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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Withdraws Re-Election Bid

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 11:09am

He says he is seeking treatment for a tumor in his abdomen. His brother Doug Ford will run in his place. Earlier this year, Rob Ford took time off from his job to seek help for substance abuse.

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Apple Takes A Swipe At The Credit Card

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 10:43am

Apple wants to change the way you pay for things. Credit card companies are embracing its new mobile payment system as a boost to security, but analysts say Apple could disrupt the payments industry.

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Riding The 'Silver Dragon,' Surfers Tame China's 10-Foot River Waves

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 10:31am

The Qiantang Tidal Bore, a big river wave that forms during China's Mid-Autumn Festival, barrels upstream for miles through the crowded city of Hangzhou.

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10 Arrested In Pakistan Over 2012 Attack On Malala Yousafzai

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 10:22am

The army says the men were ordered by the Pakistani Taliban to kill the teenager who has stood against extremist attempts to prevent girls from attending school.

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How Do You Catch Ebola: By Air, Sweat Or Water?

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 9:12am

Americans have many questions — and misconceptions — about the deadly virus that's rapidly spreading in West Africa. We asked two scientists to explain more about how Ebola is transmitted.

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What Makes A Star Starry? Is It Me?

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 8:44am

Draw a planet (a circle, right?). Now draw a star (a pointy thing, yes?). Now ask yourself, aren't stars all round? Our sun is. So why do we make them pointy? Come learn the answer.

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Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 8:15am

The X-class Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, that erupted on the sun on Wednesday is not expected to cause major disruptions to the electrical grid or communications.

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Mexican Crackdown Slows Central American Immigration To U.S.

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 8:07am

Under pressure from the United States, Mexico has begun arresting and deporting tens of thousands of Central Americans long before they reach the U.S. border.

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Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared To Four Years Ago

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 5:07am

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

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For Teachers, Many Paths Into The Classroom ... Some Say Too Many

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 5:03am

One in five newly hired teachers has skipped university preparation for teaching. Indiana is the latest state to make entering the classroom easier.

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Pair Of F/A-18s Crash In Western Pacific Ocean, U.S. Navy Says

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 4:16am

One pilot has been rescued and the search continues for the other after the two warplanes from the USS Carl Vinson went down.

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Are Yemen And Somalia Good Examples Of U.S. Anti-Terror Strategy?

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 4:13am

President Obama says the strategy the U.S. would pursue against the Islamic State would be similar to how it targets al-Qaida affiliates in Yemen and Somalia. But both countries are deeply unstable.

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Ukraine, Rebels Swap Prisoners As Part Of Cease-Fire Deal

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 3:42am

The late-night prisoner exchange, involving dozens of captives on both sides, comes as the European Union has stepped up sanctions on Moscow for its involvement in the conflict.

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Pistorius Found Guilty Of Culpable Homicide

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 2:57am

The double-amputee track star showed no emotion as the verdict was read in a South African courtroom. He faces a maximum of 15 years on the charge, which is roughly equivalent to manslaughter.

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Judge: Pistorius Guilty Of Culpable Homicide In Girlfriend's Death

NPR Top Stories - September 12, 2014 - 12:44am

A judge in South Africa has found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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ISIS, ISIL Or Islamic State: What's In A Name?

NPR Top Stories - September 11, 2014 - 11:36pm

The disparities in naming are partly because of translation difficulties, and partly a sign of a propaganda war. The group would like to be called IS; the Obama administration is sticking with ISIL.

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Expanding ISIS Fight Scrambles GOP Plan To Extend Budget And Get Out

NPR Top Stories - September 11, 2014 - 11:34pm

House Republicans were hoping for a smooth two weeks before hitting the campaign trial, but a request to arm Syrian rebels has muddled that, as well as the one bill that must pass before they leave.

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20 Years Later, Major Crime Bill Viewed As Terrible Mistake

NPR Top Stories - September 11, 2014 - 11:32pm

In 1994, Congress passed the most significant crime fighting legislation in a generation. Now, policymakers are dialing back Clinton's tough-on-crime policies.

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Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Better Access To Birth Control

NPR Top Stories - September 11, 2014 - 11:30pm

A string of Republican Senate candidates are getting behind over-the-counter birth control, a move that could draw women voters.

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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

NPR Top Stories - September 11, 2014 - 11:29pm

Zoos and aquariums almost never buy or sell animals. But trade is thriving.

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