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6:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
All Tech Considered

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

On Monday, Apple is rolling out a new way to pay: a digital wallet called Apple Pay. Millions of people with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be able to tap — rather than swipe — at the register.

The move could be a major change in how we shop. Or it could end up as a blip on the map that fades away, as other "mobile wallets" have in the past.

Here are some questions you might be asking:

I have a leather wallet in my back pocket. Am I going to have it a year from now, given this mobile-wallet revolution?

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6:01am

Mon October 20, 2014
Health

Officials say NY State Health Exchange ready for open enrollment

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Officials for the New York State Health Exchange say $27 million will go to help residents connect with insurance -- the same amount as last year. The state health department says it’s ready for the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, starting November 15.

National health care advocates worry that most states will be investing less on support staff to help sign people up for insurance, than was invested last year.

Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, health equity director at Families USA, says the second year of the ACA open enrollment will need resources.

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5:55am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

AG candidate proposes tougher laws, more treatment to combat heroin

John Cahill is the republican candidate for New York state attorney general.

Attorney General candidate John Cahill is proposing a plan to fight the heroin epidemic that’s ravaging communities across the state.  

Cahill, a Republican, says the five-point plan attacks the problem from a number of angles. It starts with tougher laws that go after the drug traffickers, including tougher sentences and changes in the classification of the drug in penal law.

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5:34am

Mon October 20, 2014
Education

Watchdog group warns against proposed education bond act

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New York's November ballot includes a proposal for the state to borrow $2 billion to spend on technology, like computer tablets, for school children. But a fiscal watchdog group says it’s not a good way to finance the purchase of iPads.

The bond act would give New York state permission to borrow money primarily to invest in new technology for students in elementary and secondary schools. It would also include money for building more classrooms for expanded pre-kindergarten.

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5:07am

Mon October 20, 2014
Asia

Beijing Marathoners Powered Through Thick Smog

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4:59am

Mon October 20, 2014
Strange News

Don't Sing It: San Francisco Giants Will 'Never Be Royals'

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on October 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for GOP.
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When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Religion

Surprising Draft To Watered-Down Report: This Year's Vatican Synod

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

Among outside groups — that is, not candidates or party committees — more than half of this cycle's political ads are financed by secret donors.
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When you talk about "outside" money in politics, there's a good chance you'll talk about billionaire activists David and Charles Koch.

Especially if you're Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader regularly takes to the Senate floor to slam the Kochs for financing a network of conservative groups. Back in March, he said he was criticizing "two very wealthy brothers who intend to buy their own Congress, a Congress beholden to their money and bound to enact their radical philosophy."

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2:57pm

Sun October 19, 2014
Politics

24th Congressional District draws more national attention

Republican Congressional candidate John Katko, left, and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speak to reporters in Auburn Sunday.
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Some powerful Washington politicians are visiting central New York, stumping for their chosen candidates for the 24th Congressional District, in the final weeks of the campaign season.

It was Republican John Katko's turn first. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) headlined a $75-a-plate fundraising brunch in Auburn Sunday in support of Katko. McCarthy and Katko then toured the Seward House, once home to Abraham Lincoln's secretary of state William Seward.

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7:20am

Fri October 17, 2014
Around the Nation

Washington, D.C. Election Guide Uses Upside-Down Flag

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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6:59am

Fri October 17, 2014
Politics and Government

Cuomo using a different approach in reelection bid

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In the final weeks before elections, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been promoting his memoir and announced travel plans to Puerto Rico. One thing he hasn’t been doing is running a typical campaign, and he’s said little about what he’ll do in the next four years.

Cuomo, who holds a double-digit lead over Republican candidate Rob Astorino, has more than $30 million in the bank. He has employed a rose garden strategy for much of the political season, and seldom holds campaign events.

He says he's simply letting his job speak for itself.

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6:42am

Fri October 17, 2014
Politics and Government

Maffei vs. Katko: In their first debate, candidates discuss negative ads

Incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei, left, and Republican John Katko, right, are running for N.Y.'s 24th Congressional District seat
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The race for the 24th Congressional District has been characterized by its negative campaign ads. Grant Reeher, host of WRVO's Campbell Conversations, moderated the first debate between incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko. In this portion of the debate, Reeher asked each candidate about their use of negative ads.

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5:59am

Fri October 17, 2014
Health

Cuomo says state preparing for potential Ebola cases

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (far right) is designating eight hospitals as Ebola treatment centers in New York state.
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There are no known cases of Ebola in New York, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state officials are making preparations in case one occurs and have identified eight hospitals, including Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse, as Ebola care centers.

Cuomo says the eight hospitals around the state have been identified as Ebola treatment centers, and personnel at all 200 of the state’s hospitals will be trained how to respond if a person with Ebola walks into their emergency room.

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5:34am

Fri October 17, 2014
Health

Bob Vila on breathing clean air during the heating season

WRVO's weekly health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Linda Lowen and Lorraine Rapp speak with home improvement expert Bob Vila about how you can ensure the indoor air you're breathing is as clean and healthy as possible.

Lorraine Rapp: What steps can we take to ensure that we are breathing clean air in our homes?

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5:24am

Fri October 17, 2014
Europe

Hot Dog Suit Costs Irish Movie Theater $25,000

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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5:03am

Fri October 17, 2014
NPR Story

White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:46 pm

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We'll focus now on one of the battlefields in the war against ISIS.

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5:03am

Fri October 17, 2014
Sports

Wild Card Teams, Giants And Royals, To Meet In World Series

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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5:03am

Fri October 17, 2014
NPR Story

Why Has There Been So Much Turmoil In Financial Markets Lately?

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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5:03am

Fri October 17, 2014
NPR Story

Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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12:03pm

Thu October 16, 2014
Education

LA Schools Superintendent To Step Down Amid iPad Controversy

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 1:09 pm

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10:37am

Thu October 16, 2014
Shots - Health News

Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:24 am

A man walks past the former site of a clinic that offered abortions in El Paso, Texas.
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Texans on both sides of the abortion issue are taking stock after the U.S. Supreme Court intervened in a lawsuit over a state law that would require clinics that provide abortion services to conform to standards for ambulatory surgery centers.

The court issued an order late Tuesday saying 13 Texas clinics that had to close can reopen their doors for now.

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10:00am

Thu October 16, 2014
Politics

North Country congressional debate gets personal, again

The second of three televisted debates in the 21st Congressional District race was broadcast on WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh
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The issue of who is really from the North Country continues to be raised in the race for the 21st Congressional District seat. Last night, the second of three televised debates was held in Plattsburgh, sponsored by WPTZ-TV. This time, the three candidates were all asked where they maintain their primary residence and whether they were eligible to vote in the district two years ago.

Elise Stefanik, the Republican candidate, has spent the last several years living and working in Washington, D.C., but now lives at her family vacation home in Essex County.

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7:22am

Thu October 16, 2014
Around the Nation

Builder Constructs Home On Wrong Lot

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:32 pm

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7:22am

Thu October 16, 2014
Around the Nation

Restaurant Dedicated To Mac And Cheese Opens In Los Angeles

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7:00am

Thu October 16, 2014
NPR Story

USAID Head Speaks Of Heroic Efforts — And Heroes — In West Africa

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 2:05 pm

American USAID chief Rajiv Shah meets with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Monrovia.
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More than 300 beds in a matter of weeks.

That's the plan for construction of the "world's largest Ebola treatment unit" in Liberia, says Rajiv Shah, head of USAID, the U.S. Agency for International Development. It's one of 18 facilities going up in Liberia alone.

The czar of the federal agency for foreign aid took a break from his tour of West Africa, where he is monitoring the progress of American interventions, to speak with Morning Edition's Rachel Martin.

"The extraordinary engineering and design is something to watch," Shah said.

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6:58am

Thu October 16, 2014
Sports

Kansas City Moves On To World Series After Sweeping Baltimore

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:32 pm

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And now this - the Kansas City Royals still have not lost a playoff baseball game since 1985. Of course, for 28 consecutive seasons since that World Series victory in '85, they did not have any post-season games at all.

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5:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
NPR Story

Justice Department's Civil Rights Division To Get Interim Leader

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:32 pm

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President Obama has filled a politically sensitive job at the Justice Department.

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When the department examines voter ID laws the job falls to its civil rights division.

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5:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
NPR Story

Ebola Virus Takes Center Stage In Washington

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:32 pm

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This almost never happens; President Obama has canceled travel plans. He famously holds to his schedule while managing urgent news, but he will stay in Washington, we're told, to oversee the response to Ebola.

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5:34am

Thu October 16, 2014
Race

Black Students Gather At Harvard To Watch 'Dear White People'

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 12:32 pm

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