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The Salt
11:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Confused about all the different sustainability ratings out there? The simplest option may be to shop at your local farmer's market.

If you're reading The Salt, it probably comes as no surprise to you that consumers increasingly want to make food choices based on not just their health, but their ethics. A growing number of groups are coming up with technological solutions to help them.

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10:24 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Apple's Tim Cook In Rare Company As Publicly Gay Chief Executive

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:25 pm

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Palestinians Condemn Closure Of Disputed Religious Site In Jerusalem

The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, known by the Jews as the Temple Mount, is seen in Jerusalem's Old City. Israel closed the site to all visitors on Thursday following an assassination attempt on a right-wing Jewish activist.
Sebastian Scheiner AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:03 pm

Updated at 2:55 p.m.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the closing of Jerusalem's Temple Mount for the first time since 2000, calling it a "declaration of war" on the Palestinians.

"Harming the places sacred to Muslims and Christians is a red line," Abbas' spokesman said. The spokesman added that Abbas would "not permit this line to be crossed." The comments were reported by Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

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Shots - Health News
9:56 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Why It's OK To Worry About Ebola, And What's Truly Scary

A protester outside the White House demands a halt to all flights to the United States from West Africa.
Mladen Antonov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 5:51 pm

Public health types are getting increasingly annoyed with people freaking out about Ebola in the United States, from governors to the general public. It's easy to see why; when I heard a swim coach was getting questions from parents worried that their children might get Ebola from the pool water, it was hard not to cue the eye roll.

On the other hand, I suspect I'm not the only person whose husband asked her to buy chlorine bleach and gloves the next time I went to the store.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Maine's Gov. Threatens Legal Action To Force Nurse Into Quarantine

Nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, are followed by a Maine state trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, on Thursday.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:25 pm

Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET

Hours after Kaci Hickox defiantly breached a voluntary quarantine for possible Ebola by going on a bike ride, Gov. Paul LePage threatened to use "the full extent" of his authority to compel the nurse to remain in isolation.

"I was ready and willing — and remain ready and willing — to reasonably address the needs of healthcare workers meeting guidelines to assure the public health is protected," LePage said in a statement.

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All Tech Considered
8:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with Digits, a new Twitter service, would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password.

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:05 pm

People hate passwords almost as much as they hate being hacked. The problem with the traditional password is twofold: To be useful, they have to be complex and difficult to guess. And passwords become less secure the more often you use them.

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The Two-Way
8:04 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

Apple CEO Tim Cook waves to a crowd before he is honored by the Alabama Academy of Honor at the Alabama state Capitol on Monday.
Brynn Anderson AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 3:15 pm

Tim Cook, the head of the world's most iconic technology company, has come out today in an op-ed on Bloomberg Businessweek, saying he's never denied his sexual orientation but "I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

"Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day," Cook writes.

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Code Switch
7:36 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Navajo Nation Presidential Candidate Suspends Campaign

Chris Deschene greets supporters in Arizona in early October.
Felicia Fonseca AP

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 2:47 pm

Days before Election Day, Chris Deschene's campaign to become Navajo Nation president has officially gone into limbo.

Deschene, 43, made it onto the Nations ballot after receiving 19 percent of the vote — second to Dr. Joe Shirley Jr., a former Navajo president. But Navajo law requires that all presidential candidates speak the Navajo language fluently, and Deschene quickly came under fire when he was accused of not passing that test.

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The Salt
7:28 am
Thu October 30, 2014

VIDEO: You Don't Know Jack-O'-Lanterns

Adam Cole/NPR

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 8:54 am

Decorative gourd season has arrived, and we decided to celebrate by investigating the science and history of pumpkins.

Do you know what happens when you feed ostriches pumpkin seeds? Or when the first pumpkin beer was brewed? Or what to call a zucchini-pumpkin hybrid? Watch our new video to find out.

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Angry Mob Sets Fire To Parliament In Burkina Faso

Demonstrators set fire to cars near Burkina Faso's Parliament on Thursday in Ouagadougou.
Issouf Sanogo AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of protesters in Burkina Faso broke through police lines and surged into the country's parliament, setting the building on fire ahead of a vote that would have allowed the country's president to extend his 27-year rule of the West African country.

The BBC reports that the ruling party headquarters and the city hall in the capital, Ouagadougou, were also in flames. State television reportedly went off the air.

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