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3:44 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Newark Police Department Joins A Dozen Others Facing Federal Scrutiny

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:43 pm

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National Security
3:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

After Iran Nuclear Deal, U.S. Defense Secretary Reassures Mideast Allies

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:47 am

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Parallels
3:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

As Challenges Shift, Syria's Moderates Navigate Unexpected Territory

"What we are doing now has nothing to do with what we expected to be doing," says Rami Jarrah, who protested against the Assad regime in Damascus in 2011 and now runs a radio station from southern Turkey that broadcasts to civilians in rebel-controlled territory in northern Syria.
Alison Meuse NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:06 pm

When Syrian activists launched an uprising in 2011, their goal was clear: to overthrow the regime of President Bashar Assad. Now, as the war grinds into a fifth year, with more than 200,000 dead and militant Islamists seizing more ground, their revolt is hardly recognizable.

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NPR Story
3:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

A Peek At The New Dr. Seusss Book, In Verse

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:47 am

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NPR Story
3:41 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Trump Draws Large Crowd, Attacks Rivals In South Carolina Campaign Stop

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:50 pm

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It's All Politics
1:22 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Obama And Stewart Have One Last Dance On 'The Daily Show'

President Obama appeared with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show on Tuesday night. It was Obama's seventh appearance, and his last before Stewart leaves the show next month.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Comedy Central

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:08 am

President Obama made his seventh appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night. It was a meeting of two men nearing the end of big chapters in their lives: Obama is in the final 18 months of his second term, and host Jon Stewart will leave The Daily Show next month.

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NPR Story
8:11 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Many American Children Still Stuck In Pockets Of Poverty

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Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:33 pm

In the United States, the economy has shown impressive signs of growth in some areas, but remains stubbornly resistant in others. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says one group is still lagging well behind the rest of the population: children.

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The Two-Way
7:42 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Author Of 'Billy Bathgate,' 'Ragtime,' Dies At 84

E.L. Doctorow, center, stands with other National Book Critics Circle award winners in March 2006 at a reception following the awards ceremony in New York. Doctorow's "The March" won the prize for fiction that year.
Tina Fineberg AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 11:14 pm

Novelist E.L. Doctorow, best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th-century United States, died Tuesday at the age of 84, his agent confirmed late Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
6:25 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Cosby's Lawyers Blast Media Over Reports Comedian Drugged, Assaulted Women

Bill Cosby is facing sexual assault accusations from more than two dozen women, with some of the claims dating back decades.
Brennan Linsley AP

Bill Cosby's lawyers, in court filings today, argue the comedian's admission he used Quaaludes in the 1970s does not mean he "admitted to rape."

The lawyers also asked the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to keep confidential the details of Cosby's 2006 settlement with a Temple University employee who alleged he sexually abused her. The woman wants that settlement unsealed.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

FCC Set To Approve AT&T-DirecTV Merger

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated an order to his fellow commissioners on the Federal Communications Commission to approve the $48.5 billion merger between AT&T and DirecTV.

In a statement, Wheeler said the move would bring more competition to the broadband marketplace and benefit consumers.

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Europe
4:02 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

New Zealander Wins French Scrabble Title, But Doesn't Speak French

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:25 pm

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Shots - Health News
4:01 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

How Vandalism And Fear Ended Abortion In Northwest Montana

Susan Cahill, owner of All Families Healthcare, stands in front of the first building in Kalispell, Mont., where she offered abortion services. After vandalism closed her last clinic down, Missoula became the nearest place for women in the Flathead Valley to find abortion services.
Corin Cates-Carney/MTPR

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:28 am

There has never been a welcome mat for abortion service providers in the Flathead Valley, a vast area that stretches over 5,000 square miles in the northwest corner of Montana. Susan Cahill began providing abortions in 1976 in the first clinic to offer the service in the Flathead.

"But that had an arson fire, and then we rebuilt that," she says. "Then we had the anti-choice people try to arrest me for doing abortions when I wasn't a doctor."

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Business
3:53 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

5 Years Later, Legacy Of Financial Overhaul Still Being Weighed

President Obama signs the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill in Washington on July 21, 2010. Five years later, debate over the effectiveness of the legislation continues.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 3:57 pm

Five years ago Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the massive overhaul of U.S. financial regulations called Dodd-Frank. But there's still a battle over whether the law has helped stabilize the financial system or whether it has harmed the economy and should be rolled back.

Congress designed Dodd-Frank to fix excesses in financial markets and mortgage lending — excesses that triggered the financial crisis and forced massive bailouts of Wall Street firms.

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Parallels
2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

U.S.-Cuba Ties Are Restored, But Most American Tourists Will Have To Wait

American tourists, like these visitors taking a guided tour in May, still have to provide one of 12 authorized reasons — such as visiting family or engaging in humanitarian work — for travel to Cuba.
Desmond Boylan AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 3:36 pm

The U.S. and Cuba have restored diplomatic relations and reopened their embassies — but it's not yet open season for American tourists hoping to visit the island. The U.S. embargo on travel and business means you still have to have a valid reason to go — and that doesn't include sitting on the beach and drinking mojitos.

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Shots - Health News
2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Women's Brains Appear More Vulnerable To Alzheimer's Than Men's

Women with mild cognitive impairment, which can be a precursor to Alzheimer's, tend to decline faster than men.
Lizzie Roberts Getty Images/Ikon Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:05 am

There's new evidence suggesting that women's brains are especially vulnerable to Alzheimer's disease and other problems with memory and thinking.

Women with mild cognitive impairment, which can lead to Alzheimer's, tend to decline faster than men, researchers reported this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Politics
2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Obama Calls For More Veterans Affairs Spending At VFW Convention

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:23 pm

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Law
2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Father Of Slain San Francisco Woman Testifies Before Congress

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:20 am

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Politics
2:54 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Donald Trump Shows No Signs Of Backing Down After McCain Comments

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:07 am

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Court Throws Out Some Convictions Of Former Ill. Gov. Blagojevich

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich waves as he departs his Chicago home for Littleton, Colo., to begin his 14-year prison sentence on March 15, 2012. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago on Tuesday tossed out some of Blagojevich's convictions.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 12:42 pm

Updated at 2 a.m. ET

A federal appeals court in Chicago has thrown out five of 18 counts against disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is serving a 14-year sentence for abusing the authority of his office for personal financial gain.

NPR's David Schaper tells our Newscast unit the ruling allows the Chicago Democrat to be resentenced and may shorten the length of time he remains in prison.

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Goats and Soda
2:21 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Trying To Get The World Unhooked From Hookworm

Adult hookworms, from a dog. The larva, which penetrate the skin, are even smaller.
Agency-Animal-Picture Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:26 pm

This week, Goats and Soda learned of a pretty icky research experiment taking place in our nation's capital. People are becoming infected with hookworm in the name of science, as researchers seek to develop a vaccine.

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Goats and Soda
2:06 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Female Genital Mutilation Is A U.S. Problem, Too

British actress Zawe Ashton and Agnes Pareyio, who underwent female genital mutilation as a girl in Kenya, are two of the activists featured in "Stop Cutting Our Girls," a documentary opposing the practice.
Pontso Mafethe Courtesy of Pontso Mafethe

Female genital mutilation seems like something that happens over there. Not in the United States. But in Africa, in the Middle East, in Asia.

That's not the case.

More than half a million girls now living in the U.S. are considered at risk for female genital mutilation. The procedure can range in severity from removing or cutting the clitoris — a sexual organ primarily responsible for female sexual pleasure — to sewing the vagina shut.

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Delivery By Drone Is Hovering Closer To Reality

An employee of the US drone company Matternet shows a drone carrying a mail box of Swiss Post on July 7, 2015 at the airport of Bellechasse, western Switzerland during a press conference. Swiss Post started a series of test for parcel delivery by drone in the alpine country that has many isolated villages in valleys surrounded by mountains. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, a drone delivered 24 packages of medicine and supplies to a health fair in rural Virginia. The delivery marks the first FAA-approved delivery by drone and more are in the planning stages.

This is sure to interest a Silicon Valley startup, which has teamed up with the Swiss Post and Swiss WorldCargo. Matternet and the Swiss companies are joining in testing the commercial use of logistics drones.

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Old Photo Stirs Memories Of Bygone Vermont

Willis Hicks, an auctioneer who ran the Commission Sales in Cadys Falls, drew crowds at his auctions and caught the eye of not one, but two photographers: Nathan Benn, of National Geographic, and Vermont photographer Peter Miller. NATHAN BENN/NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PETER MILLER/VERMONT PEOPLE

Sometimes the memory of a person resurfaces in an unusual way. Earlier this year, Here & Now contributor Vermont Public Radio aired an interview with the National Geographic photographer Nathan Benn, whose photographs of Vermont in the 1970s were on display at a local exhibit.

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NPR Story
1:33 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Jet.com Launches With The Goal To Rival Amazon

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:37 pm

Jet logo via Facebook

The new online shopping service Jet.com launches today, and the company is trying to take on the likes of Amazon and Walmart.

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It's All Politics
1:08 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

The Best Insults Of Donald Trump's Latest Campaign Speech

Trump threw out dozens of insults in his latest campaign speech, and he had several in particular for Sen. Lindsey Graham.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:01 pm

Donald Trump held a kickoff event for his South Carolina campaign on Tuesday, and his speech was, to put it mildly, a doozy. Speaking in Sun City, S.C., without the aid of a TelePrompTer — because "Maybe when you run for president you shouldn't be allowed to use a TelePrompTer, because you find out what you're getting" — he was defensive, brash, angry, funny and self-aggrandizing.

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Goats and Soda
1:06 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Documents Show Red Cross May Not Know How It Spent Millions In Haiti

The Red Cross funded these homes in the Parc Tony Colin community in Bon Repos, Haiti, after the 2010 earthquake, but residents say the structures are starting to deteriorate from water damage. Newly obtained internal reports raise questions about how the Red Cross spent nearly $500 million in Haiti.
Marie Arago for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:23 pm

The American Red Cross is under pressure this week to answer detailed questions from Congress about how it spent the nearly half-billion dollars it raised after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Some of those answers might be difficult to come by. New documents obtained by NPR and ProPublica reveal that the Red Cross may not have an accurate accounting of how all the money was spent.

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The Two-Way
12:48 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

Family Describes Chattanooga Shooter As Being On A Downward Spiral

This booking photo taken in April and released by the Hamilton County, Tenn., sheriff's office shows a man identified as Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez after being detained on suspicion of a driving offense.
AP

The family of Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez has been holed up with friends since the 24-year-old went on a shooting rampage in Chattanooga, Tenn., that ultimately left four Marines and a sailor dead.

A representative of the family, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, said since Thursday's shooting, Abdulazeez's family has received numerous death threats.

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Shots - Health News
12:19 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

With Pap Tests Less Common, Women May Miss Out On STD Tests

The chlamydia bacteria can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and fertility problems, but women often don't know they're infected.
David M. Phillips Science Source

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:06 am

Changes in how women are screened for cervical cancer mean they're getting Pap tests less often. But that may also mean young women are not getting tested for chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted disease.

As the number of teens and young women getting annual Pap tests declined, so did the number getting screened for chlamydia, according to a study published Monday in Annals of Family Medicine.

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Music Reviews
12:04 pm
Tue July 21, 2015

'Sonic Trickster' Miguel Blends Genres And Melodies On 'Wildheart'

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:48 pm

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Hearing Postponed For Freelance Photographer Jailed In Egypt

Pictured here in a protest sign, Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid has been held without charge since his arrest on August 14, 2013. He was taken into custody by Egyptian police while he was taking pictures during a chaotic protest in Cairo.
Amr Nabil AP

Mahmoud Abou Zeid, known as the freelance photographer Shawkan, has been behind bars in Egypt for 705 days without charge. Today's hearing to either renew his time in jail or release him was postponed. His detention continues.

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