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10:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

Zero Ebola Cases Reported In Sierra Leone, As Epidemic Peters Out

A celebration erupts in the streets of the Massessehbeh village on Friday, after President Ernest Bai Koroma officially ended Sierra Leone's largest remaining Ebola quarantine.
Sunday Alamba AP

The Ebola epidemic has entered a new phase. And it's a good one.

For the first time since the virus hit Sierra Leone, the country hasn't had a single new case in a week, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

And over in Guinea and Liberia, the situation is also looking up. This week Guinea reported only three new cases, while Liberia hasn't had a case in more than a month.

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9:52am

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Officials: 'Highly Unlikely' Bangkok Bombing Was Work Of Foreign Terrorists

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 5:04 pm

This image, released by the Royal Thai Police, shows a man near the Erawan Shrine before an explosion occurred Monday in Bangkok. Authorities said Thursday he had been cleared.
AP

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

Thai officials are downplaying the possibility that a foreign terror group is behind the bombing in central Bangkok this week that killed at least 20 people, including foreign tourists, and wounded dozens of others.

Police also appear to have ruled out a man in a yellow T-shirt seen on a CCTV video leaving behind a backpack moments before the blast at the Erawan shrine as well as another man suspected of being an accomplice.

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9:48am

Thu August 20, 2015
Monkey See

Television 2015: A Whole Lotta Guys In Ties

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

If television is so interesting right now, why do parts of it seem so old-fashioned?

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9:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Nature May Have A Profound Effect On Our Religiosity

Banner Peak in the Ansel Adams Wilderness outside Yosemite National Park in California.
John Pain AP

In U.S. counties with warm winters, temperate summers and beautiful natural resources — like beaches, lakes, hills or mountains — people's rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower than in other places, according to a new study.

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8:37am

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

North And South Korea Trade Artillery Fire; No One Is Hurt

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 10:58 am

South Korean residents gather at a shelter in the South Korean town of Yeoncheon where one shell fell on Thursday.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Updated at 10:40 a.m. ET

South Korea and North Korea traded artillery and rocket fire on Thursday.

No one was hurt, but it was the first time tensions had escalated into an armed clash between the neighbors in five years, the New York Times reports.

Reporting for NPR from Seoul, Haeryun Kang tells Newscast that:

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7:21am

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Police Use Tear Gas, Arrest 9 During Protests In St. Louis

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 10:29 am

Firefighters attempt to put out a fire at an abandoned building with the protection of St. Louis City Police in St. Louis, on Thursday.
Lawrence Bryant Reuters /Landov

Police used tear gas and arrested nine people during protests in St. Louis on Wednesday.

Demonstrators gathered after police shot and killed an 18-year-old they say pointed a gun at them. Police said protesters threw bottles and bricks at them, so they deployed armored vehicles and teams of officers in riot gear.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

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7:03am

Thu August 20, 2015
Book Reviews

Gothic Poetry And Grim Necessity In 'Shattered Wings'

Courtesy of Roc

Aliette de Bodard's first novel outside her Obsidian and Blood Aztec fantasy-mystery trilogy has a touch of Silly Fantasy Name problem, where florid compound words take over the page. Set in a Paris devastated by a war between factions of fallen angels, The House Of Shattered Wings is packed with sensuous description, and characters with names like Asmodeus, Samariel and Elphon.

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7:03am

Thu August 20, 2015
Book Reviews

'The Automobile Club' Tours Egypt's Troubled History

Emily Bogle NPR

To find a beginning can be a complicated thing for an author. Not as tough, usually, as finding an end, but it has its own challenges. The blank page, the first line, the headlong entry into a new world populated by nothing more than your imagination? It's intimidating.

In his new novel, The Automobile Club Of Egypt, the beloved, best-selling, award-winning Egyptian author Alaa Al Aswany finds an interesting solution. He starts his book three times.

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7:01am

Thu August 20, 2015
Around the Nation

How Colorado Politics Could Interfere With New EPA Standards

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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6:53am

Thu August 20, 2015
Business

Workplace Issues: Offending Scents In The Office

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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