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Race
4:48 am
Fri October 24, 2014

A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Real Housewives of Atlanta star Lisa Wu Hartwell gets a hair treatment at a "Curl Party" hosted by Carol's Daughter and theYBF.com in 2010.
Paras Griffin Landov

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 12:50 pm

Cosmetics giant L'Oréal purchased Carol's Daughter, a beauty company that sells natural hair and skin products for black women, earlier this week. It may seem like an unlikely chapter in the story of a business that began in a Brooklyn kitchen.

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Strange News
3:07 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Halloween Twitter War Pits Conan O'Brien Against Madeleine Albright

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:03 am

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Business
3:02 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Facebook's Zuckerberg Shares His Mandarin Skills

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:03 am

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Politics
2:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Courting Republicans, Georgia Democrat Tries To Keep His Seat

Rep. John Barrow speaks at First African Baptist Church in Dublin, Ga. Barrow needs African-Americans to turn out on Election Day, but they're not enough to put him over the top.
Sarah McCammon NPR

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 12:25 pm

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Remembrances
2:53 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:03 am

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Jazz
4:31 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

Herbie Hancock's new memoir is titled Possibilities.
Jessica Hancock Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 8:26 am

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Europe
3:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

How Much Would You Pay For A Putin-Themed Music Box?

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:14 am

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Education
3:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Wave Away Math Homework With An App

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:14 am

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Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Suppose you need the answer to 70 times five?

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It's 350.

INSKEEP: Or 12 times four.

GREENE: 48.

INSKEEP: That's impressive, David.

GREENE: Well, thank you.

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World
3:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

With Bears On The Streets, Canadian Town Cancels Halloween

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 5:14 am

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And now this. Winter comes early in the Canadian Arctic, which means polar bear season.

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Shots - Health News
6:56 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Even versions of Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen labeled "genuine" and "anti-counterfeit" have been found to contain the drug sibutramine, which was supposed to come off the U.S. market in 2010 for safety reasons.
Food and Drug Administration

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:04 am

Americans spend about $4 billion a year on weight-loss supplements. And the Food and Drug Administration spends a lot of effort policing distributors who market fraudulent products that are tainted with unsafe, banned drugs.

But a study published Tuesday finds that buyers should beware: Just because the FDA recalls a product for containing dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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Music News
3:13 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Taylor Swift Sells White Noise In Canada

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:32 am

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Good morning, I'm David Greene. You might say the musician Taylor Swift is so popular fans will listen to whatever she puts out. Like this single from an upcoming album...

(WHITE NOISE)

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Business
3:07 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Problem With The Product: Mom Protests 'Breaking Bad' Merchandise

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:32 am

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Politics
2:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

In this campaign ad, GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land sips coffee after asking the viewer to "think about" accusations that she's waging a war on women.
Terry Land YouTube

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:00 am

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Sports
2:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

World Series Opens With A Thud For Royals

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:32 am

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Media
2:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Inside Larry King's Complicated Mind, As Shown In Late-Night Tweets

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 5:32 am

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Politics
2:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Concern Over New-Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

A voter casts her ballot at a polling site for Georgia's 2014 primary election in Atlanta.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 3:26 pm

This election season is proving to be tough for Democrats, but many believe they can turn the red state of Georgia blue with the help of new voters.

One voter registration campaign led by the New Georgia Project, a "nonpartisan effort" according to its website, has targeted black, Latino and Asian-American residents.

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Author Interviews
2:33 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

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Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 7:59 am

In the summer of 2011, American journalist Suki Kim got a job teaching English at the elite, all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in the North Korean capital.

Kim, who was born in South Korea and immigrated with her family to the U.S. at age 13, is a fluent Korean speaker and secretly took notes during her six months at the university in Pyongyang. This formed the basis for her new book, Without You, There Is No Us.

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Politics
4:45 am
Tue October 21, 2014

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

President Obama casts an early ballot for the midterm elections at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Center in Chicago on Monday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 12:48 pm

On the first day for in-person early voting in Illinois, President Obama went to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to cast his ballot.

"I'm so glad I can early vote here," he told the elections worker checking him in.

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Business
3:15 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Chinese Telecom Company Offers To Make Pockets iPhone-Sized

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:16 am

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Around the Nation
3:15 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Is That A Spoonful Of Spooky Cereal In Your Beer?

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:16 am

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