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Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only

August 27, 2014 - 1:10pm

The Freemasons are arguably one of the world's most famous men's organizations. Membership has been falling in the U.S. since the 1960s, but millennials are now showing an interest in the fraternity.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

August 27, 2014 - 12:43pm

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge — compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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Before Leaving Afghanistan, U.S. Troops Must Declutter

August 27, 2014 - 12:41pm

American troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan by year's end. So the military is sifting through 13 years of accumulated stuff to see what will be scrapped, given away or sent home.

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As BK Takes Tim Hortons, Canadians Stay Loyal To Their National Icon

August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.

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Mapping Out The End Days Of The Midterm Campaign

August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.

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When Do Food Shortages Become A Famine? There's A Formula For That

August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

The U.S. government has a detailed and technical system for determining a famine. But conditions in South Sudan make it extremely difficult to assess just how dire the situation is.

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Chicago Greets Little League National Champs As Returning Heroes

August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

Chicago has gathered for a parade to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, which won the U.S. championship at the Little League World Series.

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Surfers Flock To The Water, As Huge Waves Hit The West Coast

August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

High surf is hitting the Southern California coast, much to the delight of surfers and the worry of lifeguards.

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The Life Of The Man Who Died Fighting For ISIS

August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

Douglas McAuthur McCain has earned a dubious distinction, as the first American to die in Syria fighting for the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers

August 27, 2014 - 12:09pm

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

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Iraqi Christian Village: From Sanctuary To Ghost Town In 2 Months

August 27, 2014 - 8:08am

Villagers in Al-Qoush opened homes and schools to Iraqis fleeing the advance of the Islamic State. But that was June. Now it's a ghost town, as silent as it's 6th-century monastery.

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Back Home, Freed American Journalist Says He's 'Overwhelmed By Emotion'

August 27, 2014 - 7:24am

Peter Theo Curtis was released by a militant group shortly after another group, the Islamic State, beheaded the American journalist James Foley.

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Rice Bucket Challenge: Put Rice In Bucket, Do Not Pour Over Head

August 27, 2014 - 6:44am

Water is scarce in India, which is a good reason not to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. A journalist came up with another option — give a bucket of rice to a hungry person. Her version is going viral.

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U.N. Says Assad Regime, Islamic State Are Committing War Crimes In Syria

August 27, 2014 - 6:25am

The report paints a grim picture of a country besieged by a ruthless civil war. All sides are indiscriminately killing and torturing civilians.

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