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When Reassuring Isn't: Needless Rush To Test For Ebola On Cruise  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:47:00 -0400
Officials in Galveston, Texas, meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say the rush (which included a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter) was needlessly alarming. 
One Lawyer's Fight For Young Blacks And 'Just Mercy'  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:00:00 -0400
When police pulled a gun on Bryan Stevenson as he was sitting quietly in his car in Atlanta, he knew he had to effect change. His memoir describes his attempts, including freeing men on death row. 
Eye Phone? Your Next Eye Exam Might Be Done With Your Phone  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:46:00 -0400
Doctors need to look at the eyes to diagnose disease, but the machines they use are big and expensive. An iPhone or tablet may do as well, scientists say, bringing eye care to the underserved. 
Indiana Officials Say Man Has Led Them To Multiple Bodies  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:37:00 -0400
Suspect Darren Vann confessed to one murder, with which he has been charged, and subsequently led police to six other corpses in northwestern Indiana, authorities say. 
In The Big Easy, Food Vendors Create A Little Honduras  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:53:00 -0400
Thanks to a quirk of history, New Orleans has long had a Honduran population, but it exploded post-Katrina. Nearly a decade later, Hondurans have created a vibrant, if underground, culinary community. 
Hong Kong Leader Blames 'External Forces' For Joining Protests  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:21:00 -0400
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, who student activists have demanded step down, says "different countries in different parts of the world" are helping stoke unrest in the Chinese territory. 
Latest Developments In The Ebola Story  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:14:00 -0400
The family of the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease ends a 21-day observation period with no symptoms. Meanwhile, the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free. 
N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400
Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September. 
Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400
Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump. 
The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:23:00 -0400
Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office? 
U.S. Airdrops Weapons, Ammo, Medical Supplies To Kurds In Kobani  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:38:00 -0400
In an effort assist Kurdish forces in the Syrian border town, the U.S. military said Sunday the dropped supplies were meant to help resistance to Islamic State efforts to control Kobani. 
Why Did The Mountain Lion Cross The Freeway? To Breed  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:26:00 -0400
The 101 Freeway slices right through the wilderness in and around Los Angeles, separating local mountain lion populations. To mate and avoid inbreeding, the animals must risk the dangerous crossing. 
The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoongate' Lessons  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:24:00 -0400
The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that was widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar? 
Tennessee Holds Parents Accountable For Children Born Addicted  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:22:00 -0400
NPR's Arun Rath talks to Tennessee obstetrician Jessica Young about a recent law that allows police to arrest mothers who give birth to a child testing positive for drugs. 
Texas Center Part Of New Effort To Detain Illegal Immigrants  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:22:00 -0400
Detaining, rather than releasing, migrants has become a controversial policy for the White House. NPR's John Burnett talks about his recent trip to a new family detention center site in Dilley, Texas.