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3:49 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

First U.S. Case Of Ebola Confirmed In Dallas

A view of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, on Tuesday. A patient in the hospital with a CDC-confirmed case of Ebola is being kept in strict isolation, hospital officials said Monday.
LM Otero AP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that the first case of Ebola has appeared in the U.S.

A man in Dallas, who is not a health care worker, has tested positive for the virus, the agency says. The man flew to the U.S. from Liberia, NPR has learned, and wasn't sick on the flight; he later went to a hospital for the treatment of possible Ebola symptoms. He was admitted into isolation on Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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U.S.
3:48 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Albuquerque Police Department Faces Federal And Public Scrutiny

Protesters gather outside the Albuquerque police department following the shooting deaths of James Boyd and others on March 25. The Justice Department accused the police of engaging in a pattern of excessive force.
Rita Daniels NPR

To understand the tension between the cops and some people in Albuquerque, you have to go back to a Tuesday in April.

It was after the Justice Department accused the Albuquerque police of engaging in a pattern of excessive force. In March, a homeless camper named James Boyd was shot and killed. Then a 19-year-old girl was killed.

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Global Health
3:42 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

CDC Announces First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In U.S.

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All Tech Considered
3:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

EBay announced it will split from the payments service PayPal, forming two independently traded companies beginning in 2015.
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A big breakup is happening in the business world. Online retailing giant eBay is splitting up with its payments operation, PayPal, sometime in 2015. The move comes at a prime opportunity for PayPal, as the future of online payments is still being charted.

When PayPal first came on the scene in the late 1990s, it simplified making online purchases in a way that users adopted, fast.

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Middle East
3:40 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Israel Justice Minister: U.S. Shouldn't Give Up On Palestinian Peace Process

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

New York Boosts Pay For Thousands With Hourly Wage Hike

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs an executive order raising the city's living wage law Tuesday. The move will require some employers to pay their employees between $11.50 and $13.13 an hour, depending on whether the employee receives benefits.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday that effectively raises the hourly wage for thousands of workers in New York City. The city says its expansion of the Living Wage provisions will boost yearly earnings for the lowest-paid workers from $16,640 to $27,310.

From New York, NPR's Joel Rose reports:

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Shots - Health News
3:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

BRAIN Initiative Bets on Wearable Scanners, Laser-Controlled Cells

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Eighteen months after its launch, President Obama's plan to explore the mysteries of the human brain is finally taking shape. During separate events Tuesday, the White House and National Institutes of Health offered details about which projects are being funded and why.

At a morning press conference, NIH officials announced $46 million in grant awards to more than 100 investigators. Most of the researchers are working on tools that can "transform how we study the brain," said NIH Director Francis Collins.

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Goats and Soda
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Ebola Researchers Have A Radical Idea: Rush A Vaccine Into The Field

Adrian Hill, director of the Jenner Institute and chief investigator of the trials with an Ebola vaccine his organization developed, holds a vial of the vaccine.
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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:50 pm

Today, the World Health Organization concludes a two-day meeting to discuss a radical idea: bringing a vaccine into the field without having tested its effectiveness.

Traditional means of containing Ebola — such as isolating people who are infected with the disease and tracing the people they've come into contact with — aren't working fast enough to get ahead of the epidemic. So the question is: Will giving an experimental vaccine to willing volunteers help contain the disease or put people at greater risk?

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Business
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Preventing Worker Burnout Can Boost The Bottom Line

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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:18 pm

Burnout at work seems like a fact of life, especially with employers cutting back on leave benefits.

But some companies are trying novel fixes. In addition to boosting morale, some employers say, eliminating burnout can increase productivity and profitability.

At Aptify, a Virginia software company, burnout was a problem a few years ago. Projects demanded long hours, which affected motivation and morale. It's a medium-size firm, with 200 workers, but at the time, procedures seemed overly corporate and cumbersome.

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The Two-Way
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

White House Intruder Indicted On Federal, Local Charges

This Sept. 21, 2009 photo provided by Jerry Murphy shows Omar Gonzalez, who was married to Murphy's mother, Samantha, until they divorced in 2012. Authorities have identified Gonzalez as the man who got into the White House after scaling a fence on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.
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A federal grand jury indicted 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez on Tuesday, over allegations that he jumped a fence and the eluded guards to enter the White House earlier this month.

In a statement, the Department of Justice said the grand jury turned over a three count indictment against Gonzalez: The first — "entering a restricted building or grounds, while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon" — is a federal offense, while the other two — "carrying a dangerous weapon outside a home or place of business, and unlawful possession of ammunition" — are crimes in the District of Columbia.

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History
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Hong Kong's Protest Umbrellas Have A Deep Political History

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:40 pm

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Middle East
2:34 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

U.S.-Afghanistan Security Agreement Receives Mixed Reaction

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 3:40 pm

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The Salt
2:11 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

'Human Flesh' Burger Is A Treat To Tempt The Walking Dead

Here's something to make even the most carnivorous among us shudder: a burger that tastes something like human flesh.

It's not just the stuff of horror flicks anymore, thanks to two pioneering foodies out of London. For a publicity stunt to promote Season 5 of The Walking Dead, which premieres Oct. 13 in the U.K., they've created a zombie-inspired burger they say actually turned out "delicious."

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The Two-Way
1:19 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

U.S. Charges Four Hackers Over Theft Of Games From Microsoft, Army

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:09 pm

The United States has charged four men with stealing $100 million worth of intellectual property from Microsoft Corporation, Epic Games Inc., Valve Corporation, Zombie Studios and the U.S. Army.

The men, all between the ages of 18 and 28, allegedly used sophisticated methods to break into the company's systems to steal games before they were released to the public. In the case of the Army, the hackers allegedly stole Apache helicopter simulator software developed by a video game manufacturer.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Here, mixed plastic items are seen at a recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., earlier this year.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:23 pm

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S.

"This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," Brown said. "We're the first to ban these bags, and we won't be the last."

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Education
11:47 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Instead Of Staring At Screens, These Kids Stared At Faces

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Tue September 30, 2014

WATCH: Container Ships Collide In Suez Canal

Two container ships collide in the Suez Canal on Monday.
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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:56 pm

Two container ships, the German-flagged MV Colombo Express and the Singapore-flagged MV Maersk Tanjong, collided on Monday at the north end of the Suez Canal, delaying traffic.

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U.S.
11:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Chief On White House Breach: It Won't Happen Again

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

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This is one of those questions that is perfect for a Congressional hearing, though not so perfect for the witness. The question is how a man managed to get so far onto the White House grounds.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

Images from August 2000 (left) and August 2014 (right) show the drop in water levels in the Aral Sea.
NASA

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:07 pm

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried."

That's the word from NASA, which has released images showing the progressive decline of the water levels in the Aral Sea, which straddles the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The space agency captured the striking photographs via its Terra satellite.

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Shots - Health News
9:43 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

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Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:41 pm

I love caffeine. I would love to trim my derriere. Combining the two seems like such an obvious win. Evidently some manufacturers of women's undergarments thought so, too. And now they're $1.5 million poorer.

The Federal Trade Commission has ordered two companies, Norm Thompson Outfitters Inc. and Wacoal America, to stop marketing shapewear infused with caffeine. The firms claimed that the amped-up underwear would cause fat loss and a reduction in body size.

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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Afghanistan Signs Deal Allowing 10,000 U.S. Troops To Remain

Afghan National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar (right) and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan James Cunningham exchange documents after signing the Bilateral Security Agreement, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (rear, left) and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in the background.
Jawad Jalali EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:29 am

Update at 9:55 a.m. ET

Afghanistan has signed a pact with the U.S. to allow about 10,000 troops to remain in the country after the end of the year, when most American forces are to be withdrawn.

The country's newly inaugurated president, Ashraf Ghani, signed the Bilateral Security Agreement, or BSA, which would leave in place the U.S. troops and a few others from NATO allies to bolster Afghan forces.

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The Two-Way
7:07 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Secret Service Chief Grilled Over White House Security Failures

Secret Service director Julia Pierson enters a hearing room in April to answer questions before a closed meeting of the Senate homeland security committee in Washington. Today, Pierson will appear before a House committee to respond to questions about White House security breaches.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:58 am

Update at 1:50 p.m. ET

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson faced a tough inquiry by lawmakers today as she appeared before a House committee to answer questions about the Sept. 19 White House security breach in which a man with a knife entered the executive mansion.

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Ominous Tremors At Mount Ontake Force Rescue Crews Off Volcano

Security personnel guard the entrance of a road leading to a trail on Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture Tuesday, three days after the volcano erupted in central Japan.
Jiji Press AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 9:11 am

More than 20 bodies remained near the summit of Japan's Mount Ontake as new tremors and venting gases forced search teams to abandon their efforts early Tuesday local time. Officials don't yet know precisely how many climbers were trapped when the volcano erupted Saturday, a busy day for hiking.

From Tokyo, John Matthews reports for NPR:

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The Two-Way
5:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Hong Kong Leader To Protesters: 'Stop Campaign Immediately'

Pro-democracy activists sleep, rest and walk on a street near the government headquarters Tuesday in Hong Kong. Students and activists, many of whom have been camped out since late Friday, spent a peaceful night singing as they blocked streets in Hong Kong in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience to push demands for genuine democratic reforms.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 8:34 am

Updated at 8:30 a.m. ET

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying is appealing to pro-democracy demonstrators who've brought parts of the Asian financial hub to a standstill in recent days to halt their campaign "immediately" because, he says, Beijing won't accede to their demands. But protesters have promised to announce a new phase of civil disobedience if reforms aren't forthcoming.

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Around the Nation
4:59 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Wearing Caffeine Won't Help You Lose Weight

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

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Around the Nation
4:52 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Suspect's Cologne Gives Him Away To Police K-9 Unit

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

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The Salt
4:40 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Millennial Jews Do An About-Face, Start Keeping Kosher

University of Illinois student Stanley Dayan (from left) and Chabad Jewish Center employees Mordy Kurtz and Yosef Peysin work at the center's kosher food stand in 2013 at the university's State Farm Center basketball arena in Champaign, Ill.
David Mercer AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

Many millennials — people born after 1980 — have embraced vintage items: vinyl records, thick-framed glasses ... and now, dietary laws.

"I'm 21 years old, and, yes, I do keep kosher," says Lisa Faulds.

She says she ate whatever she wanted growing up: "bacon, ham, all that fun stuff. Seafood, shellfish."

But that all stopped a few months ago.

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher.

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NPR Story
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

China Sentences Professor Accused Of Separatist Activities

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

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The Hong Kong protests come while China's government cracks down on another movement. They're the Uighers of western China.

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3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Hong Kong Protesters Give Government A Deadline To Respond

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:46 am

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Politics
3:06 am
Tue September 30, 2014

In Michigan, A Low-Key Campaign For A High-Stakes Senate Seat

Terri Lynn Land walks in the Labor Day Parade in Romeo, Mich., on Sept. 1. Land has made some public appearances like this one but overall is running a low-key race in the state.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 12:33 pm

Republicans see a chance for a takeover of the Senate this November, and they are hoping the path to victory leads through Michigan. That's where six-term Democratic Sen. Carl Levin is retiring.

Even though Democrats dominate the state in the presidential elections, the GOP does much better in midterms when voter turnout is lower.

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