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Israel And Hamas Pause While Kerry Negotiates In Paris

NPR Top Stories - July 26, 2014 - 4:34am

NPR's Emily Harris reports from Gaza, where a temporary ceasefire is in effect.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

NPR Books - July 26, 2014 - 4:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Plot To Poison Famed French Wine Makes For Gripping (Pinot) Noir

NPR Books - July 26, 2014 - 4:34am

In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.

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The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 6:52pm

Israel's military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.

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Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 5:22pm

The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.

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Israel And Hamas Reportedly Agree To 12-Hour Truce

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 3:51pm

The truce would allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, officials say. It would reportedly begin Saturday morning.

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

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 2:32pm

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."

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

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:57pm

The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador met at the White House to discuss the steep uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:49pm

The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.

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Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:44pm

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:42pm

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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Fiction Explores The Push And Pull Of Arab-Israeli Identity

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:39pm

Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.

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

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:35pm

A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.

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As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:30pm

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?

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In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

Both the government and the people of Israel have been determined to continue the country's ground invasion in Gaza, despite a growing wave of international criticism. Israelis have been shaken by claims that Hamas has a heavily fortified network of tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

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Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris explains both sides' demands.

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For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.

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Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.

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Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

On Thursday, a psychiatric patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital outside Philadelphia, killing a caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist returned fire with a gun of his own, injuring the gunman. Both patient and psychiatrist survived the gun fight.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 24, 2014

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:03pm

Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.

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