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By Putting Interrogations On Tape, FBI Opens Window Into Questioning

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 12:17pm

The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies will soon begin recording the interrogations they conduct. It's a reversal of decades of policy and, the Obama administration says, a demonstration that agents act appropriately, without coercing suspects. Some big loopholes remain in the policy, though.

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Israel Targets Tunnels, But Hits Elsewhere — Including Gaza Hospital

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 12:17pm

As the Israeli military expands its assault in the Gaza Strip, casualty numbers continue to grow. At last count, more than 550 Palestinians — mostly civilians — and 25 Israeli soldiers have died. On Monday, an Israeli strike hit a hospital in central Gaza, killing people in the intensive care unit.

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In Days After Jet's Downing, A Dark Cloud Hangs Over Holland

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 12:17pm

Nearly 200 Dutch citizens died in the Malaysian airliner shot down over Ukraine. To learn about the country's response to the tragedy, Audie Cornish speaks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times.

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Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend Is Convicted On Obstruction Charges

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 12:17pm

A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of impeding the investigation into the attack. Azamat Tazhayakov was found guilty Monday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

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Obama Signs Order To Protect Against Anti-LGBT Bias

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 12:17pm

President Obama has signed an executive order to ban bias against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees among federal contractors.

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Putin: Tragedies Like MH17 Should 'Bring People Together'

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 4:18am

In a statement, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this tragedy wouldn't have happened if Ukraine had not restarted operations along its eastern border.

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In Effort To Forge Cease-Fire, Kerry Heads To Egypt

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 3:00am

The fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has left more than 400 dead. The State Department said it was deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation.

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Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 1:15am

The Florida Republican, with one eye on the White House, tells NPR's Morning Edition that there's a role for government to play in opening access to higher education and job training.

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Big Data Peeps At Your Medical Records To Find Drug Problems

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 1:15am

It's been tough to identify the problems that only turn up after medicines are on the market. An experimental project is now combing through data to get earlier, more accurate warnings.

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The Youth Unemployment Crisis Hits African-Americans Hardest

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 1:15am

Hidden economic forces like job-specific segregation are keeping young minorities out of the job market.

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In Asheville, N.C., Summer Vacation Lasts Just A Few Weeks

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 1:15am

Can year-round school spell the end of the "summer slide" for disadvantaged kids?

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Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech

NPR Top Stories - July 21, 2014 - 1:15am

Programs like Hack the Hood try to help young people in Oakland, Calif., find a gateway into the high-tech industry — and out of "dead-end" jobs.

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Appreciating James Garner: TV's Best Unhero

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 12:41pm

James Garner, star of classic TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, died Saturday at age 86. TV critic Eric Deggans says he pioneered playing a new character: the "unhero."

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When Defending Your Writing Becomes Defending Yourself

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 11:33am

When the subject of race comes up in his MFA writing workshop, author Matthew Salesses says, it usually feels traumatic — a burden personal to writers of color.

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45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step'

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 8:40am

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11's Lunar Module, Eagle, touched down in the moon's Sea of Tranquility, marking humankind's first journey to another world.

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Kicking The Can Down The Road: A Habit That's Hard To Kick

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 7:47am

Congress can't come up with an agreement to pay for road repairs and construction over the long haul, but like a road crew filling a pothole, they do seem to have a patch at hand.

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James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' And 'Maverick' Dies At 86

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 6:48am

Garner was known for wise-cracking, tough-guy characters who were not afraid to bend the rules. NPR's Arun Rath talks with biographer Jon Winokur about the actor's prolific career.

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R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 6:21am

The nation's No. 2 tobacco manufacturer was slapped with the whopping punitive damages award in the death of a 36-year-old man of lung cancer in 1996.

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As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 6:14am

Science writer Chris Solomon tells NPR's Arun Rath that global warming has caused an influx of new diseases in animals that could eventually spread to humans.

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Should NATO Respond To Downing Of Malaysia Flight 17?

NPR Top Stories - July 20, 2014 - 6:14am

Former Navy Adm. James Stavridis tells NPR's Arun Rath what steps the alliance might take in response to the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

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