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  • Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Melissa Block talks with Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, the American journalist who was recently killed by extremist militants with the Islamic State.

  • Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.

  • When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

  • New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

  • Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

  • Tom Frieden's Ebola Assessment: The Risk Is Increasing

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    In an exclusive interview with NPR, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares his impressions from a visit to West Africa.

  • Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    A Texas law would require doctor's offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.

  • They Are The Body Collectors: A Perilous Job In The Time Of Ebola

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.

  • Night Of The Cemetery Bats

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.

  • Rebels Storm Key Border Crossing Between Syria And Israel

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.

  • Momentum Gathers For The West's Response To Russia

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Lithuania has called an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia's new incursions into Ukraine. The issue's also likely to dominate an upcoming NATO summit. Since sanctions seem to have failed to change Russia's calculations, the U.S. and its European partners are still trying to find a way to effectively protect Ukraine's sovereignty.

  • JPMorgan's Been Hacked, But Answers — And Fraud — Are Hard To Find

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    Hackers successfully infiltrated the computer systems of JPMorgan Chase and at least four other banks recently. The FBI is investigating what's being called a sophisticated cyberattack, but bank officials have not yet found any evidence of fraud.

  • With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.

  • Market Basket Workers Win Return Of Supermarket's Former President

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    For six weeks, workers at Market Basket have protested to demand the reinstatement of the supermarket chain's former president, Arthur T. Demoulas. On Thursday, they got their way. Demoulas, who had been ousted by the company's board in June, will be returning to his position as part of a new deal.

  • India Tries To Find The Fine Balance Between Censorship And Public Safety

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

    A recent ban on a film documenting the assassination of a prime minister is stirring controversy in India. NPR's Julie McCarthy looks at how the world's largest democracy balances censorship with free speech.



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