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6:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Gaza Conflict: Shell Strikes U.N. School, Killing Up To 19 Who Sought Shelter

A Palestinian girl cries while receiving treatment for her injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya on Wednesday.
Khalil Hamra AP

As many as 19 people were killed when a shell struck a school run by the United Nations in Gaza, this morning.

In a message on Twitter, Pierre Krähenbühl, the commissioner-general of UNRWA, which is responsible for the welfare of Palestinian refugees, blamed the attack on the Israeli military.

"Children, women and men killed & injured as they slept in place where they should have been safe and protected," Krähenbühl said, referring to the fact that the school was being used as a shelter. "They were not. Intolerable."

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Books
6:04 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

For the average school kid, weighty, wonky topics like conservation, climate change and the circular economy might sound off-putting, if not downright dull. Yet Christiane Dorion has sold millions of children's books about these very concepts.

The trick? She never mentions them. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," said the U.K.-based author.

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NPR Ed
6:03 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Q&A: Michelle Rhee On Teacher Tenure Challenges

StudentsFirst Founder and CEO Michelle Rhee.
Jeff Chiu AP

In Vergara v. California, lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that the state's teacher tenure system hurts poor, minority students because they are more likely to end up with "grossly ineffective" teachers. The case focused on three areas: tenure, cumbersome dismissal policies and seniority-based lay-offs. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled that several relevant state laws violated students' right to an education as spelled out in California's Constitution. Teachers unions have appealed.

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The Two-Way
5:20 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Water Main Break Dumps Up To 10 Million Gallons Of Water, Flooding UCLA

Water cascades down a stairway to a parking structure adjacent to Pauley Pavlion, home of UCLA basketball.
Paul Phootrakul AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:21 am

A 90-year-old water main broke near the University of California, Los Angeles, on Tuesday, spilling 8 to 10 million gallons of water.

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Sports
4:01 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Korean Baseball Team Fills The Stands With Fanbots

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:55 am

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Sports
3:58 am
Wed July 30, 2014

NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:58 am

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U.S.
3:56 am
Wed July 30, 2014

During Chicago's 1990s Crime Wave, A Rush To Judgment?

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:58 am

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Middle East
3:30 am
Wed July 30, 2014

After War's Deadliest Day, Another U.N. School In Gaza Gets Hit

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 am

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Health
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem?

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Politics
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 5:58 am

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U.S.
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:58 am

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World
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:58 am

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Africa
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Succumbs To The Disease

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Economy
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

New York Skyscraper's Separate 'Poor Door' Sparks Outrage

Lower-income residents may find affordable housing hard to come by in Manhattan.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:53 am

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is under fire for signing off on a building plan that allows a new luxury high-rise on Manhattan's western edge to have a separate entrance for low-income residents.

About 20 percent of the units in the 33-story tower will be reserved for low- and middle-income residents. But all the affordable units will be grouped in one area, and those tenants will have to enter through a separate door.

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Shots - Health News
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

California's Board of Pharmacy is considering requiring all pharmacies in the state to provide bilingual labels on prescription medicines.
Basecamp Imaging/iStockphoto

Every Saturday morning, a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients line up at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in Sacramento. Most of them speak little or no English.

Patient Assistance Director Danny Tao says people come here to get free medical consultations and drug prescriptions. But when patients take those prescriptions to be filled, he says, they don't understand the instructions on the label.

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Asia
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Former High-Ranking Official Under Investigation In China

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:58 am

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The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package

Traffic passes a construction zone at the interchange of U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 80, in Altoona, Iowa
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:29 pm

The Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would keep transportation dollars flowing until December. But it has not yet solved the problem of how to avoid any disruption in highway spending.

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Goats and Soda
5:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

During nationwide polio campaigns, hundreds of thousands of health workers go door to door, giving children two drops of the polio vaccine.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:06 pm

Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a hundred cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.

Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. The government also deploys tens of thousands of armed security forces to guard the workers.

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The Two-Way
5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Israeli Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant

Smoke and fire rise from the explosion of an Israeli strike over Gaza City on Tuesday
Hatem Moussa AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:20 pm

Israel broadened its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, wrecking the region's only power plant and killing more than 125 Palestinians.

Barrages "destroyed Hamas's media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant," The New York Times reports.

The bombings came on a day when hope briefly arose about a new cease-fire. Both Israeli and Palestinian officials in the West Bank discussed the possibility.

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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:04 pm

McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.

Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency said that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.

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Parallels
4:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

People holding Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags demonstrate in front of the French-built Vladivostok warship in St. Nazaire, western France, on June 1. The protesters are opposed to the sale of the Vladivostok and Sevastopol warships to Russia.
Jean-Sebastien Evrard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

France plans to go ahead with the sale of two warships to the Kremlin, even as the European Union and U.S. strengthen sanctions on Russia amid continued fighting in Ukraine and the aftermath of the downed Malaysian airliner.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

Anti-abortion protester Mary McLaurin calls out to a patient at the Jackson Women's Health Organization in 2013.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

A federal appeals court has rejected a Mississippi law that would have forced the state's only abortion clinic to close.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday turned aside arguments that women seeking to have an abortion could have the procedure done in a neighboring state.

Closing the clinic in Jackson would place an "undue burden" on women, the court found.

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The Salt
3:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

A fisherman pulls a basket filled with anchovies aboard a fishing boat off of Peru's northern port of Chimbote, in 2012. Peru is the world's top fishmeal exporter, producing about a third of worldwide supply.
Enrique Castro-Mendivil Reuters/Landov

Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in omega-3s, vitamin D and low on the food chain.

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Music Reviews
2:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

A Fond Farewell From An Old Memphis Maverick

When "Cowboy" Jack Clement died in August 2013, he'd just completed what would be his final album, For Once and for All.
J. Niles Clement Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

The late musician Jack Clement's nickname, "Cowboy," came from a radio show he was part of in the early 1960s. It had nothing to do with horses or boots, but it happened to fit his maverick approach to work.

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Politics
2:56 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The New SuperPAC That Spends Big So That Others Spend Less

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

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The Two-Way
2:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 4:04 pm

Government scientists can speak Southern after all.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. They've now responded to the anger of offended workers.

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Goats and Soda
2:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life

Medical workers treat Ebola patients at the Eternal Love Winning Africa hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Three workers at the hospital, including Dr. Kent Brantly (left), have tested positive for Ebola.
Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

A doctor trained in Fort Worth, Texas, is now a victim of the Ebola outbreak he was battling.

Kent Brantly, 33, had been caring for Ebola patients in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, for several months when he noticed he had symptoms of the deadly virus last Wednesday.

He immediately put himself into an isolation ward.

"He is still conversing and is in isolation. But he is seriously ill with a very grave prognosis," says Dr. David McRay, of John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, who spoke to Brantly by phone on Monday.

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Law
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

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Just two summers ago, Bob McDonnell was a rising Republican star. He was governor of Virginia, and he had been considered a possible running mate for Mitt Romney. He was chosen to speak at the Republican national convention.

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U.S.
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

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Politics
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

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