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9:25 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Kerry, Moniz Face Off With Skeptical Lawmakers Over Iran Deal

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 10:39 am

Secretary of State John Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz defended a deal reached with Iran over its nuclear program before skeptical lawmakers during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

Sen. Bob Corker, the committee chairman, opened the hearing by firing some shots.

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The Two-Way
8:42 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Executions In Iran Undergo 'Unprecedented Spike,' Amnesty Says

People gather opposite Downing Street during a protest against the execution of a young woman in Iran, in October of last year. Amnesty International says that Iran has undergone an "unprecedented spike" in executions in recent months.
Graham Mitchell Barcroft Media/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 11:57 am

Amnesty International has identified what it says is an "unprecedented spike" in executions in Iran in recent months, writing in a new report that at least 743 people may have been put to death in 2014 and nearly 700 more since the beginning of the year.

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The Two-Way
8:37 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Texas Fights Suit After Denying Birth Certificates To Children Of Illegal Immigrants

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, seen hear at his January swearing-in ceremony, has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 11:58 am

An interesting immigration case is winding its way through a federal court in Austin, Texas: A group of mothers has filed suit against the chief of the state's Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit, because it has refused to give their U.S.-born children birth certificates.

The issue here is not whether or not these children are U.S. citizens. They are and that's made plain by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which says most people born in the U.S. are automatically citizens.

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Shots - Health News
6:51 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Medical Residents Are Indebted But Reasonably Happy

Alyson Hurt NPR

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 2:43 pm

Medical residents are the tweeners of health care.

They've got their medical degrees but still haven't finished the training they need to go forth and practice their chosen specialties.

Talking to residents is one way to get a bead on where medicine may be headed. Medscape, an online news source for health professionals, just released a survey of more than 1,700 medical residents that asked a slew of questions about their hopes, everyday experience on the job and finances.

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The Two-Way
5:10 am
Thu July 23, 2015

Wildfires In Montana, California Scorch Thousands Of Acres, Trigger Evacuations

Smoke from the the Reynolds Creek wildfire rises above the landscape at St. Mary Lake in Glacier National Park, Mont.
Erin Conwell AP

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 7:43 am

Fast-moving wildfires in Montana and California have scorched thousands of acres and triggered evacuations.

NBC News has a bit more on the fire at Montana's Glacier National Park:

"The Reynolds Creek Wildland Fire was first reported about 6 p.m. ET on the east side of Glacier National Park, according to a news release by the National Parks Service.

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NPR Ed
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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