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Sun October 19, 2014
Global Health

U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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7:47am

Sun October 19, 2014
National Security

DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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7:47am

Sun October 19, 2014
Around the Nation

California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Sun October 19, 2014
Politics

Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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7:03am

Sun October 19, 2014
Goats and Soda

Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., at a wedding in Ghana. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Duncan was being treated for the disease, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 said Duncan has died.
Wilmot Chayee AP

Moffie Kanneh is angry at the United States. When I meet the Liberian lawyer, he asks immediately where I am from. "Take this back to Washington," he says. "I am extremely furious."

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7:03am

Sun October 19, 2014
This Week's Must Read

After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 7:09 pm

"Although it was only nine o'clock he had already gone once around the pharmacological wheel to which he'd strapped himself for the evening, stolen a tuba, and offended a transvestite; and now his companions were beginning, with delight and aplomb, to barf. It was definitely a Crabtree kind of night."

That, my friends, is one of those lines for which books were invented. For which awards were invented — to bestow temporary graces upon those lurching, bourbon-sodden romantics and idiots who believe that a life spent telling stories for nickels is worthwhile.

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5:33am

Sun October 19, 2014
Around the Nation

The Kissimmee: A River Re-Curved

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 3:18 pm

The restoration's goal is to put as much of the Kissimmee as possible back to the way it was. This photo shows the river after restoration.
Courtesy the South Florida Water Management District

It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves.

That's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in Central Florida. They straightened the river in the 1960s into a canal to drain swampland and make way for the state's explosive growth. It worked — and it created an ecological disaster. So officials decided to restore the river's slow-flowing, meandering path.

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5:32am

Sun October 19, 2014
Pop Culture

9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Nurses check on newborns in the Hello Kitty-designed maternity ward at the Hau Sheng Hospital in Taiwan in 2009.
Wally Santana AP

Hello Kitty is celebrating a big birthday this year. In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multibillion-dollar empire — $8 billion worth of products bearing her image sold internationally in 2013. The Japanese company that created the cartoon cat now oversees the production of products ranging from backpacks to lunchboxes to picture books.

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6:24pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Your Health

Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

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6:24pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence

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Eight thousand eight hundred and fifty-five - according to the FBI, that's the number of Americans killed in gun murders in 2012. Nearly 123,000 were robbed at gun point - more than 142,000 assaulted with a firearm.

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6:24pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Interviews

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:41 am

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, seen here filming her Tropes vs. Women web series, recently canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received threats of a mass shooting at the event.
Jonathan McIntosh

For those who follow the video game industry and its community, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian is a familiar figure. Her video series "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" analyzes how women are represented in games past and present.

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5:08pm

Sat October 18, 2014
Middle East

Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:23 am

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading voice during protests in 2011 and 2012 by the minority Shiite Muslim community.
AP

Protests broke out in Saudi Arabia this week over the death sentence of a leading Shiite cleric. Human rights activists call his sentencing political and warn that by killing him, the country may deepen sectarian discord and spur more violence.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading voice during protests in 2011 and 2012 by the minority Shiite Muslim community.

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2:32pm

Sat October 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:49 pm

Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Saturday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

A synod of Catholic bishops gathered at the Vatican has decided to eliminate a landmark opening to gays that had appeared in an interim summary of discussions made public earlier this week that had appeared to signal a possible shift in the tone of the church.

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12:14pm

Sat October 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 11:54 am

An artist's rendering of the flyby with Mars orbiters taking cover. Note that the image says "spacecraft not to scale."
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mars is about to get a visitor that comes around only once in a million years or so.

The arrival of a "mountain-sized" comet, Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that humans — who were busy refining their stone-tool-making skills the last time such an event might have occurred — now have spacecraft from multiple countries at the Red Planet to see it happen.

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11:34am

Sat October 18, 2014
Author Interviews

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

Tito is a delightful young man. The world would call him disabled; he's had cerebral palsy since birth, the result of a bungled medical procedure at a hospital in Venice.

Tito was born to Anna and Diogo Mainardi, who is one of Brazil's best-known columnists as well as a novelist and screenwriter.

Tito is dauntless and spirited. He can walk 424 steps before he falls — but he always falls.

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11:13am

Sat October 18, 2014
The Protojournalist

America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:39 pm

Pretend to be a pineapple.
Jeff Mindell

How about we call it boocycling — putting together an adult's or child's costume using recycled, thrift-store clothing?

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10:37am

Sat October 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:26 pm

Pro-democracy protesters set up new barricades after riot police retreated from a main road at Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong early Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have retaken parts of a protest camp that authorities had cleared on Friday after scuffles with police clad in riot gear that left dozens of people injured.

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9:31am

Sat October 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 4:07 pm

People stand on the island's south shore to feel the winds from approaching Hurricane Gonzalo, in Astwood Park, Bermuda, on Friday. The storm has knocked out power to half of the residents of the British island territory.
Reuters/Landov

Update at 4:00 p.m. ET

Hurricane Ana is creeping up on Hawaii, just as Gonzalo is leaving Bermuda behind thousands of miles away in the Atlantic.

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8:42am

Sat October 18, 2014
Simon Says

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Dubuque Fire Department. An EMS supervisor named Wayne Dow told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "We adored him ... He appreciated what we did, and he never forgot where he came from."

Dr. Butzier leaves behind his wife, two sons, and three step-children.

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8:01am

Sat October 18, 2014
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:50 pm

The Supreme Court early Saturday declined to block a Texas Voter ID law for the November election.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has refused to block a Texas voter identification law for the November election after a lower federal court had deemed it restrictive and unconstitutional.

The ruling came just after 5 a.m. on Saturday. Three justices dissented.

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Asia

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words. This story air originally on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 10, 2014.

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Around the Nation

Dallas Hospital Deals With Aftermath Of Ebola Missteps

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:46 pm

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Sat October 18, 2014
Technology

Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 7:17 pm

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When you think about robots, if you do, you might think of famous images from science fiction, some kind of tin can built to vaguely resemble a human being.

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Economy

European Slowdown Drives Roller-Coaster Week In Markets

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 7:33 pm

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Sat October 18, 2014
Parallels

Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 10:26 pm

A Free Syrian Army fighter runs after attacking a tank with a rocket-propelled grenade during fighting in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012. The rebels say they are willing to take on the Islamic State, but need more weapons.
Manu Brabo AP

The American-led coalition opposing the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is starting to move toward vetting and training ground forces to do battle in both countries.

But it's a slow process, and it comes after years of frustrations for veterans of the Free Syrian Army, or the FSA, who have gathered in southeastern Turkey, a place with a long history of epic battles and religious fights.

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Iraq

James Foley Memorial Set In His New Hampshire Home Town

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Law

Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Law

Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

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7:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Economy

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

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Sat October 18, 2014
Sports

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:01 pm

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