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#NPRreads: Ta-Nehisi Coates' Latest Essay And A Profile Of The 'Anti-Redskin'

Also this week: How Iran's supreme leader controlled domestic criticism of the nuclear deal, and the parallel to debate over the deal in the U.S.

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Japan's Parliament Approves Landmark Laws To Expand Military's Role

After days of intense debate, the controversial security bills were approved allowing the Self-Defense Forces to be deployed overseas for the first time since World War II.

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House Approves Bill To Cease Funding Planned Parenthood

The bill was adopted by a 241-187 vote; it isn't expected to pass in the Senate.

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Volkswagen Used 'Defeat Device' To Skirt Emissions Rules, EPA Says

The agency says some 480,000 diesel-powered Volkswagens have sophisticated software that detects emissions testing – and "turns full emissions controls on only during the test."

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  • Dang. Fucking Germans. : amiantos
Russia Sends Warplanes To Syria To Join Fight Against ISIS

NPR has learned that 16 aircraft — including four attack jets and as many attack helicopters — have landed in Syria at a forward operating base at Latakia.

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In Further Thaw With Cuba, U.S. Relaxes Rules On Visiting, Money, And Business

The changes that will take effect Monday. allow U.S. companies to provide Internet and communications services in Cuba. Air and cruise ship travel will also be easier.

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The 2015 Ig Nobels: Studies That Make You Go 'Huh?'

This year's prizes honored, among others, the brave researcher who subjected himself to 200 bee stings to determine where it was most painful.

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Taliban Attack Pakistan Air Base, At Least 20 Killed

A mosque inside the military compound near Peshawar was also attacked and many killed in the assault were attending Friday prayers.

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Planets Transit The Desert In 7-Mile Scale Model Of The Solar System

In this solar system, Jupiter is about the size of a miniature watermelon. The sun is a small weather balloon. And the orbits, traced onto a dry lakebed, are huge.

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Croatia's Army On Alert As It Tries To Slow Border Crossings

Croatia has closed highways leading in from Serbia. And neighboring Hungary has started building a fence on its border with Croatia, in addition to two others along its borders.

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Authorities Search For Another Possible Victim In Utah Flash Floods

A missing man's car was found badly battered in a flood plain and authorities say it was clear it got there as a result of surging flood waters.

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Friend of Dylann Roof, the Accused Charleston Church Shooter, Is Arrested

Joey Meek 21, was arrested Thursday by the FBI. He was notified in August he was under investigation for possible felonies related to his statements to investigators.

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Top FIFA Exec Suspended After Alleged World Cup Tickets Scheme

In the latest scandal to hit the world soccer governing body, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke has been put on leave amid allegations of a plot to profit personally from ticket sales.

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Federal Government To Pay Long-Overdue $940 Million To Native American Tribes

The government had contracted with the tribes to provide services but then didn't pay the agreed-upon price. The parties are settling a decades-old lawsuit over it.

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Virginia School Suspends Students For Confederate Flag Clothing

Twenty-four students showed up at the school Thursday morning in attire featuring the Confederate Battle Flag — a long-standing violation of their high school's dress code.

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Obama: Trio That Thwarted Paris Train Attack 'Represent The Very Best Of America'

President Obama met with the three Americans credited with stopping an alleged terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in the Oval Office to honor them for their actions.

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The Fed Holds Rates Steady; Here's Who Is Clapping

The Federal Reserve chose to leave interest rates unchanged Thursday. For the central bank even a decision to do nothing is a big deal, creating all sorts of winners (homebuyers) and losers (savers).

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Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged Amid 'Heightened Uncertainties' Abroad

The Federal Reserve decided to leave interest rates unchanged at historically low levels, even though the U.S. economy has been gaining strength. The Fed has kept a key rate near zero since late 2008.

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'Computer Issue' Grounds American Airlines Flights

Flights have resumed after what the airline called connectivity issues caused ground stops in Dallas, Chicago and Miami.

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Man Who Was Tripped By Camerawoman In Hungary Gets New Start In Spain

After learning that the Syrian man who was tripped at the Hungarian border last week was a soccer coach, a Spanish official offered him a place to live and work.

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