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1:58 am
Fri July 31, 2015

To Get Big Rig Drivers, Senate Bill Would Give Keys To Teens

Eric Pennucci of Horizon Air Services, a Boston trucking firm, does not like the idea of 18-year-olds behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer.
Chris Arnold NPR

Tractor-trailers have 18 wheels. But under current federal law you can't be 18 years old and drive one across state lines. You need to be 21. The highway bill working its way through the Senate though would change that.

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The Two-Way
6:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People

What has thumbs and no habeas corpus entitlement? Chimpanzees. A Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled Thursday that chimps are still viewed as property, not people, under the law.

The lawsuit was filed by the Nonhuman Rights Project, a group that wanted two research chimps — named Hercules and Leo — out of confinement.

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei was denied a six-month visa to the U.K.
Johannes Simon Getty Images

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei says he was denied a six-month visa to the U.K. because British officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction on his application.

Ai applied for the six-month business visa, but was instead restricted to a 20-day travel visa from Sept. 9-29.

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NPR Ed
4:18 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

The Most Popular High School Plays and Musicals

Cast members of Notre Dame Academy's Godspell perform during the fifth annual Minty Awards for high school theater at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island, N.Y.
Kathryn Carse Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 8:04 pm

True, I never basked in the glow of the high school stage. But I have fond memories of working behind the scenes, as stage crew. Dressed in black, I rushed the bed onstage for Tevye's dream sequence in Fiddler on the Roof.

I've also spoken with many people who weren't involved in theater at all but can still — for some reason — remember the shows their schools performed.

There's just something about the high school stage.

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U.S.
3:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Many Colleges Have Armed Police Squads, But Are They Worth The Risk?

On Wednesday, Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters announced murder and manslaughter charges against University of Cincinnati police Officer Ray Tensing for the traffic stop shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose. During the press conference, Deters said that "being police officers shouldn't be the role of this university."
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:46 pm

American college campuses are increasingly patrolled by armed police officers — and it's a trend that burst into public view Wednesday, when a University of Cincinnati officer was charged with murder in the shooting death of a black motorist during a traffic stop. But this arming of college cops is causing some worries.

When prosecutor Joe Deters announced the indictment of University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing on Wednesday, he had harsh words about the officer's competence, saying he should never have been a cop.

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Parallels
3:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Amid Political Dysfunction, Beirut Residents Suffer The Stench Of Garbage

A Lebanese woman covers her nose as she walks past piles of garbage on a Beirut street.
Hassan Ammar AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:04 pm

Beirut is usually one of the pleasanter places in the Middle East — a bright, cosmopolitan city squeezed between the Mediterranean Sea and a green ridge of mountains. But for the past two weeks or so, the stench from mounds of festering garbage has filled its gaudy streets.

"The trash is climbing up, the mountain is getting higher and higher," says one immaculately dressed, middle-aged woman with a perfect bouffant, wrinkling her nose. She wouldn't give her name because she criticizes powerful people — Lebanon's politicians, whom she holds responsible for the garbage crisis.

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World
3:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

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The Salt
3:42 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

Mineral supplements, ape-style: A female chimp called Kana eats clay in the Budongo Forest of Uganda.
A.Schel Budongo Conservation Field Station/Animal Ecology, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Chimpanzees are like us in many ways. They can cook, they enjoy a good drink here and there, they share about 95 percent of our DNA.

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Shots - Health News
3:16 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Low-Income Teens Are Better At Getting The HPV Vaccine

A teenage girl gets a shot of HPV vaccine, which protects against a virus that causes cervical cancer.
Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel MCT/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:04 pm

When it comes to getting the HPV vaccine to protect against cervical cancer, teens below the poverty line are doing better than the rest.

Among teenage girls ages 13 to 17 whose total family income was less than the federal poverty level for their family size, 67.2 percent have received the first dose of the human papillomavirus vaccine, compared to 57.7 percent for those at or above the poverty line. For teen boys, it's 51.6 percent compared to 39.5 percent.

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The Two-Way
3:04 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.S. Authorities Can't Find Hunter Who Killed 'Cecil The Lion'

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:37 pm

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is investigating Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer, a hunting enthusiast who has been identified as the person who illegally poached Zimbabwe's famous "Cecil the Lion."

But officials are asking the public for help in locating Palmer, who has apparently gone into hiding after his identity was made public and social media lit up with scorn and vitriol.

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Goats and Soda
2:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Help Wanted: The Philippines Needs More Exorcists

Father Jose Francisco Syquia heads the Office of Exorcism in the Philippines.
TED ALJIBE AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 5:21 pm

Alvin Bailon and his wife were at their wits' end last September. Their 12-year-old son, an honors student, had begun having anxiety attacks, mostly about school. "And then all of a sudden he would slowly lose consciousness," Bailon recalls. "We term it as doze off. He would doze off and he would fall down slowly."

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Music Interviews
2:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

Jason Isbell's new album, Something More Than Free, comes as he's preparing to be a father.
David McClister Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

Jason Isbell is riding high this week: His new album Something More Than Free is number one on Billboard's country, rock and folk charts. The musician from rural Alabama got his start with the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers, and then went solo. For the past few years, he's been sober, after drinking brought him "close to the point of no return."

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World
2:58 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:49 pm

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Shots - Health News
1:37 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, (left) poses with his uncle, Philip Lee, and father Peter Lee (seated) at the younger Peter Lee's home in Pasadena, Calif., in 2013.
Gina Ferazzi LA Times via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:24 pm

If there's such a thing as the first family of health care, the Lees may be it.

Five decades ago, two brothers helped start Medicare. Their father inspired them and they, in turn, have inspired the next generation.

To mark the anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing Medicare into law on July 30, 1965, three Lees sat down to reflect on the U.S. health care system.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Experts: Flight MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

Chart showing main ocean currents.
American Meteorological Society

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:00 pm

An expert in ocean circulation tells NPR's Geoff Brumfiel that it is "highly likely" that currents in the Indian Ocean could have carried debris from the presumed crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off Australia's west coast to Reunion Island near Madagascar.

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It's All Politics
1:04 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

Jimmy Hoffa (walking at left in front) leads a parade of supporting delegates to the Teamsters Union Convention in Miami Beach in 1957.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:04 pm

In the summer of 1975, Teamsters President James Riddle Hoffa — Jimmy Hoffa — was already a legendary figure in both U.S. labor history and in American pop culture.

As a teenager in Detroit, he took to union organizing early on in the grocery business. He was smart and tough. With an emphasis on tough. A master strategist, he knew how to pick his targets, organize strikes and boycotts, and he rose through the Teamster ranks earning the deep loyalty of truckers and warehouse workers in a city that was becoming an industrial powerhouse.

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The Two-Way
12:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

The Baltimore City Detention Center, seen here in 2013, was found to be riddled with corruption, according to a federal probe.
Lloyd Fox MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:14 pm

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has ordered the immediate closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, which a federal probe revealed in 2013 as being riddled with corruption, from smuggling to sex between inmates and guards.

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Inmates Were Running Jail, Hogan Says

Saying that the Baltimore facility is the only city prison in the entire country that's run by a state government, Hogan says it is time for a change.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

The Ensatina salamander, a lungless species common along the U.S. West Coast, is one of hundreds of species of salamanders endemic to North America threatened by an emerging infectious pathogen.
Courtesy of Tiffany Yap

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:12 pm

Scientists are calling for an immediate ban on live salamander imports in the U.S. to try to prevent the spread of a fungal disease that could potentially devastate wild North American salamanders.

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It's All Politics
11:58 am
Thu July 30, 2015

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. "I hope that I can look back on myself in 10 years, like 'Oh, I was so silly to be worrying about that," Tothill said. "But, at this point, it doesn't feel that way at all."
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:44 pm

The economy is always a key issue in presidential campaigns.

But whose economy are we talking about? Many millennial voters are underemployed and crushed under thousands of dollars of student debt.

And perhaps nowhere is the problem more acute than in New Hampshire.

Seventy-six percent of the class of 2013 had loans. On average, each New Hampshire student was carrying $32,795 of debt, according to The Project on Student Debt. It's the nation's biggest student loan debt burden.

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Shots - Health News
10:03 am
Thu July 30, 2015

How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her 'Sugar Linings'

Sierra Sandison, Miss Idaho 2014, during the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade at the Miss America pageant.
Courtesy of The Miss America Organization

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:22 pm

Last July, a photo changed Sierra Sandison's life. She went onstage in the Miss Idaho pageant with an insulin pump clipped to her bikini bottom. The photo and the #ShowMeYourPump hashtag she created went viral on social media and became NPR's most popular online story of the year.

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Taliban Acknowledge Death Of Leader, Select Successor

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:19 am

The Taliban have confirmed reports that the group's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, is dead, and the Afghan-based extremist organization has reportedly chosen a successor.

As Eyder reported on Wednesday, the Afghan government said it had "credible information" that Omar had died in April 2013 in Pakistan.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Thu July 30, 2015

University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing appears at Hamilton County Courthouse for his arraignment in the shooting death of motorist Samuel DuBose, on Thursday in Cincinnati. Tensing pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:33 pm

A University of Cincinnati officer who was charged in the murder of an unarmed black man during a routine traffic stop has pleaded not guilty.

Officer Ray Tensing was escorted into a Hamilton County courthouse on Thursday handcuffed and in a prison uniform.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Megan Shanahan said because Tensing is facing a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

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Around the Nation
6:20 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges Maker's Mark Handmade Bourbon Claim

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Around the Nation
5:53 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Movie Article Leads Police To Missing Convicted Bank Robber

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:20 am

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The Two-Way
5:43 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

The Rodrigo de Freitas lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought to be safe for Olympic rowers and canoeists. But an investigation by The Associated Press found it to be among the most polluted sites.
Leo Correa AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:35 am

It's no secret that the water at some of the 2016 Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro has some problems.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro got a whiff of one venue in April. But The Associated Press has just put some science into it by commissioning tests over a five-month period.

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The Two-Way
5:00 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Egypt Postpones Verdict In Trial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

Al Jazeera English producer Baher Mohamed (from left), Canadian-Egyptian acting Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and correspondent Peter Greste appear in court along with several other defendants during their trial on terrorism charges in Cairo.
Heba Elkholy AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 7:18 am

A court in Egypt has delayed reading the verdict in the retrial of three Al Jazeera journalists accused of aiding a terrorist organization.

The BBC reports:

"Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in June 2014.

"Their convictions for spreading false news were overturned on appeal and they were released on bail in February. ...

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Around the Nation
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

#TheEmptyChair Amplifies Conversation About Sexual Assault

This week's New York magazine cover has received a lot of attention.
New York Magazine Via Twitter

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:52 pm

The cover story of this week's New York magazine is getting a lot of attention.

It features 35 women seated in chairs and one empty chair. The women are all dressed in black, looking straight ahead with both hands resting on their knees. It is a stark image, and all the more compelling because each of them is openly and by name accusing Bill Cosby of horrendous acts. Some say they were drugged and raped; others recount stories of narrowly escaping sexual assault.

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Animals
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

How 3-D Printing Helps Scientists Understand Bird Behavior

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 3:30 pm

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Died 2 Years Ago, Afghan Government Says

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 12:17 pm

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Campus Police Officer Charged In Unarmed Black Man's Death

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 6:20 am

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