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12:38 am
Mon October 20, 2014

U.S. Airdrops Weapons, Ammo, Medical Supplies To Kurds In Kobani

Kurdish fighters move into position in Kobani, Syria on the border with Turkey Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.
Levend Ali AP

The U.S. military confirmed Sunday an airdropped delivery of small arms, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces in the Syrian town of Kobani on the border with Turkey. The 27 bundles of supplies were provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.

In a statement, U.S. Central Command said the airdrops, executed by three C-130 cargo planes, were intended to help Kurdish fighters defend the city against the group calling itself the Islamic State.

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The Record
6:55 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

The Right Way To Complain About The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Future Hall Of Famers?: Green Day's Tre Cool (left), Billie Joe Armstrong (center) and Mike Dirnt) in New York City in 1994.
Ken Schles Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 12:39 pm

As a music geek, I often find myself in conversations, either online or over cocktails, about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Indeed, I've been nerding out about the Hall since last Thursday, when the institution announced its shortlist for induction into the Hall Class of 2015. And when I find myself in polite but argumentative company debating the Rock Hall, I have an approach I use.

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The Two-Way
6:54 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

A Pumpkin Festival Turns To Mayhem In Keene, N.H.

Local police, firefighters and ambulances in New Hampshire responded to riots during the annual Pumpkin Festival near Keene State College on Saturday.
Seth Meyer AP

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 1:17 pm

An annual pumpkin festival in Keene, N.H., devolved into mayhem as people threw beer bottles, lit fires, overturned at least one car and clashed with police late Saturday into Sunday morning.

The local Boston CBS station reports that police arrested at least a dozen people and about 30 were injured, forcing police to disperse the crowd with pellets and pepper spray.

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Around the Nation
5:09 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed

The proposed overpass would allow mountain lions to cross this section of freeway. One mountain lion was hit near here after apparently failing to make it over this wall.
Arun Rath NPR

In Los Angeles' Griffith Park, there is a mountain lion known as the "Hollywood Lion."

The big cat — known as P22 to ecologists — somehow made it across two very busy freeways to get there. Mountain lions like solitude, but if P22 wants to find a mate and have some cubs, he'll have to risk his life again in Los Angeles traffic.

P22's dilemma is one faced by an entire population of mountain lions along the 101 Freeway, less than 30 miles away from Griffith Park. The freeway slices right across the wilderness in this stretch of the Santa Monica Mountains.

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Code Switch
3:24 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoon-gate' Lessons

The Boston Herald published this cartoon earlier this month.
The Boston Herald

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 5:15 pm

The worst fate of all may be to make a terrible mistake and then learn the wrong lessons from the experience.

That's the thought I had reading a heartfelt column about the Boston Herald's unfortunate decision to publish a cartoon featuring a White House gate-crasher asking the nation's first black president if he had "tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste."

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 12:47 pm

The Pentagon is training a 30-person medical response team designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola.

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said the team was formed based on a request from the Department of Health and Human Services.

"The team will consist of 20 critical care nurses, five doctors trained in infectious disease, and five trainers in infectious disease protocols," Kirby said.

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The Two-Way
10:18 am
Sun October 19, 2014

One Of 7 Northern White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya

Suni back in 2009, when the rhino arrived at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.
Riccardo Gangale AP

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 12:57 pm

Northern white rhinos are one step closer to extinction, after one of only two breeding males known to exist was found dead at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya.

In a statement, the conservancy said Suni, 34, had not been poached, but they had not yet determined why the rhino died. It continued:

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Around the Nation
9:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Many rural California residents rely on private wells for tap water — wells that are starting to dry up.
Jeremy Raff KQED

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 2:28 pm

Imagine flushing the toilet and watching sand come up. That's what happened to Pam Vieira, who lives south of Modesto, Calif. Her water well has slowed to a trickle, and you can see the sand in the tank of her toilet.

"Sometimes we have brown water," Vieira says. "Sometimes we have no water."

Vieira is one of as many as 2 million rural California residents who rely on private domestic wells for drinking water.

Some of those people are among the hardest hit by the state's severe drought, as wells across the state's Central Valley farm belt start to go dry.

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Parallels
9:19 am
Sun October 19, 2014

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

Student demonstrators don't want to fall behind on their studies, so volunteers built them an outdoor study hall. Some of the desks are built into the concrete highway divider.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 10:35 pm

Hong Kong's main pro-democracy protest camp turned 3 weeks old on Saturday.

What began as a roadblock has grown into an urban village, with several hundred tents that attract more than a thousand people at night.

The camp is a combination street fair and outdoor art gallery, with political sculptures and posters as well as speeches, movie screenings — even a free library.

The vibe at this pop-up protest colony is like an American college campus in the '60s — except it's on an island on the edge of the South China Sea and surrounded by skyscrapers.

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Health Care Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

The cruise ship Carnival Magic passes near Cozumel , Mexico, on Friday.
Angel Castellanos AP

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 10:40 pm

A health care worker who had self-quarantined herself aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship has tested negative for Ebola and was allowed to disembark with the rest of the passengers in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.

In a statement, the Galveston County Health Authority said it had determined "there is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers or to Galveston county."

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The Two-Way
6:06 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

The exterior of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 1:15 pm

In a full-page letter published in Sunday's Dallas Morning News, Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the company that owns Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said the hospital was "deeply sorry" for missing the ebola diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan.

If you remember, Duncan came into the hospital on Sept. 28 with a fever and other symptoms consistent with Ebola. He told a nurse he had traveled to Africa, but the doctor somehow missed that vital piece of information.

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Politics
5:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:19 am

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Around the Nation
5:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:19 am

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National Security
5:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:19 am

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Iraq
5:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying' Says Counter-Insurgency Expert

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:19 am

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Around the Nation
3:33 am
Sun October 19, 2014

The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

The restoration's goal is to put as much of the Kissimmee as possible back to the way it was. This photo shows the river after restoration.
Courtesy the South Florida Water Management District

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:19 am

It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves.

That's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in central Florida. They straightened the river in the 1960s into a canal to drain swampland and make way for the state's explosive growth. It worked — and it created an ecological disaster. So officials decided to restore the river's slow-flowing, meandering path.

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Interviews
4:19 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, seen here filming her Tropes vs. Women web series, recently canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received threats of a mass shooting at the event.
Jonathan McIntosh

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 1:53 pm

For those who follow the video game industry and its community, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian is a familiar figure. Her video series "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" analyzes how women are represented in games past and present.

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Around the Nation
4:19 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 4:24 pm

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Eight thousand eight hundred and fifty-five - according to the FBI, that's the number of Americans killed in gun murders in 2012. Nearly 123,000 were robbed at gun point - more than 142,000 assaulted with a firearm.

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Your Health
4:19 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 4:24 pm

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Middle East
2:49 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading voice during protests in 2011 and 2012 by the minority Shiite Muslim community.
AP

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 7:23 am

Protests broke out in Saudi Arabia this week over the death sentence of a leading Shiite cleric. Human rights activists call his sentencing political and warn that by killing him, the country may deepen sectarian discord and spur more violence.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading voice during protests in 2011 and 2012 by the minority Shiite Muslim community.

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Saturday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:49 pm

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

A synod of Catholic bishops gathered at the Vatican has decided to eliminate a landmark opening to gays that had appeared in an interim summary of discussions made public earlier this week that had appeared to signal a possible shift in the tone of the church.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

An artist's rendering of the flyby with Mars orbiters taking cover. Note that the image says "spacecraft not to scale."
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:54 am

Mars is about to get a visitor that comes around only once in a million years or so.

The arrival of a "mountain-sized" comet, Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that humans — who were busy refining their stone-tool-making skills the last time such an event might have occurred — now have spacecraft from multiple countries at the Red Planet to see it happen.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Sat October 18, 2014

America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

Pretend to be a pineapple.
Jeff Mindell

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:39 pm

How about we call it boocycling — putting together an adult's or child's costume using recycled, thrift-store clothing?

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

Pro-democracy protesters set up new barricades after riot police retreated from a main road at Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong early Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 11:26 am

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have retaken parts of a protest camp that authorities had cleared on Friday after scuffles with police clad in riot gear that left dozens of people injured.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

People stand on the island's south shore to feel the winds from approaching Hurricane Gonzalo, in Astwood Park, Bermuda, on Friday. The storm has knocked out power to half of the residents of the British island territory.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:07 pm

Update at 4:00 p.m. ET

Hurricane Ana is creeping up on Hawaii, just as Gonzalo is leaving Bermuda behind thousands of miles away in the Atlantic.

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Simon Says
6:42 am
Sat October 18, 2014

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Dubuque Fire Department. An EMS supervisor named Wayne Dow told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "We adored him ... He appreciated what we did, and he never forgot where he came from."

Dr. Butzier leaves behind his wife, two sons, and three step-children.

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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

The Supreme Court early Saturday declined to block a Texas Voter ID law for the November election.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:50 pm

Updated at 2:35 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has refused to block a Texas voter identification law for the November election after a lower federal court had deemed it restrictive and unconstitutional.

The ruling came just after 5 a.m. on Saturday. Three justices dissented.

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Sports
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

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Economy
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

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Law
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

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