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In Transgender Teen's Fight, Echoes Of Others

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:53am

An explosive case in her own rural Virginia community leads anthropologist Barbara J. King to explore the role of local school boards in protecting — and promoting — transgender teens' rights.

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Debunking Vaccine Myths Can Have An Unintended Effect

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 6:37am

People concerned about potential flu vaccine side effects may be less likely to get the shot after learning that their worries are misplaced than they were to start with.

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In Hong Kong, Police Clear Final 'Occupy' Protest Site

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 5:37am

After months of acts of civil disobedience to demand democratic reforms, police cleared the final bastion of what's come to be known as the Umbrella Revolution.

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Walk In The Steps, If Not In The Image, Of A Communist Hero

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 4:12am

Che Guevara championed the proletariat against the forces of capitalism in South America. His son champions making $3,000 a head leading a fancified recreation of dad's bare-bones motorcycle voyage.

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For The Sophisticated Souse, Fabric Infused With A Whiff Of Whiskey

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Johnnie Walker Black Label has teamed up with an Edinburgh university to invent cloth that emits a subtle aroma of liquor, a scent the researchers say some find attractive.

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Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Welcome to the first meeting of NPR's new book club! We're reading Hector Tobar's account of 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine. Send us your questions; we may read them on-air.

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Solar Storm: Rooftop Panels Spark Fights Between Utilities, Startups

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.

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Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Material tacked onto the authorization bill adds 250,000 acres of new wilderness, expands national parks, and moves toward a national women's history museum. 'Ethically, it stinks,' says Sen. Coburn.

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Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

The agreement comes as several "multi-employer" pension plans are insolvent. The federal government guarantees those plans' benefits, but might not be able to handle all of them failing at once.

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Talking Point Or Proof Of Value: CIA Tactics And The 'Second Wave' Plot

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

The CIA and its defenders disagree with the Senate Intelligence Committee report on whether enhanced interrogations prevented a group of 17 Pakistanis from attacking the U.S. just after Sept. 11.

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Problems With Your Boss? Try A Chat With The Office Chaplain.

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Chaplains have long been present on college campuses and in the military but increasingly they can also can be found in the workplace, specially trained to help employees offload office frustrations.

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ISIS Used Predatory Tools And Tactics To Convince U.S. Teens To Join

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

It began with messages sent through an anonymous app. Slowly, the Denver-area girls were lured in, until one day they weren't at school. One girl's dad quickly realized why: They were flying to Syria.

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NFL Owners OK Stiffer Penalties For Domestic Violence, Other Crimes

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Any NFL player involved in an assault or in domestic or sexual violence would be suspended for at least six games under rules approved Wednesday. The players' union is reviewing the updates.

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What Is Torture? Our Beliefs Depend In Part On Who's Doing It.

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Researchers are studying how nations and individuals react when they given information that members of their own group have harmed other people, such as through torture. It takes some nimble thinking.

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First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Oakland and Berkeley demonstrators have broken into stores and blocked freeways and rail lines, part of a movement born of frustration about police shootings in Staten Island, N.Y., and Ferguson, Mo.

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Police Finish Dismantling Hong Kong Protest Sites

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

The main camp, which had stood for more than two months, was the center of the city's pro-democracy demonstrations.

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The Risks, Rewards And Mysteries Of Reporting From Iran

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.

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Here's Why Retailers Keep Sending You Catalogs

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:54am

While other things made with paper have become obsolete, Americans received nearly 12 billion catalogs in the mail last year — and they love them, says one business consultant.

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'People Are Going To Rebel': Slow Pace Of Rebuilding Frustrates Gazans

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:52am

Three months after the war between Israel and Hamas ended, reconstruction has barely started. Many people still live in half-bombed houses. But there are a few bright spots and a bit of innovation.

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Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 2:51am

The percentage of female farmers is climbing — slowly, according to federal figures. But those numbers don't take into account the many new roles women are filling on multigenerational family farms.

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