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LAPD Says It Will Investigate Abuse Claim Against Cosby

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 9:22am

Judy Huth, the latest accuser of the 77-year-old comedian, says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1974 when she was only 15. Cosby's lawyer has called the claim "absolutely false."

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Four Lessons From The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 8:38am

After grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans notes media missteps in discussing race.

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American Hostage Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 8:27am

American photojournalist Luke Somers was killed during a rescue attempt by U.S. special forces. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Sean Carberry in Afghanistan about what happened.

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Tech Week: Online Threats, N. Korean Threats And RIP Clip Art

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 7:08am

In this week's roundup of tech headlines, Microsoft bids adieu to the clip art we came to love and the High Court considers how to handle online threats.

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Key Al-Qaida Leader Reportedly Killed In Pakistani Raid

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 6:53am

Adnan Shukrijumah, who allegedly planned bombings in London and New York and served as the head of al-Qaida's external operations, was killed by troops near the Afghan border, Islamabad says.

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Hagel: 10,800 Troops To Stay In Afghanistan After Dec. 31

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 5:35am

The secretary of defense says an additional 1,000 troops will remain to support a NATO training program.

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Q&A: J is for Jihad

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 5:03am

A new book argues that education aid, when done badly, can bring the opposite of peace.

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All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

NPR Books - December 6, 2014 - 5:03am

Though revered now, Prince's iconic 1984 film and album succeeded against daunting odds. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.

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Pro Athletes Show Support For Ferguson Protesters

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

After a rough start, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are winning. ESPN.com's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon that off the court, James has been outspoken on political issues.

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NASA's Orion Capsule Looks And Acts Like Apollo

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

With the launch of a new NASA spacecraft and a probe nearing Pluto, it's been a busy week in space. NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel tells NPR's Scott Simon what's going on up there.

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Thousands Flee As Typhoon Menaces The Philippines

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

A powerful cyclone is tracking its way to the Philippines. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from reporter Aurora Almendral, in Manila.

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Remembering Rodney King, Southern Calif. Watches Ferguson, NY

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

LA's Leimert Park neighborhood saw riots after the Rodney King verdict. Nearby in the Simi Valley, where many in law enforcement live, residents see the recent shootings from their own perspective.

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A Spanish 'Rent' Marks Return Of Broadway Musicals To Havana

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

A half-century after such shows were banned by the Castro government, rehearsals are underway for a Spanish-language production of the rock musical Rent.

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Obama Appointees Could Become Targets For GOP Ire

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

Two nominees to President Obama's cabinet await Senate confirmation hearings. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with senior Washington editor Ron Elving about their prospects.

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'Rolling Stone' Says Trust In Rape Accuser 'Was Misplaced'

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

Rolling Stone says it should have tried harder to verify the story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. Editors now say they didn't talk to the men who were accused.

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NOLA Police Hope Body Cameras Provide Important Evidence

NPR Top Stories - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

Police officers in New Orleans started wearing cameras this spring. Independent police monitor Susan Hutson tells NPR's Scott Simon how the NOPD's camera implementation is going.

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Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

NPR Books - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he ran on prosthetic legs in the 2012 Olympics, then shot his girlfriend dead months later. NPR's Scott Simon asks John Carlin about his new book on the athlete.

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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

NPR Books - December 6, 2014 - 4:47am

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

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Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both

NPR Books - December 6, 2014 - 3:28am

Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.

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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 3:03pm

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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