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Syrian Opposition Leader Says Russian Involvement Will Only Help Assad

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:09am

Be wary of Russia's role in Syria, the opposition figure warns. He's working the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, pushing for more help for Syria's rebels and civilians.

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Taliban Seize An Afghan City That's Been Contested For Decades

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:09am

Kunduz is a trading hub that rival groups have often fought over, and which is often beyond the control of the government in Kabul. Lola Cecchinel, an analyst for ATR Consulting, explains its history.

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Catherine Coulson, The Quirky 'Log Lady' of Twin Peaks, Dies At 71

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:09am

Catherine Coulson, who played the "log lady" in the TV series Twin Peaks, died on Monday at 71. With her odd attachment to a piece of ponderosa pine, she was something of a pop culture hero.

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Tracing The Origins Of The Islamic State

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:09am

Host Renee Montagne talks with Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick about his new book, "Black Flags," on the origins of the Islamic State.

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Many Guesses, But No Answers On Joe Biden's Plans

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:09am

Politicians and the press are trying to read the tea leaves on Joe Biden's future. But right now, only the vice president knows what his tea cup holds.

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On Email Controversy, Clinton's Audience Is Voters And Investigators

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:09am

Hillary Clinton is still facing questions about her private email server. Her carefully worded responses are in part designed to provide legal cover.

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Why Women's Sports Gets So Little Attention

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:05am

As the WNBA finals approach, NPR commentator Frank Deford explains why — Serena Williams aside — women's professional sports are not as popular as men's.

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Telemedicine Expands, Though Financial Prospects Still Uncertain

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 4:02am

With apps and video chats now a part of many people's days, some firms and hospitals see big potential for health care delivered remotely. But a lot of insurers still aren't willing to pay for it.

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No More Swiping: New Credit Cards Designed To Reduce Theft

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 3:56am

Thursday is the beginning of the end for magnetic-stripe credit cards. With the change, banks say stores will have to pay for fraudulent purchases. The shift may be hard for some small retailers.

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In Houston's Gifted Program, Blacks And Latinos Are Underrepresented

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 2:55am

Whites and Asians get most of the spots in Houston's gifted and talented program, and one researcher describes it as being "segregated by race and income."

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Despite Last-Minute Appeals, Georgia Executes Convicted Female Murderer

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 12:09am

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Kelly Gissendaner, who was executed by lethal injection Tuesday for her role in the 1997 murder of her husband.

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When Tea Is As Sweet As Soda: Sugary Tea Around The World

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 7:03pm

We think of tea as healthful, but from Morocco to Taiwan to the American South versions of it have become so sugar-laden that a regular sweet tea habit may be just as unhealthful as a soda habit.

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Phil Woods, Top Jazz Saxophonist, Has Died

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 6:42pm

The alto player, one of many to be inspired by Charlie Parker, enjoyed a six-decade career as a leading bandleader and first-call sideman. He was 83.

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Childhood Stress May Prime Pump For Chronic Disease Later

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 6:03pm

A British study that tracked the health of thousands from childhood through midlife finds early distress to be even more potent than adult stress in predicting later diabetes and heart disease.

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Bipartisan Criminal-Justice Overhaul Proposal Expected As Soon As Thursday

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 5:22pm

A group of Democratic and Republican senators are finalizing a bill that would make major changes to the justice system. It has the support of some surprise backers like Koch Industries and the ACLU.

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Amid VW Scandal, Critics Want Access To Carmakers' Computer Code

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 5:14pm

Most of us are unaware of what goes on under the hood of our cars. Some people, including safety researchers, would like to access the software. But a 1998 copyright law stands in the way.

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High Lead Levels In Michigan Kids After City Switches Water Source

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 5:01pm

Flint, Mich., started drawing its tap water from a local river in April 2014. The water is so corrosive that it's causing lead to leach out of aging pipes, resulting in serious health issues.

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Michelle Dorrance: 'I Just Knew I Would Never Stop Tap Dancing'

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:56pm

Dorrance was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship on Tuesday. For her, tap dance is the ultimate art form; "To be able to be a dancer and a musician at the same time — there's nothing like it," she says.

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Ralph Lauren Steps Down As CEO

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:55pm

The designer named former Old Navy executive Stefan Larsson as his successor.

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Planned Parenthood Undergoes Congressional Scrutiny Over Sting Videos

Tue, 09/29/2015 - 4:45pm

House Republicans questioned the head of Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, on whether the women's health group needs federal funding.

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