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Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 12:07pm

For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

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The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:30am

In 1976, scientist Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. The epidemic today in West Africa, he says, is "absolutely unexpected and unprecedented."

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Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:29am

The national average for regular is $3.45 per gallon, down from an all-time high of $3.83 per gallon over the Labor Day 2012 holiday.

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An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:20am

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.

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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:13am

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.

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Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:02am

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

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Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 10:46am

A federal court will hear a challenge to the controversial law next week. It's an important and closely watched voting rights case that could end up before the Supreme Court.

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With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 9:22am

Israel's recurring wars with its Arab neighbors have resulted in a weapons industry that keeps coming up with new technologies, which can then be sold abroad.

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Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 9:09am

Even when monkeys were near death, an Ebola treatment called ZMapp was able to save them. The drug has been used in a few people, but the limited supply has been exhausted.

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The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 9:02am

At issue are serious allegations of corruption, but the trial has also unveiled some unfortunate details of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's personal life.

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As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 11:38pm

The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill. But BP refuses to pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.

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Despite ISIS's Resources, Attacking U.S. Might Be A Stretch

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 11:29pm

Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.

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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 11:29pm

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.

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NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 3:19pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

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Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 2:42pm

President Obama announced that he has authorized a humanitarian mission to aid religious minorities stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Airstrikes will be a component of that mission.

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'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:59pm

But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.

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Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:35pm

The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.

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New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:03pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

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When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:03pm

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

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Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 12:58pm

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

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