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Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

The World Series starts Tuesday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the unexpected stars of the series — the managers.

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Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.

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Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

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Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

The Supreme Court announced that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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James Foley Memorial Set In His New Hampshire Home Town

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

A memorial for journalist James Foley will be held Saturday, on what would have been his 41st birthday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rev. Marc Montminy, who is presiding over the service.

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Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

The Free Syrian Army has been outgunned in the country's multi-sided civil war. But they say they have fighting experience, and if the U.S. provides arms and training they could play a key role.

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European Slowdown Drives Roller-Coaster Week In Markets

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

Concerns in Europe over a slowdown in economic growth have been rattling global financial markets. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent John Ydstie about the volatile week on Wall Street.

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Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don't sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination.

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Dallas Hospital Deals With Aftermath Of Ebola Missteps

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 3:43am

Authorities in Texas are working to limit travel by health workers who may have been exposed to Ebola. Meanwhile, the hospital at the center of the first cases in the U.S. is trying to move forward.

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300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

NPR Books - October 18, 2014 - 3:03am

Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. This portrait of a serial killer and the detective who hunts him will curdle the blood — and possibly the soul — of any reader.

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Back Across The Wall: Questions For Garth Nix

NPR Books - October 18, 2014 - 3:03am

Author Garth Nix returns to the world of the Old Kingdom with Clariel, the story of a young woman of great magical power who, denied the freedom to live as she wants, chooses a dangerous path.

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Supreme Court Allows Texas To Use Voter ID Law In November

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 2:15am

A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce photo identification in order to cast ballots.

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A Collection Of Poems That Offers An Unlikely Kind Of Hope

NPR Books - October 18, 2014 - 1:45am

In his second poetry collection, The New Testament, Jericho Brown weaves together strains of religious invocations with his uneasy identity as a southern, gay, black man into a beguiling self myth.

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Once A Year, Farmers Go Back To Picking Corn By Hand — For Fun

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 1:44am

Farmers across the Midwest harvest billions of bushels of corn nowadays using giant machines called combines. But a contest keeps a more primitive corn-picking technique alive: human hands.

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The Ebola Survivors Who Can't Go Home

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 1:42am

They beat the deadly virus. But transportation back home is hard to come by. So they're living in an abandoned hospital ward, hoping someday to resume the life they had before Ebola struck.

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Universities To Speakers Who've Visited West Africa: En Garde!

NPR Top Stories - October 18, 2014 - 1:37am

Fears of Ebola — not always justified — have caused organizers in Africa and the United States to cancel or reschedule events they worry may lead to spread of the disease.

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Houston Narrows The Scope Of Controversial Subpoena Of Pastors' Sermons

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 2:36pm

The subpoenas — at the crossroad of church and state and born out of a lawsuit over an equal rights ordinance — drew ire from national organizations and Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 2:33pm

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

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Oscar Pistorius' Sentencing And The Classic True Crime Novel

NPR Books - October 17, 2014 - 2:33pm

Oscar Pistorius, superstar athlete, was back in court this week for his sentencing hearing, after a culpable homicide conviction. Journalist Mandy Wiener says his case reminds her of a favorite book.

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As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

NPR Top Stories - October 17, 2014 - 2:26pm

Gas prices are falling — and so are hybrid car sales. Analysts say better gas mileage for traditional vehicles, combined with low gas prices, are giving hybrids a run for their money.

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