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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its DNA. But it's still unclear what these mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The pay is generous — $1,000 a month. The risks are enormous. They collect the body of an Ebola victim, avoiding any contact that could infect them. They wear safety garb. And they pray.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Aug 6, 2014 — Commentator Frank Deford talks about the widely divergent age requirements in American sports leagues, and why there's no true minor league in football or basketball.
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Aug 2, 2014 — Ray Guy, a gifted athlete who became the prototype of an NFL punter in the 1970s and 80s, becomes the first punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend.
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Jun 27, 2014 — To stop deaths from heat stroke, specialists say athletes and the rest of us should ease into a new sport, drink extra fluid, and — most importantly — get cool fast when body temperature spikes.
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Apr 25, 2014 — David Moyes lasted less than a season as manager of the English football (soccer) club. Longtime star player Ryan Giggs is filling in and says this is "the proudest moment" of his life.
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Feb 4, 2014 — Like all teams do, Seattle studied its opponent. Then during the game, says cornerback Richard Sherman, the Seahawks figured out the hand signals that the Denver quarterback was using. Other teams do that too. Seattle certainly took advantage of things, though, and dominated during the 43-8 win.
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Feb 3, 2014 — The legendary quarterback showed up for the coin toss at Sunday's Super Bowl in one of his trademark coats. Social media went nuts. Older fans, though, knew that it would have been bigger news if Broadway Joe didn't come wrapped in a fur.
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Feb 2, 2014 — An NPR poll finds that just 7 percent of Americans say concussion risks are too great to continue offering football as a high school sport.
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Feb 1, 2014 — When fans of the Seattle Seahawks set the record for loudest crowd in history, they clocked in at 137.6 decibels, which is as loud as a jet engine during takeoff. Ear protection can prevent hearing loss, but even acoustics experts can have a hard time giving up the roar of the crowd.
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Jan 7, 2014 — A wild final 4 1/2 minutes was capped by Florida State's winning touchdown that came with just 13 seconds left in the game. So the much-debated Bowl Championship Series system ends with a great game.
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Jan 6, 2014 — If pregame predictions come true, Monday night's game between Auburn and Florida State could be a high-scoring affair. There are other compelling story lines, as well: Will Auburn pull off another miracle finish? Will Florida State's Jameis Winston add a championship to his trophy collection?
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