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Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:46am

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president's plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.

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Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:20am

Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.

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A Scientist's Journey From Beer To Microbiology To Bourbon Making

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:08am

When his homebrew tasted bad, a college student decided to pursue microbiology. After more than a decade as a scientist, he's going back to brewing — but this time, he's moving up to bourbon.

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Marriott's New Envelope For Room Tips Stirs Debate

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:03am

An initiative launched with Maria Shriver's input is raising questions over how the hotel company pays its staff — and whether guests should be expected to tip.

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Is Atheist Awe A Religious Experience?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:47am

Recently, we've been talking atheists, awe, science and religion at 13.7. Commentator Adam Frank is weighing in, saying it is the experience of awe that sets us on the road to science or spirituality.

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Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Any More

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:38am

Overall, there are fewer homeless veterans these days. But that good news is tempered by the growing number of homeless vets with families, including many women.

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Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:37am

Some economists say this Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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Shara Worden On Q2's 'Spaces'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 9:03am

My Brightest Diamond's busy and enigmatic singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist is a dizzying blur of creativity. Watch Q2 visit with Shara Worden in her Detroit home.

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The NPR Ed Mailbag: Alternative Teacher Certification

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 8:03am

Our readers had strong feelings, pro and con, on the many ways for teachers to enter the profession.

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Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:39am

Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes In Support Of Iraqi Ground Forces

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:34am

The air attacks on Islamic State forces were requested by Iraqi security forces engaged in combat south of Baghdad.

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Top Stories: NATO Troops Killed; Ukraine Adopts EU Trade Pact

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:27am

Also: President Obama is expected to send troops to deal with Ebola outbreak; GM approves 19 cases linked to a faulty car part that resulted in deaths; and investigators search California shipwrecks.

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Ukraine Approves EU Pact And Temporary Self-Rule For Rebels

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 7:14am

The parliament voted to strengthen economic ties with the EU beginning in 2016. It also approved a deal to allow self-rule in some separatist-held areas, a move likely to be rejected by the rebels.

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Why I Used To Hit Women

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:31am

I wasn't the kind of abuser who hit his girl for no reason. I thought that my acts were validated, that I was always right — just like my father. In reality, I was ignorant and emotionally impotent.

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Chinese City Creates Sidewalk Lane For Smartphone Users

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:06am

Authorities there say the lane is supposed to remind people that texting while walking may cause "unnecessary collisions."

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The Monstrous And The Beautiful Dance In 'White Van'

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:03am

Musician John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats tries his hand at fiction in Wolf in White Van, the story of a disfigured genius who creates an immersive roleplaying game set in an imagined world.

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Funeral Home Offers Drive-Thru Lane To View Loved One

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 6:01am

As you pull up to the window at the Paradise Funeral Chapel in Saginaw, Mich., curtains draw back to reveal the casket, as music plays from overhead.

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How To Measure Success Against The New Monster In The Middle East?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:49am

But most Americans are far from clear as to what this "ISIL" monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.

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Suicide Bombing In Kabul Kills 3 NATO Troops

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 5:47am

The Taliban is claiming credit for the attack on a military convoy traveling near the U.S. Embassy that also wounded 20 others, including more than a dozen civilians.

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NFL Proposes Plan To Stop Domestic Violence By Its Players

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 4:16am

The NFL has stumbled in the way it has handled a series of abuse investigations involving players. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Monday that three anti-domestic abuse advocates will advise the league. But plenty of criticism remains.

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