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5:02 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Burkina Faso's President Bows To Protests, Steps Down

Protesters shout out as they go on a rampage near on Thursday outside the parliament building in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou.
Theo Renaut AP

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 5:44 am

Updated at 9:35 a.m. ET

Blaise Campaore, who ruled Burkina Faso since seizing power in a coup in 1987, has agreed to resign, making way for elections in 90 days a day after angry anti-government mobs set fire to the parliament building to protest a plan to extend his tenure.

In a statement read on national television Friday, Compaore announced his resignation and plans for new elections, but it was immediately clear who would take power in the interim, according to The Associated Press.

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The Two-Way
3:49 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Lava Flow In Hawaii Spares Homes, But Threatens To Cut Off Community

Lava near the leading edge of the flow oozing over a concrete slab and towards a tangerine tree before solidifying near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii earlier this week.
U.S. Geological Survey AP

Officials in Hawaii are sending National Guard troops to the town of Pahoa on the Big Island, where a lava flow is creeping toward a main road, threatening to cut off the community.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said 83 troops have been sent to the town of fewer than 1,000 to help provide security. They are to aid in a road block and with other safety issues, The Associated Press says.

"These are local troops, people from the community. They'll be here working to take care of their family and friends," Oliveira said.

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3:03 am
Fri October 31, 2014

50 Great Teachers: A Celebration Of Great Teaching

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 5:12 am

Anne Sullivan was a great teacher. Famously, she was the "Miracle Worker," who taught a blind and deaf girl named Helen Keller to understand sign language and, eventually, to read and write.

Socrates ... now there was a great teacher. More than two thousand years after he gave his last pop quiz, we still know him for the teaching style named after him, the Socratic method. And through the writings of his most famous pupil, Plato.

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The Two-Way
3:01 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Alleged Cop-Killer Due In Court After Arrest Ends Long Manhunt

An undated FBI handout shows alleged cop killer Eric Frein on the FBI Most Wanted list. A manhunt for an alleged cop killer ended 30 October 2014 with the capture of the man Pennsylvania police had been hunting for nearly seven weeks, state authorities said.
FBI EPA/Landov

Eric Frein, the man who allegedly shot and killed a police officer and wounded another before leading authorities on a massive seven-week manhunt through rural Pennsylvania, is due in court this morning following his arrest on Thursday.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
1:44 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Three Cheers For The Instant Replay

Madison Bumgarner and catcher Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after winning Game 7 of baseball's World Series against the Kansas City Royals.
David J. Phillip AP

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 4:44 am

The Giants challenged a call in Game 7 of the World Series Wednesday night. It took the umpiring crew — in conference with the umpires holed up in the video monitoring station in New York City's Chelsea district — almost three minutes to overturn the on-field decision. They called the runner out at first, giving the Giants a potentially game-changing double-play.

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