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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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Frozen Poop Pills Fight Life-Threatening Infections

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 11:03

The antibiotic-resistant bacteria C. difficile can be deadly. Fecal transplants often can cure infections, but have a major ick factor. Capsules of fecal matter deliver the cure more politely.

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New Hepatitis C Pill Promises Faster Treatment, At A Higher Cost

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 09:27

The new product brings several advances, but it also has a steep price tag, reported at $1,125 per tablet. Its maker reported billions in sales of a related drug approved last year.

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It's 2014. All Children Are Supposed To Be Proficient. What Happened?

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 08:49

The No Child Left Behind law famously set this year as the date when, well, no children would be left behind. So now what?

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Republican And Democrat Make Headlines For 'Nicest' Election Race

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 07:59

The two have agreed not to mess with each other's yard signs. "This office is bigger than us," one candidate for a county sheriff's post in northern Kentucky says.

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A Republican Battles To Keep His Job In Deep-Red Kansas

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 07:46

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a national crusader against illegal immigration, but this year some of his GOP brethren are turning against him as he struggles to win reelection.

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Ebola Deaths Top 4,000; Screening Begins At New York's JFK Airport

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 06:26

The screening procedure will include passengers having their temperature taken with non-contact thermometers and answering questions to determine their potential exposure.

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Tech Week: Women's Raises, Screen Time And Super-Locked Phones

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 05:59

Controversial remarks about women not needing to ask for raises, how people in tech often limit their kids' screen time and a heated debate over smartphone encryption topped our tech coverage.

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Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 05:45

Millennials are the most likely to favor traditionally pro-environment policies and believe climate change is man-made. But they are also the least likely generation to identify as environmentalists.

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Comer Cottrell, Creator Of The People's Jheri Curl, Dies At 82

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 04:32

Cottrell died last Friday in Plano, Tex. His do-it-yourself product brought more affordable curly hair to the masses.

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Kmart Says Its Store Registers Were Hacked, Exposing Credit Cards

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 04:30

The Sears-owned company says it removed the malware after it was discovered Thursday. It announced the exposure late Friday, saying no personal data or PIN numbers were lost.

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Author: Supreme Court Usurped Congress On Voting Rights

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 03:42

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Darryl Pinckney about his essay "Blackballed," a personal and historical reflection on the struggle of black Americans for the right to vote.

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Revelations From Governor's Fiancee Show Flair For Scandal In Oregon

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 03:42

On Thursday, Oregon's first lady, Cylvia Hayes, admitted to receiving $5,000 to marry a man who wanted a green card. NPR's Scott Simon talks to political editor Charlie Mahtesian about the scandal.

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Some Weapons Bound For Syrian Rebels End Up With ISIS

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 03:42

Conflict Armament Research tracks the weapons the self-proclaimed Islamic State uses. As Damien Spleeters tells NPR's Scott Simon, the group traced weapons back to more than 20 countries.

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With ISIS At Its Border, Turkey Can't Decide What To Do

NPR News - Sat, 2014-10-11 03:42

Turkey is divided over how to respond to ISIS on its border and to Kurdish unrest within the country, making Turkey a shaky partner for the U.S.-led coalition.

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Feds Clear 7 On No-Fly List To Travel, Will Tell 6 More Why They Can't

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-10 19:06

The government long maintained it could not tell anyone whether they were on the list or provide a reason why. In June a judge struck that down as unconstitutional.

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Gay Marriages To Begin In Idaho, After High Court Lifts Stay

NPR News - Fri, 2014-10-10 16:33

The order from the Supreme Court signals yet again that the justices are disinclined to review cases throwing out state bans on gay marriage.

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