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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Aug 1, 2014 — When a patron of Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., posted a photo of her tab denoting a 15 percent discount for "praying in public," the post went viral.
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Jun 19, 2014 — The percentage of Hispanics who aren't affiliated with a particular religion is ticking upward. This demographic tends to be more socially liberal, too, which may have political consequences.
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Jun 4, 2014 — The survey finds that nearly a third believe the Bible is the literal word of God, while nearly half said a supreme being inspired the text.
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May 10, 2014 — The Supreme Court recently reaffirmed the constitutionality of saying secular prayers before government meetings. Chaz Stevens is testing the court's opinion in Deerfield Beach.
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Apr 24, 2014 — Word about what the pope reportedly said when he called a woman in Argentina set off speculation that he wants to reverse church teachings. His spokesman says that's reading too much into the story.
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Apr 22, 2014 — The lawmaker who sponsored the bill to make the Holy Bible the state's official book said it had become a distraction and that there were "much more important" priorities.
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Apr 20, 2014 — The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it's hosting tens of thousands of worshippers today — it's across the street from Walt Disney World.
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Apr 11, 2014 — The new Carnegie Mellon study found that 62 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds report talking to God, but just 52 percent said they turned to religion for guidance.
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Apr 9, 2014 — The country's move to require animals to be stunned before being killed is seen by some as an affront to religious methods of slaughter. But now Jews and Muslims are working together to protest it.
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Feb 26, 2014 — It's been one year since Pope Benedict XVI stepped down. Now, he has publicly called speculation that he might not have resigned willingly "simply absurd."
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