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Can You Use That In A Sentence?: Dictionary Adds New Words

Aug. 27
Laura Wagner / NPR
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The Oxford English Dictionary was updated with a number of new words today, so, naturally, we held a contest to see who could use the most in a single sentence.

His Drum Talked And Everyone Listened: Remembering A 'Human Treasure'

Aug. 27
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton / NPR
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Senegalese percussionist Doudou N'Diaye Rose has died at age 85. He mastered his local drum language and brought it to the world, creating rhythms for the likes of Miles Davis and the Rolling Stones.

FDA Warns Tobacco Companies Advertising 'Natural' Cigarettes

Aug. 27
Rob Stein / NPR

Unless a cigarette is safer than others it can't be labeled "natural" or "additive-free", the Food and Drug Administration told three manufacturers.

A Man Shed Live Polio Virus In His Stool For 28 Years

Aug. 27
Susan Brink / NPR
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That's the longest span for one individual to excrete the live virus in history. It's not the norm, that's for certain. But how much of a concern is it in the war to wipe out polio?

Swept Up In The Storm: Hurricane Katrina's Key Players, Then And Now

Aug. 27
Maureen Pao / NPR
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The natural disaster of Katrina and the man-made tragedy that followed catapulted local figures and obscure federal officials into the spotlight.

Hispanic Or Latino? A Guide For The U.S. Presidential Campaign

Aug. 27
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro / NPR
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Donald Trump has put immigration front and center in his campaign. This has placed renewed focus on the confusing question of how to refer to people from Latin America, including those now in the U.S.

Usain Bolt Is Knocked Over By Segway-Riding Cameraman After Winning Gold

Aug. 27
Bill Chappell / NPR
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The incident happened at the World Athletics Championships, where a highly anticipated match-up had pitted the Jamaican against America's Justin Gatlin.

Help Wanted: Last Pediatrician On Mendocino Coast Retires

Aug. 27
Farida Jhabvala Romero / NPR
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For 35 years, Dr. Bill Mahon has tended newborns and broken bones, given kids checkups and spinal taps. But luring new doctors with big debt and urban dreams to the redwoods is harder than it sounds.

Planned Parenthood Fights Back

Aug. 27
Amita Kelly / NPR
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In a new report sent to Congress, the organization says controversial videos alleging the sale of fetal tissue are "heavily edited" to "significantly distort" actual events and conversations.

Kentucky Clerk's Office Continues To Refuse Marriage Licenses

Aug. 27
Lauren Hodges / NPR
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A same-sex couple was denied a license Thursday morning, even after a federal appeals court denied Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' bid to refuse to issue marriage licenses for religious reasons.