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Angry Mob Sets Fire To Parliament In Burkina Faso

NPR Top Stories - October 30, 2014 - 3:41am

Angered at an impending vote to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year-old rule, protesters also reportedly set fire to the ruling party's headquarters in the capital, Ouagadougou.

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Tunisia's Secularists Victorious In Parliamentary Vote

NPR Top Stories - October 30, 2014 - 3:09am

The Nidda Tounes (Tunisia Calls) party won just under 40 percent of the seats, beating out the ruling Islamist Ennahda party.

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In EU, Google Faces Next Chapter With New Competition Chief

NPR Top Stories - October 30, 2014 - 12:46am

A new commissioner takes over the case on Nov. 1 and that has many wondering what that means for Google and its long-running antitrust case.

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Keep On Drillin'? Santa Barbara Prepares To Vote On Oil Future

NPR Top Stories - October 30, 2014 - 12:46am

Measure P in California's Santa Barbara County asks voters to ban controversial oil and gas drilling methods such as hydraulic fracturing. To date, the oil industry has spent $7 million to defeat it.

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With Limited Gains, U.S. Bombing Campaign Faces Growing Criticism

NPR Top Stories - October 30, 2014 - 12:46am

U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State began nearly three months ago, yet there have been relatively few changes on the battlefield. Many analysts say the U.S. effort may not be sufficient.

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World Series: Madison Bumgarner Carries Giants To 3rd Title In 5 Years

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 7:23pm

Madison Bumgarner won Game 1 of this World Series, throwing seven innings and giving up one run. He won Game 5 with a complete game shutout. On Wednesday night, on two days' rest, he finished the job.

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WATCH: On Sandy Anniversary, Gov. Chris Christie Faces Off With Heckler

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 4:36pm

Christie, known for fierce confrontations with detractors, finished this particular exchange by saying, "Sit down and shut up."

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Inventor Of 'Operation' Game Says He Can't Afford His Own Operation

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 3:32pm

John Spinello missed out on a lot of money, because he sold his patent for the legendary game for just $500. Over the past few years, things have been rough for Spinello.

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FTC Says AT&T Misled Customers About 'Unlimited' Data Plans

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 3:05pm

The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T slowed data speeds for 3.5 million customers, sometimes up to 90 percent.

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Close To 100,000 Hungarian Demonstrators Protest Internet Usage Tax

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 2:11pm

Critics of the tax said this is a government attempt to create a "digital iron curtain" around Hungary. The government said it was just extending taxes it places on phones.

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As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 2:06pm

The nation's aging pipes and water mains are springing expensive leaks, wasting more than 2 trillion gallons of drinking water nationally and 22 billion gallons in the Chicago area alone.

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After The Waves, Staten Island Homeowner Takes Sandy Buyout

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 2:03pm

Staten Islander Stephen Drimalas barely survived Hurricane Sandy. Now he and several Staten Islanders will sell their oceanfront homes to the state, which hopes to get people out of flood-prone areas.

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Decoding The Food And Drink On A Day Of The Dead Altar

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 2:00pm

The Mexican tradition celebrates the dead and welcomes their return to the land of the living once a year. Enticing them to make the trip is where the food, drink and musical offerings come in.

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To Tackle Sexual Assault Cases, Colleges Enlist Investigators-For-Hire

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 1:41pm

Colleges are under pressure to revamp how they handle sexual assault cases. Some schools, rather than trying to train administrators to act like prosecutors, are outsourcing the job to real ones.

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No Ebola, S'il Vous Plait, We're French: The Ivory Coast Mindset

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 1:23pm

The country borders Liberia and Guinea, but so far Ebola hasn't arrived. Maybe it's because of the French heritage. When the authorities tell people what to do to keep the virus out, they listen.

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Monsanto Hired This Guy To Help It Win Over Millennials

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 12:39pm

Vance Crowe, 32, has a tough assignment: reach out to millennials, many of whom are skeptical of GMOs. Crowe says the company can do a better job of listening to their concerns.

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Campuses Play Host To Tanning Beds, Despite Skin Cancer Risk

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 12:06pm

The links between tanning beds and skin cancer are well known, but a survey of the top colleges and universities in the U.S. shows that many allow tanning beds on campus.

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Scientists Implicate More Than 100 Genes In Causing Autism

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 11:35am

Spontaneous gene mutations, not ones inherited from parents, increase a child's risk of autism, scientists say. By comparing genes within families they've identified more than 100 suspects.

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Russian Engines Could Be Focus Of Antares Launch Failure Probe

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 10:32am

NK-33 engines, originally destined for a Soviet-era moon shot that never got off the ground and later used in the Antares, are suspect, some scientists say.

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Federal Reserve Stays The Course, Ends Most Recent Stimulus Program

NPR Top Stories - October 29, 2014 - 10:01am

The Fed has been buying up bonds by the trillions since the financial crisis started in 2008. Today, it affirmed that it was going ahead with plans to end its third round of stimulus.

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