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Health
4:33 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New York City Praised For Response To New Ebola Patient

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:59 pm

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Energy
4:33 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Wanted: Wind Turbine Mechanic β€” Must Be Daredevil, Skilled With Hands

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:00 pm

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Law
4:33 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Terrorism Suspect To Be Tried In U.S. Civilian Court

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:00 pm

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: New Fall Sounds 2

Crooked Still.
Courtesy of the artist

Join Thistle & Shamrock host Fiona Ritchie as she explores the latest batch of releases, showcasing what's new from established artists and emerging talent alike.

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Goats and Soda
4:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

When You've Seen Subway Rats, Ebola Seems Like Nothin'

The media is all over this story: Ebola in NYC! Don Weiss, a doctor with the New York City Health Department, faces microphones outside the bowling alley visited by the physician who tested positive for the virus.
John Minchillo AP

Yesterday, public health officials announced that Ebola had been identified for the first time in both Mali, a country that neighbors Guinea, and New York City. The arrival of the virus in another West African country is a cause for concern. The World Health Organization has sent a team of health experts to manage contact tracing and infection control for the two-year-old patient.

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The Two-Way
4:02 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Shooting At Washington School Leaves 2 Dead, Including Gunman

People react as they wait at a church on Friday where students were taken to be reunited with parents following a shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 8:29 pm

A student entered the cafeteria of a Marysville, Wash., high school and opened fire, killing one and injuring four before turning the gun on himself, police said Friday.

Television images showed students running out of Marysville-Pilchuck High School with their hands up, while police moved room to room with guns drawn.

During televised press conferences, Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said the shooter was a student of the school and that he did not know whether the second person killed was a student or a teacher.

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Parallels
3:47 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

In Southeast Turkey, A Long History Of Bloodshed And Worship

The pillars at Gobekli Tepe resemble those at Stonehenge β€” but predate them by several thousand years.
J. Pfeiffer DPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:46 pm

The Urfa plain in southeastern Turkey β€” not far from where Syrian refugees watch fighters from the so-called Islamic State wage a brutal war in the name of a primitive version of their faith β€” is one of the most fought-over landscapes in human civilization.

But on the plain β€” soaked in blood since the days when Sumerian and Assyrian kings ruled Mesopotamia β€” there's a place that's even older, so old that its denizens hadn't mastered the arts of pottery, writing or making war.

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Goats and Soda
3:26 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Fashion Police: Why Are You Wearing Rubber Boots In Liberia?

On the streets of Liberia, chlorinated water is available for hand washing.
John Moore Getty Images

Working in Ebola hotspots is old hat for NPR. We've had reporters and photographers at the epidemic since April. Our global health correspondent Jason Beaubien has been to West Africa three times during the crisis.

This week it's my turn.

When I left the U.S. last week, I brought a list of tips from veteran Ebola reporters for keeping myself safe. Many of them are proving to be quite useful:

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The Two-Way
2:22 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

'Freakish' Sunspot Wows Astronomers

NASA image of sunspot AR 2192
NASA

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 5:31 pm

As sunspots go, AR 2192 is, as astronomer Phil Plait has noted, "freakishly huge."

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Shots - Health News
12:10 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

In Minnesota, Abandoned Wheelchairs Are Just Part Of The Landscape

A lone Mayo Clinic wheelchair sits on the Cascade Creek walking trail near Kutzky Park in Rochester, Minn.
Elizabeth Baier MPR News

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 3:20 pm

Anyone who has spent much time in Minnesota's "Med City" can't help but notice that wheelchairs are everywhere.

From city parking ramps and downtown sidewalks to park trails and the local mall, the chairs have an inescapable presence.

More than likely that has do to with the fact that Rochester is home to Mayo Clinic, visited by thousands of patients every day. Many of them use wheelchairs to get around. So it's not surprising that they exist in big numbers.

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