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5:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

What The College Kids Are Reading

Lydia Thompson/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:20 am

I can remember the weeks before starting school at Skidmore College, furiously trying to finish Gregory Howard Williams' memoir, Life on the Color Line. The book had been assigned as our freshman reading assignment — part of the First-Year Experience at the liberal arts school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Four years later, Williams spoke at our graduation.

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Middle East
4:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

U.S. Defense Secretary Makes Unannounced Visit To Iraq

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 9:32 am

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Law
4:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

At Low Pay, Government Hires Immigrants Held At Detention Centers

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Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

It's illegal to employ immigrants without documents. But through voluntary work programs in detention centers, the federal government employs thousands of undocumented immigrants. "The government, which forbids everyone else from hiring people without documents, has effectively become the biggest employer of undocumented immigrants in the country," says Carl Takei, an attorney with the ACLU National Prison Project.

The pay for an eight hour shift in a detention center is $1 a day, or roughly 13 cents an hour.

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Media
4:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

The Associated Press Puts Its Vast Archive On YouTube

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

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And now here's your chance to be a witness to history or at least to see the video footage of people who were there.

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U.S.
4:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

After Cold, Icy Winters, Lake Michigan Is Rising Rapidly

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

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Water levels in the Great Lakes are rising from record lows. Lakes Huron and Michigan are 3 feet higher than a year ago. Here's NPR's David Schaper.

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U.S.
4:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Investigators Seek The Gunman's Motivation In The Chattanooga Shooting

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:16 pm

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Africa
4:24 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Kenyan Novelist Explains What President Obama's Visit Signifies

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

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Strange News
3:44 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Struck By Lighting As A Kid, A Lottery Winner As An Adult

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

Lady Luck has a sense of humor. The odds of being struck by lightning or winning the lottery are very slim.

The likelihood that both will happen to the same person are about one in 2.6 trillion. Peter McCathie is that one.

The Canadian man survived a lightning strike when he was a kid.

And now, after buying lottery tickets for about a year, McCathie has struck it big. He won a million dollars.

He's not gambling with the winnings. He's taking his wife on a second honeymoon.

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NPR Story
3:39 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Things Not To Pack When Flying: Smoke Grenades, Bottle Rockets, Knives

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

When packing for a trip, you have that moment of wondering if security will let you carry on that item.

We're not sure what that moment was like for Mitchell Crawford.

Airport security in Baltimore went through Mr. Crawford's luggage.

They found smoke grenades and bottle rockets. And rope cutters. And several knives. Also a folding saw. And a hatchet.

Mr. Crawford is now under arrest, though he told police he simply meant to use the items while camping.

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NPR Story
3:16 am
Thu July 23, 2015

House Bill Would Cut Off Federal Funds For Sanctuary Cities

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Is Hillary Clinton 'Likable Enough'?

New polls show that voters in key swing states view Clinton unfavorably — by a wide margin.
Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 9:09 am

Barack Obama said before the New Hampshire primary during his contentious primary with Hillary Clinton in 2008 that she was "likable enough." The quip got him in trouble with Clinton supporters, but Clinton's likability is at the heart of her candidacy in 2016.

Clinton has a massive lead among Democratic candidates, but polls out in key swing states Wednesday raise warning signs for her candidacy.

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Politics
3:03 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Ben Carson, A Man Made In Detroit

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:40 am

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Shots - Health News
1:47 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Younger Adults With Alzheimer's Are Key To Drug Search

Giedre (left) and Tal Cohen in March 2013, while Giedre was still healthy. Since then, she's begun having symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. In Giedre's case, the illness is tied to a rare genetic mutation she inherited.
Courtesy of Tal Cohen

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:42 pm

The face of Alzheimer's isn't always old. Sometimes it belongs to someone like Giedre Cohen, who is 37, yet struggles to remember her own name.

Until about a year ago, Giedre was a "young, healthy, beautiful" woman just starting her life, says her husband, Tal Cohen, a real estate developer in Los Angeles. Now, he says, "her mind is slowly wasting away."

People like Giedre have a rare gene mutation that causes symptoms of Alzheimer's to appear before they turn 60.

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The Two-Way
6:15 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Bill Cosby Handed Legal Setback In Sexual Assault Claim From 1974

The California Supreme Court has denied Bill Cosby's petition to review a lawsuit brought by a woman who says the comedian molested her at the Playboy mansion in 1974 when she was 15, a setback to Cosby's attempts to stave off the decades-old allegations.

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The Two-Way
5:26 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

California, New York And Washington, D.C., Make Moves On Minimum Wage

Demonstrators rally before a meeting of a state wage board in New York. On Wednesday, a state panel recommended the minimum wage for fast-food employees be raised to $15 an hour, bypassing the state Legislature.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:27 pm

A wave of wage increases in cities across the country, as well as at several major businesses, continued on Wednesday.

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Media
4:21 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

'Washington Post' Urges U.N. To Help Free Reporter Held In Iran

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:26 pm

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The Two-Way
4:14 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

University In U.K. Finds Muhammad-Era Quran Pages Among Its Possessions

An Islamic manuscript, which has been identified as one of the world's oldest fragments of the Quran, is seen at the University of Birmingham in the U.K.
Courtesy of Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham in the U.K. says it has discovered a portion of a Quran manuscript from about the time of the Prophet Muhammad, making it one of the earliest versions of Islam's holy book to survive.

Radiocarbon analysis conducted at Oxford University dated the parchment on which the text is written to between the years 568 and 645. Muhammad is believed to have lived between 570 and 632.

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Shots - Health News
4:05 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Leprosy From An Armadillo? That's An Unlikely Peccadillo

Public health threat, or just a very odd animal you're likely to see in the southern United States?
Richard Heathcote Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 1:16 pm

Armadillos. Leprosy. Florida. It's hard to ignore news reports that fit all three words in the first sentence.

So when we heard that state health officials in Florida have reported nine people with leprosy and suggested that people avoid armadillos, we here at Team Shots just had to check it out.

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The Two-Way
3:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

New York City, Uber Strike 4-Month Deal On Vehicle Cap

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:48 pm

Ride-hailing service Uber has struck a deal with New York City just a day before the City Council was due to vote on a measure that would cap the number of the service's cars in the city.

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It's All Politics
3:11 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Paul Just The Latest Candidate To Assault Paper

In a campaign video, Rand Paul uses a chainsaw to shred 1,700 pages of what he says represents the federal tax code. Paul is offering a flat-tax plan that fits on one page.
Rand Paul campaign video

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 4:37 am

In a campaign looking for a jumpstart, Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul released a video Tuesday that attempted to grab some of the spotlight away from Donald Trump.

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The Salt
2:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Eggs Go AWOL, And Bakers Scramble For High-Tech Substitutes

The hard part of making an egg replacement product is coming up with a substitute for the protein in egg whites.
Wilson Hui Flickr

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:11 am

Strolling through the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists the other day, I saw several signs offering to solve an urgent problem American bakers face. The signs advertised "egg replacement."

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Health
2:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

'Quantum Leap' In Alzheimer's Research Delivers New Understanding

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:21 pm

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Law
2:57 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

FBI Still Searching For Motive In Chattanooga, Tenn., Shootings

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 4:21 pm

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Aurora Shooting Trial Enters Penalty Phase

Family members of Aurora Theater shooting victim Veronica Moser walk into the Arapahoe County Justice Center as opening arguments for the trial of Aurora Theater Shooting defendant James Holmes opened at the courthouse April 27, 2015 in Centennial, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)

The trial of James Holmes, found guilty of the movie theater shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people and injured 70 others, enters the penalty phase today.

Jurors will hear testimony before deciding whether Holmes will be sentenced to death or life in prison. Megan Verlee of Colorado Public Radio joins Here & Now‘s Meghna Chakrabarti with the latest.

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

An American Music Playlist From The Man Behind Newport Folk Festival

The Rhode Island-based band Deer Tick is among those playing this year's Newport Folk Festival. (Courtesy)

This weekend’s Newport Folk Festival marks the 50th anniversary of what many believe is a defining moment for American music: when Bob Dylan put down his acoustic guitar and plugged in an electric one.

The moment has been written and talked about extensively, and people are still arguing today about whether it permanently changed the definition of American folk music.

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NPR Story
2:01 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Volcker Bank Rule Takes Effect

Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, visits FOX Business Network's "CAVUTO: Coast To Coast" at FOX Studios on June 17, 2015 in New York City. (Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 12:42 pm

Starting today, Wall Street banks have to comply with the Volcker Rule, considered one of the biggest new restriction they’ve faced in decades.

The rule bans taxpayer-insured banks from making bets on their own money, and banks fought it for years. But many have since fallen in line.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson takes a look at what the move will mean with Maggie Lake of CNN.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

In Pakistan Death Row Case, A Rare Glimmer Of Hope

At the jail where she was held in 2010 after being sentenced to death for blasphemy, Asia Bibi affixed her thumbprint as signature on a mercy petition to Punjab's provincial governor, Salman Taseer, at right. Taseer had expressed support for Bibi and was assassinated two months later.
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Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:34 pm

Pakistan's Supreme Court has stayed the execution of Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old Pakistani mother of five who was sentenced to death by hanging for insulting Islam. On Wednesday, the court agreed to hear her appeal.

Bibi's death sentence was handed down by a lower court in 2010 for committing "blasphemy."

The BBC quotes her lawyer telling reporters outside the Supreme Court: "The execution of Asia Bibi has been suspended and will remain suspended until the decision of this appeal."

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Sting Videos Part Of Longtime Campaign Against Planned Parenthood

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 3:02 pm

The young man behind two undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood seemed to come out of nowhere. No one had heard of David Daleiden, or his non-profit, the Center for Medical Progress, when he first accused the health care provider of illegally selling aborted fetal baby parts last week.

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Music Reviews
11:29 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Reissue Of Thelonious Monk's 'Riverside Recordings' Shows A Star On The Rise

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The Salt
11:23 am
Wed July 22, 2015

How An 11-Year-Old Boy Invented The Popsicle

A vintage ad for Popsicle
The National Archives

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 2:35 pm

The next time you pop a Popsicle in your mouth, think about this: You're enjoying the fruits of an 11-year-old entrepreneur's labor.

Back in 1905, a San Francisco Bay Area kid by the name of Frank Epperson accidentally invented the summertime treat. He had mixed some sugary soda powder with water and left it out overnight. It was a cold night, and the mixture froze. In the morning, Epperson devoured the icy concoction, licking it off the wooden stirrer. He declared it an Epsicle, a portmanteau of icicle and his name, and started selling the treat around his neighborhood.

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