Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and NPR.org, coordinating with radio and digital media staff to create Web features that complement stories heard on-air. He also frequently writes original Web pieces.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to writing for its World Cup 2010 blog. Chappell's assignments have included being the lead Web producer on NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as being the Web liaison and producer of the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project.

Chappell was an integral part of the team that executed a comprehensive redesign of NPR's Web site in 2009. One year later, the site won its first Peabody and the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award, among others.

Drawing from his experience in improving NPR's storytelling ability, he trains both digital media and radio staff in using NPR's digital tools.

Other shows he has worked with include Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Piano Jazz with Marilyn McPartland.

Prior to joining NPR in 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling regions from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.

During the intensive early months of the Iraq War, he coordinated packages and live shots out of Qatar, Israel and Australia. During the war, he set up live interviews and brought in packages to supply content to CNN's global networks.

From 2002-2003, Chappell served as Editor-in-Chief of the Trans-Atlantic Journal, a business and lifestyle monthly geared for expatriate Europeans working and living in the United States.

Chappell's prior work included producing Web pages and editing digital video for CNNSI.com, as well as editing and producing news and features at CNN.com. His entry to CNN came via the network's central library, where he often manned the reference desk.

Chappell's entry into national journalism came after years of writing about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies. A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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1:27pm

Sat October 11, 2014
The Two-Way

New Hepatitis C Pill Promises Faster Treatment, At A Higher Cost

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 3:53 pm

The newly approved Harvoni tablets bring several advances to the fight against hepatitis C, but they also have a steep price tag, reported at $1,125 for a single dose.
Gilead Sciences

The FDA has approved a once-a-day pill that combines two drugs to treat hepatitis C, the deadly virus that attacks the liver and is believed to infect 3.2 million Americans.

The new product brings several advances, but it also has a steep price tag, reported at $1,125 per tablet. NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff reports:

"The treatment, made by Gilead Sciences, bypasses the need for any injections or older drugs that have serious side effects.

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12:01pm

Sat October 11, 2014
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Republican And Democrat Make Headlines For 'Nicest' Election Race

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 3:59 pm

Scott Hildebrand, a Democrat, and Mike Jansen, a Republican, are competing to be the new sheriff in Campbell County, Ky., but they're also abiding by an agreement to keep their race clean.
Images courtesy of the candidates

Not many political opponents eat breakfast together or sit for a joint interview, but those things are what define the race for Campbell County sheriff in northern Kentucky. That's where Democrat Scott Hildebrand and Republican Mike Jansen are waging "a clean race," as Jansen says, because the voters deserve it.

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10:40am

Sat October 11, 2014
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Ebola Deaths Top 4,000; Screening Begins At New York's JFK Airport

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:11 pm

Passengers from three West African countries will face screening for Ebola symptoms when they arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Travelers are seen here at a JFK checkpoint earlier this week. Four other airports will begin screening next week.
JUSTIN LANE EPA /LANDOV

Officials at five busy U.S. airports are putting in place screening measures meant to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. Screening began at JFK Airport today; it will start at other international airports next week.

The push comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the outbreak has killed at least 4,024 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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8:30am

Sat October 11, 2014
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Kmart Says Its Store Registers Were Hacked, Exposing Credit Cards

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 2:09 pm

Kmart says it has removed malware that had infected its checkout registers in stores. The company believes the malware may have been in place for about a month before it was detected.
Rachel Murray Getty Images

For about a month, Kmart says, its stores' checkout registers were "compromised by malicious software that stole customer credit and debit card information."

The company, owned by Sears, says it removed the malware from its system after it was discovered Thursday. It announced the exposure late Friday, saying that no personal data or PIN numbers were lost.

While some important customer information seems to have been protected, the breach could still allow criminals to make counterfeit versions of the exposed credit cards.

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5:12pm

Tue October 7, 2014
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Singer Morrissey Says He Has Had Cancer Treatment

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 1:58 pm

English singer Morrissey performs during the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo in December. The musician told a Spanish newspaper, in a stoic discussion about his health, that he has undergone treatments related to cancer.
Daniel Sannum Lauten AFP/Getty Images

Steven Patrick Morrissey, the singer who formerly led The Smiths and is on a solo tour in Europe, has undergone treatment for cancer, he tells a Spanish newspaper. Morrissey did not specify what ailment he had been suffering from, saying only that he had undergone "cancer scrapings."

The singer, 55, was asked about his health in an interview for Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

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1:28pm

Tue October 7, 2014
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In Gay Marriage's New Landscape, Glee, Confusion And Resistance

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 3:41 pm

Kody Partridge (center right) and her partner, Lauri Wood, kiss at a same-sex marriage celebration Monday in Salt Lake City. The status of gay marriage remains uncertain in Kansas and Wyoming, where officials say no court has ruled on their ban specifically.
George Frey Getty Images

Same-sex couples are marrying in at least six more states today, after the Supreme Court left in place lower courts' rulings against bans on gay marriage. But couples have been turned away in Kansas, one of several states that share federal jurisdiction with states where bans were lifted.

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5:39pm

Mon October 6, 2014
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Some Americans Boosted Charitable Giving In Recession; The Rich Did Not

Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 12:44 pm

During the recession, middle-class and poor Americans gave more of their incomes to charity organizations than did the wealthy, according to a new study.
iStockphoto

As times got tough in the recent recession, the less well-off of America's citizens became more generous when giving to charity. But at the same time, wealthy Americans cut the proportion of their incomes they donated, according to a new study that analyzed data from tax returns.

NPR's Pam Fessler reports for our Newscast unit:

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10:05am

Mon October 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Won't Hear Gay Marriage Cases In New Term

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 2:15 pm

The Supreme Court has denied petitions to review same-sex marriage cases in several states, including Utah. In January, supporters of same-sex marriage held a rally at Utah's Capitol in Salt Lake City.
Jim Urquhart Reuters/Landov

The Supreme Court's new term will not include any cases that might decide the issue of same-sex marriage in the U.S., a development that comes after many lower and appeals courts have ruled against states' bans on gay marriage. Advocates on both sides of the issue have been calling for the high court to review the issue and make an official ruling.

The court's refusal of all the petitions related to bans on gay marriage means that the appeals courts' decisions allowing gay marriage can now take effect. They had been on hold pending a potential review by the Supreme Court.

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9:33am

Mon October 6, 2014
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Hewlett-Packard Will Split Into Two Companies

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 6:30 pm

Meg Whitman, the current president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will lead one of the two companies the tech giant is creating by dividing its corporate services and printing/PC units.
Richard Drew AP

Computer giant Hewlett-Packard, a stalwart through decades of shifts in America's technology landscape, is dividing itself into two companies in its most drastic attempt yet to adjust to new markets.

The ailing company that was founded 75 years ago in a Palo Alto garage was synonymous with Silicon Valley.

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5:10pm

Sat October 4, 2014
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Photo Break: America Puts On Its Fall Colors

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 9:03 pm

A striking image of autumn trees lining a drive in Vermont.
reinschreiber Instagram

October brings the peak of the autumn foliage season in many U.S. states, drawing both tourists and camera lenses. Thanks to the NPR community, we've collected a few photos that are worth taking a break from the news to stare at.

The photos were taken in a variety of states — except, of course, those where the season hasn't begun to turn. If you're heading out to see the autumn views, the USDA has a map showing where the leaves are turning; in many states, local agencies can provide more tailored information.

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1:03pm

Sat October 4, 2014
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Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Dies At 63

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 2:46 pm

Former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier "Baby Doc" has died at age 63. He returned from exile in 2011.
Hector Retamal AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former Haitian dictator nicknamed "Baby Doc" after he succeeded his father in ruling the country, has died. Duvalier was the president of Haiti from 1971 to 1986, a brutal regime that ended in his exile. He returned to the country in 2011.

Duvalier died of a heart attack, reports Haiti Libre.

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12:50pm

Sat October 4, 2014
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Dallas Ebola Case: Experts Say 9 People At Highest Risk Of Contact

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 2:37 pm

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, right, escorts people who were at the apartment unit where Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian citizen diagnosed with the Ebola virus, had been staying. Jenkins used his car to drive the people to a new place to stay in Dallas.
JIM YOUNG Reuters /Landov

Of the 114 people whom officials first thought could possibly have been exposed to the Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola in Texas, health experts are "fairly certain" that only nine had enough direct contact that they could potentially have been infected.

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11:36am

Sat October 4, 2014
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Hong Kong Police Can 'Take All Actions Necessary,' City Leader Says

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 2:25 pm

A police officer tries to hold back pro-democracy student protesters during a clash with local residents in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, on Saturday.
Wally Santana AP

Violence echoed in Hong Kong's streets on Saturday, as clashes between pro-democracy protesters and counter-protesters continued. Occupy Central organizers say their supporters have been attacked by pro-Beijing groups that include gang members. City officials say the streets need to be clear by Monday.

Discussions between the protesters and the government broke down after the violence. With thousands of protesters still in the streets, some are fearing that a crackdown might be imminent.

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10:10am

Sat October 4, 2014
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A First: Uterus Transplant Gives Parents A Healthy Baby

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 1:34 pm

Dr. Mats Brannstrom and his team perform a womb transplant operation in April. Brannstrom says they delivered a healthy baby boy to a uterine transplant recipient last month, a first in medical science.
Johan Wingborg AP

In what's being hailed as a huge step in fertility and reproduction science, doctors in Sweden say a woman has given birth to a baby boy less than two years after she received a uterus transplant. The new mother, 36, had been born without a uterus, so another woman, 61, donated her womb several years after she had gone through menopause.

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8:36am

Sat October 4, 2014
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The Two Koreas Agree To Hold High-Level Talks This Autumn

Originally published on Sat October 4, 2014 1:29 pm

North Korea's National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Hwang Pyong So, middle, waves as the country's athletes march at the end of the Asian Games. He's flanked by Workers Party Secretary Choe Ryong Hae, right, and South Korea's Kim Kwan-jin, left, national security adviser to South Korea's president.
Dita Alangkara AP

In a sign of potential improvement in their frosty relationship, North and South Korea will engage in high-level talks by early November. The revelation came as a delegation of North Korean officials ventured south to Incheon for Saturday's closing ceremonies in the 2014 Asian Games.

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5:31pm

Tue September 30, 2014
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New York Boosts Pay For Thousands With Hourly Wage Hike

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signs an executive order raising the city's living wage law Tuesday. The move will require some employers to pay their employees between $11.50 and $13.13 an hour, depending on whether the employee receives benefits.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday that effectively raises the hourly wage for thousands of workers in New York City. The city says its expansion of the Living Wage provisions will boost yearly earnings for the lowest-paid workers from $16,640 to $27,310.

From New York, NPR's Joel Rose reports:

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3:07pm

Tue September 30, 2014
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Ban On Single-Use Plastic Bags Is Enacted In California

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 4:23 pm

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. Here, mixed plastic items are seen at a recycling plant in Vernon, Calif., earlier this year.
Reed Saxon AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed SB 270, the first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags in the U.S.

"This bill is a step in the right direction — it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks and even the vast ocean itself," Brown said. "We're the first to ban these bags, and we won't be the last."

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12:57pm

Tue September 30, 2014
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Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:07 pm

Images from August 2000 (left) and August 2014 (right) show the drop in water levels in the Aral Sea.
NASA

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried."

That's the word from NASA, which has released images showing the progressive decline of the water levels in the Aral Sea, which straddles the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The space agency captured the striking photographs via its Terra satellite.

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11:24am

Tue September 30, 2014
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In NFL Game, A Slide And A Prayer Spur Debate And Clarification

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:28 pm

Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a touchdown after an interception against the New England Patriots Monday. He was then penalized for praying on his knees — something the NFL now says shouldn't have been punished.
Dilip Vishwanat Getty Images

When an NFL defender picks off a pass and runs it back for a touchdown, the celebration is often spirited. But referees in Monday night's game took exception to Kansas City's Husain Abdullah actions after he slid in the end zone and prostrated himself, imposing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty.

The play quickly became a hot topic on social media, where many criticized a penalty for what qualifies as a quiet gesture in the NFL, where excited players are known to point at themselves, others, and the sky, sometimes while making crude gestures.

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8:59am

Tue September 30, 2014
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Ominous Tremors At Mount Ontake Force Rescue Crews Off Volcano

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 11:11 am

Security personnel guard the entrance of a road leading to a trail on Mount Ontake in Nagano prefecture Tuesday, three days after the volcano erupted in central Japan.
Jiji Press AFP/Getty Images

More than 20 bodies remained near the summit of Japan's Mount Ontake as new tremors and venting gases forced search teams to abandon their efforts early Tuesday local time. Officials don't yet know precisely how many climbers were trapped when the volcano erupted Saturday, a busy day for hiking.

From Tokyo, John Matthews reports for NPR:

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5:17pm

Mon September 29, 2014
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Spanish Court Blocks Catalonia's Independence Vote

Pro-independence Catalans protest in front of a Spanish government delegation in Barcelona Monday, after Spain's Constitutional Court suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia.
Josep Lago AFP/Getty Images

Two days after the region's president announced a November vote on whether Catalonia should break away from Spain, the nation's highest court has suspended that plan, making it illegal to continue organizing the referendum. It's not clear whether the region's leaders will abide by the ruling.

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4:26pm

Mon September 29, 2014
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Who Will Win The 2014 World Series?

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:05 pm

Mike Trout and Los Angeles Angels have been named favorites to reach the World Series, as have Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're seen here when the two teams played in August.
Matt Brown Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images

If the oddsmakers are right, two Los Angeles teams will be the only ones left standing when the World Series starts in late October, in a "Freeway Series."

But there's talk of a "Beltway Series" back east, where two teams — the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles — are coming off strong seasons. And you can count on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers to derail everyone else's plans.

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12:27pm

Mon September 29, 2014
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California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law, Defining Sexual Consent

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:29 pm

California has become the first U.S. state to define when "yes means yes" in sexual assault cases on college campuses, after a bill sponsored by state Sen. Kevin de Leon was signed into law Sunday.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that makes California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to sex. The law goes further than the common "no means no" standard, which has been blamed for bringing ambiguity into investigations of sexual assault cases.

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10:16am

Mon September 29, 2014
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Japan's Mt. Ontake Is Still Erupting As Questions Emerge About Warnings

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 6:37 pm

A photo taken from a Kyodo News helicopter shows Japan's Self-Defense Forces personnel rescuing climbers who were in critical condition near the top of Mt. Ontake Monday, before rescue operations were suspended.
Kyodo /Landov

The volcano whose eruption surprised hikers in central Japan this weekend sent a plume of ash and gas more than 1,500 feet into the air Monday as it continued to erupt, officials say. That has complicated efforts to find victims and survivors, and rescue efforts have again been halted.

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4:49pm

Sun September 28, 2014
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Sober And Sold-Out: Dance Club In Sweden Cuts Booze For A Night

Clubgoers dance at a Stockholm club that forbade its patrons from drinking Friday night.
Marten Andersson

Breathalyzers were placed in the doorway of a nightclub in Stockholm this weekend, with an unusual purpose: to ensure no guests had been drinking alcohol. It was all part of a plan for a booze-free night out called Sober, where staff were also on the lookout for anyone who seemed to be on drugs.

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2:09pm

Sun September 28, 2014
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Kenya's Kimetto Sets New Marathon World Record In Berlin

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 3:00 pm

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon Sunday. Kimetto set a new world marathon record, breaking the 2 hour, 3 minute mark for the first time.
Tobias Schwarz AFP/Getty Images

For the first time, the world record in the marathon is now under 2 hours and 3 minutes, after Dennis Kimetto of Kenya tore through the course at Sunday's Berlin Marathon. Kimetto, 30, says he wants to set a new record next year.

"I feel good because I won a very tough race," Kimetto said after the finish. "I felt good from the start and in the last few miles I felt I could do it and break the record. I believe I can improve it further. I'd like to return and try to break it again next year."

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10:46am

Sun September 28, 2014
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Turkey Signals Willingness To Join Coalition Against ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 2:55 pm

Turkish military forces of the Jandarma (police) block access at the Mursitpinar crossing gate near the Syrian border, where Syrian Kurdish people seek to pass, on Sunday. Turkey's leader says the country is willing to fight ISIS.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

Saying his country will do "whatever is needed" to help fight the extremist group ISIS, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has reached what local media are calling "a point of determination."

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9:36am

Sun September 28, 2014
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Hong Kong Police Use Tear Gas On Large Pro-Democracy Protest

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 11:50 pm

Riot police launch tear gas into a crowd of thousands of protesters outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Sunday. Police warned of further measures as they tried to clear the streets.
Wally Santana AP

Police in riot gear have been deployed to the streets of Hong Kong, where thousands of protesters are calling for free elections. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to try to clear the city's central business and government district. Organized by student groups, the Occupy Central protests have now been going on for three days.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: Organizers Urge A Retreat

Saying that the chance for severe injuries is too great, Occupy Central's organizers ask supporters to retreat from stand-offs with police.

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8:25am

Sun September 28, 2014
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More Than 30 Feared Dead In Japanese Volcano's Eruption

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 2:51 pm

A hiker is lifted by a rescue helicopter at Mt. Ontake, which erupted Saturday. The volcano straddles the Nagano and Gifu prefectures in central Japan.
Kyodo Reuters /Landov

The sudden and powerful eruption of a volcano Saturday may have killed more than 30 hikers in central Japan, according to authorities who have made their way up the side of Mt. Ontake. Officials say the hikers were found close to the mountain's peak, in cardiac and respiratory arrest.

As the AP reports, "The victims have been described as not breathing and their hearts have stopped, which is the customary way for Japanese authorities to describe a body until police doctors can examine it."

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2:38pm

Sat September 27, 2014
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Ohio's James Traficant Dies, Days After Accident On Farm

Originally published on Sun September 28, 2014 2:02 pm

Former Rep. James Traficant, seen here arriving at a House ethics hearing in 2002, has died at age 73.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Former Rep. James Traficant, the Ohio politician whose career included 17 years in Congress and a conviction for bribery, has died at age 73. Traficant's family had been fearing for his life since earlier this week, when he was critically injured in a tractor accident.

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