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Iraq Update: France Will Arm Kurds; More Refugees Leave Mountain

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

France says it will deliver weapons to Iraq's Kurds "in the coming hours," moving quickly after the European Union voted to allow such operations.

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Older German Workers Jump At Chance To Retire At 63

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Germany has lowered its early retirement age by two years. The move fulfills a government promise, but critics say it makes no sense in a country facing a shortage of trained workers.

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Amateurism's Dying Hour

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Frank Deford says that, with recent legal developments, the stage is set for college athletes to get paid for their performances. Will March Madness ever be the same again?

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Biologists Choose Sides In Safety Debate Over Lab-Made Pathogens

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The debate about whether it's OK to engineer and study microbes that could prompt a human pandemic has reignited. Each side now has a website and its own list of Nobelists and superstar supporters.

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In Stockton, Calif., Punks Are The New Mall Rats

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Abandoned storefronts in strip malls are common here in one of the largest cities to file for bankruptcy. But one abandoned storefront plays host to a thriving punk indie music scene.

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Sultry Film Star Lauren Bacall Dies At 89

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Actress Lauren Bacall, who paired with spouse Humphrey Bogart in films including The Big Sleep and Key Largo, has died at 89, according to the Bogart estate. NPR has not confirmed the report.

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130 U.S. Personnel Sent To Iraq, Defense Secretary Hagel Says

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The troops, who have arrived in northern Iraq, are in addition to advisers already in the country. This "is not a combat boots on the ground kind of operation," Chuck Hagel said.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Overnight

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The best time to see the shower, which comes every August, is between 3 and 4 a.m. in your local time zone.

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Uber And Lyft Spar Over Alleged Ride Cancellations

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The companies, which help customers request car rides on demand, both say their competitor has intentionally requested and then canceled rides on drivers.

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How Campus Sexual Assaults Came To Command New Attention

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In just a few years, the issue has gone from mostly whispers to receiving the attention of the White House. Now, colleges throughout the country are trying to increase awareness about the issue.

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Iowa's Corn Farmers Learn To Adapt To Weather Extremes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Studies warn that climate change will threaten corn production in coming decades. Meanwhile, farmers are experimenting with new planting methods in hopes of slowing soil erosion from torrential rains.

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Unlocking France's Secrets To Safer Raw Milk Cheese

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it has the potential to revolutionize our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

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Ebola Shuts Down The Oldest Hospital In Liberia

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ebola has claimed another victim. Reeling from the loss of staff and unable to cope with the deadly virus, St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital has closed its gates.

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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?

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Gaza's Casualties Of War Include Its Historic Mosques

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

More than 40 mosques in the Gaza Strip were destroyed or damaged in the recent fighting.

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From Marbles In A Coffee Can, Lessons About Life, And Math

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In Mexico a half-century ago, and in Wildwood, N.J., finding deeper meaning in a beloved playground game.

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Matthew Fred Thinks You Shouldn't Judge A Liberian By His Tribe

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

He was persecuted because some of his own countrymen didn't like the tribe he belongs to. Now the quiet 27-year-old is an anti-tribalism activist.

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The World Health Organization Says Yes To An Experimental Ebola Drug

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Faced with an Ebola outbreak that keeps spreading, WHO has endorsed the idea of using unproven vaccines or treatments.

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A Life Of Anxiety Documented

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

John Keedy used to be uncomfortable talking about his problems with anxiety, but not anymore. He hopes his series of photos will help others with mental illness see that they're not alone.

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The Ethical Issues In Using An Experimental Ebola Drug

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The World Health Organization approved the use of an experimental Ebola drug. Now come the hard questions: Who gets a drug that is in scarce supply and how is its effectiveness determined?

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