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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.
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America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

You've heard of recycling and upcycling, now there's boocycling — making first-rate costumes from second-hand stuff.
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Hurricane Gonzalo Hits Bermuda; Ana To Skirt Past Hawaii

In the British island territory, Gonzalo has wiped out power to roughly half of the island's 70,000 inhabitants.
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A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.
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Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

With three justices dissenting, the high court's ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.
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Syria's 'Moderate Rebels' Say They Are Willing, But Need Weapons

The Free Syrian Army has been outgunned in the country's multi-sided civil war. But they say they have fighting experience, and if the U.S. provides arms and training they could play a key role.
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European Slowdown Drives Roller-Coaster Week In Markets

Concerns in Europe over a slowdown in economic growth have been rattling global financial markets. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent John Ydstie about the volatile week on Wall Street.
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James Foley Memorial Set In His New Hampshire Home Town

A memorial for journalist James Foley will be held Saturday, on what would have been his 41st birthday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rev. Marc Montminy, who is presiding over the service.
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Texas Can Enforce Voter ID Law For November Election

The Supreme Court announced that Texas can use its controversial new voter ID law for the November election. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from Supreme Court correspondent Nina Totenberg.
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Brooklyn DA Works To Overturn His 'Legacy Of Disgrace'

Since Kenneth Thompson became district attorney, he's been investigating a number of old cases. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, he recently asked a judge to throw out a 30-year-old murder conviction.

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