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Hong Kong Activists Protest China's Control Of Leadership Vote

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 07:04

People in the former British colony are angered that a vote for the territory's next chief executive will be from a list of candidates hand-pickled by Beijing.

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Putin Calls For Talks To Consider Statehood For Southeastern Ukraine

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 06:06

The Russian leader said "substantive, meaningful talks" were needed to decide the outcome in the region, while a spokesman clarified that the region should remain part of Ukraine.

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How 'Sassy' Came To Mean Something Both Sweet And Sour

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 06:05

Since the new Lifetime show Girlfriend Intervention has resurrected the tired old cliche of the "sassy black woman," one black woman decided "sassy" needed some scrutiny.

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Iraqi Forces Reportedly Enter Besieged Northern City Of Amerli

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 04:41

The town of Amerli, which includes some 20,000 Shiite Turkmen, has been surrounded by Sunni Islamic State fighters for two months.

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Ebola Prevention Supplies Running Short In Liberia

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 03:46

Liberia is the country hardest hit by the Ebola virus outbreak. Aid is trickling in, but it is not enough. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Wall Street Journal reporter Drew Hinshaw in the capital, Monrovia.

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Study Finds Nothing Special About Breakfast

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 03:46

Maybe we don't need to eat our Wheaties. Linda Wertheimer talks to Emily Dhurandhar, lead author of a study that finds breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day.

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Trial Will Decide Detroit's Fiscal Future

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 03:46

Detroit is preparing to dig itself out of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The legal approach Detroit uses to re-create itself will have far-reaching implications for other cities.

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Miami Struggles To Embrace Unaccompanied Immigrants

NPR News - Sun, 2014-08-31 03:46

School districts are beginning to cope with the recent influx of new students from Central America. Many have little education and most are just beginning to learn English.

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U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 19:43

American and other forces have launched an offensive to free the town of Amerli, surrounded by Islamic militants for more than two months and desperately short on food and clean water.

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Liberia's Ebola Routine: Wear Your Temperature On Your Lapel

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 15:01

NPR producer Nicole Beemsterboer reflects on 10 days in Liberia: children losing parents, young men risking their lives to collect bodies, and the smell of chlorinated hand-washing water everywhere.

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When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 14:34

Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks.

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One Woman's Lessons From Living On The Street

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 13:19

It's hard enough being homeless, but for women there are extra dangers and challenges. One D.C. woman who has lived on the streets for decades shares some of what she's learned.

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Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Draft, Is Dropped By Rams

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 12:59

The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster.

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South Africa Condemns Apparent Coup In Lesotho

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 11:53

Early Saturday, soldiers in the tiny kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa took to the streets amid gunfire, forcing the prime minister to flee. The army has denied a takeover.

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U.N. Peacekeepers Rescued After Being Trapped By Syrian Militants

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 09:49

Dozens of blue-helmeted Filipino soldiers were extracted after a firefight with militants on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights.

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Nicaraguan Miners Trapped After Collapse

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 08:24

Four miners remain trapped after 22 others were rescued at a gold and silver mine near the south central city of Bonanza.

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Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 08:19

The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item.

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How Are Different Asian-American Groups Faring Economically?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 06:25

In a recent report, the U.S. Department of Labor broke down different economic outcomes among Asian-American and Pacific Islander ethnic subgroups.

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John Walker Jr., Cold War Spy For Soviets, Dies At 77

NPR News - Sat, 2014-08-30 06:09

The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, his brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period.

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