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In 'Disaster City,' Learning To Use Robots To Face Ebola

Saturday, November 29, 2014

A Texas training site prepares first responders to deal with emergencies like earthquakes and bombings. The facility is now turning to outbreaks like Ebola, and smart machines may play a key role.

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Medal For Discovery Of DNA's Double Helix Up For Bidding

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dr. James Watson is auctioning off the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA. Christie's auction house set the reserve price at $2.5 million.

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Columnist: Obama Has Failed Places Like Ferguson

Saturday, November 29, 2014

On Monday, the Grand Jury in Ferguson, Mo., chose not to indict Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to The Guardian's Steven Thrasher about the political outcomes.

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School District Pays For Health Care But Can't Get Itemized Bill

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Large employers like the Miami-Dade school district pay for employees' health insurance, but are often forbidden from knowing how much providers charge and insurers pay for care.

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Red Tape Ties Up Purchases Of D.C. Affordable Housing

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nearly 1 in 5 Washington, D.C., residents live at or below the poverty line, but affordable-housing developers are having trouble selling units.

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All Things Considered

After The Ferguson Decision, A Poem That Gives Name To The Hurt

Friday, November 28, 2014

This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde's poetry to make sense of this decision.

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All Things Considered

Despite Cold Weather And Protesters, Shoppers Seek Black Friday Sales

Friday, November 28, 2014

Shoppers flocked to the malls on Thanksgiving, but the rush didn't impede Black Friday sales. Protesters are also trying to put a mark on this day, but their actions haven't taken a bite out of sales.

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All Things Considered

Do More Boots On The Border Equal Security?

Friday, November 28, 2014

When President Obama announced changes to the immigration system, he offered to give more resources for border personnel. Officials have tried it before, and border security remains an elusive goal.

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A 'Dreamer' With Parents Still In The Shadows

Friday, November 28, 2014

Many immigrants are thankful for President Obama's recent executive action that could save millions of young people from deportation. But some still worry that their parents could be deported.

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Texas Man Killed After Firing At Government Buildings

Friday, November 28, 2014

The gunman fired more than 100 rounds at a federal courthouse, a bank and the Mexican consulate before trying to set the consulate on fire. He died during a shootout with authorities.

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America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

Friday, November 28, 2014

The wild discount shopping that once was only a U.S. phenomenon has caught on in the U.K. and elsewhere, thanks largely to online retail giant Amazon.

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Eyeing That BB Gun For Christmas? Don't Go There, Doctors Say

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sure as the season, some toys that turn up on the most-popular lists are also considered a safety hazard. So best to skip the LED crossbow, eye doctors say.

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A Data Analyst's Blog Is Transforming How New Yorkers See Their City

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ben Wellington tracked down two of the city's costliest parking spots and its leafiest neighborhoods, while pointing out questionable health grades for restaurants and odd charges for subway riders.

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Morning Edition

Squirrels Interfere With Cincinnati Zoo's Light Display

Friday, November 28, 2014

The zoo is holding its annual festival of lights event, and large patches of the park keep plunging into darkness. Squirrels are chewing through the light strands โ€” hot sauce hasn't kept them away.

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Morning Edition

Scrawny Tree Gets Charlie Brown Treatment

Friday, November 28, 2014

The tall but sparse tree in Reading, Pa., got a lot of complaints. The city decided to keep the tree but decorate it with a single red bulb.

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Morning Edition

Retailers First Used The Term Door-Buster Sales Decades Ago

Friday, November 28, 2014

It may be surprising to learn that door-buster sales are not a recent phenomenon. Crowds turned out for deeply discounted items more than 100 years ago.

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Morning Edition

Shoppers Expected Out In Force On Black Friday

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's the day hard-core shoppers have been waiting for: Black Friday. Some even got a head start at the mall, shopping on Thanksgiving Day.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Is Home To 1.5 Million Undocumented Asian Immigrants

Friday, November 28, 2014

The majority of undocumented workers in the U.S. come from Latin America, but there are still huge numbers from elsewhere in the world. Renee Montagne talks to immigration attorney Muzaffar Chishti.

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Morning Edition

Census Bureau May Stop Asking Marital History Questions

Friday, November 28, 2014

Sociologists say it's a terrible idea, and comes just as they're trying to explore and explain a dramatic shift in Americans' marriage patterns.

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Morning Edition

Research: Long Connection Between Fraternities And Sexual Assault

Friday, November 28, 2014

Allegations of a gang rape at a University of Virginia frat party continue to shake that campus. Renee Montagne talks to historian Nicholas Syrett about the history and power of fraternities.

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