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12:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Some iPhone 6 Plus Users Find An Unwanted Feature: It Bends

A test on YouTube shows how the new iPhone 6 Plus can be bent.
YouTube

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 2:35 pm

The consumer technology industry generally follows a few rules when it comes to developing new products: faster, thinner and (often) bigger. But the push toward increasingly svelte devices has a clear end point: No device can become thinner forever before running into the obvious challenges posed by physics and daily use.

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hollande: French Hostage 'Assassinated' By Algerian Extremists

This still image from video published on the Internet on Wednesday by a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, shows members of the group standing behind French mountaineer Herve Gourdel just before beheading him.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:28 pm

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET

French President Francois Hollande announced the "assassination" of a hostage seized over the weekend in Algeria by a group said to be affiliated with the self-described Islamic State. The remarks by Hollande, speaking at the U.N. General Assembly, confirm the apparent beheading of French mountain guide Herve Gourdel that is shown in a video that surfaced earlier today.

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World
11:31 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Obama Challenges U.N. To Confront World's Conflicts

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Parallels
11:11 am
Wed September 24, 2014

The U.S. Bombing Campaign: Is It War Or Counterterrorism?

This still image was made from video released by the U.S. military on Tuesday that shows a building hit by a U.S. airstrike in Tall Al Qitar, Syria. The U.S. is describing the bombing campaign in Syria and Iraq as a counterterrorism operation and not a war.
U.S. Central Command AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:55 pm

President Obama says the goal is to roundly defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria because the threat is too serious to ignore. But he'd prefer you not call it a war.

In a letter to Congress on Tuesday, the president said, "I have ordered implementation of a new comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy to degrade, and ultimately defeat, ISIL," as the extremist group is also known.

In this letter, and in keeping with recent speeches, the president makes no mention of war other than saying he is keeping Congress informed in line with the War Powers Act.

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The Two-Way
11:01 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Vatican Arrests Defrocked Archbishop On Sex Charges

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the Vatican's ambassador to the Dominican Republic, offers Mass in Santo Domingo in 2009. He has been accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:49 pm

In an extraordinary and unprecedented move, the Vatican has placed a former archbishop under house arrest after he was accused of paying for sex with children while serving as the papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic.

Jozef Wesolowski, a former Polish archbishop, was recalled to Rome in August 2013 from his post as the Holy See's chief diplomat in Santo Domingo. In June of this year, he was defrocked by a Vatican tribunal.

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Shots - Health News
10:46 am
Wed September 24, 2014

When Cigarettes Cost More, People Drink Less. Except For Wine

Either we smoke or we drink or we break up.
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Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:24 am

For those who count Don Draper among their TV loves (or love-to-hates), it comes as no surprise that drinking and smoking go hand in hand. Public health researchers have long known that smokers tend to drink, drinkers tend to smoke, and heavy smokers (see: nearly anyone on Mad Men) tend to drink even more heavily.

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Shots - Health News
9:57 am
Wed September 24, 2014

After The NIH Funding 'Euphoria' Comes The 'Hangover'

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:02 am

When Richard Larson co-wrote a scientific paper about the perils of up-and-down funding for the National Institutes of Health, he noted that the research cycled between states of "euphoria," and a "hangover" far greater than you'd expect.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Obama At U.N.: World Risks Being Caught In 'Undertow Of Instability'

President Obama addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 9:54 am

President Obama told a gathering of the U.N. General Assembly today that the world is living in "pervasive unease" from such crises as terrorism, expansionism and the Ebola epidemic. He challenged the world body to fix the international system or risk being "pulled back by an undertow of instability."

"We come together at a crossroads between war and peace, between disorder and integration, between fear and hope," the president told member nations at U.N. headquarters in New York.

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Shots - Health News
8:20 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Hearing That Things Can Change Helps Teens Dodge Depression

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 9:02 am

Depression is common in teenagers, with 11 percent being diagnosed by age 18, and many more having depressive symptoms. Social and academic stress can trigger depression, and rates of depression tend to peak in adolescence around the age of 16.

It doesn't help that stressed-out teens often fall into hopelessness, says David Yeager, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. "When kids have hard things happen to them, they think it'll be like that way into the future."

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NPR Ed
7:18 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Three R's For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots And Remote Control

I and Robot ... a primal encounter at World Maker Faire.
LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 12:53 pm

Huan Zhang is captain of the all-girl robotics team at Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens. She and her teammate Vanessa Lin are firing up their robot for me. It looks a little bit like a milk crate on the go.

"It's going to take a couple minutes to set it up," Lin says. While we're waiting, Zhang tells me their rookie team made it to regional competition in Pennsylvania with this very robot, which, on cue, starts rolling around picking up plastic blocks with metal arms.

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The Two-Way
7:01 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Success! India's First Mars Probe Is In Orbit And Working

Scientists and officials of Indian Space Research Organization pose for photos as they celebrate the success of Mars Orbiter Mission (MoM) on Wednesday.
Indian Press Information Bureau Xinhua/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 10:30 am

India has managed to do what few other nations have accomplished: putting a satellite into orbit around another planet — and it did so a lot cheaper than the competition.

The $70 million Mangalyaan, or "Mars craft" in Hindi, began circling Mars after a 24-minute engine burn to slow it down enough to be captured by the Red Planet's gravity.

Scientists at mission control in Bangalore cheered the success, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that his nation had "gone beyond the boundaries of human enterprise and innovation.

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Europe
6:01 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Rural English Family Uses Doorbell To Find Lost Dog

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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Around the Nation
6:01 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Uber Criticized For Surge Pricing

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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The Two-Way
5:52 am
Wed September 24, 2014

New Airstrikes Target The Islamic State's Oil And Gas Resources

Thousands of Syrians enter Turkey at Yumurtalik crossing gate near Suruc on Tuesday. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has warned of a growing refugee crisis.
Burhan Ozbilici AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 5:29 pm

Update at 6:50 p.m. ET

U.S. officials have confirmed that a new round of airstrikes in Syria is ongoing, NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman told All Things Considered.

"We know some of the targets are oil assets, oil wells being controlled by the Islamic State. There's not a lot of detail at this time ... but it's likely around the Raqqah area, which is sort of [the Islamic State's] de facto headquarters.

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Can Climate Legislation Pass In Washington's Political Environment?

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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We're going to find out now more about the Obama administration's climate plans from U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Secretary Moniz, welcome to the program.

U.S. ENERGY SECRETARY ERNEST MONIZ: Thank you very much, Audie.

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Religion
3:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Vatican Arrests Former Archbishop On Child Abuse Charges

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Obama Requests All Nations Participate In Climate Treaty

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 11:31 am

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Heads of state from over 100 countries are in New York City this week discussing ways to slow climate change. NPR's Christopher Joyce reports it's a dry run for a scheduled effort to draft a new treaty.

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Goats and Soda
5:16 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Dire Predictions On Ebola's Spread From Top Health Organizations

A World Health Organization worker trains nurses how to use Ebola protective gear in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Michael Duff AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 6:55 pm

Two of the world's top health organizations released predictions Tuesday warning how bad the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could get.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization agree that the epidemic is speeding up. But the CDC's worst-case scenario is a jaw-dropper: If interventions don't start working soon, as many as 1.4 million people could be infected by Jan. 20, the agency reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Crime Falls As U.S. Locks Up Fewer People, Attorney General Holder Says

In the past year, the U.S. prison population fell by roughly 4,800, the first time in decades the number has gone down, according to the Justice Department. Attorney General Eric Holder discussed the findings in New York on Tuesday.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:20 pm

The U.S. is seeing "historic" progress in reducing both its crime and its incarceration rates, Attorney General Eric Holder said, with the federal prison population falling by some 4,800 inmates in the past year — "the first decrease we've seen in many ‎decades."

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Shots - Health News
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success

David Combs, an insurance broker in Kentucky, wound up benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, even though early on he had figured the law would put brokers out of business.
Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:33 pm

David Combs has been a health insurance broker in London, Ky., for more than 15 years. When the Affordable Care Act became law, he read it, from cover to cover. Then he sold his agency.

The mainstay of his business had been selling insurance coverage to small companies, and, the way he saw it, here was the government, stepping in and offering to sell it online instead. Combs and many others thought brokers would go the way of travel agents, no longer needed in a do-it-yourself online marketplace.

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Middle East
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Thousands Of Syrian Kurds Fleeing Islamic State

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Middle East
3:20 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

U.S. Regional Partners Offer Vocal Support Of Syria Airstrikes

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 1:29 pm

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Sports
2:59 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Big Sponsors May Find It Hard To Break Up With The NFL

Anheuser-Busch's 2014 Super Bowl commercial was titled "Puppy Love." The company is one of several big sponsors that have expressed concern with the NFL.
AP

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 10:44 am

NFL sponsors are not just advertisers; they're a select group of companies that together pay more than $1 billion a year to wrap their own brands in the NFL's aura.

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Goats and Soda
2:41 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Even When Abortion Is Illegal, The Market May Sell Pills For Abortion

In the markets of San Salvador, El Salvador, you can have your palm read, you can buy plumbing tools ... and you can purchase abortion pills.
John Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 7:22 am

In the central market in San Salvador, you can buy just about anything you want: tomatoes by the wheelbarrow full. Fresh goat's milk straight from the goat. Underwear. Plumbing supplies. Fruit. Hollywood's latest blockbusters burned straight onto a DVD.

And in the back of the market, in a small stall lined with jars of dried herbs, roots and mushrooms, you can buy an abortion.

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Goats and Soda
2:35 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Nobelist Muhammad Yunus: Be A Go-Getter, Not A Job Getter

Nobel Peace Prize winner and microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus is a champion of big ideas and small loans.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 4:01 pm

Muhammad Yunus, the founding father of "microcredit" and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, is in New York City this week to take part in the annual Clinton Global Initiative meetings.

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World
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

At U.N., Attention Divided Between Airstrikes And Climate Chage

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 1:30 pm

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President Obama is in New York to address the UN on climate change today, but his decision to make good on threats to expand his air war against militants of the so-called Islamic State or ISIS into Syria dominated the day.

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Middle East
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

ISIS Videos Employ 'Good Cop, Bad Cop' Approach

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 3:20 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Peter Neumann, professor of security studies at the Department of War Studies at King's College London, about new ISIS production techniques and the release of their new video showing the kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

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Middle East
2:32 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Khorasan Group Composed Of Al-Qaida Veterans

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 3:20 pm

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Business
2:22 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Move To Curb U.S. Corporate Tax Dodges Could Delay Reform

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has announced rules aimed at discouraging U.S. companies from moving their headquarters overseas to cut their tax bills.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 3:48 pm

The Obama administration's effort to curb corporate inversions — the strategy of moving company headquarters overseas to dodge U.S. taxes — drew boos from business on Tuesday, and cheers from consumer and labor groups.

No surprise there. But the Treasury Department's rule tweaks to discourage tax-avoidance deals also united everyone on one point: The country needs comprehensive tax-reform legislation.

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Shots - Health News
2:08 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

More Women Skip Some Prenatal Tests After Learning About Risks

Is it time for a test?
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Originally published on Wed September 24, 2014 1:41 pm

For decades, OB-GYNs have offered prenatal tests to expectant moms to uncover potential issues, including Down syndrome, before they give birth. However, some tests, such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling, carry health risks, including miscarriage. For some women, the risks can be greater than the potential benefits from information they would gain.

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