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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

NPR Books - August 27, 2014 - 3:03am

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes

NPR Top Stories - August 27, 2014 - 2:48am

The latest twist in the already contentious election process throws it further into crisis. It's looking likely that a new president won't be inaugurated by Sept. 2, as had been the plan.

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Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons

NPR Top Stories - August 27, 2014 - 1:02am

Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.

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Why Patients Aren't Coming To Liberia's Redemption Hospital

NPR Top Stories - August 27, 2014 - 12:37am

At this government-run facility in Monrovia, doctors and nurses try to provide care as best they can. But since the Ebola outbreak, many people are afraid to come.

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U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 11:39pm

Dozens of Americans have gone to Syria to fight against the government, some with groups the U.S. considers terrorists. U.S. officials have to sort out which could be dangerous when they return.

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Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 11:33pm

President Obama has been widely criticized for not being combative enough. Commentator Frank Deford says we elected a basketball player, but ended up with a golfer.

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The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 11:32pm

The Los Angeles Unified School District has shut down a half-a-billion-dollar deal with Apple and Pearson to provide classroom technology. Here's what happened.

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Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 11:30pm

One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 11:28pm

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 11:27pm

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

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American Reportedly Fighting Alongside Extremists In Syria Dies

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 4:31pm

The White House says it was aware that Douglas McAuthur McCain was in Syria, though it did not confirm he was fighting with the Islamic State. The terrorist group claims McCain died in battle.

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Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 2:56pm

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Monday's Emmy Awards promised to recognize TV's emerging future — but ultimately rewarded comfortable favorites over disruptive upstarts.

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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 2:02pm

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.

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Depressed Teens May Need Extra Support To Stick With Treatment

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 1:30pm

Enlisting parents to make sure teens get counseling is a start, but a lot of families need more support, research suggests. Even finding the right therapist can be daunting.

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High Prices Aren't Scaring Consumers Away From The Meat Counter

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 1:19pm

Several factors — from a virus sweeping through hog barns to a drought in the Plains states — have driven up the price of pork and beef. But consumers keep buying it.

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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

NPR Books - August 26, 2014 - 1:05pm

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

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Former FBI Director Louis Freeh Recovering After Car Crash

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 11:41am

Freeh, who issued a scorching report in the Penn State University sex abuse scandal, apparently drove his SUV off the road in Vermont.

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ISIS Condo Project, Others Rethink Their Names

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 10:30am

The ISIS Downtown condo project in Florida has changed its name, as did a mobile-payment company. Others are distancing themselves from the ideology of the group now called the Islamic State.

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HealthCare.gov Recruits Leader Of Successful Connecticut Effort

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 9:40am

The question will be if Kevin Counihan can replicate his success in Connecticut with the federal health exchange, which was plagued with problems. The goal: A smoother Year Two for Obamacare.

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Flight Diverted When Passengers Feud Over Reclining Seat

NPR Top Stories - August 26, 2014 - 9:28am

One man used a $22 device that jammed a fellow passenger's seat. The ensuing fight ended when the woman threw a cup of water at the man and the airline diverted the flight.

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