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Supreme Court Allows Texas To Use Voter ID Law In November

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 2:15am

A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce photo identification in order to cast ballots.

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Once A Year, Farmers Go Back To Picking Corn By Hand — For Fun

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 1:44am

Farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn nowadays using giant machines called combines. But a contest keeps a more primitive corn-picking technique alive: human hands.

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The Ebola Survivors Who Can't Go Home

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 1:42am

They beat the deadly virus. But transportation back home is hard to come by. So they're living in an abandoned hospital ward, hoping someday to resume the life they had before Ebola struck.

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Universities To Speakers Who've Visited West Africa: En Garde!

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 1:37am

Fears of Ebola — not always justified — have caused organizers in Africa and the United States to cancel or reschedule events they worry may lead to spread of the disease.

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Houston Narrows The Scope Of Controversial Subpoena Of Pastors' Sermons

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 2:36pm

The subpoenas — at the crossroad of church and state and born out of a lawsuit over an equal rights ordinance — drew ire from national organizations and Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 2:33pm

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

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As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 2:26pm

Gas prices are falling — and so are hybrid car sales. Analysts say better gas mileage for traditional vehicles, combined with low gas prices, are giving hybrids a run for their money.

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Email Just Can't Compete With Heartfelt 'Letters Of Note'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 1:43pm

The art of letter writing is also an act of preserving history. The correspondences gathered in the book Letters Of Note tell stories of delight, hope and loss — and the nature of human connection.

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How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 1:37pm

Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night's debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.

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U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 12:44pm

The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

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Washington, D.C., Pitches New Bridge Park As A 'Model For Social Equity'

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 12:19pm

The bridge park would connect two disparate parts of the city in hopes of sparking new life and knitting two communities.

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Why Won't The Fear Of Airborne Ebola Go Away?

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 12:18pm

Infectious disease specialists say Ebola can't spread through the air, but many Americans remain deeply skeptical. The history of past outbreaks suggests airborne transmission isn't a threat.

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California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 12:04pm

Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.

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Drop In Unemployment Raises Debate On Optimal Rate

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 12:04pm

Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be. Some economists worry that inflation will resurface.

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Egality N'est Pas La Réalité: French Women Wage Online War On Sexism

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 11:39am

When a company told one French feminist it was "sorry" she found its ad sexist, she decided to fight back. She's launched a website where users target sexist companies and people on social media.

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Citing Previous Rulings, Federal Judge Throws Out Arizona Gay-Marriage Ban

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 10:35am

The decision was only four pages long and said the appeals court and the Supreme Court have given clear guidance that bans of this type are unconstitutional.

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Spike In ER, Hospital Use Short-Lived After Calif. Medicaid Expansion

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 10:02am

Previous research found that going on Medicaid increased a poor person's use of costly emergency room visits. Now an analysis suggests that initial spike in ER visits quickly tapers off.

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At London's Tincan, Eating Canned Fish Is The Height Of Luxury

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 9:44am

One of the city's newest restaurants aims to elevate canned fish to an object of desire. There's no kitchen and no chef. The owners argue that tinned goods can be a greener gourmet choice.

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The New Vocabulary Of Urban Education

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 9:32am

The names that many big-city schools, teachers and students use to describe themselves are changing. Exhibit A: New Orleans.

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