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Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

NPR Books - August 25, 2014 - 3:39am

Also: an excerpt of Lena Dunham's new book; notable books of the week.

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At Michael Brown's Funeral, A Call For A Day Of Reckoning

NPR Top Stories - August 25, 2014 - 2:49am

The shooting death of the 18-year-old sparked violent protests in Ferguson, Mo. At his funeral, there was resignation but also a clarion call for change.

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As Ferguson Unraveled, The World Found A New Way Of Watching

NPR Top Stories - August 25, 2014 - 12:46am

When protests over the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., live-streaming videos showed Americans what they couldn't see on TV.

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Ebola Took Her Daughters And Made Her An Outcast

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 11:30pm

The disease that has claimed over 600 lives in Liberia and 1,400 across West Africa has had another tragic impact. People who've lost family members may find themselves shunned by friends and family.

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Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 11:29pm

Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

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On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide?

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 11:28pm

A federal court will hear arguments Monday on whether Kansas and Arizona can require proof of citizenship when people register to vote. It's the first of a wave of voting law cases this fall.

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In New Hampshire, An Unexpected Tight Race For Senate

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 11:27pm

When talking competitive U.S. Senate races, New Hampshire isn't at the top of the list. But the contest between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and likely opponent Scott Brown has become surprisingly close.

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Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

NPR Books - August 24, 2014 - 11:26pm

In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.

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People With Down Syndrome Are Pioneers In Alzheimer's Research

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 11:25pm

By age 40, the brains of people with Down syndrome start to resemble those of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists hope to speed up Alzheimer's drug development by studying people with Down syndrome.

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Burger King In Talks To Buy Canada's Tim Hortons

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 9:15pm

The companies say Miami-based Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Ontario-based Tim Hortons Inc. would continue to operate as separate brands but would share corporate services.

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Latecomers Bring Fresh Outrage To Weary Ferguson

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 1:25pm

As the streets of Ferguson, Mo., calm down, new protesters are arriving to carry on demonstrations.

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Ebola Outbreak Reportedly Spreads To Central Africa

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 1:02pm

With two deaths caused by the virus reported by the Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry, the disease appears to have moved beyond West Africa.

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Powerful Earthquake Rattles Northern California

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 12:59pm

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Bay Area of California early Sunday morning. The quake caused some injuries and heavy damage to buildings, particularly in Napa.

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American Journalist Freed After Nearly Two Years In Captivity

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 12:59pm

New England native Peter Theo Curtis was freed Sunday, after being held by Islamic militants in Syria since October 2012. Another American journalist, James Foley, was killed in Syria last week.

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With Confirmed Cases In Congo, Ebola Now In 4 West African Nations

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 12:59pm

The disease's spread has been greased by the high commerce and traffic across the region, and nations in the neighborhood of those affected are concerned about the virus arriving within their borders.

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Picking Sides At Day Camp: Confederacy Or Union?

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 12:59pm

At typical summer day camps, kids swim, do arts and crafts and face off on the soccer field. But at a one-day program in North Carolina, 8- to 12-year-olds take sides in the Civil War.

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In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

NPR Books - August 24, 2014 - 12:59pm

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.

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Al-Qaida's Syrian Affiliate Frees U.S. Journalist Held Since 2012

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 10:41am

Peter Theo Curtis, who was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in Oct. 2012, has been quietly handed over to a U.N. representative.

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Rap Mogul 'Suge' Knight Shot At West Hollywood Nightclub

NPR Top Stories - August 24, 2014 - 9:26am

The founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and Death Row Records is reportedly out of surgery after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.

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