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Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

NPR Top Stories - 5 hours 2 min ago

A returned space capsule was opened to reveal frozen gecko remains inside, disappointing scientists. On the bright side, the fruit flies that were aboard made it.

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The Troubling Implications Of The Celebrity Photo Leak

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 1 min ago

To learn more about the recent celebrity photo hack, Melissa Block speaks with Matthew Green of Johns Hopkins University. They discuss how the photos might have been obtained.

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MRAPs And Bayonets: What We Know About The Pentagon's 1033 Program

NPR Top Stories - 6 hours 24 min ago

A database of every item the Pentagon has sent to local, state and federal authorities since 2006 sheds light on the massive scope, and evolution, of the 1033 program.

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A Suspected Ebola Patient On The Run In Liberia

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 14 min ago

A brief video captures the chaos of Ebola in Liberia. A suspected patient, who allegedly fled a treatment center, is pursued by health workers and wrestled into a truck.

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Double Mastectomies Don't Increase Cancer Survival Rates

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 19 min ago

Young women diagnosed with breast cancer are increasingly choosing to have both breasts removed. A big study says that doesn't improve their survival odds any more than does less drastic treatments.

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Sounds From The First Day Of School

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 22 min ago

Millions of children are heading back to school, and to mark the traditional start of the school year, we've asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds.

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North Korea Grants Interviews With American Detainees: To What End?

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 24 min ago

Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities.

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State Dept. Officials Work To Verify Islamic State's Beheading Video

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 43 min ago

In a new video released by the militant group Islamic State, American journalist Steven Sotloff appears to be killed by extremists associated with the group.

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New U.S. Rules Protect Giant Bluefin Tuna

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 50 min ago

To reduce the number of giant bluefin tuna killed by fishing fleets, the U.S. is putting out new rules about commercial fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the western Atlantic.

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Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

NPR Top Stories - 7 hours 58 min ago

The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.

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Another American Doctor In Liberia Tests Positive For Ebola

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 23 min ago

He's the third American to contract the disease while working in Liberia. In this case, the doctor, who was part of the Christian aid group SIM, was treating obstetrics patients.

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Detroit's Fiscal Future Rests With A Federal Judge

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 25 min ago

Detroit's future comes down to this: a federal trial over the city's plan to emerge from largest municipal bankruptcy ever in the U.S. As Detroit Public Radio's Quinn Klinefelter reports, city officials argue the plan is the best way to propel Detroit into prosperity — but some major creditors aren't pleased with it.

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Faced With Ukrainian Turmoil, NATO Considers New 'Rapid Reaction Force'

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 25 min ago

In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.

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Changes At The 'Post' Mark A Break From Paper's Storied Past

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 25 min ago

Tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, owner of The Washington Post, has announced he's replacing the paper's current publisher with Frederick Ryan, one of the founders of Politico.

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Islamic State Video Appears To Show Beheading Of A New U.S. Journalist

NPR Top Stories - 8 hours 25 min ago

The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.

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Celebrity Photo Leak Puts Spotlight On The Cloud, And Security

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 27 min ago

The FBI and Apple are looking into how private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were stolen, an incident that raises new questions about storing personal data online.

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Using Technology To Counter Police Mistrust Is Complicated

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 23 min ago

Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., are now wearing body cameras. But cameras don't solve everything. Sometimes, they can create more disputes.

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Ending Decades Of Family Leadership, 'Washington Post' Names New Publisher

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 52 min ago

Owner Jeffrey Bezos gave the job to Frederick J. Ryan Jr., a founding member of the website Politico. The Post had been run by the Graham family for eight decades.

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Kremlin Disputes Veracity Of Putin's 'I Can Take Kiev In Two Weeks' Quote

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 30 min ago

The quote was published by an Italian daily, which reported Russian President Vladimir Putin said it during a phone call with European Commission President José Manuel Barroso.

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After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

NPR Top Stories - 14 hours 46 min ago

It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel Casino Hotel. Its closure is part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September.

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