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Technology's Role In Romance Dates To The Telegraph

Modern technology has enabled people to find love without the old fashioned rituals like meeting in person or talking on the phone. And the anonymity of social networks has also opened up opportunities for fraudsters and fakes. The movie and TV show Catfish have told versions of this story. But when tech journalist Clive Thompson recently rediscovered a novel from 1879, he found that people have been finding love and anonymity through technology at least as far back as the telegraph.
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Al-Qaida Today: Evolution Of A Terrorist Organization

Host Jacki Lyden talks to Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, foreign correspondent for The Guardian newspaper, about how Al-Qaida as an organization has changed in recent times.
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Diplomatic Security In An Age Of Terror Threats

The State Department announced that all but one of the 19 embassies and consulates closed because of terror threats last week will reopen Sunday. The embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, will remain closed. Host Jacki Lyden talks with Prudence Bushnell, former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala, about what changes on the ground when an embassy closes and how diplomatic security has evolved in recent decades.
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Russia Invites U.S. To A 'Tank Biathlon'

This week's U.S.-Russia talks in Washington were intended to relieve some of the tension between the two countries, so the suggestion of a little friendly competition — under fire — wasn't out of place.
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Sheriff: Calif. Girl Rescued, Alleged Abductor Killed In Rural Idaho

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Anderson, the subject of a multistate police search, was rescued Saturday, and her alleged abductor was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officials in rural idaho, officials said.
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Ex-Microsoft VP, Son Dead In Connecticut Plane Crash

The former executive was piloting the plane when it crashed into two homes a few blocks from an airport.
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San Diego Mayor Ducks Out Early From Harassment Therapy

The embattled mayor was supposed to be in therapy until Aug. 19, but his lawyers issued a statement on Saturday saying he would leave early and continue treatment on an outpatient basis.
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How Two Veterans Helped Each Other With A Second Chance

Both Paul Wayman and Nathanael Roberti found it difficult to return to civilian life after serving in combat. They ended up in front of a special veterans court and were given a choice: Go to prison, or enroll in a program that helps veterans readjust to civilian life.
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Detroit's Uneasy Relations With Michigan

The city has an uncomfortable and sometimes adversarial relationship with the rest of the state. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Reynolds Farley, author of Detroit Divided, about how Michigan is dealing with Detroit's financial troubles.
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Beneath The Surface Of U.S.-Russian Relations

President Obama canceled his scheduled trip to Russia to meet with President Putin in September. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with former Ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer about why and what will have to change for the relations to improve between these two countries.

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