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2:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Week In Politics: Obama's ISIS Speech, Rand Paul

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

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And for more now on this and other political developments, we turn to our Friday regulars, E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hey there, E.J.

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The Two-Way
1:50 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Zeus The Great Dane, World's Tallest Dog, Dies

Zeus, the world's tallest dog, is no more.

The Great Dane's owner, Kevin Doorlag, told the Kalamazoo Gazette that Zeus died last week of old age. He would have turned 6 in November.

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The Two-Way
1:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Withdraws Re-Election Bid

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, seen here in December 2013, announced Friday that he was withdrawing his re-election bid to seek treatment for an abdominal tumor.
Chris Young The Canadian Press

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Toronto's scandal-prone Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn his re-election bid, saying he is seeking treatment for a tumor in his abdomen. The man who will run in his place: his brother.

"My heart is heavy when I tell you that I'm unable to continue my campaign for re-election as your mayor," Ford said in a statement. "I have asked Doug to run to become the next Mayor of Toronto, because we need him. We cannot go backwards."

Rob Ford will instead seek a seat on the Toronto City Council.

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All Tech Considered
12:43 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Apple Takes A Swipe At The Credit Card

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks in Cupertino, Calif., on Tuesday. The company unveiled a new mobile payment system called Apple Pay, which uses security built into the latest iPhones.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:40 am

It started with the iPod. In 2001, Apple promised to do away with stacks of CDs and put 1,000 songs in your pocket. Thirteen years later, the music industry is unrecognizable: Most brick-and-mortar record stores have closed, and a pocket-size hard drive filled with music seems quaint in a world with YouTube and Spotify.

We didn't know it at the time, but the introduction of the iPod began Apple's shift from Macs to consumer electronics, which resuscitated the ailing computer-maker's fortunes and helped transform it into the world's most valuable company.

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Parallels
12:40 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Riding The 'Silver Dragon,' Surfers Tame China's 10-Foot River Waves

A team from Honolulu, which included Jamie O'Brien of Hawaii's North Shore, won this week's surfing competition, held on one of the world's two biggest tidal bores, located in Hangzhou, China. The other is in the Amazon.
Courtesy of Wabsono

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 9:01 pm

The hottest surfing in China this week wasn't along some palm-fringed beach in the south, but on a muddy, sometimes trash-strewn river in the eastern city of Hangzhou.

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The Two-Way
12:27 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

10 Arrested In Pakistan Over 2012 Attack On Malala Yousafzai

Education advocate Malala Yousafzai arrives at the U.N. headquarters in New York, in August.
Niu Xiaolei Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Pakistan says it has arrested 10 militants believed to have been involved in a near-fatal attack two years ago on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai.

Army spokesman Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said in 2012 the men had been ordered by the head of the Pakistani Taliban, Mullah Fazlullah, to kill Yousafzai, who was 15 at the time.

Despite serious head injuries, Yousafzai — who rose to prominence for her campaign against Taliban efforts to forcibly prevent girls from attending school — survived the attack.

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Goats and Soda
11:12 am
Fri September 12, 2014

How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

A mock patient is wheeled in an isolation pod during a drill at the biocontainment unit in the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Nati Harnik AP

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:49 pm

There's no question Ebola is one of the most terrifying diseases out there. It causes a painful death, typically kills more than 50 percent of those infected and essentially has no cure.

But if you compare how contagious the Ebola virus is to, say SARS or the measles, Ebola just doesn't stack up. In fact, the virus is harder to catch than the common cold.

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Africa
11:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Cleared Of Murder, Pistorius Found Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

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Krulwich Wonders...
10:51 am
Fri September 12, 2014

What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

Courtesy of Tyler Nordgen

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:55 pm

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The Two-Way
10:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captures Wednesday's solar flare eruption.
NASA/SDO

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:19 am

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.

But if you're lucky — and far enough north — you might see a nice display of aurora borealis.

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Parallels
10:07 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Mexican Crackdown Slows Central American Immigration To U.S.

Migrants at a shelter in southern Mexico say that Mexico's interior checkpoints are making it harder to travel north. Some have given up on reaching the U.S. and are trying to stay in Mexico.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 4:32 pm

The number of Central Americans reaching the U.S. border has dropped dramatically. According to the U.S. Border Patrol, 60 percent fewer unaccompanied minors were apprehended in August than at the height of the migration crisis earlier this summer.

One factor leading to the drastic decline is an unprecedented crackdown in Mexico. Under pressure from the United States, Mexico has begun arresting and deporting tens of thousands of Central Americans long before they reach the U.S. border.

Stepped-Up Deportations

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Goats and Soda
9:21 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Make Way For Ambulances: They're Stuck In Bangalore Traffic

Traffic jams are a part of daily life in Bangalore. Whenever I visit my family there, I'm overwhelmed by it.

Each morning, extraordinary numbers of buses, cars, rickshaws and bikes manage to squeeze onto the city's narrow streets until they all mesh into one chaotic mass. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether traffic is moving forward or backward.

The city has become a hub for India's booming tech industry — but its roads and infrastructure haven't quite kept up.

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The Salt
9:14 am
Fri September 12, 2014

From Cotton Candy To Cat Pee: Decoding Tasting Notes In Honey

Honey can be as golden as the sun or as dark as molasses. Researchers have identified over 100 different flavors in it, too, some more savory or stinky than others.
Ellen Webber/NPR

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 1:02 pm

If bees in France buzz around the lavender fields, foraging for nectar, what does the honey they produce smell or taste like?

Yes, a bit like lavender.

But not all the floral, spicy or woody aromas detectable in the roughly 300 varieties of honeys being produced today are so easy to name.

That's where the new Honey Flavor and Aroma Wheel, developed by a sensory panel at the Honey and Pollination Center at the University of California, Davis, comes in.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Your Email Double: A Classic Digital Dilemma

Ron Chapple Stock istockphoto.com

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:45 am

Now that the term Digital World has become redundant, we are able to make mistakes and encounter entanglements that no human — even Shakespeare --could ever have imagined.

Email doubles, for instance. Nearly everyone — even those of us with unusual names — has run into the dilemma. An email double who shares our name.

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The Two-Way
7:44 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Northern Ireland Unionist Hard-Liner Ian Paisley Dies At 88

Ian Paisley, then-leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, talks to supporters at the Northern Ireland Assembly Election count in Balleymoney, Northern Ireland, in 2003. The DUP announced Friday that Paisley had died after a protracted illness. He was 88.
Peter MacDiarmid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:55 am

Ian Paisley, the hard-line Protestant cleric who led the Democrat Unionist Party in its opposition to the IRA and independence for Northern Ireland, has died. He was 88.

Rich Preston, reporting for NPR from London, says Paisley had been ill for some time.

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Fri September 12, 2014

For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:16 am

Hey, you there. You have a college degree? How'd you like to be a teacher?

Indiana has just approved a license that clears a new pathway to the teaching profession. It allows anyone with a bachelor's degree, a B average and approximately three years of related work experience to become a middle or high school teacher in a subject such as math, science or music, provided they pass a content test.

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The Two-Way
6:16 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Pair Of F/A-18s Crash In Western Pacific Ocean, U.S. Navy Says

F/A-18 fighter jets on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Hong Kong in 2011.
Kin Cheung AP

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 7:41 am

The U.S. Navy says two of its carrier-based fighter/attack jets have crashed in the western Pacific Ocean. One pilot has been rescued and search efforts were continuing for the second.

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The Two-Way
6:13 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

Yemeni soldiers hold up their weapons at an area seized from al-Qaida in the southeastern province of Shabwa, Yemen, on May 8. President Obama said Wednesday that U.S. strategy against the so-called Islamic State would be similar to how it targeted militants in Yemen and Somalia.
Yemen's Defense Ministry AP

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 10:19 am

President Obama said in his speech Wednesday night that the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the so-called Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria would be similar to how it targeted al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia.

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The Two-Way
5:42 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ukraine, Rebels Swap Prisoners As Part Of Cease-Fire Deal

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 12:09 pm

Update at 8:45 a.m. ET

Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia separatists conducted a 3 a.m. prisoner swap, exchanging dozens of captured fighters as part of a shaky cease-fire that is now entering its second week.

It comes as new European Union sanctions go into effect against Moscow for its role in the conflict that has engulfed eastern Ukraine and threatened to split the former Soviet satellite.

Regarding the prisoner swap, The Associated Press says:

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The Two-Way
5:19 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Pistorius Found Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa (unseen) deliver her verdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:39 am

Update at 7:05 a.m. ET

A judge in South Africa handed down a verdict of culpable homicide against double-amputee Olympic and Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius in the shooting death of his girlfriend. The conviction carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.

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Science
5:05 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Scientists Name Swamp-Creature Fossil After Mick Jagger

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:03 am

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Politics
4:57 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Discovery Channel Finds A New Way To Cover Politics

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:03 am

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Sports
4:40 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Oscar Pistorius Guilty Of Culpable Homicide In Girlfiend's Death

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:22 am

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3:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Turkey, Iran Wary Of U.S. Terms For Fight Against Islamic State

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:03 am

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3:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Israel Says It Is Investigating Dozens Of Gaza Shootings

Mai Hamada, 30, was injured by an Israeli airstrike on a home for the disabled in July in the Gaza Strip. Hamada has cerebral palsy and can't walk. Israel is investigating cases of possible illegal action by its military and may look into the attack on the group home.
Emily Harris/NPR

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 9:13 am

The Israeli military says that it has investigated more than 40 potentially illegal actions by its forces during the war in the Gaza Strip this summer and announced this week that it has opened criminal investigations into five cases.

In Gaza, Jamila Eleywa, the director of a home for disabled people that was hit in July, killing two residents, hopes she'll learn why her building was hit.

"Why?" she said at Gaza City's al-Shifa Hospital, where the injured residents were taken. "Why they did that?"

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NPR Story
3:11 am
Fri September 12, 2014

CIA Ups Estimate Of Islamic State Fighters In Iraq And Syria

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:03 am

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Parallels
1:36 am
Fri September 12, 2014

ISIS, ISIL Or Islamic State: What's In A Name?

A flag of the Islamic State — aka ISIS, aka ISIL — is seen on the other side of a bridge at the front line of fighting between Kurdish Pesh Merga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, Iraq, on Thursday. The group is referred to differently depending on who's talking about it.
JM Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 8:01 am

The Obama administration favors the term ISIL. Many Western news outlets have switched to calling the group "the Islamic State." And in general, ISIS might be the most ubiquitous acronym.

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Politics
1:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Expanding ISIS Fight Scrambles GOP Plan To Extend Budget And Get Out

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, leaves after a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner responded positively to the proposals from President Obama about confronting Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:03 am

House Republicans were hoping for September to be a blissfully uneventful month, with election season just around the corner. But President Obama dashed those hopes this week, when he asked Congress for authorization to train and arm Syrian rebels against the group calling itself the Islamic State.

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Law
1:32 am
Fri September 12, 2014

20 Years Later, Parts Of Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

Surrounded by lawmakers, President Bill Clinton hugs then-Sen. Joseph Biden after signing the $30 billion crime bill at the White House on Sept. 13, 1994.
Dennis Cook AP

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:41 am

Twenty years ago this week, in 1994, then-President Bill Clinton signed a crime bill. It was, in effect, a long-term experiment in various ways to fight crime.

The measure paid to put more cops on the beat, trained police and lawyers to investigate domestic violence, imposed tougher prison sentences and provided money for extra prisons.

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Health
1:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Over-The-Counter Birth Control

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Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:32 pm

A string of Republican candidates for Senate are supporting an issue usually associated with Democrats: easier access to contraception.

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