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Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

The mockingbird is known for latching onto sounds and repeating them. But in the case of a certain four-note phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate, the bird may be the original artist.

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In Missouri, A Tale Of Two Fergusons

The argument over how race plays a role in the interaction between police and residents of color has flared in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's surprising to some of the small city's white residents who say the depiction of Ferguson is all wrong.

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Cigarette Maker Reynolds American To Ban Smoking In The Workplace

Reynolds American, the country's second-largest cigarette maker, and its subsidiaries are implementing a no-smoking policy in the workplace starting in January 2015.

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UNC Chancellor: Report Reveals 'Shocking Lack' Of Checks And Balances

Audie Cornish talks with the chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carol Folt, about Wednesday's report on the school's varsity athletes taking phony classes.

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New Details Revealed In University Of North Carolina Academic Scandal

At one of the most prestigious state universities in the country, there's new detail on a very dark chapter. An independent investigation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reveals new details of a long running scandal that involved thousands of students, phony classes and bogus grades.

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U.S., Canada Use Different Approaches To Defend Against Terrorism

Robert Siegel speaks with Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School. She describes the different ways that Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom have responded to acts of random terrorist violence, both real and alleged.

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Parliament Attack Shakes Otherwise Quiet Ottawa

Canadian police have identified the man who went on a shooting spree in the Canadian capital on Monday. The shooter killed a soldier before entering Parliament where he was shot dead by an official.

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FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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Bring Home A Taste Of Paris The Easy Way With French Bistro Brisket

Chef Steven Raichlen says slow cooking can transform beef brisket from a dry, tough cut of meat into something "incredibly rich and soulful."

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Retrial Of Texas Arson Case Ends With Surprise Guilty Plea

Robert Siegel talks with Dave Mann of the Texas Observer about the conclusion of the retrial of Ed Graf on arson charges. On Wednesday, Graf pleaded guilty while the jury was still in deliberations.

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Who Sang It First? Mockingbirds And Musicians Cover Each Other In New Orleans

The mockingbird is known for latching onto sounds and repeating them. But in the case of a certain four-note phrase New Orleans musicians use to communicate, the bird may be the original artist.

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Pirates, Princesses, Witches And Vampires: Stocking Costumes Is Serious Business

Costume shop owners think about stocking their shelves like investors think about putting together stock portfolios. They need a diverse mix of classic costume favorites and risky hot new things.

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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Latinos make up 9 percent of the state's population and 2 percent of registered voters, and a new poll shows many are undecided. In Charlotte, Michel Martin learns more about their growing influence.

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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

Frustrated scientists argued Wednesday that making nasty viruses even worse in the lab provides crucial insight into preventing pandemics. Others say it just ups the risk a lab germ will start one.

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Coping In A Drier World: California's Drought Survival Strategy

The dearth of water in this state is showing no signs of easing. Officials have introduced plans to revamp the water rationing and distribution systems until the rains come. If they ever come.

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Music Review: 'You're Dead!' By Flying Lotus

Steven Ellison has built an impressive reputation among critics and fans in the know for mixing hip hop, jazz and electronica into something original. But even for the aforementioned followers, the new album from Ellison — better-known as Flying Lotus — is a surprise. It's all about death, not as something to be mourned but as a journey to be anticipated.

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