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Middle East
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism

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Europe
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

From 'Yes' To 'No': One Scot's Shift On Independence

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Sports
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Week In Sports: Serious Problems For The NFL

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Author Interviews
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery'

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Middle East
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

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Law
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

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Europe
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

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Environment
5:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

Venetians celebrate during the Festa del Redentore in Venice. The festival began in 1576 when the Republic's Senate voted to build a church on the Giudecca Island to Christ the Redeemer to thank God for the city's deliverance from the Plague.
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Patients "driven to frenzy by the disease, especially at night ... went here and there, colliding with one another and suddenly falling to the ground dead."

No, it's not a scene from the modern-day Ebola outbreak. It's a description from Venice of a hospital ward during the plague that first struck the city in the mid-1300s.

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Goats and Soda
4:03 am
Sat September 20, 2014

WATCH: The Boy Who Danced In The Face Of Ebola

Dance therapy? Mamadee, 11, made everyone happy at the Ebola treatment center with his dancing. He made a full recovery.
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This week has been tough. Maybe the toughest in the long, drawn-out battle against Ebola in West Africa.

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All Tech Considered
3:12 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma celebrates as the Alibaba stock goes live on Friday.
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It was a big Friday for Alibaba, which opened trading on the New York Stock Exchange at the wildly high $92.70 per share. But that wasn't the only tech news this week, so let's get to our roundup.

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All Tech Considered
3:11 am
Sat September 20, 2014

With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion from the Alibaba IPO because of its $1 billion investment in Alibaba 2005.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 5:49 am

Yahoo has made a number of bad bets in its up-and-down history. But the decision to buy a $1 billion stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba was hands down a winner.

Alibaba's successful IPO — its stock shot up 38 percent on the first day of trading Friday — will give Yahoo around $8 billion in return. But it was a masterful move, almost a decade ago, that made this mega-payday possible.

Yahoo Was A Pawn

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The Two-Way
5:08 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Texas Appears To Step Back From Proposal To Sell Alcohol At Some Gun Shows

A customer checks out a shotgun at a store in College Station, Texas.
Pat Sullivan AP

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission appears to be backing away from a proposal to allow the sale of alcohol at some gun shows.

On Friday, the staff of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission recommended that commissioners vote to withdraw the plan.

NPR's John Burnett filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Politics
4:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters

In this ad from Republican Stewart Mills, his wife Heather says he dons pink heels each year to raise money for victims of domestic violence.
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Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 8:57 pm

At the Democratic party's annual Women's Leadership Forum Friday, Hillary Clinton delivered a message that could have come straight from the script being used by Democratic candidates all over the country.

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Goats and Soda
3:53 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Sierra Leone: Where Colin Powell Felt His Roots

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:04 pm

The media are focused on Sierra Leone this weekend, as the Ebola-embattled nation has set up a three-day lockdown to help control the disease.

Aid will be coming from the United Kingdom, which once ruled the West African nation. But the country also played a painful role in U.S. history, dating back to the dark days of slavery. Thousands from that part of Africa were captured, enslaved and sent to the sprawling rice plantations of Georgia and South Carolina.

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Goats and Soda
3:48 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Social Media Get The Right Stuff To India's Flood Victims

An Indian Kashmiri man in Srinagar uses a rope to cross over floodwaters in early September.
Punit Paranjpe AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:55 pm

When the floods hit the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the first week of September, Delhi resident Raheel Khursheed was preparing to visit his hometown, Anantnag.

"By the middle of the week I realized that it's not going to stop raining through most of the week, and I started to put my plans on hold," says the 31-year-old New Delhi resident, who directs news, politics and government at Twitter India. "By Friday, Anantnag was flooded."

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The Two-Way
3:37 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

WATCH: First Guy In Perth To Get Hands On New iPhone Drops It On Live TV

A customer picks up his just-bought iPhone.
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Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 5:09 pm

This morning, tech geeks around the world lined up outside Apple stores to get their hands on the latest iteration of the company's smartphone.

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National Security
3:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

American Joshua Fattal was released in 2011 from Iran after the Sultan of Oman paid more than $400,000 in ransom. He now says the U.S. should bail its citizens out abroad.
Mohammed Mahjoub AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:08 pm

It was three years ago that Joshua Fattal tasted freedom again. Fattal was one of three Americans who were seized as they hiked in Iraqi Kurdistan near the Iranian border. He was held for 26 months by the Tehran government, charged with spying. His release came as then-Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to the United States.

"I was released while Ahmadinejad was visiting the U.N. for the U.N. General Assembly, and it was really just a publicity stunt and I could tell what they were doing was a response to pressure," says Fattal.

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Europe
3:13 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

British Ambassador To U.S. Says Scottish Vote Is 'Decisive'

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:08 pm

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Code Switch
2:16 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Examining Bill Cosby's Legacy As 'The Cosby Show' Turns 30

The Cosby Show starred Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad as Cliff and Clair Huxtable, an upper-middle-class couple in New York. Tempestt Bledsoe, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Lisa Bonet and Keshia Knight Pulliam played four of their five children.
Frank Carroll AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:59 pm

The Cosby Show celebrates its 30th birthday on Saturday.

It was a monster hit inspired by the comedy and life experiences of its star, Bill Cosby, as shown in the new biography Cosby: His Life and Times. In the book, author Mark Whitaker makes a strong argument that Cosby's comedic style and approach to race issues turned The Cosby Show into television's most quietly subversive program.

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Africa
2:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Inside An Ebola Kit: A Little Chlorine And A Lot Of Hope

Chlorine can stop the Ebola virus. So medical workers disinfect their hands often at the Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.
Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 4:52 pm

American doctor and Ebola survivor Kent Brantly had senators in Congress riveted this week, as he told them the story of a patient named Francis.

Francis lived in Liberia's capital, and as he lay dying of Ebola, he told Brantly he knew how he had gotten infected: while helping a sick neighbor into a taxi.

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The Salt
1:40 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:13 pm

It's been six weeks since Moscow slapped a ban on foods imported from the United States, the European Union and other countries that sanctioned Russia for its involvement in Ukraine. The implications of that move are just beginning to be felt.

Many of the Russian capital's trendiest restaurants have been hit hard because they get most of their ingredients from Europe. So they've had to scramble to find replacements.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

NFL Commissioner: 'We Will Get Our House In Order'

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference on Friday, during which he said, "I got it wrong on the handling of Ray Rice. ... But now I will get it right."
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:32 pm

During a news conference on Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell promised that the league "will get our house in order."

Goodell announced that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an investigation of the way the league handled the Ray Rice case, and he said that at the end of the process the league will implement new conduct policies.

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The Two-Way
11:41 am
Fri September 19, 2014

White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

President Obama and Vice President Biden on Friday debuted the "It's On Us" campaign to help colleges and universities prevent and respond to sexual assault on campus.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:29 pm

President Obama unveiled a new White House campaign aimed at combating campus sexual assault, saying such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity."

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Shots - Health News
10:22 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:22 pm

There's plenty of evidence that spanking, paddling or hitting children doesn't improve their behavior in the long run and actually makes it worse.

But the science never trumps emotion, according to Alan Kazdin, head of the Yale Parenting Center and author of The Everyday Parenting Toolkit.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:55 am
Fri September 19, 2014

'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets

Courtesy of Matt Inman

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 1:28 pm

I know, I know. You have Putin to worry about, ISIS to worry about, Britain's near breaking, Washington's broken, and the globe keeps getting warmer — so why bring up Japanese giant hornets? You have worries enough. But I can't help myself. I've got to mention these hornets because, as bad as they are — and they are very, very bad ...

... this story has a happy ending.

Hornets From Hell

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Fri September 19, 2014

India's Modi Calls Al-Qaida's Plans For His Country 'Delusional'

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among India's Muslims, whom he praised as patriots.
Eugene Hoshiko AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 10:56 am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said al-Qaida will fail to attract recruits among his country's Muslims.

Earlier this month, al-Qaida said it had created a new branch to bring Islamic rule to the entire Indian subcontinent.

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
9:17 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?

Education experts faced off on the motion "Embrace the Common Core" at an Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, moderated by John Donvan (center).
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 12:10 pm

More than 40 states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, new national academic benchmarks in reading and math. But the Common Core has become the center of a highly contentious debate nationwide.

Proponents say the Common Core was designed to ensure that children, no matter where they go to school, are prepared to succeed in college or the workplace upon graduation. Opponents argue that many of the standards are not age- or development-appropriate, and that they constrain the ability of teachers to adjust their teaching to their individual classrooms.

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The Two-Way
8:44 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Iran's 'Happy' Dancers Receive Suspended Sentences

"Happy We Are from Tehran," a video remake of Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" that went viral earlier this year.
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Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 11:06 am

Seven young Iranians arrested in May on obscenity charges for producing their own video version of Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" have been sentenced to 91 lashes and up to a year in jail, although the punishment has been suspended providing they don't re-offend.

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The Salt
8:23 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Around The World In 8 Hospital Meals

Canada: "The food was inedible," Flickr user Paul Jerry wrote via Flickr Mail about the meat-and-cooked-vegetable platter served to his father at a Canadian hospital. Jerry says he had to bring his father food from the outside.
Paul Jerry Flickr

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:02 pm

A hospital is probably the last place a foodie traveling abroad wants to grab a bite.

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