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Slippery When Coated: Helping Medical Devices Resist Blood Clots

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 09:03

When blood flows over an artificial surface, whether it's an implanted pacemaker or tubing for a dialysis machine, there's an increased risk that a dangerous clot will form.

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Cyclone Hudhud Blasts India With Winds Topping 120 MPH

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:51

Cyclone Hudhud is being blamed for several deaths after it struck the port city of Visakhapatnam (often called Vizag), destroying shops and snapping power lines along the coast of the Bay of Bengal.

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Record labels try their luck at comedy

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:32

The Recording Industry Association of America released their mid-year report, showing revenue industry wide is down almost five percent from last year as audiences turn towards streaming services like Spotify and Pandora.

But for one iconic indie label, there’s hope sales can bounce back, and that hope relies on comedy.

“Our two comedy releases that we’ve put out in the last twelve months have sold better than all the other records we have put out in the last 12 months, combined,” says the President of Kill Rock Stars, Portia Sabin. “It’s pretty wild!”

That’s a big change for Kill Rock Stars, which released albums from noted music acts like Sleater Kinney, Bikini Kill and Elliot Smith. This week, the label released comedian Cameron Esposito’s critically praised new album, Same Sex Symbol.

That comes as other indie labels are taking a similar tact. For example, record label Sub Pop, which first made its mark with the bands Nirvana and Soundgarden, is now home to comedian Sarah Silverman, while the label Drag City has signed comedian Neil Hamburger.

Portia Sabin joined Marketplace’s Lizzie O’Leary from the Kill Rock Stars office in Portland, Oregon, to talk about comedy and the future of the recording industry. 

The Holidays Bring A New Season For Credit Card Breaches

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 08:26

Shoppers are heading into the heavy-spending season with no new credit safeguards in place. Experts say it'll be at least another year before the U.S. system moves beyond technology from the 1970s.

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In St. Louis, A Rally And Protests Over Police Shootings

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 06:48

More than 1,000 people hit the city's streets to protest the recent killing of young black men by police. While much of the event has been peaceful, some arrests took place last night.

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Iraqis Displaced By ISIS Face Another Threat: Winter

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 06:30

With winter approaching, most of the 1.8 million Iraqis displaced by Islamic extremists will be living outside through the winter in Iraq's north, where temperatures frequently drop below freezing.

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U.S. And Other Nations Pledge $5.4 Billion To Rebuild Gaza

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 04:13

The total far surpasses the $4 billion Palestinians had said was needed after the recent 50-day war. The U.S. promised $212 million at the session, which Israel agreed not to attend.

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In Arid Iraq, Control Of Water Is Part Of ISIS Arsenal

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 03:48

Water is a crucial resource to those living along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to researcher Matthew Machowski about how ISIS is using that natural resource as a weapon.

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Kerry Soliciting Aid Funds For Gaza Reconstruction

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 03:22

Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Cairo to take part in an international conference on rebuilding Gaza, after Israel's latest military operation against Hamas militants there.

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Postcard From Freetown: On The Beach, Life — And Dreams — Go On

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 03:22

Even in a city stricken with Ebola, people come to the beach. A man on crutches is out for a walk. Little girls collect a fish and a headless Barbie. And an actress dreams of her big break.

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Ebola Shows Small Signs Of Slowing In Liberia

NPR News - Sun, 2014-10-12 03:22

U.S. troops have arrived in Liberia to set up emergency hospitals and start training health workers on Ebola care. Correspondent Jason Beaubien updates NPR's Ari Shapiro on the latest from Monrovia.

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The Empire Strikes Back: The Fan-Made Version

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 13:08

A follow-up to 2010 Emmy-winner Star Wars Uncut, the film is a pastiche of live action, stop-motion and animation that shows both the contributors' talents and their passion for the original.

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