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When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 1:47pm

Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.

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Toyota Becomes Latest Automaker To Issue Recalls Over Faulty Airbags

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:52pm

Since 2008, almost 16 million vehicles have been recalled over worries that airbags might explode if exposed to high humidity for long periods of time.

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Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:44pm

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

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From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

NPR Books - October 20, 2014 - 12:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:16pm

Researchers call for stronger safety warnings on drugs called dopamine agonists because they can trigger self-destructive, obsessional behavior in some people.

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Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 11:53am

Haiti's once-flourishing coffee trade has been badly battered. The latest threat: climate change. Locals who still rely on coffee for their livelihood must learn to grow it in changing climes.

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Sandwich Monday: The Primanti Bros. Pitts-burger

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 11:41am

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.

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Judge Says 1,000 Potential Jurors May Be Screened For Boston Bombing Trial

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 11:35am

Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial is scheduled to start in January. Out of those 1,000 jurors, 100 of them will be questioned by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'

NPR Books - October 20, 2014 - 11:00am

When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row.

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Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 10:46am

Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.

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The Artificial Boundary That Divides Iraq

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 9:59am

A checkpoint near Kirkuk marks the line between Kurdish-controlled territory and the world of Islamic State extremists. Some 5,000 civilians stream across daily, lives and families divided.

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Plane Of Good Samaritans: Why Fly To (And From) West Africa

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 9:03am

On the plane to Monrovia, our NPR correspondent saw the best of human nature in the passengers on board. Almost all of them were headed to Liberia to lend a helping hand.

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Nepal Ends Rescue Efforts After Deadly Avalanches In Himalayas

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 8:40am

Locals and international tourists are among at least 39 people known to have died in blizzards and avalanches throughout the foothills of Nepal's Himalayan mountain range last week.

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Indiana Officials Say Man Has Led Them To Multiple Bodies

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 8:37am

Suspect Darren Vann confessed to one murder, with which he has been charged, and subsequently led police to six other corpses in northwestern Indiana, authorities say.

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Book News: Toni Morrison's Collection Finds A Permanent Home At Princeton

NPR Books - October 20, 2014 - 6:30am

The Nobel laureate taught at Princeton University for 17 years. Now, her papers — some 180 linear feet of them — are returning to be housed in the school's library. Also: a roundup of new releases.

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Latest Developments In The Ebola Story

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 4:14am

The family of the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease ends a 21-day observation period with no symptoms. Meanwhile, the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free.

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Turkey Says It's Helping Iraqi Kurds Join Fight For Kobani

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

The remarks by the country's foreign minister could signal a shift in Ankara's largely neutral stance on the conflict at its doorstep.

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Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 2:23am

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

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Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:23am

Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.

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The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:23am

Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office?

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