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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Nurse In Maine Breaches Quarantine With Bike Ride

Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 8:50 am

For nurse Kaci Hickox, a morning bicycle ride with her boyfriend has become an act of defiance.

Hickox, who has repeatedly refused to remain in voluntary quarantine since she returned to the U.S. from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone, set out on her bike from the home of her boyfriend, Theodore Wilbur, in Fort Kent, Maine, in an open challenge to state officials who have threatened to get a court order to compel her isolation.

The Associated Press writes:

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The Two-Way
8:40 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything

Poet Carolyn Forche stands with her friend and mentor Galway Kinnell (right) during a trip to Japan to attend the Asian Writers Congress in 1983.
Courtesy of Carolyn Forche

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 8:47 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

When Galway Kinnell accepted the post of Vermont's State Poet in 1989, the honor didn't come without a bit of polite disagreement. No writer had occupied the post since Robert Frost more than 25 years earlier, and with the revival came also a desire among some to change its name — from "state poet" to something more august, something along the lines of, say, laureate.

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All Tech Considered
7:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with Digits, a new Twitter service, would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password.
Twitter.com

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 9:07 am

Everyone hates passwords almost as much as they hate being hacked. The problem the traditional password is twofold. In order to be useful, they have to be complex and difficult to guess. Also, passwords become less secure the more often you use them.

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The Two-Way
7:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to a crowd before he is honored by the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Alabama state Capitol on Monday.
Brynn Anderson AP

Tim Cook, the head of the world's most iconic technology company, has come out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he's never denied his sexual orientation but "I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook writes.

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Code Switch
6:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Navajo Nation Presidential Candidate Suspends Campaign

Chris Deschene greets supporters in Arizona in early October.
Felicia Fonseca AP

Days before Election Day, Chris Deschene's campaign to become Navajo Nation president has officially gone into limbo.

Deschene, 43, made it onto the Nations ballot after receiving 19 percent of the vote – second to Dr. Joe Shirley Jr., a former Navajo president. But Navajo law requires that all presidential candidates speak the Navajo language fluently, and Deschene quickly came under fire when he was accused of not passing that test.

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The Salt
6:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

Adam Cole/NPR

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:54 am

Decorative gourd season has arrived, and we decided to celebrate by investigating the science and history of pumpkins.

Do you know what happens when you feed ostriches pumpkin seeds? Or when the first pumpkin beer was brewed? Or what to call a zucchini-pumpkin hybrid? Watch our new video to find out.

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The Two-Way
5:41 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Angry Mob Sets Fire To Parliament In Burkina Faso

Demonstrators set fire to cars near Burkina Faso's Parliament on Thursday in Ouagadougou.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of protesters in Burkina Faso broke through police lines and surged into the country's parliament, setting the building on fire ahead of a vote that would have allowed the country's president to extend his 27-year rule of the West African country.

The BBC reports that the ruling party headquarters and the city hall in the capital, Ouagadougou, were also in flames. State television reportedly went off the air.

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The Two-Way
5:09 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

Supporters of the secular Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party celebrate their victory in parliamentary elections before the elections were official earlier this week in Tunis.
Hassene Dridi AP

Tunisia's main secularist party has won a decisive victory against Islamists in parliamentary elections, grabbing 85 seats, or just under 40 percent in the 217-seat assembly, according to official results.

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party bested the ruling Islamist Ennahda party, which secured just 69 seats. Ennahda swept to power in the first such elections after the 2011 'Arab Spring' uprising in the North African country.

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Politics
4:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Evangelicals Mobilize Voters, But GOP Candidates Less Vocally Supportive

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:06 am

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World
3:23 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Thief In Canada Tries To Make His Getaway In Red Canoe

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 4:28 am

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All Tech Considered
2:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009.
Francois Lenoir Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 9:00 am

In Europe, Google has avoided the prospect of steep fines in a long-running antitrust case over several of the company's business practices, but a new commissioner will soon take over the case, and that has many wondering what Google could face next.

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. The biggest of those by far is Microsoft, which has its own competing search engine, Bing.

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Around the Nation
2:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

A cow walks near oil pump jacks in Santa Maria, Calif. Oil production has long been a part of Santa Barbara County, but a new ballot measure could effectively shut down all new drilling operations there.
Jae C. Hong AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:58 am

Think of California's Santa Barbara County and you might picture the area's famous beaches or resorts and wineries. But in the northern reaches of the vast county, oil production has been a major contributor to the economy for almost a century.

So it's no surprise that the oil industry there is feverishly organizing to fight a local ballot initiative — Measure P — that would ban controversial drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. One thing that is turning heads, however, is the sheer volume of money flooding in to this local race, mainly from large oil companies.

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Parallels
2:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism

Iraqi soldiers walk in Jurf al-Sakhr, south of the capital Baghdad, on Monday after Iraqi military forces retook the area from Islamic State militants. Iraqi forces, supported by U.S. airstrikes, have made limited gains in recent months, but critics are questioning whether the U.S. strategy is likely to succeed.
Haidar Mohammed Ali AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:07 am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been on the defensive recently about the strategy to take on the Islamic State. American warplanes have been bombing targets in Iraq and Syria, but militant fighters are still on the move.

"We have made it very clear, I have and President Obama has, that this is a long, difficult effort," Hagel said.

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U.S.
2:46 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Red Cross Troubles Have Been Building For Years

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:07 am

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The Two-Way
6:43 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

WATCH: On Sandy Anniversary, Gov. Chris Christie Faces Off With Heckler

A man is removed by security guards while he shots slogans to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during a public event in Belmar, N.J.
Kena Betancur Getty Images

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, known for fierce confrontations with his detractors, is at it again.

Today, during an event commemorating the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a man interrupted his speech to complain about the pace of the recovery.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

An AT&T Wireless store in Philadelphia.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:52 pm

The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal court against AT&T over just how unlimited the company's unlimited data plans are. The FTC says that by "throttling," or slowing down, the data of high-volume users, AT&T in fact was not giving users unlimited data. This throttling would sometimes reduce users' data speeds by 90 percent.

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The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Inventor Of 'Operation' Game Says He Can't Afford His Own Operation

John Spinello, the inventor of "Operation."
iloveoperation.com

The man who invented the legendary game "Operation" says he can't afford his own operation.

Back in the '60s, John Spinello missed out on a whole lot of money, when he sold the patent to his game for just $500.

The Huffington Post reports that Spinello came out of it OK, but in 2008 a warehouse company he owned went under and things have been tough ever since.

Today, he finds himself in need of a $25,000 oral surgery and he can't afford it.

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Around the Nation
4:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

A water maintenance crew works on leaky infrastructure in Skokie, a Chicago suburb. The area loses almost 22 billion gallons of water a year because of ailing infrastructure.
David Schaper NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 5:13 pm

Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water — 2.1 trillion gallons of it.

That's the amount of water that researchers estimate is lost each year in this country because of aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters.

Fixing that infrastructure won't be cheap, which is something every water consumer is likely to discover.

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Around the Nation
4:23 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

After The Waves, Staten Island Homeowner Takes Sandy Buyout

Stephen Drimalas stands outside his former home in Staten Island's Ocean Breeze neighborhood. He rebuilt his home after Superstorm Sandy but recently decided to sell it to the state of New York.
Jennifer Hsu WNYC

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 6:59 am

Two years after Superstorm Sandy struck the Northeast, hundreds of Staten Islanders are deciding whether to sell their shorefront homes to New York state, which wants to knock them down and let the empty land act as a buffer to the ocean.

Stephen Drimalas was one Staten Islander faced with this tough decision. He lived in a bungalow not far from the beach in the working-class neighborhood of Ocean Breeze. He barely escaped Sandy's floodwaters with his life.

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Close To 100,000 Hungarian Demonstrators Protest Internet Usage Tax

Thousands participants march accross the Elisabeth bridge during an anti-government rally against the government's plan to tax Internet usage.
Attila Kisbenedek AFP/Getty Images

Some 100,000 people took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday to protest a proposed plan to tax Internet use.

The New York Times reports Balazs Gulyas, 27, a former member of the country's socialist party, set up a Facebook page, which spurred the protests. Gulyas told the paper that Prime Minister Viktor Orban's plan is an attempt to "create a digital iron curtain around Hungary."

The Times adds:

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The Salt
4:02 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

Elaborately decorated skulls are crafted from pure sugar and given to friends as gifts. The colorful designs represent the vitality of life and individual personality.
Karen Castillo Farfán NPR

A version of this story was originally published on Nov. 1, 2012.

Sugar skulls, tamales and spirits (the alcoholic kind) — these are things you might find on ofrendas, or altars, built this time of year to entice those who've passed to the other side back for a visit. These altars in homes and around tombstones are for Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, a tradition on Nov. 1 and 2originating in central Mexico.

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A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus
3:41 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire

Djuna Perkins, a former prosecutor, now conducts sexual assault investigations for colleges and universities. She's had to hire three more staff members this year to keep up with all the work.
Tovia Smith NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 6:44 pm

As colleges continue to scramble under federal pressure to overhaul how they handle cases of sexual assault, the list of schools under investigation for botching cases continues to grow.

That's left some wondering if campuses will ever get it right, or if they might be better off leaving the job to others.

A growing number of campuses already have made the choice to do just that: Rather than try to train their provosts and professors to act like prosecutors, they're outsourcing the job to real ones instead.

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Goats and Soda
3:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

No Ebola, S'il Vous Plait, We're French: The Ivory Coast Mindset

Mumadou Traore says the Ivory Coast's French bureaucracy is a "blessing" when it comes to Ebola.
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:16 pm

There are all kinds of theories why Ebola hasn't arrived in Ivory Coast, despite the fact that it shares a long and very porous border with two Ebola-afflicted countries, Liberia and Guinea.

Some Ivory Coastians credit a beefed-up border patrol. The religious citizens in this Catholic country thank God. But Mumadou Traore, who works as a field coordinator for CARE International, has a third theory. He credits the legendarily infuriating Ivorian bureacracy.

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Space
3:24 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

18 Student Science Experiments Lost In Rocket Explosion

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:16 pm

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Economy
2:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Federal Reserve Votes To End Quantitative Easing

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:16 pm

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Media
2:30 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

At Ben Bradlee's Funeral, Mourners Mark More Than His Life

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 4:16 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:06 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Campuses Play Host To Tanning Beds, Despite Skin Cancer Risk

This may seems like a great campus amenity, until you get melanoma.
iStockphoto

The frigid winters left everyone hungry for sun at the college I attended in Chicago. I still remember a friend longing for a tanning studio, preferably just down the hill from the student center. And as it turns out, in a surprising number of college campuses now, that's just the case.

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Shots - Health News
1:42 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

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The hunt to find genes that cause autism has been a long slog, one hampered by a lack of technology and families willing to be tested.

But those efforts are starting to pay off. On Tuesday, researchers at more than 50 laboratories said they had identified more than 100 genes that are mutated in children with autism, dozens more than were known before.

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The Two-Way
12:32 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Russian Engines Could Be Focus Of Antares Launch Failure Probe

The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday.
Joel Kowsky AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 7:34 am

NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports that as investigators examine what went wrong with the launch of an unmanned Antares rocket on Tuesday, they'll likely take a hard look at powerful engines originally destined to send cosmonauts to the moon, a project that was scrapped by the USSR more than four decades ago.

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Politics
11:44 am
Wed October 29, 2014

With New Campaign Finance Rules, You Can't Really Follow The Money

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 12:18 pm

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