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12:01 pm
Sun September 14, 2014

Cameron Condemns Execution Of British Aid Worker By ISIS

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 3:45 pm

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Europe
10:26 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping.
AP

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:59 pm

Russia and its tiny neighbor, Estonia, are embroiled in a spy controversy worthy of a John le Carré novel.

Estonia says Russian agents kidnapped one of its intelligence officials in a cross-border raid. Russia says the man was caught spying on its territory.

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Iraq
9:57 am
Sun September 14, 2014

U.S. Call To Fight Militants Stirs Bitter Memories For Iraq's Sunnis

Iraqi troops in Anbar province in June. It's unclear whether Sunnis will join the U.S. in the fight against the Islamic State.
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Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

If President Obama's plan to battle Islamic State militants by bringing Iraq's Sunnis on board to fight sounds oddly familiar, that's because it is.

When the U.S. faced a raging insurgency by Sunni militants — then called al-Qaida in Iraq — seven years ago, it recruited local Sunni leaders and paid their tribesmen to fight against those militants.

The effort, dubbed the Awakening, quieted the threat — for a while. But the local leaders who led the tribesmen back then say that this time, the U.S. might have trouble convincing Sunnis to rejoin the fight.

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Strange News
8:29 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Police Peg Preschool Pumpkin Pilferers

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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Sunday Puzzle
8:01 am
Sun September 14, 2014

The Puzzle And The Pea

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Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

On-air challenge: Every answer today is a word or name with an accented syllable "pee" — spelled in any way — but always occurring inside the word, never at the start or end. For example, one saying the same thing again and again would be "repeater."

Last week's challenge: Think of a word starting with T. Drop the T, and phonetically you'll get a new word that's a synonym of the first one. What words are these?

Answer: Twirl / whirl

Winner: Brian Gillis of Evanston, Ill.

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Digital Life
7:50 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Gaming Expert: Destiny Is Good, But 'There's Not Much There'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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Africa
7:48 am
Sun September 14, 2014

USAID Steps Up Building Of New Ebola Treatment Units

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 11:56 am

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Asia
7:48 am
Sun September 14, 2014

As Floodwaters Recede In Kashmir Valley, Anger Grows

Small boats operated by the National Disaster Response Force ferry flood victims in Kashmir on Saturday.
Julie McCarthy NPR

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 2:53 pm

The magnitude of the flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir is still unfolding. As scale of the impact becomes clear, the disaster is igniting an angry mood.

The ordeal is stirring the political cauldron of the disputed Himalayan region that is claimed by both India and Pakistan. Parts of the main city Srinagar, population 1 million, remain submerged in water, and residents are missing. Chaotic relief operations, meanwhile, have stoked public anger.

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Race
12:02 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

At 11, Marquis Govan Has Some Things To Say About Ferguson

Marquis Govan of St. Louis got interested in politics by going along with his great-grandmother to vote.
Jason Rosenbaum St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 8:54 pm

The St. Louis County Council convened for a regular meeting on Aug. 19. It was only a day after a particularly turbulent night in Ferguson, one filled with protests, tear gas and many arrests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer.

Only a couple dozen people showed up to the council meeting. Three spoke during the public comment section. One was Marquis Govan.

He lowered the microphone to match his 11-year-old height before speaking.

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Politics
11:23 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Cuomo Gets More Of An Opponent Than He Bargained For

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout been hammering Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allegedly interfering with the work of his own anti-corruption commission earlier this year.
Mike Groll AP

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was supposed to cruise past next Tuesday's primary election in New York on his way to a second term.

But the powerful Democratic incumbent may have more trouble than many expected. For one thing, his main opponent, a little-known law professor named Zephyr Teachout, is mounting a respectable challenge from the left. For another, Cuomo could potentially wind up with a running mate he doesn't want.

This week, the local cable news channel NY1 tried to host a debate between Cuomo and Teachout. Teachout was the only one to show up.

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