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Some Americans Boosted Charitable Giving In Recession; The Rich Did Not

Monday, October 06, 2014

As times got tough, America's less-wealthy citizens grew more generous, according to a new study. But people making at least $200,000 a year cut the portion of their incomes they gave to charity.

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Why Ebola Patients Are Getting Treatment In Nebraska

Monday, October 06, 2014

The Nebraska Medical Center is the largest of four high-level biocontainment patient care units in the U.S.

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Executive Who Spearheaded NPR's Digital Strategy To Leave Network

Monday, October 06, 2014

Kinsey Wilson "is widely credited with positioning NPR as a leader in the digital space," according to NPR's CEO.

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Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases In New Term

Monday, October 06, 2014

The court's refusal of all the petitions related to bans on same-sex marriage means that same-sex marriage will now be legal in 11 states where it had been banned.

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Book News: Murakami Drops A New Story, Just As Nobel Week Begins

Monday, October 06, 2014

In "Scheherazade," he tells the tale of a captive listener — in more ways than one. Also: A big week to come includes the Nobel Prize announcement, "Super Thursday" and several notable books.

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Photo Break: America Puts On Its Fall Colors

Saturday, October 04, 2014

October brings the peak of the autumn foliage season in many U.S. states. Thanks to the NPR community, we've collected some photos that are worth taking a break from the news to stare at.

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Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Dies At 63

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former Haitian dictator nicknamed "Baby Doc" after he succeeded his father in ruling the country, has died. After a brutal regime, Duvalier was sent into exile in 1986.

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Dallas Ebola Case: Experts Say 9 People At Highest Risk Of Contact

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Health experts are "fairly certain" that nine people had enough direct contact with an Ebola patient that they could potentially have been infected. None of them have shown symptoms, the CDC says.

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A First: Uterus Transplant Gives Parents A Healthy Baby

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The new mother, 36, had been born without a uterus, so another woman, 61, donated her womb several years after she had gone through menopause.

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Book News: Nicholas Sparks Is Accused Of Racism And Homophobia

Friday, October 03, 2014

The allegations come in a lawsuit filed by the ex-headmaster at a school that the best-selling writer founded. Also: The Authors Guild reveals it's requested a Justice Department probe of Amazon.

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Book News: National Book Foundation Fills Out Its '5 Under 35' List

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The list, which picks five promising writers under 35 years old, includes Phil Klay, an Iraq War veteran longlisted for this year's National Book Award. Also: An unpublished Bond story gets new life.

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Book News: Roxane Gay's Got A Brand-New Bag — The Butter

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The author is topping her big year with The Butter, a new sister site to The Toast that she'll helm starting in mid-October. Also: Kei Miller wins the Forward Prize, and Wolf Hall goes Broadway.

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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S. It requires a 10-cent fee for the use of compostable or paper bags.

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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

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In NFL Game, A Slide And A Prayer Spur Debate And Clarification

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The NFL sides with fans who criticized an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called on a Muslim player who prostrated himself in the end zone Monday night.

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Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.

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Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

Monday, September 29, 2014

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series begins in late October. But back east, some fans are pulling for a Beltway Series.

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Swedish Scientists Square Off Over Who Can Sneak In Most Dylan Lyrics

Monday, September 29, 2014

It all started in 1997, when two professors from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm published an article on flatulence titled "Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind."

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California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law, Defining Sexual Consent

Monday, September 29, 2014

The new law requires an "affirmative consent" and states that consent can't be given if someone is asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.

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Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

Monday, September 29, 2014

A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.

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