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Live Blog: Scotland Votes On Its Independence

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 12:45pm

The polls have closed and the counting has begun on a referendum that could have historic implications for the United Kingdom.

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Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 12:33pm

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say it's a win for consumers, trees and animals.

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‘The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace,’ by Jeff Hobbs

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 12:10pm
Jeff Hobbs tells the story of Robert DeShaun Peace, who went from a New Jersey ghetto to Yale but never truly escaped his past.
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Mark Whitaker’s ‘Cosby’

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 11:55am
A biography of Bill Cosby chronicles the outspoken comedian’s rise to stardom, along with personal and professional setbacks.
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The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 11:39am

Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.

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‘The Emerald Light in the Air,’ by Donald Antrim

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 8:30am
Men and women are forced to make detours into unfamiliar territory in Donald Antrim’s first story collection.






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Ukraine's Poroshenko Thanks Congress For Supporting Freedom

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 6:08am

Petro Poroshenko arrives in the U.S. to meet with the president and others to lobby for increased aid to his embattled government.

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John Lahr: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 6:00am
The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”






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Islamic State Seizes Villages; Australia Says It Foiled Beheading Plot

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 4:53am

The Islamist rebels also known as ISIS or ISIL reportedly captured 16 Kurdish villages in northern Syria in a major push for territory. The move has prompted fears of a massacre against civilians.

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How To Make The Most Of Your 10 Minutes With Teacher

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 3:47am

Like a good Boy Scout, parents should be prepared: Educators agree that doing your homework can make a big difference. Here's expert advice on how to ace your next parent-teacher conference.

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Rethinking A Fall Classic: The Parent-Teacher Conference

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 3:47am

The New York City schools are overhauling the time, and format, of these conferences in an attempt to add depth and meaning. Among the changes: They'll be held four times a year instead of just two.

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Scotland's Historic Decision: Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 3:38am

Scots went to the polls to vote in a referendum that will decide whether they remain with the United Kingdom or end a 300-year-old union.

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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 3:29am

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America

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

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 1:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 1:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 1:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Ads Get Creative, Even Seductive, To Attract Voters

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 1:06am

Voting might not be the sexiest thing in the world, but at least one ad campaign encouraging Americans to register is pretty provocative.

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From Coffee To Chicory To Beer, 'Bitter' Flavor Can Be Addictive

NPR Top Stories - September 18, 2014 - 1:06am

If you don't think you like bitter foods, try them again. Jennifer McLagan, the author of Bitter: A Taste of the World's Most Dangerous Flavor, is on a mission to change hearts and minds.

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Islamic State Planned Killing In Australia, PM Says After Raids

NPR Top Stories - September 17, 2014 - 6:53pm

Fifteen people were arrested across Sydney in the counterterrorism operation, which one official said was the largest in the country's history.

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