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Volunteer Recap: Why Wearing The Right Shoes In Rio Matters

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 40 min ago

When medical student Robert Snyder visited Rio de Janeiro last summer to do volunteer work, he learned the hard way that Birkenstock clogs are not a wise footwear choice.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 1 min ago

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

NPR Books - 8 hours 8 min ago

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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Bookends: What’s the Most Terrifying Book You’ve Ever Read?

New York Times book reviews - 8 hours 15 min ago
Francine Prose and Ayana Mathis discuss their scariest reading experiences.






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When Women Stopped Coding

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 21 min ago

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

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Opera About 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking Draws Protests At Met

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 34 min ago

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was among those who denounced The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams, calling it anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

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CEO Of French Oil Giant Total Dies In Plane Accident

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 22 min ago

Christopher de Margerie, 63, and three other people died when his private plane collided with a snowplow at an airport in Moscow.

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Hong Kong Leader Hints At Concessions As Talks With Students Begin

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 3 min ago

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says his government cannot allow open nominations for his successor, but suggests there's room for compromise on the makeup of a committee to select candidates.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

NPR Books - 11 hours 12 min ago

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 30 min ago

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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Some Millennials — And Their Parents — Are Slow To Cut The Cord

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 35 min ago

Millennials get a lot of financial and emotional support from their parents, which critics say causes delayed adolescence. But actually this close relationship benefits both kids and parents.

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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 25 min ago

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

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Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 40 min ago

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 40 min ago

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

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Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 40 min ago

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.

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Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 40 min ago

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

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Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies At 82

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 6:45pm

De la Renta died Monday, according to a statement from his family. The Dominican designer was a ground-breaker in the industry.

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Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 3:48pm

Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.

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CDC Announces New Guidelines For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 3:40pm

The new guidelines call for a site supervisor, who makes sure healthcare workers put on and remove their personal protective equipment correctly.

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This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 2:03pm

The agency says if 2014 continues to be this hot, it's on pace to be the hottest year on record.

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