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7:07 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Chief Faces Questions Over Breaches At White House

Secret Service director Julia Pierson enters a hearing room in April to answer questions before a closed meeting of the Senate homeland security committee in Washington. Today, Pierson will appear before a House committee to respond to questions about White House security breaches.
Cliff Owen AP

The head of the U.S. Secret Service is in for a likely grilling from lawmakers today when she appears before a House committee to answer questions about the Sept. 19 security breach at the White House in which a man with a knife jumped a fence and made it inside the executive mansion before agents intercepted him.

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Ominous Tremors At Mt. Ontake Force Rescue Crews Off Volcano

Security personnel guard the entrance of a road leading to a trail on Mt. Ontake in Nagano prefecture Tuesday, three days after volcano Ontake erupted in central Japan.
Jiji Press AFP/Getty Images

More than 20 bodies remain near the summit of Mt. Ontake, after new tremors and venting gases force search teams to abandon their efforts early Tuesday. Officials don't yet know precisely how many climbers were trapped when the volcano erupted on Saturday, a busy day for hiking.

From Tokyo, John Matthews reports for NPR:

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The Two-Way
5:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Hong Kong Leader To Protesters: 'Stop Campaign Immediately'

Pro-democracy activists sleep, rest and walk on a street near the government headquarters Tuesday in Hong Kong. Students and activists, many of whom have been camped out since late Friday, spent a peaceful night singing as they blocked streets in Hong Kong in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience to push demands for genuine democratic reforms.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 7:45 am

Updated at 8:30 a.m. ET

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying is appealing to pro-democracy demonstrators who've brought parts of the Asian financial hub to a standstill in recent days to halt their campaign "immediately" because, he says, Beijing won't accede to their demands. But protesters have promised to announce a new phase of civil disobedience if reforms aren't forthcoming.

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Around the Nation
4:59 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Wearing Caffeine Won't Help You Lose Weight

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Around the Nation
4:52 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Suspect's Cologne Gives Him Away To Police K-9 Unit

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

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The Salt
4:40 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Millennial Jews Do An About-Face, Start Keeping Kosher

University of Illinois student Stanley Dayan (from left) and Chabad Jewish Center employees Mordy Kurtz and Yosef Peysin work at the center's kosher food stand in 2013 at the university's State Farm Center basketball arena in Champaign, Ill.
David Mercer AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:57 am

Many millennials — people born after 1980 — have embraced vintage items: vinyl records, thick-framed glasses ... and now, dietary laws.

"I'm 21 years old, and, yes, I do keep kosher," says Lisa Faulds.

She says she ate whatever she wanted growing up: "bacon, ham, all that fun stuff. Seafood, shellfish."

But that all stopped a few months ago.

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher.

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NPR Ed
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:23 am

The walls are lined with robots and movie posters for Star Wars and Back to the Future. But this is no 1980s nerd den. It's the technology lab at Westside Neighborhood School in Los Angeles, and the domain of its ed-tech coordinator, Don Fitz-Roy.

"So we're gonna be talking about digital citizenship today."

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Goats and Soda
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Martha Zarway Of Monrovia: 'I'm A Doctor, So We Can't Run Away'

Liberian physician Martha Zarway continues work in a temporary clinic while her original facility is disinfected.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:36 am

As U.S. troops begin arriving in Liberia to help contain the regional spread of Ebola, a physician in the capital is grappling with the virus upfront.

Dr. Martha Zarway's life turned upside down when one of her clinic staff members — a friend — died on Sept. 2 amid rumors that the cause of death was Ebola.

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Politics
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

GOP Candidate In Michigan's U.S. Senate Race Avoids Media

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

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Politics
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Director To Face Tough Question At House Hearing

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Tenn. Detention Facility Explores How To Control Rough Teens

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:45 am

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

China Sentences Professor Accused Of Separatist Activities

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Give Government A Deadline To Respond

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:33 am

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Goats and Soda
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Tests Of New Ebola Drugs Could Take Place As Early As November

Some potential new Ebola drugs will be tested at treatment centers like this one run by Doctors Without Borders near Monrovia.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 5:59 am

Health officials are gearing up to test drugs and vaccines against Ebola in West Africa, and they hope to start within two months. That's an ambitious timeline for a process that often takes years. The challenge is to move forward as quickly as possible while minimizing the risks that come with unproven drugs and vaccines.

Right now there are no proven medications. But researchers have been working methodically for years on vaccines that could protect people from the Ebola virus — and drugs that could treat the sick.

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The Salt
1:38 am
Tue September 30, 2014

European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

Mute Schimpf doesn't want to eat American chicken. That's because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep salmonella and other bacteria in check. In Europe, chlorine treatment was banned in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer.

"In Europe there is definitely a disgust about chlorinated chicken," says Schimpf, a food activist with Friends of the Earth Europe, an environmental group.

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Shots - Health News
1:35 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

Daniela Chavarriaga holds her daughter Emma as Dr. Jose Rosa-Olivares administers a measles vaccination at Miami Children's Hospital.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 6:39 am

When essayist Eula Biss was pregnant with her son, she decided she wanted to do just a bit of research into vaccination. "I thought I would do a small amount of research to answer some questions that had come up for me," she tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And the questions just got bigger the more I learned and the more I read."

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The Two-Way
5:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

U.S. Charges Pakistani Man With Conspiracy Over His Spyware App

A customer inspects the new iPhone.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 7:31 am

In what it is calling the first criminal case of its kind, the Justice Department said it had charged a Pakistani man with conspiracy over the sale and advertising of a smart phone app that could monitor calls, texts, videos, location and other communication of an unsuspecting user.

Hammad Akbar, 31, of Lahore, Pakistan, is the owner of the company that sells an app called StealthGenie.

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The Two-Way
3:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Washington Post: White House Intruder Made It To Doorway Of Green Room

A perimeter fence has been placed in front of the White House fence on the North Lawn along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:24 pm

The man who jumped the White House fence carrying a knife made it past the front doors, overpowered a guard, and then ran across the East Room before being tackled at the doorway to the Green Room, The Washington Post is reporting.

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The Two-Way
3:17 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Spanish Court Blocks Catalonia's Independence Vote

Pro-independence Catalans protest in front of a Spanish government delegation in Barcelona Monday, after Spain's Constitutional Court suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

Two days after the region's president announced a November vote on whether Catalonia should break away from Spain, the nation's highest court has suspended that plan, making it illegal to continue organizing the referendum. It's not clear whether the region's leaders will abide by the ruling.

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NPR Ed
3:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

When Teachers, Not Students, Do The Cheating

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:30 pm

Opening arguments began today in the trial of 12 Atlanta educators charged in an alleged cheating conspiracy that came to light in 2009.

Prosecutors claim there was widespread cheating on state tests throughout the city's public schools, affecting thousands of students.

The case has brought national attention to the issue, raising questions about whether the pressures to improve scores have driven a few educators to fudge the numbers, but also about broader consequences.

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Around the Nation
3:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

White House Fence Jumper Made It Farther Into Building Than Reported

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:20 pm

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Around the Nation
3:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tensions Flare Again Between Police, Protestors In Ferguson

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:30 pm

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

At U.N., Iceland Announces Men-Only Conference On Gender Equality

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Monday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 5:31 am

During a speech before the United Nations, Iceland's Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi said his country and Suriname are convening a conference to talk about gender equality.

The catch? Only men and boys are invited.

Bragi said that his country wanted to do its part to "promote gender equality." So, he announced:

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The Two-Way
2:26 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

Mike Trout and Los Angeles Angels have been named favorites to reach the World Series, as have Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're seen here when the two teams played in August.
Matt Brown Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:05 pm

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

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The Salt
2:04 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Sandwich Monday: The Pizza Cake

And this is what we got.
NPR

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 3:07 pm

I generally don't like cake, because it is too sweet, too bland in texture, and doesn't have enough pork products. So I was excited to see this recipe pop up on Buzzfeed.

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Goats and Soda
1:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

As the mayor of Cali, Colombia, epidemiologist Rodrigo Guerrero (left) meets with the police once a week to review murder statistics.
Courtesy of Prensa Alcaldía de Calí

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 3:12 pm

To improve global health, you can track sneezes. Or you can track bullets.

That's what Rodrigo Guerrero did after he became mayor of Cali, Colombia, in 1992, an era when the South American nation led the world in intentional homicides (93 per 100,000 people).

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Shots - Health News
1:36 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 4:30 pm

On Tuesday, the federal government is expected to release details of payments to doctors by every pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer in the country.

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

After Fire, FAA Orders Review Of Contingency Plans, Security

The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration has ordered the agency to review the contingency plans and security protocols of all its major facilities.

The order from Administrator Michael P. Huerta came three days after a contractor set fire to an FAA air traffic facility in Aurora, Illinois.

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Shots - Health News
12:12 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

Good for bodies and good for brains, the scientists say.
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As schools cut down on physical education and recess, kids are spending more time than ever in a desk. And while nerdy second-graders like me didn't ever consider arguing for more gym, there's increasing evidence that being active helps not just children's waistlines but their brains.

"If you consider the anthropology of humankind, we were designed to move," Charles Hillman, a professor of kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tells Shots.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Swedish Scientists Square Off Over Who Can Sneak In Most Dylan Lyrics

A group of Swedish scientists who are fans of Bob Dylan's music made a bet 17 years ago to see who could work more of the folk singer's song lyrics into their scholarly articles.
AP

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:12 pm

Some might say a group of Swedish scientists have "got a lot of nerve," running a 17-year secret contest to hide as many Bob Dylan lyrics as possible in their scholarly articles. The attitude of others, no doubt: "Don't think twice, it's all right."

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