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From A Father And Son, What It Means To Be A Military Man

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 1:45pm

Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.

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Supreme Court Steps In To Put Hold On Va. Same-Sex Marriage Licences

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 1:28pm

The Supreme Court has stayed a Virginia court's ruling which ended the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

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Many Seek Justice In Ferguson, Mo., But Will Have To Wait Awhile

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:59pm

Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.

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SeaWorld Won't Appeal Ban On Trainers Performing With Orcas

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:44pm

The theme-park company received a citation in 2010 after a whale named Tilikum killed a trainer. Since then, SeaWorld has planned upgrades to its facilities and training. But it still faces criticism.

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In Syria, The U.S. Weighs A Range Of Unpalatable Options

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:17pm

The U.S. could aid moderate rebels. It could bomb militants of the Islamic State. Or it could sit on the sidelines as the war plays out. There are many choices, but none appears promising.

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EPA Wades Into Water Fight With Farmers

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:13pm

The EPA wants to "clarify" the scope of its oversight of water under the Clean Water Act. Big farm groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation call this a power grab that would place every ditch and mud puddle under federal regulation, forcing farmers to get permits for small trenches around the farm.

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Remembering James Foley, A Journalist Who Made His Life In War Zones

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:13pm

American James Foley, who was executed by Islamist militants, had been working for GlobalPost when he disappeared in 2012. GlobalPost CEO Phil Balboni speaks about about Foley and his work.

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Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S.

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:13pm

The group known as the Islamic State has fired its first violent salvo against the U.S. The group declared that the beheading is a retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

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In Liberia, An Ebola Quarantine Descends Into Riots

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:13pm

After the Liberian government ordered a quarantine of one of the poorest neighborhoods in its capital, Monrovia, residents there woke up to find themselves cut off from the rest of the city by security forces. By midday, the neighborhood was in riot.

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Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 12:13pm

The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.

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President Obama Says Militants Who Beheaded American Are 'Cowardly'

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 9:17am

The extremist group that carried out the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley engages in "cowardly acts" and "has no place in the 21st century," President Obama said Wednesday.

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Photographing An Ebola Riot: Put Your Fear Aside And Go Forward

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 8:51am

Covering protests over an Ebola quarantine, NPR photographer David Gilkey found himself in the middle of a riot. He says he doesn't know what was scarier — the bullets or the health risks.

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Liberia Blocks Off Neighborhood In Ebola Quarantine, Sparking Riot

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 7:30am

Residents of the capital's West Point neighborhood woke up to learn no one can enter or leave the area for 21 days — the time it takes to determine whether someone exposed to Ebola was infected.

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Hamas Military Chief Reportedly Targeted As Gaza Violence Resumes

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 5:56am

Israel says more than 70 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours, and that it carried out at least 60 airstrikes in response.

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Ferguson Killing Inspires Young Black Activists

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 5:56am

Activists around the country say Michael Brown's death and the police response have strengthened their resolve to fight injustice.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 5:23am

There's a link between how children draw at age 4 and how well they perform on intelligence tests at age 14, researchers say.

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A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 5:12am

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent in Ferguson last night, as protesters and police avoided clashes that have marred demonstrations over an unarmed teen's death in the St. Louis suburb.

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U.S. Authenticates Video Of Militants Beheading American Journalist

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 3:30am

A video in which the extremist group the Islamic State claims to execute American journalist James Foley is authentic, according to U.S. intelligence analysts. Foley was abducted in Syria in 2012.

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Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 3:17am

Tiny Singapore imports almost all of its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.

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If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

NPR Top Stories - August 20, 2014 - 3:03am

Suppose two Chinese parents get on an Australian airplane and, while flying over U.S. territory, they have a baby on the plane. Can that baby be an American citizen?

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