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Tiny Texas Town Sees School's Record-Setting Football Season End

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 8:34am

The 29 players on Booker High School's football team include two cousins who became the state's all-time leading passer and leading receiver this season.

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It's Crunch Time For The Iranian Nuclear Talks

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 8:00am

Iran and six world powers are meeting this weekend in Vienna with a Monday deadline looming. Here's a look at what it all means for Iran and its neighbors.

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Highway Bandits Steal Blood Believed To Contain Ebola Virus

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 7:08am

A roadway robbery in Guinea resulted in an alarming haul this week, as thieves made off with cash, personal items — and a batch of Red Cross blood samples.

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Diplomats Look To Solve Iran's Nuclear Issue As Deadline Nears

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 6:22am

More diplomats are joining the discussions this weekend, hoping to broker a deal to ease years of disputes over Iran's nuclear program.

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Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then.

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Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

Starfish in the Pacific northwest are being decimated by what's called wasting disease. Researcher Drew Harvell tells NPR's Scott Simon that warming seas are making it worse.

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Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

While snowed-in Buffalo, N.Y. digs out, some Buffaloans are trying to figure out how to get home for Thanksgiving. That includes college students preparing for a difficult drive.

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In Las Vegas, Obama Sells His Immigration Plan

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

President Obama has begun to try to sell the American public on his controversial executive action on immigration. He started Friday, with a visit to Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.

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London's Mayor Calls U.S. Tax Bill 'Outrageous'

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

NPR's Scott Simon explains the controversy London Mayor Boris Johnson waded into recently. He's a U.S. citizen, and the Internal Revenue Service says he owes them taxes.

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Asians — Not Just Latinos — Benefit From Obama's Immigration Action

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

President Obama used executive action this week to reshape the country's immigration system. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Karthick Ramakrishnan of the University of California about the new policies.

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Ferguson Braces For Grand Jury Decision

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

A grand jury decision on whether Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., may be near. The grand jury met behind closed doors on Friday.

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Obama Grandmother Continues Life's Work Of Educating Young Kenyans

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 4:51am

Sarah Obama, 94, received an award from the United Nations on Wednesday, and hopes to raise money during the trip to build a school and hospital in her home village.

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National Parks Look To Lock Out Wild Ginseng Diggers

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 2:50am

It's illegal to dig wild ginseng out of national park land. But it sells for thousands of dollars overseas, so poachers find it hard to resist.

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You Might Be Surprised When You Take Your Temperature

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 2:33am

Ebola has made us all obsessed with body temperature. 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is normal, right? But what about 98.2? Or 99? And how high and low can you go on the thermometer and survive?

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Wealthy Arabs Flock To Pakistan To Kill The Bustards

NPR Top Stories - November 22, 2014 - 2:32am

The Houbara bustard, a large bird whose numbers are declining, migrates to Pakistan every winter. Rich Arabs follow close behind and hunt them in large numbers. Some Pakistanis say this must stop.

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Plague Outbreak In Madagascar Spreads To Its Capital

NPR Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 6:22pm

Madagascar reports hundreds of plague cases each year. Health officials are concerned that this year's outbreak could grow rapidly now that it has reached a densely-populated city.

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Buffalo Blizzard Brings Odd NFL Game: Free, And Far From Home

NPR Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 5:30pm

Monday night's game between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets is being played in Michigan, and tickets are being given away at no charge. Some Bills players began their trips on snowmobiles.

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House Panel Finds 'No Intelligence Failure' Before Benghazi Attack

NPR Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 3:52pm

The final report by the House Intelligence Committee concludes the CIA "ensured sufficient security for CIA facilities in Benghazi and ... bravely assisted the State Department" on Sept. 11, 2012.

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Kerry, Iranian Counterpart Meet Again In Nuclear Talks

NPR Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 3:06pm

Diplomats are meeting in Vienna ahead of Monday's deadline to reach an accord on Iran's nuclear program. NPR's Peter Kenyon notes that there is speculation over who is offering a last-minute proposal.

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Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

NPR Top Stories - November 21, 2014 - 3:05pm

The actions do make it easier for people with work visas to move between jobs. But they don't address something employers have long pushed for: an increase in visas for low- and high-skilled workers.

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