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Boko Haram Reportedly Abducts More Girls Despite Cease-Fire Deal

Within hours of a government announcement last week that a truce had been signed and the release of more than 200 schoolgirls secured, another 25 were kidnapped by Boko Haram extremists.

Mali's First Ebola Case In Current Outbreak Is 2-Year-Old Girl

The toddler was reportedly brought by her grandmother from neighboring Guinea, where the epidemic is raging.

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

Man With Hatchet Shot Dead After Attacking NYPD Officers

The attacker charged a group of patrol officers in Queens, wounding two of them. A bystander was hit by a stray police bullet as police engaged the assailant.

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European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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Iraq's Abu Ghraib Is Back In The News, Now As A Front-Line Town

A town west of Baghdad and home to a notorious prison, Abu Ghraib is where Iraq troops are bracing for a possible attacks by Islamic State militants. Many local residents feel caught in the middle.

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With Ferguson Protests, 20-Somethings Become First-Time Activists

Near Ferguson, Mo., young people are taking the lead in protesting police brutality. Many say they had never considered activism before, but saw Michael Brown's shooting death as a call to action.

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A Tale Of Immigration Unleashed In 'Green Dragons' Film

The film Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on the true story of a Chinese-American gang in New York City that helped traffic unauthorized immigrants from China in the 1980s and '90s.

Frank Mankiewicz, Aide Who Announced Robert Kennedy's Death, Dies

The journalist, political aide and author was Kennedy's press secretary when he died in 1968. Mankiewicz also ran Sen. George McGovern's presidential campaign. He died Thursday night at the age of 90.

Recently Returned From Africa, Doctor Tests Positive For Ebola At NYC Hospital

A doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, who had worked in Ebola-stricken countries with Doctors Without Borders, had been monitoring his health and arrived at the hospital today with a fever.

The Power To Reverse An Overdose, The Powerlessness To Prevent The Next One

October 24, 2014
Ted Flanagan: "Heroin addicts most sadden me because I see in so many of them the lives they might have had, and because I understand less than ever why they would trade those possibilities for what inevitably comes after the needle is pulled from their arm." (Christina B Castro/flickr)

Heroin addicts most sadden me because I see in so many of them the lives they might have had, and because I understand less than ever why they would trade those possibilities for what inevitably comes after the needle is pulled from their arm.

Strangers When We Meet

October 24, 2014
Aine Greaney: "For this woman, our shared New England history wasn't one. The melting pot had never really melted." (eflon/Flickr)

For this woman, our shared New England history wasn’t one. The melting pot had never really melted.

One Voice Of The ‘New Boom’ In China

October 23, 2014
Apartment blocks form a symmetrical pattern in Hong Kong, on January 2, 2014. Home prices in the southern Chinese city have risen by 120 percent since 2008, and by more than 30 per cent from their previous peak in 1997, with prices in the luxury market being pushed up by wealthy buyers from mainland China. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

Yang Zhuo, a Chinese millennial who works as NPR’s news assistant in Shanghai, talks about about what life is like for him and his peers.

#GamerGate And A Culture Clash In The Making

October 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

Lead And Let Lead: Life Lessons From A Modern Dance Company

October 23, 2014
Paul Fallon: "Pilobolus performs around the country and across the globe, but I’m thinking their audience ought to include those who could use a refresher in the art – and necessity – of working together." (Stijn Vogels/flickr)

Pilobolus performs around the country and across the globe, but I’m thinking their audience ought to include those who could use a refresher in the art – and necessity – of working together.

Rhode Island Journalist Heading Home After Ebola Recovery

October 22, 2014

Ashoka Mukpo, who had contracted the virus while working in Liberia as a freelance cameraman for NBC and other media outlets, was released from a Nebraska hospital’s biocontainment unit Wednesday morning.

Counting The Minutes: Perceptions Of Time In A Quantified Life

October 22, 2014
Sari Boren: "If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?" (dave/flickr)

If we could know how much time we have left, how would we use it, and how would that change our perception of time?

Jim Gaffigan’s Love Affair With Food

October 21, 2014
Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian, actor and author. His latest book is "Food: A Love Story." (Alan Gastelum)

The stand-up comic gives his particular gastronomic take on the world in his new memoir “Food: A Love Story.”

An E-Reader That ‘Beats Hardcovers’?

October 21, 2014
Amazon's new e reader, the Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews. (Amazon)

The Kindle Voyage has been getting rave reviews, with The New York Times saying “it offers the visual clarity of printed text.

Critical Care Nurse Writes Open Letter To Ebola Nurse

October 21, 2014
When nurse Kati Kleber of Charlotte, North Carolina, wrote an open letter to Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola, it quickly went viral. (nurseeyeroll.com)

When Kati Kleber posted a letter of support for Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola, it quickly went viral among nurses.

Alternate Routes: Lasting Impressions From The Road

October 20, 2014
Rachel Rohr spent one month driving across the country, talking with young Americans ahead of the midterm elections. (Rachel Rohr/Here & Now)

Our digital and social media producer Rachel Rohr is back from a month-long trip cross-country, talking with young Americans.

HGTV Is A Hit With Affluent Women Viewers

October 20, 2014
Drew Scott (L) and Jonathan Scott of Property Brothers pose at HGTVs The Lodge at CMA Music Fest 2014 on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for HGTV)

Meredith Blake of the Los Angeles Times explains the channel’s recipe for success, and why it’s so popular among affluent women.

Heroin Use On The Rise In North Carolina

October 20, 2014
There were 183 heroin overdose deaths in North Carolina last year. (thomasmartinsen/Flickr)

More and more Americans are dying from heroin overdoses. We take a look at North Carolina, where 183 people died from the drug last year.

Mario Batali Goes Farm To Table

October 20, 2014
Mario Batali's latest cookbook is "America - Farm to Table." (Kelly Campbell)

The chef and restaurateur discusses the “farm to table” trend and shares recipes with a hearty and rustic twist.

Be Afraid: We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

October 20, 2014
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, patrons line up for “Nightmare: New York,” a haunted house attraction in New York. (AP)

Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We’ll unpack the science of fear.

Not A Funeral: Portraits Of Gloucester’s Working Waterfront

October 20, 2014
(From “Portraits of a Working Waterfront” by Jim Hooper, courtesy of the Cape Ann Museum)

Photographer Jim Hooper’s “Portraits of a Working Waterfront” series celebrates the faces, families and stories behind Gloucester’s struggling fishing industry.

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