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Downton Abbey fans know that the period drama is set in the early 1920s. A promotion photo released by PBS shows a plastic water bottle, which hadn't been produced at the time, on the mantle.
A college professor sent a robot hitchhiking across Canada. He put HitchBOT by the side of the road with its thumb out. People pick up the robot and take it to its next destination.
Funeral services were held Thursday for Kevin Ward Jr., the driver killed on the track after being hit by former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann attended the service; he speaks with Robert Siegel about the funeral and possible investigations into the incident.
Melissa Block talks to Haley Masbruch about the terms "rabbit," "wow" and "dogleg" for an All Things Considered series on trade lingo.
Kenya's international airport is on high alert, since the Kenya Medical Association has called on the national airline to suspend flights due to concerns over the Ebola outbreak.
Ferguson police expect to again clash with protesters. Ferguson's police chief called for calm, while reiterating that he will not release the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.