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8:12am

Mon July 28, 2014
Business

The Ice Cream Sandwich That Wouldn't Melt

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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7:46am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Lawmakers Announce $17 Billion Deal Intended To Fix VA System

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:36 pm

House Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican.
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House and Senate negotiators unveiled a $17 billion plan Monday to address the crisis in care for veterans.

The agreement would provide $10 billion to allow veterans to be treated outside the Veterans Affairs system, if they've had trouble getting appointments within it. More than two dozen clinics would be leased around the country, with $5 billion spent to hire additional doctors, nurses and other medical personnel at the VA.

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6:58am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Conflict In Gaza: Here's What You Need To Know Today

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:29 pm

Palestinian Saeb Afana, 12, stands on the edge of a large crater from an Israeli missile strike that destroyed several graves, as he carries flowers at a cemetery in Gaza City on Monday.
Lefteris Pitarakis AP
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In a resolution overnight, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza.

As USA Today reports, the Security Council called on both Israel and Hamas "to accept and fully implement the humanitarian cease-fire into the Eid period and beyond."

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6:09am

Mon July 28, 2014
U.S.

Calif. Gets A Lesson In Succession: 4 Governors In 4 Days

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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6:09am

Mon July 28, 2014
Sports

Colorado Rockies Hand Out Free Jerseys — With A Typo

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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5:55am

Mon July 28, 2014
NPR Story

U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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NPR's Business News starts with fracking in the U.K.

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5:55am

Mon July 28, 2014
Latin America

Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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5:55am

Mon July 28, 2014
Europe

More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:05 pm

Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent — more than double the continent's average. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many Spanish 20-somethings — dubbed the "lost generation" — will have missed a decade or more of work.

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5:55am

Mon July 28, 2014
Middle East

Israelis Broadly Support Military's Operation In Gaza

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
NPR Story

Depend Promotes Pants-Dropping For 'Underwareness'

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 4:16 pm

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Our last word in Business Today is drop trou.

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That's the message of an ad campaign for the Depend brand of undergarments. The campaign is promoting underwearness to reduce the stigma of incontinence.

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
NPR Story

The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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Congress is heading into its last week before taking a summer recess. For a change, lawmakers are not racing the clock to overt a fiscal calamity. Still, the standoff between the two parties has all but stopped the process of governing.

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
NPR Story

Fighting In Ukraine Continues; Russia Dismisses Threat Of Sanctions

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

Lissette Encarnacion in her apartment at The Brook, a supportive housing complex in the New York City borough of the Bronx.
Natalie Fertig WNYC

Standing outside her sixth-floor apartment in the Bronx, Lissette Encarnacion says she sometimes forgets the place belongs to her.

"I'm thinking I'm at somebody else's [house]," she says. "I'm ringing my own doorbell."

Encarnacion used to have a career in banking, and lived in a real home with her son and husband. Then one night everything changed, she says, when her husband came home drunk and angry, and threw her off a balcony.

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 1:52 pm

Lucinda Schreiber for NPR

Medical tests are rarely a pleasant experience, especially if you're worried that something could be seriously wrong. That's true even though we know that regular screenings and tests often help doctors catch issues early.

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Science

Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 12:01 pm

Guided by biologists, volunteers briefly catch, band and release some of Delaware's visiting red knots each spring to monitor the health of the species.
Maggie Starbard NPR

An intrepid bird called the red knot migrates from the southern tip of South America to the Arctic and back every year. But changes in climate along its route are putting this ultramarathoner at risk.

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
Shots - Health News

People Who Feel They Have A Purpose In Life Live Longer

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 7:37 pm

Maria Fabrizio for NPR

We know that happiness and social connection can have positive benefits on health. Now research suggests that having a sense of purpose or direction in life may also be beneficial.

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5:00am

Mon July 28, 2014
The Salt

Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 3:23 pm

A worker dries coffee beans at a coffee plantation in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, in February 2013.
Moises Castillo AP

Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.

"My farm was beautiful; it was big," he says.

But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or roya in Spanish, hit his crop.

"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.

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5:17pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Men In America

Lessons In Manhood: A Boys' School Turns Work Into Wonders

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 7:22 pm

At East Bay School for Boys, sometimes the sparks of inspiration result in, well, actual sparks.
Courtesy East Bay School for Boys

This summer, All Things Considered has been taking a look at the changing lives of men in America. And that means talking about how the country educates boys.

In Berkeley, Calif., a private, non-profit middle school called the East Bay School for Boys is trying to reimagine what it means to build confident young men. In some ways, the school's different approach starts with directing, not stifling, boys' frenetic energy.

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5:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Author Interviews

'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 6:52 pm

The Land of Love And Drowning follows a family living in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the early 20th century.
Brennan Linsley AP

In the new novel Land of Love and Drowning, the Virgin Islands and the ocean around them make for a magical setting.

The book follows three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

It's also laced with magical realism: One main character can sense people's arrival; another family only gives birth to men, generation after generation; and one woman has a hoofed leg instead of one of her feet.

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5:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Around the Nation

Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 6:52 pm

Artist Willie Baronet has been collecting signs from the homeless since 1993.
Tanya Conovaloff

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek from Seattle, Wash. to New York City looking for supplies.

He's been buying handmade signs from homeless people for an art project called We Are All Homeless. Those signs are little more than a peripheral blur for many people. Baronet wants us to slow down, read them and understand.

"It really started because of my discomfort, my guilt, the way I felt, whenever I encountered a homeless person on the corner," he tells NPR's Eric Westervelt.

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5:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Middle East

On The Eve Of Ramadan's End, Fighting Resumes In Gaza

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 6:52 pm

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5:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Middle East

What Makes This Fight In Gaza Different From The Others?

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 6:52 pm

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New York Times correspondent Anne Barnard has just left Gaza after spending three weeks covering the war. I asked her how the current conflict in Gaza compared with previous episode of fighting and blood shed there.

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5:14pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Iraq

Violence Spikes Anew In Iraq, As Islamic State Looks To Expand

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 7:23 pm

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3:08pm

Sun July 27, 2014
Law

With Judges Overriding Death Penalty Cases, Alabama Is An Outlier

Courtney Lockhart is appealing a death penalty sentence that a judge gave him in 2011, which overrode the jury's recommendation of life in prison.
Dave Martin AP

When Courtney Lockhart was tried for murder in Alabama, the jury unanimously recommended a life sentence, but the judge overrode that recommendation and sentenced Lockhart to death instead. Now the convicted murderer is asking the state Supreme Court to examine Alabama's unique process of judicial override.

Alabama is an outlier. It's the only state in which judges routinely override jury decisions not to impose the death penalty.

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2:08pm

Sun July 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France

Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 85.4 miles with start in Evry and finish in Paris, France.
Christophe Ena AP

Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year's Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris' Champs-Elysees.

As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.

On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner's podium.

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12:58pm

Sun July 27, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 4:48 pm

Image released by the U.S. State Department showing what it says is evidence of Russia firing artillery into eastern Ukraine.
U.S. State Department

Update at 4:05 p.m. ET.

The U.S. State Department has released satellite images it says back up the assertion by Washington and Kiev that Russian forces are firing artillery into eastern Ukraine in support of separatists.

In a four-page document titled Evidence of Russian Shelling into Ukraine, released Sunday, blast marks from rocket launches in Russia and craters in Ukraine can be seen, the State Department says.

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12:29pm

Sun July 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public

A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home.

In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. ordered the city to allow residents to carry handguns — a milestone in a case that has been dragging on for five years.

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11:24am

Sun July 27, 2014
The Protojournalist

Smartsongs: Refrains The Brain Retains

Originally published on Sun July 27, 2014 3:54 pm

Now that Weird Al week is long past, we can mull over the merits — and demerits — of Al Yankovic's new mishmash of novelty music: Mandatory Fun.

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10:52am

Sun July 27, 2014
Science

How Our Story About A Child's Science Experiment Sparked Controversy

Two lionfish swim in an aquarium at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Fla.
Suzette Laboy AP

A story that ran last Sunday on All Things Considered about a sixth-grader's science fair project has elicited not just criticism but controversy.

Since the student's project built on the work of scientists, she's been accused this week of being a "plagiarist" who "ripped off" earlier work.

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10:45am

Sun July 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern

Filipino Clemente Sentino Jr (L), 45 and Dailin Cabigayan (R), 27 holds their 6 lbs newborn baby girl marking the "100 million population of the Philippines."
Ritchie B. Tongo EPA/Landov

The Philippines on Sunday welcomed its 100-millionth citizen — a baby girl named Chonalyn who was born at a hospital in the capital, Manila.

Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of the Commission on Population, announced the official milestone after the birth at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, which has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world. The 6-pound Chonalyn arrived shortly after midnight Manila time.

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