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Goats and Soda
1:12 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Some Chinese Grandparents Are Making Their Grandkids Fat

At a camp for overweight children in Beijing, students stretch after taking a swim.
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Too much love and affection from grandma and grandpa are helping China's "little emperors" pack on the pounds.

That is, children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents are twice as likely to be overweight or obese, according to a study published this month in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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12:27 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Supply Storehouses Keep Wildland Firefighters Supplied, Fed

Assistant manager Nicole Hallisey, right, and BLM fire spokesperson Jessica Gardetto in the Great Basin fire support cache at the edge of Boise's airport. (Tom Banse/Northwest News Network)

When wildfires break out and hundreds of responding firefighters need to be equipped and fed, their bosses order from a special warehouse.

There are 16 regional wildfire supply storehouses operated by the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and partner states.

Tom Banse of Here & Now contributor Northwest News Network got a tour of what you might call the Amazon.com for wildfire fighting in Boise, Idaho.

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Shots - Health News
12:10 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

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Do you roam city sidewalks with your nose buried in your phone, oblivious to what's going on around you? If so, you may want to look up and start paying attention.

Texting while walking decreases the ability to walk in a straight line and slows down pace significantly, according to a study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE. But this gait change may not be as dangerous as it sounds, the researchers say.

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Animals
12:05 pm
Wed July 29, 2015

A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

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.
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:04 pm

Animal trainer Teresa Ann Miller is used to working with furry performers, but she says the Hungarian film White God was especially challenging. "This wasn't necessarily a film with an animal in it," Miller tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It was a dog leading the film and telling the story."

Directed by Kornél Mundruczó, White God tells the story of a mixed-breed dog, Hagen, who is abandoned alongside a highway and who then bands together with other discarded dogs to get revenge against the people who have mistreated them.

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NPR Story
11:52 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Garden-Inspired Cooking With Kathy Gunst

Kathy Gunst picks peas from her garden in Maine. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here & Now resident chef Kathy Gunst gets much of the fresh produce she enjoys in the summer from her garden in southern Maine.

As she told host Jeremy Hobson, keeping a garden “is hours and hours” of work that she and her husband put in year-round. But “for me to come out in the morning and pick raspberries off my vine and pull together a lettuce for my lunch and know exactly what was in the soil, that it’s completely organic, that no one has sprayed it – the food just tastes so good.”

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NPR Story
11:52 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Microsoft Quietly Launches Windows 10

Visitors try out Windows 10, the latest operating system from US software giant Microsoft, during a launch event in Seoul on July 29, 2015. ( Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Microsoft is launching Windows 10 today without the usual midnight sales parties and marketing campaigns.

The company is hoping that users are happier with Windows 10, after Windows 8 was widely criticized when it was released in 2012. Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at what Windows 10 means for Microsoft with CNN’s Maggie Lake.

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The Two-Way
11:27 am
Wed July 29, 2015

'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:22 pm

When the Man Booker Prize announced in 2013 it would expand eligibility to include writers across the English-speaking world, the doomsayers came out in spades. The literary award, the U.K.'s most prestigious, had long been open only to British writers and those from Ireland, Zimbabwe and the Commonwealth.

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The Two-Way
11:25 am
Wed July 29, 2015

University Of Cincinnati Police Officer Charged In Killing Of Unarmed Black Man

Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati on Tuesday.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:27 pm

Announcing the indictment of a white University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man during a traffic stop, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called the officer's actions "asinine" and "totally unwarranted."

"This doesn't happen in the United States," he said. "It might happen in Afghanistan or somewhere else, but people here don't get shot during a traffic stop."

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The Two-Way
11:15 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

With Windows 10, Microsoft is more closely uniting its operating systems that run tablets, phones and desktops.
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Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 as a free upgrade Wednesday, hoping to become more relevant to mobile users as it updates a key operating system. One feature, which shares your Wi-Fi with your contacts list, is drawing skepticism.

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Code Switch
11:07 am
Wed July 29, 2015

On Wyatt Cenac, 'Key & Peele,' And Being The Only One In The Room

Onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A.
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Last week, the Internet exploded after an episode of the WTF! Podcast with Marc Maron went online. The guest was the comedian Wyatt Cenac, who talked about being a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show for several years. He recalled getting into a heated argument with Jon Stewart, the show's host, over Stewart's impression of Herman Cain, which Cenac had found troubling:

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The Two-Way
10:20 am
Wed July 29, 2015

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., Of Philadelphia, Indicted On Corruption Charges

Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., D-Pa., speaks in Philadelphia on May 7.
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:25 pm

Updated at 3:25 p.m. ET

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., the Democrat who represents a district that includes parts of Philadelphia, was indicted on Wednesday over allegations of political corruption.

According to the indictment, the government alleges that Fattah was involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy that included bribery, the illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.

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The Salt
9:49 am
Wed July 29, 2015

To Shed Pounds, Going Vegetarian Or Vegan May Help

Most people go vegetarian out of some combination of ethical, environmental or health concerns.

But to drop pounds? That could soon become another reason to go meatless. A meta-analysis published in early July shows that people who followed a vegetarian diet overall lost more weight than people on an average American diet.

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Code Switch
9:41 am
Wed July 29, 2015

'Key & Peele' Is Ending. Here Are A Few Of Its Code Switch-iest Moments

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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:34 am

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Migrant Dies In Calais As Thousands Try To Use Channel Tunnel

Migrants cross a road near the Eurotunnel on Wednesday in Coquelles, near Calais, France. A Sudanese man, between 25 and 30 years old, was killed by a truck as up to 1,500 migrants tried to force their way into the tunnel, officials say.
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France is boosting security around its entry to the tunnel that runs beneath the English Channel, after thousands of migrants tried to make a desperate rush to Britain. One migrant died; at least 3,500 have tried to make the trip this week.

Since the start of 2015, French officials have intercepted more than 37,000 migrants who were hoping to jump on trains or trucks heading to Britain via the tunnel that's called the Eurotunnel in France and the Channel Tunnel, or Chunnel, in Britain.

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NPR History Dept.
9:17 am
Wed July 29, 2015

The Future Of American History

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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 9:39 am

College history majors used to study The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Today perhaps they should also be studying the decline and fall of history majors.

Since 2010, the number of history majors at Ohio State University has dropped by more than 30 percent, according to a May 9 Columbus Dispatch story. Meanwhile, the number of students majoring in history at the University of Cincinnati has fallen by 33 percent since 2010.

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Shots - Health News
8:58 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Progress For Bill To Bolster Medicare Patients' Hospital Rights

Hospitals can call people who stay overnight outpatients, a classification that can have surprising financial consequences.
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The Senate unanimously approved legislation Monday night requiring hospitals across the nation to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but haven't been admitted to the hospital as inpatients.

The distinction is easy for patients to miss — until they get hit with big medical bills after a short stay.

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The Two-Way
6:03 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Afghan Government Says Mullah Omar 'Died In April 2013'

Undated photo reportedly showing Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 11:48 am

(This post was last updated at 12:47 p.m. ET.)

The Afghan government says the Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, "died in April 2013 in Pakistan."

In a statement issued by the office of the president, the government said their report was based on "credible information."

The announcement comes just two days before the Taliban and the Afghan government hold a second round of peace talks in Pakistan.

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Around the Nation
5:59 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Las Vegas Mob Museum To Open FIFA Exhibit

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Around the Nation
4:56 am
Wed July 29, 2015

It's Summer But There Is Still Snow In Buffalo, N.Y.

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:59 am

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The Two-Way
4:47 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Texas Authorities Release More Jailhouse Video Relating To Sandra Bland Case

In this undated frame from video provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office, Sandra Bland stands before a desk at Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas.
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 9:00 am

Officials in Waller County, Texas, have released more jailhouse video that they say dispels some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in her cell two weeks ago.

Her death was ruled a suicide by a medical examiner but her family says she was not suicidal.

NPR's Martin Kaste filed this report for our Newscast unit:

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It's All Politics
4:03 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Could President Obama Win A Third Term?

President Obama speaks in Ethiopia. While there, he noted that in the U.S., presidents can't run for more than two terms. But if they could, he said, he'd win.
Mulugeta Ayene AP

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:56 pm

President Obama was giving the final speech of his Africa tour, offering a critique of the young democracies on that continent, singling out the all-too-typical practice of leaders overstaying their terms in office.

"When a leader tries to change the rules in the middle of the game just to stay in office, it risks instability and strife," Obama said, aware that the president of Burundi, seated nearby, had recently defied that country's two-term limit.

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NPR Story
3:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Arizona's Boot Hill Cemetery Filled With Victims Of The Wild West

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3:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Big Cat On The Loose Worries Milwaukee Residents

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:17 pm

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3:05 am
Wed July 29, 2015

U.S. Turkey To Create ISIS Free Zone Along Syrian Border

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:12 pm

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All Tech Considered
3:00 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

Star Trek's Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk never even lose pocket change when they use a transporter to get from TV's Starship Enterprise to distant worlds. What gives?
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:02 pm

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at the University of Maryland.

His lab's setup in a university basement looks nothing like the slick transporters that rearrange atoms and send them someplace else on Star Trek. Instead, a couple million dollars' worth of lasers, mirrors and lenses lay sprawled across a 20-foot table.

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Around the Nation
2:59 am
Wed July 29, 2015

'Location Is Everything' In Tribal Casino Dispute

Tribal Chairman Bill Iyall stands on Cowlitz Tribe reservation land with a rendering of the casino the tribe hopes to build on the site near La Center, Washington, just north of Portland, Ore.
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:15 pm

Fewer than 20 miles north of Portland, Ore., off Interstate 5 in southwest Washington state, sits a 150-acre former dairy farm. The Cowlitz Indian Tribe eyed the grassy field as the future home of a casino, and a developer purchased the land for the tribe more than a decade ago.

"It will be a good attraction for the whole community here, drawing thousands of people daily but also providing thousands of jobs," says Bill Iyall, the Cowlitz tribal chairman.

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Youth Radio
2:57 am
Wed July 29, 2015

Meant To Keep Youths Out Of Detention, Probation Often Leads Them There

Brian Hopson, assistant superintendent at Alameda County Juvenile Hall, stands in one of its many empty units. The 360-bed facility was full when it opened eight years ago, but is now at half capacity.
Brett Myers Youth Radio

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 12:11 pm

Juvenile justice reformers have tried for years to figure out what works to help rehabilitate youth in trouble, and a recent shift away from locking kids up has been at the forefront of reform efforts. One of the most common alternatives to incarceration is to order kids directly into probation, instead of juvenile hall.

But the goals of these alternative approaches don't always match the reality — and disproportionately impact youth of color.

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The Two-Way
6:22 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Mexico's Soccer Coach Loses Job After Allegedly Punching Reporter

The Guardian describes Mexico's fired coach, Miguel Herrera, as "combustible."
Matt Rourke AP

Mexico's soccer coach, Miguel Herrera, has been fired after allegations that he punched a TV reporter.

According to The Guardian, Herrera allegedly punched TV reporter Christian Martinoli while waiting in the TSA line at the Philadelphia airport on Monday.

The altercation came just two days after Mexico's soccer team won the Gold Cup over Jamaica. The paper reports that incoming president Decio de Maria confirmed the coach's termination at a press conference on Tuesday:

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Parallels
4:42 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Investigation Underway Into Killing Of Cecil, Zimbabwe's Best Known Lion

Cecil the lion is shown walking in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park in a YouTube video from July 9, 2015. Credit: Bryan Orford
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 1:12 pm

Conservationists are lamenting the hunting and killing of a well-known lion from western Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.

The black-maned lion, named Cecil, was 13 years old and had become popular among tourists from around the world.

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NPR Ed
3:38 pm
Tue July 28, 2015

Is This The Beginning Of The End For The SAT And ACT?

Carol McMullen-Pettit (right), a Premier Tutor at The Princeton Review, goes over SAT test preparation with 11th-grader Suzane Nazir in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
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Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:07 am

Many high schoolers hoping to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C., one of the top private universities in the country, breathed a sigh of relief this week.

GWU announced it will no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT.

The move comes after the school formed a task force to study the pros and cons of going "test-optional." GWU attracts lots of high-achieving students who do well on both exams, but the task force concluded that the school's reliance on these tests was excluding some high-achieving students who simply don't test well.

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