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Shooting Reported In Washington School; Police Say Suspect Is Dead

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 11:45am

Television images showed students running out of the Marysville, Wash., high school with their hands up. A local hospital said it had received four victims.

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Fashion Police: Why Are You Wearing Rubber Boots In Liberia?

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 11:26am

Like most people in Monrovia, our correspondent is constantly washing her hands with chlorinated water. But her booted feet are drawing strange looks.

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In Southeast Turkey, A Long History Of Bloodshed And Worship

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 11:24am

A vast plain near Syria is no stranger to military carnage. But a place known as "Potbelly Hill" holds ruins built in ancient times, possibly for ritual purposes, long before organized religion.

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'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 9:58am

AR 2192, the largest sunspot seen since the beginning of the current 11-year cycle that started in 2008, is producing strong solar flares.

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In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 8:09am

If you live in Rochester, Minn., you'll get used to seeing wheelchairs left in odd places. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic, after all. But some of those wheelchairs venture far afield indeed.

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Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 7:53am

New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help us better understand and retain information.

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Halloween High Jinks For Fun And Nonprofits

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 7:11am

Many Americans are not scared to reuse old clothes for new Halloween costumes.

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Dallas Nurse Nina Pham, Now 'Ebola Free,' Discharged By NIH

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 7:04am

The National Institutes of Health in Maryland announced that the 26-year-old who was infected while caring for a Liberian patient has no detectable virus in her blood.

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Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 6:22am

A day after Nigeria's announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 girls secured, 25 more were said to have been kidnapped by extremists.

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VIDEO: Talking While Female

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 5:03am

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

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Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 4:10am

The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.

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A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 3:03am

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

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A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 2:48am

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.

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Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 2:47am

The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.

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European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

NPR Top Stories - October 24, 2014 - 12:53am

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from a comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 11:05am

Latinos make up 9 percent of the state's population and 2 percent of registered voters, and a new poll shows many are undecided. In Charlotte, Michel Martin learns more about their growing influence.

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U.S.-Led Strikes In Syria Have Killed 553, Activists Say

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 11:02am

Most of those killed — 464 — were fighters with the Islamic State. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also counted 32 civilians among the dead.

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How To Sell Bogus Health Cures In 5 Easy Steps

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

It turns out that green coffee extract isn't a "miracle pill that can burn fat fast," even though Dr. Oz said so. But there are plenty more "miracle" cures out there. Here's how to sell your own.

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Ottawa Attack Seen As Canada's Security Wake-Up Call

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 8:41am

In Canada, the front door to Parliament is often left unlocked, but after Wednesday's attack, that's likely to change.

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I'll (Gag) Drink To That: Oral Rehydration Key For Ebola Patients

NPR Top Stories - October 23, 2014 - 8:41am

Ebola survivors in Nigeria credit the nasty-tasting oral rehydration solution for their recovery. One doctor wants more attention paid to that kind of low-tech treatment.

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