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1:23 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Malaysia Freezes Bank Accounts Amid Report Of Cash Transfers To Premier

Malaysian authorities have frozen six bank accounts in connection with an investigation into nearly $700 million allegedly transferred into Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts.

The Wall Street Journal, which reported last week on the alleged transfers, cited "a person aware of the probe" saying at least one of the frozen accounts belonged to Najib.

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Movie Interviews
1:19 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Filmmaker And Speech Pathologist Weigh In On What It Means To 'Sound Gay'

Filmmaker David Thorpe practices vocal exercises he learned from a speech pathologist in an effort to alter the way he speaks. In Do I Sound Gay?, Thorpe searches for the origin of the "gay voice" stereotype.
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Is there such a thing as a "gay voice"? For gay filmmaker David Thorpe, the answer to that question is complicated. "There is no such thing as a fundamentally gay voice," Thorpe tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But, he adds, "there is a stereotype and there are men, to a greater or lesser extent, who embody that stereotype."

In his new film, Do I Sound Gay?, Thorpe searches for the origin of that stereotype and documents his own attempts to sound "less gay" by working with speech pathologist Susan Sankin.

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Book Reviews
1:19 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

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1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Starbucks Is Raising Its Drink Prices

Starbucks is raising prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most coffee drinks. (luizfilipe/Flickr)

Starbucks will be charging more for its coffee drinks, despite a decline in the price of raw coffee. The company says it’s due to rising rents and wages. Jason Bellini of The Wall Street Journal joins Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd to talk about how it might affect sales and whether the competition will follow suit.

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NPR Story
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Sanctuary City Laws: What They Do And Don't Support

San Francisco is one of hundreds of so-called 'sanctuary cities' around the country (diversey/Flickr)

When 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was shot to death on a pier in San Francisco last week, attention immediately turned to her accused killer. That’s because the 45-year-old immigrant had a long felony rap sheet and a history of deportations.

It has also been reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had turned over the suspect, Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, to city authorities on March 26 on an outstanding drug warrant and asked the city to notify them when he got out – something San Francisco officials apparently did not do.

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NPR Story
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

What Newly-Unsealed Testimony Could Mean For Bill Cosby And His Accusers

Bill Cosby pauses during a news conference on Nov. 6, 2014. According to documents released on July 6, 2015, Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition that he obtained Quaaludes with the intent of using them to have sex with young women. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

More allegations against Bill Cosby have emerged, this time from the comedian himself. In sworn court testimony from a 2005 sexual abuse lawsuit that was unsealed yesterday, Cosby admitted to having obtained prescription sedatives with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. The documents were unsealed Monday, after the Associated Press went to court to compel their release.

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The Two-Way
1:16 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Air Force F-16 Collides With Cessna In Midair Close To Charleston, S.C.

Investigators are converging on an area near Charleston, S.C., where an F-16 crashed Tuesday after colliding with a civilian Cessna airplane around 11:30 a.m. ET.

The jet was based at Shaw Air Force Base, close to Sumter, S.C., and had been flying close to Joint Base Charleston at the time of the collision. In a statement about the crash, the base says, "The F-16 pilot safely ejected" and was taken to the Charleston base for a medical assessment.

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Shots - Health News
11:57 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites

A user prepares drugs for injection in 2014 in St. Johnsbury, Vt.
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Health officials, confronted with a shocking increase in heroin abuse, are developing a clearer picture of who is becoming addicted to this drug and why. The results may surprise you.

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Book Reviews
11:26 am
Tue July 7, 2015

'Aurora' Journeys In A New Direction

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 1:08 pm

Veteran California science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson grounds his new novel squarely in a recognizable convention: the generation ship. In this case, it's a 26th century starship sent from Earth to find a home in some distant galaxy, as generations live and die onboard during the long journey.

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NPR Ed
11:24 am
Tue July 7, 2015

How One Israeli Educator Turned His School Around

Principal Ali Shalalha stands at the entrance of the high school. Though the school has closed for summer, it's filled with students who are studying for exams.
Tanya Habjouqa for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 1:44 pm

In a small town perched on a steep mountain in northern Israel, Ali Shalalha has managed a remarkable achievement.

Fifteen years ago, only 12 percent of seniors at Beit Jann Comprehensive School passed the exams that are the prerequisite for higher education in Israel. Last year, and the year before, every single senior passed.

Beit Jann ranks second now in the high school graduation exams, known as bagrut, for all of Israel. This year, Shalalha — the school's principal — is hoping for first.

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Parallels
11:22 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Above The Law, A Militia Threatens To Push Burundi To The Brink

Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza walks with military officials during the country's Independence Day on Wednesday. Despite criticism at home and abroad, the president is defying a two-term limit and running for a third term in an election set for the middle of July.
Berthier Mugiraneza AP

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:45 pm

A quiet street in Burundi's capital can change in an instant. In recent months, antigovernment protesters in this tiny, east African country have developed a flash mob approach to demonstrations, rapidly convening and dispersing. An hour later, all that's left are shuttered kiosks, tossed bricks and the odor of burned tires in the air.

Activists are taking this approach because they say at least 70 people have been killed in protests in the past two months. Their attackers usually wear police uniforms, but few believe the killers are really police.

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The Salt
11:15 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Eating at a full-service restaurant doesn't necessarily mean a more healthful meal than dining at the drive-through joint.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:10 pm

Even if you're not counting your calories, date night at that restaurant down the street is still a more healthful choice than McDonald's, right?

Don't count on it.

Dining out at a sit-down restaurant can mean far more sodium in your diet-- and nearly as much saturated fat — as eating at a fast-food joint, according to a recent study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. What's more, people consumed more calories when they sat down for their meal at a full-service place rather than taking it to go, the study found.

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The Two-Way
10:52 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Obama Administration Aims To Expand Access To Solar Power

Solar panels gather sunlight in Florida.
John Raoux AP

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 12:53 pm

The Obama administration hopes to make solar power more accessible for low- and middle-income Americans. It's announcing a series of moves, including installing more solar energy units in federally subsidized housing, low cost loans for homeowners and a program to help renters.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Tue July 7, 2015

The Cosby Revelation: How A Decade-Old Deposition Came To Light

Bill Cosby participates in the Black Belt Community Foundation's March for Education on May 15 in Selma, Ala.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 10:58 am

On Monday, a decade-old deposition became the talk of the nation.

As we reported, in it comedian Bill Cosby admits that he gave sedatives to at least one woman whom he wanted to have sex with.

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Shots - Health News
9:57 am
Tue July 7, 2015

More Mammograms May Not Always Mean Fewer Cancer Deaths

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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:55 am

Here's more evidence that mammograms don't always deliver the results that women want. They find more small cancers, but don't lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer, a study finds.

The study looked at data from 547 U.S. counties that reported the percentage of women over age 40 who had a screening mammogram between 1998 and 2000. More than 16 million women lived in those counties, and 53,207 were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000.

Over the next 10 years, 15 percent of the women died of breast cancer.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

In Final Vote, South Carolina Senate Moves To Take Down Confederate Flag

Confederate flag supporters gather at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia; the state's Senate voted Tuesday to take down the flag. The issue will now head to the House.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 9:30 am

In a required third vote, South Carolina's state senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from its prominent place flying on the Statehouse grounds. The final tally was 36-3. The House will now take up the issue, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

In both the Senate and the House, a vote on removing the flag will require a two-thirds majority. The bill under consideration would move the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Mayweather Is Stripped Of WBO Belt He Won From Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr. missed a deadline to decide which title belt he wants to keep, says the World Boxing Organization.
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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 8:26 am

Saying that Floyd Mayweather missed a deadline to pay a fee related to his May 2 win over Manny Pacquiao, the World Boxing Organization has stripped Floyd of the welterweight title he won in that fight.

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The Two-Way
6:21 am
Tue July 7, 2015

EU Leaders Call On Greece To Offer 'Serious And Credible' Proposals

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:42 am

European leaders called on Greece to issue "serious and credible proposals" to try to find a way forward, after Greek voters rejected a bailout deal that would have given the country more credit to pay its debt in exchange for tough austerity measures.

The German and French leaders issued the call ahead of a meeting of Eurozone leaders on Tuesday.

The Guardian reports:

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World
5:44 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Man Re-Enacts Scene From Pixar's 'Up'

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Asia
5:44 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Beijing Hosts 'Space Out' Competition

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Book Reviews
5:03 am
Tue July 7, 2015

'Unnoticeables' Is A Raunchy Ride Through Punk, Horror And Pop Culture

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Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:29 am

There's nothing pretty about The Unnoticeables. The novel's author, Robert Brockway, is a senior editor at Cracked.com, and he brings that publication's legendarily irreverent wit to this raunchy, rollicking tale of punk rock, gruesome horror and pop-culture satire. Lurking beneath that layer of grime and spilled beer, though, are a few hidden depths that make the book more than the sum of its snarky parts.

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The Two-Way
4:56 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Iran, World Powers Will Work Past Deadline Toward Nuclear Deal

Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna, Austria, on Friday.
Carlos Barria AP

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 8:12 am

(This post was last updated at 8:44 a.m. ET.)

Just hours before a self-imposed deadline, Iran and six world powers said they would not extend a deadline but they would keep working toward a deal over Iran's nuclear program for the next few days.

Reporting from Vienna, where the talks are taking place, NPR's Peter Kenyon says both sides — Iran and the so-called P5+1, which consists of the U.K., China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — are saying they will not be pressured into accepting a bad deal. Peter filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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Around the Nation
4:39 am
Tue July 7, 2015

N.J. Town Celebrates World Cup Champs And Hometown Hero Carli Lloyd

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:24 am

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Politics
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

S.C. Senate Moves To Take Down State Capitol's Confederate Flag

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 5:44 am

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Space
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Overloaded Computers Give NASA's Pluto Team A Fright

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:22 am

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Sports
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Day 8 At Wimbledon Features Women's Quarterfinals

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 5:44 am

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U.S.
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

In Rio Grande Valley, Some Campaign Workers Are Paid To Harvest Votes

Mary Helen Flores (center) is the founder of Citizens Against Voter Abuse.
John Burnett NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 7:26 am

This week, NPR examines public corruption in South Texas. The FBI has launched a task force to clean up entrenched wrongdoing by public servants in the Rio Grande Valley. In the final part of this series, we examine vote-stealing and election fraud.

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Back At Base
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:43 am

Lance Cpl. Paula Pineda relaxes at a picnic table not far from her barracks in Camp LeJeune, N.C. She's in a crisp uniform and has a ready smile. It's one of the few breaks she's had in months — and she can finally laugh about Carl.

"Carl — our special, heavy, unique dummy," she says.

It was back in March, in the heat of the Mojave Desert in California, that Pineda — sweaty and grimy and just 5-foot-2 — struggled to help pull Carl the dummy out of her armored vehicle, along with another Marine, Julia Carroll. It was part of an exercise to rescue an injured crewman.

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Economy
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

The Global Financial Crisis Did A Real Number On Greece's Economy

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 11:47 am

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Technology
3:11 am
Tue July 7, 2015

Hackers Target Controversial Italian Cyber Espionage Company

Originally published on Tue July 7, 2015 5:44 am

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