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The Two-Way
3:07 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Live Blog: Scotland Votes On Its Independence

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Sports
3:00 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

In Other Historic Vote, Scotland Golf Club Admits Women

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Sports
2:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Fans Call On NFL To Address Domestic Violence Issues

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Iraq
2:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Kurds: U.S. Fight Against ISIS Requires Ground Forces

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Middle East
2:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Islamic State Fight Will Take Time, Diplomacy

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The Salt
2:33 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Doughnuts at a Krispy Kreme store in Washington, D.C. An environmental coalition says leading doughnut companies like Krispy Kreme source palm oil from suppliers who are clear-cutting rain forests and destroying wildlife habitat.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Environmentalists say two major doughnut chains got a little sweeter this week.

Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Brands have both made new commitments to source palm oil for frying their goodies from suppliers who are not clear-cutting forests.

As we reported back in June, leading doughnut have been sourcing some of their palm oil from suppliers who have a history of clear-cutting rain forests and destroying wildlife habitat and carbon-rich peatlands.

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It's All Politics
2:32 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Will Bridge Scandal Jam Gov. Christie's Road Show?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets supporters at a campaign event for Scott Brown (center left) in Salem, N.H.
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 3:05 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in New Hampshire on Wednesday, technically on 2014 election business. But he was also there to make an impression for 2016. It seems every time you turn around in the early primary states, you bump into another potential — let's say likely — candidate for president. Count Christie in the pack.

All of this as he's been dealing with fallout from the "Bridgegate" scandal involving massive traffic jams created by politically motivated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey.

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It's All Politics
2:24 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Billionaire GOP Donor Finally Opens Checkbook For 2014

Republican party leaders are urging big donors to start writing checks, and the check-writers now include Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

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Europe
2:19 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Ukrainian President Lobbies Washington For Money, Arms Support

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 2:58 pm

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Europe
2:19 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Referendum Vote Count Begins In Scotland

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 2:58 pm

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Music
1:43 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Pere Ubu's 'Carnival Of Souls' Is A Dreamscape That's Never Dreamy

Pere Ubu's new album, Carnival of Souls, is a reference to the 1962 cult horror film. But as Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker hears it, the band, led since the late '70s by co-founder David Thomas, has created something far more rich, experimental, and emotional than spooky, horror-movie music.

The Two-Way
1:40 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Islamic State Video Purports To Show Kidnapped British Journalist

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 2:18 pm

The group that calls itself the Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show a British man who says he is a journalist and a hostage of the militants.

The man in the video is dressed in orange, sits behind a desk and identifies himself as John Cantile.

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Shots - Health News
1:37 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Why Do You Care About Fairness? Ask A Chimp

What do you mean you got a grape? I only got a carrot!
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 2:27 pm

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All Tech Considered
10:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Apple: iOS 8 Prevents Cooperation With Police Unlocking Requests

Apple, which unveiled iOS 8 at June's Worldwide Developers Conference, says it will be technologically unfeasible for police to extract data from its new operating system.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 3:16 pm

Apple's latest mobile operating system — iOS 8 — is now available, and with it, a new technical hurdle for law enforcement. The company says it will be technologically impossible to access data on phones and iPads running iOS 8, because it won't allow user pass codes to be bypassed.

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The Two-Way
10:44 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Killing Comes Naturally To Chimps, Scientists Say

A full-grown male chimpanzee carries a stick at the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya. The sanctuary is the work of primatologist Jane Goodall.
Jean-Marc Bouju AP

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 11:09 am

For years, there have been two main theories about why chimpanzees, our closest evolutionary cousins, sometimes kill each other. One theory blames human encroachment on the chimpanzees' native habit in Africa. Another says that (male) chimps kill in the normal course of competition with rival groups.

A new study published in Nature appears to support the second theory. In short, it found that the numerical makeup of chimpanzee communities is roughly proportional to the "chimp murder rate."

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Shots - Health News
9:53 am
Thu September 18, 2014

San Francisco Politician Goes Public With His Choice To Take Anti-HIV Drug

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener (left) says he started taking a drug to prevent HIV infection earlier this year.
Lisa Aliferis/KQED

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:39 am

In an effort to combat stigma that has arisen around a treatment that prevents HIV, a San Francisco elected official announced publicly Wednesday that he is taking the medicine.

City Supervisor Scott Wiener said he is taking Truvada, a drug that dramatically reduces the risk of HIV infection. He appears to be the first public official to make such an announcement.

Wiener wrote about his experience for The Huffington Post:

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ukrainian President Thanks Congress For Supporting Freedom

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, joined by Speaker of the House John Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden, acknowledges lawmakers' applause after addressing a joint meeting of Congress.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:57 am

Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addressed a joint meeting of Congress today, thanking lawmakers for their support of Kiev in its fight against Russian-backed separatists.

Freedom, Poroshenko said, is "at the core of Ukrainian existence.

"We have an unbreakable will to live free," he said, saying his nation was "at the center of the most heroic story of the last decade."

Calling Russia's annexation of Crimea a "most cynical act of treachery," Poroshenko thanked lawmakers for standing by his government.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Islamic State Seizes Villages; Australia Says It Foiled Beheading Plot

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 10:14 am

Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have seized 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria over the past 24 hours in what is being described as a major advance for the extremist group, according to a human rights watchdog group.

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NPR Ed
5:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

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Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:11 am

So you finally get the chance to meet one on one with your child's teacher — now what?

Like a good Boy Scout, be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework before a parent-teacher conference can make a big difference.

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NPR Ed
5:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina speaks with students Carlos Cruz and Lluvia Hernandez while visiting a school in Brooklyn earlier this year.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 6:48 am

So now that students have settled in to the routine of the school year, yet another fall education ritual looms: the parent-teacher conference.

And while there's universal agreement that parent involvement is a good thing, these all-too-short meetings are often frustrating on both sides.

Teachers, and parents, often find them too short and too shallow, too likely to focus on problems, with little time to really get beyond test scores and a few bullet points about the curriculum or homework. And, as children get older, fewer parents tend to show up.

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The Two-Way
5:41 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Scotland's Historic Decision: Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

A man played bagpipes on a "short walk to freedom" march in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday as polling in the independence referendum began.
Paul Hackett Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 8:47 am

Scots decide today whether to end 300 years of union with Great Britain and go it alone as they cast ballots in a historic referendum that is sure to have a lasting impact no matter the outcome.

Public opinion polls in recent days have suggested that Scotland is evenly split on the question and that the vote could be extremely close. The options are to vote "yes" or "no" to the question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

The results are expected on Friday.

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Animals
5:15 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Dog From Philadelphia Ends Up In Oregon Shelter

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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Around the Nation
5:01 am
Thu September 18, 2014

High School Reconsiders Student's Yearbook Photo

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 5:50 am

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The Salt
4:39 am
Thu September 18, 2014

From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

The cardoon is like "celery on steroids," says McLaglan.
Aya Brackett/Ten Speed Press

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 12:51 pm

Food writer Jennifer McLagan has spent the past few years trying to win home cooks over to the ingredients they fear. She's written a cookbook on fat, one on bones and one titled Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal.

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Politics
4:38 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

In this Illinois ad, Doris and her friend Betty suggestively encourage two young men to come in ... and get voter ID cards.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 7:17 am

September is voter registration month, but inspiring Americans to register and vote isn't always easy. Especially with politicians held in such low esteem. So some groups — and a few election officials — are taking a page from the book of Mad Men's Don Draper to get voters to the polls. Who knew that voting could be this much fun?

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Race
4:31 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams

Author Jacqueline Woodson reads from her newest novel, Sept. 15.
Kat Chow NPR

Originally published on Thu September 18, 2014 2:38 pm

The first time author Jacqueline Woodson says she really understood poetry — and loved it — was after reading Langston Hughes in elementary school.

"Until then, I thought it was some code that older white people used to speak to each other. I didn't know what was going on with the line breaks and the words," Woodson recalls. "Once the floodgates opened, they opened."

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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Two More NFL Players Placed On 'Exempt List' Over Domestic Violence

Carolina Panthers' Greg Hardy waves to fans as he arrives for an NFL football practice in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 11, 2014.
Chuck Burton ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:44 pm

Two more players were benched by NFL teams on Wednesday over allegations of domestic violence.

First, the Carolina Panthers placed their star defensive end Greg Hardy on the exempt list and then the Arizona Cardinals deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer.

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The Two-Way
6:02 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Doctor Says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has 'Rare ... Difficult' Cancer

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in December 2013.
Chris Young The Canadian Press

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 6:04 pm

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who made international news after he admitted to smoking crack, has cancer.

That's according to his doctor, a colorectal surgeon, who confirmed the diagnosis during a press conference on Wednesday.

The Toronto Star reports:

"Dr. Zane Cohen, the renowned colorectal surgeon, said Wednesday that Ford has a malignant liposarcoma. He will be treated with chemotherapy, Cohen said.

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Federal Reserve To Markets: Nothing To See Here; Move Along

Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen.
Susan Walsh AP

The Federal Reserve's policy makers just eyeballed the economy, and saw nothing new.

On Wednesday, they announced wage-and-price hikes remain low and growth continues at a moderate pace. That means interest rates can stay super low for a "considerable time," while the Fed's bond-buying program can wrap up next month, as expected.

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

House Passes Bill That Authorizes Arming Syrian Rebels

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 4:49 pm

In a vote that eschewed traditional Washington divisions in favor of novel ones, the House approved a bill that authorized the training and arming of Syrian rebels in their fight against the so-called Islamic State.

The final tally was 273 to 156. But many members of both parties broke ranks with their leaders — Reps. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi — who strongly backed the measure.

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