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What Are Those Parabens Doing In My Tortilla?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Parabens are chemical preservatives. I've spent years trying to avoid them in beauty products, but I'm not sure why. When I saw them on a nutrition label recently, I decided to investigate.

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State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

Friday, August 08, 2014

State legislatures have passed laws that require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges to perform abortions. Some courts are now saying these laws are unconstitutional.

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Chermoula: From North Africa To The White House To Your Table

Friday, August 08, 2014

Guests at the U.S.-Africa Summit were served beef with a Moroccan spice blend. We asked food mavens Marcus Samuelsson and Paula Wolfert to share their recipes. So now you can dine like a diplomat!

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U.S. Military Strikes Sunni Extremist Fighters In Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

President Obama has authorized humanitarian drops and airstrikes against militants in the country. But administration officials say this does not signal a broader war against the Islamic extremists.

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China's President Says His Anti-Corruption Drive Is Deadlocked

Friday, August 08, 2014

Ordinary Chinese rejoiced when a powerful ex-security czar came under investigation. But recent remarks by President Xi Jinping hint at internal strife that challenges his anti-graft campaign.

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Ebola Outbreak Is A Global Health Emergency, WHO Says

Friday, August 08, 2014

Ebola is spreading faster than efforts to stop it in West Africa, the World Health Organization says. Places hardest hit don't have enough doctors, nurses and medical equipment to contain the virus.

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When Hackers Test For Flaws, They Might Earn Cash — Or Threats

Friday, August 08, 2014

Security researchers use their hacking skills to look for security holes that companies should fix. But their good intentions aren't always appreciated by the organizations they investigate.

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Morning Edition

Finding A New Life, After An Abusive Marriage And A Prison Sentence

Friday, August 08, 2014

In 1987, Mytokia Fair shot and killed her husband — before battered spouse syndrome was an admissible defense in Maryland. She served three years in prison before her 15-year sentence was commuted.

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Morning Edition

What Happens When A Beijing Man Invites Women Into His Lamborghini?

Friday, August 08, 2014

The man had a hidden camera recording his chats with the women in Beijing's nightlife district. The video has struck a nerve in China's running debate over materialism and values.

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Morning Edition

Aye, Sassenach — Gabaldon's Appeal Is Timeless

Friday, August 08, 2014

Twenty years ago, Diana Gabaldon's time-travel epic Outlander shot to the top of the best-seller lists — and stayed there. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates digs into the enduring potency of Gabaldon's magic.

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Morning Edition

Trauma Plagues Many Immigrant Kids In U.S. Illegally

Friday, August 08, 2014

Social service agencies and nonprofits are scrambling to figure out what they need to do to help the thousands of immigrant children who have come to the U.S. in recent months.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander Overcomes Tea Party Challenge

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The two-term Tennessee senator's win marks a milestone for the Republican establishment: a Senate primary season in which every serious Tea Party challenge to an incumbent was fended off.

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If A Monkey Takes A Photo, Who Owns The Copyright?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

In 2011, a macaque took over wildlife photographer David Slater's camera — and took a striking image. Now Slater is clashing with Wikimedia over who owns it.

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All Things Considered

Helen Mirren: Like Night Follows Day, Roles For Women Will Reflect Real Life

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Mirren stars as a French restaurant owner in The Hundred-Foot Journey, a film about food, family and the clash of cultures. She says during her first 20 years in film, sets were "very locker roomy."

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All Things Considered

Your Waiter Wants You To Put Down Your Phone

Thursday, August 07, 2014

All the things customers do on phones — texting, tweeting, taking pictures, fussing with Wi-Fi passwords — slows down the process of being seated, ordering and paying the bill. And it's annoying.

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All Things Considered

Old Shells, New 'Turtles': Tinkering With The Insides Of A Famous Franchise

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The new take on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is competent enough, but it lacks some of the goofy fun that it had back when the sewers were responsible for making all the trouble.

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James Cameron Takes The 'Deepsea Challenge' At The Ocean's Bottom

Thursday, August 07, 2014

James Cameron didn't direct Deepsea Challenge; he's the challenger. And while the film has a surprisingly anticlimactic climax, for explorers of the bottom of the sea, it may hit the spot.

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All Things Considered

For NFL's Jason Taylor, Playing Through Pain Was Part Of The Game

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Taylor played through countless injuries, even one that kept him in a catheter on the field. But sitting out an injury "doesn't make you less of a man," he says — just a different type of competitor.

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All Things Considered

Your Favorite Songs, Abridged

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A Top 40 radio station in Calgary, Alberta, is promising listeners "twice the music" — by cutting the length of its songs in half.

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Iraq's Widening War Imperils A Religious Minority

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The Yazidis are an ancient religious sect concentrated in a remote corner of Iraq. They've been thrust into the spotlight of Iraq's nasty conflict, with thousands taking refuge in barren mountains.

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