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12:03 am
Sat November 22, 2014

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

"I want it to be folksy, but surrounded by madness," director Tommy Lee Jones told The Homesman's composers.
Dawn Jones Roadside Attractions

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Goats and Soda
7:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

Rats are a common sight along the streets of Antananarivo, where trash can go weeks, even months, without being collected.
Mike Rajaonarison Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 7:26 pm

An outbreak of the plague has sickened at least 119 people and killed 40 in Madagascar, the World Health Organization reports Friday.

The outbreak started back in August in a rural village, WHO said. Then it spread to seven of Madagascar's 22 regions. Two cases have occurred in the country's capital of Antananarivo.

"There is now a risk of a rapid spread of the disease due to the city's high population density and the weakness of the health care system," the WHO writes.

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The Two-Way
6:42 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore prepares to take the bus, leaving Ralph Wilson Stadium to play a "home" game in Detroit. Tickets to the game, postponed to Monday, are free.
Gary Wiepert AP

Many things will make Monday night's NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets an odd duck. Among them: It's being played in Michigan, and tickets to the game are being given away at no charge.

"Free tickets will be available for Monday's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ford Field," the Detroit Lions announced today, adding that emails are being sent out to Bills and Lions season-ticket holders that will let them snag seats.

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Politics
5:49 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

In Southwest, New Immigration Policies Bring Frustration From All Sides

An anti-Obama protester yells on a megaphone Friday across the street from Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, where President Obama delivered remarks on his use of executive authority to relax U.S. immigration policy in Las Vegas.
Mike Blake Reuters/Landov

Even before the details of the president's executive action on immigration came down, William Gheen was hitting the phones, organizing demonstrations outside the Las Vegas high school Obama visited Friday.

"I don't know what's going to be effective, I don't think anybody ever expected that the president of the United States would side with an illegal immigrant invasion over American citizens' interest, but that's what's happened here," Gheen says.

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The Two-Way
5:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

The 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, happened without an intelligence failure, a House panel concludes. A photo from 2013 shows wreckage outside the main gate of the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:31 pm

After a nearly two-year investigation, the final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and ... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012, during a deadly attack on U.S. facilities in Libya.

That's the first conclusion of the report, the result of thousands of hours of investigation into the events that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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Business
4:26 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

President Obama after discussing his executive actions on immigration Friday at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. Business groups say the plan does little to help U.S. employers attract foreign workers.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:46 pm

Business groups have long been active players in the nation's immigration debate. They represent employers who need to recruit workers, after all — employers who are sometimes investigated, even prosecuted, for hiring workers who are not approved to work in the U.S. legally.

Many big employers have been pushing for reforms that would allow them to keep more science and technology workers and skilled laborers in the country. But the executive action President Obama announced Thursday leaves out much of what the business lobby has been advocating for.

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The Two-Way
4:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Kerry, Iranian Counterpart Meet Again In Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry looks at his phone as he leaves a meeting in Vienna on Friday.
Leonhard Foeger Reuters /Landov

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, added another meeting today in Vienna in the push toward an agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Iranian news reports had earlier said Zarif was returning to Tehran for further instructions. And Kerry had been scheduled to leave Vienna for Paris – something he could still do while talks continue — before adding the late Friday meeting.

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Around the Nation
3:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

With Warm Weather On The Way, Buffalo Residents Shovel Out

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

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This Week's Must Read
3:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

We need more stories and books that treat Mexican immigrants as humans — novel idea, right? But far too often, the media and authors cast them as sinners or saints, with little deviation from cliches established decades ago.

That's why I recommend the writer Sam Quinones, and his two collections: True Tales from Another Mexico and Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration.

Read them both, you'll see something rare: his migrant characters are brilliant, maddening, flawed and very human.

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Technology
3:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

Joel Bowman, 66, rides his e-bike six miles daily to his job at Emory University in Atlanta.
Courtesy of Joel Bowman

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

For Joel Bowman, decades of bike commuting started feeling like hard work. So the 66-year-old Atlanta resident recently switched to an electric bicycle and now when he rides Bowman feels like the wind is at his back.

An e-bike looks a lot like a regular bike, but with an integrated electric motor, and it doesn't burn gasoline like an old-fashioned moped. As you pedal, an e-bike gives you a powered boost when you need it.

They are getting more popular in Europe, but in the United States, e-bikes still have to overcome the stigma of being just a toy for old people.

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Goats and Soda
3:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

An Ebola Clinic Figures Out A Way To Start Beating The Odds

Dr. Komba Songu M'Briwah, left, talks on the phone while staff members disinfect offices at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center in Freetown.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 6:22 pm

One reason the Ebola virus is so terrifying is that it's so lethal. Researchers estimate that the strain circulating in West Africa is killing upward of 70 percent of those it infects. Even among those getting care, as many as 64 percent are dying.

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NPR Story
3:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Can A Computer Compose The Music Of The Future?

Photograph of Greg Wilder (Sean Hurley/NHPR)

Yesterday on Here & Now, Derek Thompson of The Atlantic talked about how record executives make decisions about who to sign and what to play, based on data about what music people like online.

Thompson’s conclusion is that the process is making music much more bland because people like to hear music that sounds familiar.

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NPR Story
3:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Rain Expected After Massive Snowfall In Buffalo

Sydney, a six year old golden retriever, makes her way through five feet of snow from a driveway on November 20, 2014 in the suburb of Lakeview, Buffalo, New York. (John Normile/Getty Images)

It has stopped snowing in the Buffalo area, but now rain in the forecast is leading to worries about possible floods and more roof collapses. Brian Meyer of WBFO in Buffalo joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson with the latest.

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NPR Story
3:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Country Awaits Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Police face demonstrators protesting the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown outside the police station on November 20, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. At least three people were arrested during the protest. Brown was killed by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, on August 9. A grand jury is expected to decide this month if Wilson should be charged in the shooting. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The country will soon know the fate of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. Tensions have been high in St. Louis County since the August shooting, which sparked violent protests and unrest.

A grand jury has been examining this case for weeks and is expected to come out with a decision on whether or not to indict Officer Wilson.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Poo Power: New British Bus Runs On Human Waste

In Britain, a new bus running between Bath and the Bristol airport uses biomethane for power. The gas is derived from human sewage and food waste.
Wessex Water/GENeco

A bus in Britain is making headlines for running on gas – and we're not talking about petroleum or natural gas. The Bio-Bus runs on biomethane gas that's produced by human sewage and food waste.

The Bio-Bus has 40 seats and a range of around 186 miles on a full tank. When it officially goes into service next week, it'll run as a shuttle between the city of Bath and the Bristol airport, along with other routes.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks

The Texas State Board of Education has voted to approve the use of 89 history and social studies books across the state.

The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The Texas Tribune has more:

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Europe
2:25 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Spanish Duchess Of Alba Remembered As A Colorful Figure

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

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2:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Texas Hits The Books

LA Johnson NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

In the education world, all eyes were on Texas Friday.

For the first time since 2002, the Texas State Board of Education voted to adopt a new generation of social studies products. That includes some 89 textbooks, workbooks and other classroom materials. The vote matters because, with about 5 million students, the state has a big impact on the national textbook market.

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Environment
2:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Shrinking Glaciers Could Squeeze Washington's Water Supply

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

Washington state is home to more glaciers than any other state in the lower 48, and they're receding faster than ever before. That's a problem for the Pacific Northwest, where glaciers are crucial for drinking water, hydropower generation and salmon survival.

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Energy
2:23 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Native Americans, Landowners Protest Keystone XL Pipeline In South Dakota

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

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The Two-Way
2:11 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Last 'Angola 3' Inmate's Conviction Should Be Thrown Out, Court Says

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:33 pm

A federal appeals court has ruled that a man who has spent about 40 years in solitary confinement in a Louisiana prison should have his conviction overturned.

Albert Woodfox, the only member of the so-called Angola 3 still incarcerated, was convicted of the 1972 murder of a young prison guard named Brent Miller. Woodfox was found guilty along with fellow inmate Herman Wallace.

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Shots - Health News
1:14 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

To Stay Energy Efficient As You Age, Keep On Running

People use energy less efficiently as they age. Running seems to help prevent that slowdown.
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Walking is a simple thing that becomes really, really important as we age. Being able to get around on our feet for extended periods of time not only makes everyday life easier, it's linked to fewer hospitalizations and greater longevity. As we get older, though, the body takes about 15 to 20 percent more energy to cover the same terrain.

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Remembrances
11:23 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Fresh Air Remembers Film And Broadway Director Mike Nichols

Nichols directed such movies as The Graduate and Birdcage and Broadway musicals such as Spamalot. He won nine Tony Awards. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He talked with Terry Gross in 2001.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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The Two-Way
10:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Thai Martial Law Will Remain In Place 'Indefinitely,' Minister Says

Thailand's Justice Minister Gen. Paiboon Koomchaya tells Reuters that martial law will remain in place "indefinitely."
Chaiwat Subprasom Reuters /Landov

Martial law in Thailand will remain in place "indefinitely," the country's justice minister told Reuters in an interview nearly six months after the military overthrew the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

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Shots - Health News
10:06 am
Fri November 21, 2014

In The Hospital, There's No Such Thing As A Lesbian Knee

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

When my partner Cheryl was dying from respiratory complications related to treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma, she was in so much physical distress she couldn't bear to be touched.

The only contact she could stand — one of the few ways I could share my love with her — was for me to rub her feet. As I stood at the foot of her hospital bed doing just that, a scrub-clad figure we had never seen before poked her head in the door, curled her lip and demanded: "What is your relationship?"

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Ex-News Of The World Editor Andy Coulson Freed From Prison

Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor, leaves the Central Criminal Court in London on June 25. He was released from prison on Friday after serving less than five months of his 18-month sentence for conspiring to intercept voicemails.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:22 pm

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, who was found guilty of conspiracy to hack personal voice mails, was released today after serving less than five months of his 18-month sentence.

British news reports say that as a condition of early release, Coulson, 46, will have to wear an electronic tag for the remainder of his sentence.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:49 am

House Republicans on Friday followed through on a threat to sue President Obama over actions he has taken concerning the Affordable Care Act.

The lawsuit was filed in a federal court against the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury.

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Politics
8:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:46 am

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And this morning, House Speaker John Boehner has weighed in. He delivered a statement reacting to President Obama's plans to overhaul the country's immigration system. Here's some of what he had to say.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Fri November 21, 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson Owes IRS Money, Won't Pay

London Mayor Boris Johnson is presumably not singing for his supper — or for the money the IRS says he owes.
Alastair Grant AP

London Mayor Boris Johnson owes the IRS money — and he's not going to pay it.

Johnson, who was born in the U.S. and lived here until he was 5 years old, holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship.

At issue, he told NPR member station WAMU's Diane Rehm Show in an interview, was capital gains on the sale of his first residence, a sum that is not taxable in Britain.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Holder Calls For Calm As Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looms

Attorney General Eric Holder, pictured Sept. 4, says "durable relationships between police and their communities do not develop overnight."
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:49 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder is urging law enforcement officers and protesters to keep the peace as a grand jury decision nears about whether to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead a black 18-year-old who was unarmed in Ferguson, Mo.

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