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What Makes Kenya's Marathon Runners The World's Best?

Tue, 2014-11-04 13:57

Kenyan distance runners won both the men's and women's divisions of Sunday's New York City Marathon. A Harvard evolutionary biologist suggests some possible reasons why.

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We Are Not Slaughterers: An Iraqi Village Rejects Islamic Militants

Tue, 2014-11-04 13:57

A Sunni Muslim tribe in central Iraq braves nightly shelling and threats from the Islamic State, refusing the group's orders to join its movement. But they say they need help.

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GOP Takes Control Of Senate With Wins in N.C., Iowa, Ark., Colo.

Tue, 2014-11-04 13:48

Republicans needed to pick up just six seats in Tuesday's midterm elections to wrest control of the Senate. In the House, the key question was how big the GOP majority would be next year.

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Why Farmers Aren't Cheering This Year's Monster Harvest

Tue, 2014-11-04 13:11

Farmers will haul in a record-breaking harvest of soybeans and corn this year, but they could be victims of their own success: Prices for these crops, falling for months, are at five-year lows.

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Researchers Tap Web Chatter To Figure Out Who's Sick

Tue, 2014-11-04 12:59

With the help of online data, doctors and public health officials are tracking the spread of illnesses and predicting where they might strike next. The analyses also provide clues for prevention.

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Massachusetts Food Waste Ban Gains Broad Acceptance

Tue, 2014-11-04 12:48

Massachusetts law now says that if you throw out more than a ton of food waste a month, it can't go to a landfill. But many institutions had already begun composting waste or turning it into energy.

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New Attorney General Not Likely Until 2015

Mon, 2014-11-03 15:39

Though a short list of candidates to replace current Attorney General Eric Holder is circulating, a nomination and confirmation is increasingly unlikely until after an expected shift in Congress.

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Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

Mon, 2014-11-03 15:37

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long.

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Supreme Court Case Tests Status Of Jerusalem

Mon, 2014-11-03 12:59

Can U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem list Israel as their place of birth on their passports? A 12-year-old boy is contesting the U.S. position that no one has sovereignty over the city.

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Armor For Batteries Could Protect Hungry Kids From Harm

Mon, 2014-11-03 12:20

Thousands of children swallow tiny batteries used in watches, calculators and toys each year. A team from MIT and Harvard is working on a pressure-sensitive insulating shield to prevent damage.

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It Turns Out That Fighting Polio Is Good Training To Fight Ebola

Mon, 2014-11-03 11:20

Nigeria knows how to beat back polio. And that's helped in the battle against Ebola. But other West African countries are struggling to beat the deadly virus — and neglecting anti-polio efforts.

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Holy Goats! They're Kind Of A Big Deal In One Nepali Town

Mon, 2014-11-03 11:07

The people of Nepal like goat dishes. They like goat sacrifices. But not all local goats meet such a fate. In one town, goats do as they please. After all, they're divine!

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'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies At 77

Mon, 2014-11-03 10:31

As half of the wisecracking NPR radio show, Tom Magliozzi made us laugh at our car problems. He and his brother, Ray, also taught us how things work.

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Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Mon, 2014-11-03 10:30

Tom Magliozzi bantered weekly with his brother, Ray, on the public radio show. They joked, laughed and sometimes even gave good advice to listeners with car troubles. Tom Magliozzi was 77 years old.

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HBO's 'Olive Kitteridge' May Be The Best Depiction Of Marriage On TV

Mon, 2014-11-03 10:22

HBO's miniseries, starring Frances McDormand as a sharp-tongued wife, concludes tonight. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans calls it an unsparing, detailed look at the most quietly troubled marriage on TV.

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Sandwich Monday: The Baco

Mon, 2014-11-03 10:20

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a Baco — not the bacon bit, but the bao-taco hybrid from Saucy Porka in Chicago.

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5 Widgets And Apps For Election Day

Mon, 2014-11-03 10:16

Worried you don't know the essentials for the 2014 midterm elections? Here's a mobile cheat sheet to plug you in for Election Day.

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In A Remote Corner Of Sudan, An American Takes His Stand

Mon, 2014-11-03 09:59

Ryan Boyette arrived in the Nuba Mountains more than a decade ago and has made it his mission to document abuses he says the government carries out with regularity.

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On The Trail To Preserve Appalachia's Bounty Of Heirloom Crops

Mon, 2014-11-03 09:46

With some 1,500 heirloom fruits and vegetables under cultivation, Appalachia is the most diverse foodshed in the U.S., Canada and northern Mexico. Among them is a beloved corn called Bloody Butcher.

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Contemplating Brittany Maynard's Final Choice

Mon, 2014-11-03 08:57

People who choose assisted suicide tend to be over 65, white and well-educated. And they want to feel in control of their fate. When a young person chooses that route, it draws fresh questions.

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