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9:12 am
Fri August 22, 2014

In Riots Sparked By An Ebola Quarantine, A Teen Is Shot And Dies

Shakie Kamara lies on the ground with a bullet wound in his leg and cries for help.
Tommy Trenchard for NPR

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:56 am

A teenage boy should not die from gunshot wounds to his legs.

But that was the fate of 15-year-old Shakie Kamara.

This week, people in the neighborhood of West Point were angry that they'd been quarantined — a government step to prevent the spread of Ebola to other parts of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia. On Wednesday, crowds of protesters tried to get past the checkpoints.

Soldiers opened fire. Kamara was wounded.

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says

This 2011 image taken by a crested black macaque in Indonesia has ignited a debate over who owns the photo. The camera's owner says the image belongs to him. In its new manual, the U.S. Copyright Office disagrees.
David J Slater Caters News Agency/Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:48 am

The question of who owns a striking image taken by a crested black macaque may be closer to being settled, as the U.S. Copyright Office says the photo can't be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by any other entity — because it wasn't taken by a human.

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Shots - Health News
8:45 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Insurers Refuse To Cover Some Contraceptives, Despite Health Law

The NuvaRing contraceptive ring can be used monthly to prevent pregnancy.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:15 am

How much leeway do employers and insurers have in deciding whether they'll cover contraceptives without charge and in determining which methods make the cut?

Not much, as it turns out, but that hasn't stopped some from trying.

People still write in regularly describing battles they're waging to get birth control coverage they're entitled to under the Affordable Care Act.

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The Two-Way
7:50 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Hamas Executes Suspected Informants After Deadly Israeli Strike

Palestinian mourners carry the body of three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing in the southern Gaza Strip on Thursday, after they were killed in an Israeli airstrike. Hamas executed more than a dozen people it says were spying for Israel.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:27 pm

Updated at 3:25 p.m. ET

One day after an Israeli airstrike killed three of its senior military leaders, Hamas says it has executed more than a dozen people in the Gaza Strip, after concluding that they had been spying for Israel.

A four-year-old Israeli boy was also reportedly killed in a mortar attack near the Gaza border.

From Jerusalem, NPR's Jackie Northam reports:

"Hamas confirmed that there were two separate rounds of executions in Gaza for people suspected of collaborating with Israel.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests

A Russian border guard opens a gate into Ukraine for the first trucks from the Russian town of Donetsk, Rostov-on-Don region, on Friday. The convoy had been stalled near the border for more than a week.
Sergei Grits AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:59 pm

Update at 5:00 p.m. ET

After being halted at the border for more than a week, a Russian aid convoy is rumbling into eastern Ukraine without permission, prompting Kiev to label the move a "direct invasion" of sovereign territory.

Karoun Demirjian, reporting for NPR from Moscow, says 150 Russian trucks arrived in the rebel-held city of Luhansk on Friday.

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The Two-Way
6:49 am
Fri August 22, 2014

U.S. Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Broke The Law, GAO Says

When it carried out a tense prisoner exchange in May, the Pentagon misused nearly $1 million, the Government Accountability Office says. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was taken out of captivity in Afghanistan, as seen in this image from video obtained from the Voice Of Jihad Website.
AP

The Pentagon didn't give enough notice to Congress and misused nearly $1 million when it swapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban members, the Government Accountability Office says. The nonpartisan agency's findings led Defense officials to say they had to act quickly to free Bergdahl, who had been held for five years.

GAO investigators looked into the incident at the request of several Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and members of the Appropriations Committee.

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Around the Nation
5:32 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Shoplifter Claims To Be Stone Temple Pilots Ex-Lead Singer

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:53 am

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Around the Nation
5:07 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Charity Will Benefit If Mayweather Reads 'Harry Potter'

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:53 am

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Around the Nation
3:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Pesticides Used On Florida's Mosquitoes May Harm Butterflies

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:53 am

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Business
3:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Big Banks To Boost Entry-Level Salaries

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:53 am

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And our Last Word in business today is a bump for young bankers. Bloomberg reports more raises coming to Wall Street at the entry level.

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NPR Story
3:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Emotional Distress A Worry As Kids Go Back To School In Ferguson

Children watch from their home in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday as people march to the police station to protest the shooting of Michael Brown. The school year was delayed in the St. Louis suburb amid protests, riots and looting in the wake of the police shooting. But classes are expected to start Monday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 3:32 pm

This story is one that is meant to be heard. Click on the audio player above to give it a listen. (We have more radio stories from Ferguson that are worth a listen.)

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NPR Story
3:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Outside Group Mirrors Successful Strategies Of Political Parties

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:18 am

This is a big political year in Iowa. A U.S. Senate seat is up for grabs, and the Republican Party has opened 11 field offices statewide. But there's also a new team working the state — the Virginia-based group Americans for Prosperity.

Along with other nonprofit groups affiliated with libertarian billionaires David and Charles Koch, AFP is campaigning against the Iowa Democrats' Senate candidate, Rep. Bruce Braley.

It looks a lot like what a political party would do.

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Food
3:56 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Author And His Daughter Cook Around The World And You Can Too

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 10:19 am

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Goats and Soda
2:31 am
Fri August 22, 2014

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Jude Law prepares for the looming pandemic in the 2011 movie Contagion. There are huge differences between viruses in movies and Ebola in real life.
Warner Bros/The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 9:16 am

The Ebola outbreak has set off an alarm around the world. Public health leaders say the intense concern is appropriate, given the unprecedented size of the outbreak and the deadliness of the virus.

But experts say the outbreak has also produced a lot of unfounded fears. Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying.

Why? Well, Hollywood has a lot to do with it.

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Monkey See
2:30 am
Fri August 22, 2014

TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman star as The Doctor and Clara Oswald on the BBC science fiction drama Doctor Who.
Ray Burmiston/Ali BBC America

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 2:02 pm

TV's longest-running science fiction program is about to get a new hero ... sort of.

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Race
4:41 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Who Are The Protesters Getting Arrested In Ferguson?

Police arrest a demonstrator protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 7:04 am

There was nobody at the QuikTrip on Thursday — that's the gas station and convenience store that burned down on the first night of violent protests in Ferguson, Mo. It was once a focal point for protesters.

On Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered his state's National Guard to start withdrawing, a sign of the calm that has finally descended on the city racked by protests ever since police shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old African-American man named Michael Brown.

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Goats and Soda
4:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery

Dr. Kent Brantly (center) announces his recovery from Ebola, with his wife, Amber Brantly (left), during a press conference at Emory University Hospital Thursday in Atlanta. Brantly got sick at the end of July.
Jessica McGowan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 9:19 am

It was a public health first. Doctors discharged two Americans from a hospital in Atlanta after treating them for Ebola.

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Media
4:20 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

In Covering Foley's Killing, Media Outlets Face A Difficult Choice

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:24 pm

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The Two-Way
3:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey during a Pentagon briefing on Thursday. Hagel said Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria posed a threat "beyond anything we've seen."
Yuri Gripas Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:59 pm

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel describes a failed U.S. mission into northern Syria earlier this summer to rescue Americans believed held there — including a journalist who was executed earlier this week — as "flawless" despite not recovering the hostages.

"This was a flawless operation, but the hostages weren't there," Hagel told journalists at a Pentagon briefing with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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The Salt
3:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

Grown for thousands of years in South America, quinoa crossed the Atlantic for the first time in the 21st century, according to the United Nations.
iStockphoto.com

For thousands of years, quinoa barely budged from its home in the Andes. Other crops — corn, potatoes, rice, wheat and sorghum — traveled and colonized the world. But quinoa stayed home.

All of a sudden, quinoa is a trendy, jet-setting "superfood." And as we've reported, some American farmers are trying to cash in on its new-found popularity.

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Shots - Health News
3:27 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Seeing better can mean living longer because it helps people remain independent.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:32 pm

An eye exam may be the ticket to a longer life, researchers say, because good vision is essential for being able to shop, manage money and live independently. And maintaining independence in turn leads to a longer life.

Researchers have known for years that people who have vision problems as they get older are more likely to die sooner than those who still see well. But they weren't sure why that was so.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes questions from the media in April during an appearance in Durham. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to convince North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 11:06 am

North Carolina is one of the half-dozen states that could cost the Democrats their majority in the Senate this November, and both contenders in the race are hoping to capitalize on a backlash.

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Health
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

American Ebola Patients Leave Atlanta Hospital Healthy

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:24 pm

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Africa
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Why Ebola Is Making It Harder To Provide Good Health Care

Protective equipment is in short supply. Here, a Liberian burial team carefully disinfects its gloves before disposing of them.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 10:28 pm

The Ebola virus has killed more than 1,300 people in West Africa, but the indirect deaths caused by this epidemic are likely to be far worse. Right now, it's the rainy season. And that means it's high season for malaria.

"Probably 85 percent of the fevers right now are malaria," says Laura Miller, health coordinator in Sierra Leone for the International Rescue Committee. "But more of those cases will go untreated than usual."

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National Security
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:24 pm

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Law
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Bank Of America Settles With Feds And States For Record Amount

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:24 pm

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Economy
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Quandary At Jackson Hole: Is It Time To Step Back From Stimulus?

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:24 pm

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Law
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 5:24 pm

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Parallels
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

European Fighters Take On More Prominent Roles In The Islamic State

This image posted on a militant website shows ISIS fighters marching in Raqqa, Syria, where the extremist group trains recruits, including Westerners.
AP

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 8:18 pm

British authorities are trying to identify the masked man who executed American photojournalist James Foley in a video that has caused massive global reaction.

The man — who appears wearing all black, holding a knife, and wearing a gun holster — speaks in an accent that linguists say sounds like someone from East or South London. The video yields other clues to the man's identity, such as his height and the fact that he's left-handed.

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Parallels
2:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

A Year Later, Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Gone, But Siege Remains

Syrians killed in a chemical weapons attack were taken to a field hospital in Eastern Ghouta, in the suburbs of Damascus, one year ago on Aug. 21, 2013. More than 1,400 people were killed in the attack blamed on the Syrian government, which continues to besiege the rebel-held area to this day.
Courtesy of Majd Al Deek

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 9:03 am

In the year since a major chemical weapons attack in Syria, President Bashar Assad has handed over all of the declared arsenal, and the U.S. says it has destroyed the weapons.

However, this has not fundamentally weakened Assad. He remains firmly entrenched in the capital, Damascus, though his army has lost ground to the Islamic State, the extremist group that now holds large parts of the north and the east of the country.

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