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If you were betting that the Federal Reserve would soon raise interest rates, you may have lost your money Friday when the Labor Department released its September employment report.

The hiring and wage data came in well below economists' expectations. Only 142,000 jobs were created, falling far short of consensus forecasts of about 200,000. The unemployment rate held steady at 5.1 percent, but the number of people in the labor force slid by 350,000 and hourly earnings dipped by a penny, to $25.09.

A 15-year-old British teen has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he plotted to killed police officers at a military parade.

The New York Times reports that the teen, who was not named because of his age, will serve at least five years of that sentence.

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On Thursday, Josh Tyrangiel announced his resignation from Bloomberg News, where he was editor of the Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and oversaw strategic thinking for the rest of its news operations as chief content officer.

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Pope Francis had a private meeting in Washington, D.C., with a gay couple a day before he met with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who spent time in jail last month for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Yayo Grassi, Francis' longtime friend from Argentina, spoke about the meeting during an interview with CNN. Grassi says that he and his partner, Iwan Bagus, and several others met with the pontiff at the Vatican Embassy on Sept. 23.


It turns out there is no universally beautiful face.

There are some factors, such as symmetrical facial features or clear skin, that are encoded into our genes as attractive traits.

Cancer was once referred to as “The Big C.” Then along came another C. A miracle, really, for so many: chemotherapy. It attacked cancers, prevented them from spreading, and helped so many people into remission. But, of course, it also has debilitating side effects.

Now, a landmark study, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finds that many women with early stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy and do just fine.

A collection of stringed instruments, largely silent for seven decades, is giving voice to the horrors of the Holocaust. The “Violins of Hope” were once owned by the inmates of Nazi concentration camps and are now part of a three-month exhibit that opens today in Cleveland. David C. Barnett from Here & Now contributor WCPN has the story behind the violins.

Computer models are now showing a shrinking likelihood that Joaquin will make landfall in the U.S., even as the hurricane batters the Bahamas with heavy winds, rain and coastal flooding. The National Hurricane Center says the Category 4 storm is “extremely dangerous.”

Cereal Cafe Sparks Protest

Oct 2, 2015

There’s a new trend of cafes that serve only cereal. There’s one in East London that serves Trix, Fruity Pebbles, Golden Grahams and more than 100 other brands, starting at 2.50 pounds (about $3.80) for a small bowl. A large bowl of an American brand cereal with almond milk, strawberries and bananas would cost 6 pounds, or about $9.10, before tax.

Mass Shootings By The Numbers

Oct 2, 2015

Responses to the mass shooting in Oregon yesterday, in which at least nine people were killed, include words like “tragic,” “devastating” and, as President Obama said, “routine.” Mass shootings are so common that there are many that never get national headlines.

Russian planes were in the skies over Syria for the third straight day. The Russian Defense Ministry says it’s targeting ISIS and other extremist groups, but U.S. officials believe they’re also hitting the U.S.-backed rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a Russian ally.

Russia’s military entry into the conflict raises concerns for the U.S., which is leading a coalition that’s also conducting airstrikes against ISIS inside Syria. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson discusses those concerns with Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young checks in with Mike Barry of the Guardian about how the mass shooting in Oregon is reverberating on social media, and whether the dialogue on gun violence has changed.

They also discuss the hashtag #ShoutYourAbortion, which has provoked death threats for one of its creators.

Fishing For Gold After Viral Video Fame

Oct 2, 2015

Michael “Mikey” Bergin and his friend Jason “Jay” Foster have become Internet video celebrities, thanks to their raucous, expletive-laden discovery of an ocean sunfish near Boston. But what happens after a viral video vaults two unsuspecting stars to fame?

Mikey’s sister Leanne Bergin, who is now also his agent, discusses the promises and pitfalls of social media stardom with Here & Now‘s Robin Young.


The New York City Health Department is at it again, this time with ads in the subway and on bus shelters chatting up the glories of IUDs.

"You spent the night in Brooklyn," one brightly colored poster reads. "But you left your birth control in Staten Island. Maybe the IUD is right for you."

NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers from our newsroom share the pieces that have kept them reading, using the #NPRreads hashtag. On Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you three items.

From Sarah McCammon, a reporter on NPR's Washington Desk: