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5:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Russian Space Experiment On Gecko Sex Goes Awry

A Russian capsule that housed a gecko space-sex experiment. The geckos all died.
ROSCOSMOS

Space is a dangerous place. That message resonated again on Monday, when the Russian Federal Space Agency — Roscosmos — announced that a team of experimental geckos tasked with copulating while in orbit did not survive their journey.

"All geckos, unfortunately, died," the space agency said in a terse statement.

Roscosmos is launching an investigation into the exact circumstances surrounding the geckos' deaths, but the mission seemed star-crossed from the start.

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Technology
4:55 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Troubling Implications Of The Celebrity Photo Leak

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, as well as how you can protect your own material saved to the cloud.

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U.S.
4:19 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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

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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 6:02 pm

Amid widespread criticism of the deployment of military-grade weapons and vehicles by police officers in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama recently ordered a review of federal efforts supplying equipment to local law enforcement agencies across the country.

So, we decided to take a look at what the president might find.

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Shots - Health News
4:02 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Double Mastectomies Don't Increase Cancer Survival Rates

Double mastectomy has become increasingly popular as a breast cancer treatment, but it may not reduce cancer risk.
Sladjana Lukic iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:18 pm

More women are choosing to have bilateral mastectomies when they are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer, even though there's little evidence that removing both breasts improves their survival compared with more conservative treatments.

The biggest study yet on the question has found no survival benefit with bilateral mastectomy compared with breast-conserving surgery with radiation.

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Goats and Soda
3:19 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

A Suspected Ebola Patient On The Run In Liberia

via YouTube

A newly released video shows health workers in Liberia attempting to capture a suspected Ebola patient, who had allegedly escaped from a treatment center on Sept. 1.

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NPR Ed
3:11 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Sounds From The First Day Of School

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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

The day after Labor Day is traditionally the end of summer break and the start of the school year. But for students in many parts of the country, the school year has already started.

Whether you're struggling to find your classroom or remember your locker combination, the first day is a big one for students, teachers and families.

With millions of children headed back to school, we asked reporters from member stations around the country to bring us the sounds of that first day:

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Asia
3:10 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Two U.S. news organizations, CNN and the Associated Press, were granted interviews with three men detained by North Korean authorities. To learn more about why, and what North Korea hopes to gain from the publicity, Melissa Block talks with Georgetown professor Victor Cha, the former director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council.

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All Tech Considered
3:03 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

In Tom Hanks' iPad App, Typewriters Make Triumphant Return (Ding!)

Actor and typewriter aficionado Tom Hanks says typing on a typewriter "is only a softer version of chiseling words into stone."
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

Tom Hanks' love affair with typewriters began in the 1970s, with his first proper typewriter — a Hermes 2000. Typewriters are "beautiful works of art," he tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "And I've ended up collecting them from every ridiculous source possible."

Hanks admits he started his collection when he had a "little excess cash" but, he points out, it's "better to spend it on $50 typewriters than some of the other things you can blow show-business money on."

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Law
3:01 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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

Page County, Va., Sheriff John Thomas received an MRAP for his department in May. "Is it overkill? Yeah, it is. I mean, for our use, it's more armor than we need. But it's free," he says.
David Welna NPR

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 9:06 pm

Mine-resistant, ambush-protected troop carriers, known as MRAPs, were built to withstand bomb blasts. They can weigh nearly 20 tons, and many U.S. troops who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan are alive today because of them. But many of the vehicles are now considered military surplus, so thanks to a congressionally mandated Pentagon program, they're finding their way to hundreds of police and sheriff's departments.

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News
2:50 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

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. U.S. officials are working to determine the video's authenticity.

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The Two-Way
2:44 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

New U.S. Rules Protect Giant Bluefin Tuna

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:32 pm

In an effort 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. The rules have special protections for giant bluefin — fish that have grown to 81 inches or more.

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Goats and Soda
2:10 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Another American Doctor In Liberia Tests Positive For Ebola

The third American health worker to contract the Ebola virus in Liberia was an obstetrician at the ELWA hospital, which is run by the missionary group SIM.
Ahmed Jallanzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:29 pm

Another American missionary doctor has tested positive for Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia. He is the third American health care worker to contract the virus.

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Men In America
2:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

For Men's Rights Groups, Feminism Has Come At The Expense Of Men

Mike Buchanan gives his presentation, "Let's Get Political," at the International Conference on Men's Issues, held in June near Detroit. Buchanan founded a political party in the U.K., Justice for Men & Boys, in 2013.
Fabrizio Costantini Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

This summer, a few hundred men and a handful of women gathered in a VFW hall near Detroit to attend what organizers billed as the first International Conference on Men's Issues.

The crowd wasn't huge, but it was enthusiastic. The event was a real-world gathering organized by the website A Voice for Men, part of an informal collection of websites, chat rooms and blogs focused on what's known as the men's rights movement. Speaker after speaker insisted that history would remember this moment.

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News
2:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 9:06 pm

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Europe
2:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

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Media
2:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

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. Katharine Weymouth's departure represents the end of a storied connection between the Graham publishing family and the Post.

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Law
2:08 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Detroit's Fiscal Future Rests With A Federal Judge

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:14 pm

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Goats and Soda
11:57 am
Tue September 2, 2014

When A Home Poses Health Risks, The Floor May Be The Culprit

Gravel helps keep the floor level and prevents moisture from seeping up. The floor installers are Jean Pierre (left), a mason, and Daniel Shenyi, operations manager for EarthEnable.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 12:24 pm

Most of us overlook the ground beneath our feet. But when Gayatri Datar, 28, looks at the floor, she sees an opportunity to improve public health.

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The Two-Way
11:38 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded Second American Journalist

American journalist Steven Sotloff (left) talks with Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line on June 2, 2011, in Misrata, Libya. Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria.
Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:00 pm

An Islamic radical group released a video on Tuesday that purportedly shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had threatened Sotloff's life when it released a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley two weeks ago.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Celebrity Photo Leak Puts Spotlight On The Cloud, And Security

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:09 pm

The FBI and Apple are looking into how private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were stolen, in an apparent breach of security that is raising new questions about storing personal information online.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's spokeswoman said Sunday, after nude images of the actress and others began to emerge online. Some of the celebrities have denied the photos are of them; others, such as Mary Elizabeth Winstead, say they deleted the images long ago.

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

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

The Washington Post announced Tuesday that Frederick J. Ryan Jr. would take over as publisher.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:18 pm

Ending decades of family leadership, Washington Post owner Jeffrey Bezos announced on Tuesday that Frederick J. Ryan Jr. would be taking over as publisher of the venerable journalism institution.

Ryan, a former Reagan administration official and founding member of the website Politico, will take over for Katharine Weymouth.

The Post reports:

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All Tech Considered
10:10 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Using Technology To Counter Police Mistrust Is Complicated

Members of the Ferguson Police Department wear their new body cameras during a rally Saturday in Ferguson, Mo.
Aaron P. Bernstein Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:17 am

Outfitting police officers with body cameras seems to be the most concrete solution to come out of the police misconduct accusations in Ferguson, Mo. And the push for cameras extends far beyond the suburban Missouri police department — more than 153,000 people have signed a "We the People" petition to create a "Mike Brown Law" that would require all police to wear cameras.

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The Two-Way
9:06 am
Tue September 2, 2014

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013.
Alexei Druzhinin AP

The Kremlin is disputing the context of a controversial quote attributed to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As Italy's La Repubblica reported, Putin allegedly issued a defiant warning to European Commission President José Manuel Barros during a phone call.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Tue September 2, 2014

After Just Two Years, Huge Atlantic City Casino Shuts Down

A woman gathers shells along the ocean near the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., early Tuesday. The casino resort has closed, a little over two years after opening with the promise of helping to renew Atlantic City.
Mel Evans AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 10:24 am

After operating for only two years, the Revel Casino Hotel has closed down, part of a trend that will reportedly shutter a third of Atlantic City's big gambling halls by the end of September. It cost $2.4 billion to build the Revel facility.

"It's a tragedy," massage therapist Lori Bacum, who worked at the resort's spa, tells NJ.com. "There were some warnings, but none of us thought it would happen. We felt so safe, because this was the place that was going to take (the city) to a new level."

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Shots - Health News
6:56 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Sharing Risk Can Help Tame The Cost Of Infertility Treatment

Getting to this point can be very expensive if in vitro fertilization is involved.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:58 am

Infertility treatment is a numbers game in some respects: How many treatments will it take to conceive a child? And how much can you afford?

Even as insurance plans are modestly improving their coverage of such treatments, clinics and others are coming up with creative ways to cover the costs to help would-be parents reduce their risk for procedures that can run tens of thousands of dollars. Some even offer a money-back guarantee if patients don't conceive, while one online program lets people pool some funding.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Tue September 2, 2014

32 Teens Escape From Nashville-Area Detention Center

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:20 pm

Police near Nashville spent the night raking the city with dogs and helicopters in search of 32 teens who escaped from a detention center in Bordeaux, Tenn.

Blake Farmer of NPR member station WPLN tells our Newscast unit that 17 of them are still on the loose. Blake sent this report:

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Politics
5:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Politics Of Calling In Sick

Women are more likely to take time off to care for a sick child or elderly adult, making mandatory paid sick leave a hot partisan topic.
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Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 11:23 am

Got the flu? Or a new baby? Perhaps a little one with chicken pox? In most countries, your employer must pay your wages if you stay home sick or to care for others. Not in America.

But a growing grass-roots movement aims to change that — starting with paid sick leave.

Already the movement has met some success. This past weekend, California became the second state in the country to mandate sick leave for employees.

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The Two-Way
4:50 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Targeting Al-Shabab Leadership, U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Somalia

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:23 pm

The United States conducted airstrikes in Somalia late Monday, targeting the leadership of the al-Qaida affiliate al-Shabab.

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Around the Nation
4:03 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Man Who Tried To Shut Down Boy's Lemonade Stand Investigated

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:24 am

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Around the Nation
3:56 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Officials Try To Lure Birds Away From Blast Site

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 5:24 am

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