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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?
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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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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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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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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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Shots - Health News
11:04 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Intensive End-Of-Life Care On The Rise For Cancer Patients

Maximum care at the end of life for cancer patients has increased.
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Conversations about end-of-life care are difficult. But even though most people now take some steps to communicate their wishes, many may still receive more intensive care than they would have wished, a study published in July found.

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The Two-Way
10:56 am
Wed July 22, 2015

FBI Says It's Too Early To Tell If Chattanooga Shooter Was Radicalized

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:26 pm

The FBI says it's too early to tell whether Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez was radicalized before he attacked two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., and killed five service members.

"This is a complex, ongoing investigation, and we're still in the early stages of piecing together exactly what happened and why," FBI Special Agent in Charge Ed Reinhold said Wednesday at a news conference.

Reinhold said between 700 and 1,000 agents are working full time on the investigation into what led the Kuwaiti-born Abdulazeez, 24, to carry out last week's attacks.

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Charleston Shooting Suspect Roof Could Face Death Penalty Over Federal Charges

Dylann Roof, seen here at a recent court hearing in Charleston, S.C., will face federal hate crime charges over a mass shooting that police say he carried out at a black church.
Grace Beahm AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:46 pm

Dylann Roof, who police say carried out a ruthless attack that killed nine black worshippers in a Charleston, S.C., church, is now facing federal hate crime charges along with more than a dozen other serious charges he's already accused of.

"Hate crimes are the original domestic terrorism," Attorney General Loretta Lynch says.

The 33 counts center on both the victims' race and their identity as church-goers who were attempting to follow their religious beliefs when Roof attacked.

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Shots - Health News
9:18 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Health Effects Of Transitioning In Teen Years Remain Unknown

Most transgender adolescents go through the same steps during the medical transition from one gender to another. They're given a drug that blocks or pauses puberty. Then, if they and their doctors are sure they want to continue, they are given sex hormones that will resume puberty and give them more male or more female bodies.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Marijuana Growers Hit A Snag: Toxic Pesticides

Its legal status and wide range of uses make marijuana a tough plant to regulate — or even to advise farmers about. Here, young marijuana plants are seen at a growing facility.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 8:27 am

Farmers who grow marijuana for Colorado's legal market are running into problems as they try to control mildew and pests. Because of the plant's illegal status at the federal level, a main source of agricultural guidance isn't available to pot farmers.

Attempts to regulate marijuana production often hit another problem, as the plant's wide range of uses sets it apart from many traditional food crops.

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Shots - Health News
6:26 am
Wed July 22, 2015

For Kids With Tourette's, At-Home Training Could Help

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

If you've ever had hiccups in a quiet room, you know how embarrassing and completely uncontrollable they can feel. What if, instead of the hiccups, your body jerked involuntarily or you blurted out words without meaning to? That's a rough idea of what living with Tourette syndrome can be like.

Designers of a new computer program called TicHelper hope that they will be able to help children recognize and control these impulses themselves.

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6:14 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Loops, Glitches Raise Questions About Texas Dashcam Video

In this July 10 frame from dashcam video provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety, trooper Brian Encinia arrests Sandra Bland.
Andy Alfaro AP

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 7:25 pm

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6:03 am
Wed July 22, 2015

How The Big New Education Law Could Cut Testing Time

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Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 9:36 am

Both houses of Congress have now passed versions of the bill that would update the largest federal education law, known as No Child Left Behind, for the first time since 2001. They are big, meaty and complicated, and now they have to be reconciled into one messy Dagwood sandwich of a bill to go to the president.

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Law
4:13 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Sandra Bland Video Shows An Argument With Police Officer

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

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Strange News
4:12 am
Wed July 22, 2015

In A Hurry, Queen Elizabeth Goes Off Road

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:52 am

Being the queen apparently doesn't exempt one from being what we all are at times: an impatient driver.

Queen Elizabeth was driving to church through the park leading out of Windsor Castle. And she just couldn't pause for a family that was out for a Sunday stroll and blocking her way

So, reports The Telegraph, the queen veered onto the grass.

Though perhaps unlike the rest of us, the queen smiled and waved as she passed the startled family.

U.S.
4:12 am
Wed July 22, 2015

The Unintended Consequences Of A Program Designed To Help Homeowners

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

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Law
4:12 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Death Penalty Or Life In Prison? Aurora Shooting Trial Goes To Sentencing Phase

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 6:32 am

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4:12 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Pets And Other Non-Humans Gets Rights Upgraded In A Spanish Town

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 5:52 am

The Declaration of Independence says "all men are created equal."

It took a civil war to show it really meant all men, and generations more to make it all men and women.

Now a small town in Spain has taken another step.

The town council of Trigueros de Valle declared all residents are born equal.

That includes pets.

"A resident, whether human or non-human, is entitled to respect," the council decreed.

Bullfighting is out. It's not clear if dogs and cats get to vote.

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U.S.
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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