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Creating Your Baby's Last Name? Tennessee Says No

NPR Top Stories - September 15, 2014 - 12:32am

A Tennessee family invented a new surname for their kids, completely different from their own, and discovered that their state's law bars them from doing that.

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Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners

NPR Top Stories - September 15, 2014 - 12:31am

A shrinking pool of grant money for medical research has led competing applicants to oversell weak scientific findings, critics say. The result: Many experimental treatments are worthless.

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Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 7:09pm

From homeless parent to Ph.D., Margaret Martin has always believed in the power of music. She founded Harmony Project, which puts instruments into the hands of kids from L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods.

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Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 1:08pm

The Clintons are back in Iowa at an event that is the place to see and be seen for ambitious Democrats. NPR's Arun Rath talks with national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

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Tensions In Ukraine Increase As Cease-Fire Appears To Have Dissolved

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 1:08pm

A week-old ceasefire in eastern Ukraine has all but broken down. Shelling that was previously constrained to the airport in Donetsk reached the city over the weekend.

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Continued Killings Could Bolster Need For Action Against ISIS

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 1:08pm

The killing of British aid worker David Haines by the self-proclaimed Islamic State provoked international outrage and could bolster U.S. efforts to build support for an anti-ISIS coalition.

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

NPR Books - September 14, 2014 - 1:08pm

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.

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U.S. Says Allies In Middle East And Elsewhere Want To Help Fight ISIS

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 12:54pm

On a weekend that saw extremist group the Islamic State release a video showing the murder of a Western hostage, support for a coalition to fight the group is building.

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Thousands Gather In Germany To Rally Against Anti-Semitism

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 12:52pm

At an event in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is no place for anti-Semitism in Germany and called it a "monstrous scandal" that anyone in the country would be hassled for being Jewish.

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Hannah Storm, A Pro, Fan And Mother, Gives NFL An Earful

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 12:31pm

A football fan who's also the mother of three daughters, ESPN's Hannah Storm asked some tough questions Sunday that show how hard the week has been for families who follow the NFL.

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Heineken Owners Reportedly Rebuff SABMiller's Purchase Offer

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 10:47am

In a move seen as a way to fight off Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewer SABMiller reportedly offered to buy Heineken. The family that controls Heineken rejected the idea, Bloomberg News says.

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Greg Norman Says He's Lucky Not To Have Cut His Hand Off

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 8:42am

After a chainsaw accident, Australian golfer Greg Norman posted photos this weekend showing him recovering from the ordeal. Norman had been cutting branches off a tree at his Florida home.

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Bob Marley's 'Legend' Album Finally Cracks Billboard Top 10

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 8:02am

While the 30-year-old album has sold millions of copies over the years, it only reached No. 54 when it was released. The new spike comes courtesy of a steep price cut.

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Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 7:54am

The Islamic State militant group released a video showing the execution of British aid worker David Haines. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with the BBC's Gordon Corera about the reaction in the U.K.

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Shelling In Donetsk Rocks Cease-Fire In Ukraine

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 6:27am

The cease-fire in eastern Ukraine is being tested, with intense fighting reported near the airport in Donetsk Saturday and Sunday. An NPR team in that city was forced to flee the shelling.

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Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 6:26am

It could be the next big spy movie: an Estonian intelligence agent nabbed by Russia on spy charges. Russia says he was spying on them; Estonia says he was kidnapped in a cross-border raid.

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U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 5:52am

President Obama wants Sunnis to join the battle against the Islamic State. But those who helped fight al-Qaida several years ago feel abused by the Iraqi military, and now are not so eager to sign up.

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ISIS 'Are Not Muslims, They Are Monsters,' Cameron Says

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 4:57am

This weekend, David Haines' family publicly asked his captors to contact them. Instead, the group released its third video showing a Western hostage being killed.

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North Korea Sentences American To Six Years Of Hard Labor

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 3:58am

Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, Calif., had entered North Korea on a tourist visa. The country says he sought to be thrown in jail to investigate human rights issues.

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Scottish Author: 'We Want Control Over Our Destiny'

NPR Top Stories - September 14, 2014 - 3:48am

Scotland's independence vote is just a few days away. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to the best-selling Scottish novelist Val McDermid about her thoughts on the referendum.

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