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7:23 am
Wed August 20, 2014

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

Researchers asked 4-year-olds to draw a child. Here's a sample of their artwork.
Twins Early Development Study/King's College in London

At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.

The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Wed August 20, 2014

A 'Different Dynamic' In Ferguson, But With 47 Arrests

Protesters walk in front of a line of police as authorities try to disperse a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo. early Wednesday. The St. Louis suburb saw less violence than recent nights of protests.
Charlie Riedel AP

Tear gas and Molotov cocktails were absent from Ferguson's streets last night, as protesters and police avoided the clashes that have marred demonstrations over an unarmed black teenager's death at the hands of police in the St. Louis suburb last weekend.

Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, announced that 47 arrests had been made, and that three loaded handguns were confiscated.

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The Salt
5:44 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

A crew of volunteer "aunties" weed and harvest basil at the ComCrop rooftop farm, set high above Singapore's Orchard Road.
Maureen Pao NPR

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 7:52 am

At a local FairPrice Supermarket in central Singapore, you'll find baby carrots grown in Bakersfield, Calif., – the same ones for sale at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C.

Such well-traveled vegetables aren't unusual in the tiny island-state, which imports more than 90 percent of its food from some 35 countries. Singapore may be one of the most affluent countries in the world, but it depends heavily on others for basic foodstuffs.

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Video Purports To Show Beheading Of U.S. Journalist By Militants

James Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in September 2012.
Manu Brabo/freejamesfoley.org AP

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:08 am

Extremist group the Islamic State claims to have executed American journalist James Foley, who was abducted in Syria in 2012. The FBI is evaluating a video that was posted online Tuesday, purporting to show Foley's beheading.

That video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday afternoon and later removed. The images show a man resembling Foley kneeling next to a masked militant, reciting comments against the U.S. before being killed.

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Around the Nation
5:27 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Missing: Bag Of Money Left On Roof Of Armored Car

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Krulwich Wonders...
5:03 am
Wed August 20, 2014

If You're Born In The Sky, What's Your Nationality? An Airplane Puzzler

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 7:52 am

Here's a puzzle I bet you've never pondered.

Imagine you are very, very pregnant. For the purposes of this mind game, you are a married American woman (with an American spouse) and you are about to board a plane and, pregnant as you are, they let you on.

Your flight, on Lufthansa Airlines, will leave Frankfurt, Germany, and travel nonstop to the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean. Germany is cold, wet and unhappy-making, and you crave the aquamarine waters, the balmy skies of the Maldives.

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Asia
3:24 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Hello Kitty Joins The Space Race

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Vodquila Gets Attention From Prestigious Competition

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 6:06 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Latest Cease-Fire In Gaza Collapses

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 4:48 am

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Malls Find New Ways To Draw Shoppers

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 4:43 am

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