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Joan Rivers, An Enduring Comic Who Turned Tragedy Into Showbiz Success, Dies

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:22

NPR's Eric Deggans say the comedian was a show business survivor whose tireless work ethic kept her relevant long after other comics would have faded away. She died Thursday at 81.

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Found Guilty In Corruption Trial

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:15

McDonnell was found guilty on 11 of 14 charges related to taking gifts from a businessman in exchange for political favors. His wife, Maureen, was found guilty on nine of 14 charges.

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More Homes Go Smoke-Free, But Exposure Remains A Health Threat

Thu, 2014-09-04 09:22

People are getting the message about the dangers of secondhand smoke at home, a CDC study says. But half of smokers still light up in the house, putting the health of relatives and friends at risk.

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A Few Ebola Cases Likely In U.S., Air Traffic Analysis Predicts

Thu, 2014-09-04 09:11

What are the chances somebody with Ebola will fly to the U.S. by late September? One team of scientists says it could be as high as 18 percent. And the risk is even higher for the U.K.

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Misplaced IV Line Responsible For Botched Oklahoma Execution, Report Finds

Thu, 2014-09-04 09:01

The report says the IV line delivered the fatal dosage of drugs to the surrounding tissue rather than directly into the bloodstream, resulting in the prolonged execution of Clayton D. Lockett.

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Health Law Gets Reprieve As Appeals Court Agrees To Rehear Key Case

Thu, 2014-09-04 08:01

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals' decision overrides a July ruling by a three-judge panel that imperiled subsidies for people buying insurance in states that rely on the federal exchange.

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Liberia's Information Minister Admits Mistakes, Defends Actions

Thu, 2014-09-04 07:40

In efforts to defeat Ebola, the government could have done better, says Lewis Brown. But he stands by the tough calls that have been made — including the controversial quarantine in West Point.

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The Science Behind Baking Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Thu, 2014-09-04 07:20

Whatever your pleasure — crispy, soft, gooey or nicely tanned — it's easy to customize the classic Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie. Just follow these expert tips.

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BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill, Federal Judge Rules

Thu, 2014-09-04 06:59

The ruling could cost BP billions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier found that BP acted recklessly and was mostly responsible for the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

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After A 35-Year Run, NPR's Programming Chief Is Leaving

Thu, 2014-09-04 06:39

Ellen McDonnell worked her way from overnight producer to overseeing all of the network's news programs. Her departure closely follows that of NPR's senior vice president for news.

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Dry, Scratchy Eyes? Staring At Screens Is Driving This Trend

Thu, 2014-09-04 06:10

It used to be that dry eye syndrome was considered a problem for middle-aged women. But with all those screens we're staring at, that nasty sandy feeling is becoming much more common.

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In A Los Angeles Suburb, The Hunt Is On For An Albino Cobra

Thu, 2014-09-04 05:52

The cobra was likely kept as a pet. Authorities warned residents to watch their children closely and tell them to avoid snakes.

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The Myth Of The Superstar Superintendent?

Thu, 2014-09-04 05:16

Superintendents make almost no difference when it comes to student success, according to a new report.

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Job Growth Continues At Healthy Pace, Survey Finds

Thu, 2014-09-04 04:53

For the fifth straight month private companies added more than 200,000 jobs, according to the ADP National Employment Report. That's usually enough to keep pushing down the unemployment rate.

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Russians React To Western Food Ban With Pride, Resignation

Thu, 2014-09-04 04:42

As NATO discusses the crisis in Ukraine this week, Russia's ban on Western imports of fresh food marches on. For now, Moscow's grocery shelves are still stocked, and citizens are stoic.

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Riot Breaks Out At Tennessee Detention Center Where 32 Teens Escaped

Thu, 2014-09-04 04:38

By morning, order had been restored. Authorities said some of the teens involved in the overnight riot were the same ones who escaped earlier this week.

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Al-Qaida Leader Says The Group Has Expanded To India

Thu, 2014-09-04 03:57

In a video, Ayman al-Zawahri said its aim was to bring Islamic law to the entire subcontinent. The expansion, he said, was more than two years in the making.

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At NATO Summit, Allies Consider Lethal, Nonlethal Aid To Ukraine

Thu, 2014-09-04 03:05

The alliance's supreme allied commander in Europe says what Russia is doing in Ukraine is something "we thought would never happen again." Meanwhile, Russia warned Ukraine against trying to join NATO.

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Glenn Gould In Rapture

Thu, 2014-09-04 03:03

You don't get to see this too often: a man (in this case, a very talented man) totally possessed by his muse. Watch pianist Glenn Gould deep in what psychologists call "a flow state."

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Gentlemen, Preschool Is Calling

Thu, 2014-09-04 00:41

New York City is scrambling to make good on its promise to provide preschool for all. That means hiring roughly 1,000 new teachers. But few will likely be men.

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