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4:39 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.

Mexican Consulates, like this one in Houston, are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay for application fees for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
WhisperToMe Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 5:01 pm

Mexico is helping some of its citizens apply for a controversial immigration program in the U.S. called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

Since the Obama administration created the program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and work permits that last for at least two years.

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The Two-Way
4:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

FCC Votes To Eliminate Sports Blackout Rules

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady jogs off the field following a 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in an NFL football game on Monday.
Ed Zurga AP

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Tuesday to ditch rules that prohibited cable and satellite providers from broadcasting games that had been blacked out on local stations.

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Parallels
4:01 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

How One Chauffeur Took Down A Corrupt Brazilian Politician

Antonio Cavalcante had a candidate for governor successfully barred after proving he had embezzled millions of dollars while he was a state legislator.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

It's election season in Brazil, and a group of young women hold up placards outside the Cuiaba airport in support of their candidate. The capitol of the central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso is best known for its cattle ranching and agriculture. It is the Texas of Brazil — big, flat and hot with people who moved here from all over the country as kind of frontiersmen.

For the last two decades, one man has politically loomed above them all. His name is Jose Riva. He's been a politician in the state for 20 years, presiding over the state legislature in one form or another.

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Shots - Health News
3:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

First U.S. Case Of Ebola Confirmed In Dallas

A patient at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has a confirmed case of Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. He is being treated and kept in strict isolation.
LM Otero AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:39 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that the first case of Ebola has appeared in the U.S.

A man in Dallas has tested positive for the virus, the agency says. The man flew to the U.S. from Liberia, arriving on Sept. 20, NPR has learned. He wasn't sick on the flight, and had no symptoms when he arrived.

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U.S.
3:48 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Albuquerque Police Department Faces Federal And Public Scrutiny

Protesters gather outside the Albuquerque Police Department following the shooting deaths of James Boyd and others on March 25. The Justice Department accused the police of engaging in a pattern of excessive force.
Rita Daniels NPR

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:51 pm

To understand the tension between the cops and some people in Albuquerque, you have to go back to a Tuesday in April.

It was after the Justice Department had accused the Albuquerque police of engaging in a pattern of excessive force. In March, a homeless camper named James Boyd was shot and killed. Then a 19-year-old woman was killed.

Music teacher Caro Acuna Olvera was eating dinner when a friend called her with the news.

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Global Health
3:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

CDC Announces First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In U.S.

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:46 pm

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Middle East
3:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Israel Justice Minister: U.S. Shouldn't Give Up On Palestinian Peace Process

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:59 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

EBay announced it will split from the payments service PayPal, forming two independently traded companies beginning in 2015.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:59 pm

A big breakup is happening in the business world. Online retailing giant eBay is splitting up with its payments operation, PayPal, sometime in 2015. The move comes at a prime opportunity for PayPal, as the future of online payments is still being charted.

When PayPal first came on the scene in the late 1990s, it simplified making online purchases in a way that users adopted, fast.

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

New York Boosts Pay For Thousands With Hourly Wage Hike

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs an executive order raising the city's living wage law Tuesday. The move will require some employers to pay their employees between $11.50 and $13.13 an hour, depending on whether the employee receives benefits.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday that effectively raises the hourly wage for thousands of workers in New York City. The city says its expansion of the Living Wage provisions will boost yearly earnings for the lowest-paid workers from $16,640 to $27,310.

From New York, NPR's Joel Rose reports:

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Shots - Health News
3:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

BRAIN Initiative Bets on Wearable Scanners, Laser-Controlled Cells

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Eighteen months after its launch, President Obama's plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain is finally taking shape. During separate events Tuesday, the White House and National Institutes of Health offered details about which projects are being funded and why.

At a morning press conference, NIH officials announced $46 million in grant awards to more than 100 investigators. Most of the researchers are working on tools that can "transform how we study the brain," said NIH Director Francis Collins.

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Goats and Soda
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Ebola Researchers Have A Radical Idea: Rush A Vaccine Into The Field

Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute and chief investigator of the trials with an Ebola vaccine his organization developed, holds a vial of the vaccine.
Steve Parsons/WPA Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:20 pm

Today, the World Health Organization concludes a two-day meeting to discuss a radical idea: bringing a vaccine into the field without having tested its effectiveness.

Traditional means of containing Ebola — such as isolating people who are infected with the disease and tracing the people they've come into contact with — aren't working fast enough to get ahead of the epidemic. So the question is: Will giving an experimental vaccine to willing volunteers help contain the disease or put people at greater risk?

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Middle East
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

U.S.-Afghanistan Security Agreement Receives Mixed Reaction

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:40 pm

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History
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hong Kong's Protest Umbrellas Have A Deep Political History

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:40 pm

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

White House Intruder Indicted On Federal, Local Charges

This Sept. 21, 2009 photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who was married to Murphy's mother, Samantha, until they divorced in 2012. Authorities have identified Gonzalez as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
Uncredited AP

A federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez on Tuesday, over allegations that he jumped a fence and the eluded guards to enter the White House earlier this month.

In a statement, the Department of Justice said the grand jury turned over a three count indictment against Gonzalez: The first — "entering a restricted building or grounds, while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon" — is a federal offense, while the other two — "carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business, and unlawful possession of ammunition" — are crimes in the District of Columbia.

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Law
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Six Years After Financial Crisis, Litigation Carries On With AIG Suit

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:59 pm

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Business
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Preventing Worker Burnout Can Boost The Bottom Line

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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:59 pm

Burnout at work seems like a fact of life, especially with employers cutting back on leave benefits.

But some companies are trying novel fixes. In addition to boosting morale, some employers say, eliminating burnout can increase productivity and profitability.

At Aptify, a Virginia software company, burnout was a problem a few years ago. Projects demanded long hours, which affected motivation and morale. It's a medium-size firm, with 200 workers, but at the time, procedures seemed overly corporate and cumbersome.

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Author Interviews
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:40 pm

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Book Reviews
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Book Review: 'Once In The West'

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:40 pm

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The Salt
2:11 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

'Human Flesh' Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

Here's something to make even the most carnivorous among us shudder: a burger that tastes something like human flesh.

It's not just the stuff of horror flicks anymore, thanks to two pioneering foodies out of London. For a publicity stunt to promote Season 5 of The Walking Dead, which premieres Oct. 13 in the U.K., they've created a zombie-inspired burger they say actually turned out "delicious."

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The Two-Way
1:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

U.S. Charges Four Hackers Over Theft Of Games From Microsoft, Army

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:09 pm

The United States has charged four men with stealing $100 million worth of intellectual property from Microsoft Corporation, Epic Games Inc., Valve Corporation, Zombie Studios and the U.S. Army.

The men, all between the ages of 18 and 28, allegedly used sophisticated methods to break into the company's systems to steal games before they were released to the public. In the case of the Army, the hackers allegedly stole Apache helicopter simulator software developed by a video game manufacturer.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Here, mixed plastic items are seen at a recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., earlier this year.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:23 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S.

"This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," Brown said. "We're the first to ban these bags, and we won't be the last."

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Education
11:47 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

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Author Interviews
11:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:26 am

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DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Tue September 30, 2014

WATCH: Container Ships Collide In Suez Canal

Two container ships collide in the Suez Canal on Monday.
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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:56 pm

Two container ships, the German-flagged MV Colombo Express and the Singapore-flagged MV Maersk Tanjong, collided on Monday at the north end of the Suez Canal, delaying traffic.

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U.S.
11:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Chief On White House Breach: It Won't Happen Again

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

This is one of those questions that is perfect for a Congressional hearing, though not so perfect for the witness. The question is how a man managed to get so far onto the White House grounds.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

Images from August 2000 (left) and August 2014 (right) show the drop in water levels in the Aral Sea.
NASA

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:07 pm

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried."

That's the word from NASA, which has released images showing the progressive decline of the water levels in the Aral Sea, which straddles the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The space agency captured the striking photographs via its Terra satellite.

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Goats and Soda
10:49 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Doggone It, The World Can Wipe Out Rabies

Boys show off their four-legged friends at a rabies vaccination drive set up by the Serengeti Health Initiative in the Bariadi District of Tanzania.
Anna Czupryna Courtesy of Serengeti Health Initiative

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:31 pm

The word "rabies" may draw faint memories of Old Yeller or Cujo. Thanks to an effective vaccine for dogs, the deadly virus has been nearly eliminated in the U.S.

But rabies is still a problem in many parts of Africa and Asia. The virus kills more than 69,000 people each year, many of them children.

Now scientists say that doesn't need to be the case.

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Monkey See
10:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

The Strange, Split 'Selfie' Pilot

Social Media superstar Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But she needs help from Henry (John Cho).
Nicole Wilder ABC

The pilot of the ABC show Selfie, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho in a Pygmalion update built on the notion that being obsessed with Twitter is the new Flawed But Fixable Personality Problem, is only about 22 minutes long — a little less. Given that pilots always have to contain a certain amount of pure exposition, that barely seems like enough time for the pilot to have both good parts and bad parts.

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Shots - Health News
9:43 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

via wacoal-america.com

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:41 pm

I love caffeine. I would love to trim my derriere. Combining the two seems like such an obvious win. Evidently some manufacturers of women's undergarments thought so, too. And now they're $1.5 million poorer.

The Federal Trade Commission has ordered two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc. and Wacoal America, to stop marketing shapewear infused with caffeine. The firms claimed that the amped-up underwear would cause fat loss and a reduction in body size.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Tue September 30, 2014

In NFL Game, A Slide And A Prayer Spur Debate And Clarification

Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a touchdown after an interception against the New England Patriots Monday. He was then penalized for praying on his knees — something the NFL now says shouldn't have been punished.
Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:28 am

When an NFL defender picks off a pass and runs it back for a touchdown, the celebration is often spirited. But referees in Monday night's game took exception to Kansas City's Husain Abdullah actions after he slid in the end zone and prostrated himself, imposing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.

The play quickly became a hot topic on social media, where many criticized a penalty for what qualifies as a quiet gesture in the NFL, where excited players are known to point at themselves, others, and the sky, sometimes while making crude gestures.

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