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Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria

Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones."
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Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions

A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services.
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Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson

NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson.
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Want To Widen Your Worldview? A Random Roomie Helps

Research shows that when students are paired with roommates from different backgrounds, they tend to develop more tolerant attitudes.
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Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier

Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire.
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With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them

U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in.
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Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples

President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria.
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Night Of The Cemetery Bats

And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.
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No Boss But The Land And Cattle: A Rancher's Coming Of Age

In the North Texas wilderness, men to find out what it means to come of age on the range — and what it means to pass that experience on to their children.
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When Senate Returns From Recess, Ferguson Will Top The Docket

The controversy surrounding the police showdown with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., will be coming to Congress. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has scheduled a hearing to look into the confrontation.

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