In this image made from undated video obtained by The Associated Press, a man believed to be Peter Theo Curtis, a U.S. citizen held hostage by an al-Qaida linked group in Syria, delivers a statement. Curtis has since been freed. AP hide caption

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National Security

Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?

Videotaped murders the self-declared Islamic State have sparked outrage around the world. While some European countries have paid ransom to retrieve victims taken by ISIS, Britain and the U.S. have not.

Chlorine can stop the Ebola virus, so medical workers disinfect their hands often at the Doctors Without Borders treatment center in Kailahun, Sierra Leone. Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Inside An Ebola Kit: A Little Chlorine And A Lot Of Hope

The Ebola epidemic is growing exponentially, and clinics don't have space for patients. So the U.S. government is giving families kits for treating people at home. Will this help slow the epidemic?

Goodband compares these Knobbed Russets to shrunken heads. Others say potatoes or toads. They're all gnarled and warty and brown, but don't be intimidated: They taste great when ripe. They originated in Sussex, England, in 1819. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Food

Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.

Technically, it's against the law for Russian restaurants to buy top-notch Italiano Parmigiano-Reggiano. But that's nothing a little creative labeling can't get around. Porter Gifford/Corbis hide caption

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The Salt

To Foil Russia's Food Ban, Imported Ingredients Go Incognito

Russia's ban on imported foods hasn't stopped its trendiest restaurants from sourcing top-quality ingredients like Italian cheese and Norwegian fish. How? Just slap on a "made in Belarus" label.

Fierce winds keep even daytime temperatures low inside the Arctic Circle. This scene is from Siberia's Yamal peninsula. 2011. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images-Contact Press Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

His Camera Takes Us To The World 'We Must Preserve'

In the new exhibit "Genesis," the noted photographer Sebastiao Salgado shares his vision of "a kind of state of humanity of the planet," from Amazon tribes to frozen Siberia.

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