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Goats and Soda
2:39 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

American Doctor Sick With Ebola Now Fighting For His Life

Medical workers treat Ebola patients at the Eternal Love Winning Africa hospital in Monrovia, Liberia. Three workers at the hospital, including Dr. Kent Brantly (left), have tested positive for Ebola.
Courtesy of Samaritan's Purse

A doctor trained in Fort Worth, Texas, is now a victim of the Ebola outbreak he was battling.

Kent Brantly, 33, had been caring for Ebola patients in Liberia's capital of Monrovia for several months when he noticed he had symptoms of the deadly virus last Wednesday.

He immediately put himself into an isolation ward.

"He is still conversing and is in isolation. But he is seriously ill with a very grave prognosis," says Dr. David Mccray, of John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, who spoke to Brantly by phone on Monday.

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Politics
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.

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Law
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Coaches Help Released Inmates Step From The Cell Into A Job

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Author Interviews
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

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Law
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Former Va. Gov. McDonnell's Trial Opens With Claims Of 'Poisoned' Marriage

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U.S.
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

White House Widens Scope Of Russian Sanctions To Finance And Defense

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Politics
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Leahy Aims To Patch Loopholes With A Revamp Of NSA's Data Collection

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World
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

White House Accuses Moscow Of Violating Landmark Arms Control Deal

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Asia
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Beijing Begins Apparent Corruption Probe Into High-Level Official

China has begun investigations into one of the country's senior politicians. Zhou Yongkang was a former domestic security chief, and he's suspected of "serious disciplinary violations" — a phrase which usually stands for corruption.

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Middle East
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

One Gaza Family Observes A Grim Holiday In Wartime

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History
2:09 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Forget Tea Pot Dome: Harding's Love Letters Make For A New Steamy Scandal

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National Security
1:58 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Welcome To The Nuclear Command Bunker

Lt. Raj Bansal and Capt. Joseph Shannon (right) approach Foxtrot-01, a remote nuclear missile base in Nebraska.
Geoffrey Brumfiel NPR

The stretch of Interstate 80 between Cheyenne, Wyoming and Lincoln, Nebraska is straight and flat. High plains stretch out on either side.

But scattered along this unremarkable road, the Air Force keeps some of its most powerful weapons—Minuteman III nuclear missiles.

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The Two-Way
1:23 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Court Orders Seizure Of $100 Million Oil Shipment

At a news conference last month, Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani said there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in the oil center of Kirkuk
Safin Hamed AFP/Getty Images

An American court has ordered U.S Marshals to seize $100 million worth of oil sitting in a tanker off the coast of Galveston, Texas. But that oil may never reach American shores.

The oil comes from Kurdistan, a semiautonomous region in northern Iraq. In recent weeks, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has been sending oil through a pipeline to Turkey and attempting to sell it overseas.

The hitch is that Iraq's central government says the oil belongs to the nation — a stance supported by the international oil market.

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The Two-Way
1:11 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Jury Awards Former Gov. Ventura Nearly $2 Million In Defamation Case

A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in a defamation suit against a deceased author.

The jury on Tuesday determined that Ventura was the figure described as a "celebrity" Navy SEAL in Chris Kyle's 2012 book American Sniper.

The SEAL was called "Scruff Face" in the book, but Kyle later identified him as Ventura, who became a professional wrestler and one-term independent governor after leaving the Navy.

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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Music From The Show

Gold Panda, “An Iceberg Hurled Northward”

Micah Blue Smaldone, “Heavy Bottle”

Obfusc, “Sounds From Shattered Seashells”

The Cure, “Close To Me”

Broken Social Scene, “Guilty Cubicle”

Isotope 217, “La Jete”

Women, “Heat Distraction”

Todd Terje, “Delorean Dynamite”

Dirty Gold, “California Sunrise”

Mux Mool, “Night Court”

Tycho, “Hours”

Corkbush Field Mutiny, “MAELSTROM”

Wife, “Bodies”

Wild Nothing, This Chain Won’t Break”

Miles Davis, “Maiysha”

Shark?, “Big Summer, (Summer Ale)”

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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Bill Nye, The Go-To Guy On Climate Change

Bill Nye, popularly known as the Science Guy, attends an event in the East Room of the White House on February 28, 2014 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Bill Nye first learned to talk to audiences through his ’90s TV show “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” where he made science topics fun and accessible to kids. But now, as CEO of The Planetary Society, he speaks to a different audience.

Nye has appeared on numerous news programs to talk about climate change. He’s a proponent of immediate action to reduce the damage that has been done to the atmosphere.

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NPR Story
12:47 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Boehner Calls Impeachment Talk Democratic 'Scam'

House Speaker John Boehner says the House has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama. He says talk of impeachment is all a scam by Democrats at the White House.

Boehner says Democrats are trying to rally their supporters ahead of November’s mid-term elections to give money and show up to vote.

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Goats and Soda
12:19 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Fist Bumps Pass Along Fewer Germs Than Handshakes

Ryan Kellman NPR

A few weeks ago, we took a look at nonverbal greetings around the world. In Japan, they bow. Ethiopian men touch shoulders. And some in the Democratic Republic of the Congo do a type of head knock.

But the American fist bump stood apart from the rest.

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Shots - Health News
12:06 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

Proposed changes in medical training would shift money away from big teaching hospitals to clinics.
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Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:38 pm

The way American doctors are trained needs to be overhauled, an expert panel recommended Tuesday, saying the current $15 billion system is failing to produce the medical workforce the nation needs.

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The Two-Way
11:57 am
Tue July 29, 2014

This One Is Worth Watching: New Zealand Retirees Join 'Happy' Meme

Senior citizens dance to "Happy."
YouTube

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 2:35 pm

At this point, you've surely decided that you've watched more than enough Internet remakes of Pharrell's infectious anthem to felicity, "Happy."

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Shots - Health News
10:02 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Patients who get the comforts of palliative care as well as disease treatment live longer, studies show, than those who only get treatment for the disease.
Annette Birkenfeld iStockphoto

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:31 pm

It's a painful dilemma for seriously ill Medicare patients: To receive the extra support, counseling and care provided by the program's hospice benefit, they have to agree to stop receiving curative treatment for their disease.

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The Two-Way
8:59 am
Tue July 29, 2014

NCAA Reaches $75 Million Settlement In Head-Injury Lawsuit

Penn State running back Evan Royster eludes a tackle by Eastern Illinois' Adrian Arrington during a 2009 NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Arrington was one of the athletes who sued the NCAA over concussions.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:40 am

The NCAA has reached a settlement with former athletes that provides $75 million for medical monitoring and research into head injuries. The settlement also calls for a change in the way schools handle head trauma.

As USA Today explains, the NCAA currently requires that member schools only have a concussion management plan. The settlement would require schools to make changes to their policies and "institute return-to-play guidelines."

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Goats and Soda
7:55 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Time To 'Girl Up:' Teens Fight For The Right To School, Soccer

Watch out Congress: Girl Up activists came to the nation's capital in June to lobby for issues affecting girls in the developing world. From left, Alexandrea Leone (Ewing, N.J.), Grace Peters (Flemington, N.J.), Aklesiya Dejene (Chicago, Ill.), Isabella Gonzalez and Erika Hiple (Stockton, N.J.)
Ryan Kellman NPR

They are seven girls in their teens and early 20s, awake at the ungodly (for them) hour of 8:30 a.m. With sleepy smiles, the young women slip into a windowless conference room in a Washington, D.C. hotel to talk to a reporter, who's curious to find out: What's it like to be a global girl activist?

And they're the experts. They're supporters of the U.N. Foundation group called Girl Up, which has the manifesto of "uniting girls to change the world."

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Shots - Health News
5:47 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Athletes Should Fear The Heat More Than The Heart Attack

Some marathons are warning runners when conditions increase the risk of heatstroke.
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Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:59 pm

When a runner's heart stops during a marathon, it gets a lot of press — even though it's actually a pretty rare event. A more common killer among runners, and a condition that needs more prevention efforts, is heatstroke, according to a study by Israeli researchers.

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The Two-Way
5:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

China Puts Former Top Communist Party Official Under Investigation

Zhou Yongkang, who at the time was Chinese Communist Party Politburo Standing Committee member in charge of security, attends a plenary session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China in 2012.
Ng Han Guan AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 11:15 am

The central committee of China's Communist Party placed a former top-ranking official under investigation on Tuesday.

China's state-run news agency Xinhua says Zhou Yongkang is accused of "serious disciplinary violation."

Reporting from Beijing, NPR's Anthony Kuhn tells our Newscast unit that while there is no specificity to those charges from the party, this usually implies that criminal corruption charges will follow.

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Health
5:35 am
Tue July 29, 2014

A Compromise Deal On Overhauling The VA, But Will It Pass?

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The Two-Way
5:20 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Israel's Prime Minister Says Gaza War Could Be 'Prolonged'

In the morgue of Gaza's Shifa hospital, Palestinian relatives mourn following an explosion that reportedly killed at least 10 people Monday, nine of them said to be children.
Adel Hana AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 8:43 am

Despite calls from the United Nations for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned his country to prepare for a "prolonged" war.

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Middle East
5:20 am
Tue July 29, 2014

For Two Years, He Smuggled Photos Of Torture Victims Out Of Syria

This is one of the some 55,000 images the former Syrian military police photographer known as Caesar smuggled out of the country between 2011 and 2013. The regime used numbers — written on white cards and sometimes directly on the skin — to identify the dead, which branch of the Syrian government had held them, and when they died.
Courtesy of Syrian Emergency Task Force

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 1:01 pm

Warning: This report contains descriptions and an image that could disturb some readers.

The savage and protracted conflict in Syria has left more than 170,000 dead. Now, there are allegations of torture and killing of political prisoners opposed to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Those allegations appear to be supported by evidence: tens of thousands of photographs.

The man who says he took the pictures worked as a military police photographer for the Assad regime and defected last year.

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U.S.
5:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

N.H. Promises To Let D.C. Residents Buy Booze There

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:35 am

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Parallels
4:11 am
Tue July 29, 2014

For Iraqis In Crisis, Dividing The Country Seems A Poor Solution

A volunteer at a Christian church in Qosh, Iraq, loads aid onto a handcart Monday for delivery to displaced Shiites who are sheltering there.
Alice Fordham NPR

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:35 am

The muscular farmer sits in the basement kindergarten of the church, perched on a tiny chair intended for a child. He and his family are spending the holiday here, after being forced to flee from extremists.

"Our village is more than 300 years old," Ahmed Ali says of Shreikhan, near Mosul, "and we never had any such problems."

For most Muslims around the world, Eid is a time for gifts, feasts and visiting relatives. But for him and others in a militant-controlled swath of northwest Iraq, it's a strange and unhappy holiday.

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