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Wild Card Teams, Giants And Royals, To Meet In World Series

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Thursday to advance to the championship. The day before, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their series slot.

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LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The superintendent of the Los Angeles School District is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

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Sustained Lower Gas Prices Could Drive Economic Growth

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Gas prices are plunging and before it's all over, some experts say Americans will be paying a full $1 a gallon less than a few months ago. If that's sustained, it means $1,000 more per household in extra spending money.

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Why Has There Been So Much Turmoil In Financial Markets Lately?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

To examine the turn global stock markets have taken this week, Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to "The Wall Street Journal."

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Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. Privacy advocates remain skeptical about the idea of building a back door in smartphones and other devices for the FBI to walk through.

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R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The Grammy Award-winning singer said, "I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets." For whatever reason, she didn't get much cash dropped into her hat.

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For Father And Son Locksmiths, The Key Is Hard Work

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:22am

Phil Mortillaro dropped out of school and became a locksmith. Now he owns a Manhattan locksmith shop with his son, Philip Jr. Philip says his dad and the store have become a neighborhood institution.

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Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg Freezing

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:21am

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.

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World Bank Head On Ebola: Put The Fire Out Where It's Raging

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:20am

World Bank President Jim Kim believes the world has moved too slow in battling Ebola. And closing off travel from West Africa, he says, is not the answer.

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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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Dallas Nurse With Ebola Arrives In Maryland For Treatment

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:01am

Nina Pham was flown by executive jet from Dallas to Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, Md. From there, she was being transferred to the National Institutes of Health center in Bethesda, Md.

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Walk-Off 3-Run Homer Sends Giants Past Cardinals to The World Series

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:23pm

The bash by first baseman Travis Ishikawa gave San Francisco a 6-3 win, sends St. Louis home, and sets up a title matchup with the streaking Kansas City Royals.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 9, 2014

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:03pm

Appearing at No. 14, Simon Winchester's The Men Who United the States takes a look at the various trailblazers who helped mold modern America.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 9, 2014

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:03pm

Nancy Horan fictionalizes the relationship between Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and his eventual wife, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, in Under The Wide and Starry Sky. It appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 9, 2014

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:03pm

Not That Kind of Girl, a collection of personal essays by Girls creator Lena Dunham, debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 9, 2014

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:03pm

A New York detective investigates a mysterious death when a charred corpse turns up after a party. Burn debuts at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 9, 2014

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 10:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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Report: Biden's Son, Hunter, Discharged From Navy Over Failed Cocaine Test

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 8:20pm

Responding to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Hunter Biden said he was "embarrassed" that his actions led to his discharge.

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