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Ball's Back In Your Court, Lava Grillers

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 6:05am

A Welshman named Russel Erwood recently cooked burgers on a charcoal grill, balanced on the end of pole, the other end of which he was balancing on his sternum. All to be designated his town's fool.

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On Stewart's Final 'Daily Show,' Parting Was Standing-Room-Only Sorrow

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

How do you say goodbye to TV's smartest satirist, especially when he seems determined not to get too sentimental? You invite everyone who's ever been a correspondent, and a surprise guest or two.

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Democratic Candidates Spend Debate Night Posting Reactions, Raking In Cash

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

Hillary Clinton's staff tried to counter the Republican candidates' comments in real time. Bernie Sanders posted his thoughts, too. Meanwhile Clinton was across the country at a big-ticket fundraiser.

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French Port City Becomes Final Way Station For Some Migrants' Odysseys

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

Thousands of migrants have found themselves stranded in the French port of Calais. Most are waiting for a chance to illegally enter Britain, but others trying to create a new life in France.

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In A Metal Mood? You Might Just Be More Analytical Than Easier Listeners

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

A study finds links between emotional styles and musical taste. People who are empathetic like more mellow songs, but "systemizers" who try to understand behavioral rules enjoy more intense music.

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Jobs Numbers Suggest A Healthy Economy — And May Let Fed Nudge Rates Up

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

The economy likely added about 220,000 jobs in July, according to surveys of economists. That just about matches the job creation number for June, and should put the unemployment rate at 5.3 percent.

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First Republican Debate Was Wide-Ranging, But All Orbited Around Trump

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

The other candidates on stage each had their moments, but from an opening test of Trump's party loyalty to a needling closer by ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, eyes were on the poll-leading tycoon.

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Ornithologists Uncover One Listener's Shy Backyard Tweeter

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

We asked listeners to send the sounds of their backyard wildlife, especially if they had no idea what creature was making them. The experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to help solve one mystery.

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Sen. Schumer Sees 'Serious Weakness' In Iran Arms Deal, Won't Back It

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

The next leader of the Senate's Democrats, New York's Chuck Schumer, says he won't vote for President Obama's Iran deal. It's a big blow coming from the most influential Jewish voice in Congress.

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Speechless Sheep Leads A Cheeky Menagerie In 'Wallace And Gromit' Spinoff

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

"Shaun the Sheep," a character from the stop-motion animation films, now has his own movie — an absurd and unstoppably amusing feature, says NPR's critic.

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Uber, Lyft And No More Loans: Twilight Is Here For Big-City Taxi Barons

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

Not too long ago, a New York taxi medallion was worth more than a million dollars. Gene Friedman managed to buy more than 1,000. But that was before Uber, and now people like Friedman face bankruptcy.

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Jury Begins Debating Whether Colorado Should Execute Theater Shooter

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

This week jurors heard victim impact statements from family members of the 12 people James Holmes killed in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. They start death penalty deliberations today.

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After Tumultuous Year For Police And African-Americans, What's Changed?

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

Since officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., police have found themselves under lots of scrutiny. The most immediate effect has been widespread adoption of body cameras.

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Community Divides Are Still Wide A Year Later In Ferguson

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

After Michael Brown's death, there was optimism about broad change within the city — and the St. Louis region. But a year later there's concern that the promised public policy push might never happen.

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After A Year Of Bombing ISIS, U.S. Campaign Shows Just Limited Gains

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

Airstrikes have helped push back the Islamic State in some places, but the group has gained in other areas. Pentagon officials say the U.S. operation may need another two years or more to succeed.

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Democratic Candidates Spend Debate Night Posting Reactions, Raking In Cash

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 4:15am

Hillary Clinton's staff tried to counter the Republican candidates' comments in real time. Bernie Sanders posted his thoughts, too. Meanwhile Clinton was across the country at a big-ticket fundraiser.

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Fact Check: Candidates Don't Tell The Whole Stories In First Debate

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 3:29am

In the prime-time Republican presidential debate Thursday, the candidates bragged about their records as governors and in the private sector, but the facts didn't always add up.

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The Smart Watch That Looks Best Paired With A 'Borrowed' Super Bowl Ring

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 5:17am

A Russian company has finally given us the Apple Watch we've all been waiting for: A gold-plated tribute to President Vladimir Putin, featuring the president's signature and the Moscow skyline.

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Tesla Model S Can Be Hacked, And Fixed (Which Is The Real News)

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 5:07am

Tesla is the latest target of cyberattack. Hackers demonstrated they could break into a Model S. And Tesla responded by fixing the problem.

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This Potato Salad Goes Great With The Civic Duty

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 5:03am

A tiny Michigan town couldn't get anyone to come to its government meetings, until it turned one into a free picnic, octupling attendance.

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