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Who Are The Protesters Getting Arrested In Ferguson?

The violence at night in Ferguson, Mo., has calmed down for now. However, there have been more than 160 people arrested since the protests began. Police records offer a sense of who they are.

Contagious Kisses? We Answer Your Questions About Ebola Recovery

Two Americans were released Thursday from an Atlanta hospital after treatment for Ebola. The news has generated a flurry of questions about what happens after you survive Ebola. So we asked the CDC.

ISIS 'Beyond Anything We've Seen,' Hagel Says

The secretary of defense says the extremists are well funded and organized and that he expects them to "regroup and stage an offensive" despite U.S. airstrikes.

Vision Problems Increase The Risk Of Early Death In Older People

Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one line on the eye chart are more likely to die, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence. Time for an eye exam?

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European Fighters Take On More Prominent Roles In The Islamic State

The hunt is on to identify the man in the James Foley execution video who speaks with a British accent. An estimated 2,000 Europeans have left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

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Failed Foley Rescue Reveals Challenges Faced By U.S. Intelligence

Earlier in the summer, a U.S. raid failed to rescue American hostages in Syria, including journalist James Foley, who was executed in a video released this week by Islamist militants. The hostages were not where they were thought to be. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston discusses the limits on America's ability to gather intelligence in Syria, as well as the latest developments since Foley was killed.

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American Ebola Patients Leave Atlanta Hospital Healthy

Two U.S. missionaries who caught the Ebola virus in Liberia have been discharged from an Atlanta hospital after fully recovering. They were the first known Ebola patients flown to the U.S. for treatment. Both received an experimental drug called ZMapp, but it remains unclear what role that treatment played in their recovery.

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McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

In the corruption trial of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, McDonnell took the stand as a witness. Jeff E. Schapiro, politics columnist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, discusses the testimony with Robert Siegel.

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The Quandary At Jackson Hole: Is It Time To Step Back From Stimulus?

With the economy showing signs of positive momentum, the Federal Reserve is facing familiar questions at its monetary symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Chief among these: Are interest rates too low? Robert Siegel asks Alan Blinder of Princeton University.

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Bank Of America Settles With Feds And States For Record Amount

In the latest fallout from misdeeds leading up to the financial crisis, Bank of America has agreed to a record $16.65 billion deal with federal and state governments. The deal helps the bank avoid prosecution for the fraudulent sale of toxic mortgage-backed securities to investors.

Stunt Philanthropy In The Age Of Social Media

August 22, 2014
In this image from video posted on Facebook, courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, former President George W. Bush participates in the ice bucket challenge with the help of his wife, Laura Bush, in Kennebunkport, Maine. (AP)

The Ice Bucket Challenge: ALS, viral fundraising and how we give in the age of social media.

iPad Saturation: Have We Reached ‘Peak Tablet’?

August 21, 2014
A reporter films Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones on his IPad as he speaks to media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Hoover, Ala. (AP)

Sometimes it seems like everyone who wants — or can afford — a tablet computer already has one. So where do things go from here?

Should Summer Vacation Be Shorter?

August 21, 2014
Some education advocates say the summer slump could be ameliorated with a longer school year. But is there some value to summer vacation? (Jorge Quinteros/Flickr)

Would lengthening the school year — and shrinking the traditional 8- to 10-week summer vacation — improve students’ academic outcomes?

St. Louis Radio Personality Opens Airwaves For Ferguson Community

August 21, 2014
Radio station Hot 104.1 St. Louis tweeted this photo of DJ Boogie D (right) and record producer Benzino making the "hands up don't shoot" pose. (Twitter)

Hot 104.1 DJ Boogie D discusses why he turned off the music and gave residents the opportunity to voice their concerns on the radio.

Syrian Clarinetist Finds A Home For His Music

August 21, 2014
Kinan Azmeh performs in Damascus. (Rima Badawi)

“Does the clarinet stop a bullet or does it feed a child or does it rebuild a destroyed home?” Kinan Azmeh asks. “Of course it doesn’t. But… it can inspire.”

Making Do In A Makeshift Economy

August 21, 2014
Jen Joyce, a community manager for the Uber rideshare service, works on a laptop before a meeting of the Seattle City Council, Monday, March 17, 2014, at City Hall in Seattle. (AP)

We’ll look at workers trying to live and make a living in the age of TaskRabbit and computer-driven work schedules.

Looking Both Ways: Protecting Them, And Letting Them Go

August 21, 2014
Dena Vardaxis: "It scares me, this business of my daughters growing up. It scares me more to think that I might be raising children who need constant supervision."(pawpaw67/Flickr)

It scares me, this business of my daughters growing up. It scares me more to think that I might be raising children who need constant supervision.

Marlborough Company’s ‘Exoskeleton’ Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

August 20, 2014
Gene Laureano, a 51-year-old Army veteran from the Bronx, uses the ReWalk exoskeleton. (WBUR/Sacha Pfeiffer)

Massachusetts-based ReWalk Robotics makes a motorized exoskeleton that allows some paraplegics to walk again.

‘The Vanishing Neighbor’: Do We Know Our Facebook Friends Better Than The Folks Next Door?

August 20, 2014
Boston skyline and harbor islands seen from the Hood blimp. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Half of all Americans in a recent survey said they didn’t know most of their neighbors at all — and a new book laments the implications of that.

Historian: Ferguson Exposes Need For New Leadership

August 20, 2014
Demonstrators protest the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 12, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Ferguson has experienced two days of violent protests since the killing but, tonight's protest was peaceful. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Peniel Joseph says the difference between today and the civil rights movement in the 1960s is that there are no unifying leaders.

The Art of Aging And Destruction

August 19, 2014
Film/TV "ager/dyer" Jill Thibeau. (WBUR/Andrea Shea)

We profile costumer Jill Thibeau, whose job is to age and destroy clothing to fit the needs of a particular a character or scene in film and television.

Local Police With Tear Gas Launchers: Overkill? Or Wise Precaution?

August 19, 2014
Police advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17 during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

If your job were to go into a barricaded house to get an armed man, would you want body armor? Is this police militarization or just modernization?

How Flight Changed The World – And What Might Be Next

August 19, 2014
First flight of the Wright Flyer I, December 17, 1903, Orville piloting, Wilbur running at wingtip. (John T. Daniels/Wikimedia Commons)

Today is National Aviation Day, the date chosen in part because it’s the birthday of Orville Wright, who flew the very first airplane in 1903.

The Remembrance Project: Gerry Dumas

August 19, 2014
Gerry Dumas. (Courtesy of the Dumas family)

The latest in our series of stories on ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives.

Historian Reflects On Michael Brown And Dred Scott

August 19, 2014
Demonstrators display signs during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas in another night of unrest in a Missouri town where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. (Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

Blair Kelley sees a link between what’s happening in Missouri today and what happened there in the 1800s.

Abandoned Homes In Buffalo, N.Y. Selling For $1

August 19, 2014
Pictured is the home Mike Puma bought for $1 in Buffalo, before repairs began. (Mike Puma)

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the “Urban Homestead Program.”

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