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2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

When Consumer Debts Go Unpaid, Paychecks Can Take A Big Hit

Kevin Evans relaxes in his small apartment after arriving home from work. Evans, who lost income and his home in the recession, is now having his wages garnished after falling behind on his credit card payments.
Colin E. Braley AP for ProPublica

Millions of Americans are still grappling with debt they've accumulated since the recession hit. And new numbers out Monday show many are having a tougher time than you might think.

One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is being docked — often over an old credit card debt, medical bill, or student loan.

That striking figure comes out of a collaboration between NPR and ProPublica. The reporting offers the first available national numbers on wage garnishment.

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Goats and Soda
2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Philip Morris Sues Uruguay Over Graphic Cigarette Packaging

Smoking has declined by about 4 percent annually in Uruguay since the country required graphic warnings on cigarette packages.
Matilde Campodonico AP

Shopping for cigarettes in Uruguay isn't a pleasant experience. Photos of decaying teeth, premature babies and gruesome hospital scenes wrap around every pack of pack. In fact, the country requires manufacturers to cover at least 80 percent of the packaging with medical warnings and graphic images.

Cigarette giant Philip Morris International sees this requirement as a violation of a treaty law. So it's suing the country of Uruguay for $25 million.

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Around the Nation
2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Creating Your Baby's Last Name? Tennessee Says No

Carl Abramson, Kim Sarubbi and their three children.
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When naming a child, some parents opt for one of the parents' last names, some hyphenate the two. Still others invent a hybrid surname for their kids — though one Tennessee family discovered that state law bars them from doing that.

Kim Sarubbi runs a digital consulting firm. Her husband, Carl Abramson, is a chiropractor. The couple moved to Nashville from Santa Monica, Calif. Their first two kids were born outside Tennessee, and their last names are a blend of their parents' surnames, Sarubbi and Abramson.

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Shots - Health News
2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

Tom Murphy, 56, in his home in Gainesville, Virginia, was diagnosed with ALS four years ago. An experimental drug seems to have slowed the progression of his disease, he says, though most ALS patients aren't as lucky.
T.J. Kirkpatrick for NPR

There's a funding crunch for biomedical research in the United States — and it's not just causing pain for scientists and universities. It's also creating incentives for researchers to cut corners — and that's affecting people who are seriously ill.

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History
2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Volunteers Transcribe Material For Smithsonian's Digital Project

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Music News
2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Controversial Mexican Musician Temporarily Retires From Drug Ballads

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NPR Story
2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Midwest Officials Call For Regional Solution To Toxic Algae

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NPR Ed
9:09 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

Margaret Martin, right, poses with student Jose Correa during a Harmony Project open house at the Ramon C. Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
Esteban Rael Harmony Project

I went to Los Angeles to report a story on brain science. A new study had just been released, exploring how music instruction helps kids process language. The children the researchers studied were all participants in a community music program run by the nonprofit Harmony Project.

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Middle East
4:29 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Continued Killings Could Bolster Need For Action Against ISIS

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My Big Break
3:42 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break.
A&M Records

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Tensions In Ukraine Increase As Cease-Fire Appears To Have Dissolved

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:41 pm

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Europe
3:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Thousands Gather In Germany To Rally Against Anti-Semitism

People with Israeli flags and banners attend a rally against anti-Semitism near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Sunday.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

In Berlin, thousands of people gathered at the Brandenburg Gate on Sunday to demonstrate against a wave of harassment and attacks against Jews in Germany. Many blame the rising anti-Semitism there and across Europe on tensions over the Gaza conflict.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, who attended the Berlin rally, said there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany, particularly because of its Nazi past, and that fighting it is every German citizen's duty.

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Bread Might Make Us Fat, But You Can Still Long For A Loaf

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

NFL Admits Players Are At Increased Risk Of Brain Injury

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:50 pm

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NPR Story
3:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:29 pm

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

U.S. Says Allies In Middle East And Elsewhere Want To Help Fight ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:11 pm

On a weekend that saw extremist group the Islamic State release a video showing the murder of a Western hostage, support for a coalition to fight the group is building. Several Arab states are reportedly willing to participate in strikes on the group, and Australia has offered to send hundreds of troops to help.

Secretary of State John Kerry has been visiting countries in the Middle East to build support for President Obama's plan to fight the group, ahead of a conference about the crisis that'll begin in Paris Monday.

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Hannah Storm, A Pro, Fan And Mother, Gives NFL An Earful

ESPN's Hannah Storm aimed a sharply worded op-ed segment at the NFL Sunday, taking the league to task for its handling of the Ray Rice incident. She asked, "What exactly does the NFL stand for?"
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Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:09 pm

This has been called a long and tough week for the NFL. But ESPN's Hannah Storm asked some tough questions on Sunday's SportsCenter that show how hard the week has been for the league's fans — especially for parents who struggle to reconcile their love for the game with its off-field violence.

A lifelong football fan who's also the mother of three daughters, Storm didn't hold back on her emotions when discussing the NFL's response to what she calls the "horrific Ray Rice elevator video" – and how it also dominated conversations in her home.

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The Two-Way
12:47 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Heineken Owners Reportedly Rebuff SABMiller's Purchase Offer

Visitors look at old boil tanks at the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam last month. As it celebrates 150 years of brewing, Heineken has also reportedly rejected a takeover offer from SABMiller.
Lex Van Lieshout EPA/LANDOV

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:08 pm

In a move seen as a way to fight off a potential takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev, large brewer SABMiller has reportedly offered to buy Heineken. The family that controls the Dutch-based brewer rejected the idea, according to Bloomberg News.

Citing "people with knowledge of the matter," the business news agency says SABMiller made its offer in the past two weeks. The two companies would not comment on the story, but Bloomberg portrayed it as part of SABMiller's strategy to remain a competitor to AB InBev — instead of becoming one of its many acquisitions.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Greg Norman Says He's Lucky Not To Have Cut His Hand Off

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:05 pm

Posting photos this weekend that show him recovering from a chainsaw accident, Australian golfer Greg Norman says he's a lucky man. Norman says he hurt his left hand while cutting branches off a tree at his home in Florida.

Norman, 59, a former world No. 1 player who went on to a successful business career that includes ventures in sport, apparel and wine, announced his injury via Instagram Saturday by posting a photo of himself in a hospital bed.

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Middle East
10:41 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 1:45 pm

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Finally Cracks Billboard Top 10

Bob Marley, seen here performing in Paris in 1980, died years before Legend was released. It has since sold millions of copies — and this week, it hit No. 5 on the Billboard chart.
Guidot Lou Dalle /Landov

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:04 pm

Billboard's album sales chart has a new entry in its No. 5 spot: Legend, the greatest hits record by Bob Marley and the Wailers. It's the highest spot ever for Marley. And while the 30-year-old album has sold millions of copies over the years, it only reached No. 54 when it was released.

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Health
9:48 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Surviving Steroids: The Dark Side Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Shelling In Donetsk Rocks Cease-Fire In Ukraine

Pro-Russian militants take a break at a checkpoint close to where shelling continued Sunday between pro-Russian forces and the Ukrainian army in the village of Olenivka, some 30 kms south of Donetsk on the way to Mariupol, eastern Ukraine.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:03 pm

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is being tested Sunday, with intense fighting reported near the airport in Donetsk Saturday and Sunday. An NPR team in that city was forced to flee the shelling.

Reporting from Donetsk, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley says she was with members of the international monitoring group the OSCE — Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe — when they nearly came under fire in Donetsk Sunday.

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Europe
8:26 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 5:59 pm

Russia and its tiny neighbor, Estonia, are embroiled in a spy controversy worthy of a John le Carré novel.

Estonia says Russian agents kidnapped one of its intelligence officials in a cross-border raid. Russia says the man was caught spying on its territory.

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Iraq
7:57 am
Sun September 14, 2014

U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

Iraqi troops in Anbar province in June. It's unclear whether Sunnis will join the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 9:56 am

If President Obama's plan to battle Islamic State militants by bringing Iraq's Sunnis on board to fight sounds oddly familiar, that's because it is.

When the U.S. faced a raging insurgency by Sunni militants — then called al-Qaida in Iraq — seven years ago, it recruited local Sunni leaders and paid their tribesmen to fight against those militants.

The effort, dubbed the Awakening, quieted the threat — for a while. But the local leaders who led the tribesmen back then say that this time, the U.S. might have trouble convincing Sunnis to rejoin the fight.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Sun September 14, 2014

ISIS 'Are Not Muslims, They Are Monsters,' Cameron Says

A frame grab from a video released by the Islamic State shows an IS militant holding a knife before purportedly executing British aid worker David Cawthorne Haines.
Islamic State Video EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:01 pm

Vowing justice for murdered aid worker David Haines, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron says his killing by extremist group the Islamic State is "an act of pure evil." A video purporting to show Haines' beheading was released Saturday.

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The Two-Way
5:58 am
Sun September 14, 2014

North Korea Sentences American To Six Years Of Hard Labor

Matthew Miller leaves after his trial at North Korea's Supreme Court on Sunday. The court sentenced the U.S. citizen to six years of hard labor for entering the country illegally and trying to commit espionage.
Kim Kwang Hyon AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 6:00 pm

After being accused of working against North Korea's government, American citizen Matthew Miller was sentenced to six years of hard labor Sunday, after a trial at North Korea's Supreme Court in Pyongyang. Miller, of Bakersfield, Calif., had entered the country on a tourist visa in April.

From Seoul, Jason Strother reports for NPR:

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Iraq
5:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Will Obama's Plan Be Enough To Quell Islamic State?

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 9:56 am

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Europe
5:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Scottish Author: 'We Want Control Over Our Destiny'

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Iraq
5:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Islamic State Video Shows Execution Of British Aid Worker

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 9:56 am

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