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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Will Step Down

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 8:37 am

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the highest-profile Republican on President Obama's cabinet, will step down, a defense official tells NPR's Tom Bowman.

The White House says President Obama will make a "personnel announcement" at 11:10 a.m. ET.

Hagel, a two-term Republican Senator, came to this post in February of 2013, the first enlisted combat veteran to lead the Department of Defense.

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Code Switch
7:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

'Ferguson Forward': Churchgoers Seek A New Normal

Youths walk past a mural depicting peace in Ferguson on a vacant building up the street from the city's police department.
David Goldman AP

I reunited with Pastor Daryl Meese at his place of worship, a no-frills brick Methodist Church in Ferguson, Mo., on this stormy Sunday morning.

We first met at a coffee shop last August. I was looking for a cool place to file a story about the protests over the death of an unarmed black 18-year-old at the hands of a white police officer; he was taking a break from the chaos. We shared a table and ended up chatting.

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Asia
6:41 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Hospital 'Shocks' Fathers-To-Be

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 6:45 am

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The Two-Way
6:27 am
Mon November 24, 2014

With Long-Term Deal Elusive, Iran Nuclear Talks Are Extended

Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, prior to a bilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Sunday.
Ronald Zak AP

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 6:46 am

With a long-term deal still elusive, Western and Iranian diplomats have decided to keep negotiating perhaps all the way into next summer.

For the past year, Western powers and Tehran have been trying to hammer out a deal that would curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

Reporting from Vienna, NPR's Peter Kenyon tells us that the length of the extension is still unclear, but it could be anywhere from three to eight months.

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The Two-Way
5:34 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Investigation Begins Of Fatal Police Shooting Of 12-Year-Old

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 7:58 am

A day after a 12-year-old boy died after being shot by police, the community in Cleveland is trying to understand what happened.

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Europe
5:25 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Polish Town Thinks Winnie The Pooh Needs A Pair Of Pants

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 6:45 am

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Ferguson Clergy Appeal For Calm Ahead Of Grand Jury's Decision

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:46 am

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

After 50 Years, Obama To Honor 3 Civil Rights Activists

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:35 am

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

D.C.'s 'Mayor For Life' Ends His Reign: Marion Barry Dies At 78

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 8:23 am

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Facing A Monday Deadline, Iran's Nuclear Talks Are Extended

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 6:45 am

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All Tech Considered
3:16 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Action On Immigration Meets Silence, Skepticism In Silicon Valley

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 4:37 am

Tech companies lobbies all the time — for tax reform, patent reform. But usually, it's in the form of big checks and quiet back room meetings.

Immigration was different — the issue where business leaders decided to ally with Latino community groups and labor unions. And now that President Obama has issued an executive action, the tech sector is sorting out its next steps.

Love Song Goes Quiet

For a while, it seemed, Silicon Valley and Washington DC were singing each other a love song.

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Back At Base
1:42 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Combat Training: Can Female Marines Get The Job Done?

Katie Gorz (left) performs the ammo can lift next to male Marines as they go through the combat fitness test. The Marine Corps is experimenting with inserting some females into combat infantry roles that have historically been limited to males. At Camp Lejeune, female marines are undergoing the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 3:16 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Lance Cpl. Jasmine Abrego is an office clerk who dreams of becoming a warrior.

She's flat on her stomach in the dirt, in full combat gear. Suddenly she pops up, slings a 44-pound metal tripod on her back and lurches forward in a crab-like run. Finally, she slams the tripod to the ground. A male Marine slaps a .50-caliber machine gun into place.

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Shots - Health News
1:40 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Upfront Costs Of Going Digital Overwhelm Some Doctors

Dr. Oliver Korshin says he's just a few years from retirement, and can't afford the flurry of technology upgrades the federal government expects him to make.
Annie Feidt Alaska Public Media

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 6:45 am

Dr. Oliver Korshin practices ophthalmology three days a week in the same small office in east Anchorage he's had for three decades. Many of his patients have aged into their Medicare years right along with him.

For his tiny practice, which employs just one part-time nurse, putting all his patients' medical records in an online database just doesn't make sense, Korshin says. It would cost too much to install and maintain — especially considering that he expects to retire in just a few years.

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Shots - Health News
1:38 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Africa Inspires A Health Care Experiment In New York

Norma Melendez, a community health worker with City Health Works, walks along 2nd Avenue on her way to meet a client. City Health Works is an organization that is attempting to bring an African model of health care delivery to the United States.
Bryan Thomas for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 7:30 am

There's a project in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York that has a through-the-looking glass quality. An organization called City Health Works is trying to bring an African model of health care delivery to the United States. Usually it works the other way round.

If City Health Works' approach is successful, it could help change the way chronic diseases are managed in poverty-stricken communities, where people suffer disproportionately from HIV/AIDS, obesity and diabetes.

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Code Switch
3:45 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Racial Disparities In Arrests Are Prevalent, But Cause Isn't Clear

Protesters and law enforcement officers face off during a protest outside the Ferguson Police Department in October. Ferguson police statistics show the department arrest blacks at a higher rate than other racial groups — but that disparity is true for police departments across the country.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 4:23 pm

Ferguson, Mo., continues to watch and wait as a grand jury decides whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Brown's death was the spark for the mass protests in Ferguson, but many of the city's black population say the problems go deeper, and that they are unfairly singled out by police.

Ferguson police statistics show the department does arrest blacks at a higher rate than other racial groups. But that disparity is true for police departments across the country.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

With Deadline Looming, Whispers Of Extension Begin In Iran Nuclear Talks

With a deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers less than 24 hours away, the negotiators have started talking about a second extension.

Quoting unnamed State Department officials, Reuters and the Associated Press report that Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday and discussed the possibility of extending negotiations past the Monday deadline.

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Code Switch
12:50 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Running Late? Nah, Just On 'CPT'

Almost there! Always delayed.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 7:19 am

In our semi-regular Word Watch feature, we take a look at a word or phrase that has caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story.

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All Tech Considered
12:50 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

This Nov. 19 screenshot shows the cover photo of an unofficial Marine group on Facebook called Just the Tip, of the Spear. The group and those like it have been accused of promoting sexism and of acting as a forum for hate speech.
Just the Tip, of the Spear - 21 Facebook

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 6:35 am

For veterans like Katherine Keleher, Facebook can be a nightmare.

When a photo of the 25-year-old former Marine was posted to "Just the Tip, of the Spear" last fall, she was so nervous she couldn't bear to look and asked a friend to check the page for her. The group's name, abbreviated JTTOTS, plays off of innuendo and the Marine Corps moniker as the Tip of the Spear.

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The Two-Way
11:24 am
Sun November 23, 2014

First (Lots Of) Snow, Now Rain And Flooding Threaten Western New York

Michael Palmer and Carin Schultz work to clear her car of snow and remove it from Union street on Thursday in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg.
John Normile Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:09 pm

Western New York can't catch a break. First, it was paralyzed by a mountain of lake-effect snow and unseasonably cold weather. Now, things are thawing and rain is moving in. By Monday, meteorologist say the high temperature could hit 60 degrees.

As USA Today reports, that could cause some serious flooding. The paper adds:

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Sun November 23, 2014

12-Year-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:08 pm

A 12-year-old boy carrying a replica gun has died after a Cleveland Police officer opened fire on Saturday.

According to a statement, police received a call warning of someone pointing a gun at people near a playground

"Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands," police say. "The suspect did not comply with the officers' orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso."

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Politics
10:02 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

Journalist James Foley was killed by the so-called Islamic State in August of this year. His mother, Diane Foley, says the U.S. government never reached out to tell her that her son was dead.
Marko Drobnjakovic AP

First, there was James Foley. Then Steven Sotloff. Finally, Abdul Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig. All three were American hostages, brutally murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

This past week the White House confirmed that it's conducting a review of its hostage policy, but in a press conference, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will not change its policy on ransoms: America does not pay them.

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The Two-Way
8:50 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

Tunisian citizens take a selfie with their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the Tunisian Presidential Election on Sunday.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:09 pm

Four years after its revolution sparked the broader Arab Spring, Tunisians headed to the polls on Sunday to pick their next head of state.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"With more than two dozen candidates contesting the presidency and more than 50% of the vote required for an outright win, the race was considered likely to go to a runoff next month.

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

After complaints from residents, this tree in Reading, Pa., is being replaced.
Screenshot from WFMZ-TV

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:15 pm

The people of Reading, Pa., didn't have the same compassion that Charlie Brown had.

A 50-foot spruce tree — called "nasty," "pathetic" and "ugly" — will be replaced with a prettier pine.

As the AP reports, the tree was put up by the city in a public space and the complaints started immediately. The tree was missing tons of branches and it had unseemly shape.

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Africa
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Tunisian Election Completes Its Transition To Democracy

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:26 am

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Politics
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:26 am

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Race
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:26 am

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Race
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:26 am

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Middle East
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:26 am

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National Security
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

Lance Cpl. Brittany Holloway helps to direct the driver of a light armored vehicle during training at Camp Lejeune, where female marines are enduring the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 8:29 am

Sgt. Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt, and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster.

Rodriguez is at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, taking part in a Marine Corp experiment to determine whether women will be allowed to serve in ground combat units.

"A lot of people think that we can't do it," she says. "I don't think the same."

As she runs, Rodriguez stares at a photo, the iconic shot of Marines planting the American flag at Iwo Jima.

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Humans
5:21 am
Sun November 23, 2014

Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:26 am

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When someone does something utterly selfless, you might think, oh, they're just a generous kind of soul. But new research suggests altruism may be hardwired in the brain. Reporter Michelle Trudeau has more.

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