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Deggans Picks 'Gotham,' 'Black-ish,' 'The Flash' Among Fall TV's Best

NPR Top Stories - 1 hour 42 min ago

As the fall TV season begins this week, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans gives his picks on new shows to watch and a few to avoid (or hate watch, if you like).

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Hong Kong Students Begin Boycott To Call For Democracy

NPR Top Stories - 2 hours 44 min ago

The activists plan to stay out of university classrooms this week to protest Beijing's plan to screen candidates for the territory's next chief executive.

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NASA: MAVEN Spacecraft Safely Circling Mars

NPR Top Stories - 4 hours 3 min ago

The orbital probe will study how the solar wind interacts with the red planet's thin atmosphere.

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Kurds Say They Have Halted ISIS Advance Near Syria-Turkey Border

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 1 min ago

Peshmerga forces say they are still engaged in fierce battles with Islamic State militants. The fighting has triggered a mass exodus of Kurdish refugees into Turkey.

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NFL Looks To Training To Prevent Domestic Violence By Players

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 42 min ago

It's not violence on the job that makes some pro football players beat their wives or children, psychologists say. It's often childhood experience, fanned by a culture that accepts such behavior.

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The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 43 min ago

Angela Stimpson donated a kidney to a complete stranger. Why did she do it? Researchers found that the brains of Stimpson and other altruists are sensitive to fear and distress in a stranger's face.

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In The Gaza Strip, The School Year Gets Off To A Rocky Start

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 44 min ago

Palestinian kids in Gaza went back to school this past week in buildings damaged by the war, with children homeless and traumatized, and more than the usual overcrowding they face every year.

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Best To Not Sweat The Small Stuff, Because It Could Kill You

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 45 min ago

Chronic stress can lead to heart disease, cancer and other health problems. A study shows it doesn't matter if the stress comes from major life events or minor hassles. Time to take a deep breath?

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Shrinking Pool Of Volunteer Firefighters Leaves Communities At Risk

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 46 min ago

Busy schedules and long hours of training are partly to blame for the ever-shrinking volunteer pool.

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Why Jewelry Stores Hide The Price Tags

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 47 min ago

In most stores, you can see how much everything costs. Why do jewelry stores hide the price tags?

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All Eyes On Obama, World Leaders At Climate Change Summit

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 49 min ago

More than 120 leaders are expected to attend the one-day summit sponsored by the United Nations. They have been instructed to arrive Tuesday with "bold ideas" to slow the rise in global temperatures.

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Ugandan LGBT Activist Recommended For Asylum In U.S.

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

John Abdallah Wambere applied for asylum in the U.S. after Uganda passed a harsh anti-gay law earlier this year. His application has now been recommended for approval, pending a background check.

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Mission To Study Mars' Climate Enters Red Planet's Orbit

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 1:00pm

Scientists hope NASA's MAVEN probe, which went into orbit Sunday night, will provide insight into why the Martian climate changed drastically billions of years ago.

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Thousands Of Refugees Flee Syria In Chaotic Scene At Turkey's Border

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 12:50pm

While a U.N. agency reported about 70,000 refugees this weekend, a Turkish official says 100,000 Syrians have entered Turkey in the past week. Fighters from ISIS are closing in on the border.

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Snowden Reveal Makes Israeli Spies' Protest An American Issue

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 12:44pm

Forty-three veterans of Unit 8200, Israel's secretive surveillance organization, say they were directed to spy indiscriminately on Palestinians. Were they using intelligence gathered by the NSA?

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Man Caught At White House Is An Army Veteran

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 11:12am

Omar J. Gonzales, the 42-year-old man who the Secret Service says ran onto the White House grounds and entered a door Friday night, is an Army veteran who served in Iraq.

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For Oktoberfest-Goers In Munich, A Parade And A Party

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 9:46am

Munich kicked off this year's Oktoberfest Saturday, beginning festivities in which the city expects to host 6 million visitors. For the first time, beer prices are above 10 euros per liter.

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One Year After Kenyan Mall Attack, Few Answers Have Emerged

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 7:25am

The people behind a vicious attack were identified as Islamist militants from Somalia, but few other details about the incident have been made public.

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Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 7:10am

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

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Afghan Presidential Rivals End Dispute — And A Long Election Season

NPR Top Stories - September 21, 2014 - 5:38am

The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan shake hands and sign a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.

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