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Israel's Solar-Powered 'Trees': For Smartphones And Community

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 2:24pm

The man-made trees are designed to create a public space where people can gather and re-charge a battery — their own and their smartphone's.

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'Ole Miss' Debates Campus Traditions With Confederate Roots

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 2:04pm

The University of Mississippi is making an ongoing effort to remove potentially divisive and racially charged symbols to try and make the campus more welcoming, but not everybody welcomes the changes.

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From The Stadium To Your Stereo: Behind Baseball's Biggest Sounds

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 1:44pm

You can thank audio engineer Joe Carpenter and his 80 microphones every time you hear the crack of a bat, smack of a glove or thud of a base in this World Series.

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Iran Executes Woman Who Said She Stabbed Man Who Attacked Her

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 1:15pm

Reyhaneh Jabbari's execution had been postponed several times since 2009. She was arrested in 2007 over the death of a man who once worked in Iran's Ministry of Intelligence.

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After Shootings, Canada Takes Steps To Balance Security With Tradition

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 1:05pm

A debate has begun in Canada about how to respond to this week's murders of two Canadian soldiers, and the government plans to introduce new measures to strengthen the powers of the security services.

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Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions

NPR Books - October 25, 2014 - 1:05pm

As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions."

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Federal Agencies Recognize Gay Marriages In 6 More States

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 12:10pm

With the addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming, the federal government now recognizes same-sex marriage in 32 states and the capital.

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Jack Bruce, Bassist And Singer For Cream, Dies At 71

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 10:18am

Playing alongside Eric Clapton on guitar and Ginger Baker on drums, Bruce sang such hits as "Sunshine of Your Love," "White Room" and "I Feel Free."

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Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 9:58am

Young Iranians are brimming with ideas for tech startups. But extensive financial sanctions facing their country prevent them from entering the global marketplace.

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Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 9:57am

State Rep. Mike Bost's rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger.

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'Near-Space Dive' Sets New Skydive Record, 25 Miles Above Earth

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 9:05am

Google's Alan Eustace fell from an altitude of more than 135,000 feet, plummeting for some 15 minutes. The jump broke the record of 127,852 feet that Felix Baumgartner set in 2012.

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New Incan Find One-Ups Peru's Famous 12 Angle Stone

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 7:54am

The find was announced by Peru's Ministry of Culture, which says the 13-angled stone was part of a water system that irrigated a strategically important area southeast of Lima.

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Details Emerge About Washington State High School Shooting

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 6:52am

Students of Marysville-Pilchuck High School describe a desperate scene — and in at least one case, a teacher is being credited with helping to prevent more killing.

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'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

NPR Books - October 25, 2014 - 6:03am

Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.

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Health Care Worker Tests Negative For Ebola In NJ, Stays In Quarantine

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 4:36am

The woman was isolated Friday as she returned from treating Ebola patients in West Africa. She had no symptoms of the disease; she developed a fever and was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 3:50am

Peter Hubbard is one of 20 volunteers in a human safety test of an experimental Ebola vaccine. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about why he signed up and how he has been feeling.

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Turkey Is A 'High-Maintenance Ally' In Fight With ISIS

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 3:50am

How strong is the U.S.-Turkey alliance against the Islamic State? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Francis Ricciardone.

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New Mandatory Quarantines May Drive Away Ebola Volunteers

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 3:50am

New York and New Jersey will require a 21-day quarantine for those who had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. Some worry the rules could discourage health workers from volunteering.

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A Diary Of Deaths Reminds Doctor Of Life

NPR Top Stories - October 25, 2014 - 3:50am

In everyday medical care, the practice of reflection is too often overlooked. Remembrance is what makes us human. Keeping tabs on who has died over the years keeps one doctor humble.

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

NPR Books - October 25, 2014 - 3:50am

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.

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