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Monkey See
12:40 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

'Sharknado 2': Winner And Still Chomp

Kari Wuhrer as Ellen Brody, Courtney Baxter as Mora Brody, and Sandra "Pepa" Denton as a character even the captioners don't know the name of. I'm not sure she had one.
Will Hart Syfy

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:19 pm

I personally was responsible for emotionally bullying at least two of my critic friends into attending the poolside screening of Sharknado 2 that took place at the hotel where press tour happened a couple of weeks ago. I make this confession because we must establish the basic understanding that I am merciless when it comes to attempting to con people into watching extraordinarily silly movies. In fact, I tried, when the first Sharknado was on, to goad the NPR morning news meeting into caring about it ("There's this movie tonight!

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The Two-Way
12:38 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Fed Continues To Ease Up On Economic Stimulus

Earlier this month, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told Congress that the economy is improving but hasn't bounced back all the way
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday it will ease up slightly on its efforts to stimulate the economy.

Fed officials said that there is still room for improvement in the labor market, but with the economy growing, they expressed concern that inflation might start ticking up.

Continuing its own recent trend, the Fed announced it will be buying fewer up fewer financial assets. It's on track to end its bond-buying program in October.

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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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All Tech Considered
11:12 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

Foursquare is about to unveil its new Yelp-like app, which meant moving the users who liked it for checking in to a new app, Swarm.
Courtesy of Foursquare

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 12:34 pm

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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
7:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 9:51 am

The Commerce Department had some good news about the U.S. economy today: Rebounding from a quarter of negative growth, the country's gross domestic product expanded at a 4 percent annual rate during the second quarter.

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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

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 lay-offs. 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 4:58 am

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Middle East
3:30 am
Wed July 30, 2014

After War's Deadliest Day, Another U.N. School In Gaza Gets Hit

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 am

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Politics
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Senate's Highway Trust Fund Bill Sets Up Conflict With The House

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 am

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U.S.
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Wildfire Season Flares Up Early In The Pacific Northwest

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 am

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World
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

U.S., EU Try To Turn Up The Heat On Russia

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 am

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Africa
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Doctor Treating Ebola Patients In Sierra Leone Succumbs To The Disease

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 am

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Doctors in West Africa have been fighting to control the largest outbreak of Ebola virus in history. One of those doctors, Sheik Humarr Khan, died of the disease yesterday in Sierra Leone.

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Shots - Health News
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels

California's Board of Pharmacy is considering requiring all pharmacies in the state to provide bilingual labels on prescription medicines.
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Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 1:17 pm

Every Saturday morning, a steady stream of Chinese and Vietnamese patients line up at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic in Sacramento. Most of them speak little or no English.

Patient Assistance Director Danny Tao says people come here to get free medical consultations and drug prescriptions. But when patients take those prescriptions to be filled, he says, they don't understand the instructions on the label.

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Asia
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Former High-Ranking Official Under Investigation In China

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 6:07 am

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Health
2:59 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Polio's Surge In Pakistan: Are Parents Part Of The Problem?

Usman (right), 7 months, and Abdullah (left), 18 months, are held by their mothers while they wait to receive the polio vaccine at the Jalozai refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 12:37 pm

What do the parents think? That's always a crucial question when it comes to vaccinating kids.

And it's particularly important in Pakistan, which is one of the last places in the world where the polio virus is still making kids sick.

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The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Senate Approves $8 Billion Transportation Package

Traffic passes a construction zone at the interchange of U.S. Highway 65 and Interstate 80, in Altoona, Iowa
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:29 pm

The Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would keep transportation dollars flowing until December. But it has not yet solved the problem of how to avoid any disruption in highway spending.

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Goats and Soda
5:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The Hidden Costs Of Fighting Polio In Pakistan

During nationwide polio campaigns, hundreds of thousands of health workers go door to door, giving children two drops of the polio vaccine.
Anadolu Agency Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 9:06 pm

Pakistan is currently at the center of the global effort to eradicate polio. Although the country has reported only about a hundred cases this year, that's more cases than in all other nations combined.

Eliminating the paralyzing disease is a major logistical operation in Pakistan. More than 200,000 vaccinators fan out across the country, several times a year, to inoculate millions of children. The government also deploys tens of thousands of armed security forces to guard the workers.

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The Two-Way
5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Bombing Ruins Gaza's Only Power Plant

Smoke and fire rise from the explosion Tuesday in Gaza City.
Hatem Moussa AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 7:51 am

Israel broadened its assault on Gaza on Tuesday, reportedly wrecking the region's only power plant and killing more than 125 Palestinians.

Barrages "destroyed Hamas's media offices, the home of a top leader and what Palestinians said was a devastating hit on the only electricity plant," The New York Times reports.

Israel's military said it was looking into the Gaza power plant strike.

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The Two-Way
4:19 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

McDonald's Responsible For Treatment Of Workers, Agency Says

The National Labor Relations Board says McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:04 pm

McDonald's shares responsibility for how workers are treated at its franchised restaurants, the general counsel's office for the National Labor Relations Board announced Tuesday.

Since November 2012, NLRB has had 181 cases filed involving McDonald's. Many have been dismissed, but the agency said that McDonald's USA LLC will be considered a joint employer in cases that are found to have merit.

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Parallels
4:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

France Presses On With Deal To Sell Two Warships To Russia

People holding Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar flags demonstrate in front of the French-built Vladivostok warship in St. Nazaire, western France, on June 1. The protesters are opposed to the sale of the Vladivostok and Sevastopol warships to Russia.
Jean-Sebastien Evrard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 5:31 pm

France plans to go ahead with the sale of two warships to the Kremlin, even as the European Union and U.S. strengthen sanctions on Russia amid continued fighting in Ukraine and the aftermath of the downed Malaysian airliner.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Court Rejects Law Threatening Mississippi's Last Abortion Clinic

Anti-abortion protester Mary McLaurin calls out to a patient at the Jackson Women's Health Organization in 2013.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

A federal appeals court has rejected a Mississippi law that would have forced the state's only abortion clinic to close.

In a 2-1 decision, a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday turned aside arguments that women seeking to have an abortion could have the procedure done in a neighboring state.

Closing the clinic in Jackson would place an "undue burden" on women, the court found.

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The Salt
3:13 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Want To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint? Choose Mackerel Over Shrimp

A fisherman pulls a basket filled with anchovies aboard a fishing boat off of Peru's northern port of Chimbote, in 2012. Peru is the world's top fishmeal exporter, producing about a third of worldwide supply.
Enrique Castro-Mendivil Reuters/Landov

Small fatty fish like mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies are high in omega-3s, vitamin D and low on the food chain.

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