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Facing The Islamic State Threat, Kurdish Fighters Unite

NPR Top Stories - October 28, 2014 - 12:39am

Kurdish groups have often quarreled among themselves, or at least kept their distance. But Kurds from Iraq and Turkey have been fighting side by side in northern Iraq against the Islamic State.

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Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

NPR Top Stories - October 28, 2014 - 12:39am

Performance review season is nearing, and if you're like most people, there's no celebrating that. Studies show that 60 to 90 percent of employees dislike the ritual. So some firms are backing away.

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Ford Brothers Lose Toronto Mayor Race, Hold On To Council Seat

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 6:33pm

Unofficial results show John Tory beat Doug Ford 40-34 for mayor, a race Rob Ford abandoned after his cancer diagnosis. The latter Ford did keep the Ward 2 council seat his family has held since 2000.

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Bernard Mayes, NPR's First Chairman, Founder Of Suicide Hotline, Dies

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 4:52pm

Mayes was a true Renaissance man: He worked as an Anglican priest, a journalist, a radio executive, a university professor and the founder of the first suicide prevention hotline in the United States.

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Army Says Troops Coming Back From West Africa Will Face 'Controlled Monitoring'

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 3:15pm

The troops will be confined to a housing complex at their base in Italy for 21 days. The news comes just as the White House tried to convince New York and New Jersey to drop mandatory quarantines.

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In Photos: Last Of U.S., British Troops Leave Afghanistan's Helmand Province

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 1:52pm

Helmand saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the 13-year war. On Monday morning, the last of the American and British troops that shared the camp headed out on helicopters.

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Soda-Makers Try To Take Fizz Out Of Bay Area Tax Campaigns

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 1:35pm

Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.

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Medical Journal To Governors: You're Wrong About Ebola Quarantine

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 1:26pm

Govs. Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo have called for mandatory quarantine for "high risk" individuals returning from Ebola-stricken countries. The New England Journal of Medicine begs to differ.

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What's More Embarrassing Than That Old Screen Name? Sharing It

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 1:14pm

Years ago, you spent hours dreaming up the perfect AOL Instant Messenger screen name. Many of you aren't so proud of your now-defunct handles today, but that didn't stop you from sharing them with us.

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CDC Chief Announces New Shift In Ebola Protocols

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 1:00pm

The new protocol announced by Dr. Tom Frieden on Monday stops short of the mandatory 21-day quarantines imposed by some states. Instead, it relies on individual assessment and close monitoring.

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New York's Disease Detectives Hit The Street In Search Of Ebola

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 12:22pm

When a New York City doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, the epidemiologists knew just what to do: search the city for potential contacts.It's a gig they perform daily with far more contagious diseases.

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Ancient Viruses Lurk In Frozen Caribou Poo

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 12:00pm

A 700-year-old caribou dropping from northern Canada holds surprisingly well-preserved viruses. There's no evidence the viruses are dangerous, but they are scientifically interesting.

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With Marines Gone, Can The Afghan Army Hold Off The Taliban?

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 11:51am

The Marines have departed their biggest base in southern Afghanistan, the scene of heavy fighting throughout the war. This will be one of the main proving grounds for the Afghan army.

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Sandwich (Replacement) Monday: Soylent

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 11:34am

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Soylent, a meal-replacement substance. It's the thing to eat if you hate eating.

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A Congolese Mother Of Six Is Honored For Her Death-Defying Journalism

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 11:22am

Solange Lusiku Nsimire, an editor who has been subjected to death threats and whose family has been attacked, has won a courage award for her journalism in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Reports: Boko Haram May Have Kidnapped Dozens More Girls In Nigeria

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 11:16am

The reported abductions continue to cast doubt on a truce announced by Nigerian officials. The deal was supposed to culminate in the release of 276 girls the group kidnapped in April.

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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 10:23am

Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 9:07am

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Disabled Vermont Woman Who Led Class-Action Suit Sues Medicare Again

NPR Top Stories - October 27, 2014 - 8:56am

A legally blind woman who has led a fight to make Medicare pay for care even when patients' medical conditions don't improve is in court to get Medicare payment for her own home care.

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