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Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:27pm

Female executives are a rarity in the energy industry. But Lynn Good, CEO of Duke Energy, took the helm of the utility giant just as it was grappling with some very public challenges.

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From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:09pm

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.

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Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:05pm

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.

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Watchdog: $7 Billion U.S. Effort Doesn't Dent Afghan Poppy Production

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 11:35am

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.

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UPDATED: After Controversy, Toys R Us Pulls 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 11:19am

One Florida mom started a petition calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us had said the Breaking Bad toys were meant for adults.

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Ambushes, Mines And Booby Traps: ISIS Militants Change Tack

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 11:16am

In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.

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Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 10:39am

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be, foreign governments do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

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Volunteer Recap: Why Wearing The Right Shoes In Rio Matters

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 6:35am

When medical student Robert Snyder visited Rio de Janeiro last summer to do volunteer work, he learned the hard way that Birkenstock clogs are not a wise footwear choice.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 6:14am

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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When Women Stopped Coding

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 4:54am

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

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Opera About 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking Draws Protests At Met

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 4:41am

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was among those who denounced The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams, calling it anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

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CEO Of French Oil Giant Total Dies In Plane Accident

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 3:53am

Christopher de Margerie, 63, and three other people died when his private plane collided with a snowplow at an airport in Moscow.

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Hong Kong Leader Hints At Concessions As Talks With Students Begin

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 3:12am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says his government cannot allow open nominations for his successor, but suggests there's room for compromise on the makeup of a committee to select candidates.

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In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 2:45am

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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Some Millennials — And Their Parents — Are Slow To Cut The Cord

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 2:40am

Millennials get a lot of financial and emotional support from their parents, which critics say causes delayed adolescence. But actually this close relationship benefits both kids and parents.

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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:50am

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

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Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

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Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.

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Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

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