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12:22pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Shots - Health News

How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:22 pm

There's plenty of evidence that spanking, paddling or hitting children doesn't improve their behavior in the long run and actually makes it worse.

But the science never trumps emotion, according to Alan Kazdin, head of the Yale Parenting Center and author of The Everyday Parenting Toolkit.

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11:55am

Fri September 19, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:28 pm

Courtesy of Matt Inman

I know, I know. You have Putin to worry about, ISIS to worry about, Britain's near breaking, Washington's broken, and the globe keeps getting warmer — so why bring up Japanese giant hornets? You have worries enough. But I can't help myself. I've got to mention these hornets because, as bad as they are — and they are very, very bad ...

... this story has a happy ending.

Hornets From Hell

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11:49am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

India's Modi Calls Al-Qaida's Plans For His Country 'Delusional'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among India's Muslims, whom he praised as patriots.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among his country's Muslims.

Earlier this month, al-Qaida said it had created a new branch to bring Islamic rule to the entire Indian subcontinent.

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11:17am

Fri September 19, 2014
Intelligence Squared U.S.

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:10 pm

Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center).
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, new national academic benchmarks in reading and math. But the Common Core has become the center of a highly contentious debate nationwide.

Proponents say the Common Core was designed to ensure that children, no matter where they go to school, are prepared to succeed in college or the workplace upon graduation. Opponents argue that many of the standards are not age- or development-appropriate, and that they constrain the ability of teachers to adjust their teaching to their individual classrooms.

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10:44am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:06 pm

"Happy We Are from Tehran," a video remake of Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" that went viral earlier this year.
YouTube

Seven young Iranians arrested in May on obscenity charges for producing their own video version of Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" have been sentenced to 91 lashes and up to a year in jail, although the punishment has been suspended providing they don't re-offend.

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10:40am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Salt

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

Originally published on Sun September 21, 2014 6:23 am

Wow! This meal even looks like it's served on real china. Flickr user hewyk posted this image of a lunch from a Malaysian hospital.
hewyk/Flickr

A hospital is probably the last place a foodie traveling abroad wants to grab a bite.

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10:29am

Fri September 19, 2014
Code Switch

Is Corporal Punishment Abuse? Why That's A Loaded Question

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 1:10 pm

Adrian Peterson (right) was ordered to stay away from his team, the Minnesota Vikings, while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Over the past week, Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' all-world running back and one of the NFL's biggest stars, has become the face of corporal punishment in America. Peterson turned himself in to police over the weekend on charges of child abuse after he allegedly hit his son with a switch that left welts on his body.

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10:25am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Scotland's Vote Could Bring Big Changes To England, Wales, N. Ireland

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:15 am

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to "the people of England, Wales and Northern Ireland."
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

British Prime Minister David Cameron says now that voters in Scotland have rejected independence, he is committed to giving more powers not only to Scotland, but also to "everyone in England, Wales and Northern Ireland."

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9:05am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

Fla. Man Kills 6 Grandchildren, Daughter Before Suicide

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:52 am

Don Spirit is pictured in this 2001 handout photo obtained by Reuters on Friday. Police identified Spirit as the man who gunned down his six grandchildren and daughter before taking his own life.
Reuters/Landov

Police in Florida say a man who did time in prison a decade ago on firearms violations gunned down his six grandchildren and his daughter before turning a weapon on himself.

Authorities say Don Spirit, 51, called 911 on Thursday to report that he might harm himself or others. When a sheriff's deputy arrived, Spirit fatally shot himself. The deputy subsequently found the bodies of his seven victims "all over on the property," at the rural home in the town of Bell, Gilchrist County Sheriff Robert Schultz said.

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8:27am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

French Jets Conduct First Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:36 am

A remote camera screen grab provided by the French army shows two Rafale jet fighters flying over Iraq on Friday. French President Francois Hollande announced that the fighters had carried out their first airstrikes in northern Iraq.
AP

French warplanes conducted their first airstrikes against targets in northern Iraq just hours after the U.S. Senate approved arming and training Syrian rebels to enter the fight against Islamic State militants.

Rafale fighters struck a logistics depot, which French President Francois Hollande declared "entirely destroyed."

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7:57am

Fri September 19, 2014
Research News

The Poor Don't Always Benefit From Democracy, Mortality Rates Show

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7:08am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

As Scotland Rejects Independence, Cameron Promises More Autonomy

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:27 am

Dejected "yes" supporters sit in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday. Scots voted decisively against independence from the U.K.
Robert Perry EPA/Landov

Updated at 11:27 a.m. ET

British Prime Minister David Cameron said the Scottish vote to remain in the United Kingdom has put the question of independence to rest "for a generation," but he pledged constitutional reforms to give Edinburgh greater control over its own affairs.

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7:04am

Fri September 19, 2014
Around the Nation

Hearse Convoy Gets Set To Enter Hell

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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6:57am

Fri September 19, 2014
Around the Nation

Traveling Videogame Museum Gets Permanent Home

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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5:02am

Fri September 19, 2014
Business

General Mills To Close 2 Plants, Hundreds To Be Let Go

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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5:02am

Fri September 19, 2014
Business

'Portland, Maine' Is Tim McGraw's Break Up Song

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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Well, if you got the last word, I guess that makes this the last, last word in business. And today, it is Portland, as in Portland, Maine. That's the port city about 100 miles north of Boston.

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5:02am

Fri September 19, 2014
NPR Story

How Much Pressure Is The U.S. Really Putting On Iran?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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4:37am

Fri September 19, 2014
The Two-Way

How NASA's New Spaceships Stack Up

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 10:24 pm

The new capsules are being built by Boeing and SpaceX. They look similar, but there are differences.
SpaceX, The Boeing Company

Earlier this week NASA announced that two private companies will build spaceships to take astronauts to the International Space Station. NASA hopes that both models will eventually be used by space tourists to get into orbit. Which got us wondering, which one would we rather fly in?

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4:18am

Fri September 19, 2014
StoryCorps

Scientist IDs Bodies Of Migrants, Helping Families Find Closure

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 9:28 am

Lori Baker with her husband, Erich. Baker is founder and executive director of the International Consortium for Forensic Identification, Reuniting Families Project.
StoryCorps

Thousands of immigrants have died crossing the southern U.S. border. Many are never identified, leaving their loved ones to speculate about their fate.

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4:15am

Fri September 19, 2014
Politics

Congress Quietly Extends The Budget — Past Election Day, Anyway

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

This week on Capitol Hill, a proposal to aid Syrian rebels got all the drama, while the larger government funding bill it was attached to barely got mention. But that spending package is quite similar to the one that led to the government shutdown in October — most notably, it still funds the Affordable Care Act. Yet this year, talk of a government shutdown was virtually nonexistent.

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4:13am

Fri September 19, 2014
Cities Project

Some On Staten Island Opt For Buyout Of 'Houses That Don't Belong'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:30 am

New York state is buying homes like this one in Staten Island's Fox Beach neighborhood as part of a Hurricane Sandy recovery project in the hopes that demolishing them will help nature return and provide a barrier to future storm surges.
Matthew Schuerman WNYC

Staten Island's Fox Beach neighborhood used to be a working-class area with about 180 homes, mostly small bungalows. Fox Beach is — or rather was — a few hundred feet from the Atlantic Ocean, and after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, homeowners decided their neighborhood was dangerous in terms of natural disasters and too expensive because of the rising cost of flood insurance.

So the state has been tearing down the homes.

Bill Bye's home at 16 Kissam Ave. was a recent one to go.

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7:02pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Frightening Curve: How Fast Is The Ebola Outbreak Growing?

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:07 am

Source: Columbia Prediction of Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

In the past week, world leaders have started using a mathematical term when they talk about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

"It's spreading and growing exponentially," President Obama said Tuesday. "This is a disease outbreak that is advancing in an exponential fashion," said Dr. David Nabarro, who is heading the U.N.'s effort against Ebola.

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6:59pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Cities Project

A Coastal Paradise Confronts Its Watery Future

Half the land in the city of Satellite Beach is only 6 feet above the waterline.
Jon Hamilton NPR

Dan Reiter, 37, is a long-board surfer and contractor who used to live in Tampa, Fla. Then he discovered the surf breaks along a stretch of coast south of Cape Canaveral. "It's one of the most beautiful places in the world to live and surf and raise your kids," says Reiter, 37, as we watch head-high waves roll into Hightower Beach.

But there's trouble in this coastal paradise. It's on a low-lying barrier island that's getting lower as sea level rises. So the cities here are looking for ways to keep the water at bay or retreat from it.

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6:52pm

Thu September 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Senate Approves Measure To Arm And Train Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:11 pm

The Senate joined the House on Thursday in rare bipartisanship by approving a measure to train and equip members of the Syrian opposition.

The Senate passed the measure 78 to 22; the House passed its version with a 273-to-156 vote on Wednesday. The bill now heads to the White House for President Obama's signature.

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6:49pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Goats and Soda

In Sierra Leone, A Lockdown ... Or A Time To Reflect?

A woman washes clothes in a slum in Freetown.
Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images

Starting just after midnight, residents of Sierra Leone will be confined to their homes for a three-day lockdown.

It's the latest government plan meant to stem the tide of Ebola cases, which exceeded 1,500 last week in Sierra Leone.

But the plan has not won the support of the international medical community — and is causing concern among Sierra Leoneans as well.

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5:52pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Code Switch

Look, Mom, I Finally Made It To Broadway!

Broadway, New York City.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

OK, I sort of made it to Broadway. It's WNYC's Greene Space in SoHo, the New York City neighborhood.

Friday is date night. But even if you are flying solo, come join us in person, or on Twitter.

We have a terrific lineup of some of the most exciting playwrights working today to talk about Broadway.

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5:29pm

Thu September 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Court Says Navy Investigators Illegally Scan Civilian Computers

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:23 pm

An appeals court ruling has offered a rare glimpse at the extent to which military police investigations reach into civilians' computers. Apparently, they scan civilian computers quite often — and to a degree that a 9th Circuit appeals court has now found violates the 1878 Posse Comitatus Act.

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5:28pm

Thu September 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Larry Ellison Steps Down As Oracle's CEO

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:59 pm

Larry Ellison is stepping down as Oracle's CEO.
Ben Margot AP

Oracle's Larry Ellison is stepping down as CEO, the company announced today, and will be replaced by Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, who will be co-CEOs.

Ellison, who co-founded Oracle in 1977, was named executive chairman of the board and Oracle's chief technology officer.

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5:07pm

Thu September 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Live Blog: Scotland Votes On Its Independence

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:48 am

The polls have closed and the counting has begun on a referendum that could have historic implications for the United Kingdom. The referendum asked the Scots if they should dissolve its union from England and become an independent country.

We'll be live blogging, as the returns begin to be counted. NPR's Ari Shapiro and producer Rich Preston are in Edinburgh, so expect to see their dispatches.

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5:02pm

Thu September 18, 2014
Author Interviews

The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:39 pm

In a March 2014 TED talk, Ebrahim credited The Daily Show's Jon Stewart with helping him realize that "a person's race, religion or sexual orientation had nothing to do with the quality of one's character."
Ryan Lash

When Zak Ebrahim was 7 years old, his father, El Sayyid Nosair, assassinated Meir Kahane, the militant ultra-Orthodox, anti-Arab rabbi who founded the Jewish Defense League. That was in 1990.

Then, from prison, Nosair helped plot the 1993 World Trade Center bombing — and was later convicted as one of the conspirators.

Ebrahim was shocked to learn what his father was capable of. So was Ebrahim's mother. Ebrahim writes his story in his new memoir, The Terrorist's Son.

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