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NFL Lays Out New Penalty For Domestic Violence: 6-Game Suspension  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:19:00 -0400
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described the change in a letter to team owners. The league was criticized for suspending Ray Rice for only two games after his arrest on domestic violence charges. 
Obama Says U.S. Will Aid Iraqis Who Are Marooned On Mount Sinjar  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:42:41 -0400
President Obama announced that he has authorized a humanitarian mission to aid religious minorities stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq. Airstrikes will be a component of that mission. 
'We Don't Have A Strategy Yet' On Islamic State, Obama Says  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:59:00 -0400
But at a news conference, the president said the Sunni militant group was continuing to lose arms and equipment because of targeted U.S. strikes against its members in Iraq. 
Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:35:00 -0400
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. 
Michel Martin Goes #BeyondFerguson  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:58:19 -0400
NPR and St. Louis Public Radio are in Ferguson, Mo., today for a community conversation about race and law enforcement. Follow here or join us on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to discuss #BeyondFerguson. 
Foley's Mother: We Didn't Want Him To Go Back To Syria  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:45:00 -0400
Diane Foley tells NPR that her son, slain journalist James Foley, "could have done so many other things. But he, I think, was drawn to some of the drama, some of the rawness of the conflict zones." 
Texas Law Could Lead To Closure Of Clinics That Offer Abortions  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:39:00 -0400
A Texas law would require doctors' offices and clinics that perform abortions to comply with regulations that apply to ambulatory surgical centers. The change could lead to a loss of services. 
Shooting Range Accident Draws Focus On Children Handling Guns  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:38:00 -0400
A tragedy at an Arizona shooting range this week has set off a debate about children using high-powered weapons, as well as America's gun culture. 
Want To Widen Your Worldview? A Random Roomie Helps  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:28:00 -0400
Research shows that when students are paired with roommates from different backgrounds, they tend to develop more tolerant attitudes. 
Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:16:24 -0400
Everybody worries about losing eyesight or hearing, but the sense of smell may help people stay safe. People with impaired odor detection are more likely to eat spoiled food or let pans catch on fire. 
With Drones In Flight Over Syria, Questions Of Airstrikes Rise With Them  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:11:49 -0400
U.S. surveillance drones have begun to maintain a presence over Syria, preparing for possible airstrikes against the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State. A mission to expand airstrikes inside Syria raises new questions, though, and critics on both sides ends of the policy spectrum are weighing in. 
Obama Weighs Possible Immigration Orders — And Their Political Ripples  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:11:00 -0400
President Obama is preparing to issue new executive orders on immigration. The White House is considering a wide range of actions, one of which could provide temporary work permits for people who are in the country illegally but still meet certain criteria. 
No Boss But The Land And Cattle: A Rancher's Coming Of Age  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:11:00 -0400
In the North Texas wilderness, men to find out what it means to come of age on the range — and what it means to pass that experience on to their children. 
When Senate Returns From Recess, Ferguson Will Top The Docket  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:11:00 -0400
The controversy surrounding the police showdown with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., will be coming to Congress. Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri has scheduled a hearing to look into the confrontation. 
Night Of The Cemetery Bats  Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:11:00 -0400
And you thought cemeteries were for the dead. A nighttime census of leafy Bellefontaine in St. Louis reveals at least two species of bats. Parklike graveyards provide key habitat for urban wildlife.