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Suicides Rise In Middle-Aged Men, And Older Men Remain At Risk

Wed, 2014-09-10 12:50

Researchers don't know why middle-aged men are increasingly likely to kill themselves. But they say it shows that efforts to reduce the toll of suicide should be focused on men.

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A New Brand Of Paul Gains Support In Iowa

Wed, 2014-09-10 12:30

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul has already made significant inroads in Iowa as he explores a presidential bid. Supporters say it's because he builds on his father's work but stays his own person.

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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music.

Wed, 2014-09-10 12:28

A new study suggests that learning to play a musical instrument helps improve the brain's ability to process language. That means music lessons could give kids from low-income communities a big boost.

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In Strange Twist, Kenyans March For Police Officer Accused Of Murder

Wed, 2014-09-10 12:19

In a land where police have a reputation for corruption and violence, Titus Musila is a rare officer who is popular. Now that he's accused of a vigilante killing, residents have rallied around him.

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Women Who Eat Fish Twice Weekly Cut Their Risk Of Hearing Loss

Wed, 2014-09-10 11:48

Something as simple as eating fish can help lower the risk of hearing loss, researchers say. All types of fish helped. And since many people don't eat fish at all, there's an opportunity here.

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'Ask The White Guy' About The Hawks

Wed, 2014-09-10 10:46

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson's email about the diversity of the team's fans could end his run in the NBA. But were his comments really out of bounds?

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The Comeback Of The Endangered Colorado Orange, An Apple

Wed, 2014-09-10 10:00

The Colorado Orange is no orange; it is an apple, with a unique texture and citrus taste. There's a new effort to bring it and other endangered Colorado apples back from the brink of extinction.

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Putin: Russia To Upgrade Nuclear Forces In Response To West

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:41

The Russian president also accused the West of staging the crisis in Ukraine in order to "resuscitate" the NATO alliance.

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Islamic State Was Fueled By 'Epic American Failure In Iraq,' Reporter Says

Wed, 2014-09-10 09:37

The New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Tim Arango has been reporting from Iraq for five years and has watched the rise of the Islamic State militants. He gives Fresh Air his take on the situation.

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Covering Ebola: Fear And Love In Liberia

Wed, 2014-09-10 08:44

NPR producer Sami Yenigun went on assignment with excitement and trepidation. To protect himself from infection, he did not touch anyone. Yet he was deeply touched by the people he met.

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Heavier Teen Pot Smoking Linked To Problems In Young Adults

Wed, 2014-09-10 08:00

Daily smokers are less likely to graduate from high school or college and are at higher risk of suicide, according to an analysis of three long-term studies of teenagers in Australia and New Zealand.

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A Sad End For A Beloved Kitten

Wed, 2014-09-10 07:59

Peat the kitten had become the face of the Glenturret Distillery in Scotland. He died this week, apparently after being hit by a car.

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Britain's Cameron Pleads With Scots To Stay In U.K.

Wed, 2014-09-10 07:24

The prime minister says he'd be "heartbroken" if Scotland voted to separate from the union in a Sept. 18 referendum.

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How Far Will President Obama Go?

Wed, 2014-09-10 05:48

The president has spent most of his tenure scaling back the U.S. military role in the Middle East. Now he appears poised to broaden an operation that will bring with it substantial risks.

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Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

Wed, 2014-09-10 05:24

The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor conducts most of the government's background checks and was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.

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Coakley Will Face Baker In Massachusetts Governor's Race

Wed, 2014-09-10 05:20

Attorney General Martha Coakley begins with an advantage in the Democratic state, but polling shows a majority views Republican Charlie Baker as a strong enough leader to be an effective governor.

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How Could A Doctor's Death From Ebola Possibly Be 'Good'?

Wed, 2014-09-10 04:42

He giggled, he swore, he was afraid of Ebola. This summer, he was infected by a patient he treated. Two colleagues remember Dr. Samuel Brisbane's good life — and reflect on the idea of a good death.

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Ukrainian President Offers Limited Autonomy For Rebellious Region

Wed, 2014-09-10 04:12

Petro Poroshenko is offering a bill to grant special status to parts of the country's restive east, but he reiterates that there will be no concession on sovereignty.

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Kerry Seeks Iraq's Support On Move Against Islamic State

Wed, 2014-09-10 03:24

The secretary of state's visit to Baghdad comes ahead of President Obama's speech tonight to outline a plan to combat the militant group.

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Your Favorite Sites Will 'Slow Down' Today, For A Cause

Wed, 2014-09-10 03:03

Websites including Foursquare, Netflix and WordPress are taking part in Internet Slowdown Day to make a case for unfettered access to the Internet. The slowdown will only be symbolic, not real.

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