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Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 2:42pm

President Obama announced that he has authorized a humanitarian mission to aid religious minorities stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Airstrikes will be a component of that mission.

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'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:59pm

But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.

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Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:35pm

The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.

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What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

NPR Books - August 28, 2014 - 1:22pm

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.

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‘Suspicious Minds,’ by Joel Gold and Ian Gold

New York Times book reviews - August 28, 2014 - 1:19pm
A psychiatrist and his philosopher brother discuss how mental illness reflects culture.






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‘The Bone Clocks,’ by David Mitchell

New York Times book reviews - August 28, 2014 - 1:10pm
In David Mitchell’s “The Bone Clocks,” a 15-year-old girl runs away from home in 1984 and becomes entrapped in an otherworldly battle between good and evil that will follow her for 60 years.






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New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:03pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

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When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 1:03pm

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

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Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 12:58pm

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

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Tom Frieden's Ebola Assessment: The Risk Is Increasing

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 12:54pm

In an exclusive interview with NPR, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares his impressions from a visit to West Africa.

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Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 12:45pm

Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."

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Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 12:39pm

A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.

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Teen Drama? Occult Thriller? Gritty War Epic? 'Bone Clocks' Is All Three

NPR Books - August 28, 2014 - 12:26pm

David Mitchell's new novel might span five perspectives and six decades, but he brings this complex mix together with signature elegance. The combination makes for a thrilling read.

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Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 12:16pm

Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.

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With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 12:11pm

U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.

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Murder Charges Dismissed Against Former Top Thai Leaders

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 8:03am

Ex-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy, Suthep Thaugsuban, were charged in connection with a bloody 2010 crackdown on protesters.

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'Geography Can Be Tough': Canada Trolls Russia For Ukraine Action

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 7:41am

A tweet from Canada's NATO delegation shows a map with two distinctly marked areas: "Russia" and "Not Russia." It's in apparent response to Moscow's claims its troops have mistakenly entered Ukraine.

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In Haiti, An 'American Idol'-Style Contest About Child Slavery

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 7:20am

Last week, thousands of Haitians gathered in a stadium for the final round in a national song-writing contest. The topic: restavek, the term for the thousands of children who are modern-day slaves.

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China Warns U.S. Over Surveillance Flights

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 6:59am

Beijing rejected U.S. claims that one of its warplanes made a reckless intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 and said if Washington wants good relations with China, it should end "close surveillance" flights.

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Hey, You've Got Mites Living On Your Face. And I Do, Too

NPR Top Stories - August 28, 2014 - 6:52am

If you're grossed out by the idea that tiny relatives of scorpions are living in the pores of your nose, you're not alone. But everybody's got Demodex mites, a study finds. And they're kind of cute.

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