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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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Closed McDonald's In Moscow Taken As A Political Message

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Russia's takeover of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea this spring was cheered by many Russians — many of whom have always considered Crimea a part of Russia. We'll visit the center of Russian power — Moscow, where a shuttered McDonald's is a visible sign of tensions with the West.

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Georgia Democrats Hope To Get 'Souls To The Polls' After Church

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is making a surprisingly strong run in what's been a Republican state. Should she win in Georgia, it will likely be because a strong turnout of African-American voters. A big part of that turnout push is an effort in black churches to get their congregants to go vote immediately after Sunday services.

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Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

New research suggests umpires are hesitant to make calls that change the course of the game, especially in games with high stakes.

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After Shocking Election Season In Brazil, Incumbent President Still Holds Power

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff won a narrow re-election in Sunday's runoff, a result that reflects the deep political and economic divide in Brazil.

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Candidates Make Final Arguments In Battle For Control Of Senate

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

With Election Day just over a week away, NPR politics editor Charlie Mahtesian and NPR congressional reporter Juana Summers join us for a look at the state of play in pivotal races across the country.

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Controversy Brews Over States' Moves To Quarantine Health Workers

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

New York and New Jersey are ordering that all medical workers returning from Ebola-hit nations to be quarantined at home upon their return. But federal officials say the mandate will likely have a chilling effect on the already troubled effort to recruit U.S. health care workers to fight the epidemic.

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Ebola Teams Train To Respond To New U.S. Cases At A Moment's Notice

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

The CDC and Pentagon are both training "go-teams" that can be on the ground within days of an Ebola diagnosis in the U.S. Team members learn about containing infection and dealing with the stress, but it's unclear how these crews will work with each other.

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With 'Dorothy' App, Clicks Of The Heel Command Your Phone

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

The new app Dorothy will allow you to control your smartphone with a click of your heels. A small device called Ruby slips into your shoe and communicates with your phone to make it do things like ring or text.

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Parties Compete To Build The Best Voter-Turnout Machine

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

A week ahead of Election Day, both parties are still scrambling to identify and turn out every one of their voters. These get-out-the-vote operations are as expensive and high-tech as every other bit of modern campaigning.

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In Crimea, Many Signs Of Russia, Few Of Resistance

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Russia's takeover of Crimea extends from the flags over government buildings to passports to the labels on wine bottles. Despite the international criticism, many Crimeans are happy to rejoin Moscow.

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