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2:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Nigerian President: U.S. Refusal To Provide Weapons Aides Extremism

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 5:10 pm

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2:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Chattanooga, Tenn., Church Bells Ring Out In Honor Of Killed Service Members

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:14 pm

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Today in Chattanooga, Tenn., a somber moment.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHURCH BELL RINGING)

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Late this afternoon, several churches and chapels rang their bells.

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Technology
2:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

California Firefighters Forced To Call Off Missions After Drone Interference

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 8:22 am

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Sports
2:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

British Cyclist Chris Froome Leads As Tour De France Enters Final Days

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:14 pm

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The Salt
2:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Even If You're Lean, 1 Soda Per Day Ups Your Risk Of Diabetes

A daily habit of sugary-sweetened drinks can boost your risk of developing the disease — even if you're not overweight.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 4:10 pm

It's true that being overweight or obese is a leading risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes.

But attention, skinny and normal-weight people: You may be vulnerable, too.

Lots of lifestyle choices influence the risk of diabetes: everything from whether you smoke to how much you exercise (or don't). It turns out, what you choose to drink is also a risk factor.

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Goats and Soda
2:58 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Obama Thinks Solar Power Will Boost Kenya; Kenyans Aren't So Sure

Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave created a mural of Barack Obama. The president himself will visit Kenya on Friday. One of the president's agenda items is to promote solar power.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:15 am

When Jackline Mumbua decided to go solar, she knew the cost would be steep. The 35-year-old housewife in Machakos, Kenya, can barely cover the expenses of raising three school-age children on the little money her husband earns driving a motorcycle taxi. They have no savings. It took her family nearly two years to pay, in monthly installments, the $55 for a small rooftop solar panel.

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Goats and Soda
2:51 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

An 80-Year-Old Looks Into The Eyes Of Her Teenage Self

The hand-colored photo, titled "Reclining young lady," is of Stella Osarhiere Gbinigie when she was 16.
Solomon Osagie Alonge Franko Khoury/National Museum of African Art

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 6:05 pm

She dressed up in her mother's lace blouse and wore her jewels. She and her two sisters were going to get her picture taken at a studio in Benin, Nigeria. She struck a pose. The year was 1950 and she was 16 years old.

Flash forward 65 years. Stella Osarhiere Gbinigie is in Washington, D.C., this month. She is now 80. And she comes face-to-face with her youthful portrait, hanging on the walls of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. She had never seen the original hand-colored portrait until just this past Tuesday.

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It's All Politics
2:21 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Obama's First Trip To Kenya As President Is Less About His Roots This Time

A man in Nairobi, Kenya, stands in front of a mural of President Obama, created by the Kenyan graffiti artist Bankslave, ahead of Obama's trip to Kenya and Ethiopia.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:19 pm

President Obama leaves Thursday night on a trip that will take him back to his father's homeland, while at the same time making him the first sitting president to visit two key East African nations: Kenya and Ethiopia.

The president's first stop is Kenya. He will not visit his father's ancestral village, administration officials say, citing security and logistical reasons. But he will meet privately with relatives, who may well include his father's second wife; Obama's step-grandmother, known as Mama Sarah; and his half-sister Auma Obama.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Wind, Dry Ground Fueling Wildfire In Washington State

Smoke from the Blue Creek fire billows over wheat fields east of Walla Walla, Washington, on July 21, 2015. (Anna King/Northwest News Network)

A wildfire sweeping through Glacier National Park in Montana is prompting more evacuations. Officials are clearing the small community of St. Mary, at the park’s eastern entrance. The fire has burned through more than six square miles.

Another wildfire has charred six square miles in Northern California, prompting evacuations about 30 miles north of Napa. And about a thousand firefighters are continuing to battle a blaze 10 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington. It’s only about 5 percent contained.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Dunkin' CEO: Wages Should Go Up, But Not So Quickly

Dunkin' Brands Group President and CEO Nigel Travis, the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, celebrates their initial public offering outside the NASDAQ MarketSite on July 27, 2011 in New York City.(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

One of the nation’s most recognizable coffee chains, Dunkin’ Donuts, is expanding in the United States and abroad.

Dunkin’ Brands announced today that it opened 80 new Dunkin’ Donuts stores in the U.S. and 154 worldwide in the second quarter. The company is making a push into the coveted West Coast market, where the competition is brutal.

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NPR Story
1:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Tulsa Braces For 100-Degree Weekend

Liz Moody, left, and Stephanie Russell, right, both of Forest Grove, Oregon, cover their heads with towls to keep cool as they watch the Japan-Canada World Cup of Softball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, July 21, 2011. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

NOAA’s National Climate Data Center reported this week that temperatures across the globe for the first six months of 2015 are the warmest on record.

While that is great for beachgoers, it also endangers millions of lives, as heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States.

One city that’s feeling the heat is Tulsa, Oklahoma, which has 100-degree temperatures forecast for the weekend.

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It's All Politics
1:39 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

How Democratic-Leaning Detroit Helped Shape Ben Carson's Conservative Views

Ben Carson is the only African-American major candidate running for president in 2016. He grew up poor in Detroit in the 1960s and paved his own path.
Jonathan Bachman AP

Long before Benjamin Carson was a Republican presidential candidate, he was a hero and a role model.

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Shots - Health News
1:38 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

After a long day, Emeka arrives home to the apartment in South Tulsa that he shares with his father.
Kenneth M. Ruggiano for NPR

Originally published on Sun July 26, 2015 8:28 am

If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted.

"Every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom," President George H.W. Bush said when he signed the bill into law on July 26, 1990.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Jury Confirms Aurora Theater Shooter Is Eligible For Death Penalty

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:14 pm

A Colorado jury cleared the way for the second phase of the sentencing process for James Holmes, who was found guilty of killing 12 people and injuring 70 more in a shooting rampage at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater. One week after convicting Holmes, the jury confirmed in a unanimous finding Thursday that he's eligible for the death penalty.

The jury said that when Holmes opened fire in a crowded theater in 2012, he acted in "extreme indifference to the value of human life generally."

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Shots - Health News
12:56 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Administration Prods States To Scrutinize Insurers' Rate Hikes

akindo iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:29 am

There's a battle brewing behind the scenes to keep health plans affordable for consumers. The Obama administration weighed in this week, sending letters to insurance regulators in every state and Washington, D.C., that ask them to take a closer look at rate requests before granting them.

Under the Affordable Care Act, state agencies largely retain the right to regulate premiums. So far only a handful have finalized premiums for the coming year, for which enrollment begins in November.

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It's All Politics
12:46 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Think America's Roads Are Crumbling? Not Quite

High-profile events like bridge collapses or road sinkholes (like this one in Maryland in 2010) could make you think America's roads are crumbling. That's not quite true.
Logan Mock-Bunting Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:22 am

Congress is one tiny step closer to funding America's highways, as the Senate decided Wednesday night to open debate on their transportation bill as the July 31 deadline looms. The Highway Trust Fund has been in dire straits the last few years, spending more than it's taking in. Because it gets its money from the federal gas tax, the trust fund has suffered as cars have grown more fuel-efficient and some Americans have cut back on their driving.

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Book Reviews
12:43 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Infidelity Is Steeped In Suspense In 'Among The Ten Thousand Things'

lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Talk about opening with a bang: at the beginning of Julia Pierpont's debut novel, Among the Ten Thousand Things, an 11-year-old girl named Kay Shanley enters the lobby of her New York City apartment building. We readers have already been clued into the fact that Kay is the kind of awkward, shy, pre-teen other girls ridicule. We just want her to get safely into her family's apartment and back to watching the Harry Potter movies she loves. But, just as the elevator doors are closing, the doorman signals for her to hold up.

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The Two-Way
12:40 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Man On Train Misses His Stop, So He Pulls Emergency Release To Get Off

A man on this train pulled the emergency release, after realizing he had missed his stop.
WMATA

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:00 pm

As a subway train left the L'Enfant Plaza station in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, a man on board realized he had just missed his stop.

Instead of doing what most of us would do — ride to the next stop and get on the next train going in the opposite direction — he decided to pull the emergency release.

Along with that version events, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority released a video that shows the man pry the doors open and then, with his child in tow, run away from the train.

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Interviews
12:01 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

From Upspeak To Vocal Fry: Are We 'Policing' Young Women's Voices?

Women get policed more often for "vocal fry" and "upspeak" than their male counterparts.
Jaqueline Bissett Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:43 pm

Journalist Jessica Grose is no stranger to criticism of her voice. When she was co-hosting the Slate podcast, the DoubleX Gabfest, she would receive emails complaining about her "upspeak" — a tendency to raise her voice at the end of sentences. Once an older man she was interviewing for an article in Businessweek told her that she sounded like his granddaughter.

"That was the first moment I felt [my voice] was hurting my career beyond just irritating a couple listeners," Grose tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Kepler Telescope Introduces Earth To A Very Distant Cousin

Artist's concept compares Earth (left) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b, which is about 60 percent larger in diameter.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:24 pm

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Telescope has spotted the first roughly Earth-sized world orbiting in the "Goldilocks zone" of another star – offering perhaps the best bet so far for life elsewhere in the universe.

A year on Kepler-452b, which is about 1,400 light years from us in the constellation Cygnus, is 385 days, meaning its orbit is just a bit farther away from its star than the Earth is from the sun. That places it squarely within what planetary scientists call the habitable zone, or "Goldilocks" zone — not too cold and not too hot.

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Shots - Health News
10:19 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Doctors Press For Action To Lower 'Unsustainable' Prices For Cancer Drugs

Skyrocketing costs for cancer drugs have triggered a backlash.
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Anyone who's fought cancer knows that it's not just scary, but pricey, too.

"A lot of my patients cry — they're frustrated," says Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at the Mayo Clinic. "Many of them spend their life savings on cancer drugs and end up being bankrupt."

The average U.S. family makes $52,000 annually. Cancer drugs can easily cost a $120,000 a year. Out-of-pocket expenses for the insured can run $25,000 to $30,000 — more than half of a typical family's income.

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The Salt
9:33 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Donald Trump On A Circus Peanut, And More Food Art With A Political Bite

Trump for everything but wide
Courtesy of Lauren Garfinkel

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 2:35 pm

A lot of people seem to want to bite Donald Trump's head off these days. For those riled up by the Republican presidential candidate's incendiary comments of late, artist Lauren Garfinkel offers up this food for thought:

Yep, that's the Donald's likeness carved into a circus peanut — those marshmallow candies shaped like the legume. The orange hue, Garfinkel says, reminded her of Trump's signature tan.

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The Two-Way
9:25 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Kerry, Moniz Face Off With Skeptical Lawmakers Over Iran Deal

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:39 am

Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz defended a deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program before skeptical lawmakers during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

Sen. Bob Corker, the committee chairman, opened the hearing by firing some shots.

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The Two-Way
9:07 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Japan's Nikkei Will Purchase Financial Times Group For $1.3 Billion

Copies of the Financial Times newspaper are displayed for a photograph in London. British publisher Pearson is selling the paper to Japanese media company Nikkei.
Niklas Halle'n AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:07 pm

In a development that comes after a German firm was reportedly close to reaching a deal to buy the Financial Times Group from the Pearson publishing company, the Financial Times will instead be bought by Japanese media company Nikkei, for 844 million pounds ($1.3 billion) in cash.

Earlier Thursday, the Financial Times itself had reported that the newspaper's publisher was on the verge of being sold to German media group Alex Springer. Other reports had suggested that Bloomberg or Thomson Reuters were potential buyers.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Executions In Iran Undergo 'Unprecedented Spike,' Amnesty Says

People gather opposite Downing Street during a protest against the execution of a young woman in Iran, in October of last year. Amnesty International says that Iran has undergone an "unprecedented spike" in executions in recent months.
Graham Mitchell Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 11:57 am

Amnesty International has identified what it says is an "unprecedented spike" in executions in Iran in recent months, writing in a new report that at least 743 people may have been put to death in 2014 and nearly 700 more since the beginning of the year.

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Texas Fights Suit After Denying Birth Certificates To Children Of Illegal Immigrants

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, seen hear at his January swearing-in ceremony, has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:38 am

An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here is not whether or not these children are U.S. citizens. They are and that's made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says anyone born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen.

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Book Reviews
8:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

'Cure' Hits The Reset Button On Suicidal Minds

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:27 am

No monsters. No killer plagues, vampires or nuclear war. No war of any kind, actually. Really, no unkindness. No hunger. No want. No consequences that can't be undone with a kind smile, a little nap and, of course, the needle.

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Ask Me Another
7:34 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Cinematic Bookends

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 8:55 am

The end of "Casablanca" might have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship, but do you remember the very first line of the film? In this game, we challenge our contestants to identify famous films by their "bookends"-- their first and last lines.

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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Ask Me Another
7:34 am
Thu July 23, 2015

One-Word One-Hit Wonders

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 8:55 am

The airwaves of the 90s were full of one-hit wonders, and in this music game, we're paying homage to some of them--specifically, the ones that had a single word as a title. Spike your hair, tie on your puka shell necklace, and get ready to sing along with our rewritten lyrics!

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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Ask Me Another
7:34 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Close to Homer

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 8:55 am

D'oh! You might be facepalming during this game, in which we give the Homer Simpson treatment to celebrities whose names end with the syllable "oh." It's the most fun you can have while talking about Henry David Thoreau, we promise.

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

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