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Bookends: What’s the Most Terrifying Book You’ve Ever Read?

New York Times Book Reviews - October 21, 2014 - 11:13am
Francine Prose and Ayana Mathis discuss their scariest reading experiences.






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Leon Panetta’s ‘Worthy Fights’

New York Times Book Reviews - October 21, 2014 - 11:02am
Leslie H. Gelb reviews Leon Panetta’s memoir, which recounts a career in public service, including stints as White House chief of staff, director of the C.I.A. and defense secretary.






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Who's Catching Your Cellphone Conversations?

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 10:39am

The police do it. The FBI does it. Could be, foreign governments do it. With the right equipment, people can hijack your cellphone calls and texts and listen in.

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Will A Sting, A Court Award And A Protest Help Stop Global Sex Trafficking?

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 10:23am

Stories of trafficking — including a sting using a "Walking Dead" actress — are making headlines. An expert talks about the practice, which victimizes millions around the world.

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'Mr. President, Don't Touch My Girlfriend,' Chicago Voter Teases Obama

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 9:34am

CNN called it a "presidential love triangle" at an Illinois polling location, but, really, the episode was just some good fun.

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When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 9:04am

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.

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DHS: Arrivals From West Africa Must Arrive Through 5 U.S. Airports

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 8:36am

Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be subject to secondary screening at JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.

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Israeli Homes, Decorated With A Shopping Spree In China

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 8:12am

Some Israelis are flying to China to buy most everything they need to furnish a home. They say it's cheaper than buying in Israel, though there are also cautionary tales of shopping trips gone wrong.

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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 7:51am

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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A Hong Kong Protest Camp Spawns Its Own Art

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 7:47am

Pro-democracy street art inspired by sources ranging from Les Miserables to John Lennon fill an open-air museum of sorts that has cropped up in Hong Kong.

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A Tale Of Two Cities: World Series Fever Takes Hold In SF, KC

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 7:27am

In San Francisco, there's a lot of confidence. In Kansas City, which gets its first shot at the championship rings in nearly 30 years, the excitement is palpable.

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Volunteer Recap: Why Wearing The Right Shoes In Rio Matters

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 6:35am

When medical student Robert Snyder visited Rio de Janeiro last summer to do volunteer work, he learned the hard way that Birkenstock clogs are not a wise footwear choice.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 6:14am

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

NPR Books - October 21, 2014 - 6:07am

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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When Women Stopped Coding

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 4:54am

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

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Opera About 1985 Achille Lauro Hijacking Draws Protests At Met

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 4:41am

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was among those who denounced The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams, calling it anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

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CEO Of French Oil Giant Total Dies In Plane Accident

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 3:53am

Christophe de Margerie, 63, and three other people died when his private plane collided with a snowplow at an airport in Moscow.

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Hong Kong Leader Hints At Concessions As Talks With Students Begin

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 3:12am

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says his government cannot allow open nominations for his successor, but suggests there's room for compromise on the makeup of a committee to select candidates.

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Who Is 'Limonov'? Not Even His Biographer Really Knows

NPR Books - October 21, 2014 - 3:03am

A new biography of the Russian political prankster/author/revolutionary Edward Limonov asks what turns out to be an unanswerable question: What's Limonov thinking, and what does he really want?

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In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

NPR Top Stories - October 21, 2014 - 2:45am

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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