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Rats! New York City Tries To Drain Rodent 'Reservoirs'

Health officials want to reduce the rat population, so they're hiring extra exterminators, sealing up holes and teaching regular New Yorkers how to make homes and gardens less rat-friendly.
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NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges.
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Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar

President Obama announced that he has authorized a humanitarian mission to aid religious minorities stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Airstrikes will be a component of that mission.
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'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says

But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq.
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Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops

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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Shooting Range Accident Draws Focus On Children Handling Guns

A tragedy at an Arizona shooting range this week has set off a debate about children using high-powered weapons, as well as America's gun culture.
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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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