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6:03 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Ledisi Steals The Show

Mito Habe-Evans NPR

There's too much happening in New Orleans' French Quarter — especially on a holiday weekend, and especially when hundreds of thousands of people are in town for the annual Essence Music Festival. There are living statues and five-piece bands and drinks a foot and a half tall and people from all over the world ambling in the middle of the street.

But Ledisi, singing on a balcony in her hometown, stopped the whole thing dead. For a few minutes, with a song about the complications of being a woman, she held an unsuspecting, audibly appreciative crowd in the palm of her hand.

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The Two-Way
6:01 am
Wed August 27, 2014

French Prosecutors Put IMF's Lagarde Under Investigation

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, says French prosecutors have put her under formal investigation.

The New York Times reports:

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The Salt
5:31 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Science Crowns Mozzarella The King Of Pizza Cheese

Any way you slice it, Americans are obsessed with pizza. One in eight of us are noshing it on any given day, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And the average American consumes pizza about 39 times a year, according to the NPD Group, a market research firm.

The signature of a great American-style pizza is not the toppings du jour but the cheese: hot, gooey mozzarella, with big, dark splotches of caramelization.

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The Two-Way
4:56 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Both Afghan Candidates Pull Observers From U.N. Audit Of Votes

Afghan election commission worker sorts ballots for an audit.
Rahmat Gul AP

The Afghan election process was thrown further into disarray on Wednesday, when both candidates pulled their observers from a U.N.-led audit of the country's ballots.

The AP reports Abdullah Abdullah was the first to pull out his observer saying the process was full of fraud. The AP adds:

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Europe
4:32 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Moral To This Story: Don't Lie About Being Kidnapped

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

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Around the Nation
4:22 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Neighbor Tries To Shut Down Lemonade Stand

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Boston Has Riskiest Drivers, According To Insurance Ranking

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:15 am

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Wed August 27, 2014

As Ferguson Protests Wind Down, Residents Want Outrage Channeled

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

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Research News
3:02 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Parking Behavior May Reflect Economic Drive

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

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Business
3:02 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Canadians Fret Merger With Burger Will Change Tim Hortons

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

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Goats and Soda
3:02 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Why Patients Aren't Coming To Liberia's Redemption Hospital

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

Redemption Hospital is a government-run facility in Liberia's capital city of Monrovia.

It offers care to all who come, free of charge.

Only now, patients aren't coming. It's rainy season — and malaria season. Head nurse Tita Horace says the hospital usually see 25 patients a day this time of year. Today, there are only five.

The sick are staying away, she explains, because they are afraid. "Some of them are afraid that maybe when they come they will get in contact with [an] Ebola patient. So they don't want to come to the hospital."

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Parallels
1:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

U.S. Officials Try To Gauge Threat From American Fighters In Syria

American Eric Harroun threatened Bashar Al-Assad on Facebook and YouTube. He spent six weeks fighting with a rebel army, a journey that did not end well for him.
ABC News YouTube

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

The heyday of "war tourism" was probably the 1930s, when a host of intellectuals and artists left the U.S. to bear witness to the Spanish Civil War. Ernest Hemingway wrote about it. George Orwell, just to name another, actually fought in it.

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Sweetness And Light
1:33 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Golf May Be Too Polite A Sport For Presidential Politics

Commentator Frank Deford advises the White House press office not to let the president be photographed in a golf cart again.
Steven Senne AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 4:59 am

There's been much criticism of the president lately, even within his own party, that he's too detached and withdrawn, not combative enough anymore. This can be explained completely with a sports analogy: We elected a basketball president, but then we ended up with a golf president.

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NPR Ed
1:32 am
Wed August 27, 2014

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy exchanged multiple emails with executives at Pearson PLC about the potential for working together.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:14 am

A massive expansion of classroom technology has come to a grinding halt in Los Angeles.

The L.A. Unified School District had planned to buy some 700,000 iPads for its students and teachers. The Apple tablets would include learning software built by publishing giant Pearson. But Superintendent John Deasy announced earlier this week he is cancelling the contract and restarting the bidding process.

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Business
1:30 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

Unifi makes Repreve, a thread that comes from plastic waste bottles and leftover polyester scraps, at its Yadkinville, N.C., facility.
Courtesy of Unifi

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 3:02 am

VF Corp. is one of the biggest clothing companies you might not have heard of. But its brands include Lee and Wrangler jeans, Timberland shoes and The North Face, and it also makes uniforms for police and major league sports teams.

It's also a large purchaser of cotton. "We buy roughly 1 percent of the cotton available in the world," says Letitia Webster, VF's senior director of sustainability. Her job is to both reduce the company's greenhouse gas footprint and reduce its risks from climate change.

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Shots - Health News
1:28 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

From her cubicle at Vital Decisions in Cherry Hill, N.J., Kate Schleicher counsels people who are seriously ill.
Emma Lee WHYY

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:15 am

Imagine you're at home. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.

"My name is Kate. I'm a health care counselor," the gentle voice of the caller says from her cubicle in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is not a typical telemarketing call. She wants to talk with you about your serious illness and, eventually, if you're ready to think about it, what you'd like to have happen at the end of your life.

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Shots - Health News
1:27 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

The MD Brush has an unusual grip that automatically angles the brush head at a 45-degree angle.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:15 am

Some people dream of climbing Mount Everest or riding a bicycle across the country. Mike Davidson's dream has been to create the perfect toothbrush, and now he thinks he's done it.

The saga of this brush tells a lot about the passion and persistence to take an idea and turn it into a product.

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NPR Story
6:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Capitol Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens.

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NPR Story
5:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nearly $6 Million And Counting For Washington Fall Ballot Measures

Washington’s November election will decide three statewide ballot measures. So far, nearly $6 million has flowed to these campaigns. And it’s still early.

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Television
5:10 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Emmy Awards 2014: Safe Choices In A Time Of Groundbreaking TV

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 5:17 pm

For TV critics, last night's Emmy Awards show was a bit like seeing an old flame promise to treat you better, only to slide right back into the same old disappointing behavior.

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