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Political Crisis Exposes France's Economic Problems

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:02am

French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.

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As BP Pays For Oil Spill Impact, Some People Aren't Seeing The Cash

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:38am

The oil giant is paying billions of dollars to businesses hurt by the 2010 spill. But BP refuses to pay business owners hurt by a government drilling moratorium that was put in place after the spill.

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A Teenager In The 1950s, Extreme Sledding For The Air Force

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:35am

Fresh out of school, Alton Yates needed to make money, so he signed up for the Air Force. His job? Riding rocket-propelled sleds, to help test whether high-speed space travel would be safe for humans.

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Rep. Ryan Calls For 'Culture Of Inclusion' To Tackle Poverty

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:33am

Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.

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Despite ISIS's Resources, Attacking U.S. Might Be A Stretch

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:29am

Experts say the well-funded militant group is focused on gaining power in the Middle East, not attacking America. The bigger risk is of an opportunistic attack, locally or in Europe.

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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:29am

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.

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Google Aims To Build Fleet Of Delivery Drones

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:56am

The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to deliver merchandise.

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NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 6:19pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.

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Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 5:42pm

President Obama announced that he has authorized a humanitarian mission to aid religious minorities stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Airstrikes will be a component of that mission.

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'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:59pm

But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.

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Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:35pm

The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.

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What's A Writer Gotta Do To Get A Little Health Care Around Here?

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:22pm

When you're making plans to become a famous author, just remember that you're going to want health care — especially when 40 rolls around and your body is no longer made of rubber.

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New Amazon Series Pilots Fall Short Of A TV Revolution

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans ranks Amazon's new batch of five series pilots, asking why none of them seem break the rules of TV quite enough to draw attention.

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More Physical Than Plausible, 'Starred Up' Sharply Portrays Confinement

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

The edgy drama from Glasgow-based director David Mackenzie takes a few convenient plot turns, but remains a violent and fiercely acted picture of life in prison.

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'The Notebook': A Grim Fable Of Cruelty In Wartime

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

What begins as a World War II weepie quickly morphs into a dark story of separation, brutality and parenting that's far from the current nurturing American model.

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In 'The Congress,' An Animated Future Where Movie Studios Are Villains

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

Israeli director Ari Folman creates a trippy, half-animated film that posits a world where movie studios eventually take over the world, allowing us to consume, literally, our entertainment.

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When Zero Doesn't Mean Zero: Trans Fats Linger In Food

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 4:03pm

One in 10 packaged foods still contains trans fats, according to a new study. The problematic oils give foods a rich taste and texture and extend shelf life, but have been linked to heart disease.

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Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:58pm

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.

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Tom Frieden's Ebola Assessment: The Risk Is Increasing

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:54pm

In an exclusive interview with NPR, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares his impressions from a visit to West Africa.

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Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 3:45pm

Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."

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