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Law
3:26 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Flouting The Law, Some New Yorkers Won't Register Guns

New York state's 2013 gun law includes a ban on the sale of so-called military-style assault weapons like this AR-15 rifle.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:11 pm

New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Compliance with those laws is another matter.

New York passed a broad package of gun regulations after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., despite the objections of hunters and gun rights advocates. Now it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.

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National Security
3:19 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Saudi Arabia Softens Opposition To Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:22 pm

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Around the Nation
3:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Theater Shooting Highlights High Rate Of Gun Deaths In Louisiana

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:22 pm

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After last night's shooting in Lafayette, La., Governor Bobby Jindal also said this...

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Parallels
3:09 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Struggling Greek Businesses Choked By Money Controls

A shop owner arranges his goods in central Athens on Monday. Greek banks have reopened, but capital controls remain in place.
Angelos Tzortzinis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:09 pm

This week the Greek Parliament approved a set of reforms it hopes will lead a new bailout. The country remains under strict capital controls that bar people from sending money abroad. In a country that imports much of what it uses and eats, that's having a debilitating effect on the economy.

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The Salt
2:34 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Almond orchards across California are dealing with trees showing signs of stress from the drought, such as smaller nuts and salt-burned leaves.
Ezra Romero for NPR

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 2:48 pm

As California's drought drags on, its almond industry has come under scrutiny. As you've probably heard by now, almonds use a lot of water — about one gallon per nut. Most growers are relying on groundwater even more this year, because their surface water has been cut off. But that brings a different problem all together: too much salt.

Not the salt added to make roasted almonds savory, but salt in groundwater – which is killing trees.

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U.S.
2:28 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

Ralph Waldo Emerson.
George Eastman House Collection via Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:22 pm

It's high summer, and for a lot of us that means it's time to go camping. This summer, we're celebrating one particular camping trip.

Way back in 1858, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great philosopher and poet, set out into the Adirondack Mountains in New York. On the famous journey, he took with him some of the most famous artists, scientists and thinkers of his day.

This year, I set out early in the morning in my canoe with a company of my own: environmental activist and writer Bill McKibben and our guide, Mike Carr with the Nature Conservancy.

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Africa
2:28 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Obama Embarks On First Trip To Kenya As President

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:04 pm

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World
2:28 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Turkey Opens Airspace For U.S. Operations Against Islamic State

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 6:22 pm

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The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Dark Pluto Bares Its Heart

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 3:14 pm

Scientists with NASA's mission to Pluto revealed stunning new images of the dwarf planet on Friday. Researchers say the pictures suggest an icy world complete with glaciers and "snow" that falls through a wispy atmosphere.

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The Two-Way
1:22 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Obama Greeted Warmly On First Presidential Trip To Kenya

President Obama is hugged by his half-sister, Auma Obama, accompanied by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) as he arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on Friday.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 4:14 pm

On Friday, President Obama arrived in Kenya, the birthplace of his late father, for his first official visit to the east African country.

Obama, at the start of a planned three-day visit, was greeted on the tarmac in Nairobi by President Uhuru Kenyatta and other top Kenyan officials, and he received a hug from his half-sister, Auma Obama.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

New Relationship With U.S. Promises Big Changes For Cubans

As the United States and Cuba slowly resume diplomatic relations, one of the biggest question marks has been what effect these changes will have on the people of Cuba.

The reopening of the barriers between the two countries offers new opportunities for improvement in the quality of life for Cubans, promising major growth in Cuban tourism and more freedom for the transfer of remittances – money sent from the U.S. that goes directly to people in Cuba.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

U.S. Takes Home Gold... In Math

Members of the U.S. International Mathematical Olympic team, including coach Poh-Shen Loh (far left), Ryan Aleweiss (middle) and Yang Liu (fourth from right) pose with their gold medals. (Courtesy Poh-Shen Loh)

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 6:38 am

On July 5, Americans around the country rejoiced when the women’s World Cup team brought home the gold medal, beating out 23 teams for soccer’s greatest prize.

At the same time, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, another American team was competing for victory. But instead of taking on 23 teams, this team took on participants from 103 other countries. And they won.

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NPR Story
12:57 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

Food Innovators Develop Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon

Dulse, a type of seaweed, has for centuries been harvested in the wild and used in northern European cuisine. (Akuppa/Flickr)

Chefs working with the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University have been experimenting with a patented, fast-growing new form of a seaweed called dulse, which has for centuries been harvested in the wild and used in northern European cuisine.

Researchers say their dulse, when fried, tastes like bacon. Vegans everywhere are rejoicing. Michael Morrisey, the center’s director, joins Here & Now host Jeremy Hobson to talk about the results.

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The Salt
12:32 pm
Fri July 24, 2015

No More Hidden Sugar: FDA Proposes New Label Rule

NPR Photo Illustration FDA

Originally published on Sat July 25, 2015 11:22 am

Sixty-five grams of added sugar. That's how much you'll find in a 20-ounce bottle of Coca-Cola.

But can you picture 65 grams? It's about 16 teaspoons worth of the sweet stuff.

The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for Americans to track how much added sugars we're getting in the foods and beverages we choose.

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Goats and Soda
11:33 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Kenya's Twitterati Send Thousands Of Messages To Obama

Mark Kaigwa is a digital strategist in Kenya. He calls #KOT "the unofficial back channel for conversations, questions and commentary."
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Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 2:00 pm

Kenyans like to tweet.

A lot.

The report "How Africa Tweets" says Nairobi is "the most active East African city on Twitter.

And this past week, Kenyans have outdone themselves. They're using the hashtag #KenyansMessageToObama to share their concerns with the president, who'll be visiting the country this weekend.

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The Two-Way
11:30 am
Fri July 24, 2015

#NPRreads: Electric Dylan, Fracking And The Iran Deal Deconstructed

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you four reads.

From NPR's Washington correspondent Don Gonyea:

It's only rock and roll.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee

A manatee spotted in the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal on Thursday. It's very unusual for the Florida native to get so far north.
Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

A manatee was seen swimming in a northern canal that joins the Chesapeake Bay with the smaller and shallower Delaware Bay just days after the marine mammal was spotted in an estuary of the Potomac River.

The docile "sea cow," is normally found in the warm waters of Florida and is a rare sight so far north.

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The Two-Way
10:11 am
Fri July 24, 2015

It's Pie And Beer (And Pioneer) Day In Utah!

A statue of Mormon pioneer leader Brigham Young at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Temple in Salt Lake City.
Douglas C. Pizac AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 12:58 pm

July 24 is Pioneer Day in Utah, honoring the arrival of Brigham Young and other Mormon settlers at Salt Lake Valley in 1847. State offices and banks are closed, employees have the day off, and there are parades and fireworks throughout the state.

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The Salt
10:10 am
Fri July 24, 2015

The Gene For Sweet: Why We Don't All Taste Sugar The Same Way

"It now pays to get a lot of pleasure out of a little bit of sugar," says Danielle Reed, a scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.
Ryan Kellman NPR

Originally published on Wed July 29, 2015 5:00 pm

Sugar gives the human brain much pleasure. But not everyone revels in cupcakes with an inch of frosting, or milkshakes blended with candy bars, though these crazily sugary treats are increasingly the norm.

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The Two-Way
9:48 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Two Teachers Hailed As Heroes In Louisiana Shooting

A screenshot of a fundraising page for teachers Jena Meaux and Ali Martin, who are being hailed as heroes for their actions in Thursday's theater attack.
NPR

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 12:25 pm

The actions of two teachers who were in a Louisiana movie theater when a gunman opened fire Thursday night are being praised, as officials say the women's bravery and quick thinking saved the lives of unsuspecting patrons.

Two people were killed in the attack in Lafayette, La.; nine more were injured. After being cornered by police, the gunman, identified as John Russel Houser, 59, reportedly killed himself.

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Goats and Soda
9:42 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Carnations, Coffee And Denim: A Look At Kenya's Top 10 Exports

Beans are picked at a coffee cooperative in Embu, Kenya.
Ute Grabowsky Photothek via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 12:41 pm

Arriving in his father's homeland, President Obama has business on his mind.

The president will spend portions of his visits to Kenya (where his dad was born) and Ethiopia discussing security cooperation, but in a White House speech Wednesday, the president described his trip mainly as an opportunity to forge new economic ties.

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Shots - Health News
8:39 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Well-Off Baby Boomers Know How To Binge Drink, Too

Originally published on Mon July 27, 2015 3:35 pm

Youngsters aren't the only ones who have an affinity for consuming a lot of alcohol in a short amount of time – in other words, harmful drinking. It turns out, the parents and grandparents of millennials know how to binge drink, too.

Adults over age 50 who are healthy, active, sociable and well-off are more at risk for harmful drinking than their peers, according to a study published in the BMJ on Thursday.

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The Two-Way
7:37 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Too Good To Be True: TV Reporter Was In On Magicians' Photobomb

Two magicians prepare to perform a trick behind a Sky News reporter; the network says the seemingly live report was never broadcast.
YouTube

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:15 am

It had all the elements of an Internet hit: Two magicians hijack a TV news update, performing in the background behind an oblivious reporter. The video quickly went viral in Britain — but then it emerged that the Sky News team was in on the joke.

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Thai Prosecutors Seek Indictments Against Scores Of Alleged Human Traffickers

Office of the Attorney General spokesman Wanchai Roujanavong talks to reporters during a news conference in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday after the announcement that scores had been indicted on charges of human trafficking.
Sakchai Lalit AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 11:22 am

Prosecutors in Thailand have recommended charges against more than 100 people, including an army general, in connection with a probe triggered by the discovery earlier this year of some 30 gravesites near the country's southern border containing the remains of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Police Identify Louisiana Theater Shooter As 59-Year-Old 'Drifter'

This undated photo provided by the Lafayette Police Department shows John Russel Houser.
AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 10:10 am

Police say the man who opened fire at a movie theater in Lafayette, La., on Thursday was a 59-year-old "drifter."

During a press conference this morning, Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said that John Russel Houser was from Alabama, had moved around quite a bit, but had been living in Lafayette since early July. At the time of the shooting, Houser was living in a local motel. Craft said Houser was at a showing of the comedy Trainwreck when he stood up and unloaded at least 13 rounds into the audience, killing 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson.

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The Two-Way
4:57 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Classified Emails Were Sent Through Clinton's Private Network, Watchdog Says

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton speaks at a Hillary For America discussion on Thursday in Columbia, S.C.
Stephen B. Morton AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:49 pm

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The Justice Department has received a referral to look into whether classified information was mishandled in relation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account to conduct official business.

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Politics
4:19 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Donald Trump Visits The Border And Calls For Tougher Enforcement

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 7:10 pm

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Now let's talk about one of the people who wants to replace President Obama in the White House - Donald Trump, who went to the border with Mexico yesterday. The Republican candidate expressed outrage over illegal immigration.

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Parallels
4:14 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Obama's Roots A Source Of Pride — And Discord — In Kenya

Workers finish installing a billboard showing Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Barack Obama in downtown Nairobi a day before Obama's visit.
Ben Curtis AP

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 4:05 pm

The billboard that President Obama will see when he exits the airport in Nairobi on Friday says: "Welcome Home, Mr. President."

Obama's Kenyan roots have been a source of pride, but at times a source of discord, too, in the land of his father's birth.

For example, when Barack Obama won the U.S. presidency in 2008, Kenyans were ecstatic. His victory was declared a national holiday.

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U.S.
4:13 am
Fri July 24, 2015

Mass Shootings In America By The Numbers

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:28 pm

Mass shootings as defined by the FBI happen about every two weeks in America. For nearly a decade, USA Today has been tracking these incidents on a website that paints a grim picture.

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