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August 28, 2014 | NPR · James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · U.S. and Russian experts recently met on neutral territory, on an island in Finland, to try to work through issues that have been building up ever since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Nov 1, 2013 — Lots of businesses are winding down now that Halloween is over. One of the more unusual ones: Michael Jackson tribute artists and choreographers who do "Thriller" performances.
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Apr 1, 2011 — Movies, TV shows, video games — it seems 3-D technology is everywhere these days. It's creating a competitive market for companies trying to improve the way we experience the illusion of depth perception. Dr. Marsh and his team hope for a wider release of the procedure in select cities starting April 1, 2012.
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Mar 7, 2011 — West Virginia magnate Jim Justice doesn't act the part of a billionaire mogul. He recently acquired one of America's most iconic pieces of real estate, the Greenbrier luxury resort in West Virginia. But on any evening, you'll find him coaching a local high school girls' basketball team and dining at Applebee's. Host Michel Martin speaks with writer Neely Tucker, who profiled Justice in this week's Washington Post Magazine , in a cover story titled, "The Richest Regular Guy."
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Feb 9, 2011 — Chinese-Americans and Asians worldwide are celebrating the Lunar New Year. Across the U.S, the year of the Rabbit is being ushered in with cultural festivities that run through the end of the month. Arnold Chin, director of the country's largest Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco, talks about how the most important date on the Chinese calendar is celebrated here, and in China.
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Jun 2, 2010 — A classic piece of James Bond memorabilia is being sold at auction in the fall. The sleek silver Aston Martin driven by Sean Connory in Goldfinger, dates to the 60's, is in near perfect condition and is expected to fetch up to $6 million.
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Jun 2, 2010 — China's bus drivers and ticket sellers have been urged to leave communism behind. The new training manual says a driver no longer needs to address a passenger as "comrade." It's now the rule to refer to the passenger as "sir" or "madam."
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May 31, 2010 — For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to enjoying great summer food. But after breaking out the grill and the tasty new recipes, you might also want to consider serving up the right beverage. Guest host Allison Keyes turns to wine enthusiast Callie Crossley, who runs the blog The Crushed Grape Report. Crossley shares the recipes for her favorite chilled beverages.
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May 28, 2010 — Tampa Bay Ray's infielder Sean Rodriguez was in the ocean this week when he was attacked by a ray. A Florida newspaper reports the ray stung his heel, causing a trail of blood. A teammate called 911. Rodriguez is fine, and is back on the field.
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May 28, 2010 — A flat-faced frogfish and a minnow with fangs made this year's list of the top 10 new species. The list of newly described or named species is compiled every year by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University and an international committee of taxonomists.
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May 27, 2010 — A horde of frogs forced authorities in Greece to shut down a key northern highway for two hours. The traffic police chief says "millions" of amphibians carpeted the road, causing three cars to skid off it. He guesses the frogs were headed to a nearby lake, looking for food.
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