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Dutch Bikers Join Fight Against ISIS In Iraq

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:01am

The fight against militants in the Islamic State is gearing up — literally. Some members of a Dutch motorcycle club have joined forces with Kurds battling ISIS in northern Iraq.

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Should You Stock Up On Chocolate Bars Because Of Ebola?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:41am

The virus has already caused one spike in chocolate prices, because cocoa is grown in countries that border Ebola-stricken Liberia and Guinea. Prices went back down — for the moment.

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'Culture Of Violence' Pervades Rikers' Juvenile Facilities

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:40am

Automatically charged as adults in New York, the 16- and 17-year-old boys are at risk for assault by both corrections officers and other inmates. But advocates say reform efforts are moving slowly.

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Nonprofit NFL Seeks Super Bowl Volunteers, Again

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:39am

The NFL is looking for 10,000 volunteers for this season's Super Bowl. Commentator Frank Deford thinks other causes are more deserving.

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Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Vision In Preliminary Human Test

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:33pm

Cells derived from embryos appear to have improved vision in more than half of the 18 patients who had become legally blind because of two progressive, currently incurable eye diseases.

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Astros' Turnaround Costs Furniture Mogul

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:21am

Jim McIngvale promised that if the Astros won 63 games, he's reimburse the first 500 customers to spend more than $6,3000 at his store. They won 70 games. That promise cost McIngvale $4 million.

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Missing Parrot Returns But Doesn't Speak English Anymore

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 6:06am

A parrot from Torrance, Calif., disappeared four years ago. It was a talking parrot, and according to the owner, spoke with a British accent. It speaks Spanish now, according to the Daily Breeze.

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Police In Hong Kong Clear More Barricades From Protest Areas

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

Traffic has begun flowing freely through some of Hong Kong's major arteries after police cleared away barricades set up by pro-democracy protesters. For more than two weeks, demonstrators have blocked traffic in Hong Kong's key business districts over universal suffrage demands.

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Now This: Presidential Speeches

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

Vocativ.com has analyzed more than 600 presidential speeches to grade their reading level. In general, the earliest presidential speeches were written at PhD levels. Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin report.

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Animated 'Book Of Life' Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

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 and director Jorge Gutiérrez.

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China's Nomads Have A Foot In Two Very Different Worlds

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

China is attempting to move nomads into permanent settlements, but the transition for many has proven difficult. After apartment living, one family plans to go back to herding.

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College Facilities Strained By Boom In Petroleum Engineering

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

The demand for an education in petroleum engineering is rising dramatically. Mining schools and tech programs are being flooded with students looking for a way to cash in on the lucrative and growing job market surrounding the nation's energy boom. The trouble is those high paying jobs are also attracting petroleum engineering professors. So there are fewer professors to teach ballooning class sizes.

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Economists Speculate Eurozone May Experience Triple-Dip Recession

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

The U.S. economy appears to be healing slowly from the Great Recession. But the European economy is not. When global economic officials gathered in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, there was even talk of a triple-dip recession. Rachel Martin 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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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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