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A Doctor Turned Mayor Solves A Murder Mystery In Colombia

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 11:46am

When Rodrigo Guerrero took office, he was shocked by the murder rate. It seemed logical to blame the drug cartels. But his epidemiologist's eye led him to a different culprit.

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4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 11:36am

American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?

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Sandwich Monday: The Pizza Cake

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 11:05am

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pizza Cake, which is a fancy way of saying "a bunch of pizzas stacked on top of each other."

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After Fire, FAA Orders Review Of Contingency Plans, Security

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 10:28am

On Friday, a contractor intentionally set fire to an FAA air traffic facility that has caused flight delays and cancellations for days.

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More Active Play Equals Better Thinking Skills For Kids

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 10:12am

How long can you sit still in a desk? How about your 7-year-old? Maybe you could both use a break. A study shows that kids who get to run around and play after school are better at paying attention.

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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

NPR Books - September 29, 2014 - 10:05am

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.

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Swedish Scientists Square Off Over Who Can Sneak In Most Dylan Lyrics

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 9:25am

It all started in 1997, when two professors from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm published an article on flatulence titled "Nitric Oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind."

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What We Don't Know About Heart Disease Can Kill Us

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 9:10am

People in the United Kingdom failed big time when they took a poll on risk factors for heart disease. Think you're more up to speed? Try our quickie quiz and find out.

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How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 8:57am

Pro-democracy protesters are downloading a fast-growing app called FireChat to stay in touch. It has been used around the world during political unrest.

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California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law, Defining Sexual Consent

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 8:27am

The new law requires an "affirmative consent" and states that consent can't be given if someone is asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.

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Everything But The Squeal: How The Hog Industry Cuts Food Waste

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 8:25am

Large-scale hog operations get a bad environmental rap. But when it comes to processing the animals, the industry is a model of efficiency, making use of every last bit in sometimes surprising ways.

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Hong Kong Tense As Democracy Activists Face Down Police

NPR Top Stories - September 29, 2014 - 3:42am

Tens of thousands used umbrellas to deflect tear gas canisters as authorities tried unsuccessfully to break up demonstrations in the city's Central business district.

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Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

NPR Books - September 29, 2014 - 3:19am

A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.

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'Rooms' Is Haunted By People (And Ghosts) That Can't Let Go

NPR Books - September 29, 2014 - 3:03am

YA author Lauren Oliver's debut adult novel features an old mansion occupied by dysfunctional characters, both living and dead. Oliver fits these seemingly disparate lives together like a puzzle ring.

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Survey: ATM, Checking Account Overdraft Fees Surge

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2014 - 11:44pm

The survey released Monday by Bankrate.com finds the average fee for using an out-of-network ATM climbed 5 percent over the past year to a new high of $4.35 per transaction.

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In N.H. Race, A Rematch Of A Rematch

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2014 - 11:30pm

Voters in New Hampshire's 1st District have swung back and forth in recent congressional elections. This year, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter meets former GOP Rep. Frank Guinta for the third time.

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Who's Buried In The 'Magnificent' Tomb From Ancient Greece?

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2014 - 11:28pm

The largest archaeological find of its kind in Greece has set off speculation and thrilled Greeks, reminding them they are rich in history.

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Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2014 - 11:27pm

Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and Bausch + Lomb. Now, with a drastically cut manufacturing sector, the city is trying to build something new.

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A Doctor Unlocks Mysteries of the Brain By Talking And Watching

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2014 - 11:26pm

If you have a problem with your heart or liver, the diagnosis will likely be made by a lab test or medical image. But neurologist Allan Ropper says those tests often fail when it comes to the brain.

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HBCUs Move To Address Campus Sexual Assaults, But Is It Enough?

NPR Top Stories - September 28, 2014 - 11:26pm

One major study found sexual assaults are lower on campuses of historically black colleges and universities. But some question those numbers and whether HBCUs have the resolve to address the issue.

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