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Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.

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How Much Would You Pay For A Putin-Themed Music Box?

A music box with a figurine of Vladimir Putin is expected to be auctioned in Germany for several million dollars. The box, made by world-renowned puppet maker Christian Bailly, plays a Russian Waltz.

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Wave Away Math Homework With An App

Wired reviewed the math homework app PhotoMath, which lets you use a smartphone camera to solve math problems.

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With Bears On The Streets, Canadian Town Cancels Halloween

Polar bears have been wandering the streets of Arviat in northern Canada more than usual this season. The town has canceled Halloween in fear of unwelcome trick-or-treaters.

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Die-Hard And Fair-Weather Fans Alike Have A Case Of Royals Fever

Kansas City Royals beat the San Francisco Giants 7-2 Wednesday night, tying up the World Series. And most Royals fans, are feeling pretty good this October. They're amazed to see their team play baseball at all this post-season, and to even have a spot in the World Series.

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To Get Women To Work In Computer Science, Schools Get Them To Class

In 1984, the percentage of women studying computer science flattened, and then plunged. Computer science programs are trying to get that number back up.

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?

The idea of a "trophy wife" is common in popular culture: Attractive young women trade beauty for status by "marrying up" and finding wealthy husbands. NPR's Shankar Vedantam questions whether the belief is a real phenomenon.

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In Canada, Investigation Continues After Shooting Near Parliament

Canadian police have lifted a lockdown in Ottawa, one day after a gunman killed a soldier at a war memorial and then stormed the city's Parliament building. Steve Inskeep gets the latest developments from NPR's Jackie Northam.

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What The New Factory Worker Should Know

In previous generations, manufacturing jobs were dirty, dangerous and low-skill. The new factory jobs are almost all clean, require increasingly higher skills and take very few people to do them.

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Tweets In Hong Kong Puts Kenny G In Jam With Communist Party

The saxophone superstar, hugely popular in mainland China, walked into a mine field in Hong Kong. Selfies with demonstrators sparked a response from the government — and Kenny G took down the tweets.

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Hong Kong Protests Pull Attention From China's Self-Reflection

China's ruling Communist Party is wrapping up a meeting that it claims will advance the rule of law. But leaders are facing an urgent distraction in Hong Kong. The protests there raise difficult questions about China's future political direction at a time when its leaders seem least prepared to answer them.

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Big-Spending Democrat Faces Off With Koch Brothers In Campaign Ads

Climate change activist Tom Steyer has become the single biggest supporter of Democrats this election. New FEC filings show he gave his NextGen Climate Action superPAC another $15 million. In ads, NextGen is tying candidates in six Senate races to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.

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World's Best Bucking Bull About To Retire

Bushwacker is retiring at the end of October. There have been a lot of top bulls in the sport, but none has reached Bushwacker's level of superstardom.

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Ebola Is Keeping Kids From Getting Vaccinated In Liberia

The rate for routine vaccinations of babies used to be 97 percent. Now the figure is 27 percent. Blame it on the rippling effects of the oubreak.

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Israel's Defense Minister: Mideast Borders 'Absolutely' Will Change

The blunt-talking Moshe Ya'alon says that Syria, Iraq and Libya have all been shattered by fighting in recent years and that the future map of the Middle East will look very different.

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No Mere Merry-Go-Round: Ohio Carousel Maker Carves From Scratch

Wooden carousels, with hand-carved and painted horses, seem like a relic of the past. But Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, is one of a few companies still making them to order.

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