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Wed July 23, 2014
Education

Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

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4:08pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Middle East

Kerry Claims Progress In Gaza Cease-Fire Talks

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

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3:56pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

A Doctor Leading The Fight Against Ebola Has Caught The Virus

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:13 pm

Dr. Sheik Umar Khan, 39, who has treated more than 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, has now been infected with the deadly virus.
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In the past several months, Dr. Sheik Umar Khan has been a leader in the fight against the deadliest and largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Khan, 39, has treated over 100 Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. He's a "national hero," the country's health minister said Tuesday.

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3:25pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Animals

Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:40 pm

Veterinarian Vint Virga says that animals in zoos, like this lion, need to have a bit of control over their environment.
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From feisty kittens to pacing cheetahs, Vint Virga knows animal behavior.

A veterinarian who specializes in behavioral medicine, Virga has treated many household pets in his clinic. But for the past five years he has been working mostly with leopards, wolves, bears, zebras and other animals living in zoos and wildlife parks. He deals with such issues as appetites, anxiety and obsessive behavior.

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3:15pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Movie Reviews

'A Hard Day's Night': A Pop Artifact That Still Crackles With Energy

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:19 pm

The Beatles perform one of their songs while filming A Hard Day's Night in 1964.
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Back in 1964, movie audiences were treated to three hit musicals. Two of them — Mary Poppins and My Fair Lady — won scads of Oscars. But it was the third that announced the future, and it did so from its opening chord.

What followed from that chord was what we call The Sixties.

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3:13pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues'

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:01 pm

Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.

GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. The company has "passed the 22 million vehicles recalled by all automakers last year," the AP says.

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3:07pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Parallels

Palestinian's Death Provokes Israeli Debate On Defining Terrorism

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

Hussein Abu Khdeir (left), father of slain Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, holds a photo of his son as he meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank earlier this month. Israel has charged three Jewish Israelis with the killing and ruled that it was a terrorist attack. This has drawn criticism from some in Israel.
Mohamad Torokman AP

Shortly before the Israel-Hamas fighting began in Gaza earlier this month, two separate killings ratcheted up tensions.

First, three Israeli teenagers were killed, allegedly by Hamas in the West Bank. Israel has arrested many Palestinians, but says it is still searching for the main suspects in the deaths of Naftali Frenkel, 16, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19.

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2:32pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:44 pm

Oh, I don't wanna share you with nothing else, I gotta have you to myself.
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When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?

Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. And researchers say that understanding that could give us valuable insights into human emotions, too.

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2:30pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 3:22 pm

It took 101 takes to get the right shot for Gideon Gidori's Kickstarter video. He hopes supporters will fund his flight school tuition in exchange for a secret potato salad recipe.
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At age 7, Gideon Gidori knew exactly what he wanted to be: a rocket ship pilot.

The only thing was, he was living in a tiny Tanzanian village where schools only went through grade six and books about space (or, for that matter, any books) were scarce.

But that didn't stop him. Now 15, Gidori is determined to become Tanzania's very first astronaut.

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2:15pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 3:53 pm

Rescue crews work on the wreckage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222, which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, late Wednesday.
Wong Yao-wen AP

A domestic flight in Taiwan that was attempting to land in bad weather brought on by a strong typhoon Wednesday night crashed near the runway, killing as many as 47 of the 58 people aboard, according to multiple media outlets.

About a dozen survivors have reportedly been taken to local hospitals; the plane reportedly had 54 passengers and a crew of four.

From Kuala Lumpur, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports:

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1:58pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies In U.S. One Day Before Extradition Order

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 6:24 pm

The main gate of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz I in Poland, where Johann "Hans" Breyer served as a guard.
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A judge in Philadelphia issued an order today granting a request for a former Nazi camp guard to be extradited to Germany, but 89-year-old Johann "Hans" Breyer died Tuesday, his lawyer told The Associated Press.

Attorney Dennis Boyle told the news agency that Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital. According to Boyle, Breyer had heart disease and dementia.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas R. Rice said in his ruling: "There is probable cause to believe that Breyer ... is the same person sought for aiding and abetting murder in Germany."

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1:12pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Parallels

After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers?

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:36 pm

Malaysia Airlines had been struggling even before two of its flights were lost this year. Analysts say the national carrier faces either bankruptcy or privatization.
Mohd Rasfan AFP/Getty Images

The year 2014 is well on its way to being Malaysia Airlines' annus horribilis. Flight 17, shot down last week over eastern Ukraine, is the second Boeing 777 the airline has lost in the past five months, after MH370 disappeared, it's believed, somewhere over the Indian Ocean.

But even before the double calamity, Malaysia's national carrier was struggling to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry.

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12:46pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

FAA Extends Ban On Flights To Tel Aviv For Another 24 Hours

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 1:42 pm

The Federal Aviation Administration has extended its ban on U.S. flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.

As we reported, the agency first issued a ban Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport. In a statement today, the FAA said:

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12:36pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Goats and Soda

Legalizing Prostitution Would Protect Sex Workers From HIV

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:20 pm

Masked Indian sex workers protest alleged police atrocities in Bangalore last year.
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If prostitution were legal around the world, the transmission of HIV among female sex workers would go down by at least a third, according to a paper presented at the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

That would be a huge step forward. "[Female] sex workers face a disproportionately large burden of HIV," the paper notes. They are 54 times more likely to be infected with HIV in their lifetime than women in the general population.

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12:24pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Wisdom Watch

Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'

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12:24pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Music

Host Michel Martin Takes Musical Cues From Directors

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12:24pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Music Interviews

'Traces Of Blue' Blends Jazz And Pop To Create Unique Sound

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12:24pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Economy

Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix?

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12:16pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Salt

The Epic 2,200-Mile Tour De France Is Also A Test Of Epic Eating

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:33 pm

Spain's Alberto Contador eats a banana in as he rides in the pack during the sixth stage of the Tour de France on July 10, 2014. The cyclists aim to eat up to 350 calories an hour as they ride, and up to 9,000 calories a day.
Laurent Cipriani AP

The famously grueling cycling race involves about 2,200 miles of furious pedaling, huge mountain climbs and downhill sprints at 50-plus miles per hour. But the Tour de France, now in its final days, is also an epic marathon of eating.

The cyclists now competing in the 101st rendition of the race are burning an average of 700 calories per hour while riding and, to keep their weight up and maintain their health through the three-week event, they must eat 6,000 to 9,000 calories every day.

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12:03pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Krulwich Wonders...

An Animal Makes A $10,000 Deposit, But Not At The Bank

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:05 pm

Courtesy of I.M. Chait

It's a highly specialized category to be sure: "Longest." But that's what the auctioneer is selling. According to the catalog of I.M. Chait Gallery, in Beverly Hills, "This truly spectacular specimen is possibly the longest example of coprolite ever to be offered at auction."

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12:02pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine Says 2 Military Jets Shot Down Over Rebel-Held Area

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 1:41 pm

Less than a week after a commercial jetliner was shot down, Ukraine says two of its military planes were downed over a rebel-held area in the eastern part of the country.

Bloomberg reports:

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11:44am

Wed July 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid

Intrauterine devices can be used immediately after a woman has given birth to prevent future pregnancies.
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A woman is about to give birth. It will be her second child, and she's not looking to have a third anytime soon. She doesn't want to take birth control pills while she's breast-feeding. And condoms aren't as error-proof as she'd like.

There are a couple of alternatives that are safe, effective and could work for years: an IUD or an implant. She'll need a doctor to get those.

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10:53am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

WATCH: Wreckage Of Costa Concordia Begins Its Final Voyage

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:01 am

The harbor of the Italian island of Giglio, after the wreck of the Costa Concordia was towed away. Italy's once-luxurious cruise liner embarked on its last voyage on Wednesday.
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More than two years after the luxury liner Costa Concordia wrecked off the Italian island of Giglio, killing 32 people, its wreckage has finally begun its voyage to a salvage yard in the port of Genoa.

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9:34am

Wed July 23, 2014
All Tech Considered

A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 10:42 am

A proposed law might determine what happens to our online accounts when we die. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.
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Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won't get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.

Or maybe not.

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8:49am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

White House Adviser: Cease-Fire Should Include Demilitarization Of Gaza

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 1:06 pm

Palestinians walk through the rubble of houses in Gaza City minutes after they were hit in an Israeli strike on Wednesday.
Khalil Hamra AP

A top White House adviser says any cease-fire agreement between Israel and Palestinians must include the demilitarization of Gaza.

In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken said "that needs to be the end result."

"There has to be some way forward that does not involve Hamas having the ability to continue to rain down rockets on Israeli civilians," Blinken said.

Asked if this means the U.S. has endorsed Israel's demand that Hamas give up its weapons, Blinken said:

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8:09am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Dutch Day Of Mourning, As Remains Of Some MH17 Victims Come Home

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:17 am

Flowers lay on the tarmac as a ground Hercules transport aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, carrying bodies from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, prepared to take off Wednesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine.
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In its first national day of mourning in more than half a century, the Netherlands came to a standstill Wednesday as the remains of some of the victims who died when Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine came home.

Two military planes landed in Eindhoven. King Willem Alexander, Queen Maxima and Prime Minister Mark Rutte, along with some family members of the dead, waited on the tarmac on a bright, clear day.

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7:29am

Wed July 23, 2014
Shots - Health News

Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:07 am

Fun hikes offer health benefits for kids of every shape and size.
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Kids can be cruel, especially about weight. So you might think overweight or obese children know all too well that they're heavy — thanks to playground politics. But that's not necessarily so, according to government data covering about 6,100 kids and teens ages 8-15.

About 30 percent "misperceived" their weight status (underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese), according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. (The CDC bases those categories on body mass index, adjusted for gender and age.)

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7:11am

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Gaza Conflict Day 16: Here's What You Need To Know

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 11:46 am

Smoke and fire rises over Gaza City on Tuesday. Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area as diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.
Hatem Moussa AP

Amid another day of fighting, Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and began a whirlwind session of shuttle diplomacy.

As NPR's Michele Kelemen, who is traveling with Kerry, tells our Newscast unit, the secretary of state is "trying to talk to everybody" to see if he can broker a cease-fire and perhaps lay the groundwork for longer-term negotiations over the future of Gaza.

The Israeli offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now entering its 16th day. Here's what you need to know:

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6:10am

Wed July 23, 2014
Business

5 Managers Detained In Shanghai Expired-Meat Scandal

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 7:51 am

Chinese regulators suspended operations at Shanghai Husi Food, owned by Illinois-based OSI group. State media reported that stale meat was packaged for sale under "tacit approval" of senior managers.

6:10am

Wed July 23, 2014
Law

New York Death Reignites Decades-Old Debate Over Neck Restraints

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 2:53 pm

A memorial for Eric Garner rests on the pavement near the site of his death. The poster on the ground quotes Garner; video of the arrest shows him telling police officers he couldn't breathe, shortly before he lost consciousness.
John Minchillo AP

Eric Garner's funeral will be held in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday afternoon. The New Yorker died last week shortly after being wrestled to the ground by police.

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