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There's Never A Dull Moment On This Trans-Siberian Adventure

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:20am

Steve Inskeep talks with Morning Edition's own David Greene about his new book Midnight in Siberia, a chronicle of his trip — in third class — across Russia aboard the Trans-Siberian Express.

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

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 6:17am

The Washington Post reported the mistake. But officials contend it was really a brilliant ruse to get attention and fight voter apathy.

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Hot Dog Suit Costs Irish Movie Theater $25,000

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:24am

Carl Meade was fired when cameras caught him paying for a regular hot dog instead of an extra large one. He told the court it was an innocent mistake. The company was ordered to pay compensation.

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

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Congressional Republicans continue to call for a ban on travel from the West African nations caught up in the Ebola outbreak. But the Obama administration remains firm in opposing a travel ban, and public health officials continue to reassure travelers that the risk of transmitting the Ebola virus is extremely low.

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White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Militants from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, control about 80 percent of Iraq's Anbar Province. Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey says ISIS could get close enough to shell Baghdad Airport. Dempsey is being asked to come up with more options to stop ISIS.

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

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 Thursday to advance to the championship. The day before, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles to win their series slot.

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LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The superintendent of the Los Angeles School District is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

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Sustained Lower Gas Prices Could Drive Economic Growth

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Gas prices are plunging and before it's all over, some experts say Americans will be paying a full $1 a gallon less than a few months ago. If that's sustained, it means $1,000 more per household in extra spending money.

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Why Has There Been So Much Turmoil In Financial Markets Lately?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

To examine the turn global stock markets have taken this week, Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to "The Wall Street Journal."

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Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. Privacy advocates remain skeptical about the idea of building a back door in smartphones and other devices for the FBI to walk through.

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R&B Singer Erykah Badu Raises $3.60 Singing On The Street

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

The Grammy Award-winning singer said, "I just kinda always wanted to see what it would be like to sing for money on the streets." For whatever reason, she didn't get much cash dropped into her hat.

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For Father And Son Locksmiths, The Key Is Hard Work

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:22am

Phil Mortillaro dropped out of school and became a locksmith. Now he owns a Manhattan locksmith shop with his son, Philip Jr. Philip says his dad and the store have become a neighborhood institution.

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Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg Freezing

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:21am

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.

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

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:20am

World Bank President Jim Kim believes the world has moved too slow in battling Ebola. And closing off travel from West Africa, he says, is not the answer.

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

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:18am

Wendy Whelan, 47, will give her final performance with the New York City Ballet on Saturday. NPR spent time with the dancer as she prepared for her goodbye.

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Michael Keaton: As An Actor You Must Lock In And Let Go

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:17am

"I've got to stay 100 percent present," Keaton says. He's is currently starring in Birdman, a dark comedy about an aging movie star who once played a superhero — a role he can't quite get over.

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Free Speech In Hong Kong, Then And Now

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 2:16am

NPR's Frank Langfitt has traveled to Hong Kong since 1997, when the former British colony reverted to Chinese rule. Back then, residents spoke openly and gave their full names. Not anymore.

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LA Schools Superintendent To Step Down Amid iPad Controversy

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 11:03am

Rachel Martin talks with KPCC's Annie Gilbertson about the pending resignation of John Deasy, who had been at the center of a controversial plan to purchase 700,000 iPads for students and teachers.

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Despite Legal Reprieve On Abortion, Some Texas Clinics Remain Closed

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 9:37am

Texas clinics that provide abortion services were surprised by a ruling from the high court this week that allows them to reopen. But the bruising legal battle may have already changed the landscape.

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Builder Constructs Home On Wrong Lot

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 6:14am

Mark and Brenda Voss of Missouri built a home in Florida. It's likely their house will end up in court. Two surveyors made a mistake, and the house was built on a lot that doesn't belong to them.

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