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12:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Ferguson Documents: What Michael Brown's Friend Saw

Dorian Johnson leaves Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church at the end of the funeral service for his friend Michael Brown in St. Louis.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:35 pm

Over the past couple of days, we've been reading through the trove of documents released by the prosecutor in the matter of Michael Brown.

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It's All Politics
12:05 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Recovering After Heart Stent Implant

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Supreme Court chambers on July 31, 2014.
Cliff Owen AP

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted Wednesday to clear a blocked right coronary artery, but she was expected to be back on the bench when the high court reconvenes on Monday.

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Shots - Health News
11:58 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Those Phone-Obsessed Teenagers Aren't As Lonely As You Think

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:39 pm

A recent dinner with my friends went something like this:

"Wait, who is going to take a Snapchat of all of us when our drinks arrive?"

"Oh no, I can't! My phone is dying."

"Guys, this is such a stereotypical millennial conversation. I am totally tweeting about this."

So I guess I understand why older folk fret that youngsters these days are losing out on authentic social connections because of social media.

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Goats and Soda
10:45 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Somali Aid Worker Would Rather Give Out Cash Than Free Food

Degan Ali, a Somali-American humanitarian, describes herself on Twitter as a "social justice activist, Muslima."
Courtesy of Adeso

In 2011, drought hit Somalia hard, triggering a famine that ultimately killed some 260,000 people. Now, after a poor rainy season, the Food and Agriculture Organization is warning that the country could be on the brink of another famine.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Former CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.
Sonia Recchia Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:25 pm

Jian Ghomeshi, the former Canadian radio host, was arrested Wednesday and charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.

The charges carry sentences ranging from 10 years to life in prison.

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The Salt
10:37 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Native American Side Of The Thanksgiving Menu

Renee Comet Photography Restaurant Associates and Smithsonian Institution

A version of this story was originally published on Nov. 21, 2012.

Everyone knows the schoolhouse version of the first Thanksgiving story: New England pilgrims came together with Native Americans to share a meal after the harvest. The original menu was something of a joint venture, but over the years, a lot of the traditional dishes have lost their native flavor.

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Shots - Health News
10:36 am
Wed November 26, 2014

If Supreme Court Strikes Federal Exchange Subsidies, Health Law Could Unravel

Supreme Court police stand guard during a storm in March.
Michael Reynolds EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:28 pm

Exactly what would happen to the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court invalidates tax credits in three dozen states where the federal government runs the program?

Legal scholars say a decision like that would deal a potentially lethal blow to the law because it would undermine the government-run insurance marketplaces that are its backbone, as well as the mandate requiring most Americans to carry coverage.

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All Tech Considered
10:31 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Weekly Innovation: A Seat That Fits In Your Pocket

Creator Jonas Lind-Bendixen says he thought of the idea for Sitpack when he was waiting at a concert.
Sitpack

If you're traveling this holiday season, you'll inevitably be doing a lot of standing around.

Whether it's standing in an airport security line or waiting at a crowded gate, it would be nice to take a load off in the midst of the travel rush. Better yet, pulling a "seat" out of your back pocket sounds pretty convenient.

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Parallels
10:23 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Warning For Latin America's Faltering Economies: 'Innovate Or Die'

A woman waits for customers at a street market where she sells shoes in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazil and other Latin American economies have prospered by selling commodities and low-tech goods. But now many economies are struggling, and some point to the region's lack of high-tech and other cutting edge industries.
Andre Penner AP

One look at the Brazilian flag and you think: This must be a space-age, high-tech country. That star-spackled orb in the middle glowing like a planetarium. The banner wrapped around it hailing "Order and Progress." Engineers must be rock stars there, right?

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Goats and Soda
10:02 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Hissing And Sighing: The Lament Of Sex Workers In Sierra Leone

On Lumley Beach, after day trippers have headed home, prostitutes look for customers along a 100-yard stretch of road near some of the nicer hotels as well as near the bars and restaurants along the beachfront.
Simon Akam Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:06 pm

When a man drives by the strip at Lumley Beach in downtown Freetown at night, he'll probably hear a sharp hiss. That's not an unusual sound in Sierra Leone. People hiss instead of whistling โ€” to get your attention, to call for the bill at a restaurant, to buy a bottle of water on the street.

But the hissing along a stretch of beachfront road at Lumley Beach has a different purpose. It's the sound prostitutes make, and they've perfected the hiss. That's why they're called serpents.

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The Salt
9:19 am
Wed November 26, 2014

For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

Akutaq or agutak โ€” also known as Eskimo ice cream โ€” is a favorite dessert in western Alaska. It's made with berries and frothed with fat, like Crisco.
Al Grillo AP

When Americans sit down to their Thanksgiving meal, most tables will feature traditional fare: turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries. But should you be looking for a different kind of holiday meal, head for rural Alaska.

That's where Nellie Gamechuck lives, in a village squeezed between tundra and a bend in the river in the southwest part of the state. Ask her what's for dinner on Thanksgiving, and she opens up the deep freeze. "Walrus meat, moose meat," she says. Digging down through the layers, she reaches the dessert level: salmonberries.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Justice Ginsburg Has Heart Procedure, Is Resting Comfortably

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:51 am

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the leader of the Supreme Court's liberal wing, is "resting comfortably" after a heart procedure, the court said in a statement.

Ginsburg, 81, "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" on Tuesday and was taken to a Washington, D.C., hospital. According to the statement, doctors inserted a stent in her right coronary artery to address a blockage.

"She is resting comfortably and is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours," the statement said.

Update at 10:57 a.m. ET. 'Awake And Demanding Work':

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open

Youths walk past a mural calling for peace in Ferguson, Mo., on a building up the street from the city's police department a day before the grand jury decision was announced.
David Goldman AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

A grand jury decision announced Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown was preceded by a wave of shuttered doors in Ferguson, Mo. Expecting an eruption of protests over the decision, the city's public schools and many public services quickly declared they would be closed on Tuesday.

The Ferguson Public Library, however, remained open.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Wed November 26, 2014

EPA Proposes New Rules To Curb Ozone Levels

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies at an oversight hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 23.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:49 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new rules today to reduce emission levels for smog-causing ozone, which is linked to asthma and other health problems.

The draft measure calls for lowering the threshold for ozone from 75 parts per billion to between 65 ppb and 70 ppb. The agency said it would take comments on an ozone level as low as 60 ppb.

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Shots - Health News
7:32 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Patient Safety Journal Finds Violations, Tightens Standards After Scandal

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:09 am

The aftershocks of what some have called the patient safety movement's first scandal continue to reverberate in the medical community, most recently in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Wed November 26, 2014

After 50 Years, An Olympic Medal Dispute Is Resolved

Ronald And Vivian Joseph perform the "Death Spiral' on Oct. 26, 1963, at the World Championships. The International Olympic Committee announced this week that the Josephs, who originally placed fourth in the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, were in fact the bronze medalists.
Bill Peters Denver Post via Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:38 am

American figure skaters Vivian and Ronald Joseph placed fourth in the 1964 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria. But a couple years later, the International Olympic Committee determined that the West German silver medalists, Marika Kilius and Hans-Jurgen Baumler, had signed a professional contract before the games and stripped them of their medals [the IOC took such things seriously in those days].

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The Two-Way
7:05 am
Wed November 26, 2014

University Of Virginia Apologizes To Student Who Says She Was Gang-Raped

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:22 am

The University of Virginia publicly apologized on Tuesday to a student who told Rolling Stone magazine that she was gang-raped during a fraternity party in 2012.

As we reported, the magazine's harrowing account led to protests and a university ban on fraternities until January.

Sandy Hausman, of NPR member station WVTF, filed this report for our Newscast Unit:

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Code Switch
6:57 am
Wed November 26, 2014

In Ferguson, A Trove Of Evidence โ€” But No Trial

A photo of officer Darren Wilson released as part of evidence shown before the grand jury.
CBS News

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 10:23 am

On Monday night, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch delivered the news that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. And in an unusual move, the announcement was accompanied by the release of an enormous batch of evidence presented to the grand jury โ€” including much-talked-about photos of Wilson, taken after he shot and killed Brown.

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Animals
6:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Dog Keeps Up With Athletes, Gets Adopted

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:51 am

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Around the Nation
6:15 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Seattle Mayor Pardons Tofurkey

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The Two-Way
6:00 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Messy Winter Storm Snarls Thanksgiving Travel

Travelers make their way through Miami International Airport on Tuesday.
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 11:49 am

A big winter storm spinning its way across the East Coast of the United States is expected to wreak havoc on Thanksgiving Day travel plans.

The National Weather Service says that travelers from the Carolinas all the way up to New England could see significant snow, and the entire East Coast will see some kind of precipitation.

Weather.com reports:

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Wed November 26, 2014

North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 12:41 pm

"There is a town in north Ontario / With dream comfort memory to spare," sings Neil Young on the 1970 CSNY track "Helpless." "Helpless" also happens to be the title of the tenth and final story in Gemma Files' new collection, We Will All Go Down Together. The similarity isn't a coincidence; Files quotes Young's lyrics directly in another story, "Strange Weight." And the whole volume revolves around a fictional town in northern Ontario called Dourvale โ€” a village which, like the town in Young's song, has dreams and memories to spare.

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Energy
4:30 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Solar Energy's Popularity Increases As Rooftop Panels Get Less Expensive

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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Energy
4:20 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Critics Say More Oil Industry Royalties Should Go Into U.S. Coffers

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:11 am

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Business
4:16 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Holiday Shopping Ads Are Geared Toward Brains' Reward Center

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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With the economy picking up steam, this Thanksgiving week is expected to be better for shop owners and retailers compared to last year's holiday. The turkey is barely defrosted, but retailers are ready to go.

(SOUNDBITE OF VARIOUS ADS)

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The Two-Way
3:52 am
Wed November 26, 2014

A Calmer Night In Ferguson, Mo., Amid Increased National Guard Presence

Members of the National Guard detain a protester in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. More than 2,000 National Guard troops spread out across the St. Louis area to prevent another night of rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Adrees Latif Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 7:01 am

Updated at 6:22 a.m.

Police in Ferguson, Mo., made 44 arrests after another night of protests โ€” these much calmer than the unrest that erupted after a grand jury declined Monday to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Many of the protesters say they are angry that Wilson, who is white, was not charged in the shooting of Brown, who was black.

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Europe
3:39 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Tax Fraud Case In Spain Lingers Against Barcelona Soccer Star

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Plan For Grand Jury Verdict Lacked Follow-Through, Critics Say

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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NPR Story
3:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Viewpoint On Ferguson: People Have To Understand The Other Side

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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3:13 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Why Fed Officials Are Concerned About Too Little Inflation

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 6:15 am

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