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3:34pm

Sat July 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk

Dutch and Australian investigators along with members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine examine pieces of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in the village of Petropavlivka, Donetsk region, in eastern Ukraine on Friday.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Ukrainian forces were reportedly advancing on rebel positions near the key eastern town of Donetsk on Saturday, as they try to retake the separatist stronghold.

Donetsk is the region where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down on July 17, killing nearly 300 people. Pro-Russian rebels have been blamed for downing the plane and they have hampered international efforts to access the site of the wreckage.

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2:13pm

Sat July 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory

Vincenzo Nibali, Astana Pro Team, on the podium as he retains his yellow leader's jersey on the penultimate day of the tour.
Pete Goding PA Photos/Landov

It's all over but Sunday's ride down the Champs-Elysees: Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has locked up an unassailable lead in the 2014 Tour de France.

Nibali, 29, is poised to take his first title in cycling's premier event and will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey on the final stage from Evry to Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998.

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1:14pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Parallels

Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:44 pm

Smoke rises from buildings in May after shelling on the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which is currently held by anti-government fighters. Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs.
Sadam el-Mehmedy AFP/Getty Images

Human rights groups are accusing the Iraqi government of indiscriminate bombing. Baghdad officials deny that and note they're fighting a Sunni insurgency that commits mass executions and suicide bombings.

Yet rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict. Barrel bombs are illegal and indiscriminate explosives, packed in things like oil drums or gas cylinders.

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12:24pm

Sat July 26, 2014
The Two-Way

North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile

South Koreans at the Seoul train station watch a TV news program showing a June missile launch conducted by the North.
Ahn Young-joon AP

North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, according to The Associated Press, which quotes an unnamed South Korean official.

The test is described as beginning with a launch in the country's southwest Hwanghae province on Saturday morning and ending when the missile landed off the east coast at the end of a 310-mile flight path.

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12:08pm

Sat July 26, 2014
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: 'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves,' 'Hard Day's Night,' Arthur Allen

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:18 am

Criterion Collection is selling the movie on DVD and Blu-ray.
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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

'Trans Bodies, Trans Selves': A Modern Manual By And For Trans People: Modeled after the groundbreaking feminist health manual Our Bodies, Ourselves, the book details the social, political and medical issues faced by transgender people.

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Middle East

Is Hezbollah Hesitant To Help Hamas?

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Politics

Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
History

Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Digital Life

Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Remembrances

Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:33am

Sat July 26, 2014
Sports

NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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10:15am

Sat July 26, 2014
Strange News

Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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9:41am

Sat July 26, 2014
The Two-Way

U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site

An image released by the government of Mali shows the scene of the crash, just over the border with Burkina Faso.
Mali Government Xinhua/Landov

United Nations experts said they had recovered a second so-called black box at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 that went down in the desert in southern Mali.

Reuters says that "initial evidence taken from the remote crash site indicates that the aircraft broke apart when it smashed to the ground early on Thursday morning, making an attack appear unlikely."

The plane was en route from Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers when it suddenly disappeared from radar.

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9:23am

Sat July 26, 2014
All Tech Considered

Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality

Twitter released a scorecard showing its workforce — like other major tech firms — is largely male and white.
Jeff Chiu AP

What happened in technology this week, you ask? Here's a roundup of the tech stories reported by NPR and others since you last checked in.

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9:08am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Ed

Learning To Read May Take Longer Than We Thought

Most of what we know — or think we know — about how kids learn comes from classroom practice and behavioral psychology. Now, neuroscientists are adding to and qualifying that store of knowledge by studying the brain itself. The latest example: new research in the journal Developmental Science suggests a famous phenomenon known as the "fourth-grade shift" isn't so clear-cut.

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8:53am

Sat July 26, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:42 pm

In a photo taken on Thursday, smoke rises from a residential area in Tripoli, Libya. Deadly clashes erupted between Islamist fighters and pro-secular militias earlier this month.
Hamza Turkia Xinhua/Landov

Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.

The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli.

"Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, we have temporarily relocated all of our personnel out of Libya," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said.

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8:35am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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8:35am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. When Stephen Carter's new novel opens, President Kennedy is alone in a bedroom with the beautiful intern. Did I say this was a novel? We'll let Professor Carter pick up his narrative.

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8:35am

Sat July 26, 2014
NPR Story

Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

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When it comes to music, Bobby Patterson is an old soul.

(SOUNDBITE OF A SONG, "I GOT MORE SOUL")

BOBBY PATTERSON: (Singing) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Someone get the hose from Ms. Annie Rose because she's hotter than a $2 pistol.

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8:35am

Sat July 26, 2014
Around the Nation

Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 10:31 pm

These Lego dragons washed up at Bigbury-on-Sea, on the south coast of Devon, England in the late 1990s.
Tracey Williams Lego Lost At Sea

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck the Tokio Express, a container ship that had nearly 5 million Legos onboard. The colorful toy building blocks poured into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.

Tracey Williams and her children first happened upon the Tokio Express Legos in the late 1990s. Since then, she's created a Facebook page called — Lego Lost At Sea — where other collectors show off their findings.

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8:13am

Sat July 26, 2014
Space

Close Encounters Of The Radio Kind? Mystery Bursts Baffle Astronomers

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 8:50 am

Scientists say a brief burst of radio activity has been detected at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This new report resembles previous activity detected in Australia, which has scientist debating possible causes, including solar flares, blitzars, or something even more mysterious.
Brian Negin iStockphoto

Astronomers have a mystery on their hands. Two large radio telescopes, on opposite sides of the planet, have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves.

Right now, astronomers have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from. And nothing has been ruled out at the moment — not even the kind of outrageous claims you'd expect to see in tabloid headlines.

Australian Recordings Inspire Curiosity And Doubt

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8:12am

Sat July 26, 2014
The Salt

Forget The Fishing Boat: Alaskans Scoop Up Salmon With Dipnets

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:32 pm

Using dipnets --€” which have nets up to 5 feet in diameter at the end --€” isn't easy, and the river can get pretty crowded. Robert Carter, a novice dipnetter, holds up the first fish he caught after a day on the Kenai River.
Annie Feidt Alaska Public Media

Fishing purists, be warned. This story is not for you.

Yes, it's about salmon fishing on a scenic river in Alaska. But no one here is hooking a prize fish in the remote wilderness. This kind of fishing is all about crowds and slop buckets and big contraptions called dipnets — and the lengths Alaskans will go to in order to fill their freezers with sockeye salmon.

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8:11am

Sat July 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel Cabinet Agrees To Extend Cease-Fire Until Sunday

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 5:57 pm

A Palestinian man leans on his car after salvaging usable items from his destroyed house in Shuja'iyya neighborhood in east Gaza City, on Saturday. Gazans are taking advantage of a brief cease-fire with Israel.
Oliver Weiken EPA /Landov

Update at 5:35 p.m. ET.

Israel's Security Cabinet says it is willing to extend an earlier cease-fire in Gaza, NPR's Emily Harris has confirmed, until Sunday at midnight local time.

Work on neutralizing the tunnels, however, will continue, according to an Israeli official. The Israeli Defense Forces also said they will act against any violation of the extension.

A Hamas spokesman said any cease-fire that does not include the withdrawal of Israel troops from Gaza is unacceptable.

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8:03am

Sat July 26, 2014
Code Switch

At Washington's Training Camp, Fans Are Split On Name Change

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:52 pm

A Washington Redskins helmet lies on the turf at the football team's training facility in Richmond, Va.
AP

Washington, D.C.'s football team has opened its training camp in Richmond, Va., just weeks after trademark registrations for its name were revoked.

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7:51pm

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 3:07 am

Palestinian residents look at the wreckage of a vehicle, destroyed by an Israeli strike, after Palestinian fire fighters put out the fire, in Gaza City, early Saturday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Updated 3:03 a.m.

A humanitarian cease-fire went into effect on Saturday, a plan agreed to hours earlier by Hamas and Israeli leaders. The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, and would last for 12 hours, officials say.

The Associated Press reported that the Israeli military warned that it "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops or civilians.

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6:32pm

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:37 pm

Speaking about India, Rep. Curt Clawson told U.S. officials from the State and Commerce departments, "I am familiar with your country. I love your country."
Library of Congress

Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. departments of State and Commerce for representatives of India's government.

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5:33pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Movie Interviews

In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

Woody Allen directs --€“ that's right, directs --€” Colin Firth and Emma Stone in Magic in the Moonlight.
Jack English Sony Pictures Classics

In Magic in the Moonlight, a new film from Woody Allen, Colin Firth plays a 1920s stage magician who is also an expert at debunking spiritualists. Stanley, Firth's character, takes on the case of a young woman, played by Emma Stone, who is a supposedly adept medium.

Firth tells NPR's Robert Siegel how some of the more well-known myths about working will Allen checked out, and why he's been appearing in fewer comedies.

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5:17pm

Fri July 25, 2014
This Week's Must Read

Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 7:40 pm

To be an Arab living in Israel proper has long been a challenging proposition. Even sussing out what to call them has political implications: Arab Israelis? Israeli Arabs? Palestinian Israelis? Or maybe just Palestinians? Arabs in Israel live lives that constantly — often stressfully — straddle two cultures: They are all at once ethnically Arab and citizens of the Jewish state.

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5:09pm

Fri July 25, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 8:53 pm

At the White House on Friday, President Obama met with El Salvador's President Salvador Sanchez Ceren (from left), Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss the border crisis.
AP

President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

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5:05pm

Fri July 25, 2014
Shots - Health News

How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 10:47 am

Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers.
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Anybody who has ever seen a drug advertisement or talked over the pros and cons of a medicine with a doctor can be forgiven for being confused.

Sorting out the risks and benefits of taking a medicine can be complicated even for professionals.

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