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In Ferguson, Family Takes Turns Guarding Front Door

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

Two nights ago, as tensions again boiled over into violence on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, two reporters from Saint Louis Public Radio sought refuge in a nearby home. We learn how one family is coping with the persistent violence.

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HR 2 Return (0:29) KM / Samantha

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

ENTER TEASER

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Islamic State Militants Add To Fears Syrians Face From Assad Regime

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

Kelly McEvers talks to Syrian journalist Zaina Erhaim, who's in the besieged city of Aleppo, about the state of the conflict in Syria. Erhaim is the project coordinator for the Syrian Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

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'Shadow' And 'D-12' Sing An Infectious Song About Ebola

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

It's said to be the first song about Ebola, written by two up-and-coming Liberian music producers. The message: "Ebola is very wicked. It can kill you quick quick."

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Nightly Chaos Disrupts Ferguson Residents Daily Lives

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

More than one week after the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in a St. Louis suburb, protests continue. On Monday night, police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse demonstrators.

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Owl Flies Into Apartment; Attacks Canary Cage

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

Sue Sausser woke and found feathers everywhere. Her bird cage was open — one canary was dead, the other terrified. A brown owl had flown into the 10th story apartment through the open balcony door.

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Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Millions To Fight ALS

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

Kelly McEvers talks to Beth Kanter, author of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, about the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge and fundraising on social media.

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In Case You Didn't Know, Feds Say Raising A Child Is Expensive

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

How much does it cost to raise a child these days? The government says it costs $245,340. That's for a child born in 2013 and covers the period from birth to age 18. College not included.

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Technology Helps To Keep Rate Of Car Thefts Down

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

David Greene talks with Roger Morris, vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about the reasons for the dramatic decline in car thefts over the past 20 years.

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Facebook To Mark Fake News As Satire

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

The headline, Obama To Cut Costs By Packing Lunch Every Day For U.S. Populace, is a fake. To make sure you know that, Facebook is going to put the word satire in front of some links in your newsfeed.

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Police Militarization Becomes A Hot Topic

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 4:00am

The actions in Ferguson, Mo., have inspired talk about the militarization of U.S. police departments. The real question, is whether police have become militarized in their attitude toward the public.

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World's Aid Agencies Stretched To Their Limits By Simultaneous Crises

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:42am

USAID's Nancy Lindborg: "What we have now ... are really complex, difficult crises that are fundamentally the result of non-democratic governments."

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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:38am

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.

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A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 2:37am

Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith knew American Indian writer James Welch — he was a family friend. But as non-Native Americans, they had concerns about adapting his iconic novel, Winter in the Blood.

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Mr. T Not Picked To Serve On Jury

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:26am

Lawrence Tureaud recently arrived for jury duty in Chicago. The Associated Press reports when asked about his assignment, The A-Team star said, "I pity the criminals today."

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Running Late, Pope Skips Evening Prayers In South Korea

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 6:19am

The Vatican says the pope ran out of time during a stop to bless disabled children and the elderly. The pope told the crowd if the helicopter doesn't take off on time, we might smash into a mountain.

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Thoughts Of Fall Butt Into Lazy Day Of Summer

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

For our look at summer poetry, we turn to Charlotte Boulay, a Philadelphia-based poet, with "The End of Summer." She offers us a poem that, on its surface, is about an idyllic summertime activity: taking a nap in the grass. But undercutting this lazy day is a sense of dread: fall is coming, and the conflicts and demands of the real world are inevitable.

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How Does Winning Fields Medal Effect Mathematicians Productivity?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

Do big prizes encourage winners to do more work in their chosen fields — or less? An analysis by two economists finds that winners of the Fields Medal, the most significant prize in mathematics, become significantly less productive in their chosen field of study after they win the prize. We explore why.

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No Cease-Fire In Sight For Eastern Ukraine

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

Fighting intensified over the weekend near two major cities held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. In Berlin, meanwhile, a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries along with those from Germany and France, ended without any breakthrough.

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Getty Photographer Witnesses Attack On Ebola Patients

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 4:25am

When locals in Liberia's capital attacked suspected Ebola patients, a Getty images photographer happened to be at the scene. Kelly McEvers talks to John Moore about what he witnessed over the weekend, and what conditions are like in holding centers for victims of the disease.

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