The homeless and others in need enjoy lunch at the Los Angeles Mission on Nov. 23, 2011, in celebration of Thanksgiving. Legislation to ban organizations from serving food to homeless people in public places has been proposed in Los Angeles. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

More Cities Are Making It Illegal To Hand Out Food To The Homeless

Lots of groups and individuals try to help the homeless in their communities by offering them food. But a report finds that cities are increasingly passing measures to restrict these efforts.

Thai surrogate mother Pattaramon Chanbua with her baby Gammy, who was born with Down Syndrome. An Australian couple who'd arranged for Pattaramon to serve as their surrogate rejected the child. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Surrogacy Storm In Thailand: A Rejected Baby, A Busy Babymaker

Two controversial cases have put a spotlight on surrogacy in Thailand. Now the government is drafting new laws to stop abuse.

A passenger wearing a face mask arrives at Los Angeles International Airport Friday. Federal officials now require people traveling from West Africa to enter the U.S. at one of five airports equipped to screen them for signs of Ebola. Mark Ralston /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Poll: Broad Support In U.S. For Ebola Travel Ban

An NPR poll finds a clear majority of Americans are worried about Ebola. Fifty-six percent of people are either very concerned or somewhat concerned about the spread of the virus to the U.S.

Passengers ride a cable car that links downtown La Paz with El Alto, Bolivia, in September. The trip costs about 40 cents and takes 10 minutes — compared to 35 cents and a half-hour by minibus. Juan Karita/AP hide caption

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Parallels - World News

High In The Andes, Bolivia's Gondolas Ease Congestion

One of Latin America's poorest countries is building the world's longest urban cable car system. The aim is to transform the lives of commuters who battle chronic traffic problems.

Researcher Svante Pääbo was able to extract a complete genome from this ancient human leg bone. Bence Viola/Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology hide caption

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Shots - Health News

A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

Ballots from June 2014 marked "too late" in Sacramento County, Calif. Kim Alexander/Courtesy California Voter Foundation hide caption

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Politics

Want Your Absentee Vote To Count? Don't Make These Mistakes

About 1 in 5 voters now mails in his ballot. But many ballots are rejected because they arrive late, the voter forgets to sign the form or the signature does not match the one on record.

Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten leaves federal court in Washington in June. Slatten was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Blackwater Guards Found Guilty In 2007 Iraq Shootings

One guard was found guilty of first-degree murder and three others of voluntary manslaughter in connection with an incident in which 14 unarmed civilians were killed.

Justin Nagelberg uses the Sa in New York City. By replacing the metal skeleton with two canopies, the umbrella is lighter and has more headroom. Courtesy of Justin Nagelberg hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

The developers of the Sa say it's almost impossible to blow inside out. Based on origami, the umbrella's design replaces the metal skeleton with two canopies that expand and retract in unison.

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