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Drugged Marshmallows Can Keep Urban Raccoons From Spreading Disease

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 11:50am

Raccoons, as cute as they are, carry parasites that can be dangerous to humans. Mixing medicine with yummy treats reduced the disease risk for animals and humans in parks in Chicago.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 11:39am

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

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Treatment For HIV Runs Low In U.S., Despite Diagnosis

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 10:16am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only a third of Americans infected with HIV have the virus under control. Most have been diagnosed, though that's less common among the young.

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Take A Bite Out Of Ringo: Giant Cookies Honor Pop Culture Icons

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 9:13am

From Calvin and Hobbes to Fall Out Boy, two self-taught pastry pros specialize in hand-painted cookies of musicians and other cultural icons. Their creations seem almost too beautiful to eat. Almost.

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How Can Vultures Eat Rotten Roadkill And Survive?

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 8:24am

Vultures consume toxic bacteria that would sicken or kill humans. Stouter immune systems, colonies of helpful microbes and potent stomach acid may help the carrion eaters gorge with abandon.

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'New York Times' Hires Former NPR Executive To Lead Digital Push

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 8:05am

Kinsey Wilson was NPR's chief content officer when he was forced out last month by the network's new CEO, Jarl Mohn.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 7:09am

The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Federal Ferguson Investigation Will Remain Independent, Holder Insists

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 7:02am

The federal probe is examining whether Darren Wilson intentionally violated Michael Brown's civil rights. Justice Department veterans say proving he violated federal criminal law will be difficult.

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Bookends: What Makes the Russian Literature of the 19th Century So Distinctive?

New York Times Book Reviews - November 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser discuss the great Russian writers and their approach to the human heart and soul.






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Turning 21? Here's How To Avoid A Big Hike In Health Premiums

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 6:52am

Coming of age can also mean a whopping 58 percent jump in the cost of your insurance. Shop carefully to pick a plan that strikes the right balance between benefits and cost.

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Ferguson Documents: What The Witnesses Saw

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 5:32am

The big question in this case is whether police Officer Darren Wilson felt threatened and whether Michael Brown had his hands up. Witnesses differ on what they say they saw.

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Thought Bubbles And One-Liners From An Ohio Classroom

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 4:23am

Art imitates life for Chris Pearce — English teacher by day, comic artist by night. Inspired by his students, the material practically writes itself.

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Ferguson Documents: Officer Darren Wilson's Testimony

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 3:52am

Wilson told a grand jury in September that Michael Brown punched him twice in the face and "the third one could be fatal if he hit me right." The grand jury declined to charge him in Brown's death.

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Ferguson Documents: How The Grand Jury Reached A Decision

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 3:41am

The grand jury was presented with hours of testimony and thousands of pages of documents. Their job was to decide if there was enough probable cause to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson.

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Ferguson, Mo., Braces For More Protests After Night Of Violence

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 3:01am

The unrest followed a grand jury's decision Monday not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August. More protests are planned for today.

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Plan To Use Gulf Oil Spill Funds For Beach Hotel Sparks Lawsuit

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 12:51am

Environmentalists are suing to stop Alabama from using nearly $60 million in BP oil spill recovery funds to build a new hotel on the beach. The project is one of dozens underway across the region.

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As Ebola Pingpongs In Liberia, Cases Disappear Into The Jungle

NPR Top Stories - November 25, 2014 - 12:51am

A woman is thought to be spreading Ebola in a remote village. So health workers spend four hours trekking through the bush to track her down. By the time they make it, it's too late.

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Crowds Confront Police, Businesses Burn In Ferguson Chaos

NPR Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 11:26pm

Vandalism, violence and a dozen fires broke out in pockets of St. Louis County, Mo., in the tense hours following a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

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Want A Calorie Count With That? FDA Issues New Rules For Restaurants

NPR Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 8:34pm

Years in the making, the new rules will require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie information on their menus. Even movie theaters and vending machines are covered.

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Obama Discusses Ferguson Jury Decision In Michael Brown Case

NPR Top Stories - November 24, 2014 - 7:09pm

"There are Americans who agree with it," President Obama says of the jury's decision, "and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed — even angry. It's an understandable reaction."

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