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6:48am

Fri October 24, 2014
Race

A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 1:54 pm

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu Hartwell gets a hair treatment at a "Curl Party" hosted by Carol's Daughter and theYBF.com in 2010.
Paras Griffin Landov

Cosmetics giant L'Oréal purchased Carol's Daughter, a beauty company that sells natural hair and skin products for black women, earlier this week. It may seem like an unlikely chapter in the story of a business that began in a Brooklyn kitchen.

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5:07am

Fri October 24, 2014
Strange News

Halloween Twitter War Pits Conan O'Brien Against Madeleine Albright

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:03 am

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5:02am

Fri October 24, 2014
Business

Facebook's Zuckerberg Shares His Mandarin Skills

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4:53am

Fri October 24, 2014
Politics

Courting Republicans, Georgia Democrat Tries To Keep His Seat

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 2:25 pm

Rep. John Barrow speaks at First African Baptist Church in Dublin, Ga. Barrow needs African-Americans to turn out on Election Day, but they're not enough to put him over the top.
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6:31am

Thu October 23, 2014
Jazz

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 10:26 am

Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities.
Jessica Hancock Courtesy of the artist

5:30am

Thu October 23, 2014
Europe

How Much Would You Pay For A Putin-Themed Music Box?

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:14 am

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5:30am

Thu October 23, 2014
Education

Wave Away Math Homework With An App

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:14 am

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Suppose you need the answer to 70 times five?

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It's 350.

INSKEEP: Or 12 times four.

GREENE: 48.

INSKEEP: That's impressive, David.

GREENE: Well, thank you.

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5:30am

Thu October 23, 2014
World

With Bears On The Streets, Canadian Town Cancels Halloween

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:14 am

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And now this. Winter comes early in the Canadian Arctic, which means polar bear season.

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8:50am

Wed October 22, 2014
Shots - Health News

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 9:04 am

Even versions of Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen labeled "genuine" and "anti-counterfeit" have been found to contain the drug sibutramine, which was supposed to come off the U.S. market in 2010 for safety reasons.
Food and Drug Administration

Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements. And the Food and Drug Administration spends a lot of effort policing distributors who market fraudulent products that are tainted with unsafe, banned drugs.

But a study published Tuesday finds that buyers should beware: Just because the FDA recalls a product for containing dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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7:32am

Wed October 22, 2014
Sports

World Series Opens With A Thud For Royals

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5:13am

Wed October 22, 2014
Music News

Taylor Swift Sells White Noise In Canada

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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Good morning, I'm David Greene. You might say the musician Taylor Swift is so popular fans will listen to whatever she puts out. Like this single from an upcoming album...

(WHITE NOISE)

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5:07am

Wed October 22, 2014
Business

Problem With The Product: Mom Protests 'Breaking Bad' Merchandise

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:00 am

In this campaign ad, GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land sips coffee after asking the viewer to "think about" accusations that she's waging a war on women.
Terry Land YouTube

4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Media

Inside Larry King's Complicated Mind, As Shown In Late-Night Tweets

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:32 am

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Concern Over New-Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:26 pm

A voter casts her ballot at a polling site for Georgia's 2014 primary election in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

This election season is proving to be tough for Democrats, but many believe they can turn the red state of Georgia blue with the help of new voters.

One voter registration campaign led by the New Georgia Project, a "nonpartisan effort" according to its website, has targeted black, Latino and Asian-American residents.

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4:33am

Wed October 22, 2014
Author Interviews

Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 9:59 am

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In the summer of 2011, American journalist Suki Kim got a job teaching English at the elite, all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in the North Korean capital.

Kim, who was born in South Korea and immigrated with her family to the U.S. at age 13, is a fluent Korean speaker and secretly took notes during her six months at the university in Pyongyang. This formed the basis for her new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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7:14am

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 2:48 pm

President Obama casts an early ballot for the midterm elections at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago on Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

On the first day for in-person early voting in Illinois, President Obama went to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to cast his ballot.

"I'm so glad I can early vote here," he told the elections worker checking him in.

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5:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Business

Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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5:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Around the Nation

Is That A Spoonful Of Spooky Cereal In Your Beer?

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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5:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Middle East

Understanding The Kurds' Different Roles In Different Conflicts

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:16 pm

Syrian Kurdish fighter Delkhwaz Sheikh Ahmad, 22, sits with his wife Siham, 23, and their two sons, Dilyar and Ibrahim, at his brother's house on the Turkey-Syria border on Friday. He was preparing to leave for Kobani, Syria, to rejoin the fighting against the Islamic State.
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The Kurds are involved in several Middle East dramas at the moment. Yet they live in multiple countries across the region and are playing different roles in different places.

In Iraq, Kurdish fighters are working closely with the U.S. to battle the Islamic State.

In Syria, the Kurds are also fighting the Islamic State, but until U.S. air drops this week, the U.S. had been reluctant to work directly with the Syrian Kurds.

Then there are the Turkish Kurds, who have been seeking to join the battle, but have been blocked from doing so by Turkey.

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5:15am

Tue October 21, 2014
Asia

How To Pick An English Name (Tip: Stay Away From Food)

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 8:16 am

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6:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
All Tech Considered

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 8:57 am

Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

On Monday, Apple is rolling out a new way to pay: a digital wallet called Apple Pay. Millions of people with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be able to tap — rather than swipe — at the register.

The move could be a major change in how we shop. Or it could end up as a blip on the map that fades away, as other "mobile wallets" have in the past.

Here are some questions you might be asking:

I have a leather wallet in my back pocket. Am I going to have it a year from now, given this mobile-wallet revolution?

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5:07am

Mon October 20, 2014
Asia

Beijing Marathoners Powered Through Thick Smog

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

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4:59am

Mon October 20, 2014
Strange News

Don't Sing It: San Francisco Giants Will 'Never Be Royals'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 7:21 am

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 1:47 pm

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP.
George Frey Getty Images

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet, some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Religion

Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 2:29 pm

Pope Francis attends a session of the two-week synod at the Vatican that wrapped up over the weekend. The usually predictable event produced a robust debate among the bishops on how the Catholic Church should deal with gays as well as Catholics who are divorced or remarried.
Gregorio Borgia AP

Over the past few decades, assemblies of Roman Catholic bishops meeting in Rome, known as synods, have been predictable events that have always upheld the viewpoints of the reigning pope.

But with the widely popular Pope Francis, nothing is predictable.

A two-week-long synod on family issues that wound up this weekend was tumultuous, and the results showed a church deeply divided over how to deal with gays and with divorced and remarried Catholics.

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4:23am

Mon October 20, 2014
Politics

This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 6:42 pm

Among outside groups — that is, not candidates or party committees — more than half of this cycle's political ads are financed by secret donors.
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When you talk about "outside" money in politics, there's a good chance you'll talk about billionaire activists David and Charles Koch.

Especially if you're Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader regularly takes to the Senate floor to slam the Kochs for financing a network of conservative groups. Back in March, he said he was criticizing "two very wealthy brothers who intend to buy their own Congress, a Congress beholden to their money and bound to enact their radical philosophy."

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7:20am

Fri October 17, 2014
Around the Nation

Washington, D.C. Election Guide Uses Upside-Down Flag

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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5:24am

Fri October 17, 2014
Europe

Hot Dog Suit Costs Irish Movie Theater $25,000

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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5:03am

Fri October 17, 2014
NPR Story

Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 8:53 am

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