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8:20 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Greece's Ex-Finance Minister: Bailout Reforms Will 'Fail'

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis reacts during a parliamentary session in Athens, earlier this week. In an interview with the BBC, Varoufakis said reforms in exchange for new bailout money "will fail."
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:49 am

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who was forced out of his job as part of a new bailout deal to keep Athens in the euro zone, tells the BBC that the austerity measures that come with the agreement are "going to fail."

The financial reforms, imposed in exchange for an 86 billion euro ($93.6 billion) lifeline will "go down in history as the greatest disaster of macroeconomic management ever," Varoufakis tells the BBC.

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Business
8:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

From Highways To Trade Deal, What Big Business Wants By Christmas

It could be a bumpy road ahead for Congress — not least because, well, they'll have to find ways to fund fixes for old, bumpy roads.
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Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:47 pm

Temperatures soar, flowers bloom and the sun rises early. On these long summer days, there still seems to be plenty of time for achieving your 2015 goals.

But not if you are a business lobbyist. For you, time is short.

Here's what you want by Christmas: a Pacific Rim trade deal; an updated No Child Left Behind Act; revival of the Export-Import Bank; long-term highway funding and a completed federal budget.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Sailor Wounded In Chattanooga Attack Dies From Injuries

Yusra Siddiqui, right, and Zoha Ahmad, who came with others from the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to offer their support, pray during an interfaith vigil at Olivet Baptist Church held in remembrance of victims of Thursdays shootings.
Doug Strickland TNS/Landov

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:34 am

Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that a fifth service member has died of wounds sustained in this week's shooting rampage at two military sites in Chattanooga.

According to a statement released by the Navy Office of Information:

"A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m.

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NPR Story
7:04 am
Sat July 18, 2015

For The First Time, An African Country Prosecutes Another's Ex-Leader

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

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Middle East
6:43 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Former Hostage: Under Deal, Iran Has Less Incentive To Hold Americans

Shourd and fellow hikers Shane Bauer (center) and Josh Fattal held a press conference shortly after Bauer and Fattal were released in 2011. Shourd was released in 2010.
Craig Ruttle AP

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

President Obama responded sharply this week when a reporter asked if he was "content" to celebrate the nuclear deal with Iran when at least three and possibly four Americans are being held in Iranian jails.

"Nobody's content," he said, "and our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out."

At least one former American hostage thinks the deal is worth signing, despite the remaining hostages.

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The Two-Way
6:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Scores Killed In Marketplace Bombing In Eastern Iraq

Iraqi workers clean the site of a truck bomb attack that hit the area a day earlier at Khan bani Saad town, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday. At least 115 people were killed in what's described as the single deadliest such attack in the country in a decade.
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Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 1:23 pm

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

In the deadliest single attack in a decade in Iraq, a truck bomb exploded at a crowded marketplace in eastern Diyala province, killing at least 115 people celebrating the end of the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan. The self-declared Islamic State reportedly has claimed responsibility.

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National Security
5:45 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Professor: Iran Deal Is A Lot Like A Rube Goldberg Machine

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:39 am

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Parallels
5:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Nuke Inspectors Gear Up For Iran, But Americans Unlikely To Be Included

An International Atomic Energy Agency inspector cuts a uranium enrichment connection at Iran's Natanz facility, 200 miles south of Tehran, in 2014. This week's nuclear deal gives the IAEA up to 150 inspectors to monitor Iran for compliance.
Kazem Ghane AP

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 9:48 pm

The International Atomic Energy Agency has the big job of making sure Iran complies with the landmark nuclear deal reached this week in Vienna.

So how will the IAEA go about this? How many inspectors will they have? How many will be Americans?

Thomas Shea, who spent more than two decades as an IAEA inspector, says Iran does not accept any American inspectors today. He recently told the Atlantic Council that he hopes that will change.

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Politics
5:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Five Candidates, One Stage: Democrats Deliver Their 2016 Pitches

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 3:23 pm

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Around the Nation
5:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Alaska Wildfires Could Smolder On For Months

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 3:02 pm

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Europe
5:44 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Probe Of Plane Shot Down Over Ukraine 'Frozen' By Lack Of Access

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:53 am

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Strange News
5:43 am
Sat July 18, 2015

'Nosferatu' Director's Head Stolen From German Grave

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 8:33 am

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Around the Nation
5:43 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Chattanoogans Pray And Reflect After Shooting Tragedy

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:47 am

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Parallels
4:13 am
Sat July 18, 2015

Is N. Korea Facing A Famine Or Just Seeking More Aid?

A farmer stands near a field in South Hwanghae, North Korea.
Wong Maye-E AP

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 10:48 am

North Korea knows a little bit about drought and famine. In the 1990s, it's believed that up to 1 million North Koreans died in one of the worst famines of the 20th century.

So when Pyongyang issued a statement last month saying the country is facing its "worst drought in 100 years," it was taken seriously.

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Goats and Soda
4:05 am
Sat July 18, 2015

The Seldom-Seen Faces Of The 'Humans Of Kabul'

One of the princesses of Kabul.
David Fox Courtesy of Humans of Kabul

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 2:51 pm

Humans of New York has become a worldwide hit, with hundreds of thousands of people "liking" Brandon Stanton's photos on Facebook — candid shots and candid comments. Among this month's posts: A dad taking his headstrong little daughter for a walk and observing, "This is tougher than the Marine Corps."

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The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

When Is An Act Of Violence An Act Of Terrorism?

An FBI investigator at the scene of a shooting outside a military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:01 pm

Just hours after 24-year-old Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez opened fire on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and killed four Marines, U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said authorities were treating the case as an "act of domestic terrorism."

Minutes later, authorities softened those words, saying all angles were being pursued — that they had not yet established a motive in the case.

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Parallels
3:14 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Nuclear Deal Opens Up Potential For Investors In Iran's Stock Market

Iranian stockbrokers monitor share prices at the Tehran Stock Exchange in April. The historical Iran nuclear deal could open the country's market up to international investors.
Vahid Salemi AP

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

Iran may not be fond of Western-style capitalism, but it has a stock market where shares in Iranian companies are traded.

And if sanctions are lifted following the nuclear deal, it could be where international investors road-test Iran's economy.

Earlier this week, just after the landmark deal about the future of Iran's nuclear program had been announced, Radman Rabii in Teheran was excited about the future.

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Goats and Soda
3:00 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

What Do A Chlorinator And A Condom Tied To A Catheter Have In Common?

Slum dwellers near Calcutta get their water from a municipal pipe. Water coming out of the tap on the left is for bathing and so is untreated. The blue Zimba chlorinator is hooked up to the tap on the right, which is used for drinking water.
Courtesy of Suprio Das/Zimba

This isn't your average top 30 list. No Taylor Swift song is on it, it doesn't involve sports and it's not a listicle of the Internet's best cat videos. But it does have a device that adds chlorine to water so it's safe to drink — and a condom tied to a catheter that can stop bleeding when a woman is having a baby.

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News
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Military Recruitment Centers Have A History Of Being Targeted

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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Europe
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

In Merkel's Uncomfortable Moment, A Glimpse Of Germany's Difficult Decisions

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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At an event called Good Living in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with some schoolchildren.

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Around the Nation
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

As Chattanooga Mourns, Residents Struggle To Find Meaning In The Killings

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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News
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Paradise Fire Presents A Difficult Puzzle For Washington Firefighters

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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More than 1,600 acres of old growth rain forest have burned in Washington's Olympic National Park. It's the largest fire but not the first to burn in the rain forests of the park. Ashley Ahearn from member station KUOW reports.

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National Security
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

In Wake Of Iran Deal, Defense Secretary Embarks On Middle East Tour

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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Around the Nation
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Remembering The 4 Marines Who Died In Chattanooga Shootings

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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We've learned the names of the Marines killed yesterday in Chattanooga. One was Sergeant Carson Holmquist. He joined the Marines six years ago. From Wisconsin today, his father told NPR, he died doing what he loved - fighting for our country.

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News
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Details Emerge On Chattanooga Shooting, But Big Question Persists: Why?

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

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Around the Nation
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

The Flap Over 'Banana Derby': Some Don't See Monkey Jockeys' Appeal

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 6:36 am

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A moment now to explore the line between cute and cruel.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:48 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

The Rifleman Who Fiddled For Truman, Churchill And Stalin

Photo from The Rifleman's Violin, directed by Sam Ball, Copyright Citizen Film 2015.
Citizen Film

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:39 pm

Seventy years ago, shortly after defeating Nazi Germany, three victorious leaders met in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. President Harry Truman was there with British and Soviet leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin. Stuart Canin was also there — he was a 19-year-old GI from New York City who played the violin.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

WATCH: Magnus Effect Whisks Basketball Into The Spin Zone

Putting some spin on the ball.
Veritasium

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 2:59 pm

What happens when you drop a regulation Spalding basketball from a 415-foot-high dam? It depends.

For a group from the trick basketball team How Ridiculous who sank a basket from atop the Gordon Dam in Tasmania, it meant landing a spot in the Guinness World Records book.

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The Two-Way
2:40 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Chattanooga Shooter Failed Background Check At Job At Nuclear Plant

A car tangled in fencing sits inside the gate at the Naval Operational Support Center and Marine Reserve Center Friday, a day after a gunman killed four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga, Tenn.
John Bazemore AP

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 7:42 am

Updated at 6:37 p.m. ET

Chattanooga, Tenn., shooter Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez was dismissed from his job at an Ohio nuclear plant because he didn't pass a background check, a person familiar with his employment history at at the company that operates the plant tells NPR.

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U.S.
2:08 pm
Fri July 17, 2015

Professor Delivers A Crash Course In Real Estate Investing To Detroiters

University of Michigan professor Peter Allen lectures to students during his real estate investing course.
Jason Margolis NPR

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 11:20 am

You can snap up a home for just a few thousand dollars in Detroit these days. But just because a property is cheap, that doesn't necessarily make it a good investment.

Peter Allen with the University of Michigan is equipping local residents with housing investment know-how with the hope that they can go on to revitalize their neighborhoods.

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