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Joaquin, Churning Toward Bermuda, Causes Massive Floods In U.S.

The major hurricane is likely to reach the Atlantic island by about midnight. Meanwhile, it is fueling heavy rain and "catastrophic flooding" in South Carolina.

Ellen Page appears in a scene from Freeheld in this image released by Lionsgate. She tells NPR that the film captures the special emotional and practical impacts of same-sex marriage discrimination. Phil Caruso/AP hide caption

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Movie Interviews

Ellen Page On New Film's Heart: 'All We Want Is To Love And Be Loved'

The new biopic Freeheld follows the true story of a lesbian couple seeking recognition of their partnership. Page talks about their "mind-boggling" ordeal and her own fears about coming out.

Employers are gathering detailed health and wellness information about their workers. Are confidentiality safeguards up to the task? Andy Baker/Getty Images/Ikon Images hide caption

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Shots - Health News

7 Questions To Ask Your Boss About Wellness Privacy

More employers than ever are nudging workers toward plans that screen them for risks, monitor their activity and encourage them to make healthful choices. Can you trust the boss to keep the data safe?

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A cell at El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, which President Obama visited in July. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act would apply only to federal crimes and federal prisons, which house a shade over 200,000 inmates — a tiny fraction of the population detained in jails and state facilities. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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It's All Politics

One Thing Washington Agreed On This Week: Sentencing Reform

Criminal justice experts and advocates say they're cautiously optimistic about a new bipartisan proposal in the Senate — the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act.

On May 21, an Afghan child is treated at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the northern city of Kunduz, after being injured in a fight between the Taliban and Afghan security forces. The hospital was badly damaged on Saturday. Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Kunduz Airstrike Reportedly Kills 19 At Doctors Without Borders Hospital

A trauma center in northern Afghanistan run by the international aid group was apparently hit by a U.S. airstrike early Saturday.

President Lyndon B. Johnson giving Rep. Michael Feighan the famous "Johnson treatment" — using his imposing physical presence to persuade — aboard Air Force One during a presidential trip to Cleveland in 1964. LBJ put heavy pressure on Feighan to support the new immigration legislation. Feighan eventually agreed — but he demanded a crucial change to the act. Princeton University Library/Simon & Schuster hide caption

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In 1965, A Conservative Tried To Keep America White. His Plan Backfired

Fifty years ago, the Immigration Act lifted an old quota system that favored immigrants from Europe. But before it passed, one congressman made a change — one he thought would limit the act's impact.

FC Kansas City pose with the trophy after the NWSL soccer championship match in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 1. Deford's commentary was corrected to include information about the NWSL, the top professional women's soccer league in the U.S. Craig Mitchelldyer/AP hide caption

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NPR Ombudsman

Not All 'Sweetness And Light'

Many listeners took offense to the content and tone of a recent sports commentary, raising the question: Who speaks on NPR?

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For Environmentalists, Mines Near Wilderness Are Too Close For Comfort

A couple is spending 365 days in the nation's most visited wilderness area to raise awareness of a sulfide-ore mining plan they say will put the watershed ecosystem in danger. Some locals disagree.

Dmitri Vrubel's painting of the Soviet Union's Leonid Brezhnev and East Germany's Erich Honecker kissing — under a Russian phrase that reads, "My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love" — is a popular part of the East Side Gallery. Adam Berry/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Historic Art, Luxury Apartments Battle Over Berlin's Famous Wall

A stretch of the old Berlin Wall has stood for decades as an open-air gallery, covered in fine art and graffiti. Bids for luxury developments in the area have artists hitting the streets in protest.

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