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Sports
6:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

The Week In Sports: Serious Problems For The NFL

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 10:16 am

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Middle East
6:40 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 10:16 am

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Author Interviews
9:57 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has a new memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:21 pm

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Texas, came to the attention of most Americans outside Texas when, as state senator, she filibustered a highly restrictive abortion bill for 11 straight hours.

Now Davis is making headlines for her newly released memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid. In the book, Davis revealed for the first time that she had two abortions herself. She also details her gritty and sometimes unhappy life growing up, first in Rhode Island and then Texas, Oklahoma and California.

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It's All Politics
8:34 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

President Obama's plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic state poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.
Saul Loeb AP

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 2:47 pm

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

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Commentary
7:35 am
Sat September 13, 2014

After Exoneration, Small Moments Take On New Meaning

James Lee Woodard was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 27 years in prison.
Wade Goodwyn NPR

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 11:47 am

This month brought two more exonerations based on new DNA evidence. Henry Lee McCollum was 19 years old and his half-brother, Leon Brown, was 15 when they were arrested. The two black, intellectually disabled half brothers were convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Sabrina Buie and spent 30 years on death row.

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Sports
6:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

It Was One Of The Roughest Weeks Ever For America's Favorite Sport

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 11:47 am

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Animals
6:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

Yes, indeed, cows can leap. Here, Regina Mayer jumps with her cow Luna β€” yes, Luna β€” over a hurdle in southern Germany, in 2011.
Kerstin Joensson AP

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 3:59 pm

You know the nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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Movie Interviews
6:40 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Medic Returns From Afghanistan To Broken Family In 'Bliss'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:23 am

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Around the Nation
11:59 am
Sat September 6, 2014

In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

More than 350 towns and cities in Texas have banned new billboards, but billboards companies are still pressing for new and taller signs.
John Burnett

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 2:09 pm

Language warning: This story contains words some may find offensive.

The Highway Beautification Act will be 50 years old next year. As envisioned by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, it was supposed to protect the natural landscape from billboards.

Ever since its passage, scenic activists and billboard companies have been at war over the views along American highways. The outdoor advertising industry says its signs are informational, and helpful to local businesses. Open-space advocates call them "sky trash" and "litter on a stick."

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Parallels
9:28 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

A car bomb exploded on Saadoun street in Baghdad on Thursday, killing seven people in a mainly Shia area of Iraq's capital, Voice of America reported. Though violence in the city hasn't reached the levels of 2006, residents worry sectarian conflicts may rise again.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 2:04 pm

The air in the Baghdad morgue is thick with the smell of death. There are perhaps two dozen corpses in black plastic bags lying around in the sweltering heat. One of them is burned and has its face exposed, white teeth stark against charred skin.

"The crisis began in June," says Zaid al Yousif, the director of the Medical Legal Center, which houses the morgue. "The number of victims in June increased, double to triple." Many of those bodies have marks of trauma, including blunt injuries, he says.

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Simon Says
8:45 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Cruising Attitude: Recliner Rebellion Building In The Sky

On packed flights, space is at a premium and tempers sometimes flare.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:29 pm

There might be a recliner rebellion going on.

At least three flights have been grounded in little more than a week after passengers had disputes over reclining their seats, or not being able to. On most airlines these days, passengers are packed so close that β€” insert your favorite Joan Rivers joke here.

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Author Interviews
6:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 10:28 am

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Movie Interviews
6:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Comedians Take A Dark Turn In 'Skeleton Twins'

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 10:28 am

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Sports
6:50 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Baseball Playoffs, U.S. Open: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 10:28 am

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Politics
11:33 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked on August 19 in Austin. Perry is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official.
Eric Gay AP

The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot β€” which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword β€” defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. "It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

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Animals
11:08 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Making Sure Those Walking Horses Aren't Hurting Horses

Trainer Jimmy McConnell of Shelbyville, Tenn., rides champion walking horse Watch It Now before a 2009 football game in Knoxville, Tenn. Celebrations of the breed's distinctive gait are a 75-year-old tradition, but animal rights activists say that for many of those decades, the walking horse industry has abused animals to get their knees even higher.
Wade Payne AP

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 12:53 pm

In Shelbyville, Tenn., the Tennessee walking horse is an icon and a way of life. For 10 nights in August, thousands of fans cheer from their box seats as well-manicured horses prance around a dirt oval track.

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Music News
6:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

On a new record called Connections: Mind the Gap, tuba player Bob Stewart sums up his career with a showcase of the instrument's versatility.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room β€” on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room β€” Stewart's tuba.

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Medical Treatments
6:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

NIH Hopes Ebola Vaccine Will Help Protect Aid Workers

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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Sports
6:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Bringing Ice Hockey To A Land With No Ice

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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Commentary
6:47 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Why The British Allowed The Rotherham Abuse To Fester

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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Sports
6:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

U.S. Open, Football's New Rules: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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History
6:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

London Evacuees Bore A Painful Cost Of War

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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Education
6:31 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Immigrants Keep Children Bilingual By Schooling Them At Home

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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All Tech Considered
11:15 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Native Stories From Alaska Give Gamers Something To Play With

The game Never Alone tells the story of a young Inupiaq girl, Nuna, and her companion, an Arctic fox, as they go on a quest to save her village.
Upper One Games

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 2:42 pm

Until recently, no video games on the market have told the story of an indigenous people from their perspective. A group of Alaskan natives have partnered with a game developer to change that.

Their game is called Never Alone, and its creators hope it will set a new standard in video game development.

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Iraq
10:50 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter on the front line in Bashiqa, a village near Mosul.
Ahmad al-Rubaye AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 11:53 am

Iraq's ethnic Kurds are longtime U.S. allies and have put up the toughest resistance to the Sunni extremists in the so-called Islamic State that has captured swaths or Iraq's north and west.

They're getting help from U.S. air strikes, but also need heavier weapons of their own to match the firepower of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. Weapons have been promised by the U.S. and other countries, but getting them through the central government in Baghdad has hampered the mission, according to Kurdish commanders.

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Law
10:48 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth

Many residents of Ferguson, Mo., would like to see the police wear video cameras, like this one worn by a Los Angeles police officer.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 12:12 pm

Ferguson, Mo., found a degree of civic calm this week after days and nights of angry clashes between protestors and the police.

Now the city is working to restore trust with residents after a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. City leaders and residents say one way to do that might be to equip police with personal video cameras.

"All the cops have to have body cameras and dashboard cameras," says resident Alonzo Bond, "so everybody can be accountable."

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All Tech Considered
9:56 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Uber Greases The Wheel With Obama's Old Campaign Manager

Uber is hiring David Plouffe, the mastermind of Obama's 2008 campaign, to power its own political strategy. What can a tech-savvy political animal offer a ride-sharing service?
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am

President Obama's former campaign manager has gone to work for Uber. The ride-sharing start-up based in San Francisco has hired David Plouffe in hope that the political strategist who helped elect a president can steer the company through a thicket of local regulatory disputes.

This new power couple raises some questions:

Why does Uber need one of the best political strategists in the country?

First off, they can afford him. The company is valued at $18 billion. NPR tried to find out what Plouffe is getting paid, but Uber won't say.

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Research News
6:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Antarctic Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands β€” All Under A Kilometer Of Ice

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 11:53 am

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Race
6:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Nashville To African-Americans: Join Your Police Department!

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am

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Sports
6:34 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Little League And College Football: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat August 23, 2014 10:48 am

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