NPR News http://krwg.org en The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight http://krwg.org/post/reasons-why-israels-military-such-tough-fight Ever since its sweeping victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel has been regarded as the dominant military power in the Middle East. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:52:00 +0000 Greg Myre 71323 at http://krwg.org The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area http://krwg.org/post/video-haboob-huge-dust-storm-hits-phoenix-area A dust storm reported to be more than 3,000 feet high hit Phoenix Friday, limiting visibility and threatening to reshape landscapes and leave a coating of grit in its wake. Striking photos show a wall of dust pushing its way across neighborhoods and streets in the Phoenix metro region in the Valley.<p>The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:22:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 71322 at http://krwg.org 12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza http://krwg.org/post/israel-and-hamas-reportedly-agree-12-hour-truce <em><strong>Updated 3:03 a.m.</strong></em><p>A humanitarian cease-fire went into effect on Saturday, a plan agreed to hours earlier by Hamas and Israeli leaders. The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, and would last for 12 hours, officials say.<p>The Associated Press reported that the Israeli military warned that it "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops or civilians.<p>News of the truce came after prolonged U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:08:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 71321 at http://krwg.org 12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials http://krwg.org/post/i-love-your-country-new-house-member-tells-us-officials Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 71320 at http://krwg.org 'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://krwg.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 71315 at http://krwg.org Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis http://krwg.org/post/central-american-leaders-stop-white-house-talk-border-crisis The presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras met with President Obama at the White House Friday, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions to the crisis. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Central+American+Leaders+Stop+By+White+House+To+Talk+Border+Crisis&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:33:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 71316 at http://krwg.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://krwg.org/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 71314 at http://krwg.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want? http://krwg.org/post/gaza-cease-fire-still-just-out-reach-what-does-each-side-want Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris is in Gaza, and she speaks to Audie Cornish about both sides' demands. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Gaza+Cease-Fire+Still+Just+Out+Of+Reach%3A+What+Does+Each+Side+Want%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Emily Harris 71309 at http://krwg.org Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism http://krwg.org/post/army-war-college-opens-probe-sen-walshs-alleged-plagiarism <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Army+War+College+Opens+A+Probe+Into+Sen.+Walsh%27s+Alleged+Plagiarism&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTc0MDI0MDEzMzE4MjI4ODdlOTk4MA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 71310 at http://krwg.org For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria http://krwg.org/post/islamic-state-victories-iraq-mean-momentum-syria <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=For+Islamic+State%2C+Victories+In+Iraq+Mean+Momentum+In+Syria&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NDUzMDQ0MDEzMzY3NTc0ODgyMDhhNg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 71311 at http://krwg.org Leading Ebola Doctor Stricken With The Disease Himself http://krwg.org/post/leading-ebola-doctor-stricken-disease-himself <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Leading+Ebola+Doctor+Stricken+With+The+Disease+Himself&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM1MzkxMDEyMTY5MDA4NjI2NGQ4Yg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 71312 at http://krwg.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://krwg.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 71302 at http://krwg.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print http://krwg.org/post/how-well-does-drug-work-look-beyond-fine-print Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.<p>Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.<p>This spring, the Institute of Medicine <a href="http://www.iom.edu/~/media/Files/Activity%20Files/Research/DrugForum/2014-MAY-12/Agenda.pdf">convened a workshop</a> with the Food and Drug Administration. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 NPR staff 71305 at http://krwg.org How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient http://krwg.org/post/pa-hospital-sees-gun-fight-between-psychiatrist-and-patient <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Pa.+Hospital+Sees+Gun+Fight+Between+Psychiatrist+And+Patient&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 71307 at http://krwg.org In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line http://krwg.org/post/complex-web-tunnels-israel-draws-its-red-line <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+A+Complex+Web+Of+Tunnels%2C+Israel+Draws+Its+Red+Line&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 71308 at http://krwg.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy http://krwg.org/post/keychain-breathalyzers-may-make-quantified-drinking-easy While testing whether a <a href="seamus.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/02/327854051/alcohol-test-can-you-control-your-intoxication-by-eating-yeast">dash of yeast</a> could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 71304 at http://krwg.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter http://krwg.org/post/political-disenchantment-soars-lines-polls-grow-shorter Several new surveys show voter interest is low, anti-incumbent sentiment is high, and voters from both parties are questioning whether their elected leaders should return to Congress next year.<p>In short, the electorate is disengaged and disgusted with politics.<p>Voter turnout in the 2010 primaries was only about 18 percent, and now it's even lower. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:35:00 +0000 Mara Liasson 71306 at http://krwg.org As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches http://krwg.org/post/average-american-man-too-big-his-britches When my colleague Viet Le started writing about his <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/07/24/334989316/when-one-size-doesnt-fit-all-a-mans-quest-to-find-an-extra-small" target="_blank">struggle to find clothing that fits him as an "extra-small"</a> man in a world that idolizes "big and tall," I was intrigued — and a bit confused.<p>Viet has never struck me as an especially small guy. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:10:00 +0000 editor 71296 at http://krwg.org The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows http://krwg.org/post/market-basket-store-shelves-empty-online-presence-grows It&#8217;s been a big week for Market Basket.<p>For a window into everything about this family-owned business that has been successful &#8212; despite deep divisions at the top &#8212; you just have to go online. From our own WBUR to <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/traceylynneg/mind-blowing-pictures-of-empty-shelves-as-employee-uzsz" target="_blank">Buzzfeed</a>, countless publications are writing about the New England grocery store chain&#8217;s ongoing employee protests and resulting empty shelves.<p>But in this case, the curious now have another potential source for information on the comp Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 71297 at http://krwg.org As Market Basket Store Shelves Empty, Online Presence Grows Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes http://krwg.org/post/market-basket-employees-protest-labor-changes At a New England grocery store, employees are protesting labor changes &#8212; but it&#8217;s not what you&#8217;re expecting. Market Basket&#8217;s 25,000 employees don&#8217;t have a problem with their own working conditions. Rather, they want ousted CEO Arthur T. Demoulas put back in his position.<p>In 1994, Demoulas&#8217;s father fought his late brother&#8217;s heirs for control of the family business. Demoulas&#8217;s uncle&#8217;s heirs won a very slight majority stake of 50.5 percent. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 71298 at http://krwg.org Market Basket Employees Protest Labor Changes The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From http://krwg.org/post/best-and-worst-companies-retire Bloomberg has ranked the best and worst companies to retire from, and some of the results are surprising: ConocoPhillips provides some of the most generous retirement benefits to employees, while Whole Foods and Facebook are ranked near the bottom.<p>Bloomberg&#8217;s <strong>Michael Regan</strong> joins <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Meghna Chakrabarti to explain how the publication calculated the rankings.<p><ul> <li><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-22/conocophillips-best-among-401-k-plans-with-facebook-last.html" target="_blank">See Bloo Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:09:00 +0000 editor 71299 at http://krwg.org The Best And Worst Companies To Retire From Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? http://krwg.org/post/are-opponents-death-penalty-contributing-its-problems Kevin Cooper was convicted of murdering a married couple and two children, and was sentenced to die.<p>That was back in 1985. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 71294 at http://krwg.org Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems? Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture' http://krwg.org/post/sen-john-mccain-calls-lengthy-execution-arizona-torture Sen. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:20:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 71295 at http://krwg.org Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture' Tim Gunn: On And Off The Runway, 'Life Is A Big Collaboration' http://krwg.org/post/tim-gunn-and-runway-life-big-collaboration-0 "Make it work," the fashion guru tells designers on <em>Project Runway.</em> But life hasn't always "worked" for Gunn. He talks with Terry Gross about being bullied, being gay in the '60s and '70s, and how his mother thinks he should "dress more like Mitt Romney."<em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 editor 71290 at http://krwg.org Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year http://krwg.org/post/pope-francis-visit-us-next-year Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia in September 2015, a trip that would mark his first to the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 71288 at http://krwg.org Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet http://krwg.org/post/indonesias-president-elect-crowdsources-his-cabinet Indonesia's president-elect is making good on a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader — starting with his Cabinet, which he's asking ordinary people to help him choose.<p>Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, was named president on Tuesday following July 9 polls, the results of which were contested by rival Prabowo Subianto. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 71289 at http://krwg.org Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful? http://krwg.org/post/gops-new-plan-tackle-poverty-helpful-or-hurtful <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=The+GOP%27s+New+Plan+To+Tackle+Poverty%3A+Helpful+Or+Hurtful%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 editor 71280 at http://krwg.org In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers http://krwg.org/post/our-india-correspondent-cant-kick-bucket-bathing-habit Two items that are essential to most Indian households are a bucket and a pitcher. They are to Indians what showers are to Americans, an integral part of the daily ritual of bathing. In a country where you can't count on running water, the vast majority of people bathe using a bucket of water and a plastic pitcher to pour the water over your head and body.<p>Like every other Indian I know, I grew up with bucket bathing. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:27:00 +0000 editor 71269 at http://krwg.org In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah http://krwg.org/post/video-shows-islamic-state-blowing-iraqs-tomb-jonah <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jITkdB2xZM</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:36:00 +0000 editor 71268 at http://krwg.org Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage http://krwg.org/post/australia-sending-190-police-secure-mh17-wreckage <em><strong>Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner in Donetsk, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is close to a deal that would allow dozens of police to guard the wreckage site. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 71267 at http://krwg.org Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage