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For Those In Aleppo, Syria, Commuting Can Be Lethal

Tired of your commute to work? Imagine if on the way to your job you had to dodge sniper fire. That's the case for many people in Syria. David Greene talks to Anthony Loyd, a correspondent for the Times of London, who just spent time in Allepo, Syria.
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Senator Express Concerns About Smithfield Foods Merger

Smithfield CEO Larry Pope tried to reassure lawmakers that the sale of his Virginia based company will not mean a transfer of jobs to China or a reduction in food safety. He appeared before lawmakers on the Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday.
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Quebec Braces For More Victims From Train Blast

Police in the Canadian province of Quebec say the death toll following Saturday's massive train explosion will likely rise to 50. The news is another painful blow to local residents reeling from a blast that flattened the heart of their small rural town. Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio reports.
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Brazilian Protests Hurt President But Help Candidate Silva

Before national protests in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff looked like she was guaranteed victory in next year's elections. Now, her popularity has plummeted and polls show she would face a run-off against Marina Silva, who grew up the daughter of a poor rubber tapper in the Amazon.
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50 Years Ago, Raid Seals Mandela's Fate And His Fame

It's been 50 years since Nelson Mandela's journals and incriminating papers were seized by South African police. Mandela was already under arrest, and those writings arguably sealed his conviction in court, and nearly got him the death penalty. But it also marked his place as one of the key political anti-apartheid thinkers and writers.
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Nigerian Terrorist Group Accused Of Killing Students

Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell about recent school attacks in Nigeria and the group believed to be behind them, Boko Haram. Campbell is Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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50 People Believed Dead In Quebec Train Explosion

The death toll in the train explosion in Canada is now at least 20, and police have told family members of the 30 people still missing that they are assumed dead. Audie Cornish talks to Brian Mann.
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It's Not Just The Middle East With Quirky Booze Laws

Our commenters point out that the Middle East isn't the only place with confusing laws regulating the purchase and consumption of alcohol. Dry counties, wet counties, blue laws and mini-bottles: Jurisdictions across the U.S. also grapple with how to regulate alcohol sales.
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Report: Upside-Down Sensors Toppled Russian Rocket

The "angular velocity sensors" were a critical part of the circuitry that was supposed to keep the rocket upright during launch. A young technician got the installation wrong, according to the site Russian Space Web.
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That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Super-Fan Silenced

Music is a staple at sporting venues around the world (think singing, brass bands, even cowbells). And Billy Cooper's trumpet has been a steady fixture at England's cricketing contests. But not at Trent Bridge, where England faces Australia. The ground doesn't allow instruments. Not everyone's happy. Top cricketers and the media are piping in.

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