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Kiev Calls For Response To Russia As Town Falls To Rebels

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 45 min ago

Speaking at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says the West needs to make an "appropriate response" to the Kremlin's aggression.

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Fiancee Of Imprisoned Journalist Advocates For His Release

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 59 min ago

The fiancée of Al Jazeera journalist Mohammed Fahmy, jailed in Cairo, stays in touch with him and plans their wedding, even as the case languishes and world attention on it dims.

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What No Strategy On Islamic State Means For The Region

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 59 min ago

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jane Harman, director and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, about the threat of ISIS and the United States' counterterrorism strategy.

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Russian Incursion Continues In Ukraine

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 59 min ago

Latest news from Novoazovsk, Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces are defending the port city from what they say is a Russian invasion. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson from Novoazovsk.

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Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 41 min ago

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?

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Results From Screening Tests Can Be High In Anxiety

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 17 min ago

A healthy man paid $150 for a battery of tests at his church. The findings frightened him and didn't give his doctor any information that changed the man's care.

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Tech Week: Uber's Tricks, JPMorgan Hacked & A Desk Microwave

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 44 min ago

Also in this week's roundup, Amazon's $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. Also: We're most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 6:22pm

Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday.

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McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns To Avoid Being 'Distraction'

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 4:27pm

There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated.

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 3:10pm

Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, have been blocked by a federal judge, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion.

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Chinese High-Rise Worker Left Dangling After Annoyed Boy Cuts Rope

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 1:08pm

The 10-year-old watching cartoons reportedly became annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, so he took a knife and sliced through the worker's rappelling apparatus.

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'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential'

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 12:28pm

Many of the 2 million men serving time in the U.S. have formed their sense of manhood while incarcerated. And becoming a different kind of man isn't easy — either behind bars, or beyond them.

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NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right'

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 12:07pm

Robert Siegel talks with ESPN sportswriter Jane McManus about the NFL's new domestic violence initiative under its personal conduct policy. The plan comes the league leveled what some called a lenient penalty for running back Ray Rice's alleged domestic abuse.

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The Spectacle Of The Beheading: A Grisly Act With A Long History

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 12:07pm

Videos and other images of beheadings have appeared with increasing frequency in recent weeks. Dawn Perlmutter, director of the Symbol Intelligence Group, discusses the symbolism of this grim ritual.

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Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 12:07pm

In Ukraine, civilian volunteers are digging trenches outside the port city of Mariupol in an effort to defend their city from assault by separatist forces.

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Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 12:07pm

For the first time, the department wades into a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together.

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The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:30am

In 1976, scientist Peter Piot was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus. The epidemic today in West Africa, he says, is "absolutely unexpected and unprecedented."

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Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:29am

The national average for regular is $3.45 per gallon, down from an all-time high of $3.83 per gallon over the Labor Day 2012 holiday.

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An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:20am

You probably haven't thought about whether your phone could help diagnose alcohol withdrawal. Well, it can. An app for doctors measures tremors and may help tell if someone's faking it to get drugs.

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Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care

NPR Top Stories - August 29, 2014 - 11:13am

Policymakers worldwide have been calling for countries to get rid of institutions for orphans and abandoned children. A study out of Duke University offers a different perspective.

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