The story of Arthur, a stray who adopted a team of Swedish athletes competing in Ecuador, spread quickly after he refused to be left behind. Krister Goransson/Peak Performance hide caption

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Dog Follows Athletes Through Mud And Water, And Melts Hearts

After a stray dog met a team of Swedish adventure athletes in Ecuador, he ran for miles to stay with them. Now Arthur the dog is famous — and it all started with a meatball.

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As Ebola Spreads In Liberia's Countryside, U.S. Strategy Looks Shaky

The U.S. had planned to build 17 treatment units across Liberia, one in each county's major town. Now that more cases are appearing in remote areas, the Army may need to rethink its strategy.

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Bureaucratic Hoops Make D.C. Affordable Housing Units Hard To Sell WAMU

This problem exists nationwide, but in the nation's capital, there are more requirements and restrictions. For example, D.C. limits the maximum resale price and makes homeowners wait before they sell.

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After Sandy Hook, A Saxophonist Remembers A 'Beautiful Life'

Jimmy Greene's new album is dedicated to his daughter, one of the 20 children killed in the elementary school shooting. "She showed love," he says, "to everybody she came in contact with."

The turkeys at Kate Stillman's farm don't have to be loaded on a trailer and driven hundreds of miles this year. They now meet their ends on the same farm where they lived their lives. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

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The Salt

For More Local Turkeys To Hit Holiday Tables, You Need An Abattoir

Demand for locally raised birds is growing faster than small farms can keep pace with. One New England farmer is making a bold move to get more gobblers to the table.

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In Pakistan, A Self-Styled Teacher Holds Class For 150 In A Cowshed

In a remote village, poor children are on the front line of an education battle. The village's only educated person aims to teach them — and shame teachers who are paid but don't show up for work.

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The Record

Commerce Vs. Consumption: A Revolutionary Rethink Of Billboard's Album Chart

For decades, the Billboard 200 album chart has measured one thing: the sale of albums. Now that the streaming era is upon us, the chart's formula is changing.

An Iraqi child, whose family fled from Islamic State violence in the northern city of Mosul, stands outside a tent that serves as a school in the southern city of Najaf on Sunday. Some 2 million Iraqis have been driven from their homes by fighting this year. Alaa Al-Marjani /Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Amid Violence, Iraq Fractures Again Along Religious Lines

Nearly a decade ago, Iraq's war drove millions from their homes and divided the country along sectarian lines. It's happening again in response to the latest brutality by the Islamic State.

Not-so-authentic Irish: a Celtic knot tattoo. Tattoo parlors in Ireland say almost all the customers requesting this are American. Christa Burns/Flickr hide caption

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The American Origins Of The Not-So-Traditional Celtic Knot Tattoo

The Celtic knot — a pattern of interlocking lines — is centuries old, carved into ancient stones all over Ireland. But that tattoo on your biceps? Like the fortune cookie, American born and bred.

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