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California City Orders Restaurants To Use Disposable Plates, Cups

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 1:28pm

Officials in Fort Bragg also ordered restaurants to serve water to customers only upon request. As part of a Stage 3 water emergency, things like washing cars using city water are prohibited, too.

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Ahmed, The Clockmaking U.S. Student, Visits Qatar And Saudi Arabia

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 1:01pm

Saudi Arabia's government is hosting Ahmed and his father for an umrah – a pilgrimage to Mecca. He'll also visit relatives in Jeddah.

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'Casual' Takes A Hard Look At A Busted Family

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:49pm

The new Hulu comedy-drama gets much of its power from veteran actress Michaela Watkins' smart performance as a newly separated woman who moves in with her emotionally underdeveloped brother.

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Scientists Grow Primitive Human Kidneys In A Dish

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:45pm

Scientists have tried for years to grow artificial kidneys in the lab. They've gotten a bit closer by using stem cells to create an "organoid" much like a fetal kidney. But it's missing key parts.

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Sunpreme: The Grape That Could Revolutionize The Raisin Industry

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:42pm

Harvesting grapes usually takes thousands of workers. But a new raisin grape variety bred in Central California could dramatically cut down on the need for labor.

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WATCH: 'Mighty Mites' Team Stops Playing Football To Do The 'Whip,' 'Nae Nae'

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:39pm

When Silento's infectious song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" came over the loudspeakers during a game in Milford, Mass., some pint-sized players held their positions, others let the rhythm take over.

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Hey, Wasn't The U.S. Supposed To Stop Fighting In Afghanistan?

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:36pm

The U.S. airstrike on a hospital has shown the military is still deeply involved in Afghanistan's war. The U.S. has flown more than 3,300 sorties and fired on the enemy more than 600 times this year.

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Reversing Opioid Overdoses Saves Lives But Isn't A Cure-All

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 12:17pm

Having police, school nurses, drug users and family equipped with kits to reverse an overdose saves lives, doctors say. But reversing addiction requires follow-up care that many users aren't getting.

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How To Make Your Own Shrub For Sodas And Cocktails

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:52am

The vinegar and fruit syrup can be made into a refreshing drink – or even used in sweet and savory dishes.

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Patti Smith Reveals Her Solitary Soul In The 'M Train'

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:51am

Smith follows up to her National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, with another memoir, M Train. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it is a haunting story about weathering life's storms.

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'Son Of Saul' Brings Viewers To The Heart Of The Nazi Death Machine At Auschwitz

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:51am

Son of Saul, set in a Nazi death camp in 1944, won the Grand Prix at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Director László Nemes and star Géza Röhrig discuss the film with Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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DJ Session: Reggae That Spans The Globe

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:40am

Howard "Flagga" Duperly shares a number of artists catching his attention, from Ghana's Rocky Dawuni to British ska group The Dualers.

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UAW Sets Midnight Deadline In Fiat Chrysler Negotiations

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:33am

In the midst of contract negotiations with Fiat Chrysler, the United Auto Workers union is threatening to go on strike.

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Pittsburgh Man Has An Unusual Strategy For Collecting Baseballs

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:25am

Typically, fans catch balls inside the park. But on the banks of the Allegheny River, Pirates fan Pete Schell has caught hundreds of balls.

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Kickstarter Partners With United Nations In Campaign To Help Refugees

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:16am

President Obama also joined the fray, calling on Americans to band together to make a big difference.

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Diane Coffee On World Cafe

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 11:14am

Irrepressible Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming has his own '70s-inspired solo project.

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For Many Central American Migrants, The U.S. Border Is Now Beyond Reach

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:36am

The wave of migrants trying to reach the U.S. hasn't stopped. But in a major change, Mexico is rounding them up and sending them home before the reach the U.S. border.

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4 Outrageously Expensive Dinners Of The Past

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 10:00am

Americans of the past were fascinated by luxurious dining experiences — or at least by the tales of such extravagant exploits.

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California's Vineyards Pressed To Turn Less Water Into Wine

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 9:57am

California wineries use between 2.5 to 6 gallons of water to make a gallon of wine, not including irrigation water and other needs. But drought is forcing the industry to conserve in new ways.

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Culture Talks To Culture In 'Slaughterhouse 90210'

Wed, 10/07/2015 - 9:55am

Maris Kreizman's clever, slyly provocative book suggests that what we think of as art and what we think of as entertainment have much to say to each other.

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