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Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 53 min ago

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be foreign government do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

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Sex Trafficking Is In The News: A Sting, A Court Award, A Protest

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 9 min ago

Stories of trafficking — including a sting using a "Walking Dead" actress — are making headlines. An expert talks about the practice, which victimizes millions around the world.

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'Mr. President, Don't Touch My Girlfriend,' Chicago Voter Teases Obama

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 58 min ago

CNN called it a "presidential love triangle" at an Illinois polling location, but, really, the episode was just some good fun.

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American Freed After Months Of Detention In North Korea

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 19 min ago

Jeffrey Fowle was arrested in June for allegedly leaving a Bible in his North Korean hotel room. Americans Matthew Miller and Kenneth Bae remain in custody.

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The Yarmulke Comes To 3-D Printing

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 21 min ago

Using math and imagination, a college professor creates a new kind of kippah.

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When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 28 min ago

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.

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DHS: Travelers From West Africa Limited To 5 U.S. Airports

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 56 min ago

Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be subject to secondary screening at JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.

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Israeli Homes, Decorated With A Shopping Spree In China

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 20 min ago

Some Israelis are flying to China to buy most everything they need to furnish a home. They say it's cheaper than buying in Israel, though there are also cautionary tales of shopping trips gone wrong.

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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 41 min ago

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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A Hong Kong Protest Camp Spawns Its Own Art

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 45 min ago

Pro-democracy street art inspired by sources ranging from Les Miserables to John Lennon fill an open-air museum of sorts that has cropped up in Hong Kong.

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A Tale Of Two Cities: World Series Fever Takes Hold In SF, KC

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 5 min ago

In San Francisco, there's a lot of confidence. In Kansas City, which gets its first shot at the championship rings in nearly 30 years, the excitement is palpable.

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Volunteer Recap: Why Wearing The Right Shoes In Rio Matters

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 57 min ago

When medical student Robert Snyder visited Rio de Janeiro last summer to do volunteer work, he learned the hard way that Birkenstock clogs are not a wise footwear choice.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 18 min ago

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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When Women Stopped Coding

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 38 min ago

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

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Opera About 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking Draws Protests At Met

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 51 min ago

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was among those who denounced The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams, calling it anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

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Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 10:46am

Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved.

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The Artificial Boundary That Divides Iraq

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 9:59am

A checkpoint near Kirkuk marks the line between Kurdish-controlled territory and the world of Islamic State extremists. Some 5,000 civilians stream across daily, lives and families divided.

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Plane Of Good Samaritans: Why Fly To (And From) West Africa

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 9:03am

On the plane to Monrovia, our NPR correspondent saw the best of human nature in the passengers on board. Almost all of them were headed to Liberia to lend a helping hand.

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Nepal Ends Rescue Efforts After Deadly Avalanches In Himalayas

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 8:40am

Locals and international tourists are among at least 39 people known to have died in blizzards and avalanches throughout the foothills of Nepal's Himalayan mountain range last week.

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Indiana Officials Say Man Has Led Them To Multiple Bodies

NPR Top Stories - October 20, 2014 - 8:37am

The suspect in custody confessed to one murder and subsequently led police to six other corpses in northwestern Indiana.

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