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Goats and Soda
8:18 am
Fri August 21, 2015

An Ex-Husband Can No Longer Demand A Refund Of The 'Bride Price'

Ugandan Janet Akiding, 28, says she was beaten by her husband. When she left him, he demanded a refund of the "bride price" his family had paid to her parents.
ISAAC KASAMANI AFP/Getty Images

When Janet Akiding wed in in 2004, when she was just 15, her husband's family paid a "bride price." That's the custom in Bukedea, the district of Uganda where she lives. Her parents received four goats, four cows and 200,000 shillings ($56).

Akiding's marriage eventually turned violent.

"Whenever he'd beat me, he'd say 'You people have taken my cows'," recalled Akiding,

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Monkey See
7:14 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Television 2015: Hammering On The Door Of Diversity

Morris Chestnut and Jaina Lee Ortiz in Fox's Rosewood, coming this fall.
Jeff Daly Fox

This is one in a series of essays running this week and next about the state of television in 2015. The series is based on developments at the recent Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., where broadcast and cable networks, along with streaming services like Netflix, presented new and existing shows to TV critics and reporters.

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The Two-Way
7:10 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Greek Leftists Break Away From Ruling Party In Row Over Austerity

Greek former Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis speaks during a news conference at the parliament in Athens, Greece, on Friday. He's leading rebels who decided to break away from the ruling Syriza party over objections to an international bailout plan.
Stoyan Nenov Reuters /Landov

Leftist Greek lawmakers who split with the ruling Syriza party to oppose an international bailout plan say they will form their own party to contest elections called by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is seeking a fresh mandate for the his government and the controversial deal.

The BBC reports:

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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Despite Political Rhetoric, 'Anchor Babies' Are Not Exactly Easy To Stop

It's not clear what in our existing immigration system could stop unauthorized immigrants from having babies in the country.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 8:53 am

GOP presidential candidates are falling over themselves to get on record with tough immigration plans. A string of them — Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Lindsey Graham, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum — have spoken out in some form against birthright citizenship. That's the idea that being born on U.S. soil, regardless of your parents' legal status, automatically makes you a U.S. citizen.

Ben Carson went even further, saying he wants to secure the border — where he claims there are caves in which immigrants can hide — by using drones.

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NPR Ed
6:43 am
Fri August 21, 2015

How Will Pearson Spend $2 Billion More On Education?

Pearson was already the biggest education company in the world. Now its education business is getting even bigger. In the last several weeks the company has sold off its two major media brands, the Financial Times (for $1.3 billion), and The Economist (for about $730 million).

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Europe
5:58 am
Fri August 21, 2015

In Rome, Reported Mafia Don Has Lavish Funeral

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It's All Politics
5:03 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Trump Is Here To Stay — At Least For A While. Here's Why

A woman holds signs depicting the head of Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump as she waits to enter the auditorium to hear him speak, Wednesday in Derry, N.H.
Mary Schwalm AP

Donald Trump's summer of defying political gravity is continuing, despite predictions that various missteps would damage him. Instead, he's surged even more after his controversial Fox News debate performance.

But who exactly are the people backing the boisterous billionaire businessman? Some recent polls offer a glimpse into the Trump coalition — which may run strong within a certain section of the GOP but faces many hurdles when it comes to a general election.

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Around the Nation
4:53 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Shooting Range To Add Restaurant That Sells Alcohol

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 5:58 am

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The Two-Way
4:50 am
Fri August 21, 2015

As Tensions Rise, North Korea Puts Frontline Troops On 'Semi-War State'

South Korean protesters with defaced portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shout slogans during an anti-North Korean rally in Seoul on Friday.
Julie Yoon AP

The saber rattling in the Korean Peninsula escalated Friday as the North threatened military action if South Korea does not stop blaring propaganda from speakers across the border by Saturday.

Reporting from Seoul, Haeryun Kang tells our Newscast unit that Pyongyang has put its frontline troops on a "semi-war state"

Haeryun reports:

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

How Marketing Machines Can Make Lousy Movies Financially Successful

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 4:45 am

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Bumgarner Leads Trend: Big League Pitchers Who Can Hit

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 5:58 am

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

2 Female Graduates Set To Receive Army Ranger Tabs

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 5:58 am

NPR Story
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Virtual Summer Camp Uses 'Minecraft' To Teach Digital Skills

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 5:58 am

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Inside Iran: A Jewish Journalist's Exclusive Look

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 5:58 am

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Social Scientists Develop Profile To Spot Likely Tax Evaders

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 5:58 am

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NPR Story
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

In New Orleans' Hardest-Hit Neighborhood, A Recovery — By Sheer Will

Ian Spencer Cook for StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 8:26 am

Ten years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it was the city's Lower Ninth Ward that was hit the hardest.

"I remember coming back home," Lower Ninth resident Burnell Cotlon told his mother, Lillie, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. "That was the first time I cried."

"We lost everything," Lillie says.

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It's All Politics
3:20 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Fact Check: Is Refinancing Student Debt Really Good Policy?

Students protest the rising costs of college loans in Los Angeles in 2012. Citing bank bailouts, the protesters called for student debt cancellations.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 8:26 am

Student loans have become an issue in the presidential campaign, especially on the Democratic side. And it's no wonder. There are more than 40 million Americans with some $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loan debt.

But people who study education finance say one widely popular proposal to help lessen the debt load may not be as good as it seems.

The first problem: the debt load

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Business
2:43 am
Fri August 21, 2015

Peer Review Feedback: The Good, The Bad, The Really Ugly

Peer reviews can be helpful for a company, but they can also prove problematic.
akindo iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 9:10 am

A recent New York Times article about harsh workplace culture at Amazon called attention to how the online retailer handles evaluations: Any co-worker can critique another any time, anonymously. Less exhaustive versions of the peer performance review — or 360 review as they're often known — have been popular for several years.

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NPR Story
2:37 am
Fri August 21, 2015

In Town Hard-Hit By Katrina, Buyouts Offer Opportunity — For Lucky Few

A view of Pearlington, Miss., 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. The East Pearl River and St. Tammany Parish in Louisiana are to the left.
David Grunfeld The Times-Picayune/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 8:31 am

After Hurricane Katrina's massive storm surge annihilated tens of thousands of homes on the Gulf Coast, many families tried to quickly rebuild. Ten years later, some are still trying, while others are losing hope.

Tiny Pearlington, Miss., sat unwittingly in the center of Hurricane Katrina's path of devastation. They eye of the storm passed directly overhead, and a 30-foot storm surge nearly obliterated the town.

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The Two-Way
7:57 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Macedonia Declares State Of Emergency To Block Surge Of Migrants

Macedonian special police guard the border as more than a thousand immigrants wait at Macedonia's border with Greece.
Ognen Teofilovski Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 4:19 am

Alarmed at the flow of migrants coming in through Greece, the tiny European nation of Macedonia declared a state of emergency Thursday. It has begun deploying riot police in armored vehicles and calling in the military.

The Associated Press reports Macedonian officials have blocked thousands of migrants from entering and left them stranded in an open field being described as a "no-man's land" near the Greek border.

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Code Switch
6:24 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

With Its 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has Found Its Voice

Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Though Larry Wilmore had always hoped to be a performer, his early career was as a comedy writer. He wrote for shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and In Living Color, and created The Bernie Mac Show. He moved in front of the camera as The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" in 2006. So when Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report last year, Comedy Central tapped Wilmore to host the replacement show.

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The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

First Female Army Rangers Say They Thought Of 'Future Generations Of Women'

The first women to pass the Army's elite Ranger training, Capt. Kristen Griest (left) and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver (right), will receive their Ranger tabs when they graduate Friday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:18 pm

The first two women to graduate from the Army's elite and grueling 62-day Ranger School said Thursday they were motivated to prove naysayers wrong and also break open the hatch for future generations of women.

Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, a military police platoon leader, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, an Apache attack helicopter pilot, spoke for the first time since completing their training at Fort Benning, Ga., a day before they graduate and receive their Ranger tabs.

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It's All Politics
4:49 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Iran Lobbying Battle Heats Up On The Airwaves

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The Salt
4:31 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar

United has purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel made from beef tallow, or fat, by Alt Air Fuels and plans to use the fuel this year for Los Angeles-to-San Francisco flights.
Tony Ruppe/United

What do beef tallow and manure have in common with t-shirts and pine needles? Turns out you can make high-quality, low-carbon transportation fuel with all of them. A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.

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World
4:08 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Up In Northeastern Turkey, The Whistles Of A Secret Language

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:34 pm

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Vegas Water Manager Reassigned For Poisoning Children's Drinks 15 Years Ago

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 5:59 pm

A 15-year-old crime has come back to haunt a North Las Vegas water department manager.

Jerome Breland, 55, was the interim utilities manager for North Las Vegas, overseeing the safety of the city's water system, before he was reassigned this week to the sewage department while officials investigate a complaint regarding his 2001 conviction for poisoning children.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

Jimmy Carter 'Completely At Ease' Despite Cancer Diagnosis

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:44 pm

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Health
3:31 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

How Well Do War And Women's Health Mix?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:23 pm

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Books
3:31 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

For Summer Reading Lists, Some Schools Take A More Modern Approach

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:48 pm

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Business
3:17 pm
Thu August 20, 2015

In That TV Ad, What Exactly Are Those Parents Worried About?

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Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:37 pm

If you watch the news shows on Sunday mornings, or cable news at night, you've probably seen that ad where parents are dropping off their daughter at college. And then they start to fret about, well, something involving access to investment advice.

The ad ends by urging you to "Tell Congress: Fix this now."

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