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11:47 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Nigerian Truce With Boko Haram Raises Hopes For Schoolgirls' Release

"Bring Back Our Girls" campaigners march during a rally calling for the release of the Abuja schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram militants in Borno state in August.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 1:52 pm

Nigeria's army has reportedly reached a cease-fire deal with the extremist group Boko Haram that could lead to the release of more than 200 schoolgirls who were abducted in April and whose release quickly became an international cause.

According to NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Nigeria's official news agency is quoting the country's defense chief, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, as saying a truce has been reached. Badeh announced the truce and ordered his troops to immediately comply with the agreement, according to The Associated Press.

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Shots - Health News
11:37 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Take Your Medicine, Tap Your Phone And Collect A Prize

A view of the rewards screen on the Mango Health app.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:10 pm

As a neurosurgeon in Connecticut, Dr. Katrina Firlik saw too many patients make the same mistakes, over and over again.

At her hospital in Greenwich she'd see patients with hemorrhagic strokes that could have been prevented. "They didn't take their hypertension medications for the last couple decades," she says.

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The Two-Way
10:49 am
Fri October 17, 2014

White House Appoints An Ebola 'Czar'

Ron Klain (left), then chief of staff for Vice President Joe Biden, talks with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on Capitol Hill in December 2009.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 1:59 pm

Ron Klain, a former White House adviser, has been appointed to head U.S. efforts to combat Ebola.

A White House official says Klain "will report directly to the president's Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco and ... National Security Adviser Susan Rice as he ensures that efforts to protect the American people by detecting, isolating and treating Ebola patients in this country are properly integrated but don't distract from the aggressive commitment to stopping Ebola at the source in West Africa."

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Bermuda Braces For Hurricane Gonzalo

Workers board up a restaurant Thursday in Flatts Village as Bermudans prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Gonzalo. The storm will hit the island Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 11:14 am

Bermudans are boarding up windows and leaving low-lying areas on the British island territory ahead of Hurricane Gonzalo.

A warning issued by the Bermuda Weather Service says residents of the island can expect winds of 74 mph or higher and "dangerously high water or a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves, even though winds expected may be less than hurricane force."

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Fri October 17, 2014

LA Schools Superintendent Steps Down, Defends Tenure

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, seen in a photo taken last year, says his resignation Thursday was "by mutual agreement."
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:12 am

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has stepped down as head of the nation's second-largest school system after a controversial tenure that saw him at odds with the teachers union and unable to push through a plan to get an iPad in every student's hand.

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Business
9:27 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

Workers drill for oil in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D., an area experiencing an oil boom.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 12:52 pm

The dustiest portion of my home library includes the 1980s books β€” about how Japan's economy would dominate the world.

And then there are the 1990s books β€” about how the Y2K computer glitch would end the modern era.

Go up one more shelf for the late 2000s books β€” about oil "peaking." The authors claimed global oil production was reaching a peak and would soon decline, causing economic chaos.

The titles include Peak Oil and the Second Great Depression, Peak Oil Survival and When Oil Peaked.

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Shots - Health News
8:02 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Just Seeing Charts And Graphs Makes Drug Claims More Credible

When people see charts like this, they think the drug is more effective than if they just read about the data, a study finds.
Source: Cornell University

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:24 am

Graphs and formulas say "Science!" to consumers, so much so that simply seeing claims about a new drug that were accompanied by data visualizations made people more likely to believe the claims.

The effect is especially true if people have a strong belief in science to begin with.

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Hong Kong Police Launch Dawn Raid To Dismantle Protest Site

Police officers stand guard at a main street in Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on Friday, where they raided a student protest site.
Vincent Yu AP

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 9:18 am

Police in Hong Kong moved aggressively to dismantle a pro-democracy protest site in the city's congested Mong Kok district, launching a dawn raid to remove metal and bamboo barricades at one of three areas where student activists have staged rallies calling for open elections in the former British colony.

The operation to clear the protest camp after weeks of pro-government demonstrations and sit-ins "came while many protesters were asleep on the asphalt in dozens of tents or beneath giant, blue-striped tarpaulin sheets," Reuters says.

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Around the Nation
7:20 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Washington, D.C. Election Guide Uses Upside-Down Flag

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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NPR Ed
7:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 4:05 pm

Findings from a new long-term study of small high schools in New York City show the approach may not only boost a student's chances of enrolling in college but also cost less per graduate.

The city began an intensive push to create smaller learning communities in its high schools in 2002. That year, the city's education department rolled out a districtwide lottery system for high school admission.

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Europe
5:24 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Hot Dog Suit Costs Irish Movie Theater $25,000

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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Sports
5:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Wild Card Teams, Giants And Royals, To Meet In World Series

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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NPR Story
5:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:46 pm

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5:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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All Tech Considered
3:21 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing

A technician opens a vessel containing women's frozen egg cells in April 2011 in Amsterdam.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:10 pm

In the Silicon Valley arms race to lure the top talent with the best benefits, Facebook and Apple are adding egg freezing for female employees. The two companies may be the first to pay for the procedure for women who choose it to delay childbearing.

The addition of egg-freezing to the benefits plan comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women. And it's a perk that some women may find attractive.

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Goats and Soda
3:20 am
Fri October 17, 2014

World Bank Head On Ebola: Put The Fire Out Where It's Raging

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim wants the international community to step up its response to Ebola.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

To stop the raging Ebola epidemic in West Africa, "we need to pay attention to where the fire is burning."

That means there is no "magic solution," Jim Yong Kim, the head of the World Bank, told NPR's Steve Inskeep during an interview on Morning Edition. So appointing an Ebola czar to monitor the international response isn't going to suddenly stop the outbreak.

Neither will closing the borders between U.S. and the three hardest-hit countries: Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Dance
3:18 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Poetry In Motion: Prima Ballerina Retires After 3-Decade Career

Wendy Whelan, 47, principal dancer at the New York City Ballet, will retire Oct. 18 after 30 years with the institution.
Erin Baiano for NPR

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:27 am

Not every dancer can be a ballerina, and not every ballerina gets to dance with the New York City Ballet. So when one makes it, and then stays with the company for three decades, it's a big deal.

Wendy Whelan is that ballerina. And on Saturday night, at 47 years old, she'll give her final New York City Ballet performance before she retires.

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Parallels
3:16 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Free Speech In Hong Kong, Then And Now

Pro-democracy protesters shout slogans during a standoff with police outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Wednesday.
Ed Jones AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:37 pm

I've been traveling to Hong Kong since 1997, when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule. Reporting on the pro-democracy protests in recent weeks, I've been struck by a change in the people here. Many are no longer willing to give their full names when talking about politics and the current protests.

A couple of nights ago I was interviewing a real estate agent in a pinstripe suit on an elevated walkway as police battled and pepper-sprayed demonstrators in the distance.

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The Two-Way
1:09 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Ebola-Stricken Nurse Appears Well In Video

Nina Pham, 26, steps off a plane Thursday night at a municipal airport in Frederick, Md. An ambulance was waiting to take her to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 10:58 am

Updated at 10:50 a.m. ET

A smiling nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola after treating an infected patient in Dallas, appears in a video taken before she was transferred to a special isolation unit at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. She jokingly urges people to "come to Maryland."

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Global Health
6:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

U.S. Could Learn Lessons From Africa's Ebola Response

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Politics
6:35 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Political TV Ad Spending Expected To Top $1 Billion

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All Tech Considered
6:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

When Disaster Strikes, Facebook Lets Friends Know You're OK

Facebook

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 8:12 pm

In the aftermath of disasters like earthquakes, fires and severe weather events, the rush to both alert and check on family and friends can crash telecommunications networks. During the freak 2011 Virginia earthquake, which rattled the nation's capital and damaged the Washington Monument, panicked phone calls quickly overloaded the phone network.

Facebook's newest tool, known as Safety Check, aims to allow people to quickly alert friends and family that they are safe after a natural disaster.

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All Tech Considered
5:50 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Airbnb, New York State Spar Over Legality Of Rentals

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 9:24 am

Airbnb has a problem. The website for short-term room rentals is growing quickly. But in many cities, these rentals are illegal. Now, New York's attorney general has documented the extent of the illegal activity, by delving into the company's business records.

Almost three-quarters of New York City bookings appear to break the law, he says.

Thousands of these bookings happen every day in buildings all over New York, like the studio that Irene rents out on Manhattan's Upper East Side. (Irene asked that her full name not be used.)

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Shots - Health News
5:19 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Women Can Freeze Their Eggs For The Future, But At A Cost

A doctor uses a microscrope to view a human egg during in vitro fertilization (IVF), which is used to fertilize eggs that have been frozen.
Mauro Fermariello ScienceSource

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 6:35 pm

Until recently, freezing a woman's eggs was reserved mainly for young women facing infertility as a result of cancer treatments like chemotherapy.

But recent advances in technology have made freezing eggs easier and more successful, and likely have a lot to do with the recent decisions by Facebook and Apple to offer female employees a health benefit worth up to $20,000 to freeze their eggs.

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Code Switch
4:57 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Navajo Presidential Race Shaken By Language Gap

Navajo presidential candidate Chris Deschene greets supporters ahead of a hearing in Window Rock, Ariz., to determine whether Deschene is fluent enough in Navajo to qualify for the presidency.
Felicia Fonseca AP

According to Navajo law, Navajo Nation presidents must speak the Navajo language to hold office. Chris Deschene is a strong contender for the position, but there's a problem: He's not fluent in the language.

The challenge to Deschene's candidacy has become a window into how the Navajo Nation views itself and its cultural future, as well as how Native people continue to define themselves in the face of cultural change.

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The Two-Way
4:46 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Venezuela, A Diplomatic Rival For U.S., Wins Seat On U.N. Security Council

U.N. representatives for Venezuela, including Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez, right, celebrate after being elected to a two year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council on Thursday.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Venezuela, a long-time diplomatic thorn on the side of the United States, has won a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that unlike the last time Venezuela vied for a spot, this time the country was able to get enough votes easily.

The Monitor adds:

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The Salt
4:32 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Reality Check: To Burn Off A Soda, You'll Have To Run 50 Minutes

Would you think twice about that 20-ounce soda if you were informed that it would take 5 miles of walking β€” or 50 minutes of running β€” to burn it off?
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 9:32 am

As a society, we don't pay much attention to nutrition information when we eat out.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture report estimates just 8 percent of Americans use nutritional information when deciding what to order.

But that could change soon.

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The Salt
4:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Do We Need A New 'Environmental Impact' Label For Beef?

Researchers say there's plenty the beef industry can do to use less land and water and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions. But producers may need to charge a premium to make those changes.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 4:49 pm

If you've got decisions to make at the meat counter (or at a burger joint) and want to do right by the environment, you have a couple of options.

You could skip the beef entirely, which is what some environmental groups say you should do. Or you could go for meat with a "grass-fed" or "organic" label.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

WATCH: Florida's Gubernatorial Debate Gets Off To A Bizarre Start

Former Florida Governor and Democratic candidate for Governor Charlie Crist during a televised debate with Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott at Broward College on Wednesday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 4:07 pm

"What just happened?"

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All Tech Considered
2:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Your Car Won't Start. Did You Make The Loan Payment?

A borrower enters a code into a starter interrupt device installed in a car in Limerick, Pa.
Rick Smith AP

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:10 pm

For borrowers in default, the repo man is no longer the one to fear β€” it's Big Brother. Growing numbers of lenders are getting tech savvy, remotely disabling debtors' cars and tracking customer data to ensure timely payment of subprime auto loans. The practice has created problems for consumers and raises privacy concerns.

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