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Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Oct. 20
Aarti Shahani / NPR

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

Halting Schizophrenia Before It Starts

Oct. 20
Amy Standen / NPR
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Schizophrenia typically starts in the late teens or early 20s. But if you could stop that first psychotic break, could you stop the mental illness in its tracks? Some doctors think so.

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Oct. 20
Mara Liasson / NPR
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Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.

Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

Oct. 20
Jon Hamilton / NPR
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There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.

U.S. Airdrops Weapons, Ammo, Medical Supplies To Kurds In Kobani

Oct. 19
Lauren Hodges / NPR
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In an effort assist Kurdish forces in the Syrian border town, the U.S. military said Sunday the dropped supplies were meant to help resistance to Islamic State efforts to control Kobani.

The Boston Herald's Missed 'Cartoon-gate' Lessons

Oct. 19
Eric Deggans / NPR
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The newspaper's heartfelt column about a political cartoon that widely criticized as racist raises a question: Did editors learn the right lessons from the uproar?

Pentagon Preps Ebola Medical Response Team

Oct. 19
Eyder Peralta / NPR

The 30-person team is designed to be deployed nationally in case anyone else in the country is diagnosed with Ebola. The team would provide medical assistance to hospitals.

One Of Seven White Rhinos Left In The World Dies In Kenya

Oct. 19
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhino, was the first to be born in captivity and only one of two breeding males known to exist.

As Their Wells Run Dry, California Residents Blame Thirsty Farms

Oct. 19
Sasha Khokha / NPR
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Many rural residents rely on private wells for tap water. As the severe drought continues, many are wondering why farms seem to be getting water ahead of families.

An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protestors

Oct. 19
Frank Langfitt / NPR
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What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches — even a free library.

Healthcare Worker On Cruise Ship Tests Negative For Ebola

Oct. 19
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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The news comes after the woman voluntarily quarantined herself aboard the ship and after Mexico declined to let the ship dock. The woman was allowed off the ship with the rest of the passengers.

Texas Hospital: 'We Are Deeply Sorry' For Missing Ebola Diagnosis

Oct. 19
Eyder Peralta / NPR
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In a full-page letter published on Sunday, Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said it had made mistakes in the diagnosis of index patient Thomas Eric Duncan.

Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Oct. 19
Rebecca Hersher / NPR
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Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, died of Ebola in an American hospital. But white American patients have survived. Some Liberians believe racism is the reason for Duncan's demise.

After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

Oct. 19
Jason Sheehan / NPR

It's literary awards season. The Nobel, the National Book Awards shortlists, and the Man Booker Prize were all recently announced. Author Jason Sheehan recommends some reading on all this reading.

The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

Oct. 19
Amy Green / NPR
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In Florida, a key river is undergoing the largest environmental restoration effort in the world. But when complete, a looming water shortage means the river's waters still face an uncertain future.

9 Lives And Counting: Hello Kitty Turns 40

Oct. 19
Lisa Napoli / NPR
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In the time since the first simple coin purse was sold in Japan back in 1974, Hello Kitty has become a multi-billion dollar empire. A retrospective in Los Angeles celebrates the beloved cartoon cat.

Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

Oct. 18
Leila Fadel / NPR
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Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr spoke out on behalf of Saudi Shia demonstrating against government discrimination in 2011 and 2012. Protesters promise more unrest if Nimr is killed.

Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Oct. 18
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.

Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

Oct. 18
Scott Neuman / NPR
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A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the Red Planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

Oct. 18
Linton Weeks / NPR
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You've heard of recycling and upcycling, now there's boocycling — making first-rate costumes from second-hand clothes.