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How Well Do Your Apps Protect Your Privacy?

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 8:59am

The website PrivacyGrade rates Android apps based on the personal information they collect from you. It's another reminder that your data are constantly on the move, whether you know it or not.

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Takata Quality Official Apologizes Over Air Bag Defect Linked To Deaths

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 8:46am

Hiroshi Shimizu's remarks came in testimony to a Senate panel. U.S. regulators want the company to issue a nationwide vehicle recall. So far, the recall has been restricted to high-humidity areas.

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Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 8:36am

Black youth saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. Advertising for the drinks on Spanish-language TV also increased by 44 percent.

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A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 8:25am

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say their doctors use electronic records. The overwhelming majority of people aren't particularly concerned about the privacy of the information, an NPR poll finds.

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Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 8:00am

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.

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Duchess Of Alba, Spain's Richest Woman, Dies At 88

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 7:48am

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart had more titles than any other aristocrat in the world. She died today in Seville.

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An NPR Photographer Looks Ebola In The Eye

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 7:42am

Baby Sesay was in a care center in a village in Sierra Leone, waiting to find out if she had Ebola. Our photographer took a picture. Two days later, she was gone.

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Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

NPR Books - November 20, 2014 - 7:26am

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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Swedish Appeals Court Upholds Detention Order For Julian Assange

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 7:15am

Prosecutors want to question the WikiLeaks founder, who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, over allegations that he sexually assaulted two women in 2010.

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Gabrielle Hamilton: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - November 20, 2014 - 7:00am
The chef and author of “Prune” and “Blood, Bones and Butter”: “The perfectness of reading is when a book hits you and you hit it and . . . you are completed in a way you have never been before.”






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Sleep's Link To Learning And Memory Traced To Brain Chemistry

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 6:56am

During sleep, the brain locks in existing memories and can even form new ones. Scientists say they are starting to understand how that happens. A midnight snack may interfere.

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Republicans Warn Obama Ahead Of Planned Immigration Action

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 6:45am

The president's action, to be announced later today, will grant temporary relief to some immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. Republicans could strip away funds that would go toward Obama's plan.

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Renowned Theater And Film Director Mike Nichols Dies

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 6:12am

Nichols, perhaps best known for his 1967 classic film, The Graduate, won Emmy, Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards. He died Wednesday at age 83.

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Buffalo, Parts Of Upper Midwest Brace For More Snow

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 6:03am

With more than 5 feet already on the ground in some areas of western New York state, another 3 feet is forecast. Worse yet, warming temperatures over the weekend could turn much of it to floodwater.

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Turkey Looks For Energy In An Abundant Resource: Pistachio Shells

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 5:33am

Converting the shells into biogas could provide most of the heat for a planned city of 200,000, engineers say. There's precedent in Australia, where macadamia nut shells are generating power.

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Award-Winning Director Mike Nichols Dies At 83

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 4:26am

Nichols died suddenly Wednesday, ABC News said in a statement. The director of The Graduate and Death of a Salesman was one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.

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Florida State University Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

NPR Top Stories - November 20, 2014 - 4:15am

Tallahassee's police chief says the gunman, who opened fire at the campus library shortly after midnight, appears to have acted alone.

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There's More To Asking Than Just Art

NPR Books - November 20, 2014 - 4:03am

Amanda Palmer's new The Art of Asking outlines a well-intentioned but hazy philosophy of asking for help. Critic Annalisa Quinn says Palmer glosses over societal realities of who has access to help.

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'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

NPR Top Stories - November 19, 2014 - 6:57pm

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards

NPR Books - November 19, 2014 - 6:57pm

The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.

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