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U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:43:00 -0400
American and other forces have launched an offensive to free the town of Amerli, surrounded by Islamic militants for more than two months and desperately short on food and clean water. 
When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:34:00 -0400
Networks like the Discovery Channel have been criticized for pushing entertainment at the cost of science, with fake "documentaries" about everything from mermaids to mythical monster sharks. 
Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:25:00 -0400
The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing. 
Len Elmore: Black Athletes Need To Speak Out About Ferguson  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:25:00 -0400
NBA veteran Len Elmore sees something missing in conversations around Ferguson: the voices of black professional athletes. He talks to Arun Rath about his op-ed in USA Today
One Woman's Lessons From Living On The Street  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:19:00 -0400
It's hard enough being homeless, but for women there are extra dangers and challenges. One D.C. woman who has lived on the streets for decades shares some of what she's learned. 
Michael Sam, First Openly Gay NFL Draft, Is Dropped By Rams  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:59:00 -0400
The former Missouri defensive end was edged out in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks for a spot on St. Louis' roster. 
Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:19:00 -0400
The Texas governor is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official, but he claims he was just doing what governors do: Vetoing a budget item. 
John Walker Jr., Cold War Spy For Soviets, Dies At 77  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:09:00 -0400
The U.S. Navy warrant officer recruited his son, his brother and a friend to help him steal and sell classified message keys to the USSR over a 17-year period. 
Immigrants Keep Children Bilingual By Schooling Them At Home  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400
Many Spanish-speaking immigrants want their children to stay fluent in Spanish even as they learn English. Bilingual home schooling does that on a more personal level. 
What No Strategy On The Islamic State Means For The Region  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:30:00 -0400
Scott Simon talks to Jane Harman, director and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson Center, about the threat of ISIS and the United States' counterterrorism strategy. 
Tech Week: Uber's Tricks, JPMorgan Hacked & A Desk Microwave  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:45:00 -0400
Also in this week's roundup, Amazon's $1 billion purchase surprises some tech watchers. Yet we're most excited about finding a way to avoid physical exertion at lunch. 
Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction On Abortion Clinics  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:22:00 -0400
Requiring every center that performs abortions to meet all the standards of a surgical center is excessively restrictive, says the federal district court judge who blocked the state rule Friday. 
McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns To Avoid Being 'Distraction'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:27:00 -0400
There's an investigation into a payoff scheme before the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Jesse Benton says suggestions of his involvement are inaccurate and politically motivated. 
Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:10:00 -0400
Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, have been blocked by a federal judge, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. 
Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:42:00 -0400
The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria. 
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National News From NPR
U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Near Besieged Iraqi Town  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:43:00 -0400
When Wildlife Documentaries Jump The Shark  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:34:00 -0400
Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:25:00 -0400
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World News From BBC
EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:39:39 GMT
US planes drop aid to Iraq's Amerli  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:09:52 GMT
Philippine troops in Syria rescued  Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:26:44 GMT
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