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On Superstorm Sandy Anniversary, Red Cross Under Scrutiny

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:00am

An investigation by NPR and ProPublica reveals how the Red Cross increased its focus on public relations while it struggled to meet basic needs of storm victims.

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50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:00am

It's been 2,400 years since he taught his last class, but the teaching method Socrates created, and that bears his name, lives on today.

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Can Authorities Cut Off Utilities And Pose As Repairmen To Search A Home?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:53pm

That's what federal agents did earlier this year to see if gamblers staying in Las Vegas were running a sportsbook operation. Agents lacked evidence for a warrant. Courts are considering the case.

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Picture This: Emojis Are The New Search Term

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:15am

Love them or hate them, those tiny smileys and symbols called emojis can be put to practical use. The search engine Bing now lets you search with the characters.

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Over A Cappuccino, Italian Mayor Wants To Hear Local Concerns

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:11am

A mayor in Italy is inviting his citizens to share their ideas over breakfast. Pino Palmieri asked residents of Roscigno to meet him at the town's main bar. He's using his own dough to pay the tab.

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The Case Against Mandatory Ebola Quarantines For Health Workers

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

The New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial against quarantining people who have worked with Ebola patients in Africa. Renee Montagne speaks with Dr. Lindsey Baden, one of the authors.

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Officer Killed In Civil War To Receive Medal Of Honor

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

On Nov. 6, President Obama will award a long-delayed Medal of Honor to Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who fought in the Civil War. Advocates have lobbied for years on his behalf.

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Crimean Tatars Pressured To Become Russian Citizens

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Since Russia took over Crimea this spring, many Crimeans have gladly switched their passports from Ukrainian to Russian. But not everyone is so eager to become a Russian citizen.

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What Is It About Kendrick Lamar?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

In two years since releasing his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, Lamar has moved into hip-hop's spotlight full time. Microphone Check's Frannie Kelley and Ali Shaheed Muhammad explain why.

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Chicago Residents Call For More Transparency In City Housing Authority

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Low-income residents looking for a home may qualify for vouchers. The Chicago Housing Authority has opened its waiting list for the first time in years, and advocates say that's a welcome turnaround.

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Untangling The Roots Of Recent Flare-Ups In Lebanon

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Fighting in Lebanon is spurring concerns over the country's stability. Renee Montagne checks in with New York Times Beirut bureau chief Anne Barnard to discuss why America needs to pay attention.

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What Is Quantitative Easing And Why Is It Likely To End?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Federal Reserve officials are expected to announce the end to quantitative easing. The Fed started buying bonds and mortgages six years ago in an effort to revive a faltering economy. David Greene speaks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the practice.

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Money Mixes Up Missouri Circuit-Court Race

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Money is flowing into state elections for trial judges and supreme court justices. One big player is the little-known Washington group Republican State Leadership Committee.

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Safety Regulators Turn Attention To Faulty Air Bags

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Honda reports at least two deaths related to defective inflators in air bags. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata, are in Toyota and other automakers' vehicles, too.

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How Will A Small Town In Arizona Manage An ICE Facility In Texas?

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

The largest immigrant detention facility in the country is under construction in the brush country of South Texas, but the contractor for the center is 931 miles away in Arizona.

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Bear-Baiting And Big Races Drown Portland, Maine, In Campaign Ads

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

A combination of candidates, a controversial ballot measure and cheap ad rates have made Portland very popular. There are even ads running for a neighboring state's U.S. Senate race.

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An Ebola Strategy Brings Good News To One Liberian Town

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

The town of Foya has had no new cases in a month. Credit goes to a care center and an ongoing effort to calm fears and allow family members to communicate with patients — and view the dead.

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Facing The Islamic State Threat, Kurdish Fighters Unite

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:39am

Kurdish groups have often quarreled among themselves, or at least kept their distance. But Kurds from Iraq and Turkey have been fighting side by side in northern Iraq against the Islamic State.

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Ukrainian Parliament Candidate 'Darth Vader' Blocked From Voting

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 5:29am

Electrician Victor Shevchenko, who ran under the name Darth Vader, was barred from voting in Ukraine's election Sunday when he refused to remove his mask at the polls.

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On Anniversary Of N.Y. Subway, A Look At Who's Taking New Steps

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:08am

The gold standard for transit subsidies is about to be taken by Dubai. On its Public Transport Day, Nov. 1, Dubai is giving away an array of prizes, including almost 9 pounds of gold.

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