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5:42 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Revelations From Governor's Fiancee Show Flair For Scandal In Oregon

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 12:20 pm

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Iraq
5:42 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Some Weapons Bound For Syrian Rebels End Up With ISIS

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 12:20 pm

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Iraq
5:42 am
Sat October 11, 2014

With ISIS At Its Border, Turkey Can't Decide What To Do

Syrian Kurdish refugees who fled Kobani make do in a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border on Saturday. The Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani and its surrounding areas have been under assault by the so-called Islamic State since mid-September.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 8:13 pm

Dozens of U.S. airstrikes in recent days have not prevented so-called Islamic State fighters from moving deeper into the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani. The United Nations is warning that thousands of people could be killed if the town falls.

Sanliurfa, the closest Turkish city to Kobani, is a meeting point for Syrians who fled the onslaught from ISIS fighters and Kurdish activists trying to help the embattled Syrian Kurdish militiamen defending the town.

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Aims To Eliminate Child Labor

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has fought to end child labor in India, where 11 percent of the country's children work. In 2010, these children toiled at a construction site in New Delhi.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 9:22 pm

There are 165 million children toiling as child laborers around the globe, a number that Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi has dedicated his life to reducing. His organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Childhood, works to free children in India from forced servitude and enroll them in school. The 60-year-old father of two has spent decades campaigning to end child labor and human trafficking in India.

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The Salt
5:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

SXSW Eco, Hub Of Environmental And Foodie Fervor

SXSW Eco attendees at the welcome dinner at Springdale Farms in East Austin on Oct. 6.
Nicole Burton for SXSW Eco

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 11:24 am

At the annual SXSW Eco, a conference in Austin, Texas, you'll find a lot of serious discussion of the rapid decline of the Earth's ecosystems.

But like the famed music, film and interactive parent festival, SXSW, this event is also about networking. That means parties. Lots of them. People shake off formalities easily here, and the young, casual, tech-oriented crowd takes full advantage of Austin's tantalizing buffet of food trucks, bars and music.

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The Two-Way
6:33 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Gay Marriages To Begin In Idaho, After High Court Lifts Stay

Machelle Migneault and her partner, Ms. Smith, embrace after being the first ones to arrive the the recorder's office to attempt to get a same sex marriage license at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Friday.
Otto Kitsinger AP

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:50 pm

Another day and another state is gearing up to begin gay marriages.

The Supreme Court on Friday lifted a stay on an appellate court ruling that legalized gay marriage in Idaho.

USA Today reports:

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The Two-Way
5:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Clinton Documents: 7 Excerpts You Should Read

This undated photo released by the House Judiciary Committee in 1998 shows Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function.
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Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 9:22 am

The Clinton Presidential Library finished releasing documents on Friday that it had withheld from the public.

So far, we haven't found anything in them that tells us something we didn't already know. But many of them give insight into a tumultuous time at the White House.

Here are seven excerpts that you should read:

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This Week's Must Read
3:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:43 pm

"Most of us fans fall in love with baseball when we are children," writes Roger Angell. At any age, though, the ballgame is better with a friendly and knowledgeable companion. I can't think of a better one than Angell.

Now 94, he has written about baseball for over half a century, beginning when the New Yorker magazine sent him to spring training in 1962.

"I have covered this beat in haphazard fashion, following my own inclinations and interests," he writes in Season Ticket about the game in the mid-'80s.

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Parallels
3:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Amid Tight Restrictions And Rubble, A Cement Shortage In Gaza

A Palestinian worker checks a truck loaded with bags of cement as it crosses into southern Gaza from Israel last year. Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 3:15 pm

Gaza businessman Maher Abu Ghanema wants to rebuild his currency exchange shop in Gaza City, but because for years Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects, it's been slow going.

"I need at least 3 tons of cement," says Ghanema, who after two weeks of effort found 1 ton. "Whatever we got is from the black market, and it costs four or five times higher than the original price. Plus, it's low-quality."

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Parallels
3:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

43 Missing Students, 1 Missing Mayor: Of Crime And Collusion In Mexico

Groups of rural and community police arrive in the city of Iguala on Tuesday to help in the search for 43 students who disappeared after a confrontation with local police on Sept. 26.
Miguel Tovar/STF LatinContent/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:04 pm

On the second story of the municipal palace in Iguala, Mexico, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca occupied the large corner office. His wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, head of the city's family welfare department, occupied the one right next door. From there, residents say, the two ruthlessly ruled over this city of 150,000 in the southern state of Guerrero. A national newspaper dubbed the duo the "imperial couple."

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Goats and Soda
2:44 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

A Day For Global Girls Gets People Talking, But Then What?

High School students participate in a rally for the International Day of the Girl Child in Ahmedabad, India.
Sam Panthaky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 3:14 pm

Tomorrow marks the third International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the U.N. to highlight the need to create a better world for adolescent girls.

It's a day when activists ramp up efforts to make the public aware of issues like child marriage, violence against girls and the lack of access to education. It's also a time for activists to push world leaders to make commitments — financial or policy-wise — to end those problems.

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NPR Ed
2:38 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Digital Natives, Except When It Comes To Textbooks

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Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:13 pm

The spiral of destruction.

We're not talking about instability in the Middle East or Ebola.

We're talking textbooks.

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

On Stage: Festival Seeks To Pass The Torch In Tango

A couple performing the Argentine tango at the Mesa Arts Center.(Garry Wilmore/Flickr)

On Friday we go “On Stage,” our look at what’s happening on the boards across the country.

This week, we go to New York City, where the Shall We Tango Festival is underway.

Polly Ferman, who is a touring pianist, created the festival.

She also created and directs the all-female tango group Glamour Tango.

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

District Profile: A Cast Of Characters In Louisiana's Sixth

BATON ROUGE, LA - MARCH 17: Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, 86, announces his run for U.S. Congress at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel on March 17, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Edwards spent eight years in prision following a felony conviction arising from the licensing of riverboat casinos in his fourth term as Governor. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

In this week’s installment of our District Profile series, we turn to Louisiana’s Sixth congressional district where nine Republicans (including a dance instructor who calls herself the Sarah Palin of the South), three Democrats (including an ex-con) and one Libertarian will be on the ballot to fill the seat of Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is running for Senate.

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NPR Story
2:36 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Washington Post App: Reversing the Paper’s Problems?

Pictured is the Washington Post building on August 5, 2013. (Win McNamee/AFP/Getty Images)

In the past several years, The Washington Post has suffered serious financial troubles and a seeming inability to assert its place in the digital world.

But David Carr of The New York Times thinks that The Washington Post is headed back to its Watergate-reporting glory days. He says that Jeff Bezos, the Post’s new owner and founder and CEO of Amazon.com, is giving the paper the resources it needs to thrive.

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Shots - Health News
2:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Answering Your Questions About Ebola Treatments And Vaccines

Icon Genetics' Dr. Frank Thieme selects samples of Nicotiana benthamiana, a relative of tobacco, growing in a company greenhouse in Halle, Germany. The company uses the plants to produce antibodies that could be helpful for increasing supplies of ZMapp.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:43 pm

This week, All Things Considered asked listeners to send in their questions about Ebola treatment, drugs and vaccines. Here's a lightly edited summary of the conversation about the results, with questions posed by host Melissa Block and answers from NPR Science Correspondent Richard Harris.

Andrea Asuaje of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. asks, how exactly are Ebola patients treated for the disease, aside from isolation?

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Goats and Soda
2:28 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

A Liberian Doctor Comes Up With His Own Ebola Regimen

Dr. Gabriel Logan is one of two doctors at the Bomi county hospital, which serves a county of 85,000 people. In a desperate attempt to save Ebola patients, he started experimenting with an HIV drug to treat them.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:43 pm

Dr. Gabriel Logan is a bundle of energy. Wearing a yellow dress shirt untucked from his slacks, he races around the Liberian government hospital compound in Tubmanburg, north of the capital, Monrovia.

He also moves fast on the medical front, experimenting with his own idea of treatment for Ebola patients.

Back in July this hospital, which was the main medical facility for the region, was closed after 10 of the staffers got sick with Ebola.

"We sent them to Monrovia," he says. Of the 10, only one survived.

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The Two-Way
1:34 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Authorities Find Four New Mass Graves In Mexico

A woman wears a black veil and carries a cross reading in Spanish "Assassin State," as thousands march down one of the capital's main boulevards to demand that the government find the 43 students who disappeared in southern Guerrero State.
Rebecca Blackwell AP

Mexican authorities say that they have found four more mass graves near the site in Iguala, Guerrero, where 43 students went missing in September.

The Mexican newspaper El Universal reports that Jesús Murillo Karam, with the attorney general's office, said that they arrested four people, who led them to the graves.

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It's All Politics
1:12 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Labor Secretary Eyed As White House Searches To Replace Attorney General

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is a top candidate to be the next attorney general, according to sources familiar with the process.
T.J. Kirkpatrick Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 1:50 pm

NPR has learned Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is a top candidate to be the next attorney general. Three sources familiar with the process say the issue is on the desk of President Obama, who has yet to decide among a relatively short list of options.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in an email Friday that "we have no personnel announcements at this time."

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Shots - Health News
12:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Sloppy Splinting Can Make A Child's Broken Arm Much Worse

A helmet and pads won't prevent every fracture — but they help.
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Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 4:17 pm

About half of all boys and a quarter of all girls will break an arm or leg before they turn 16, statistics suggest — in many skateboarding, ballplaying families, a fracture is almost expected as the price of a fun, adventurous life. And, assuming the bones are set the right way, most such breaks quickly heal without lasting damage.

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Oregon First Lady Sorry For 'Marriage Of Convenience' With Green Card Seeker

Cylvia Hayes, fiancee of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, cries as she speaks at a news conference in Portland, Ore., on Thursday. Hayes admitted she violated the law when in 1997 she married an immigrant seeking to retain residency in the United States.
Gosia Wozniacka AP

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 1:33 pm

In 1997, Cylvia Hayes, now Oregon's first lady, received about $5,000 to marry an Ethiopian man who wanted a green card. At a tearful news conference in Portland, Ore., Hayes said Thursday that she had made a "serious mistake" in what was a "difficult and unstable period" in her life.

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The Two-Way
11:36 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Turkey Agrees To Train, Equip Moderate Syrian Opposition

Turkey has agreed to train and equip a moderate opposition in Syria to help battle the self-declared Islamic State, the U.S. State Department says.

"There will be a planning team traveling to Ankara next week to continue planning that through military channels," spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters, describing a visit to Turkey by two senior U.S. officials.

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Shots - Health News
10:41 am
Fri October 10, 2014

32 Myths About The Flu Vaccine You Don't Need To Fear

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 6:14 am

Brace yourselves: Flu season is coming. And along with the coughing, fevers and aches, you can expect a lot of unreliable or downright wrong information about the flu vaccine.

Many people underestimate the health risks from flu. Thousands of Americans die from flu-related complications in a typical year, and last season's H1N1 strain hit young adults particularly hard.

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The Two-Way
9:06 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Ebola Joke Triggers Passenger's Removal From US Airways Flight

Hazmat team removes passenger from US Airways flight after joke about Ebola.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 10:57 am

Updated at 12:40 p.m. ET

Call it a sign of the times: An airline passenger sneezes, makes a joke about Ebola and is quickly escorted from the plane by hazmat-suited personnel.

That's what reportedly happened aboard a US Airways flight that had landed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, shortly after arriving from Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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The Two-Way
8:03 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Typhoon Vongfong Bears Down On Japan

Typhoon Vongfong in a photograph taken by NASA's Terra satellite.
NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 12:58 pm

The most powerful typhoon so far this year is barreling toward southern Japan for a landfall in Okinawa on Saturday.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Koreas Exchange Fire; Kim Jong Un No-Show At Big Event

Balloons launched by North Korean defectors carry anti-Pyonyang propaganda along with U.S. dollar notes and DVDs into North Korea near the demilitarized zone.
Kim Chul-soo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 11:32 am

North and South Korea exchanged machine gun fire over their heavily guarded border on the same day that Pyongyang's leader, Kim Jong Un, who hasn't been seen in public for more than a month, failed to show at a major national ceremony.

North Korea forces opened fire a few hours after defectors living in the South launched balloons carrying propaganda leaflets denouncing the Pyongyang regime. The balloons were meant to scatter their cargo over the border, but at least one of them popped over the South. They also carried DVDs and U.S. dollar bills.

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Animals
5:34 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Did You Hear About The Horse That Walked Into A Police Station?

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:05 am

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The Two-Way
5:18 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Police, Protesters Clash In St. Louis After Police Shooting

Protesters confront police wearing riot gear Thursday night, a day after Vonderrit D. Myers was shot and killed by an off-duty St. Louis police officer.
Jeff Roberson AP

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:42 am

Police and protesters in St. Louis faced off for a second night following the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old black man by an off-duty white police officer.

The killing of Vonderrit D. Myers Wednesday night by the officer who was working a second job for a security firm has prompted renewed protests in the wake of the August death of Michael Brown, also 18 and black, at the hands of a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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Around the Nation
5:17 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Scientific Memorabilia Up For Auction Later This Month

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:05 am

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The Two-Way
3:21 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Pakistani Teen Malala Yousafzai Shares Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai poses for photographs in New York. Yousafzai, who survived being shot by the Taliban because she advocated education for girls, has been been named one of two recipients for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 3:00 pm

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was attacked by Taliban militants for promoting education for girls, will share the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against exploitation of children.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says on Nobelprize.org:

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