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2:15pm

Tue October 28, 2014
Parallels

Why Does Saudi Arabia Seem So Comfortable With Falling Oil Prices?

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 6:30 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud as the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Adel al-Jubeir, listens before a meeting at the Royal Palace in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 11.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Oil prices continue to tumble: down about 25 percent since mid-June to a four-year low, and many analysts believe there is no end in sight.

While that's good for consumers and most businesses in the U.S., the falling price is bad for oil-exporting countries such as Russia, Venezuela, Iran and Iraq.

And blame — or credit — for the plummeting prices is falling squarely on Saudi Arabia.

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2:03pm

Tue October 28, 2014
Goats and Soda

American Volunteers In Liberia Are Anti-Quarantine

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:03 pm

An Ebola health alert is displayed at the entrance to Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where Dr. Craig Spencer was quarantined after showing symptoms consistent with the virus.
Bryan Thomas Getty Images

At the Ebola treatment center in Foya, Liberia, there's one thought on every American volunteer's mind: 21 days of isolation.

The threat of quarantines for health care workers coming back from West Africa cropped up in nearly every conversation I had on Saturday with doctors and nurses at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders.

Everyone was worried, especially a nurse from New York City. Some states, like New York, New Jersey and Illinois, are already requiring 21-day quarantines, possibly in hospitals, for all medical staff coming home. Others might follow.

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1:47pm

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Thieves Tunnel Into Indian Bank Vault — From Across The Street

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:06 pm

When a branch of Punjab National Bank in northern India opened for business Monday, the staff was surprised to find it had been robbed, the strongroom breached from underground by thieves who had dug a tunnel from an empty building some 125 feet away. They had plundered about a quarter of the room's 360 secure lockers before making their getaway.

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1:44pm

Tue October 28, 2014
NPR Ed

The Many, Many Secret Lives Of Teachers

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 2:38 pm

Erin Pruckno, a preschool teacher in Washington, D.C. (clockwise from top left); Mei-Ling Uliasz, a second-grade teacher in Danbury, Conn.; Elizabeth Metzger, right, an educator in south Florida, with a friend at a football game; and Mathias "Spider" Schergen, who teaches at Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts in Chicago.
Elissa Nadworny NPR (left column) and Courtesy of Mei-Ling Uliasz and Elizabeth "Biz" Metzger

Since we launched our project last week, we've heard from hundreds of you on Twitter, in email and on Facebook. And the responses are still coming in.

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

1:06pm

Tue October 28, 2014
The Salt

A Family's Fall Harvest Blooms In 'A Kitchen In France'

Author Mimi Thorisson and her husband, photographer Oddur Thorisson, moved their six children and dogs from a Parisian apartment to a farmhouse in the Médoc region of France.
Oddur Thorisson

France and its beloved cuisine come with more than a few cliches: the butter, the frog legs, the snooty chef twirling a curled mustache. To outsiders, it's part of the French identity.

But anyone who regularly cooks French food (or has at least attempted it) knows it's rarely that simple or predictable. Yes, there's butter, but more striking is how much patience it requires. That's what Mimi Thorisson, writer of the popular French cooking blog Manger, says she's learned since making France and its food a part of her daily life.

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12:51pm

Tue October 28, 2014
Goats and Soda

Happy Birthday To Google Doodle Honoree Dr. Jonas Salk!

Jonas Salk was born on October 28, 1914 in New York City. Google is celebrating the birth of the man who developed a polio vaccine with a special Google doodle.

During the fervor of the current Ebola outbreak, it seems like a good moment to tip our hats to one of the heroes of an earlier epidemic. Salk developed a vaccine for polio in 1953. At a time polio was sweeping across the United States crippling children and terrifying parents.

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11:27am

Tue October 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

Insurers May Cover Costly Hepatitis C Drugs Only For The Very Ill

Gilead's once-a-day pill for hepatitis C is the latest expensive and effective treatment that insurers say is a business challenge.
Courtesy of Business Wire

In the past year, hepatitis C drugs that promise higher cure rates and fewer side effects have given fresh hope to millions who are living with the chronic liver disease.

But many patients whose livers haven't been significantly scarred by the virus face a vexing reality: They're not sick enough to qualify for the drugs that could prevent them from getting sicker.

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11:18am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Pope Says God Not 'A Magician, With A Magic Wand'

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 12:45 pm

Pope Francis inaugurates a bronze statue of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo.
Claudio Peri EPA/Landov

In a move that could be aimed at healing a rift between science and religion, Pope Francis has said that evolution and the Big Bang are consistent with the notion of a creator. And according to the pontiff, believers should not view God as "a magician, with a magic wand."

Francis made the remarks at an assembly of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, billed as meeting to discuss "Evolving Concepts of Nature."

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11:09am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Australia Blocks New Visas From West Africa Over Ebola Outbreak

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 12:57 pm

Australia is no longer processing new visa applications from the three worst-hit countries in Africa's Ebola outbreak. Here, a jetliner prepares to land at Sydney's international airport.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Australia's immigration agency has ceased processing new visa applications from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, over concerns about the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The country has also shut down an aid program in West Africa, Australia's immigration chief says. The move is drawing criticism.

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10:59am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Friend Of Accused Boston Bomber Found Guilty Of Lying To Police

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 12:20 pm

Robel Phillipos (left), a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs federal court on Monday. Phillipos was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of lying to the FBI.
Steven Senne AP

Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been found guilty of lying to FBI agents investigating the attack.

Prosecutors said Phillipos lied about having visited Tsarnaev's dorm room days after the April 15, 2013, attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

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10:12am

Tue October 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

With Obamacare, More Millennials Are Going To The Doctor, Sort Of

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 8:45 am

I write about health and health care, but even I'm not immune to the "young and invincible" mentality. My annual dental checkup is more than six months overdue.

A provision of the Affordable Care Act that took effect in 2010 aimed to make it easier for young adults to access preventive care by allowing them to stay on their parents' insurance until they turn 26. As of 2011, some 3 million young adults gained coverage through this provision.

So does this mean more young people are getting their annual checkups and cholesterol screenings?

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10:01am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

China May Drop 9 Crimes From List Of Death Penalty Offenses

Police officers stand guard in front of the Hefei City Intermediate People's Court in China's Anhui Province.
Andy Wong AP

Chinese lawmakers are considering removing nine crimes from eligibility for the death penalty. A draft amendment to that effect went to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress in Beijing this week. It appears to be part of a trend to reduce the use of the death penalty in a country that still executes more people than any other.

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8:49am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Nurse Amber Vinson Discharged After Testing 'Ebola-Free'

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 2:05 pm

Amber Vinson, a Dallas nurse who was being treated for Ebola, will be discharged Tuesday.
AP

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Amber Vinson, one of two nurses who contracted Ebola while treating a Liberian man earlier this month, is being discharged from Emory University in Atlanta after she tested free of the virus.

"I am so grateful to be well," Vinson said at an afternoon news conference where her discharge was announced.

"First and foremost, I want to thank God," she said, also acknowledging the role of her medical team in her recovery. "It's been God's love that has ... given me the strength to fight."

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8:01am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Planned Vote In Ukraine's Separatist East Gets Moscow's Blessing

A Ukrainian government forces member, who takes part in a military operation eastern regions of Ukraine, reads candidate information sheets during a parliamentary election at a polling station in Novoaidar near Luhansk, on Sunday.
Reuters/Landov

Russia is backing a plan by separatists in eastern Ukraine to hold a vote in areas under their control ostensibly as part of a deal with Kiev to allow limited self-rule in the region. The vote, set for Nov. 2 would come days after Ukrainian elections that saw pro-Western parties allied with President Petro Poroshenko sweep to power.

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7:18am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Hawaii Lava Flow Less Than 100 Yards From Homes In Pahoa Village

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 9:10 am

A geologist maps the margin of the lava flow in the open field below Cemetery Road near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Dozens of residents from the village may be forced to evacuate.
AP

Dozens of residents from the village of Pahoa on Hawaii's Big Island are preparing to watch their homes be engulfed by a slow-moving finger of lava that has traced a scorched path for months from its origin at Kilauea volcano.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira has said residents will be allowed to watch Mother Nature consume their homes to "provide for a means of closure.

"You can only imagine the frustration as well as ... despair they're going through," he said, according to The Associated Press.

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