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Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

NPR Top Stories - 3 hours 32 min ago

The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.

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One Of 7 Northern White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 18 min ago

Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.

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As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 54 min ago

Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.

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An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protestors

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 30 min ago

What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches — even a free library.

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Healthcare Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 41 min ago

The news comes after the woman voluntarily quarantined herself aboard the ship and after Mexico declined to let the ship dock. The woman was allowed off the ship with the rest of the passengers.

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Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 39 min ago

In a letter published on Sunday, Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said it had made mistakes in the diagnosis of index patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 53 min ago

Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

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California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 53 min ago

Farmers say they aren't using up groundwater supplies, nor are they solely to blame for the water crisis. Almond grower Dan Errotabere talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the situation on his farm.

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DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 53 min ago

The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

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U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 53 min ago

After criticism of a poor response to the Ebola crisis, the United Nations is establishing a management hub in Ghana. The head of UNMEER says the agency is in a race against the disease.

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ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying' Says Counter-Insurgency Expert

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 53 min ago

A decade after the U.S. took control of Fallujah, America is at war again. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with former Lt. Col. John Nagl, whose counter-insurgency manual helped shape U.S. strategy in Iraq.

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After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 33 min ago

It's literary awards season. The Nobel, the National Book Awards shortlists, and the Man Booker Prize were all recently announced. Author Jason Sheehan recommends some reading on all this reading.

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Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 33 min ago

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, died of Ebola in an American hospital. But white American patients have survived. Some Liberians believe racism is the reason for Duncan's demise.

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The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 3 min ago

In Florida, a key river is undergoing the largest environmental restoration effort in the world. But when complete, a looming water shortage means the river's waters still face an uncertain future.

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9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 4 min ago

In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multi-billion dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.

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Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 12:49pm

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr spoke out on behalf of Saudi Shia demonstrating against government discrimination in 2011 and 2012. Protesters promise more unrest if Nimr is killed.

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Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 10:32am

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 8:14am

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

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America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 7:11am

You've heard of recycling and upcycling, now there's boocycling — making first-rate costumes from second-hand stuff.

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Hong Kong Activists Clash With Police, Retake Protest Site

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 6:37am

Pro-democracy protesters have replaced barricades in the congested Mong Kong district of the city hours after authorities dismantled the obstacles.

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