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Guinea Is Seeing More Ebola Cases: Can The Trend Be Stopped?

In the current Ebola crisis much of the focus has been on Liberia and Sierra Leone. But the virus also continues to spread in Guinea, the country where the first case in the current outbreak was identified in March.

Economy Continues Adding Jobs, Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.8 Percent

The October jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the economy continued to add jobs at a healthy clip.

Here are the two big numbers:

The economy added 214,000 jobs; less than the 248,000 produced in September, but just about the 200,000 needed to keep pushing down the unemployment rate.

S. Donald Stookey, photographed in 1950, prepares to expose an image to ultraviolet light. Stookey forever changed cooking with the invention of CorningWare.

Scientist Who Invented CorningWare Glass Dies At 99

Check your kitchen cabinets; there is a good chance a CorningWare casserole dish is inside.

If there isn't, you probably know someone who has one.

CorningWare, the popular white cookware often decorated with blue cornflowers, was often seen at family gatherings and potluck dinners.

S. Donald Stookey is credited with discovering ceramic glass in the 1950s, which led to CorningWare.

Army Drops Use Of Term 'Negro' In Document

The Army is dropping the use of the term "negro" in an official document that listed it as an acceptable way to refer to African Americans.

CNN first pointed out the document on Thursday and just hours later the Army responded by revising the document.

The Associated Press reports:

Maryann Wolfe talks with Mawi Fasil during her AP American government class at Oakland Technical High School.

Pythagoras' iPhone: Is Listening A Lost Classroom Art?

Listen and learn, the saying goes.

But are students and teachers these days fully listening to each other?

What, exactly, is good listening, and why does it matter when it comes to learning? Is "close listening" a doorway to understanding that too many of us are keeping only half open?

An anti-nuclear protester rests in front of bomb-shaped balloon during a rally against Japanese nuclear plants in Tokyo, back in September.

Regional Government OKs Restart Of Japanese Nuclear Plant

Japan is one step closer to restarting its nuclear power operations, as regional authorities approved the restart of a nuclear reactor in the city of Satsuma Sendai in the Kagoshima Prefecture.

Remember, Japan shut down all of its nuclear reactors after a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011, which was triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

The casino strip in Macau has revenues roughly seven times its counterpart in Las Vegas. With China's government cracking down on corruption, the gambling business is down sharply.

China's Corruption Crackdown Pummels Macau Casinos

The southern Chinese city of Macau is the global capital of casino gambling. Last year, revenue rose about 20 percent, hitting $45 billion – nearly seven times the haul on the Las Vegas strip.

But since June, Macau's take has tumbled every month, according to local government figures. In October, revenue plunged 23 percent, the biggest drop on record.

Insiders say China's anti-corruption crackdown is scaring off high rollers — including corrupt officials.

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Max Voelz with his fiancee, Lesley Holot, who heard Max's original StoryCorps broadcast and reached out to him via Facebook. They started dating in September 2012 and got engaged in July.

Bomb Techs Work Through 'Dark Spots' To Brighter Lives

In 2011, NPR aired an interview with retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Max Voelz remembering his wife, Staff Sgt. Kim Voelz. Kim was killed while disarming an IED in 2003. Here, in an update to that interview, Max talks to a fellow bomb tech who helped him cope, and an NPR listener who reached out after hearing him on the radio.

U.S. Marines take position on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, at the start of a major operation to combat insurgents in the city, on Nov. 8, 2004.

10 Years After Battle For Fallujah, Marines Reflect On 'Iconic Fight'

Even 10 years after the Battle for Fallujah, it's hard for Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Torain Kelley to talk about some things that happened.

"We had people shooting at us from up [on] the rooftops, from the houses, from the sewers or wherever they could take a shot at us from," he says.

The six-week battle was the fiercest during the Iraq War and the deadliest urban combat for the Marines since Vietnam. Almost 100 Americans died; 600 others were injured. Eight troops who fought in the battle received the Navy Cross, the military's second highest award for valor in combat.

<em>Morning Edition</em> staff, including Melissa Gray and Barry Gordemer, shown here in 2002, aren't immune to mistakes€” or sheer silliness.

OOPS! 'Morning Edition's' Best Bloopers

Painter Salvador Dalí once said, "Have no fear of perfection — you'll never reach it."

Writer George Orwell opined, "The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection."

And, as the great philosopher Tina Fey says, "Perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring."

It is in this spirit that, as part of this week's celebration of Morning Edition's 35th anniversary, we share some of our less-than-perfect moments.