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Expanding Mission In Iraq, U.S. Strikes Fighters South Of Baghdad

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 6:44pm

The attacks were conducted in support of Iraqi Security Forces, marking the first time the U.S. has used air power outside of its original mission to protect U.S. assets.

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Tommy Boggs, Influential Lobbyist, Dies At 73

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:47pm

Boggs changed the lobbying profession by recognizing how power in Washington was becoming more diffuse.

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With Minecraft, Microsoft Buys A Doorway To Millions Of Players

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:40pm

Microsoft paid $2.5 billion for Mojang, the company behind the hit building-block video game Minecraft that is played by millions. But it might have gained a lot more than just a popular franchise.

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What Obama Should Say And Do About Ebola

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:32pm

The president is expected to announce a new U.S. effort to help stop the Ebola outbreak. What kind of help should the U.S. provide? We asked two specialists.

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With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:19pm

Conflict in oil-producing regions usually sends oil prices higher. But the cost of oil has actually dropped, despite turmoil in the Middle East. Economists say it's a matter of supply and demand.

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Medals Of Honor Recognize Harrowing Battle And A Dying Act

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 4:06pm

President Obama awarded the medals to two Vietnam veterans on Monday. Eighty-year-old Bennie Adkins, who suffered 18 body wounds, reflects on "a horrible, horrible type of battle."

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Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:52pm

The musicians and artists of Baghdad work under a government that prefers religious festivals to classical concerts. But with a little cunning, they're finding ways to keep the arts alive.

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Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:42pm

Currently, Ebola is known to spread only through contact with body fluids. Some people have worried that Ebola could start spreading through the air. But scientists say that's not likely.

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Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:42pm

President Obama is set to ramp up the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak, in part because of concerns that if the virus continues to spread, it could mutate and become more contagious.

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Egypt Stamps Wrong Canal On Its Postage

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:40pm

The Egyptian government issued stamps to commemorate its historic Suez Canal. But there's one little problem — the photo on the stamp is actually of the Panama Canal.

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World Cafe Next: Motel Beds

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:40pm

Hear two songs from the Dayton band's new greatest-hits compilation, These Are The Days Gone By.

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Alain Locke, Whose Ashes Were Found In University Archives, Is Buried

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:38pm

The author and philosopher is widely known as the father of the Harlem Renaissance. But it is not widely known that Locke, who died 60 years ago, was never buried.

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Key Brain Connection Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:28pm

A network in the brain that helps control daydreaming seem to be slower to develop in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Scotland's Really Big Vote: Can Women Join St. Andrews Golf Club?

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:24pm

Scotland's independence referendum is set for Thursday. On the same day, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews will announce whether women can join.

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'Moths' And 'Cockroaches' A Lighting Designer's Greatest Pests

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

Melissa Block talks to David Grindle for our Trade Lingo series to find out why lighting designers talk about "moths" and "cockroaches."

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Like Adrian Peterson, Majority Of U.S. Parents Use Physical Discipline

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of child abuse for hitting his son with a tree branch. Robert Siegel talks to Elizabeth Gershoff, professor of human ecology at the University of Texas at Austin, about the history of corporal punishment.

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After Vetting, Civil War Veteran Approved For Medal Of Honor

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

Civil War veteran 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. Robert Siegel talks to Kent Brown, author of Cushing of Gettysburg.

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Obama's ISIS Plan May Only Amount To 'Grass Cutting'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

Melissa Block speaks with retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army intelligence officer and specialist on Iraq, about the self-proclaimed Islamic State and the White House strategy to combat the militant group.

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Book Review: 'The Moor's Account'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

In The Moor's Account, Laila Lalami tells the story of a 16th Century expedition in the New World from a slave's perspective.

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Music Reviews: 'Wired' And 'Appetite For Construction'

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 3:22pm

Amid the debate over the appropriateness of kids' use of the Internet comes the release of two kids' music albums that celebrate a less digital world.

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