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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.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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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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Feb 2, 2014 — Punxsutawney Phil, the most famous of the nation's prognosticating rodents, is reported to have seen his shadow, indicating no early coming of spring.
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Feb 1, 2014 — We want to know who you turn to for an accurate weather forecast: is it the groundhog, the Farmers' Almanac or the nerds with supercomputers?
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Mar 26, 2013 — The world's most famous weather predicting groundhog didn't get the early spring prediction wrong; his handler says he mistranslated the groundhog-ese on Feb. 2.
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Mar 22, 2013 — An Ohio prosecutor says Punxsutawney Phil, the world's most famous groundhog, gave such an erroneous prediction for an early spring last month that he's charging him with an unclassified felony; in a tongue-in-cheek mock indictment, he's asked for the death penalty.
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Mar 19, 2013 — That prognosticating groundhog said winter wouldn't last another six weeks. Well, tell that to folks in the Northeast and New England. They're due for another foot or more of snow in the next day or so. And they're still dealing with the snow that fell in earlier blizzards.
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Feb 2, 2013 — It's a tradition that goes back to 1887, and while he's not always correct, the Punxsutawney, Pa., groundhog has a massive following who watch his every move on Groundhog Day.
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Feb 2, 2012 — It's that time again. Time for Americans to pause and watch as a groundhog supposedly tells us whether winter's going to continue. He saw his shadow, so Phil says it will.
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