The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the agency to review the contingency plans and security protocols of all its major facilities.

The order from Administrator Michael P. Huerta came three days after a contractor set fire to an FAA air traffic facility in Aurora, Illinois.

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2:12pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

Good for bodies and good for brains, the scientists say.
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As schools cut down on physical education and recess, kids are spending more time than ever in a desk. And while nerdy second-graders like me didn't ever consider arguing for more gym, there's increasing evidence that being active helps not just children's waistlines but their brains.

"If you consider the anthropology of humankind, we were designed to move," Charles Hillman, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tells Shots.

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1:44pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Swedish Scientists Square Off Over Who Can Sneak In Most Dylan Lyrics

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 8:12 pm

A group of Swedish scientists who are fans of Bob Dylan's music made a bet 17 years ago to see who could work more of the folk singer's song lyrics into their scholarly articles.
AP

Some might say a group of Swedish scientists have "got a lot of nerve," running a 17-year secret contest to hide as many Bob Dylan lyrics as possible in their scholarly articles. The attitude of others, no doubt: "Don't think twice, it's all right."

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1:10pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Shots - Health News

What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:02 am

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Heart disease is the number one killer of people worldwide, so you'd think that we'd be up to speed on the risks. Evidently not, based on a poll of people in the United Kingdom.

Are you smarter than a Brit when it comes to risk factors? Take our quickie quiz and find out:

So are you smarter than a Brit? Here's how the 2,000 people polled by the British Heart Foundation fared:

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12:57pm

Mon September 29, 2014
All Tech Considered

How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:59 pm

People check their phones at a pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong on Monday.
Alex Ogle AFP/Getty Images

As throngs of pro-democracy protesters continue to organize in Hong Kong's central business district, many of them are messaging one another through a network that doesn't require cell towers or Wi-Fi nodes. They're using an app called FireChat that launched in March and is underpinned by mesh networking, which lets phones unite to form a temporary Internet.

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12:27pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Salt

Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:48 pm

The rendering industry likes to call itself the world's oldest recycling system. Nearly 100 percent of processed pigs will eventually get used — as meat and in uses as varied as medicine and pet food.
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A tour of a pork processing plant takes a hard hat, waterproof boots and a strong stomach.

Oh, and hairnets.

Americans eat just half of the meat produced by farm animals. So what happens to the rest of the animal? I arrive at the Farmland Food plant in Milan, a factory in northeast Missouri, for a tour.

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12:27pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law, Defining Sexual Consent

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:29 pm

California has become the first U.S. state to define when "yes means yes" in sexual assault cases on college campuses, after a bill sponsored by state Sen. Kevin de Leon was signed into law Sunday.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that makes California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to sex. The law goes further than the common "no means no" standard, which has been blamed for bringing ambiguity into investigations of sexual assault cases.

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12:15pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

What's At Stake For Hong Kong?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 2:53 pm

Protesters take pictures with their mobile phones on Monday as they block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Masses of pro-democracy protesters continue to pack the streets in Hong Kong, defying police who have responded with tear gas. The demonstrators are angry that Beijing has insisted on vetting all candidates for the territory's next chief executive.

Here's a closer look at the issue and what's at stake:

A Brief History Of Hong Kong

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12:05pm

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Afghanistan's New President: 'Hold Me Accountable'

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 8:01 pm

Ashraf Ghani (second from left) stands next to Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (left) and two deputy officials as he takes the oath during the inauguration ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul on Monday.
Ahmad Massoud Xinhua/Landov

"Hold me accountable" is the message from Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, who took the oath of office today, succeeding Hamid Karzai, a leader many accused of lacking accountability.

Ghani's accession to leadership in Afghanistan follows a protracted dispute with his rival in the presidential vote, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, who accused his opponent of vote fraud but later agreed to a power-sharing arrangement.

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11:35am

Mon September 29, 2014
The Protojournalist

Should You Do The Do-Over If There's A Chance For A Second Chance?

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:01 pm

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It's not often that people get a second chance, and in fact, for many people, there is no such thing as a second chance.

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10:36am

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Germany Red-Faced Over Military Equipment Failures

A Sea Lynx helicopter is pictured on a frigate in Eckernfoerde, Germany, in 2010.
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Germany's defense minister warns that her country currently can't meet its long-term NATO commitments because of a widespread grounding of German military planes and helicopters.

"At the moment, we are below the target numbers announced a year ago on airborne systems we would want to make available to NATO within 180 days in cases of emergency," Ursula von der Leyen told the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag over the weekend. "The reason is the delays in getting replacement parts" for planes and a recent grounding of German navy helicopters.

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10:16am

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Japan's Mt. Ontake Is Still Erupting As Questions Emerge About Warnings

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:37 pm

A photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows Japan's Self-Defense Forces personnel rescuing climbers who were in critical condition near the top of Mt. Ontake Monday, before rescue operations were suspended.
Kyodo /Landov

The volcano whose eruption surprised hikers in central Japan this weekend sent a plume of ash and gas more than 1,500 feet into the air Monday as it continued to erupt, officials say. That has complicated efforts to find victims and survivors, and rescue efforts have again been halted.

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7:42am

Mon September 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Hong Kong Tense As Democracy Activists Face Down Police

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 1:00 pm

Protesters march as they block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, on Monday. Protesters at times numbering in the tens of thousands have gathered to demand the right to choose the territory's next leaders.
Carlos Barria Reuters/Landov

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters, wearing surgical masks and holding umbrellas to ward off tear gas lobbed by police, have continued to throng Hong Kong's Central business district and other areas of the city, calling on Beijing to make good on a promise to allow the former British colony to choose its next leader.

Organized mainly by a group calling itself "Occupy Central," the mass protest and the police pushback is being described as the worst unrest in the southern Chinese business hub since it was handed back to China in 1997.

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7:17am

Mon September 29, 2014
Europe

Swedish Scientists Sneak Dylan Lyrics Into Published Papers

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6:55am

Mon September 29, 2014
Around the Nation

Bear Inspires Runner To Qualify For State Meet

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

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5:24am

Mon September 29, 2014
Movie Reviews

'Equalizer' Devotes Time To Character Development, Graphic Violence

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

Denzel Washington stars as a retired intelligence officer in The Equalizer.
Scott Garfield Sony Pictures

When star Denzel Washington and director Anton Fuqua collaborated on 2001's Training Day, the film won Washington an Oscar and changed the trajectory of his career. Now they are together again.

The Equalizer is unapologetic in its excessive, frequently grotesque violence. But because it's got Denzel Washington as its star, it's more interested in character development than you might guess.

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4:48am

Mon September 29, 2014
NPR Story

Trial To Begin In Atlanta Public Schools' Cheating Scandal

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 1:42 pm

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4:48am

Mon September 29, 2014
NPR Story

White House And GOP-Controlled House Appear To Agree On ISIS Strategy

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

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4:48am

Mon September 29, 2014
NPR Story

Aleppo Residents Trapped Between Syrian Forces And ISIS Militants

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

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3:44am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics

In N.H. Race, A Rematch Of A Rematch

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

Then-incumbent Rep. Frank Guinta, R-N.H., and then-Democratic challenger Carol Shea-Porter debate during a Sept. 2012 forum at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Guinta, who lost to Shea-Porter in 2012, is running for his old seat in 2014.
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Think of it as a rematch of a rematch.

In New Hampshire, Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter is battling Republican Frank Guinta for the third time in a row. Each has beaten the other before – Guinta defeated Shea-Porter during the 2010 Tea Party wave, and Shea-Porter won her seat back in 2012.

You wonder if it starts to get boring when you're hitting the same rival over and over again.

"Well, I know what he's going to say, that's for sure," says Shea-Porter.
Guinta admits the same: "I mean, it is kind of old hat."

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3:28am

Mon September 29, 2014
Parallels

Who's Buried In The 'Magnificent' Tomb From Ancient Greece?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

Archaeologists inspect a female figurine inside a recently discovered, fourth-century B.C. tomb, in the town of Amphipolis, northern Greece on Sept. 7. The occupant of the tomb is unknown, but there's speculation that it could be someone who was closely linked to Alexander the Great.
Greek Culture Ministry AP

Early last month, on a hill outside a tiny, windy village of almond and tobacco farmers in northeastern Greece, veteran archaeologist Katerina Peristeri announced that she and her team had discovered what is believed to be the biggest tomb in Greece.

The "massive, magnificent tomb," Peristeri told reporters, is likely connected to the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, which, in the fourth century B.C. produced Alexander the Great.

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3:27am

Mon September 29, 2014
A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus

HBCUs Move To Address Campus Sexual Assaults, But Is It Enough?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:17 am

When it comes to studying sexual violence, college surveys often don't include students at historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs. But one major study found sexual assaults are lower on those campuses than others.

Some question those numbers and whether HBCUs have the resolve to openly address the issue of campus rape.

Of the 100 HBCUs in the country, Morgan State University in Baltimore ranks in the top 15 for academics.

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