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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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Jul 9, 2014 — Nagin, who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, was convicted Feb. 12 of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
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Feb 12, 2014 — Ray Nagin was indicted last January, when prosecutors said he engaged in bribery, wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and filing false tax returns.
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Sep 17, 2013 — A judge said five former New Orleans police officers deserve a new trial because of the "grotesque" misconduct of federal prosecutors. The officers were convicted in connection to the shooting deaths of two men in the aftermath of Katrina.
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Aug 20, 2013 — Melissa Block talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and editor behind the HBO series Treme about a new cookbook written in the voices of the show's characters. Elie says it reflects both old New Orleans traditions and more recent influences.
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May 16, 2013 — Police investigating the shootings that left at least 19 people injured in New Orleans Sunday have arrested Shawn Scott, 24, and his brother, Akein, 19. An additional four people were arrested and charged with harboring Akein Scott, the authorities said Thursday.
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May 14, 2013 — Second-lines — jazzy, rolling dance parties — are a staple in the black neighborhoods of the Big Easy. But on Mother's Day, a second-line parade was marred by a mass shooting that left 19 people injured. The violence has sparked questions of whether the events should be shut down, but those in "the culture" say linking violence to second-lines is unfair.
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May 13, 2013 — New Orleans police have released images of a suspect in Sunday's shootings that wounded 19 people at a Mother's Day parade. Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the man, one of three suspects.
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Feb 12, 2013 — In New Orleans today, one thing was made clear: Revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds. While the crowds were thinner than usual, many thought the weather was perfect for Fat Tuesday.
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Feb 12, 2013 — A path to freedom for enslaved blacks, an engine of economic independence, a treat for Mardi Gras revelers. Once you know the fascinating history of this Creole rice fritter, beignets will seem boring by comparison.
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Jan 18, 2013 — Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 counts of bribery and other corruption charges by a federal grand jury. When he became the city's mayor in 2002, Nagin, a former cable TV executive, promised to revive New Orleans' economy, and its trust in the city's government.
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