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12:25 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

A Hitchhiking Robot's Journey West Ends Early... In Philadelphia

HitchBOT, a hitchhiking robot, sits with German tourists Sarah Strempel and Eric Vogel in the back seat of a vehicle as they and their companions prepare to leave Marblehead, Mass., after picking-up hitchBot for its first ride on July 17, 2015.
Stephan Savoia AP

After a bunch of really nice humans helped a hitchhiking robot traverse the length of Canada and most of Germany, the robot was going to try to make it from Massachusetts all the way to California.

HitchBOT is the brainchild of two Canadian social scientists. As Frauke Zeller and David Harris Smith explained it in a piece for the Harvard Business review, it was an experiment meant to spark a discussion "about trust, notions of safety, and about our attitude towards technology."

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Animals
12:15 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

For Many Adopted Dogs, The Journey Home Takes A Thousand Miles

Dinaz Campbell, 10, holds Sherry, her newly adopted dog, at an adoption clinic in Rockville, Md.
Marisa Penaloza NPR

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:58 am

On a muggy Sunday morning in Rockville, Md., the parking lot of the local pet store is organized chaos at its finest. Several hundred people pack the lot looking for a dog to adopt, and they have 50 to choose from. But they'll have to sort through a whole bunch of barking and tail-wagging to do it.

The scene looks like a mix between a fair and speed dating. Volunteers run the check-in table, coordinators walk potential adoptive families through the logistics and people move from dog to dog trying to find a perfect match to take home.

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Parallels
12:15 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

In Seoul, Where Everything Moves Fast, There's Also Longing For The Past

Traditional architecture and modern skyscrapers overlap in central Seoul.
Ari Shapiro NPR

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

Anytime I need to update a bunch of apps on my smartphone, I'm going to fly to South Korea to do it.

I'm only partly joking.

The Internet speeds are so fast here, they make me feel like the U.S. is living in the past.

And it's not just the Internet. The subways here are clean, and on time, with air conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Since I arrived in Seoul, I've lost track of the number of Americans who've told me, "Incheon in my favorite airport in the world."

Now, the journalistic cliché would be to say, "This didn't happen overnight!"

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Interviews
12:14 pm
Sun August 2, 2015

After Katrina, One Sister Moves On; For Another, 'Tomorrow Never Came'

Huge shafts of light strike the littered playing field of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Sept. 2, 2005 four days after Hurricane Katrina. The Superdome was a squalid shelter to tens of thousands of residents for days after the storm, including the Halley sisters and their mother.
Bill Haber AP

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 7:37 am

Ten years ago this month, the monster storm Hurricane Katrina thundered through New Orleans and coastal Mississippi and Alabama. Many who survived the storm and its aftermath are still feeling its terrible impact.

This week on For the Record: Hurricane Katrina's mark on one family, 10 years later.

In 2005, sisters Regina and Talitha Halley, had just moved out of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, into a new house on Spain Street. Regina, now 33, took care of her sister full time while their mom worked as a professional caregiver.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Mexican Photojournalist Found Dead In Country's Capital

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 9:59 am

A Mexican photojournalist, who worked for, among others, the investigative outfit Proceso, has been found dead along with four other people at an apartment in the country's capital.

According to Article 19, a group that advocates for press freedom, Rubén Espinosa is the 88th journalist killed in Mexico.

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The Two-Way
7:47 am
Sun August 2, 2015

President Obama To Unveil Tough Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases

A close carbon-fired power plant outside Helper, Utah.
George Frey Landov

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:18 am

Calling it the "biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change," President Obama said his administration would unveil the final version of a proposal aimed at curbing the amount of carbon pollution put out by power plants.

NPR's Scott Horsley reports that the new regulations are actually tougher than the ones unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency in a draft proposal in June of 2014.

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Parallels
6:59 am
Sun August 2, 2015

25 Years In Iraq, With No End In Sight

U.S. Marines arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran Air Base on Aug. 21, 1990. The U.S. began a buildup in the region just days after Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2 of that year. The U.S. military has been active in Iraq virtually nonstop for the past quarter-century.
Gerard Fouet AFP/Getty Images

It started so well. When Saddam Hussein's Iraq invaded Kuwait on Aug. 2, 1990, the United States swiftly cobbled together a broad coalition, unleashed a stunning new generation of air power and waged a lightning ground offensive that lasted all of four days. Iraqi troops were so desperate to quit that some surrendered to Western journalists armed only with notebooks.

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The Two-Way
6:52 am
Sun August 2, 2015

More Plane Debris Washes Up On Réunion Island

Debris from an airplane that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been determined to belong to a Boeing 777. It is still unclear whether it belongs to MH370.
Raymond Wae Tion Maxppp /Landov

More debris has washed on shore of the French Island of La Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

From Paris, reporter Jake Cigainero tells our Newscast unit that French authorities believe the debris could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Jake filed this report:

"Taking a Sunday morning stroll on the beach in La Réunion, walkers stumbled upon mangled metallic debris with what appears to be a type of door handle.

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Politics
6:28 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Obama To Detail Tougher Plan To Fight Climate Change

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 8:56 am

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Religion
6:15 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Mormons Face A Painful Loss If The Church Severs Boy Scout Ties

Boy Scouts work on canoes at camp Maple Dell outside Payson, Utah. The Mormon Church is considering pulling out of its 102 year old relationship with the Boy Scouts after the Boy Scouts changed it's policy on allowing gay leaders in the organization.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 10:44 am

The vote by the Boy Scouts of America to lift its ban on openly gay troop leaders last week was a blow to some religious conservative organizations that have long been connected to scouting, especially the Mormon Church, which has deep roots in the Boy Scouts.

The church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has used the Boy Scouts as its official program for young men for more than 100 years, according to Quin Monson, a political science professor at Brigham Young University.

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Health
5:31 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Less-Addictive Opioids Could Boost Drug Firms' Image

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Politics
5:30 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Could Biden Catch Clinton In A White House Bid?

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Sports
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

NFL's First Female Coach Raises The Perennial 'Distraction' Question

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Middle East
5:27 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Nusra Front Attacks U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 6:28 am

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Goats and Soda
5:03 am
Sun August 2, 2015

Rivers Run Through This Exhibit Of Colombia Art

Fibers from the fique plant, dyed with natural pigments by artist Susana Mejia, are part of the Waterweavers exhibit. In the photo above, the fibers hang to dry in the Amazon jungle.
Jorge Montoya

Originally published on Sun August 2, 2015 1:28 pm

You walk into an air-conditioned building in Washington, D.C., and suddenly you're surrounded by rivers.

You can hear them, from the bubbling chuckle of a current to an unforgiving roar.

You can see them, foamy currents rushing past on video screens.

And when you take a break and sit down on a chair — carved out of reclaimed rainforest wood — you look up to see cascades of linen and plastic that seem to pour from the ceiling like flowing water.

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The Two-Way
7:47 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Texas Attorney General Indicted On Felony Charges, 'New York Times' Reports

A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on three counts of securities fraud, according to multiple media reports.

Paxton is accused of misleading investors in a technology company — by encouraging investments without revealing he was making a commission on them — and, on a lesser charge, of failing to register as a solicitor while he was referring clients to an investment firm, the New York Times reports.

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NPR Story
4:39 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

An Immigrant's Experience, Recast As Noir, In 'Dragonfish'

Lydia Thompson NPR

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 9:31 am

Oakland cop Robert can't seem to forget Suzy: She left him two years ago and ended up marrying a man named Sonny, a gambler and a smuggler; a man who escaped from Vietnam, like Suzy.

Robert's always wondered what happened to his ex-wife — and now she's disappeared, and Sonny's forcing him to look for her. Sonny shadows Robert on a journey that takes them through the gambling underworld of Las Vegas, and through the haunted enclaves of Suzy's past.

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It's All Politics
4:38 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

SuperPAC Fundraising Already Dwarfs 2012 Levels

The super PAC supporting Jeb Bush has posted some truly astonishing fundraising numbers...and the election is still more than a year away.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 3:26 pm

Independent-expenditure-only committees, also known as superPACs, released their latest funding numbers on Friday, and already it's clear that the committees' roles in 2016 will be gargantuan.

The numbers already are far higher than those of the three election cycles since the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United ruling, which paved the way for the outside spending surge.

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Law
4:18 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

A Lawyer's Advice For Black Men At Traffic Stops: 'Comply Now, Contest Later'

Demonstrators hold up a placard of a man with his hands up during the "Justice For All" march in Washington, DC last December. Numerous protests have brought attention to police violence against people of color. One lawyer, while emphasizing that police are responsible for behaving professionally, also wants to give black men advice on how to survive encounters with police.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

It's been nearly a year since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Mo. Since then, more deadly police encounters across the country have prompted anger, activism and reform.

Many of those incidents began with traffic stops — routine events that quickly turned deadly. And attorney Eric Broyles says that the risks for citizens are not distributed evenly.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Jericho Isn't Cecil's Brother And Is Probably Still Alive, Lion Researcher Says

Jericho the lion, right, seen here fighting with Cecil last year, was the subject of competing stories Saturday, as groups in Zimbabwe disagreed over whether he had been killed.
KEN WATKINS SN /Landov

Two non-profit conservation groups in Zimbabwe are telling distinctly different stories about a lion that's seen as an ally of Cecil, the popular 13-year-old animal whose death at the hands of an American hunter in July sparked international outrage.

"We are absolutely heart broken," the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said Saturday, announcing via Facebook page that Jericho, which it called Cecil's brother, was shot and killed at 4 p.m. (local time) Saturday afternoon.

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Politics
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

SuperPACs Report Their Funds — And The Numbers Are Staggering

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

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Middle East
3:10 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

After A West Bank Home Goes Up In Flames, Tensions Flare In The Region

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:55 pm

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The Two-Way
12:33 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead

Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house in Lower Lake, Calif., Friday. More than 5,000 firefighters are now battling large blazes in California; hundreds of residents are under evacuation orders in affected areas.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:02 pm

With 20 major wildfires burning in California, the state's governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency. Nine of those fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one of them, in Northern California.

From Los Angeles, Danielle Karson reports:

"The U.S. Forest Service is investigating how David Ruhl died. He was killed while fighting a wildfire in Modoc National Forest.

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Interviews
10:36 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Call Me Lucky'; 'The End of the Tour'; Training Dogs For Film

White God is about a dog who is separated from his owner (Zsófia Psotta) when her father forces her to give him up. Teresa Ann Miller worked as a trainer for the Hungarian film.
Magnolia Pictures

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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The Two-Way
9:49 am
Sat August 1, 2015

After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

Kira Grunberg, seen here competing last summer, was severely injured in a training accident this week. Doctors say she is now a paraplegic.
Ian Walton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:33 am

Kira Grunberg, Austria's top women's pole vaulter who suffered a horrible injury during training Thursday, is breathing on her own and could soon leave intensive care. The 21-year-old underwent emergency surgery after fracturing at least one of her cervical vertebrae.

Doctors say the fall has left Grunberg a paraplegic — a development that shocked the sporting world in Europe and brought offers of emotional and financial support for the young athlete who holds Austria's record for the women's pole vault.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Sailing Federation Will Test Waters For Viruses In Brazil's Olympics Venues

Concerns about pollution in the waters around Rio have prompted the world sailing federation to take action ahead of next year's Olympic Games. Here, garbage is seen on Bica Beach, on the banks of the Guanabara Bay, with the Sugar Loaf mountain in background, earlier this year.
RICARDO MORAES Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:36 am

Saying that recent stories about raw sewage in Brazilian waterways that will serve as Olympics venues in 2016 helped "wake us up again and put this back on the agenda," the head of sailing's world governing body says his group will test for viruses and bacteria in the water.

The International Sailing Federation's chief executive, Peter Sowrey, tells the AP that the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety.

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The Two-Way
7:26 am
Sat August 1, 2015

MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

Debris from an airplane that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been transported to France, where technicians will try to determine whether it is from a missing airliner, Flight MH370.
Raymond Wae Tion Maxppp /Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:37 am

The piece of a jet that's believed to be from a Boeing 777 — the same model of a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing last year — is now in France, where it will be examined in a government laboratory near Toulose.

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

The airline also says that MH370 "is believed to be the only 777 to have crashed south of the equator since the jet came into service 20 years ago."

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Parallels
6:35 am
Sat August 1, 2015

In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

Refugees line up to apply for asylum at a reception center in Berlin, Germany. Figures released last week showed that about 180,000 asylum applications were filed in the first six months of 2015, more than twice as many as in the same period last year.
Markus Schreiber AP

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 2:18 pm

For pharmacists in ever-diverse Berlin, communicating with customers requires a variety of languages.

Just ask German pharmacist Julia al-Erian, who tries in English to engage a young Arab man who is trying to buy acne cream. He gives her a blank stare, so she tries explaining in German how the medicated lotion works.

He looks perplexed, says "hold on" in German, then turns to a friend and speaks Arabic.

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It's All Politics
6:03 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

B.E.A.R.D. PAC is a nonpartisan superPAC that supports bearded candidates nationwide.
Courtesy of B.E.A.R.D. PAC

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 4:57 pm

This post was updated at 4:30 p.m. ET with comment from Xavier the cat's human.

Because superPACs aren't legally allowed to donate money directly to or coordinate with a political campaign, founders often give them patriotic but purposefully vague names. There's Keep the Promise (supporting Ted Cruz), Opportunity and Freedom (Perry), Priorities USA Action (Clinton), and Pursuing America's Greatness (Huckabee).

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Asia
5:44 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of The 2022 Winter Olympics

Boosters of Kazakhstan's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics rally in Almaty as they wait for word of whether their city won. It didn't, forcing Kazakhstan back to the drawing board for ways to achieve international recognition.
Corey Flintoff NPR

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 11:57 pm

There was a moment of drama in global sports on Friday, when the International Olympic Committee chose Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Games.

The loser was Almaty, Kazakhstan, a major city in an oil-rich central Asian nation that's trying to raise its profile on the international scene.

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