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Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

How does the U.S. destroy the self-declared Islamic State without aiding the Syrian regime? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christopher Harmer of the Institute for the Study of War about options.

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Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.

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The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

Scotland has a proud national tradition of poetry. Days after a historic referendum on independence, we look at how poems by Scottish writers can help us better understand this moment.

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How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism

Maajid Nawaz used to be a recruiter for an extreme Islamist group in the United Kingdom. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nawaz about how the recruiting process works, and how it can be thwarted.

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From 'Yes' To 'No': One Scot's Shift On Independence

Scottish author Ewan Morrison started out campaigning for the "yes" vote in the independence referendum, but ended up in the "no" camp. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what made him make the jump.

Ebola Battlers Can Learn From Venice's Response To Black Death

The city fathers didn't understand the plague they faced in the Middle Ages. Yet they improvised brilliantly. A new paper explains how their mindset is a model for how to face an unknown threat.

WATCH: The Boy Who Danced In The Face Of Ebola

A nugget of joy in the battle against Ebola: A little boy infected with the virus dances his way through treatment — and he's really good.

Tech Week: Smartphone Privacy, Cyberstalking, Alibaba's Big Debut

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba makes the biggest debut on the NYSE ever. The details, and the other tech stories that piqued our interest, are in this week's roundup.

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With Alibaba IPO, Yahoo Reaps A Big Reward From Risky Bet

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang made a smart move when his company invested in a Chinese e-commerce firm called Alibaba in 2005. With this week's Alibaba IPO, Yahoo will gain nearly $8 billion.

Texas Appears To Step Back From Proposal To Sell Alcohol At Some Gun Shows

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission received hundreds of negative comments about the proposal. Staff of the commissioners deciding on the new regulations have advised against it.

Will President Obama's Plan Stop ISIS?

September 22, 2014
President Barack Obama gestures during a statement in the State Dining Room of the White House, on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Washington. Obama spoke after Congress voted to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels in the fight against the Islamic State group. (AP/Evan Vucci)

A tough, critical examination of US plans to take on ISIS. Strategy in the hot seat.

Three Day Lockdown Begins In Sierra Leone To Slow Ebola

September 19, 2014

The government in Sierra Leone has placed the nation under lockdown in an effort to curb the spread of Ebola.

What’s In the Future For Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Voters?

September 19, 2014
Yes vote campaigners console themselves outside the Scottish Parliament building after the people of Scotland voted no to independence on September 19, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

In a record turnout, Scotland’s voters decided to stay within the United Kingdom. But the story doesn’t end there.

Raise Employees’ Wages, Not Their Expectations Of A Tip

September 19, 2014
Cody Fenwick: "Servers and other tipped staff live off the avails of a lopsided exchange." Pictured: An envelope that Marriott will be placing in 160,000 hotel rooms in the U.S. and Canada beginning this week to encourage guests to leave a tip for the person who cleans the room. The envelopes bear the name of the room attendant. Marriott is launching the project with Maria Shriver, founder of A Woman’s Nation, an organization that works on issues empowering women. (A Woman’s Nation/AP)

Servers and other tipped staff live off the avails of a lopsided exchange.

New Plans To Fight Sexual Misconduct On Campus

September 18, 2014
Freshmen Carson Good, left, and Maddy Hershiser say orientations that focus on the laws of consent and on strategies to prevent sexual violence are needed. (Jenny Brundin/CPR)

University of Colorado, Boulder is adding new awareness programs for all incoming students that address stalking, partner abuse and sexual assault.

Pro-Casino Group Accepts Challenge To Debate

September 17, 2014

An anti-casino group earlier Wednesday suggested holding a debate between now and the Nov. 4 election, when voters will decide on a ballot question to repeal the state’s casino law.

Federal Reserve Will Keep Interest Rates At Record Low

September 17, 2014

The Federal Reserve says it plans to keep interest rates near zero because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

Patrick Dismisses Report Pegging Mass. ACA Costs At $1B

September 17, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is sharply criticizing a report that puts a price tag of about $1 billion on the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts.

2 Pipeline Proposals Compete To Power Mass.

September 17, 2014

Both proposals promise a cheap, virtually unlimited supply of natural gas. However, critics say it could be too much.

A Better Way To End Hunger In America

September 17, 2014
Ashley Stanley: "Hunger doesn’t require expensive scientific analysis, vaccines or cures. It requires connecting existing resources to people that need it." Pictured: A school lunch salad entree option featuring low-sodium chicken, a whole-grain roll, fresh red peppers, and cilantro dressing is assembled in a lunch basket at Mirror Lake Elementary School in Federal Way, Wash., south of Seattle, Monday, May 5, 2014. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

It doesn’t require expensive scientific analysis, vaccines or cures. It requires connecting existing resources to people that need it.

Wynn Casino Proposal Approved By Mass. Gambling Panel

September 16, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

The lucrative Greater Boston casino license is poised to go to the banks of the Mystic River, with a majority of state gaming regulators voting in favor of Wynn Resorts’ $1.4 billion casino proposal in Everett.

Harvard Study Warns Business Community Of Economic Inequality Risks

September 16, 2014
A new Harvard Business School report joins in the chorus of concern about economic inequality. (nsub1/Flickr)

The voices warning us about the dangers of economic inequality are starting to come out of the deep trenches of the business community.

Panel Picks Wynn’s Everett Casino Proposal

September 16, 2014
Artist’s rendering of the proposed Wynn Harbor Park in Everett (Wynn Resorts Holdings)

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s 3-1 vote backed Wynn over Mohegan Sun’s Revere casino plan.

White House To Phase Out Coolant Linked With Climate Change

September 16, 2014

The White House will announce measures to phase out R-134a, a popular chemical coolant used in air conditioners and refrigerators.

Fed Gathers For Decision On End Of Bond Buying

September 16, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pictured here testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on July 16, 2014. The Fed is meeting today and tomorrow to discuss quantitative easing and short term interest rates. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The Federal Reserve meets today and tomorrow to chart out a course to end the bond-buying program known as quantitative easing.

Hagel, Dempsey Testify In First Senate Hearing On ISIS Plan

September 16, 2014
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey (R) testify on US policy towards Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by the Islamic State (IS)group during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 16, 2014. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey said he would recommend the US consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq if the current military campaign fails.

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