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Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

Aug. 30
Jon Hamilton / NPR
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Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.

Refugee Children Rescued In Austria Reportedly Disappear From Hospital

Aug. 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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The three Syrian children, aged five and six, were near death from dehydration when they were discovered by police in the back of a minivan on Saturday.

Sanders Gaining On Clinton. '2008 All Over Again'?

Aug. 30
Domenico Montanaro / NPR
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has the energy, the enthusiasm and now showing strength in the poll numbers as the Democratic nomination contest looks more and more like a race every day.

Motive Still Sought In Fatal Shooting Of Texas Sheriff's Deputy

Aug. 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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Authorities have charged 30-year-old Shannon J. Miles in the "execution-style" murder of Deputy Darren Goforth, but investigators have yet to make public any motive for the killing.

Rio's Favela's Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification

Aug. 30
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro / NPR
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Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.

Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

Aug. 30
Scott Neuman / NPR
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His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

Kurdish Activists Camp Out Between Turkey's Army And Kurdish Fighters

Aug. 30
Peter Kenyon / NPR
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As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.

Their Crimes Reclassified, Some Californian Felons Get A Second Chance

Aug. 30
Marisa Lagos / NPR
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Approved by voters last year, Proposition 47 lets people with some nonviolent felonies petition to reduce their crimes to misdemeanors. It's giving former offenders access to better opportunities.

How Fishermen's Bragging Rights Gave Birth To Fine Art

Aug. 30
Tove Danovich / NPR
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In 19th century Japan, fishermen found a foolproof way to record trophy catches: a "fish rubbing" inked onto paper, creating a permanent record of their size. Gyotaku soon evolved into fine art.

What's Better For Afghanistan's Future: Buddha Tours Or A Copper Mine?

Aug. 30
NPR Staff / NPR
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A vast archaeological site sits atop one of the world's biggest untapped copper deposits. And Afghanistan must decide which resource will be a greater boon.

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