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Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads

Sat, 2014-01-18 11:56

Some scientists say traditional remedies might help them crack diseases like cancer. Some notable successes include a treatment for a form of leukemia and an anti-malaria medicine that has become the gold standard. But there are more misses than hits.

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Missouri Bill Would Add Firing Squad As Death Penalty Option

Sat, 2014-01-18 10:46

In recent months, states have been running out of a drug used for the lethal injection. This bill aims to give Missouri another option. One of the bill's sponsors says a firing squad is "no less humane than lethal injection."

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And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

Sat, 2014-01-18 10:10

In the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street, just about everything is over the top – including the side dishes. But it turns out, a memorable scene involving extravagantly priced sides isn't so far from the truth. These days, chefs are giving these former afterthoughts starring roles of their own – and they come with big price tags to match.

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And The Best Supporting Actor Award Goes To ... Side Dishes

Sat, 2014-01-18 10:10

In the Oscar-nominated film The Wolf Of Wall Street, just about everything is over the top – including the side dishes. But it turns out, a memorable scene involving extravagantly priced sides isn't so far from the truth. These days, chefs are making these former afterthoughts starring roles of their own – and they come with big price tags to match.

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Syrian Coalition Votes To Attend Geneva Peace Talks

Sat, 2014-01-18 09:37

Ahmad Jarba, the president of the Syrian Coalition, said this was "a major step from tyranny to freedom for the people of Syria."

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Dissenters Pushed Aside, Egyptian Voters Approve New Constitution

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:50

The charter increases the power of institutions crucial in the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. The vote was marked by many irregularities as well as voter intimidation.

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98 Percent Of Egyptians Approve New Constitution, Officials Say

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:50

The charter increases the power of institutions crucial in the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi. The vote was marked by many irregularities as well as voter intimidation.

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Under Government Pressure, Mexican Vigilantes Vow To Fight On

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:30

Federal forces are backing away from a plan to disarm the civilian militias that are defending their communities from ruthless drug traffickers. In the western state of Michoacan, it's unclear how long the fragile peace will last.

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India Reels Over Sudden Death Of Official's Wife

Sat, 2014-01-18 08:06

Sunanda Pushkar's death was preceded by a very public Twitter feud about an alleged affair by her husband.

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In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Sat, 2014-01-18 07:38

Eastern Kentucky is a place known as the poster child of the War on Poverty. When NPR's Pam Fessler traveled there to report, she was warned that people would be reluctant to talk because they were tired of being depicted as poor. Instead, she got an earful.

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UPDATED: Student In Philadelphia School Shooting Surrenders

Sat, 2014-01-18 06:36

The shooting injured two fellow students. Police say teens may have been playing with a gun when it went off.

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Donors Pitch In To Protect Detroit's Art And Pensions

Sat, 2014-01-18 06:26

Under a deal mediated by a federal bankruptcy judge, a group of local and national foundations this week pledged more than $330 million to help Detroit's pension fund and protect the city's valuable art collection. Bio-chemical entrepreneur Paul Schaap is one of the donors; he speaks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the effort.

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Ukraine's President Approves Anti-Protest Law

Sat, 2014-01-18 05:14

The new law prohibits almost any type of demonstration. The opposition has vowed to fight, calling for a big protest on Sunday.

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Still Texting? OMG, That's Already So Old-School

Sat, 2014-01-18 02:31

A new report says instant messaging is surpassing old-fashioned texting in Britain. It may seem too soon to talk about the good old days of texting, but technological turnover is another sign of the times. Also on the decline: phone numbers.

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Three Years After Uprisings, Arab States Take Different Paths

Sat, 2014-01-18 02:28

Tunisians were celebrating this week. Egyptians were voting on a new constitution. Syrians are hoping peace talks can end their civil war. Several Arab Spring nations are now working through key events that will shape the road ahead.

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Sibling Snowboarders Hope To Reach Olympics At The Same Time

Sat, 2014-01-18 02:27

Brother and sister Taylor and Arielle Gold have both had amazing seasons. Arielle is vying for a spot on the U.S. snowboarding team; Taylor has already made it. All this is new to them.

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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Trying To Protect

Sat, 2014-01-18 01:43

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was a regular at the cozy Kabul restaurant, and remembers Kamal Hamade's friendship.

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Restaurant Owner Loved The Patrons He Died Protecting

Sat, 2014-01-18 01:43

The owner of the Taverna du Liban, attacked by a suicide bomber Friday night, treated each of his customers as a personal friend.

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IMF, UN Staff Among 21 Killed In Kabul Restaurant Attack

Sat, 2014-01-18 01:02

A suicide attack at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreign nationals killed at least 21 people on Friday, including a senior official with the International Monetary Fund and four United Nations employees.

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California's Governor Declares Drought State Of Emergency

Fri, 2014-01-17 17:27

Gov. Jerry Brown is urging Californians to cut their water use by 20 percent, and he's telling state agencies to conserve water – and to hire more firefighters.

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