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Top Stories: Hong Kong Political Talks; Pistorius Sentenced

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:14am

Also: Same sex marriages may begin today in Wyoming; the U.N. says sex crimes are rampant in South Sudan; and the World Series opens tonight between Kansas City and San Francisco.

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Apps Makes Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:03am

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have put a serious dent in the traditional taxi market and are pitching themselves as alternatives to traditional taxis that often pass by passengers of color.

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T.I.: 'We Make Music That Come From The Heart'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:00am

The Atlanta rapper, actor and businessman spoke about being mentored by Andrew Young and using songwriting to talk to himself, as well as everybody else.

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Watch A Trailer For 'R.E.M. By MTV'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:00am

MTV premiered R.E.M.'s first music video in the summer of 1981. On Nov. 24, the network will release REMTV, a six-DVD set that includes live performances, television interviews, and a new documentary.

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CEO Of French Oil Giant Total Dies In Plane Accident

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:53am

Christopher de Margerie, 63, and three other people died when his private plane collided with a snowplow at an airport in Moscow.

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Hong Kong Leader Hints At Concessions As Talks With Students Begin

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:12am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says his government cannot allow open nominations for his successor, but suggests there's room for compromise on the makeup of a committee to select candidates.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:03am

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:45am

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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Some Millennials — And Their Parents — Are Slow To Cut The Cord

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:40am

Millennials get a lot of financial and emotional support from their parents, which critics say causes delayed adolescence. But actually this close relationship benefits both kids and parents.

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Millennials Continue Urbanization Of America, Leaving Small Towns

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:38am

Cheap real estate and widespread Wi-Fi haven't been enough to overcome the lure of the urban lifestyle. In fact, the number of millennials is growing fastest in some of the most expensive places.

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Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:15am

China Unicom's tailor has set up a sewing machine, ready to alter concerned customers' pants so that the larger version of the phone will fit in their pockets.

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Is That A Spoonful Of Spooky Cereal In Your Beer?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:10am

In Fort Collins, Colo., Black Bottle Brewery employees went into two stores and bought their entire inventory of Count Chocula cereal. The brewery says the cereal will go into a series of beers.

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Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years In Prison For Killing Girlfriend

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:50am

The Olympian was convicted of culpable homicide last month — rather than a more serious charge of premeditated murder — for the 2013 fatal shooting of Reeva Steenkamp in his home.

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How To Pick An English Name (Tip: Stay Away From Food)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

China Central Television has a guide for helping people pick alternative English names for those studying the language or working for international firms. Among its warnings: "Many Chinese like to pick names that are in fact, not names."

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Winners And Losers of The Fall TV Season Begin to Emerge

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

One month into the TV season, NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says diversity is winning and rom coms are losing as new shows battle for viewers.

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Who Are The Kurds And What's Their Role In Mideast Politics?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

The Kurds are now regularly mentioned in the news about the fight against the self-proclaimed Islamic State. But who are they, where do they live and why do Americans need to care? Steve Inskeep turns to NPR's Deb Amos to explain this complicated ethnic group.

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After Quarantine, Ebola-Free Dallas Residents Face New Challenges

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

In Dallas, the first round of people that came into contact with Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan are free from quarantine and trying to get back to their daily lives. But the ordeal has taken a logistical and emotional toll.

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U.S. And Japan Hit Snag In Major Trade Pact Negotiations

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Japanese and American negotiators have been trying to shore up an agreement on agriculture and automobile tariffs. The two allies are the biggest players in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which, if passed, could pull together 12 nations in one trade pact. But talks haven't been going well lately.

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After Narrow Loss In 2012, GOP's Mia Love Finds New Strength In Utah

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Mia Love is running again in Utah's 4th Congressional District after losing to Democrat Jim Matheson in 2012 by just 768 votes. With Matheson retiring, Love is now the front-runner. If elected, she'd be the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

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Going Into World Series, Giants And Royals Play Winning Baseball

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:35am

Game One of the World Series is Tuesday night between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are playing in their third World Series in the last five years, and it's the first for the Royals since 1985. Steve Inskeep gets a preview from NPR's Tom Goldman.

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