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Business
2:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

With Turmoil Roiling Abroad, Why Aren't Oil Prices Bubbling Up?

A soldier guards a pipe en route to the Kawergosk Refinery near Irbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, in July. Fighting in northern Iraq forced the closure of the country's largest oil refinery, Baiji, and cut production from the Kirkuk oil field this summer.
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Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 4:49 pm

The price of oil has been falling — a drop that you may already have noticed at the pump. Gasoline prices have dropped noticeably since June, and oil is now well below $100 a barrel.

That decline has happened even as conflicts have flared in or near oil-producing regions. Normally, oil prices are expected to spike higher amid turmoil — so why have they been trending lower?

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Around the Nation
1:57 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Medals Of Honor Recognize Harrowing Battle And A Dying Act

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins receives the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House. He describes the battle that earned him the medal as the toughest he saw in three tours of duty in Vietnam.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 4:39 pm

President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, to two soldiers who served in Vietnam: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, who survived a harrowing battle and 18 body wounds; and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, whose dying act saved his fellow soldiers.

In January 1970, President Obama said Monday, Sloat was on patrol with his squad in Vietnam.

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JPR Classics
1:55 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Iraq's Artists Defy Extremists With Bows, Brushes And A Low Profile

The Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra performs in Baghdad. The concert was promoted by word of mouth to avoid being targeted by bombs.
Graham Smith NPR

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 4:00 pm

It's a hot night in Baghdad, and the national theater is packed with people who are here to see the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.

They're fanning themselves with programs that show conductor Karim Wasfi, a striking man with thick eyebrows and a pointed beard, playing the cello. Tonight, he'll be conducting for the first time in more than a year.

Iraq has been in the headlines lately, with extremists taking over parts of the country, American airstrikes, the militias and the politics.

But the country was once a sophisticated center for learning and the arts.

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Global Health
1:34 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Could Ebola Become As Contagious As The Flu?

Medical workers at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia, put on their protective suits before going to the high-risk area of the hospital, where Ebola patients are being treated, Sept. 3.
Dominique Faget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 4:55 pm

Back in August, scientists reported that the Ebola virus is mutating during this epidemic.

When a virus spreads between people and reproduces, it copies its genetic code in a sloppy way. So there can be unpredictable changes.

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Media
3:29 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

How Should The Media Handle Beheading Videos?

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My Big Break
2:42 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 gave Mendes his first hit song, "Mas Que Nada," and his big break.
A&M Records

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 3:29 pm

As part of a series called "My Big Break," All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers.

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Clintons Return To Iowa To Rally Democratic Hopefuls

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 3:29 pm

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Iowa's annual Harkin Steak Fry is the place to see and be seen for Democrats with presidential aspirations. The fundraiser is sponsored by Iowa senator Tom Harkin. This year's special guests - Bill and Hillary Clinton...

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Tensions In Ukraine Increase As Cease-Fire Appears To Have Dissolved

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 3:41 pm

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Bread Might Make Us Fat, But You Can Still Long For A Loaf

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

NFL Admits Players Are At Increased Risk Of Brain Injury

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 4:50 pm

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Health
8:48 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Surviving Steroids: The Dark Side Of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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NPR Story
3:39 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies At 75

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 8:36 am

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NPR Story
3:39 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

California Blue Whales On The Rebound, Study Says

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 8:46 am

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3:39 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Is It ISIS or ISIL? That Depends On Who You're Asking

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 8:41 am

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When President Obama announced new military action against the so-called Islamic State you may have noticed the term he used for the group...

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Book Reviews
3:32 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 5:12 pm

In my 20s I was living in London, and dating a Scotsman. A friend pulled me aside. "Read The Crow Road by Iain Banks," he told me. "It's the story of our childhood. Read this and you'll understand us."

The Crow Road is a darkly witty coming-of-age novel. It's set in the early '90s in a mostly realistic Scotland.

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Middle East
1:31 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Free Syrian Army Struggles To Maintain Control In Two-Front War

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:32 pm

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Sports
1:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Criticism Of NFL Grows In Wake Of Ray Rice Case

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:32 pm

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Latin America
1:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Border Crossings Slow But Immigration Courts Still Face Backlog

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:32 pm

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Commentary
1:21 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Week In Politics: Obama's ISIS Speech, Rand Paul

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:32 pm

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And for more now on this and other political developments, we turn to our Friday regulars, E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution. Hey there, E.J.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

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National Security
6:25 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Court Documents Show How NSA Leaned On Yahoo, How Yahoo Fought Back

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 6:00 am

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