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Parallels
3:14 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Gaza's Network Of Tunnels Is A Major Hole In Israel's Defenses

An Israeli army officer walks near the entrance of a tunnel allegedly used by Palestinian militants for cross-border attacks, at the Israel-Gaza border. A network of tunnels Palestinian militants have dug from Gaza to Israel is taking center stage in the latest war between Hamas and Israel.
Jack Guez AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:24 pm

Israeli officials say the country's deadly ground offensive won't end until its soldiers destroy a vast network of Hamas tunnels the militants use to try to attack Jewish communities outside the Gaza Strip.

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Around the Nation
3:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Grocery Chain Workers Want Their CEO Back

The aisles and food cases are largely empty inside a Market Basket in Somerville, Mass. Workers have disrupted operations by leaving produce to spoil in the back of the store and parking semi-trucks to block loading bays.
Curt Nickisch WBUR

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:25 pm

If your boss was fired, would you walk off the job in protest?

That's what's happening at the New England grocery store chain Market Basket, which has 25,000 employees. Business at Market Basket stores has slowed to a trickle as workers disrupt operations, stage protests and ask shoppers to stay away.

They say CEO Arthur T. Demoulas treats them well, and they want him reinstated.

Outside the Market Basket store in Somerville, Mass., a dozen workers wave protest signs as cars honk in support. Gabriel Pinto, a bagger, says he wants the new top executives gone.

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The Two-Way
2:27 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara applauded a judge's ruling in a major fraud case.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:08 pm

A federal judge has ordered Bank of America to pay a $1.27 billion fine for fraud perpetrated by Countrywide Financial Corp., a mortgage company the bank acquired in 2008.

Last October, a jury held Bank of America liable for bad loans Countrywide sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as part of its "Hustle" mortgage-lending program as the housing market soured in 2007 and 2008.

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

GDP, Fed And Jobs Report: Economists Watching A Big Week In Money

Construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill., July 17, 2014. (Seth Perlman/AP)

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:43 pm

Today, the U.S. economy surprised economists by growing at a 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, rebounding after a disappointing winter.

The Federal Reserve Board announced this afternoon that it will be speeding up the tapering of its bond buying, which has been a way to stimulate the economy since the financial crisis. The Fed says interest rates will stay below normal even after employment and inflation reach normal levels.

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2:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Over 200,000 Gazans In U.N. Shelters As Fighting Continues

A displaced Palestinian child takes shelter at the Abu Hussien UN school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit earlier in the morning by Israeli shelling on July 30, 2014. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed dozens of Palestinians in Gaza, including those at at a UN school, medics said, on day 23 of the Israel-Hamas conflict. (Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:43 pm

The fighting continued today in Gaza, with an early morning strike on a United Nations refugee camp, which killed at least 20 Palestinians.

Israel declared a limited humanitarian ceasefire, but excluded areas in which its troops are carrying out operations. Israeli military officials also warned Gazans to stay away from areas they have been told to evacuate.

The U.N. says it is now sheltering over 200,000 Palestinians, and that at least five — possibly as many as seven — of its facilities have been hit by fire since the Israeli ground operation began.

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NPR Story
2:10 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Older Poor Americans And Their Search For Work

"Workampers" travel across the country in RVs, often performing seasonal work or even working part-time in huge Amazon warehouses. (Curtis Perry/Flickr)

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:43 pm

More than 7 million Americans age 65 years and older were still working last year. That’s up 60 percent from a decade ago.

A story in Harper’s Magazine opens a window into some of these people. They’re called “workampers” (a contraction of working and camping) and they travel across the country in their RVs, often performing seasonal work, selling fireworks, pumpkins, Christmas trees. They even work part-time in huge Amazon warehouses.

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Can I Just Tell You?
2:09 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Making Space For People Who Are Out Of the Spotlight

Tell Me More host Michel Martin.
Amy Ta NPR

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 12:47 pm

A very smart person I know, a long time civil rights activist, told me once that "gratitude is overrated."

Now, I know that sounds harsh, but what I think she meant was that some people, especially, in her view, women, are too often too quick to settle for less than they deserve. She was talking about people who are so conditioned to have nothing, that they are just too happy when they get even a little.

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NPR Story
2:09 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Argentina Scrambles To Avoid Default

Retired citizens await the opening of the Banco Provincia bank headquarters in the financial district near Plaza de Mayo square to collect their pensions, in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2014. Last-ditch talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years were to resume Wednesday in New York, after Tuesday's marathon session failed to reach a deal. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:43 pm

An American judge has ordered Argentina to make debt payments of $1.5 billion to American creditors. But time is running out.

If Argentina doesn’t pay the U.S. hedge funds by midnight, it will default on its bond payments for the second time in 13 years. The last default, in 2001, led Argentinians to protest the declining economic conditions in their country.

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NPR Story
2:09 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

As War And Conflicts Proliferate, Children Become Unwary Victims And Targets

The latest video released by Boko Haram of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls shows the girls dressed in full hijab and chanting passages from the Koran. (Screenshot)

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:43 pm

With political, military, economic and religious strife proliferating globally, children are increasingly turning up in the headlines.

And while kids have always suffered during the turmoils of war and crisis, there’s a sense internationally that the burden of instability is being increasingly borne by children.

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:08 pm

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Latin America
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Big Banks Rally For Argentina At Debt Deadline

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:08 pm

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Europe
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Violence On The Ground Hobbles MH17 Investigations

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:08 pm

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

For 2 Senators, Campus Sexual Assault Solution Starts In Washington

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:08 pm

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Politics
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Senators Roll Out A Bill To Curb Sexual Assault On Campus

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:08 pm

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Around the Nation
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

As Wildfires Burns Through Funds, Washington Seeks New Way To Pay

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:02 pm

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Economy
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fast Growth Does Little To Budge Fed's Caution — For Now

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:02 pm

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Middle East
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

A Market And A School Come Under Fire During A Violent Day In Gaza

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 3:02 pm

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Latin America
2:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

A Tour Of The Tower That Fell Into Squatters' Hands

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:08 pm

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The Fresh Air Interview
1:50 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Dom Flemons Holds On To Those Old-Time Roots

Dom Flemons with his 1920s banjo.
Michael Weintrob Courtesy of the artist

From his vintage hat to his enormous 1920s banjo, Dom Flemons looks like he's time-traveled from a different era.

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The Two-Way
12:00 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Women Defy Turkey's Deputy PM, Who Said Women Shouldn't Laugh In Public

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç stirred some controversy on Monday, when during an Eid el-Fitr speech, he said chaste women should not laugh in public.

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Shots - Health News
11:54 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Problem Drinking In Midlife Linked To Memory Trouble Later

How much is too much?
Robert S. Donovan/Flickr

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 12:58 pm

To ward off big memory problems in your 70s and beyond you may want to cork the bottle more often now.

In a study of 6,500 people published this week, adults with a midlife history of drinking problems were more than twice as likely as those without alcohol problems to suffer severe memory impairment decades later.

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Goats and Soda
11:50 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Sierra Leone Doctor Who Led The Fight Against Ebola Dies

Before the Ebola outbreak, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan focused on helping patients with other types of hemorrhagic fevers.
Umaru Fofana Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:16 pm

For the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan had been one of the top doctors battling the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Khan had treated over a 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and was hailed by the government as a "national hero."

Then last week Khan caught the virus himself. He died Tuesday, Reuters reports, while receiving treatment at a clinic in Kailahun, Sierra Leone.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S. Issues Travel Restrictions On Venezuelan Officials

Demonstrations back in February resulted in violent clashes between protesters and government forces.
Leo Ramirez AFP/Getty Images

The State Department on Wednesday announced it was revoking visas for a number of Venezuelan government officials the U.S. says have violated the human rights of the Venezuelan people.

"We have seen repeated efforts to repress legitimate expression of dissent through judicial intimidation, to limit freedom of the press, and to silence members of the political opposition," Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement.

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The Protojournalist
9:13 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Desk Desk Evolution

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Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 11:37 am

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Wed July 30, 2014

WATCH: Video Shows Women Narrowly Escape Death On Railroad Tracks

Video shows a woman trying to outrun a train.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 9:53 am

The video is harrowing. It shows two women narrowly escaping death after a train is unable to come to a stop before running over them.

The Indiana Rail Road, which released the video to show the dangers of trespassing on railroad tracks, describes the scene like this:

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The Two-Way
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 Wednesday at a hospital in Beit Lahiya for her injuries caused by a strike at a U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp.
Khalil Hamra AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:17 pm

(This post was last updated at 3:04 p.m. ET.)

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

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

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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

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 2:20 pm

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 layoffs. 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

UCLA Floods As Water Main Break Dumps Up To 10 Million Gallons

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 9:25 am

A 90-year-old water main broke near the University of California, Los Angeles, on Tuesday, spilling 8 million 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 6:07 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 6:07 am

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