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In 'Season Of Mercy,' Will Vatican Rethink Communion For Divorcees?

Wed, 2014-10-08 12:40

Pope Francis hasn't ruled out changing church doctrine that bars divorced and remarried Catholics from receiving Holy Communion. There are fierce opponents, while others favor simplifying annulment.

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Lawsuit Testing Personhood Of Chimps Gets Its Day At An Appeals Court

Wed, 2014-10-08 12:37

A lower court had tossed the case, but an appellate court heard oral arguments today. Lawyers said that Tommy, a chimp in New York, deserves the same rights as Homo sapiens.

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A Strong Voice From The Ebola Front: Lorenzo Dorr

Wed, 2014-10-08 12:23

Drugs are in short supply. So is protective gear. Muddy roads may be impassable. But community health worker Lorenzo Dorr continues his efforts to keep Ebola in check in remote parts of Liberia.

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A New Museum To Celebrate Southern Food (And You Can Eat The Exhibits)

Wed, 2014-10-08 12:03

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans is re-imagining what a museum can be. There's plenty of scholarship, but also taste-testing — and a mission to help budding food entrepreneurs.

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World Bank Says Ebola Could Inflict Enormous Economic Losses

Wed, 2014-10-08 10:36

In 2013, Sierra Leone and Liberia ranked second and sixth among countries with the highest GDP growth in the world. But that growth has stopped because of the deadly Ebola virus.

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Texas Officials Say They Will Cremate Ebola Patient's Remains

Wed, 2014-10-08 10:20

As relatives grieve, public health officials are setting in place a plan to safely care for the remains of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. Cremation or burial are both acceptable, the CDC says.

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We Don't Know A Lot About Dogs And Ebola — But We Should

Wed, 2014-10-08 09:55

The story of Excalibur, whose Spanish owner has Ebola, raises many questions. Can dogs catch the virus? How would we know if they did? Could they infect humans? We asked a specialist for answers.

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Five U.S. Airports Will Institute New Ebola Screening Procedures

Wed, 2014-10-08 09:47

Passengers arriving from some countries in West Africa will have their temperatures taken upon arrival. They will also be asked to keep

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Cardinals And Giants Advance To NLCS, Will Play Each Other Saturday

Tue, 2014-10-07 20:51

The St. Louis Cardinals beat the LA Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nations 3-1. The Cardinals and Giants will meet in the National League Championship Series.

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Disease, War And Terrorism Are Dimming Economic Prospects, Especially In Africa

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:51

The International Monetary Fund issued a gloomy forecast and stock investors reacted. By the market's close, the Dow Jones industrial average had tumbled 272.58 points, or 1.6 percent

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So A Global Economist Walks Into A Comedy Club ...

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:51

Yoram Bauman is an economist. And a stand-up comic. Who makes jokes about climate change and global development, among other topics. At the Inter-American Development Bank this week, he killed!

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Detergent Pods Can Cause Eye Injuries In Children

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:22

Detergent pods are convenient, sure, but small children continue to have dangerous encounters with them, sustaining injuries to the eyes and other body parts when the pods are squeezed or chomped.

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Singer Morrisey Says He Has Had Cancer Treatment

Tue, 2014-10-07 13:12

"I have had four cancer-scrapings, but so what. If I die, I die," the English musician and former leader of The Smiths wrote in an email interview with a Spanish-language newspaper.

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A Smuggler Explains How He Helped Fighters Along 'Jihadi Highway'

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:59

Thousands of international recruits have crossed into Syria from Turkey to join the Islamic State. A Syrian man who helped smuggle those jihadis in explains how it worked, but says he's stopped now.

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Appellate Court Strikes Down Gay-Marriage Bans In Idaho, Nevada

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:56

The 9th Circuit Court issued its ruling after the Supreme Court gave tacit approval to three other circuit court decisions that overturned gay-marriage bans.

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In His Final Appearance, Landon Donovan Will Be U.S. Captain

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:25

Donovan holds the U.S. men's national team record with 57 goals. Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann famously left him off the World Cup roster, but this is a nod of appreciation.

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Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:24

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington, and Vermont is being sued for the labeling law it enacted earlier this year.

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Justices Skeptical Of Beard Rule In Inmate Religious Rights Case

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:20

The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of an Arkansas prisoner who says he must be allowed to wear a beard as part of his religious practice.

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'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:20

As The CW's new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes the best new broadcast dramas of the fall season are based on comic book stories.

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LED Lights Shine In Nobel Prize; Now How About Your Home?

Tue, 2014-10-07 12:20

The time has never been better to invest in LED lighting, with the price of LED bulbs — which use the Nobel-winning blue LEDs — now below $10 each.

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