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1:57pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Thai Leader Threatens New Takeover: The TV Soaps

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:00 pm

Thailand's Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, at the government house in Bangkok earlier this month. Prayuth, who seized power in May, has threatened to personally take over the writing of soap operas on Thai television.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Thailand's coup leader turned prime minister is not happy with the daily fare of infidelity and violence that is a staple of the country's television soap operas — and he's prepared to write the scripts himself if that's what it takes.

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha, the army chief who staged a coup in May against the elected government, says he wants scripts that encourage harmony in society.

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1:55pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Concert With Jay-Z (And India's Leader) Aims To End Poverty

John Mayer sings to tens of thousands at the 2013 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. The event is part of an effort to end extreme poverty.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Tomorrow in Central Park, Jay-Z will rap, Sting will sing and India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, will talk about the need to end open defecation — that's what they call it when people don't have access to toilets, and it's a huge global problem.

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12:55pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Shots - Health News

Will .Health Make It More Likely That You'll Get Scammed?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 12:24 pm

Double-check that URL before you diagnose yourself.
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You wake up feeling gross – stuffy and full of aches. A quick Google search of your symptoms confirms that yes, you probably have a cold and not the plague. But what if you were directed to a site that had a legitimate sounding name but wasn't really accurate at all?

It sounds like a problem from the ancient days of the Internet. Since then people have learned that .gov leads to bona fide government sites, but .com could be anyone selling you anything.

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12:23pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

China: 'Serious' Terrorist Attack Kills 50 In Xinjiang

Policemen in riot gear guard a checkpoint on a road near a courthouse where ethnic Uighur academic Ilham Tohti's trial was taking place in Urumqi, Xinjiang, last week. Tohti, an economics professor, is accused of promoting Xinjiang's independence from China.
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State media in China say that a violent clash in the country's restive Xinjiang region over the weekend was much more deadly than first reported: At least 50 people died Sunday, including 40 "rioters" with about as many wounded during an "organized and serious" terrorist attack.

Earlier this week, state media had reported two died in the incident that took place at two police stations, as well as a shop and a produce market, in Luntai county. Since the mid-2000s, separatists in China's Xinjiang autonomous region have stepped up a violent campaign against Beijing.

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12:09pm

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

More Protests In Ferguson Follow Police Chief's Video Apology

Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., the parents of Michael Brown, at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington earlier this week.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Hours after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released a video apology to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by a white police officer, clashes erupted briefly amid protests calling for Jackson's resignation.

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11:52am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Lights, Camera, Drones: Hollywood's Lens Gets A Little Larger

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:08 pm

A Parrot Bebop drone flies during a demonstration in May in San Francisco.
Jeff Chiu AP

Hollywood is getting the green light to fly its own drones.

The Federal Aviation Administration is giving approval to six movie and TV production companies to use drones for filming. And the move could pave the way for the unmanned aircraft systems to be used in other commercial ventures.

The FAA will permit the six companies to use remote-controlled drones to shoot movies and video for TV shows and commercials, but there will be certain limitations.

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11:29am

Fri September 26, 2014
Goats and Soda

And The Million Dollar Hult Prize Goes To A Doc In A Box

It's being called the million dollar faint.

Ram Lakshmanan and his team were onstage at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York on Tuesday evening. They were finalists for the Hult Prize, which each year awards $1 million to the best plan for addressing global problems. They were making their pitch for a better healthcare plan that would include something they're calling "Doc-in-a-Box."

And then the 30-year-old entrepreneur collapsed.

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11:20am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Fire Grounds Hundreds Of Flights At Chicago Airports

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:08 pm

A screen shot provided by FlightAware shows airline traffic at 10:20 a.m. EDT Friday over the United States. A fire at a Chicago-area air traffic control facility grounded hundreds of flights.
AP

Updated at 8:08 p.m. ET

Flights in and out of Chicago's two airports came to a halt Friday morning after a fire at an air traffic control facility.

As of early Friday afternoon at least some of the flights had begun taking off and landing, reports NPR's David Schaper in Chicago.

The Associated Press says: "The fire started in the basement of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago, city of Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli said in an emailed statement."

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11:13am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Protojournalist

Show-And-Tell: Show Us Your Angry Face

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:47 pm

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You know the look. After all, the Angry Face, according to a recent study, is pretty much the same all over the world.

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11:11am

Fri September 26, 2014
World

Rouhani: Western Powers Have Helped Globalize Terrorism

"Today's anti-Westernism is a reaction to yesterday's racism," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday.
Jason DeCrow AP

Iran's president brought an unsettling message to the United Nations on Thursday: Middle Eastern terrorism has been globalized, in part thanks to mistakes made by Western powers, and the threat cannot be eliminated by outside force alone.

President Hassan Rouhani, feted at last year's U.N. General Assembly as a welcome change from his combative predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the world body that his part of the world is "burning in the fire of extremism and radicalism."

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11:11am

Fri September 26, 2014
Law

Victories For LGBT, Civil Rights Among Holder's Legacy

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11:11am

Fri September 26, 2014
Arts & Life

One Sculptor's Answer To WWI Wounds: Plaster, Copper And Paint

Plaster casts taken from soldiers' mutilated faces (top row), new sculpted faces (bottom row), and final masks (on the table) sit in the studio of Anna Coleman Ladd in 1918.
American Red Cross Anna Coleman Ladd papers/Archives of American Art/Smithsonian Institution

Sometimes art can change how people see the world. But Anna Coleman Ladd made art that changed how the world saw people.

It was World War I, and soldiers were coming home from the battlefield with devastating injuries. Those who survived were often left with disfigured faces.

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11:00am

Fri September 26, 2014
Shots - Health News

Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

There's just one catch: hospital care isn't covered.
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Lance Shnider is confident Obamacare regulators knew exactly what they were doing when they created an online calculator that gives a green light to new employer coverage without hospital benefits.

"There's not a glitch in this system," said Shnider, president of Voluntary Benefits Agency, an Ohio firm working with some 100 employers to implement such plans. "This is the way the calculator was designed."

Timothy Jost is pretty sure the whole thing was a mistake.

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10:41am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Hungary Shuts Off Re-Export Of Natural Gas To Ukraine

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 4:29 pm

An engineer oversees the gas distribution system of Hungary's gas pipeline operator FGSZ in Kiskundorozsma, in August. The distributor announced that it would cut off gas supplies to Ukraine.
Laszlo Balogh Reuters/Landov

Hungary has "indefinitely" cut off its supply of natural gas to Ukraine, a move that Kiev's state gas firm has described as "unexpected and unexplained."

Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency cites Hungary's gas operator, FGSZ Ltd., saying that the pipeline cutoff "was made to meet the growing domestic demand."

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10:32am

Fri September 26, 2014
The Salt

Belgium Likes Underground Beer. No, Literally

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:52 pm

The De Halve Maan Brewery prides itself on its family origins, its classic recipe, and the history of its beer, crafted carefully since 1856. But there's change brewing (pun intended) on the horizon: In 2015, its owners hope to open a pipeline of beer beneath the city streets of Bruges.

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9:45am

Fri September 26, 2014
NPR Ed

Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F'

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 3:20 pm

You're next.
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At Denny's, diners are asked to fill out comment cards. How was your meal? Were you satisfied with the quality of service? Were the restrooms clean?

In universities around the world, semesters end with students filling out similar surveys about their experience in the class and the quality of the teacher.

Student ratings are high-stakes. They come up when faculty are being considered for tenure or promotions. In fact, they're often the only method a university uses to monitor the quality of teaching.

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7:17am

Fri September 26, 2014
Television

'Saturday Night Live' Begins Season 40 This Weekend

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Tomorrow night, one of television's best-known shows marks a milestone.

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Live from New York.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Live from New York.

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7:17am

Fri September 26, 2014
Europe

Slot Machine Win Helps Man Avoid Prison

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7:17am

Fri September 26, 2014
Europe

Underground Beer Pipeline Solves Traffic Issue

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12:54pm

Thu September 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Calls On International Community To Fight Ebola

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 1:40 pm

President Obama speaks about the Ebola epidemic Thursday at United Nations headquarters in New York.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

President Obama urged the international community to join the United States in trying to stop the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, saying the disease could kill hundreds of thousands of people in the coming months if it is left unchecked.

"If this epidemic is not stopped, this disease could cause a humanitarian catastrophe across the region," Obama said at a U.N. meeting in New York. "In an era when regional crises can quickly become global threats, stopping Ebola is in the interests of the entire world."

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11:53am

Thu September 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes To Michael Brown's Family

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 1:08 pm

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who was at the center of the controversy surrounding the fatal police shooting in August of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, released a video today in which he apologized to the family of the victim.

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11:16am

Thu September 25, 2014
Parallels

Obama Has Support For Syria Strikes, But Are They Legal?

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:44 pm

President Obama addresses the 69th session of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.
Richard Drew AP

President Obama appears to have strong bipartisan support in Congress to carry out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq. He also made his case for aggressive action in a speech to the United Nations on Wednesday. Most Western and Middle Eastern nations seem to be supporting military action, which the president describes as a counterterrorism strategy, not a war.

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10:40am

Thu September 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Eric Holder To Step Down As Attorney General

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:29 am

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a Sept. 4 news conference at the Justice Department in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

This post was last updated at 4:44 p.m. ET.

Eric Holder Jr., the nation's first black U.S. attorney general, will resign his post after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and 5 1/2 years of fights with Republicans in Congress.

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10:12am

Thu September 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Richard Branson Thinks Employees Should Have Unlimited Vacation

British billionaire Richard Branson has long been a business revolutionary, but his latest venture is raising a few eyebrows. The Virgin Group founder has introduced a "No Vacation Policy" policy. Staff can take time off whenever they want, for as long as they want. They don't need managers to sign-off on it, and there's no tracking involved.

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9:50am

Thu September 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Grand Jury Won't Indict Officers In Ohio Wal-Mart Shooting

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:53 pm

John Crawford III with his mother, Tressa Sherrod, in a photo released by the family. A special grand jury declined to indict officers in the fatal shooting of Crawford by police in an Ohio Wal-Mart in August.
AP

The Justice Department says it has begun a review of police department procedures in Beavercreek, Ohio, after a grand jury decided not to indict officers in the fatal shooting of a black man in a Wal-Mart store.

The DOJ promised a "thorough and independent" investigation, and said it would take action if civil rights laws were violated.

The shooting, which took place on Aug. 5 as attention was focused on events in Ferguson, Mo., occurred when a 911 caller reported a man waving what appeared to be a rifle.

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8:10am

Thu September 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Radical Muslim Cleric Reportedly Among 9 Arrested In Britain

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:47 pm

Muslim preacher Anjem Choudary is reportedly one of nine men arrested as part of an investigation in Britain into Islamist terrorism.
Dominic Lipinski PA Photos/Landov

British police have reportedly detained the country's highest-profile radical Muslim preacher as part of a series of arrests of nine individuals on suspicion of encouraging terrorism and belonging to or supporting a banned organization, according to the BBC and Reuters.

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8:03am

Thu September 25, 2014
NPR Ed

Q&A: The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 9:39 am

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We've known for a long time that inequality and systemic educational barriers are holding back many young African-Americans. President Obama has led an initiative to help close the opportunity gap for young black men.

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7:16am

Thu September 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Airstrikes Hit ISIS-Controlled Oil Refineries

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 11:13 am

An A-18C Hornet attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 87, prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to conduct strike missions against Islamic State group targets.
Robert Burck AP

Updated at 8:40 a.m. ET

The U.S. and some of its Arab coalition partners have conducted another round of airstrikes in Syria, hitting oil refineries that have fallen into the hands of Islamic State militants, who officials say are funding themselves with the petroleum revenues.

The Pentagon says 13 airstrikes hit a dozen "modular" oil refineries in eastern Syria. The refineries are thought to produce $2 million worth of refined petroleum each day for the self-declared Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

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7:14am

Thu September 25, 2014
Around the Nation

Harpist Finds Zoo's Primates A Captive Audience

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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6:37am

Thu September 25, 2014
Space

Robot Spacecraft Strike Up Martian Friendship

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 12:26 pm

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