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  • Islamic State 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    The secretary of defense says the extremists are well-funded and organized and that he expects them to "regroup and stage an offensive" despite U.S. airstrikes.

  • Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions about what happens after you survive Ebola. So we asked the CDC.

  • Can Quinoa Take Root On The 'Roof Of The World'?

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Quinoa, once a homebody crop, crossed the Atlantic for the first time this century. Now the Food and Agriculture Organization has a hunch it can thrive in Central and Southwest Asia.

  • Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.

  • The Siege Deepens In Eastern Ukraine's Donetsk

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    There are reports of heavy shelling on the outskirts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, as government forces try to take the city from pro-Russian separatists. Meanwhile, thousands of the city's residents are trying to flee the fighting.

  • American Ebola Patients Leave Atlanta Hospital Healthy

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Two U.S. missionaries who caught the Ebola virus in Liberia have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital after fully recovering. They were the first known Ebola patients flown to the U.S. for treatment. Both received an experimental drug called ZMapp, but it remains unclear what role that treatment played in their recovery.

  • How Ebola Stands To Worsen The Effects Of Malaria In West Africa

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    In Sierra Leone, the vast majority of deaths are not from Ebola, but from more common diseases like malaria, diarrhea and childbirth. The Ebola outbreak has crippled health services for those other diseases.

  • Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Earlier in the summer, a U.S. raid failed to rescue American hostages in Syria, including journalist James Foley, who was executed in a video released this week by Islamist militants. The hostages were not where they were thought to be. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the limits on America's ability to gather intelligence in Syria, as well as the latest developments since Foley was killed.

  • Bank Of America Settles With Feds And States For Record Amount

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    In the latest fallout from misdeeds leading up to the financial crisis, Bank of America has agreed to a record $16.65 billion deal with federal and state governments. The deal helps the bank avoid prosecution for the fraudulent sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors.

  • The Quandary At Jackson Hole: Is It Time To Step Back From Stimulus?

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    With the economy showing signs of positive momentum, the Federal Reserve is facing familiar questions at its monetary symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Chief among these: Are interest rates too low? Robert Siegel asks Alan Blinder of Princeton University.

  • McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

  • European Fighters Take On More Prominent Roles In The Islamic State

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

  • Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments?

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Even though the current outbreak in West Africa has become the largest ever, Ebola isn't the most attractive business proposition for drugmakers. The right financial incentives might change that.

  • U.S. Diplomatic Cable Puts Chill On ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    The State Department lauded the fundraising phenomenon, but said the participation of high-profile diplomats, such as ambassadors, violates internal policy.

  • The 10-Year-Old Boy Has Died, Probably Of Ebola

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    The photo showed a little boy. He was found naked on a beach in Liberia and was very sick, most likely with Ebola. The world was deeply touched. And hoped for a miracle. But his story has a sad end.

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