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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

NPR Books - 5 hours 15 min ago

The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

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In New York And Ferguson, Two Deaths, Two Different Responses

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 42 min ago

The death of Eric Garner, like the shooting of Michael Brown, sparked protests. But the reaction in New York has been entirely peaceful, thanks partly to quick responses by police and civic officials.

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2015 National Geographic Bee!

Pull out those maps and atlases - on September 15th registration opens for the 2015 National Geographic Bee!   Get your school library involved in this fun and worthwhile contest for 4th to 8th graders.  Those who demonstrate stellar knowledge of geography get a chance to participate in the 2015 Idaho State Geographic Bee in Rexburg.  State champions qualify for the national bee in Washington, D.C.  Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for all the details and contact Dr. Michael Madsen, the Idaho Bee Coordinator at 208-496-4237 or madsenmi@byui.edu with additional questions. 

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Obama's Reaction To Ferguson Raises Questions About President's Role

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 7 min ago

As the situation quiets down in Ferguson, Mo., some political observers are asking why it took President Obama so long to publicly weigh in on events there.

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A Food Crisis Follows Africa's Ebola Crisis

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 24 min ago

Food shortages are emerging in the wake of West Africa's Ebola epidemic. Market shelves are bare and fields are neglected because traders can't move and social gatherings are discouraged.

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Suicide Bombing In Iraq Kills Dozens Of Sunni Worshippers

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 42 min ago

The attack, which killed more than 60 worshippers at Friday prayers, is the latest sectarian violence to rock the deeply divided country.

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In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 50 min ago

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.

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Out Of Tragedy, A New Brazilian Presidential Contender Emerges

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 26 min ago

The death of Brazil's Socialist Party presidential candidate created an opportunity for his running mate, Marina Silva. Her entry into the race has upended the situation. Whereas the man she replaced was running a distant third in polls, support for Silva has surged.

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Little League Phenom Takes Her Exit, But The Series Goes On

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 26 min ago

There has been no bigger sports star lately than Mo'ne Davis. The 13-year-old pitcher charmed — and dominated — on the mound in the Little League World Series. But her Little League journey ended Thursday, when her underdog squad lost to a team from Chicago. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis offers his take.

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Russian Convoy Crosses Ukrainian Border, Prompting Outcry From West

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 27 min ago

Russia has sent a large number of trucks into eastern Ukraine without the authorization of the Ukrainian government or Red Cross supervision. Moscow says the trucks are carrying aid for civilians, but the Ukrainians — together with NATO, U.S. and European leaders — say the move is a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty.

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With Initial U.S. Airstrikes A Success, Will They Expand?

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 27 min ago

The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, but some analysts say the campaign is not broad enough.

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Argentina Crisis Puts Focus On Role Of Distressed-Debt Funds

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 27 min ago

Argentina calls them vulture funds, but those hedge funds have a legal right to demand payment. Still, is that moral when a nation is the debtor and its citizens will suffer as a result?

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Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child

NPR Books - 7 hours 27 min ago

Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - 7 hours 29 min ago

Amanda Ripley looks at the world's new education superpowers in The Smartest Kids In The World, which appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - 7 hours 29 min ago

At No. 13, James McBride's The Good Lord Bird tells the story of a young slave who is liberated by John Brown just before his raid on Harpers Ferry.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - 7 hours 29 min ago

Hampton Sides' In The Kingdom Of Ice recounts an ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole. It appears at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - 7 hours 29 min ago

Debuting at No. 1, Haruki Mirakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage follows a 30-something man looking for closure.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - 7 hours 29 min ago

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 1 min ago

Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.

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White House: Islamic State Has 'Gained Capacity' In Recent Months

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 37 min ago

Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said the beheading of American journalist James Foley is tantamount to an act of terror against the U.S.

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