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Poetry In Motion: Prima Ballerina Retires After 3-Decade Career

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:18am

Wendy Whelan, 47, will give her final performance with the New York City Ballet on Saturday. NPR spent time with the dancer as she prepared for her goodbye.

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Michael Keaton: As An Actor You Must Lock In And Let Go

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:17am

"I've got to stay 100 percent present," Keaton says. He's is currently starring in Birdman, a dark comedy about an aging movie star who once played a superhero — a role he can't quite get over.

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Free Speech In Hong Kong, Then And Now

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:16am

NPR's Frank Langfitt has traveled to Hong Kong since 1997, when the former British colony reverted to Chinese rule. Back then, residents spoke openly and gave their full names. Not anymore.

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LA Schools Superintendent To Step Down Amid iPad Controversy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:03am

Rachel Martin talks with KPCC's Annie Gilbertson about the pending resignation of John Deasy, who had been at the center of a controversial plan to purchase 700,000 iPads for students and teachers.

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Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:37am

Texas clinics that provide abortion services were surprised by a ruling from the high court this week that allows them to reopen. But the bruising legal battle may have already changed the landscape.

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Builder Constructs Home On Wrong Lot

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:14am

Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri built a home in Florida. It's likely their house will end up in court. Two surveyors made a mistake, and the house was built on a lot that doesn't belong to them.

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Restaurant Dedicated To Mac And Cheese Opens In Los Angeles

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:09am

Kelly Chapman's MacOlicious started as a food truck, and now it's a brick and mortar eatery — specialties include mac and cheese with lobster or crab and of course bacon.

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Justice Department's Civil Rights Division To Get An Interim Leader

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

ACLU deputy legal director Vanita Gupta will lead the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. Running the unit, even on an acting basis, will put Gupta in charge of sensitive investigations. That includes the police force in Ferguson, Missouri, which is under fire for allegedly using excessive force and tactics that discriminate against minorities.

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Black Students Gather At Harvard To Watch 'Dear White People'

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at a prestigious, majority white college, where racial tensions are threatening to bring chaos to the campus.

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Ebola Spreads To Midterm Election Debates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

For a campaign season in search of an issue, Ebola promises to be a prime topic. The virus touches on issues central to both parties — the role of government and its competence.

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States That Allow Same-Sex Marriage Often Lack Job Protection Laws For Gays

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

A federal judge in Wyoming will hear arguments Wednesday morning about whether to start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Same-sex marriage is legal in a majority of states. But some of those states lack legal protection for gay people in the workplace. For some, that means they may be able to be legally married, but they can also be legally fired.

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Strong U.S. Dollar Pushes Oil Prices Lower

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

Oil is denominated in dollars. When the dollar is strong compared to other currencies, it makes oil cheaper in the U.S. but more costly in many other countries. And that puts a crimp in global demand.

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USAID Head Speaks Of Heroic Efforts — And Heroes — In West Africa

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

Rajiv Shah, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, gives an update on the construction of new hospitals — and the outlook for Ebola — in afflicted parts of West Africa.

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Ebola Blame Game Takes The Stage At Midterm Election Debates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

For a campaign season in search of an issue, Ebola promises to be a prime topic. The virus touches on issues central to both parties — the role of government and its competence.

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U.S. Agency Assesses Action To Minimize Ebola's Spread In West Africa

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

Raj Shah, the head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, is leading the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He's in the region and talks to Rachel Martin from Guinea.

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Kansas City Moves On To World Series After Sweeping Baltimore

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

The Kansas City Royals just keep winning. After a 28-year postseason drought, the team is headed to the World Series to face either the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Francisco Giants.

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Ebola Virus Takes Center Stage In Washington

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

President Obama has canceled his travel plans to stay in the capital and focus on the Ebola outbreak. Head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden appears before a congressional panel to answer questions on U.S. Ebola preparedness.

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HBO To Start Online Only Streaming Service

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

HBO has announced that it will launch a streaming service similar to its current HBO GO service in 2015. Analysts say the service could undermine cable's channel bundles and give viewers more control.

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Clinics Caught Up In Appeal Process Of Texas Abortion Law

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

A legal battle over a tough abortion law in Texas reached the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The court ruled some clinics that provide abortion may reopen — even though they don't comply with the law.

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Crude Oil Prices Drop As Saudis Refuse To Cut Production

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

The price of oil is down and continues to drop. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is to thank, in part, for the lower prices at the pump as it fights to keep its place in the market.

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