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Burkina Faso Military Urged To Hand Power Back To Civilians

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

The African Union has threatened sanctions against Burkina Faso's military if it doesn't return power to a civilian ruler. It took control after the long-time president resigned amid violent protests.

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Polls Show New Hampshire's U.S. Senate Race Is A Tossup

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

Republican Scott Brown is doing everything he can to nationalize the race — to make it about an unpopular president. Incumbent Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, is trying to make it a local race.

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Democrats, GOP Throw Money At Alaska's U.S. Senate Campaigns

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

The GOP has dumped millions of dollars into Alaska's tiny media market to try to unseat Democrat Mark Begich. And Democrats have responded in kind, making this the state's most expensive campaign.

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Popular 'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

Tom Magliozzi died on Monday of complications associated with Alzheimer's disease. Tom and his brother Ray were known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers. Their specialty: cars and puns.

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Midterm Elections: It's Now Up To The Voters

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 3:58am

It's Election Day, and control of the Senate is on the line — as well as the large majority of governorships. Polls have shown the Republican advantage in many battleground states galvanizing.

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Wounded In Combat, U.S. Troops Go Back For A 'Proper Exit'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:29am

For some U.S. troops who left Iraq and Afghanistan by medevac, a return trip to these countries allows them to depart on their own terms.

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The Republican Party's Remarkable Non-Transformation

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:28am

Knocking on doors in Colorado, NPR's Steve Inskeep reports that the GOP could be close to winning the Senate without changing the political positions that are said to endanger the party's future.

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'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:25am

The BBC has just released a new deluxe DVD box set with all three seasons of Sherlock, and star Benedict Cumberbatch says the show's last season was its most revealing yet.

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Army Eyes 3D Printed Food for Soldiers

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:25am

The Army has long used high-tech tools to make meals for our troops. Now, military scientists are turning away from pots and pans, and looking to 3D printers to make nutritious food.

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Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:23am

As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.

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400 Years After Death, El Greco Receives Celebration He Sought

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:22am

The painter had mixed fortunes in life, but his works are receiving the royal treatment in Crete and Spain on the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:18am

Musician Carlos Santana shares his journey from a difficult childhood in Mexico to international stardom in the new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.

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Utah Courthouse Goes Batty

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 5:27am

At a courthouse in St. George, Utah, people got a pretty timely surprise for Halloween. Employees discovered 50 bats when they arrived for work. Amazingly everyone just kept working.

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Scientists Find Sneaky Way To Check Penguins' Vital Signs

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 5:22am

Emperor penguins are so shy their heart rates go up when researchers get near enough to check their vital signs. Scientists came up with a way to approach remotely: a rover, disguised as baby penguin.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell Has A Lot Riding On Midterm Elections

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

If the GOP takes over the Senate, the man expected to become majority leader is Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But first, he has to win a sixth term in a state where his popularity's been sagging.

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U.N. Report Warns Of 'Irreversible' Damage To Earth's Climate

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

In Copenhagen on Sunday, scientists from around the world gathered to issue their latest assessment of the world's climate. Their conclusion: the evidence is "unequivocal" that the planet has warmed significantly over the past century. And they say human activity is mostly the cause. Their report is considered the most comprehensive overview of the state of climate science.

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Dozens Killed In Blast Along India-Pakistan Border

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

A suicide bomber killed at least 54 people on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border crossing between Pakistan and India. The bomber apparently targeted a crowd of spectators returning from the famous flag lowering ceremony at the border.

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What Time Is It? It Depends Where You Are In The Universe

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Changing back to standard time may have caused some temporary confusion in your house. Perhaps your cell phone adjusted automatically, but the clock on your microwave was still an hour ahead. This state of disagreement is nothing compared to what scientists studying time are facing. Their clocks show different times — and the problem has to do with the nature of time itself.

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Politics In Colorado Shift With Demographics

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Days before Tuesday's midterm elections, NR's Steve Inskeep has been meeting with voters in Colorado. It's the scene of an intense Senate race — and also mirrors the way the nation is evolving.

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Politics In The News: Previewing Midterm Elections

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:04am

Control of the Senate is the big prize at stake in Tuesday's midterm elections. Democrats hold it now, but Republicans are poised to take it from them.

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