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9:36 am
Tue September 23, 2014

More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says

President Barack Obama closes his eyes as a prayer is offered at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, February.
Charles Dharapak AP

Nearly three-quarters of the US. believes religious influence on American life is waning and nearly half think that churches and other houses of worship should play a greater role in the national discourse on social and political matters, according to a new Pew study.

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The Salt
8:49 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

Bounty from the bin: Thaler says you can find plenty of tasty, edible produce that's tossed out. Plastic-wrapped produce tend to be a safe bet, he says.
Courtesy of Maximus Thaler

When you think of a dumpster diver, you might think of someone like this:

And while you wouldn't be totally wrong, you also wouldn't exactly be describing Maximus Thaler.

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The Two-Way
8:43 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Obama: Coalition Against ISIS Shows 'This Is Not America's Fight Alone'

President Obama speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria., on Tuesday before heading to the United Nations.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:28 am

President Obama said a multinational coalition that carried out airstrikes in Syria shows that the fight against Islamic extremists is "not America's fight alone."

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Israel Kills Palestinians Suspected In June Kidnappings

Palestinian onlookers and civil defense members gather at a site where an Israeli military operation left two Palestinians dead in the West Bank town of Hebron Tuesday. Troops killed two Palestinian suspects in the June murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
Hazem Bader AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:26 am

Ending a months-long search, the Israeli military says it has killed two Palestinian men with ties to Hamas who it believes were responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers early this summer. The abductions preceded nearly two months of violence between Israel and Hamas.

Acting on recently received information, soldiers from Israel's special forces raided a building in the West Bank where the men had been hiding early this morning.

From Jerusalem, NPR's Emily Harris reports:

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Parallels
7:36 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Why Does The U.S. Like Iraq's Kurds But Not Syria's?

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters take up positions around the town of Gwer in northern Iraq on Sept. 18. The Kurdish militia is aligned with the U.S. in the battle against the Islamic State.
Mohamed Messara EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:11 am

In Iraq, Kurdish militiamen fighting the group that calls itself the Islamic State are key American allies.

In Syria, some Kurdish fighters battling the very same Islamic State are considered part of a terrorist group, according to the U.S. government.

What gives?

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Tue September 23, 2014

ISIS Releases Purported New Video Of British Hostage

In this still image taken from the first video released by Al-Furqan, the media arm of the Islamic State militant group, captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera.
AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:05 am

The self-declared Islamic State has released the second propaganda video in a promised "lecture series" purportedly delivered by kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

"In this program, we will see how Western governments are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past," says a man claiming to be Cantlie, who is seated at a desk and dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to the one he was seen wearing in a video released last week.

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Code Switch
6:16 am
Tue September 23, 2014

How Not To Handle A New Voice In TV

Shonda Rhimes (left) with Scandal star Kerry Washington at a 2012 press conference.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:51 am

This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage.

That's the reaction I usually offer these days whenever someone asks me about a race-based media firestorm — this time, in reference to the nuclear-sized backlash against New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley's bewildering commentary on Shonda Rhimes, one of the most successful showrunners in television history.

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Airstrikes Move To Syria, Target More Than Just ISIS

A handout picture released by the U.S. Navy shows the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launching a Tomahawk cruise missile against Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday.
Eric Garst/U.S. Navy/Handout EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:35 am

Updated at 11:15 a.m. ET

In a major escalation of the air campaign against Islamic extremist groups, the U.S. and Arab allies jointly hit targets inside Syria for the first time.

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All Tech Considered
5:24 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi's Jammed Traffic

A traffic jam in Nairobi, Kenya. The city is the world's fourth-most congested, far worse than any in the U.S.
Din Haitao Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:46 am

Traffic in Nairobi is so mind-numbing it makes Los Angeles' Interstate 5 look like the Autobahn. Motorcycles squeeze between cars and trucks that practically park on major boulevards and highways. Street peddlers walk to and fro selling newspapers, flowers, air fresheners and children's toys to captive audiences. Roundabouts become cartoonishly clogged.

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Food
4:57 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Starbucks Tests Drink That Tastes Like Stout Beer

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

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Food
4:48 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Rearchers Find New Species Of Mushrooms

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

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Goats and Soda
3:29 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Ebola's Toll: Farmers Aren't Farming, Traders Aren't Trading

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:17 am

The Ebola outbreak is having a devastating effect on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, crippling major industries and forcing people out of work.

The three nations hardest hit by the virus are among the poorest on the African continent. Combined, their GDP is less than 3 percent of Nigeria's, the regional economic powerhouse.

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

House Lawmakers To Hold Hearing On White House Security Issues

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

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Middle East
3:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

U.S., Allies Hit islamic State Targets In Syria

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

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Shots - Health News
1:34 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer

Justin McCowan poses for a portrait outside of his house in Santa Monica, Calif., on Aug. 14.
Benjamin B. Morris for NPR

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:13 am

If you're a regular Shots reader or Morning Edition listener, you may remember a recent story about Justin McCowan, a man with Down syndrome who wanted to help researchers find a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. McCowan died in his sleep on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 40.

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Mental Health
1:33 am
Tue September 23, 2014

As Run-Ins Rise, Police Take Crash Courses On Handling Mentally Ill

In this image taken from video on Jan. 15, police officers Edward Sarama (from left) and Robert McGuire try to talk to officer Matt Dougherty, who is pretending to be mentally ill, during a training simulation at Montgomery County Emergency Service in Norristown, Pa.
Michael Rubinkam AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 5:53 am

A number of high-profile police shootings, including that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last month, have led to increased scrutiny of police interactions with civilians.

One group that is disproportionately subject to police uses of force is people with mental illness. Many local departments hold special sessions to train officers about mental illness and how to help the people they interact with.

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Shots - Health News
1:28 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments

Michael Granillo and his wife Sonia await treatment at an emergency room in Northridge, Calif.
Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:09 am

Three times in one week, 34-year-old Michael Granillo returned to the emergency room of the Northridge Hospital Medical Center in Southern California, seeking relief from intense back pain. Each time, Granillo waited a little while and then left the ER without ever being seen by a doctor.

"I was in so much pain, I wanted to be taken care of 'now,' " says Granillo. "I didn't want to sit and wait."

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The Two-Way
7:41 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

U.S., Allies Hit Islamic State Targets In Syria, Pentagon Says

An Islamic State militant, left, stands next to Raqqah residents Sept. 16 as they hold pieces of wreckage from a Syrian war plane after it crashed in the northeast Syrian town.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 8:55 pm

The United States and its allies expanded their assault against the Islamic State on Monday, striking targets inside Syria for the first time, the Pentagon said.

In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the U.S. had used "a mix of fighter, bomber and Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles."

Kirby said that because these strikes are ongoing, he could not go into details about where in Syria the allies were attacking. But a Pentagon official tells NPR's Tom Bowman that the strikes occurred near Raqqah, an Islamic State stronghold.

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The Two-Way
6:15 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

French Citizen Is Kidnapped In Algeria By Islamist Splinter Group

A Frenchman was kidnapped by an armed group in Algeria on Sunday, the French government said.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports the man was captured just hours after the Islamic State called on its followers to launch attacks against French citizens.

Eleanor filed this report for our Newscast Unit:

"A video released by a little known Islamist splinter group called the Caliphate Soldiers, shows the Frenchman sitting between two armed men with covered faces. He gives his name and age. He says he's a mountain guide who was taken hostage on Sunday.

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Parallels
4:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

India's Orbiter To Join NASA's Maven Around Mars — On A Shoestring

Scientists and engineers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) monitor the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) in Bangalore, India on Sept. 15. MOM is expected to enter into Mars orbit on Wednesday.
Jagadeesh NV Landov

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:21 am

Anticipation is building in India over its rendezvous with Mars.

NASA erupted into cheers after confirmation Sunday night that its space probe MAVEN injected into the Martian orbit. NASA's success came two days ahead of a critical engine burn designed to place an Indian spacecraft around the Red Planet, in a project dubbed MOM, Mars Orbiter Mission.

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The Two-Way
4:49 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Treasury Announces New Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:17 pm

The U.S. Treasury announced steps on Monday to reduce the number of American companies who are dodging taxes by moving their parent companies overseas.

"These transactions erode the U.S. tax base, unfairly placing a larger burden on all other taxpayers, including small businesses and hardworking Americans," Treasury said in a statement.

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National Security
3:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

President Obama signs H.J. Res 124, which includes appropriations to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. For now, the effort will be paid for from an account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan.
Evan Vucci AP

President Obama now has the approval he sought from Congress to train and arm trusted Syrian rebel forces.

What he didn't get from Congress was the money to pay for the mission.

Lawmakers — who've skipped town for the campaign trail — also didn't approve any new money to pay for the broader air campaign against the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

So where will the money come from?

For a while, at least, combat in Iraq and Syria will probably be paid for from a special account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan.

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The Salt
3:56 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

Within a day after chicks hatch, they are sorted by sex and shipped to farms. Some will be treated with antibiotics; others will not.
Dan Charles NPR

You know those foods and pills that promise to supply your body with "good bacteria?"

They may or may not make you healthier, but some of these "probiotics" do, in fact, appear to be effective in chickens. Poultry companies are turning to probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics, which have become increasingly controversial.

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Environment
3:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Calderon: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Create Carbon Tax

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon leads a group to encourage heads of state to propel climate change. He discusses the obstacles that block aggressive efforts to curb climate change.

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

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Sports
3:00 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL

A Ravens fan trades in her Ray Rice jersey Friday after he was cut from the team over allegations of domestic abuse.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 8:21 am

As the National Football League scrambles to defend its actions in amid a series of domestic abuse allegations against players, some of its harshest critics have been women. Female fans are a key part of the league's business strategy — the NFL says that women make up 45 percent of its fan base — but they haven't reacted to the scandal with one voice.

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The Two-Way
2:59 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Prosecutor Says White House Intruder Had 800 Rounds Of Ammunition In Car

A Secret Service police officer stands nears tourists outside the White House on Monday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 3:42 pm

The man who jumped a fence and made it past the White House's North Portico on Friday had 800 rounds of ammunition inside his vehicle, a prosecutor said on Monday.

Fox News reports:

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Goats and Soda
2:58 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Why A Teenage Mom Was Jailed In El Salvador After A Stillbirth

Christina Quintanilla looks out at the lake near her hometown of San Miguel in eastern El Salvador.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 9:23 am

Christina Quintanilla's nightmare with El Salvador's abortion law began on Oct. 26, 2004.

Quintanilla was 17 at the time, and seven months pregnant with her second child. She was living in her mother's apartment, and that night, she couldn't get comfortable. Her belly was bulging, her back was aching, and her stomach was upset.

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Shots - Health News
11:54 am
Mon September 22, 2014

In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus

Low water levels, like at this reservoir near Gustine, Calif., bring birds and mosquitoes together and help transmit West Nile virus to humans.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:20 am

California's historic drought is partly to blame for the recent rise in West Nile virus infections, public health officials say. There have been 311 cases reported so far, double the number of the same time last year, and the most of any state in the country.

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes. They contract the virus when they feed on infected birds, then spread it to the birds they bite next. A shortage of water can accelerate this cycle.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

A plane flies over the Bardarbunga volcano as it spews lava and smoke in southeast Iceland on Sept. 14. The Bardarbunga volcano system has been rocked by hundreds of tremors a day since mid-August, prompting fears the volcano could explode.
Bernard Meric AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:50 am

The tiny, island nation of Iceland is in the middle of a growth spurt. For the past month, the country's Bardarbunga volcano has been churning out lava at a prodigious rate. And the eruption shows no signs of abating.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Mon September 22, 2014

3 Afghan Army Officers, Who Had Gone Missing, Detained At Canadian Border

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 12:53 pm

Update at 2:49 p.m. ET. Officers Found At Canadian Border:

After going missing over the weekend, three Afghan officers, who were being trained in the United States, were detained at the Canadian border, a Pentagon official tells NPR's Tom Bowman.

The news was first reported by WCVB-TV's Karen Anderson. She reported that the men told customs agents at the Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge that they were refugees.

The men, Anderson reports, will be sent back to the United States.

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