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11:08am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:50 pm

Barbed-wire fence surrounding a military area is pictured in the forest near Stare Kiejkuty village, close to Szczytno in northeastern Poland. The CIA ran a secret jail on Polish soil, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday.
Kacper Pempel Reuters/Landov

The European Court of Human Rights ruled today that Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.

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11:03am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:07 pm

The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.

The Associated Press writes:

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10:47am

Thu July 24, 2014
Goats and Soda

Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:48 pm

Health officials examine rats for signs of bubonic plague in New Orleans, 1914.
U.S. National Library of Medicine

The plague isn't just something you read about in medieval history books.

This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.

The Colorado residents were diagnosed after coming into contact with an infected dog.

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10:15am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:39 am

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9:32am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 10:24 am

Sen. John Walsh, a Democrat from Montana.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

After The New York Times reported that Sen. John Walsh plagiarized at least a quarter of his master's thesis, the Montana Democrat is telling The Associated Press that post-traumatic stress disorder may have played a role.

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9:27am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 5:32 pm

Fouad Massoum speaks to the press after an Iraqi Parliament session in Baghdad in 2010. Massoum, a Kurd, has been elected to the largely ceremonial post of president in Iraq.
Hadi Mizban AP

Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.

As Leila Fadel reports from Irbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."

The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Massoum was their choice.

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7:57am

Thu July 24, 2014
Shots - Health News

A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 6:02 pm

Sure, your doctor can do this. But you can, too. And for stroke patients, it could be a lifesaver.
iStockphoto

An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.

Doctors test for atrial fibrillation by hooking people up to an electrocardiogram machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. There are also implantable monitors to check for afib, but they aren't widely used.

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7:40am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:44 pm

The grief-stricken Palestinian mother of 1-year-old Abdulrahamn Abed al-Nabi carries his body after he was killed in an Israeli military strike along with their cousin, 3-year-old Hadi Abed al-Nabi.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 4:40 p.m. ET.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now allowing American flights in and out Israel.

If you remember, the FAA banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday, after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport.

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7:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 3:43 pm

Zzarr, a Dutch shepherd, with K-9 handler U.S. Army Sgt. Nathan Arriaga (partly hidden), in 2011.
Romeo Gacad AFP/Getty Images

It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.

Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, "Military Dogs Take the Hill," to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired to the U.S.

Congress passed a law last year saying the military may bring back its working dogs to the U.S. to be reunited with their handlers, but it does not say they must be brought back.

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7:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
Asia

With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan

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7:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
Business

New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes

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7:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
U.S.

Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:44 pm

Bill Gluba, the mayor of Davenport, is trying to find appropriate sites that could serve as shelters for Central American minors.
pioneer98 Flickr

Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have been crossing the Southern border of the U.S. over the past few months.

That's led to protests and debates — not only in the Southwest but across the country, as children have been given shelter in cities and towns that are sometimes quite far from the border.

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7:39am

Thu July 24, 2014
Law

In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense

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7:08am

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:05 pm

Ayaman with his wife, Selma, and their 1-month-old daughter, Shana, who was born in Turkey. Syrian refugee parents who give birth in Turkey are finding it difficult to register their newborns, and many are stateless.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

Thousands of Syrian infants born to refugee parents are now stateless. Their births are unregistered and will pose many difficult challenges in this long-term conflict.

The exact numbers are far from certain. A recent report by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, suggests that 75 percent of Syrians born in Lebanon since 2011 have not been properly registered. Many families don't have any identification documents, which were destroyed in the fighting or left behind in a panicked escape.

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6:50am

Thu July 24, 2014
Strange News

Sarah Palin Gets A Speeding Ticket, Says She 'Can't Drive 55'

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:39 am

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6:50am

Thu July 24, 2014
Strange News

Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up'

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:39 am

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with a story of the man sentenced to prison by the way of a poem.

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6:38am

Thu July 24, 2014
The Two-Way

Wreckage Of Air Algerie Flight With 116 Aboard Found In Mali

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 10:21 pm

Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET.

The Air Algerie MD-83 en route from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers and crew aboard has been found with no survivors.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, reporting for our Newscast team, that a presidential aide in neighboring Burkina Faso says the remains of the missing aircraft have been found just across the border in Mali, in an isolated area about 60 miles south of the town of Gao.

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6:13am

Thu July 24, 2014
NPR Story

Russia Will Move Clocks To Make Winter Mornings Brighter

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:39 am

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6:13am

Thu July 24, 2014
NPR Story

Videographer's 'Happy' View Of Gaza Turns Tragic

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 7:39 am

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6:13am

Thu July 24, 2014
Economy

How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 1:05 pm

An artist's installation shows pre-foreclosed homes in Newark, N.J., in July 2009 at the Queens Museum of Art in New York City.
Mario Tama Getty Images

"Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."

Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years, money flooded into Paterson.

"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.

In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.

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6:13am

Thu July 24, 2014
Parallels

Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 10:53 am

Rabbi Michel Serfaty (right), head of the Jewish-Muslim Alliance of France, stands next to a Muslim cleric, or imam, as they both hold signs wishing Muslims a happy Ramadan. The rabbi and the imam have also traded hats. Despite efforts by Serfaty's group, a record number of French Jews are expected to move to Israel this year.
Eleanor Beardsley NPR

Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.

With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as aliya. Usually, making aliya is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.

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6:13am

Thu July 24, 2014
Politics

A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 11:40 am

Paul Davis, third from left, the presumed Democratic nominee for Kansas governor, receives the endorsements of more than 100 current and former Republican politicians on July 15, 2014, in Topeka, Kan.
Charlie Riedel AP

Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do — cut taxes.

Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised — some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.

That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.

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10:36pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Law

Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours

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7:05pm

Wed July 23, 2014
It's All Politics

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition reception in Washington in June. On Wednesday, he appeared at a Senate rules committee hearing to oppose a campaign finance bill proposed by Democrats.
Yuri Gripas Reuters/Landov

Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.

It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-Citizens United politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Their donors are never publicly named.

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6:56pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate

A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.

The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. It was introduced last month, with 52 senators listed as its sponsors or co-sponsors (including the chamber's two independents).

NPR's Peter Overby reports:

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6:15pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Salt

Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food?

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 6:12 am

Investigators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have discovered cases of organic fraud abroad as well as in the U.S. In 2013, 19 farmers or food companies were fined a total of $87,000 for misusing the organic label.
Mark Andersen Rubberball/Corbi

Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.

Peter Laufer, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.

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5:57pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Two-Way

Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State

A burned-out car sits in front of a ruined house in this photo taken Sunday near Pateros, Wash. Large fires have destroyed hundreds of homes in the state this month.
Stephen Brashear Getty Images

Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.

Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. The blazes have destroyed hundreds of homes and caused wide power outages.

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5:14pm

Wed July 23, 2014
The Salt

Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:49 pm

Logan Kovach, 6, Matthew Kovach, 2, and Allyson Kovach, 5, eat a lunch distributed by the YMCA in Hopkins County, Kentucky.
Pam Fessler NPR

More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.

The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?

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5:14pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Parallels

Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling

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

People walk by a damaged police station in Mosul on July 15. The militants of the Islamic State are in control of the key city and have acted against former members of Saddam Hussein's regime who helped them drive out the Iraqi army last month.
AP

Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.

The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.

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5:06pm

Wed July 23, 2014
It's All Politics

Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 5:35 pm

Investigators were able to fraudulently sign up for coverage through HealthCare.gov, sparking criticism from Republican lawmakers.
J. David Ake AP

House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.

Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.

Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.

Democrats question all the fuss.

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