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Australia Blocks New Visas From West Africa Over Ebola Outbreak

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:09am

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says Australia's steps to keep Ebola from crossing its borders include "temporarily suspending our immigration program, including our humanitarian program."

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Annie Lennox On World Cafe

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:53am

The pop singer's new album finds her covering vintage jazz standards. Hear "Georgia On My Mind" and "Strange Fruit."

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Ford Brothers Lose Toronto Mayor Race, Hold On To Council Seat

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:33pm

Unofficial results show John Tory beat Doug Ford 40-34 for mayor, a race Rob Ford abandoned after his cancer diagnosis. The latter Ford did keep the Ward 2 council seat his family has held since 2000.

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Bernard Mayes, NPR's First Chairman, Founder Of Suicide Hotline, Dies

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 7:52pm

Mayes was a true Renaissance man: He worked as an Anglican priest, a journalist, a radio executive, a university professor and the founder of the first suicide prevention hotline in the United States.

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Army Says Troops Coming Back From West Africa Will Face 'Controlled Monitoring'

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 6:15pm

The troops will be confined to a housing complex at their base in Italy for 21 days. The news comes just as the White House tried to convince New York and New Jersey to drop mandatory quarantines.

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In Photos: Last Of U.S., British Troops Leave Afghanistan's Helmand Province

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:52pm

Helmand saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the 13-year war. On Monday morning, the last of the American and British troops that shared the camp headed out on helicopters.

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I've Got The Ingredients. What Should I Cook? Ask IBM's Watson

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:40pm

IBM's supercomputer plays a mean game of chess and has crushed Jeopardy! Now chefs are using Watson to come up with new kinds of recipes that work around dietary restrictions and other limitations.

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Soda Makers Try To Take Fizz Out Of Bay Area Tax Campaigns

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:35pm

Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.

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Medical Journal To Governors: You're Wrong About Ebola Quarantine

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:26pm

Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo have called for mandatory quarantine for "high risk" individuals returning from Ebola-stricken countries. The New England Journal of Medicine begs to differ.

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Is 'Leaning In' The Only Formula For Women's Success In Science?

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:15pm

A science superstar at Caltech advises young women to not wait for encouragement to succeed. Just go do it, she says. But her admiring students say that approach doesn't work for everybody.

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What's More Embarrassing Than That Old Screen Name? Sharing It

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:14pm

Years ago, you spent hours dreaming up the perfect AOL Instant Messenger screen name. Many of you aren't so proud of your now-defunct handles today, but that didn't stop you from sharing them with us.

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STUDY: Bike Deaths Up 16% In Just Two Years

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:00pm

A study from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds that not wearing a helmet and alcohol consumption are big factors in bike deaths.

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CDC Chief Announces New Shift In Ebola Protocols

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 4:00pm

The new protocol announced by Dr. Tom Frieden on Monday stops short of the mandatory 21-day quarantines imposed by some states. Instead, it relies on individual assessment and close monitoring.

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A History Of Quarantine, From The Black Death To Typhoid Mary

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:54pm

Melissa Block speaks with Howard Markel of University of Michigan about the history of medical quarantine.

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No Shame: Glen Campbell Documentary Follows Singer's Goodbye Tour

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:54pm

I'll Be Me follows the musician, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011, on his final tour. The country-singing pop star faces his illness with humor, with the help of supportive audiences.

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World Cafe Next: Alex G

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:34pm

The Philadelphia college student plays intimate, shambling indie rock. Download two of his songs.

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James Williamson On World Cafe

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:27pm

Hear songs from the former Stooges guitarist's re-recording of a lost album by the iconic punk band.

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Washington Case Revives Debate About 'Contagious' Mass Shootings

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

The authorities in Marysville, Wash., were reluctant to identify the boy who shot his classmates on Friday. That's become a more frequent reaction to mass shootings in recent years.

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North Texas Town Could Become First In The State To Ban Fracking

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

In Texas, early voting is underway ahead of the Nov. 4 election. In the north Texas town of Denton, that means people are deciding whether they want to ban the oil and gas drilling method known as "fracking." The outcome of that vote will have repercussions across the state.

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New Jersey Case Raises Questions About Legality Of Ebola Quarantines

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

The nurse who was put in quarantine upon arrival at New Jersey's main international airport has been told she may return home to Maine but will be monitored there by state officials.

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