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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

NPR Books - October 21, 2014 - 3:03am

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 2:45am

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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Some Millennials — And Their Parents — Are Slow To Cut The Cord

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 2:40am

Millennials get a lot of financial and emotional support from their parents, which critics say causes delayed adolescence. But actually this close relationship benefits both kids and parents.

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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:50am

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

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Winners And Losers Of The Fall TV Season Begin To Emerge

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

One month into the TV season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom-coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

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Kurds Leave Life In Europe To Fight ISIS In Their Iraqi Homeland

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

Until August, 24-year-old Aza Betwata was in Holland, enjoying beef and cabbage and studying to be a social worker. Now, he's among the hundreds of exiled Kurds who have returned and taken up arms.

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Six Words: 'Must We Forget Our Confederate Ancestors?'

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:35am

The Confederate flag is a sign of bigotry to some. For others, says reporter Jesse Dukes, it symbolizes family heritage and defiance — but also what he calls a "willful innocence" about U.S. history.

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Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies At 82

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 6:45pm

De la Renta died Monday, according to a statement from his family. The Dominican designer was a ground-breaker in the industry.

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Unrest In Ferguson May Speed Up Decline Of Real Estate

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 3:48pm

Many in the city are worried about its future, and there's speculation there will be a "mass migration" should violence erupt again. But some residents remain committed to the city.

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CDC Announces New Guidelines For Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 3:40pm

The new guidelines call for a site supervisor, who makes sure healthcare workers put on and remove their personal protective equipment correctly.

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This Past September Ranks As Hottest On Record, NOAA Says

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 2:03pm

The agency says if 2014 continues to be this hot, it's on pace to be the hottest year on record.

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When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 1:47pm

Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.

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Toyota Becomes Latest Automaker To Issue Recalls Over Faulty Airbags

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:52pm

Since 2008, almost 16 million vehicles have been recalled over worries that airbags might explode if exposed to high humidity for long periods of time.

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Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:44pm

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

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From Sizzling Fajitas To The Super Bowl, How Sounds Help Sell

NPR Books - October 20, 2014 - 12:44pm

Joel Beckerman is a composer who specializes in sonic branding. His new book is called The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy.

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Parkinson's Drugs Can Be A Gateway To Sin

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 12:16pm

Researchers call for stronger safety warnings on drugs called dopamine agonists because they can trigger self-destructive, obsessional behavior in some people.

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Climate Change Has Coffee Growers In Haiti Seeking Higher Ground

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 11:53am

Haiti's once-flourishing coffee trade has been badly battered. The latest threat: climate change. Locals who still rely on coffee for their livelihood must learn to grow it in changing climes.

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