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2:59pm

Sat September 13, 2014
Animals

Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

Yes, indeed, cows can leap. Here, Regina Mayer jumps with her cow Luna — yes, Luna — over a hurdle in southern Germany, in 2011.
Kerstin Joensson AP

You know the nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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8:41am

Sat September 13, 2014
Author Interviews

Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 11:21 am

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has a new memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid.
Eric Gay AP

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Texas, came to the attention of most Americans outside Texas when, as state senator, she filibustered a highly restrictive abortion bill for 11 straight hours.

Now Davis is making headlines for her newly released memoir, Forgetting to Be Afraid. In the book, Davis revealed for the first time that she had two abortions herself. She also details her gritty and sometimes unhappy life growing up, first in Rhode Island and then Texas, Oklahoma and California.

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8:41am

Sat September 13, 2014
Sports

Too Young To Drive, But Old Enough For NASCAR

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 2:58 pm

Kaz Grala after his 10th place finish at the Granite State 100.
Karen Given Only A Game/WBUR

The colossal grandstands seem nearly empty for this summer's Granite State 100, the Friday night warm up to the Sunday main event at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. But the cameras zoom in on one huge group of fans, about 80 strong, dressed all in black. It's the team for Kaz Grala.

Grala is a tenth grader from Westborough, Mass. At 15-years-old, he's not quite old enough to get his driver's license, but he's already following his dream. He started out as a 4-year-old go kart racer. His father, who drives stock cars in endurance races, introduced him to the sport.

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7:34am

Sat September 13, 2014
It's All Politics

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 1:47 pm

President Obama's plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic state poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.
Saul Loeb AP

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

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6:35am

Sat September 13, 2014
Commentary

After Exoneration, Small Moments Take On New Meaning

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 10:47 am

James Lee Woodard was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 27 years in prison.
Wade Goodwyn NPR

This month brought two more exonerations based on new DNA evidence. Henry Lee McCollum was 19 years old and his half-brother, Leon Brown, was 15 when they were arrested. The two black, intellectually disabled half brothers were convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Sabrina Buie and spent 30 years on death row.

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