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NASA Probe Prepares For Its Final Pass Around Ceres

NPR Top Stories - November 26, 2015 - 6:04am

The dwarf planet most recently is famous for the two mysterious, bright spots on its surface.

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Your Adult Siblings May Hold The Secret To A Long, Happy Life

NPR Top Stories - November 26, 2015 - 5:19am

Our siblings are with us for longer than anyone else through our lives. Strong sibling relationships can cushion the blows of aging, while conflict cuts to the bone.

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Peace Corps Volunteer To Have Turkey-Free But Thankful Thanksgiving

NPR Top Stories - November 26, 2015 - 4:03am

This year, in Ghana, I understand what it means to be truly thankful. Even if there isn't any stuffing.

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'The Seventh Bride' Faces Horror — And Still Gets The Biscuits Made

NPR Books - November 26, 2015 - 4:03am

Ursula Vernon (writing as T. Kingfisher) delivers a fleet, stripped-down fairy tale with echoes of Bluebeard and Peter Beagle. Critic Tasha Robinson praises Vernon's tough-minded, distinctive women

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Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

NPR Top Stories - November 26, 2015 - 3:33am

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

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Critics Wonder Whether Pennies Make Sense Anymore

NPR Top Stories - November 26, 2015 - 1:42am

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says the government is reviewing a proposal to stop making the penny. It actually costs nearly 2 cents to make a penny, so the government loses money.

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Pope Francis' Emphasis On Poverty Revives The 'Pact of The Catacombs'

NPR Top Stories - November 26, 2015 - 1:42am

Fifty years ago, 40 bishops signed a pledge to make Catholicism a church for the poor. It was soon set aside, but with Pope Francis focused on the downtrodden, that notion could be revived.

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Many Health Co-Ops Fold, Others Survive Startup Struggles

NPR Top Stories - November 26, 2015 - 1:41am

Establishing a member-owned, nonprofit health co-op from scratch is tough; 12 of 23 that tried under Obamacare have closed after just one year. Sick patients poured in, and promised subsidies didn't.

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2015 Books Gift Guide

New York Times book reviews - November 25, 2015 - 4:39pm
Art books, graphic novels, and fiction and nonfiction.

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Despite Similarities, Pocahontas Gets Love, Malinche Gets Hate. Why?

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 3:41pm

La Malinche was an Indian woman who served as an interpreter for Cortes — at a cost to her reputation. Even 500 years later, she's reviled in Mexico.

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MSF Director Unsatisfied With Pentagon's 'Admission Of Gross Negligence'

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 3:06pm

The Pentagon's report says the Doctors Without Borders hospital attack in Afghanistan was an accident. The group's executive director, Jason Cone, says it raises more questions than it answers.

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Since Ferguson, A Rise In Charges Against Police Officers

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 2:41pm

The numbers remain small, and hard to quantify, but prosecutors seem to be under pressure to charge police in on-duty shootings, and the "benefit of the doubt" they enjoyed seems to be eroding.

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New York Subway Pulls Nazi-Themed Ads For New Show, The Man In The High Castle

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 2:35pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reportedly asked for the removal of the advertisements featuring Nazi imagery. The ads were promoting a new show produced by Amazon.

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Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 2:24pm

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

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Don't Squander That Squash: Like Fine Wine, It Might Improve With Age

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 1:29pm

Squash taste best when they achieve the ideal balance of starch and sugar. But how long you should wait depends on whether you're cooking a small delicata or a big, bold butternut.

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Deaths Persist In Youth And Student Football Despite Safety Efforts

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 1:10pm

At least 19 young football players have died so far in 2015. Pediatricians are calling for changes in the way the game is played, including a move to non-tackle games.

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Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 1:09pm

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.

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Some Ancient Farmers Grew Fava Beans Before They Grew Grains

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 11:13am

The fava bean is a key staple in much of the world. Researchers say they've found fava beans in the Galilee region of Israel dating over 10,000 years ago — before grains had been domesticated there.

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From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 10:41am

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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Caught Between A Turkey Leg And A Political Diatribe? We're Here To Help

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2015 - 10:16am

Nobody wants a side of politics on the Thanksgiving table, but it's probably going to happen. Here's some advice to get you through. You may need to buy a duck quacker, though.

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