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Dozens Of Turkish Hostages Freed, As ISIS Advances In Syria

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 4:24am

The hostages included diplomats, children and others seized along with Turkey's consulate in Mosul in June. As it celebrates their return, Turkey also receives thousands of Kurds fleeing ISIS.

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Pope Appoints Moderate As Archbishop Of Chicago

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:48am

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Bishop Blase Cupich, a moderate who has called for civility in the culture wars, signaling a shift in tone in one of the most important posts in the U.S. church.

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Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:34am

How does the U.S. destroy the self-declared Islamic State without aiding the Syrian regime? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christopher Harmer of the Institute for the Study of War about options.

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Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:34am

A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.

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The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:34am

Scotland has a proud national tradition of poetry. Days after a historic referendum on independence, we look at how poems by Scottish writers can help us better understand this moment.

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Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:34am

Hundreds of thousands are expected at a march in New York City ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Organizers want to send a message to world leaders that it's time to take concrete action.

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How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:34am

Maajid Nawaz used to be a recruiter for an extreme Islamist group in the United Kingdom. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nawaz about how the recruiting process works, and how it can be thwarted.

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From 'Yes' To 'No': One Scot's Shift On Independence

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:34am

Scottish author Ewan Morrison started out campaigning for the "yes" vote in the independence referendum, but ended up in the "no" camp. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what made him make the jump.

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Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery'

NPR Books - September 20, 2014 - 3:34am

As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.

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Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 3:03am

The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.

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Bolano's Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair

NPR Books - September 20, 2014 - 3:03am

A Little Lumpen Novelita is an intoxicating tale of a teenage girl who struggles to stay afloat. It cements Roberto Bolano's place as the most commanding Latin American writer of the last few decades.

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WATCH: The Boy Who Danced In The Face Of Ebola

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 2:03am

A nugget of joy in the battle against Ebola: A little boy infected with the virus dances his way through treatment — and he's really good.

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Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 1:12am

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

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With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

NPR Top Stories - September 20, 2014 - 1:11am

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week's Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.

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Why Afghanistan's 'Underground Girls' Skirt Tradition To Live As Boys

NPR Books - September 20, 2014 - 1:11am

In a new book, journalist Jenny Nordberg writes about the bacha posh, young girls who dress up like boys to enjoy the freedoms of being an Afghan male for as long as they can.

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Turkish Hostages Held By Islamic Militants Are Released

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2014 - 11:02pm

Turkey's prime minister said that 49 hostages who were seized by Islamic militants in Iraq have been freed and safely returned to Turkey, ending Turkey's most serious hostage crisis.

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White House Briefly Evacuated After Man Jumps Fence, Makes It Inside

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2014 - 7:43pm

The 42-year-old got past the front doors Friday night before the Secret Service arrested him. President Obama and his family weren't home at the time.

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Texas Appears To Step Back From Proposal To Sell Alcohol At Some Gun Shows

NPR Top Stories - September 19, 2014 - 3:08pm

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission received hundreds of negative comments about the proposal. Staff of the commissioners deciding on the new regulations have advised against it.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

NPR Books - September 19, 2014 - 2:03pm

Appearing at No. 6, scholar Reza Aslan's Zealot combines biblical and historical sources to probe the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

NPR Books - September 19, 2014 - 2:03pm

At No. 14, Dennis Lehane's The Drop follows a woman and a lonely bartender as they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists and a relentless cop.

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