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All Tech Considered
5:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 2:27 pm

On Monday, Apple is rolling out a new way to pay: a digital wallet called Apple Pay. Millions of people with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be able to tap — rather than swipe — at the register.

The move could be a major change in how we shop. Or it could end up as a blip on the map that fades away, as other "mobile wallets" have in the past.

Here are some questions you might be asking:

I have a leather wallet in my back pocket. Am I going to have it a year from now, given this mobile-wallet revolution?

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Asia
4:07 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Beijing Marathoners Powered Through Thick Smog

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:21 am

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Strange News
3:59 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Don't Sing It: San Francisco Giants Will 'Never Be Royals'

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 6:21 am

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Politics
3:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

People hold signs, including some reading "America is ready for marriage," at a same-sex marriage victory celebration on Oct. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. America may be ready, but Republicans aren't: Rising popular support for same-sex marriage is posing a problem for the GOP.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 11:24 am

When social norms change, sometimes they change so fast it's hard to keep up.

Only 10 years ago, ballot initiatives opposing gay marriage were helping Republicans win elections. But two weeks ago, when the Supreme Court effectively cleared the way for legal same-sex marriage, the response from Republican leaders was deafening silence.

They were so quiet, some wondered whether the culture wars had finally ended with a Republican defeat.

Gary Bauer, a longtime social conservative activist, thinks that's nonsense.

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Religion
3:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

Pope Francis attends a session of the two-week synod at the Vatican that wrapped up over the weekend. The usually predictable event produced a robust debate among the bishops on how the Catholic Church should deal with gays as well as Catholics who are divorced or remarried.
Gregorio Borgia AP

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 1:39 pm

Over the past few decades, assemblies of Roman Catholic bishops meeting in Rome, known as synods, have been predictable events that have always upheld the viewpoints of the reigning pope.

But with the widely popular Pope Francis, nothing is predictable.

A two-week-long synod on family issues that wound up this weekend was tumultuous, and the results showed a church deeply divided over how to deal with gays and with divorced and remarried Catholics.

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Politics
3:23 am
Mon October 20, 2014

This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Among outside groups — that is, not candidates or party committees — more than half of this cycle's political ads are financed by secret donors.
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Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 1:53 pm

When you talk about "outside" money in politics, there's a good chance you'll talk about billionaire activists David and Charles Koch.

Especially if you're Harry Reid. The Senate majority leader regularly takes to the Senate floor to slam the Kochs for financing a network of conservative groups. Back in March, he said he was criticizing "two very wealthy brothers who intend to buy their own Congress, a Congress beholden to their money and bound to enact their radical philosophy."

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Around the Nation
6:20 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Washington, D.C. Election Guide Uses Upside-Down Flag

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:53 am

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Europe
4:24 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Hot Dog Suit Costs Irish Movie Theater $25,000

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:53 am

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NPR Story
4:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:53 am

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NPR Story
4:03 am
Fri October 17, 2014

White House Sharpens Focus On ISIS Moves In Anbar Province

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 7:46 pm

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