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FBI On High Alert After Canadian Parliament Shooting

Oct. 22
By City News Service

U.S. entities react to the shooting at the Canadian capital of Ottowa by staying on high alert.

Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

Oct. 22
Kirk Siegler / NPR
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The dearth of water in this state is showing no signs of easing. Officials have introduced plans to revamp the water rationing and distribution systems until the rains come. If they ever come.

NHTSA Adds More Than 3 Million Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

Oct. 22
Sam Sanders / NPR
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Almost 8 million vehicles are now being recalled over worries their air bags could malfunction. Vehicle owners in hot and humid climates are under special alert.

Drones Are Taking Pictures That Could Demystify A Malaria Surge

Oct. 22
Nsikan Akpan / NPR
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How is a rare strain of malaria spreading near cities in Southeast Asia? That's the question that's been puzzling a team of scientists. And they're using drones to find the answer.

Surrogacy Storm In Thailand: A Rejected Baby, A Busy Babymaker

Oct. 22
Michael Sullivan / NPR
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Two controversial cases have put surrogacy in Thailand in the spotlight. Now the government is drafting new laws to stop abuse.

Bigger Than A T.Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

Oct. 22
Christopher Joyce / NPR
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Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrich-like dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.

The Slide Rule: A Computing Device That Put A Man On The Moon

Oct. 22
Elissa Nadworny / NPR
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Before the smartphone, the laptop and the pocket calculator, there was a powerful mechanical computer. Our new series, Tools of the Trade, begins with a look at the slide rule.

Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

Oct. 22
Aarti Shahani / NPR
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A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

Poll: Broad Support In U.S. For Ebola Travel Ban

Oct. 22
Scott Hensley / NPR
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An NPR poll finds a clear majority of Americans are worried about Ebola. Fifty-six percent of people are either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about the spread of the Ebola virus to the U.S.

San Diego County To Purchase 345 Acres Of Open Land For $4M

Oct. 22
By City News Service

Supervisor Dianne Jacob said the acquisition would "help preserve important habitat" and will "... provide a suitable connection for the trans-county trail and future trails for the city of Poway."

High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas-In-The-Sky Ease Congestion

Oct. 22
John Otis / NPR
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One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.

Pro Water Bond Camp Tells Voters Why They Should Vote For Prop. 1

Oct. 22
By Erik Anderson
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Backers of the state's "water bond" and "rainy day fund" propositions unveiled four new television ads this week.

Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Oct. 22
Alison Bruzek / NPR
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Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.

A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

Oct. 22
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR
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The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

Preparing For The Return of Gray Wolves To California

Oct. 22
Midday Edition
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An event in Julian Saturday will explore the return of the gray wolf. As one California wildlife expert puts it, the public is fascinated by the issue of wolves in the West.

Are California Hospitals Prepared For Ebola?

Oct. 22
Midday Edition
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Are California hospitals prepared for an infectious disease such as Ebola? Some local nurses are concerned and Tuesday the state's largest nurses union met with Gov. Jerry Brown to call for better preparation and training.

Bad And Good News About The Second Deadliest Infectious Disease

Oct. 22
Eve Conant / NPR
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The number of tuberculosis cases is far higher than previously thought. And Ebola is making some patients stay away from hospitals. Yet the mortality rate is dropping.

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