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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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