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2:13 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

U.S. Missile Strike May Have Killed Al-Shabab Leader

A member of the Somali Islamic extremist group Al-Shabab says their leader Ahmed Abdi Godane was in a convoy of trucks hit in an American missile strike in Somalia last night.

But neither the group nor the Pentagon is saying whether Godane, who has a $7 million government ransom on his head, is dead.

John Walcott joins Here & Now’s  Robin Young to discuss what it would mean if Godane was killed and why he was targeted.

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2:13 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Dozens Of Teens Escape Nashville Detention Center

Police work in front of the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling through a weak spot in a fence late Monday. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Late Monday night, 32 young men between the ages of 14 and 18 escaped from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, after crawling through a weak part of the fence.

A spokesman for the Department of Children’s Services said that the majority of the escapees have been caught, but a few were still missing as of this morning. He also said that the teens have at least three felonies each.

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2:13 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Industrial Hemp Is Poised For A Comeback, But Hemp Seeds Hard To Come By

Hemp can be refined into products including foods, rope, cloth, paper and fuel. (Jon Kalish)

For the first time in decades, industrial hemp crops were planted in Kentucky, Colorado and Vermont this spring. A dozen other states have passed legislation in support of hemp farming, and the latest farm bill eased restrictions on cultivation in some states.

Industrial hemp could be poised for a comeback in the U.S., but there are a couple of roadblocks. Hemp remains a controlled substance, according to the federal government, which says it is illegal to grow it or import viable hemp seeds for planting.

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Goats and Soda
1:57 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

When A Home Poses Health Risks, The Floor May Be The Culprit

Gravel helps keep the floor level and prevents moisture from seeping up. The floor installers are Jean Pierre (left), a mason, and Daniel Shenyi, operations manager for EarthEnable.
Courtesy of EarthEnable

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:24 pm

Most of us overlook the ground beneath our feet. But when Gayatri Datar, 28, looks at the floor, she sees an opportunity to improve public health.

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Monkey See
1:56 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

It's That Time Again: The Toronto International Film Festival

Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in Beyond The Lights, from Gina Prince-Bythewood, who also directed Love & Basketball.
Suzanne Tenner TIFF

It's that time again, and by "that time," I mean "Canadian time." Because beginning Thursday, NPR's own Bob Mondello and I, along with Bilal Qureshi of All Things Considered, will be spending a week seeing movies at the Toronto International Film Festival, which your movie-nerd friends call "TIFF."

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Music Interviews
1:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Sinkane Makes Music For An Open World

Sinkane's new album, Mean Love, is out now.
Martine Carlson Courtesy of the artist

For more conversations with music-makers, check out NPR's Music Interviews.

Homepage photo: Martine Carlson

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The Two-Way
1:31 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded Second American Journalist

In this handout image made available by the photographer, American journalist Steven Sotloff (left) talks to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line on June 2, 2011, in Misrata, Libya. Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria.
Etienne de Malglaive via Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:16 pm

An Islamic radical group released a video on Tuesday that purportedly shows the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff.

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, had threatened Sotloff's life when it released a video showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley two weeks ago.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Celebrity Photo Leak Puts Spotlight On The Cloud, And Security

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 1:40 pm

The FBI and Apple are looking into how private photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities were stolen, in an apparent breach of security that is raising new questions about storing personal information online.

"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's spokeswoman said Sunday, after nude images of the actress and others began to emerge online. Some of the celebrities have denied the photos are of them; others, such as Mary Elizabeth Winstead, say they deleted the images long ago.

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1:14 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Why It's Time To Talk About Menopause

Sandra Tsing Loh is author of "The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones." (Courtesy)

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer and a comic and one of the few women who actually wants to talk about menopause.

Hormonal changes in her late 40s helped fuel new passions for Loh –including an extra marital affair and a very messy divorce. Loh chronicles these changes in her memoir “The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones” (excerpt below).

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1:14 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Burning Man Festival Draws Tech Industry Titans

Mason Rosenthal of New York City plays on the playa at the Burning Man festival in Gerlach, Nev., on the Black Rock Desert on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007. (Brad Horn/AP)

Founders and employees from tech companies like Google, Amazon, Twitter, Zynga and Uber are in increasing presence at the Burning Man festival.

Until recently, Burning Man was a countercultural event drawing people dedicated to the “spirit of community, art, self expression and self reliance.” Thousands of participants gathered for a week of celebration in the Nevada desert, and left without a trace.

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