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As Oil Prices Slide, Speculation Rises On Shale Boom's Sustainability

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

Global oil prices have fallen to a four-year low, confirming hopes and fears — depending on whether you're a gasoline consumer or an oilman — that abundant U.S. crude is screwing up the world energy order. Per barrel prices tumbled to $89 a barrel on Monday. If oil prices continue to slide it raises questions about whether the frenzied U.S. shale boom will have to slow down.

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Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Day Of The Dead

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

The Day of the Dead holiday celebrated in Mexico and other Latin America countries is now the subject of a 3-D animated movie produced by filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro.

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Vatican Report Conciliatory Toward Gays, Unmarried Couples

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

An assembly of Roman Catholic bishops calls for the church to welcome gays, unmarried couples and those who have divorced. Steve Inskeep talks to Joshua McElwee of the National Catholic Reporter.

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ProPublica Analyzes Data On Male Victims Of Deadly Police Shootings

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows young black males are at a higher risk of being shot dead by police than white males. Rachel Martin talks to Ryan Gabrielson, the story's lead reporter.

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How Too Many Trees Contribute To California's Drought

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

As the historic drought drags on, just about everyone wishes the state had gotten more water this year. That's largely up to snow and rainfall, but it also depends on trees in the state's mountains.

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U.S. Doctor Witnesses Unfolding Ebola Epidemic At Liberian Hospital

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

Joshua Mugele is an American emergency room doctor who was working in Liberia when that hospitals' first Ebola patient showed up. The hospital was ill prepared for handling an Ebola patient.

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Egypt's Conservative Society Further Burdens Poor Working Women

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

Egypt's economy is faltering and prices are skyrocketing as people struggle to put food on the table. Up to 30 percent of homes have female breadwinners, and they are the most vulnerable economically.

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Britain Debates Revoking Passports Of Fighters Returning From Syria, Iraq

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

The U.S. has tried to block potential Islamic State volunteers before they leave the country, arresting them for intending to help terrorists. The British have suggested taking another route.

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China Entices Nomadic Families To Settle Down

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

China wants to protect grassland areas by moving nomads into permanent settlements. Critics say that's disrespecting minority customs. After apartment living, one family plans to go back to herding.

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Editor Retools Magazine With Politically Active 'Cosmo' Woman In Mind

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:09am

NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Joanna Coles, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan. As part of our exploration of the Changing Lives of Women, Coles explains how the image of the Cosmo woman has changed.

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French Economist Wins Nobel For Market Power And Regulation Research

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:42am

French economist Jean Tirole, 61, works at the Toulouse School of Economics in France. The economics prize completed the 2014 Nobel Prize announcements.

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How Much Damage Can A 6-Year-Old Boy Do Over 10 Years?

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 6:11am

A satirical website compiled the cost of property damage if Calvin — of the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" — was a real kid. The total: nearly $16,000.

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Principal Makes Good On Bet With Students

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 5:47am

School principal Mike Neubert of South Dakota told elementary students if they collectively ran 200 miles, he would run a marathon. Neubert ran the equivalent of a marathon around the school.

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Meeting In Cairo, Nations Pledge $5.4 Billion To Rebuild Gaza

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:56am

It will be hard to make sure that concrete needed to rebuild the Palestinian territory's demolished buildings isn't diverted to Hamas, the militant group that had been tunneling into Israeli towns.

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Speculation Abounds Over Who Will Win Economics Nobel

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:56am

The top contenders for the Nobel Prize in economics are said to be a pair of NYU professors who study entrepreneurship, and a Stanford researcher who did pioneering work into economic sociology.

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Washington Keeps A Keen Eye On Senate Races

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:56am

With just a little more than three weeks left until midterm elections, political analysts believe the Republicans have a good chance of winning enough seats to take over the Senate from Democrats.

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Protesters Converge On St. Louis To Remember Brown's Death

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:56am

Demonstrators marked the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The unarmed black man was shot by a white police officer, who's awaiting word on a possible indictment by a grand jury.

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FX Show 'Archer' To Drop ISIS Name

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:56am

The rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has made it difficult for organizations and companies to carry the burden of a moniker now associated with the Islamist militant group.

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'Breach In Protocol" Suspected In 2nd Texas Ebola Case

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:56am

The first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. has led to the first transmission of Ebola from one person to another in this country. It happened in Dallas where Thomas Duncan was being treated.

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On Front Lines Against Ebola, Training A Matter Of Life Or Death

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:25am

At least 7,000 health care workers are needed to staff new Ebola treatment centers in Liberia alone. Those doctors, nurses and hygienists must learn how to protect themselves — and how not to panic.

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