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4:23pm

Sun November 23, 2014
The Two-Way

With Deadline Looming, Whispers Of Extension Begin In Iran Nuclear Talks

With a deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and Western powers less than 24 hours away, the negotiators have started talking about a second extension.

Quoting unnamed State Department officials, Reuters and the Associated Press report that Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Sunday and discussed the possibility of extending negotiations past the Monday deadline.

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3:12pm

Sun November 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 3:58 pm

This Nov. 19 screenshot shows the cover photo of an unofficial Marine group on Facebook called Just the Tip, of the Spear. The group and those like it have been accused of promoting sexism and of acting as a forum for hate speech.
Just the Tip, of the Spear - 21 Facebook

For veterans like Katherine Keleher, Facebook can be a nightmare.

When a photo of the 25-year-old former Marine was posted to "Just the Tip, of the Spear" last fall, she was so nervous she couldn't bear to look and asked a friend to check the page for her. The group's name, abbreviated JTTOTS, plays off of innuendo and the Marine Corps moniker as the Tip of the Spear.

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2:50pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Code Switch

Running Late? Nah, Just On 'CPT'

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 9:19 am

Almost there! Always delayed.
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In our semi-regular Word Watch feature, we take a look at a word or phrase that has caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story.

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1:24pm

Sun November 23, 2014
The Two-Way

First (Lots Of) Snow, Now Rain And Flooding Threaten Western New York

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:09 pm

Michael Palmer and Carin Schultz work to clear her car of snow and remove it from Union street on Thursday in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg.
John Normile Getty Images

Western New York can't catch a break. First, it was paralyzed by a mountain of lake-effect snow and unseasonably cold weather. Now, things are thawing and rain is moving in. By Monday, meteorologist say the high temperature could hit 60 degrees.

As USA Today reports, that could cause some serious flooding. The paper adds:

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12:05pm

Sun November 23, 2014
The Two-Way

12-Year-Old Boy Carrying Replica Gun Dies After Cleveland Officer Shoots

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:08 pm

A 12-year-old boy carrying a replica gun has died after a Cleveland Police officer opened fire on Saturday.

According to a statement, police received a call warning of someone pointing a gun at people near a playground

"Upon arrival on scene, officers located the suspect and advised him to raise his hands," police say. "The suspect did not comply with the officers' orders and reached to his waistband for the gun. Shots were fired and the suspect was struck in the torso."

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12:02pm

Sun November 23, 2014
Politics

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

Journalist James Foley was killed by the so-called Islamic State in August of this year. His mother, Diane Foley, says the U.S. government never reached out to tell her that her son was dead.
Marko Drobnjakovic AP

First, there was James Foley. Then Steven Sotloff. Finally, Abdul Rahman Kassig, also known as Peter Kassig. All three were American hostages, brutally murdered by the so-called Islamic State.

This past week the White House confirmed that it's conducting a review of its hostage policy, but in a press conference, White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the United States will not change its policy on ransoms: America does not pay them.

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10:50am

Sun November 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Tunisia Holds First Presidential Election Since Revolution

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:09 pm

Tunisian citizens take a selfie with their inked fingers after casting their votes at a polling station during the Tunisian Presidential Election on Sunday.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Four years after its revolution sparked the broader Arab Spring, Tunisians headed to the polls on Sunday to pick their next head of state.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

"With more than two dozen candidates contesting the presidency and more than 50% of the vote required for an outright win, the race was considered likely to go to a runoff next month.

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9:43am

Sun November 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Ugly Christmas Tree Will Be Replaced In Pennsylvania Town

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 3:15 pm

After complaints from residents, this tree in Reading, Pa., is being replaced.
Screenshot from WFMZ-TV

The people of Reading, Pa., didn't have the same compassion that Charlie Brown had.

A 50-foot spruce tree — called "nasty," "pathetic" and "ugly" — will be replaced with a prettier pine.

As the AP reports, the tree was put up by the city in a public space and the complaints started immediately. The tree was missing tons of branches and it had unseemly shape.

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7:49am

Sun November 23, 2014
Politics

Marion Barry, D.C. Former Mayor, Dies At 78

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:56 am

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Race

Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Politics

Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Africa

Tunisian Election Completes Its Transition To Democracy

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Middle East

Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Around the Nation

MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 11:56 am

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Humans

Why People Take Risks To Help Others: Altruism's Roots In The Brain

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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When someone does something utterly selfless, you might think, oh, they're just a generous kind of soul. But new research suggests altruism may be hardwired in the brain. Reporter Michelle Trudeau has more.

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
National Security

Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 1:43 pm

Lance Cpl. Brittany Holloway helps to direct the driver of a light armored vehicle during training at Camp Lejeune, where female Marines are enduring the same training as their male counterparts for combat arms.
Travis Dove for NPR

Sgt. Kristy Rodriguez is sprinting on a treadmill. She's wearing dark green shorts, a matching T-shirt and white sneakers. The pace keeps getting faster.

Rodriguez is at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, taking part in a Marine Corps experiment to determine whether women will be allowed to serve in ground combat units.

"A lot of people think that we can't do it," she says. "I don't think the same."

As she runs, Rodriguez stares at a photo — the iconic shot of Marines planting the American flag at Iwo Jima.

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Middle East

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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7:21am

Sun November 23, 2014
Race

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

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7:03am

Sun November 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

Anesthesia Miracle: No Power, No Oxygen Tanks, No Problem

A nurse anesthetist practices using the Universal Anesthesia Machine on an uncomplaining patient.
John Sampson/JHMI

Waking up during a surgery would be a nightmare, yet that's a regular problem for patients in low-income countries. Sketchy power grids mean the lights often go out, and with them, the anesthesia machine. In other cases, there are too few oxygen tanks for a surgery, so it's canceled.

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7:03am

Sun November 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 11:07 am

Mango trees would be grateful for the nutrients in human poop.
Noah Seelam AFP/Getty Images

What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?

That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human excrement.

And it turns out that the bus isn't the only example of poo power.

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5:52am

Sun November 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

What Microbes Lurked In The Last Public Restroom You Used?

Even cleaning a bathroom daily didn't much affect the make-up of the community of microbes living there, scientists say.
Claire Eggers NPR

The invisible world of the bathroom isn't pretty — unless you're a microbe. After scanning the microbial zoo of four public restrooms recently, a team of researchers found a diverse swarm of characters that persisted for months despite regular cleaning of the facilities.

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5:51am

Sun November 23, 2014
The Protojournalist

When Thanksgiving Was Weird

Originally published on Mon November 24, 2014 10:05 am

Oddest thing: Thanksgiving in turn-of-the-20th century America used to look a heckuva lot like Halloween.

People — young and old — got all dressed up and staged costumed crawls through the streets. In Los Angeles, Chicago and other places around the country, newspapers ran stories of folks wearing elaborate masks and cloth veils. Thanksgiving mask balls were held in Cape Girardeau, Mo., Montesano, Wash., and points in between.

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5:49am

Sun November 23, 2014
Law

As Gay Marriages Rise, Now Comes The Case For Same-Sex Divorce

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:26 pm

Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham got married in California, but lives in Mississippi. Now she wants her home state to recognize her same-sex marriage so she can get divorced.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

In 2008, Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham traveled with her then-partner from their home in Mississippi to San Francisco, a few months after gay marriage became legal in California. They'd been together for about a year and a half before they decided to get married.

After the ceremony, they went back to Mississippi, where they lived together. Then a year later, they decided to split up. The state of Mississippi doesn't recognize same-sex marriage, however, so they couldn't get a divorce there.

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2:59am

Sun November 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Dies

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 1:28 pm

Washington, D.C., Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, but started out as a champion for the city's disenfranchised.
Alex Brandon AP

Marion Barry, the fiery Washington, D.C., politician who was famously re-elected after going to jail for crack cocaine possession, has died after months of battling health issues. He was 78.

The four-term mayor, who was still serving his third term on the D.C. Council, was famous for fighting for the District's disenfranchised, but won national notoriety after he was caught on FBI video with an ex-girlfriend and crack cocaine in 1990.

He was considered by many to be the district's most charismatic and controversial politician.

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5:53pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Interviews

How One Family Is Reacting To Obama's Immigration Plan

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 7:06 pm

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5:53pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Latin America

Still Few Answers In Killing Of 43 Students In Mexico

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 7:06 pm

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5:53pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Digital Life

Car Ride Service Puts Gender In The Driver's Seat

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 7:06 pm

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STELLA MATEO: I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I came here when I was 15 years old. And I have a degree in accounting, and I'm the mother of two daughters and the CEO of my household (laughter). I say that with pride.

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5:19pm

Sat November 22, 2014
The Two-Way

Ferguson Grand Jury Will Reportedly Meet Again Monday

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:03 pm

Michael Brown Sr., the father of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot dead by a police officer, distributes Thanksgiving turkeys Saturday to neighbors where his son was killed in Ferguson, Mo., this past August.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

As a grand jury considers whether Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges over the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, many in the St. Louis suburb are calling for calm, even as they prepare for what could be a sharp public reaction to the jury's decision.

Saying "the grand jury is still gathering information," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the jury will meet next week.

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4:01pm

Sat November 22, 2014
The Two-Way

UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 6:00 pm

Saying she is acting out of ""great sorrow, great rage," University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, seen here in April, is suspending all the school's fraternities until January.
Steve Helber AP

Citing "great sorrow, great rage" and "great determination," University of Virginia President Teresa A. Sullivan says she's suspending all the school's fraternities until Jan. 9. The move comes days after a Rolling Stone article in which a woman described being gang-raped when she was a freshman in 2012.

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2:25pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 4:16 pm

Surveillance team member Osman Sow washes his boots after working in a potentially contaminated area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Survey teams are sent out every day to assess sick people and dispatch burial teams to collect the dead.
David Gilkey NPR

Ebola is on the rise in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown. Just this week, 234 new confirmed infections were reported, and every day hundreds of residents call the emergency line to report more possible cases in their neighborhoods.

To deal with the surge, the nation sends health surveillance teams into the community to investigate the alerts, visiting up to five homes a day to check on residents.

The junior member of one team is Osman Sow, a young man with a wisp of a beard and a serious manner.

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