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For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.
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Unknowingly, British Farmer Uses Priceless Dagger As Doorstop

Thursday, November 27, 2014

A farmer in Rudham, England, has $65,000 to put toward a new doorstop because his current one was bought by a museum. It turns out the metal object he found was a 3,500-year-old dagger.
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Passengers Push Plane In Below Freezing Weather

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Amateur video captured the passengers giving it their all in arctic Russia this week. Though a tractor-trailer is also visible — likely doing the real work.
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Marine Sgt. Kelly Brown Trains For Front-Line Combat Role

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Pentagon wants women in combat roles by 2016. But before that goes forward, female soldiers have to prove their worth in training. Renee Montagne talks to Marine Sergeant Kelly Brown.
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Shakespeare Folio Found In Small-Town French Library

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Copies of Shakespeare's first folio are some of the rarest books in the world — only about 230 copies survive. Surprisingly, another copy has been rediscovered in a public library in northern France.
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EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.
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OPEC Ministers To Consider Cuts To Oil Production

Thursday, November 27, 2014

One of the most closely watched OPEC meeting in years takes place in Vienna on Thursday. Oil prices are at a four-year low and a push for a production cut is being stymied by Saudi intransigence.
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Scientists Analyze Skeletal Remains From Vampire Graveyard

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Lab scientists are trying to understand why some corpses buried in northwestern Poland were singled out for special anti-vampire treatments, such as putting a sickle around the neck.
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Energy Boom Helps Texas Commuter School Launch Football Program

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The University of Texas Permian Basin is in Odessa, home to the football team featured in the movie Friday Night Lights. It's hoped that football will bring more students and more alumni dollars.
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Louisiana Woos Movie Industry With Tax Credits

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Louisiana has been dubbed "Hollywood South" for the high volume of film production there. Producers are lured by generous tax credits — so plentiful, that there's a big market for those tax credits.
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Disabled Ship With Hundreds Of Migrants Aboard Towed To Crete

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Greek coast guard towed a crippled freighter with about 700 migrants on board to the island of Crete. It is the largest arrival of refugees to Europe in recent memory.
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Search For Political Common Ground Is Difficult, Research Shows

Thursday, November 27, 2014

New research into the nature of intractable political conflicts might shed some light on how to address the perennial arguments that break out across Thanksgiving tables.
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3 NFL Games On Tap To Satisfy Thanksgiving Football Fans

Thursday, November 27, 2014

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without football. The Chicago Bears face the Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Dallas Cowboys, and the Seattle Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers.
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Astronauts Will Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Two NASA astronauts are aboard the International Space Station. Turkey is on the menu but not pumpkin pie. NASA can't make pumpkin pie in space because the crust doesn't come out right.
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Mendelssohn And Other Classic Composers Offer Musical Thanks

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Renee Montagne talks to music commentator Miles Hoffman about musical "thank yous." Hoffman is the violist of the American Chamber Players.
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Business Groups Argue EPA's Plan Will Have Economic Consequences

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Major business groups are reacting skeptically to a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to reduce ozone pollution. Since 1980, ozone pollution has fallen by a third.
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Damaged Businesses Vow Ferguson Will Rebound From Violence

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Protests have ranged from peaceful disruptions to chaotic, resulting in scores of arrests. Residents want to resume some type of normalcy, and they're trying to help businesses get back on their feet.
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Stories Of Your First Thanksgiving In The U.S.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Not surprisingly, many of the stories we heard from you were about food. You had issues roasting the turkey. Your mom found, um, a creative solution to making your bird golden-brown.
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School For Husbands Gets Men To Talk About Family Size

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The average woman in Niger bears seven children — the world's highest birth rate. And the country can barely feed its current population. How do you convince people that smaller families are better?
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Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.
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