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The Devastating History Of Midterm Elections

Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House.

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'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

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The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77.

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Ebola Researchers Banned From Medical Meeting In New Orleans

One of the top scientific conferences on tropical diseases will take place without the people who have the most recent and direct experience with Ebola in West Africa.

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Nurse Kaci Hickox Takes A Bike Ride, Defying Maine's Quarantine

Hickox, who returned to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, tested negative for Ebola upon her return, and she has no symptoms — so she says she poses no threat to the public.

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Remembering The Man Who Spent Two Decades As Mayor

Audie Cornish remembers former Boston mayor Tom Menino, who died Thursday.

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Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Boston's longest-serving mayor, Tom Menino, died Thursday after a protracted battle with cancer. He was the city's mayor from 1993 until earlier this year.

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Giants Fans Rejoice After Third World Series Title In 5 Years

Some violence marred the celebration in San Francisco after the Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in this year's World Series, but the city is now gearing up for its victory parade tomorrow.

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Allegations Emerge Against Fired CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi

A Canadian actress has put her name to allegations of forcible sex, joining more than a half dozen others who have anonymously told the Toronto Star that they were assaulted by recently-fired CBC host Jian Ghomeshi.

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Despite Cease-Fire, Fierce Battle For Donetsk's Airport Continues

There's supposed to be a ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine, but in Donetsk there's been a continuing fierce battle for control of the city's airport. Meanwhile, anti-Ukrainian separatists are holding elections on Sunday to support their demands for an independent state

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As U.S. Support For Same-Sex Marriage Rises, Activists Go Global

U.S. groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are increasingly finding new places to advocate, as other countries debate greater rights — or harsher crackdowns — for LGBT people.

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New Initiative Hopes To Connect Qualified Students With College Know-How

Thousands of qualified students from low-income backgrounds don't attend college because they don't have the information they need to apply. NPR's Melissa Block speaks with former New York City Schools chancellor Harold Levy about a program, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, which aims to use the Internet to link high school students to counselors and mentors.

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A Well-Designed Parking Sign Can Make Life Much Easier

Is it safe to park on the street, or are you risking a ticket? The more signs there are, the more confusing that question gets. Designer Nikki Sylianteng has found a way to help.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out, Writing He's 'Proud To Be Gay'

In Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook, now the most prominent business executive to come out, writes that his desire for privacy had held him back from publicly disclosing his sexual orientation.

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Saving The Amazon Will Take More Than Stopping Loggers

In order to save the Amazon, it's not enough for deforestation to stop; areas that have been denuded also need recuperation. A Brazilian research scientist has released a report with the World Wildlife Fund that suggested actions to curb the effect of humans on the world's largest rainforest.

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Is It Legal To Quarantine Someone Who's Not Sick?

State and local governments have the legal authority to impose mandatory quarantines. But law experts are debating whether some states' new Ebola quarantine policies may be stepping over the line.

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