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1:27 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

New Hepatitis C Pill Promises Faster Treatment, At A Higher Cost

The newly approved Harvoni tablets bring several advances to the fight against hepatitis C, but they also have a steep price tag, reported at $1,125 for a single dose.
Gilead Sciences

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 3:53 pm

The FDA has approved a once-a-day pill that combines two drugs to treat hepatitis C, the deadly virus that attacks the liver and is believed to infect 3.2 million Americans.

The new product brings several advances, but it also has a steep price tag, reported at $1,125 per tablet. NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff reports:

"The treatment, made by Gilead Sciences, bypasses the need for any injections or older drugs that have serious side effects.

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NPR Ed
12:49 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

It's 2014. All Children Are Supposed To Be Proficient. What Happened?

President George W. Bush, seated, signs No Child Left Behind into law at Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Ohio.
Ron Edmonds ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 12:57 pm

Take yourself back to those highly emotional, patriotic months after the 9/11 attacks.

In the midst of war, terrorism, fear and mourning, one bill passed 87-10 in the Senate and by a similar margin in the House — with equal support from both sides of the aisle. It was signed into law in January 2002 by George W. Bush, with the liberal lion of the Senate, Ted Kennedy, by his side.

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12:03 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

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The Two-Way
12:01 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Republican And Democrat Make Headlines For 'Nicest' Election Race

Scott Hildebrand, a Democrat, and Mike Jansen, a Republican, are competing to be the new sheriff in Campbell County, Ky., but they're also abiding by an agreement to keep their race clean.
Images courtesy of the candidates

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 3:59 pm

Not many political opponents eat breakfast together or sit for a joint interview, but those things are what define the race for Campbell County sheriff in northern Kentucky. That's where Democrat Scott Hildebrand and Republican Mike Jansen are waging "a clean race," as Jansen says, because the voters deserve it.

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Politics
11:46 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Republican Battles To Keep His Job In Deep-Red Kansas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform in Washington, D.C., in April. Kobach's challenger, Democrat Jean Schodorf, promises to stay closer to Kansas.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

If you saw Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach meeting with half a dozen supporters in an Kansas bar recently, you might think that he hadn't come all that far from his childhood in Topeka, where his dad owned a Buick dealership.

But this smiling, enthusiastic guy holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and he's a national stalwart of the anti-immigration movement.

"I have been involved in restoring the rule of law in immigration," he says. "That means trying to stop the lawlessness in the Obama administration, and that also means defending states like Arizona."

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The Two-Way
10:40 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Ebola Deaths Top 4,000; Screening Begins At New York's JFK Airport

Passengers from three West African countries will face screening for Ebola symptoms when they arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Travelers are seen here at a JFK checkpoint earlier this week. Four other airports will begin screening next week.
JUSTIN LANE EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:11 pm

Officials at five busy U.S. airports are putting in place screening measures meant to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Screening began at JFK Airport today; it will start at other international airports next week.

The push comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the outbreak has killed at least 4,024 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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All Tech Considered
10:00 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Tech Week: Women's Raises, Screen Time And Super-Locked Phones

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella backtracked on his suggestion that women shouldn't ask for raises.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 10:35 am

Our tech coverage this week was bookended by stories about women. We started with a look back at the forgotten females who pioneered computer programming and ended with the controversy about a certain tech CEO's insensitive remarks on women asking for raises. Oh, and Hewlett-Packard called it splitsville.

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Environment
9:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

Millennials seem to prioritize the environment, but may want to dissociate from the "treehugger" baggage of the term "environmentalist."
Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 8:57 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Young people have been the life blood of the environmental movement for decades. There could be trouble on the horizon though, and it all comes down to semantics.

To explain, it's helpful to use the example of Lisa Curtis, a 26-year-old from Oakland, California.

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Code Switch
8:35 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Comer Cottrell, Creator Of The People's Jheri Curl, Dies At 82

Comer Cottrell, right, confers with adman Jerry Metcalf in 1977.
Los Angeles Times

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The Two-Way
8:30 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Kmart Says Its Store Registers Were Hacked, Exposing Credit Cards

Kmart says it has removed malware that had infected its checkout registers in stores. The company believes the malware may have been in place for about a month before it was detected.
Rachel Murray Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:09 pm

For about a month, Kmart says, its stores' checkout registers were "compromised by malicious software that stole customer credit and debit card information."

The company, owned by Sears, says it removed the malware from its system after it was discovered Thursday. It announced the exposure late Friday, saying that no personal data or PIN numbers were lost.

While some important customer information seems to have been protected, the breach could still allow criminals to make counterfeit versions of the exposed credit cards.

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Strange News
7:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Woman Finds Jeweled Treasure In Agatha Christie's Trunk

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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Sports
7:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Lots Of Baseball And A Little Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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Author Interviews
7:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Actor Alan Cumming Is Not His 'Father's Son'

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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Television
7:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

AMC's 'The Walking Dead' Is A Hit Show With Two Meanings

Andrew Lincoln, left, and Norman Reedus star in AMC's The Walking Dead.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

The Walking Dead is so successful – it's TV's most popular show with young viewers and cable television's highest-rated drama – that AMC has already picked it up for a sixth season, days before the fifth season starts Sunday.

And it returns this fall with a bloody, explicit answer to a troubling question from last season:

What is the deal with the people in this place called Terminus?

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Europe
7:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Half-Year After Takeover, Russia Controls Crimea

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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Politics
7:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Author: Supreme Court Usurped Congress On Voting Rights

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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Iraq
7:42 am
Sat October 11, 2014

With ISIS At Its Border, Turkey Can't Decide What To Do

Syrian Kurdish refugees who fled Kobani make do in a refugee camp in Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border on Saturday. The Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani and its surrounding areas have been under assault by the so-called Islamic State since mid-September.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 10:13 pm

Dozens of U.S. airstrikes in recent days have not prevented so-called Islamic State fighters from moving deeper into the Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani. The United Nations is warning that thousands of people could be killed if the town falls.

Sanliurfa, the closest Turkish city to Kobani, is a meeting point for Syrians who fled the onslaught from ISIS fighters and Kurdish activists trying to help the embattled Syrian Kurdish militiamen defending the town.

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Iraq
7:42 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Some Weapons Bound For Syrian Rebels End Up With ISIS

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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Politics
7:42 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Revelations From Governor's Fiancee Show Flair For Scandal In Oregon

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:20 pm

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The Salt
7:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

SXSW Eco, Hub Of Environmental And Foodie Fervor

SXSW Eco attendees at the welcome dinner at Springdale Farms in East Austin on Oct. 6.
Nicole Burton for SXSW Eco

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 1:24 pm

At the annual SXSW Eco, a conference in Austin, Texas, you'll find a lot of serious discussion of the rapid decline of the Earth's ecosystems.

But like the famed music, film and interactive parent festival, SXSW, this event is also about networking. That means parties. Lots of them. People shake off formalities easily here, and the young, casual, tech-oriented crowd takes full advantage of Austin's tantalizing buffet of food trucks, bars and music.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi Aims To Eliminate Child Labor

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has fought to end child labor in India, where 11 percent of the country's children work. In 2010, these children toiled at a construction site in New Delhi.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 11:22 pm

There are 165 million children toiling as child laborers around the globe, a number that Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi has dedicated his life to reducing. His organization, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Childhood, works to free children in India from forced servitude and enroll them in school. The 60-year-old father of two has spent decades campaigning to end child labor and human trafficking in India.

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All Tech Considered
6:17 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Twitter Is Suing The U.S. Over Free Speech (Its Own)

Twitter is suing the federal government over First Amendment rights. The tech company says the government stopped it from releasing extra detail about government requests for user information.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 11:28 am

Twitter filed a lawsuit against the federal government this week over First Amendment rights, marking the latest round in a battle between tech companies and the government over how much they can reveal about government requests for their user information.

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Goats and Soda
6:15 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Photographers Capture The Sorrow And Pain Of Global Girls

This year, Lynsey Addario photographed 13-year-old Rahaf Yousef, a Syrian refugee, at her engagement party at a camp in Jordan. "Syrian refugees typically marry young," says Addario. "It's been exacerbated by the war. Families are scared something might happen to their daughter. They prefer to marry them earlier so they're under the protection of a husband."
Lynsey Addario/Reportage by Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 10:28 am

Today is the International Day of the Girl Child. It is a U.N. event with a grand name and a powerful mission. Girls around the world, especially in lower-income countries, often face terrible things, from genital mutilation to child marriage to kidnapping. We asked five photographers, who devote much or all of their time to documenting the lives of global girls, to share photos with special significance and talk about the images.

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The Two-Way
5:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Landon Donovan Makes An Emotional, If Slightly Awkward Farewell

Donovan celebrates with fans after the match. He and teammates led a cheer of "I believe that we can win!"
Elise Amendola AP

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 9:14 am

He didn't want to play Friday, but in the end, U.S. soccer legend Landon Donovan was glad he did.

The setting was a farewell game to honor the retiring 32-year-old forward, a friendly game between the U.S. team and Ecuador. Donovan played only 40 minutes and didn't score — although he came close, when he bounced the ball off the goal post in the 25th minute — and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

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The Two-Way
7:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Clinton Documents: 7 Excerpts You Should Read

This undated photo released by the House Judiciary Committee in 1998 shows Monica Lewinsky meeting President Bill Clinton at a White House function.
Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 11:22 am

The Clinton Presidential Library finished releasing documents on Friday that it had withheld from the public.

So far, we haven't found anything in them that tells us something we didn't already know. But many of them give insight into a tumultuous time at the White House.

Here are seven excerpts that you should read:

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Parallels
5:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Amid Tight Restrictions And Rubble, A Cement Shortage In Gaza

A Palestinian worker checks a truck loaded with bags of cement as it crosses into southern Gaza from Israel last year. Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 13, 2014 5:15 pm

Gaza businessman Maher Abu Ghanema wants to rebuild his currency exchange shop in Gaza City, but because for years Israel has restricted cement supplies to only specific projects, it's been slow going.

"I need at least 3 tons of cement," says Ghanema, who after two weeks of effort found 1 ton. "Whatever we got is from the black market, and it costs four or five times higher than the original price. Plus, it's low-quality."

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This Week's Must Read
5:43 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 6:43 pm

"Most of us fans fall in love with baseball when we are children," writes Roger Angell. At any age, though, the ballgame is better with a friendly and knowledgeable companion. I can't think of a better one than Angell.

Now 94, he has written about baseball for over half a century, beginning when the New Yorker magazine sent him to spring training in 1962.

"I have covered this beat in haphazard fashion, following my own inclinations and interests," he writes in Season Ticket about the game in the mid-'80s.

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Parallels
5:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

43 Missing Students, 1 Missing Mayor: Of Crime And Collusion In Mexico

Groups of rural and community police arrive in the city of Iguala on Tuesday to help in the search for 43 students who disappeared after a confrontation with local police on Sept. 26.
Miguel Tovar/STF LatinContent/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:04 pm

On the second story of the municipal palace in Iguala, Mexico, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca occupied the large corner office. His wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, head of the city's family welfare department, occupied the one right next door. From there, residents say, the two ruthlessly ruled over this city of 150,000 in the southern state of Guerrero. A national newspaper dubbed the duo the "imperial couple."

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Goats and Soda
4:59 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

A Day For Global Girls Gets People Talking, But Then What?

High School students participate in a rally for the International Day of the Girl Child in Ahmedabad, India.
Sam Panthaky AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 5:14 pm

Tomorrow marks the third International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the U.N. to highlight the need to create a better world for adolescent girls.

It's a day when activists ramp up efforts to make the public aware of issues like child marriage, violence against girls and the lack of access to education. It's also a time for activists to push world leaders to make commitments — financial or policy-wise — to end those problems.

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NPR Ed
4:38 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Digital Natives, Except When It Comes To Textbooks

iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 7:13 pm

The spiral of destruction.

We're not talking about instability in the Middle East or Ebola.

We're talking textbooks.

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