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Belgium Likes Underground Beer. No, Literally

The De Halve Maan Brewery prides itself on its family origins, its classic recipe, and the history of its beer, crafted carefully since 1856. But there's change brewing (pun intended) on the horizon: In 2015, its owners hope to open a pipeline of beer beneath the city streets of Bruges.

Policemen in riot gear guard a checkpoint on a road near a courthouse where ethnic Uighur academic Ilham Tohti's trial was taking place in Urumqi, Xinjiang, last week. Tohti, an economics professor, is accused of promoting Xinjiang's independence from China.

China: 'Serious' Terrorist Attack Kills 50 In Xinjiang

State media in China say that a violent clash in the country's restive Xinjiang region over the weekend was much more deadly than first reported: At least 50 people died Sunday, including 40 "rioters" with about as many wounded during an "organized and serious" terrorist attack.

Earlier this week, state media had reported two died in the incident that took place at two police stations, as well as a shop and a produce market, in Luntai county. Since the mid-2000s, separatists in China's Xinjiang autonomous region have stepped up a violent campaign against Beijing.

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Student Course Evaluations Get An 'F'

At Denny's, diners are asked to fill out comment cards. How was your meal? Were you satisfied with the quality of service? Were the restrooms clean?

In universities around the world, semesters end with students filling out similar surveys about their experience in the class and the quality of the teacher.

Student ratings are high-stakes. They come up when faculty are being considered for tenure or promotions. In fact, they're often the only method a university uses to monitor the quality of teaching.

The parents of Michael Brown, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington earlier this week.

More Protests In Ferguson Follow Police Chief's Video Apology

Hours after Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson released a video apology to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by a white police officer, clashes erupted briefly amid protests calling for Jackson's resignation.

British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the Houses of Parliament, central London, on Friday. He urged MPs to authorize the U.K.'s participation in anti-ISIS airstrikes.

As U.S. Warplanes Hit ISIS, U.K. Debates Joining Airstrikes

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has told Parliament that the self-declared Islamic State poses a "clear and proven" threat to British lives and that it is his country's duty to join a U.S.-led military coalition to defeat the extremists. Parliament is expected within hours to vote to authorize such a move.

The debate in Britain comes as the U.S. carried out 10 new airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on targets of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The strikes hit oil installations for a second consecutive day.

Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

A puzzlement.

Why, I wonder, are both these things true? There is an animal, a wee little thing, the size of a poppy seed, that lives in lakes and rivers and eats whatever flows through it; it's called a gastrotrich. It has an extremely short life.

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A former Federal Reserve employee says that audio recordings show Fed examiners being too gentle with the banks they regulate.

Former Fed Bank Examiner Says Secret Tapes Show Fed Leniency

The Federal Reserve is among the most powerful institutions in the nation and also among the more private. But new audio tapes secretly recorded by a former employee provide a rare look into meetings involving officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

In them, you hear officials considering how to oversee Goldman Sachs, and specifically, they discuss a financial transaction that one official describes as "legal but shady."

Five ambulances, donated by the U.S. to help combat Ebola, are lined up after a ceremony attended by Sierra Leone's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, in Freetown on Sept. 10.

Promised Help To Fight Ebola Arriving At 'Speed Of A Turtle'

Health officials have warned that if aid doesn't arrive soon to West Africa, more than a million people could be infected with Ebola by late January.

Last week President Obama announced plans for a surge in U.S. aid to the region. The U.K. and the European Union followed suit.

The United Nations is also gearing up to provide aid. Representatives from member states met Thursday at the U.N. General Assembly to tackle the crisis.

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is launching a return to politics by running for Congress. His campaign comes 50 years after he first served as a state senator, and three years after he was released from federal prison, where he was serving time on corruption charges. Edwards — nicknamed the "Silver Fox" €”— says public life is his calling. "It's in my blood," he tells NPR.

Ex-Con, Future Congressman? Former Gov. Edwin Edwards Campaigns Again

There's a familiar name on the ballot in Louisiana this fall. Edwin Edwards — octogenarian, felon and former four-term governor of the state — is trying to make a political comeback. With his roguish Cajun charm, and a new 30-something wife and 1-year old son by his side, the Democrat is running for Congress in a heavily Republican district.

Can he still woo voters, or is it a foolish campaign dredging up bad memories of the ethical swamp of Louisiana politics?

Turning The Charm Up — Again

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig burned on April 21, 2010.

Despite A Bumpy Tenure, Holder Had A Broad Impact

Eric Holder's arrival in early February 2009 had all the hallmarks of a homecoming. Justice Department employees fatigued by scandals in President Bush's second term greeted Holder with sustained applause.

The Senate was receptive too, confirming him on a 75-21 vote and officially making him the first African-American attorney general in U.S. history.

But soon after he took the helm at Justice, Holder ran into headwinds — at times generated by his own words.