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4:56 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

One Of The World's Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

Free diver Natalia Molchanova of Russia has been missing since August 3.
Jacques Munch Stringer/Getty

One of the world's most prominent free divers is missing off the coast of an island called Formentera, near Ibiza, Spain. Natalia Molchanova of Russia was on a recreational dive on Sunday when she was separated from companions, according to AIDA, the worldwide federation for free diving. The organization calls her the most accomplished and most famous female free diver in the world.

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Animals
4:25 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

At This Summer Camp, Some Of The Best Friends Are Marine Mammals

Campers at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, Calif., learn how to care for sick and injured marine mammals — from cleaning an animal covered with oil to rescuing a stranded baby sea lion. Stuffed toy seals are stand-ins.
Gloria Hillard for NPR

Summer camp typically brings to mind s'mores, campfires and the beach, but for some kids in southern California, it's all about marine mammals. Day camp at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach teaches children to care for the sick and stranded baby sea lions and elephant seals. (Check out the center's live poolside webcam.)

"It's sad that they have to come in, but it's good that they're coming in to get rehabilitated," says camper Jameson Ibe, 11. He

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It's All Politics
4:10 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Who's In, Who's Out: Selection Day For The GOP Presidential Debate

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H.
Jim Cole AP

The final polls are in and the stage is set for Thursday night's first Republican presidential debate.

Who made the cut, according to Fox News: businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

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The Salt
3:51 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Laws in Montana, Utah, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Iowa have also made it illegal for activists to smuggle cameras into industrial animal operations.
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Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:04 pm

Idaho's so-called "ag-gag" law, which outlawed undercover investigations of farming operations, is no more. A judge in the federal District Court for Idaho decided Monday that it was unconstitutional, citing First Amendment protections for free speech.

But what about the handful of other states with similar laws on the books?

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Business
3:39 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

The Soy Car Seat: Are Companies Doing Enough For The Environment?

A worker at Ford's assembly plant in Wayne, Mich., installs back seats made from soy-based foam in a Ford C-Max.
Jason Margolis NPR

It's earnings season on Wall Street, and investors are again looking to quarterly reports to gauge the health of companies. Some environmentalists are looking to so-called "sustainability reports" — how companies are improving their ecological footprints. But not all environmentalists are putting so much stock in these reports.

Andrew Hoffman, at the University of Michigan, breaks environmentalists into two colors, or rather shades of a color. First, the perspective of the "dark greens":

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Around the Nation
2:47 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Why 'Pep' The Prison Dog Got Such A Bum Rap

Pep is featured in the Dec. 26, 1925 issue of the Boston Daily Globe. But Gov. Pinchot's wife, Cornelia, later set the tall tale straight in an interview with The New York Times.
The Boston Evening Globe / Courtesy of Boston Public Library

A 1925 article in The Boston Daily Globe featured a photo of a dog at a radio microphone for a special remote broadcast from a Pennsylvania prison.

He looks like a friendly, dark-haired Labrador. Two prison officers on either side have a hand on his back.

The caption says: This is Pep, "the pet dog Gov. Pinchot of Pennsylvania sentenced to Eastern State Penitentiary for life."

"He had killed the Governor's wife's cat," or so the story went, says Annie Anderson, the historic site researcher at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia — now a museum.

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Drought Drives California Fires To Unprecedented Speeds

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 3:31 pm

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

'All You Can Do Is Pray': Wildfire Rages In Northern California

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 3:31 pm

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

In LA, Vets Become Homeless Faster Than The VA Can House Them

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 4:25 pm

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Health
2:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Grandparents Step In When Parents Get Hooked On Opiates

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 3:31 pm

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Urban Shootings Are On The Rise, But Officials Fail To Pinpoint A Cause

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 4:25 pm

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Sports
2:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Swimmer Katie Ledecky Breaks Her Own Record, Again

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 4:25 pm

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Around the Nation
2:29 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Doctor Who Crusaded For Coal Miners' Health Dies At 87

Donald Rasmussen advises a coal miner who qualified for Federal Black Lung Compensation at his West Virginia clinic in 2006.
Courtesy of Earl Dotter

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 3:58 pm

The nation's coal miners have lost an advocate — a pulmonologist who helped create a national movement in the 1960's that focused national attention on the deadly coal miners' disease known as black lung.

Dr. Donald Rasmussen died July 23 at age 87 in Beckley, W.V., where he spent close to 50 years assessing, studying and treating coal miners — more than 40,000 of them, by his account. His work documenting the occurrence of black lung helped trigger a statewide miners strike in West Virginia in 1969.

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Energy
2:27 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

For Some States, New Emissions Rules Will Force A Power Shift

President Obama's environmental plan won't be so hard for states that have moved to cut emissions. But for others it will be more difficult.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 4:25 pm

Almost as soon as it was unveiled, opponents were lining up to oppose President Obama's new plan to limit carbon emissions. The new rules would require states to lower their carbon emissions by nearly a third over the next decade and a half.

The rules will deal a big blow to some energy sectors — especially coal. But there are also industries that will benefit from the plan.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Would Natural Gas Act As A 'Bridge Fuel?'

The Patterson 298 natural gas fueled drilling rig drills on land in the Permian Basin in Mentone, Texas. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, announced yesterday, requires the country to cut power-plant carbon dioxide emissions by about a third by 2030. The plan also requires the country to get more than a quarter of its electricity from renewable resources like solar and wind by 2030, up from 13 percent last year.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder On Sitting Governors Running For President

Douglas Wilder, former Virginia governor, pictured in 2008. (Steve Helber/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 1:30 pm

Four sitting governors are among the candidates currently running for president.

While they’re out on the campaign trail stumping and fundraising, they also have their own states to run.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder about the challenges of doing both things well. Gov. Wilder briefly sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1991, while he was governor.

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NPR Story
2:00 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Airlines Take Stand Against Carrying Big-Game Trophies

American is joining other airlines in banning big-game transport. (Curimedia/Flickr)

American Airlines is the latest to ban the transportation of big-game trophies on its flights. The industry is responding to outrage over the killing of Cecil, the popular African lion killed by an American hunter, in Zimbabwe. Delta Airlines announced its ban Monday, while Air France, KLM and Quantas issued bans last week.

Jason Bellini, from The Wall Street Journal, joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Family Of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

Sandra Bland's family announced Tuesday that they have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Houston.
Pat Sullivan AP

The family of Sandra Bland, who was arrested in Prairie View, Texas, and was later found dead in her jail cell, announced Tuesday that they're suing authorities in Texas.

NPR's Wade Goodwyn reported for our Newscast unit that the wrongful-death lawsuit names the Texas state trooper who arrested Bland, the sheriff of Waller County, the Texas Department of Public Safety and two guards at the jail. "Among other things, the lawsuit accuses the state trooper of depriving Bland of her constitutional rights," Wade says.

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Music Reviews
1:06 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Daniel Romano's Eccentric 'Countrypolitan' Sound Blends Sincerity And Irony

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Environment
1:06 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Exploring The 'Wild And Haunting World Of Dolphins'

"Anytime you're in the wild with a beautiful animal you're going to feel good," says Susan Casey, author of Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins.
Penguin Random House

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 2:28 pm

Dolphins tend to strike a deep emotional chord in many people who encounter them. Famous for their intelligence and physical ability, there have been reports that the marine mammals have come to the rescue of humans at sea.

Writer Susan Casey tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies about an instance in which a scientist who was watching dolphins hunt noticed that they suddenly bolted for deeper water. He followed them and found that the dolphins had formed a circle.

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It's All Politics
12:50 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Just How Arbitrary Is Fox's 10-Person GOP Debate Cutoff?

All five of these people are running for president, but it looks like only one will make it into the first Republican debate.
Darren McCollester Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 5:01 pm

Update: This post was updated at 6:55 PM EST to reflect Fox's announcement of debate participants.

The Republican presidential field has just had the most exciting fight for tenth place America has ever seen.

It also just might have been a meaningless fight.

With the major contenders for the GOP nomination now numbering 17, Fox News will only allow the top 10 candidates into the first GOP debate on Thursday. To determine the participants, Fox averaged together five national polls from Fox, Bloomberg, CBS, Monmouth, and Quinnipiac.

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Shots - Health News
12:00 pm
Tue August 4, 2015

Straighten Your Hair Without Frying It? Engineers Are On The Case

It's the heat that straightens the hair. But too much, and hair can be permanently limp, or burned.
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Heated tools like flat irons can make hair waterfall straight. But there's always that worry of burning the hair, or yourself.

That can make hair straightening a miserable process, as Marita Golden wrote in her essay "My Black Hair:"

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Shots - Health News
10:21 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Women, There's A Reason Why You're Shivering In The Office

It may be August, but in the office it feels like January. And there's a mysterious man to blame.
Neil Webb Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 2:44 pm

He was probably about 40 years old, 155 pounds, white and wearing a suit. And he's the reason why women are shivering at their desks in air-conditioned buildings.

At some point in the 1930s, someone defined "metabolic equivalents" — how much energy a body requires while sitting, walking and running. Almost a century later, the back-of-the-envelope calculations are considered a standard for many things, including air conditioning.

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The Two-Way
10:16 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Families Of Newtown Massacre Victims Reach $1.5 Million Settlement

A small memorial lined a road near Sandy Hook Elementary School about a month after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings in Newtown, Conn.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 12:13 pm

The relatives of 16 victims of the 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., reached a proposed $1.5 million settlement Monday against the estate of the shooter's mother.

According to the Hartford Courant, each family will receive $93,750 apiece from a homeowners insurance policy that Nancy Lanza had on a Newtown home she shared with her son Adam.

The lawsuits were filed by the families of 14 victims who died in the school shooting and two who survived.

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NPR History Dept.
9:26 am
Tue August 4, 2015

The Strangest Presidential Campaign Ever

Perot speaks at the U.S. Capitol in the spring after the 1992 election.
Maureen Keating via Library of Congress

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 11:07 am

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The Two-Way
6:31 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Circus Tent Collapse Kills 2 During Storm In New Hampshire

Officials are investigating the cause of a tent collapse that killed two people and injured more than a dozen others.
Chris Jensen NHPR

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 9:03 am

A man and a girl were killed while watching a traveling circus show Monday evening, after a strong storm dislodged the circus tent's poles and caused a collapse. Officials are now working to find out more about what went wrong at the fairgrounds in Lancaster, N.H.

"We lost two lives — a father and a daughter — at an event that was supposed to be fun," Gov. Maggie Hassan told local TV station WMUR.

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NPR Ed
6:28 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Play Hard, Live Free: Where Wild Play Still Rules

Joseph Straus, 6, rides a zip line at the Berkeley Adventure Playground, where kids can "play wild" in a half-acre park that has a junkyard feel.
David Gilkey/NPR

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 8:32 am

Braden Swenson wanders into a semi-rickety wooden shed on his search for gold, treasure and riches.

"Is there any treasure in here?" he asks in the endearing dialect of a 4-year-old. "I've been looking everywhere for them. I can't find any." The proto-pirate toddler conducts a quick search, then wanders away to continue his quest elsewhere.

Not far away, Ethan Lipsie, age 9, clutches a framing hammer and a nine-penny nail. He's ready to hang his freshly painted sign on a wooden "fort" he's been hammering away on. It says, "Ethan, Hudson and William were here."

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Strange News
5:40 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Italian Crime Bosses' Coded Notes Get Them Busted

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 6:19 am

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Strange News
5:40 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Patriots Fan Interrupts Goodell's Vacation With Message In The Sky

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 6:19 am

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The Two-Way
5:12 am
Tue August 4, 2015

Monsoon Flooding Kills Dozens In Myanmar, Prompting Calls For Help

A boy paddles a makeshift raft in flooded Kalay township, in the Sagaing region of Myanmar. Heavy monsoon rains have affected more than 210,000 people in 12 out of Myanmar's 14 states and regions since June.
Ko Thaung Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Tue August 4, 2015 4:24 pm

At least 46 deaths have been blamed on flooding and landslides in Myanmar, where monsoon rains have forced disaster declarations in four regions. More than 1 million acres of farmland have been flooded, the government says.

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is appealing for international aid to help it cope with the flooding. Officials also say that because water has blocked travel between some areas, they don't yet know the full extent of the crisis.

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