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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its DNA. But it's still unclear what these mutations mean.
 
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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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Oct 18, 2011 — Holiday baking is a great tradition. So is the mockery of hilariously decorated, professionally made cakes. A new book gloriously brings the two together.
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Jul 4, 2010 — This July Fourth weekend the United States has a new constitution — a cake constitution. Lawyer-turned-baker Warren Brown's new cookbook is a culinary tour, full of delectable cakes for every state in the country.
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Nov 25, 2009 — If you're the kind of person who's always believed that a book can teach you to do anything, this year's crop of cookbooks will prove you right. Cooks lacking confidence will find comfort in detailed instructions and comprehensive how-tos.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Rose Levy Beranbaum's recipe for Sicilian Pistachio Cake with Golden Neoclassic Buttercream from Rose's Heavenly Cakes.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox's recipe for Gingerbread Cupcakes with Candied Ginger from The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies, and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own.
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Nov 24, 2009 — Karen DeMasco and Mindy Fox's recipe for Crisp Honey Grahams from The Craft of Baking
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Nov 19, 2009 — Rose Levy Beranbaum's recipe for Chocolate Tweed Angel Food Cake from Rose's Heavenly Cakes.
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Oct 26, 2009All Things Considered producer Melissa Gray describes her adventures in baking — and the staff's adventures in eating — in All Cakes Considered. Gray brings a new cake into the office every Monday. She says she loves to see the staff's childish joy at seeing her latest confection.
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Jul 12, 2009 — Nearly 10 years ago, Sarah Magid became obsessed with all things sweet: cakes, cookies, candy. Her book, Organic and Chic is intended as a healthy and organic take on junk food.
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Nov 19, 2005 — In Jacqueline Ogburn's tale, the ghost of a baker comes back to haunt her own shop until the new owners leave. Children's author Daniel Pinkwater talks about the book with Scott Simon.
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