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12:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

West Virginia’s Rivers May Be Wild, But Fewer People Know About Them

West Virginia's white water rafting industry is heavily dependent on out-of-state tourism, but the state is spending far less on advertising than its neighbors. (ben loehrke/Flickr)

The river rafting industry in West Virginia has hit some rough water. Tour companies were at the state capital in Charleston this week, asking lawmakers to spend more on the state’s advertising budget.

A state program to fund advertising has fallen from $23 million in 2004 to less than $3 million this year — just a fraction of what nearby states are spending. The rafting industry says that means potential customers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida aren’t even considering West Virginia in their vacation plans.

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12:57 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

ISIS Advertises For Oil Industry Managers

A view of the Kawergosk Refinery, some 12 miles east of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on July 14, 2014. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic State has reportedly advertised on the black market for people to manage its oil operations, for a salary of $225,000 per year.

A consultant with Dubai-based Manaar Energy confirmed the story for the Times of London, saying that ISIS is trying to recruit skilled professionals who are “ideologically suitable.”

Western intelligence officials say that, along with ransom and extortion, oil operations have made ISIS one of the wealthiest terrorist organizations in the world. But there have been recent reports of problems at ISIS oil facilities.

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Parallels
12:37 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

With Hand-Sewn Ships, Oman Revives A Glorious Maritime Past

The Jewel of Muscat, a replica of a ninth century Omani trading ship, sails into the harbor of Galle, Sri Lanka, in 2010. The ship was built in a traditional manner that uses coconut fibers (but no nails) to hold the ship together. The ship followed old routes used by Arab traders.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:47 pm

These days, a visitor to the Persian Gulf sultanate of Oman is likely to be a pale European seeking some winter sun, or perhaps a diplomat seeking to broker a deal between longtime rivals such as, say, the U.S. and Iran. But Oman's reputation as a go-between is well-earned and stretches back centuries.

Back when Northern Europe was overrun by Vikings, Oman had a vast maritime trading empire.
 Now the country is training a new generation of Omanis to care for that legacy, and along the way remind the world of its rich maritime history.

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Music
11:48 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Bob Dylan's Atmosphere Captured In New Basement Tapes

A batch of lyrics that Bob Dylan wrote in the late 1960s were given by Dylan to producer T-Bone Burnett, who came up with the idea to have some contemporary musicians set the words to music. Burnett gathered Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith from Dawes, and Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and they recorded an album over the course of two weeks in L.A. It's called Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, and Showtime will air a documentary about the making of the album on November 21.

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The Two-Way
10:42 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Obama To Unveil Immigration Plan On Thursday

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 1:14 pm

Updated at 1:28 p.m. ET.

President Obama says he will announce the executive actions he's taking to "start fixing our broken immigration system" during a speech to the nation at 8 p.m. ET Thursday.

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The Two-Way
9:36 am
Wed November 19, 2014

U.K. To Deny Entry To Controversial U.S. Dating Guru

Julien Blanc
YouTube

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 12:06 pm

Britain says it won't allow a controversial American dating coach to enter the country as his presence isn't "conducive to the public good."

[Fair warning: If you click on any of the links in this story, you will see offensive material.]

The American in question is 25-year-old Julien Blanc. His Twitter profile says he is the executive coach for Real Social Dynamics, a dating advice company. Blanc was scheduled to make public appearances in the U.K. in February 2015.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

WATCH: How Carbon Dioxide Travels Around The Globe

Carbon dioxide is represented by the red on this map.
NASA

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:10 am

We're a few days late on this, but it's too cool not to share.

Here's a NASA video made from a new model that shows how carbon dioxide moves throughout Earth:

NASA explains what you just watched:

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The Two-Way
7:59 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Amid Scandal, Mexican First Lady Decides To Sell Mansion

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto and first lady Angélica Rivera arrive in Brisbane, Australia, on Nov. 14 for the G20 summit.
Handout Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:34 am

Amid rumblings about conflict of interest and corruption, Mexico's first lady says she will sell a multimillion-dollar home in one of the most glamorous areas of Mexico City.

In a YouTube video released late Tuesday, Angélica Rivera defiantly proclaims that she has "nothing to hide."

"I have worked all my life, and because of that I am an independent woman capable of building a patrimony with honesty," she said.

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The Two-Way
6:39 am
Wed November 19, 2014

A Day After Attack, Worshippers Return To Jerusalem Synagogue

Ultra Orthodox Jews look at bullet holes in the main window of a synagogue in Jerusalem on Wednesday.
Thomas Coex AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 10:52 am

A day after an attack that left five dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, worshippers returned for morning prayers.

The Associated Press reports:

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Animals
5:49 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Russian Police Force Wants To Enlist Reindeer

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:02 am

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Historic Snowstorm Buries Western New York, Kills 7

A house is obscured by windblown, lake-effect snow on Tuesday.
Carolyn Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:28 pm

Updated 1:30 a.m. ET Thursday:

Another 2 to 3 feet of snow is expected to fall in the Buffalo area by late Thursday. At least seven deaths in western New York have been blamed on the storm — at least four of them from heart attacks.

Original Post:

Driven by the lake effect, a massive snowstorm dumped up to 60 inches of snow on some parts of western New York, killing at least five people and paralyzing an area used to huge snow totals.

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3:29 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Acting Secret Service Head To Testify In White House Fence Jumper Probe

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:02 am

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A man who leaped a fence and walked into the White House cost the Secret Service director her job. Though she's gone, the questions are not, and today, the new leader faces a House committee. Here's NPR's Brian Naylor.

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3:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Backlash Fails To Deter Protesters In Hong Kong's Mongkok Camp

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:02 am

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3:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

GOP Blocks Senate Bill Limiting NSA Surveillance Practices

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:02 am

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It's All Politics
3:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sen. Bernie Sanders On How Democrats Lost White Voters

Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent, says "the average person is working longer hours, lower wages, and they do not see any political party standing up and fighting for their rights."
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:09 am

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is one of two independents in the Senate. Now, the self-described socialist says he may run for president.

Sanders is aligned with Senate Democrats, but he has spoken lately of a problem with the Democratic coalition that elected President Obama. He says working-class white voters have abandoned Democrats in large numbers. The party, he says, has "not made it clear that they are prepared to stand with the working-class people of this country, take on the big money interests."

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3:12 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Keystone XL Pipeline Proponents Vow To Try Again Next Year

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 11:44 am

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The Two-Way
6:51 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Bill Limiting NSA Surveillance Practices Fails In Senate

The USA Freedom Act had the support of not only the White House and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy but also that of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, but the bid to reform the NSA failed late Tuesday after it didn't receive enough votes to cut off debate.

After a 58-42 vote, the measure had the support of the majority – but it didn't get the 60 votes necessary to break a Republican filibuster. It was something of an odd end for a bill that had been approved by the Republican-controlled House back in May.

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Goats and Soda
6:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

India Quarantines Ebola Survivor Because Of Infectious Semen

India has record no Ebola cases, but the country is on high alert and has quarantined hundreds of travelers from West Africa. This hospital in New Delhi has set up an Intensive Care Unit for potential Ebola patients.
Sajjad Hussain AFP/Getty Images

The headlines circulating on the Web Tuesday may have given you pause: "India's First Ebola Patient Has Been Quarantined," Time Magazine wrote on its website. "Man tests positive for Ebola, kept under isolation," Press Trust of India declared.

But those headlines don't tell the full story.

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The Two-Way
5:20 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Department Of Transportation Wants Millions More Air Bags Recalled

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 11:42 pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a full national recall is needed for driver's-side air bag inflators that have been found to sometimes pepper drivers with metal shrapnel.

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Code Switch
5:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Ex-Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders, Racial Moderate In A Split South, Dies

Former Georgia Gov. Carl Sanders shakes hands with members of the crowd at a campaign event leading up to a runoff against Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination for Governor in Atlanta.
AP

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 7:26 pm

Carl E. Sanders, who served as governor of Georgia from 1963 to 1967 and is credited with bringing about more racial integration to the state, died in Atlanta on Sunday. He was 89.

Sanders was considered to be a Southern moderate, and fought to create a "New South." His politics set him apart from lawmakers who tried to keep public schools and facilities segregated.

In his inaugural address in January 1963, Sanders said:

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The Two-Way
4:52 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote

Pipes for Transcanada Corp.'s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline are stacked at a depot in Gascoyne, N.D. The House of Representatives approved the Keystone XL pipeline Friday; the Senate voted against it on Tuesday.
Andrew Cullen Reuters/Landov

The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday.

An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage. The decisive 41st "No" vote came with 55 votes in favor, and the final tally was 59-41.

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Goats and Soda
4:01 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Aid Groups See A Drop-Off In U.S. Health Volunteers To Fight Ebola

Nurses Bridget Mulrooney and Kelly Suter volunteered to work for the International Medical Corps at an Ebola treatment unit in Liberia. IMC is reporting a drop-off in recruits this fall.
Stuart J. Sia International Medical Corps

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 2:14 pm

The federal agency that oversees many American healthcare workers volunteering in Ebola-stricken regions of West Africa says there's been a significant decline in the number of people who are willing to go. International aid groups attribute that drop to the mandatory quarantine rules implemented by New York and New Jersey last month.

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New Boom
3:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Amid The Stereotypes, Some Facts About Millennials

Chart: U.S. Estimated Population, By Age
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Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:33 am

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

"Millennial" is the buzzword of the moment — with much of the national conversation focused on stereotypes and anecdotes. But are young adults today really all that different from those of previous generations?

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

FAA Can Regulate Small Drones: NTSB Reverses Judge's Ruling

A small drone hovers during a meet-up of the D.C. Area Drone User Group on Feb. 1.
Robert MacPherson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:09 pm

Overturning a federal judge's ruling that the Federal Aviation Administration had overstepped in fining a man $10,000 for flying a small drone, the National Transportation Safety Board says the agency has the authority to regulate such drones.

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The Salt
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Got A Thanksgiving Time Crunch? Food Is Just (A Few) Clicks Away

The Tyler Florence Thanksgiving meal from Williams-Sonoma goes for $399.95.
Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 3:19 pm

Is the Thanksgiving panic setting in? If so, you're not alone. 'Tis the season for many over-worked Americans to fret over how they're going to throw together a huge meal in a limited window of time.

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Health Care
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Americans Think Ebola Is A Top Health Care Problem

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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Around the Nation
3:05 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Who Are The 5 Million Immigrants Covered By Executive Action?

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 4:32 pm

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And we just heard Scott refer to as many as 5 million immigrants who could be covered by the president's executive action. There are nearly 12 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States. So who are the 5 million?

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Shots - Health News
3:02 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Outreach Workers Look For Gains In Second Year Of Obamacare

Lee Ann Johnson, director of the Missoula Indian Center, encourages Native Americans in Montana to enroll in private coverage through Healthcare.gov at an outreach event on Saturday, November 15.
Eric Whitney

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 6:42 am

With the HealthCare.gov website working for consumers much more smoothly than last year, health officials are focused on reaching out to potential customers.

For starters, they want to people who bought insurance last year to take another look at those plans. And, of course, the exchange wants to bring in new customers who didn't need or skipped insurance last year.

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Parallels
2:00 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

With Cash And Cachet, The Islamic State Expands Its Empire

The Islamic Youth Council in Derna, in eastern Libya, is among the local militant groups from Egypt to Libya that have reportedly pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 6:02 pm

Islamist militant groups from the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to the coast of eastern Libya are pledging allegiance to the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.

The Sunni extremist group primarily operates in the chaos of Iraq and Syria but is using chameleon-like branding and the draw of cash to get militants who focused on local issues to join their brutal empire.

In an audio recording posted online last week, the head of the self-declared Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced that his group is going global.

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12:59 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Cholesterol Drug Vytorin Found To Lower Heart Risk

A new study finds the drug Vytorin helps lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. (Schering-Plough via Getty Images)

Originally published on Tue November 18, 2014 1:57 pm

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Statins have long been the drug of of choice to lower cholesterol to reduce the rise of heart attacks and strokes.

But a new study — funded by Merck — finds that the drug Vytorin, which combines the statin Zocor with the drug Zetia, is more effective than statins alone at lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain.

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