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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:50am

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

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How To Pick An English Name (Tip: Stay Away From Food)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

China Central Television has a guide for helping people pick alternative English names for those studying the language or working for international firms. Among its warnings: "Many Chinese like to pick names that are in fact, not names."

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Who Are The Kurds And What's Their Role In Mideast Politics?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

The Kurds are now regularly mentioned in the news about the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But who are they, where do they live and why do Americans need to care? Steve Inskeep turns to NPR's Deb Amos to explain this complicated ethnic group.

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After Quarantine, Ebola-Free Dallas Residents Face New Challenges

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

In Dallas, the first round of people that came into contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are free from quarantine and trying to get back to their daily lives. But the ordeal has taken a logistical and emotional toll.

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U.S. And Japan Hit Snag In Major Trade Pact Negotiations

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Japanese and American negotiators have been trying to shore up an agreement on agriculture and automobile tariffs. The two allies are the biggest players in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which, if passed, could pull together 12 nations in one trade pact. But talks haven't been going well lately.

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After Narrow Loss In 2012, GOP's Mia Love Finds New Strength In Utah

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Mia Love is running again in Utah's 4th Congressional District after losing to Democrat Jim Matheson in 2012 by just 768 votes. With Matheson retiring, Love is now the front-runner. If elected, she'd be the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

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Going Into World Series, Giants And Royals Play Winning Baseball

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Game One of the World Series is Tuesday night between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are playing in their third World Series in the last five years, and it's the first for the Royals since 1985. Steve Inskeep gets a preview from NPR's Tom Goldman.

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The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

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Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.

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Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

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Fashion Designer Oscar De La Renta Dies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Oscar de la Renta died at the age of 82 on Monday. Steve Inskeep talks to Washington Post fashion critic Robin Givhan about the designer's legacy.

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California Proposition Re-evaluates Approach To Crime

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

California's Proposition 47 would make several nonviolent crimes into misdemeanors, like forgery, drug possession for personal use, and petty theft. The idea is to reduce the number of people incarcerated in the state. The move is part of a backlash against the state's three-strikes-you're-out law, passed 20 years ago.

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What Ferguson, Mo., Could Learn From A Small Michigan Town

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Eleven years ago, Benton Harbor, Mich., was a lot like Ferguson, Mo. It was a small town where racial tension with police reached a boiling point. Afterward there were promises of change for the city.

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Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 1:03am

From our panel of public-radio hosts to you: a hand-picked sampler of free downloads, including new music from Son Little, Ty Segall, Rome Fortune, Kaytranada, Allo Darlin' and more.

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Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 9:45pm

Fashion designer Oscar de La Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report.

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Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:48pm

Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.

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CDC Announces New Guidelines For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 6:40pm

The new guidelines call for a site supervisor, who makes sure healthcare workers put on and remove their personal protective equipment correctly.

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This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:03pm

The agency says if 2014 continues to be this hot, it's on pace to be the hottest year on record.

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When Reassuring Isn't: Cruise's Needless Rush To Test For Ebola

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:47pm

Officials in Galveston, Texas, meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say the rush (which included a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter) was needlessly alarming.

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