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Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Calls For More Ambitious Approach To Climate Change In U.N. Speech

In a speech at the U.N. Climate Summit, President Obama calls for a more ambitious global approach to environmental issues, The president also notes a new push to boost what the White House calls "global resilience" in the face of climate change.

We embedded live video of the president's speech here; we'll have updates below.

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Tue September 23, 2014

Obama Emphasizes Coalition In Comments On Syrian Strikes

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Salt

Rosh Hashana's Sacred Bread Offers Meaning In Many Shapes And Sizes

The author's braided round challah.
Deena Prichep NPR

Editor's Note: This post was originally published on Sept. 15, 2012.

Challah is a rich, eggy bread baked every week for the Jewish sabbath, or shabbat. But for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year that starts tomorrow at sundown, it gets a few tweaks. There's a little extra honey or sugar, for a sweet new year. And instead of the usual long braid, it's round.

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Tue September 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

To Make Interval Training Less Painful, Add Tunes

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:53 pm

This may be the most efficient way to get in shape, but it may also be the least fun.
Li Zhongfei iStockphoto

There's increasing evidence that interval training, which involves alternating short bursts of harder exercise with easier recovery periods, delivers more health benefits than exercising at a steady rate.

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Stoutaccino? Starbucks Tests Coffee With Beer Flavors

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:26 pm

In some parts of the U.S., Starbucks is testing a latte flavored with roasted-stout notes along with its seasonal autumn drinks such as the Pumpkin Spice Latte, seen here at front.

Reports that Starbucks is testing a new coffee drink for autumn that incorporates "toasty stout flavors" has set off a debate over how such a concoction might taste — and questions over where customers can find one. The Dark Barrel Latte was "inspired by the rise of craft beers," the company says.

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

More Americans Favor Mixing Religion And Politics, Survey Says

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:52 pm

President Obama closes his eyes as a prayer is offered at the National Prayer Breakfast in February in Washington, D.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

Nearly three-quarters of Americans believe religious influence on life in the U.S. is waning and nearly half think that churches and other houses of worship should play a greater role in the national discourse on social and political matters, according to a new Pew study.

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Salt

Your Guide To Dining From The Dump

Bounty from the bin: Thaler says you can find plenty of tasty, edible produce that's tossed out. Plastic-wrapped produce tend to be a safe bet, he says.
Courtesy of Maximus Thaler

When you think of a dumpster diver, you might think of someone like this:

And while you wouldn't be totally wrong, you also wouldn't exactly be describing Maximus Thaler.

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama: Coalition Against ISIS Shows 'This Is Not America's Fight Alone'

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 12:39 pm

President Obama speaks about the participation of five Arab nations in airstrikes against militants in Syria., on Tuesday before heading to the United Nations.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Update at 12:40 p.m. ET

President Obama said a multinational coalition that carried out airstrikes in Syria shows that the fight against Islamic extremists is "not America's fight alone."

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel Kills Palestinians Suspected In June Kidnappings

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:26 am

Palestinian onlookers and civil defense members gather at a site where an Israeli military operation left two Palestinians dead in the West Bank town of Hebron Tuesday. Troops killed two Palestinian suspects in the June murder of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank.
Hazem Bader AFP/Getty Images

Ending a months-long search, the Israeli military says it has killed two Palestinian men with ties to Hamas who it believes were responsible for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers early this summer. The abductions preceded nearly two months of violence between Israel and Hamas.

Acting on recently received information, soldiers from Israel's special forces raided a building in the West Bank where the men had been hiding early this morning.

From Jerusalem, NPR's Emily Harris reports:

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Tue September 23, 2014

Why Does The U.S. Like Iraq's Kurds But Not Syria's?

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 11:11 am

Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters take up positions around the town of Gwer in northern Iraq on Sept. 18. The Kurdish militia is aligned with the U.S. in the battle against the Islamic State.
Mohamed Messara EPA/Landov

In Iraq, Kurdish militiamen fighting the group that calls itself the Islamic State are key American allies.

In Syria, some Kurdish fighters battling the very same Islamic State are considered part of a terrorist group, according to the U.S. government.

What gives?

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

ISIS Purportedly Releases New Video Of British Hostage

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 12:38 pm

In this still image taken from the first video released by Al-Furqan, the media arm of the Islamic State militant group, captive British journalist John Cantlie speaks into the camera.

The self-declared Islamic State has apparently released the second propaganda video in a promised "lecture series" delivered by kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie.

"In this program, we will see how Western governments are hastily marching toward all-out war in Iraq and Syria without paying any heed to the lessons of the recent past," says Cantlie, who is seated at a desk and dressed in an orange jumpsuit similar to the one he was seen wearing in a video released last week.

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Tue September 23, 2014
Code Switch

How Not To Handle A New Voice In TV

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:51 am

Shonda Rhimes (left) with Scandal star Kerry Washington at a 2012 press conference.
Frederick M. Brown Getty Images

This is what happens when voices that have normally been pushed to the background take center stage.

That's the reaction I usually offer these days whenever someone asks me about a race-based media firestorm — this time, in reference to the nuclear-sized backlash against New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley's bewildering commentary on Shonda Rhimes, one of the most successful showrunners in television history.

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Tue September 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Airstrikes Move To Syria, Target More Than Just ISIS

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 12:53 pm

A handout picture released by the U.S. Navy shows the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) launching a Tomahawk cruise missile against Islamic State targets in Syria on Tuesday.
Eric Garst/U.S. Navy/Handout EPA/Landov

Updated at 12:50 p.m. ET

In a major escalation of the air campaign against Islamic extremist groups, the U.S. and Arab allies jointly hit targets inside Syria for the first time.

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Tue September 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

Seeking Frugal Tech Solutions For Nairobi's Jammed Traffic

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:46 am

A traffic jam in Nairobi, Kenya. The city is the world's fourth-most congested, far worse than any in the U.S.
Din Haitao Xinhua /Landov

Traffic in Nairobi is so mind-numbing it makes Los Angeles' Interstate 5 look like the Autobahn. Motorcycles squeeze between cars and trucks that practically park on major boulevards and highways. Street peddlers walk to and fro selling newspapers, flowers, air fresheners and children's toys to captive audiences. Roundabouts become cartoonishly clogged.

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Tue September 23, 2014

Rearchers Find New Species Of Mushrooms

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:53 am

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