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Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers

NPR Books - October 21, 2014 - 12:27pm

Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.

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You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

NPR Books - October 21, 2014 - 12:27pm

"The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.

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From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:09pm

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.

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Hospitals Struggle To Beat Back Serious Infections

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 12:05pm

About 75,000 patients a year die from infections they caught in the hospital. A Kaiser Health News analysis finds that nearly 700 hospitals across the nation have higher than expected infection rates.

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Watchdog: $7 Billion U.S. Effort Doesn't Dent Afghan Poppy Production

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 11:35am

The Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction found that despite U.S. counternarcotics efforts, poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high in 2013.

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UPDATED: After Controversy, Toys R Us Pulls 'Breaking Bad' Action Figures

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 11:19am

One Florida mom started a petition calling on the retailer to stop selling action figures based on drug dealers in its stores. Toys R Us had said the Breaking Bad toys were meant for adults.

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Ambushes, Mines And Booby Traps: ISIS Militants Change Tack

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 11:16am

In northern Iraq, Kurdish fighters have won back territory from the so-called Islamic State only to lose it again. ISIS is using a range of explosives, inflicting heavy Kurdish casualties.

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Bookends: What’s the Most Terrifying Book You’ve Ever Read?

New York Times book reviews - October 21, 2014 - 11:13am
Francine Prose and Ayana Mathis discuss their scariest reading experiences.






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Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’

New York Times book reviews - October 21, 2014 - 11:02am
Leslie H. Gelb reviews Leon Panetta’s memoir, which recounts a career in public service, including stints as White House chief of staff, director of the C.I.A. and defense secretary.






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Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 10:39am

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be, foreign governments do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

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Volunteer Recap: Why Wearing The Right Shoes In Rio Matters

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 6:35am

When medical student Robert Snyder visited Rio de Janeiro last summer to do volunteer work, he learned the hard way that Birkenstock clogs are not a wise footwear choice.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 6:14am

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

NPR Books - October 21, 2014 - 6:07am

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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When Women Stopped Coding

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 4:54am

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

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Opera About 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking Draws Protests At Met

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 4:41am

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani was among those who denounced The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams, calling it anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

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