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10:57 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Health Care Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

The cruise ship Carnival Magic passes near Cozumel , Mexico, on Friday.
Angel Castellanos AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 12:40 am

A health care worker who had self-quarantined herself aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship has tested negative for Ebola and was allowed to disembark with the rest of the passengers in Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.

In a statement, the Galveston County Health Authority said it had determined "there is no evidence of a public health threat to cruise passengers or to Galveston county."

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Religion
9:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Bishops Fail To Agree On Same-Sex Unions

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Religion
9:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Mormon Teens Re-Enact Handcart Disaster To Bring History To Life

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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The Two-Way
8:06 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

The exterior of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 3:15 pm

In a full-page letter published in Sunday's Dallas Morning News, Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the company that owns Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, said the hospital was "deeply sorry" for missing the ebola diagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan.

If you remember, Duncan came into the hospital on Sept. 28 with a fever and other symptoms consistent with Ebola. He told a nurse he had traveled to Africa, but the doctor somehow missed that vital piece of information.

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Pop Culture
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Here's What Happens When Gandalf Talks To Schoolchildren

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Not all kids are so disciplined. Most parents are battling their children just to get them to sit down and study - threatening, cajoling, flat out bribing at times. What does it take to get them to buckle down and hit the books? It takes a wizard.

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Sports
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Are The Royals Just Lucky? The Week In Sports

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Author Interviews
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Iraq
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

ISIS Threat Is 'Extremely Worrying' Says Counter-Insurgency Expert

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:44 am

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Global Health
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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National Security
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Around the Nation
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

California Farmers: We Are Getting 'Much Less Water'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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Politics
7:47 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. And this...

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: I'm going to tell you something, mister, and I want you to remember it.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Now you listen to me.

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Goats and Soda
7:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S., at a wedding in Ghana. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where Duncan was being treated for the disease, on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 said Duncan has died.
Wilmot Chayee AP

Moffie Kanneh is angry at the United States. When I meet the Liberian lawyer, he asks immediately where I am from. "Take this back to Washington," he says. "I am extremely furious."

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This Week's Must Read
7:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 7:09 pm

"Although it was only nine o'clock he had already gone once around the pharmacological wheel to which he'd strapped himself for the evening, stolen a tuba, and offended a transvestite; and now his companions were beginning, with delight and aplomb, to barf. It was definitely a Crabtree kind of night."

That, my friends, is one of those lines for which books were invented. For which awards were invented — to bestow temporary graces upon those lurching, bourbon-sodden romantics and idiots who believe that a life spent telling stories for nickels is worthwhile.

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Around the Nation
5:33 am
Sun October 19, 2014

The Kissimmee: A River Re-Curved

The restoration's goal is to put as much of the Kissimmee as possible back to the way it was. This photo shows the river after restoration.
Courtesy the South Florida Water Management District

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 3:18 pm

It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves.

That's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in Central Florida. They straightened the river in the 1960s into a canal to drain swampland and make way for the state's explosive growth. It worked — and it created an ecological disaster. So officials decided to restore the river's slow-flowing, meandering path.

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Pop Culture
5:32 am
Sun October 19, 2014

9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

Nurses check on newborns in the Hello Kitty-designed maternity ward at the Hau Sheng Hospital in Taiwan in 2009.
Wally Santana AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:43 am

Hello Kitty is celebrating a big birthday this year. In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multibillion-dollar empire — $8 billion worth of products bearing her image sold internationally in 2013. The Japanese company that created the cartoon cat now oversees the production of products ranging from backpacks to lunchboxes to picture books.

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Your Health
6:24 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

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Around the Nation
6:24 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Lawyers Band Together To Fight Gun Violence

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Eight thousand eight hundred and fifty-five - according to the FBI, that's the number of Americans killed in gun murders in 2012. Nearly 123,000 were robbed at gun point - more than 142,000 assaulted with a firearm.

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Interviews
6:24 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, seen here filming her Tropes vs. Women web series, recently canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received threats of a mass shooting at the event.
Jonathan McIntosh

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 8:41 am

For those who follow the video game industry and its community, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian is a familiar figure. Her video series "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" analyzes how women are represented in games past and present.

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Middle East
5:08 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading voice during protests in 2011 and 2012 by the minority Shiite Muslim community.
AP

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 9:23 am

Protests broke out in Saudi Arabia this week over the death sentence of a leading Shiite cleric. Human rights activists call his sentencing political and warn that by killing him, the country may deepen sectarian discord and spur more violence.

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was a leading voice during protests in 2011 and 2012 by the minority Shiite Muslim community.

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The Two-Way
2:32 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Pope Francis opens the morning session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, on Saturday.
Andrew Medichini AP

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 3:49 pm

Updated at 3:50 p.m. ET

A synod of Catholic bishops gathered at the Vatican has decided to eliminate a landmark opening to gays that had appeared in an interim summary of discussions made public earlier this week that had appeared to signal a possible shift in the tone of the church.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:42 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Limericks

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:42 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Lightning Fill In The Blank

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Now on to our final game "Lighting Fill In The Blank." Each of our players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
12:42 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Prediction

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Now panel, what will be the next big debate controversy after the fan? Faith Salie.

FAITH SALIE: The wind machines on Senator Cory Booker's backup dancers.

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SAGAL: Roxanne Roberts.

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The Two-Way
12:14 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

An artist's rendering of the flyby with Mars orbiters taking cover. Note that the image says "spacecraft not to scale."
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 11:54 am

Mars is about to get a visitor that comes around only once in a million years or so.

The arrival of a "mountain-sized" comet, Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is made all the more extraordinary by the fact that humans — who were busy refining their stone-tool-making skills the last time such an event might have occurred — now have spacecraft from multiple countries at the Red Planet to see it happen.

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