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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 1:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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Glass Or No Glass? That Is The Grill Lid Question

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 1:10pm

Would you be a better cook if you could see your food on the grill without lifting the lid? We take a peek under the hood of an innovative glass-top grill that claims to help prevent the dreaded burn.

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Pop Quiz: 20 Percent Chance Of Rain. Do You Need An Umbrella?

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 1:08pm

What does a 20 percent chance of rain or snow actually mean? Interpreting probabilities in forecasts can be hard even for mathematicians and meteorologists — never mind the average person.

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VA Nominee Steps Before Senate Committee

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:53pm

Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee to run the Department of Veterans Affairs, is appearing before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. He faces the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

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Near Crash Site, Stories Of The Jet Cleave Closely To Russian Version

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:50pm

Following the downing of the Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine, local residents have been talking about the event — but the picture is being distorted by a propaganda campaign in local media.

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University Would Study Health Issues In Polluted New York Town

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:49pm

A plant in Tonawanda heats coal into material for the iron and steel industries, releasing toxic chemicals into the air. Residents have long blamed the pollution for several health problems.

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Tree Planted To Honor Beatle Is Killed By Beetles

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:43pm

A pine tree planted in Los Angeles in memory of George Harrison is one of several brought down in Griffith Park by an infestation.

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Inflation Came In Low Again, But Are There Bubbles?

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:29pm

If inflation were to flare up, Fed policymakers would have to push up interest rates. Tuesday's consumer price report suggests inflation is low, but some say the data isn't capturing asset "bubbles."

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Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:14pm

Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions.

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In Cairo, First Steps Taken On Gnarled Path To Gaza Cease-Fire

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:14pm

Secretary of State John Kerry has finished his first full day in Cairo, where he's trying to help forge a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

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As Rockets Encroach, Israel's Main Airport Sees Canceled U.S. Flights

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 12:14pm

U.S. airlines have canceled flights to Israel after reports of Hamas rockets landing near Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 11:33am

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 10:02am

Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.

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U.S. Appeals Court Deals Blow To Obama's Health Law

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 6:37am

The decision by a three-judge panel essentially throws out subsidies in the 36 states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges. The decision will be appealed.

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U.K. Orders New Inquiry Into Ex-KGB Spy Litvinenko's Death

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 6:22am

Alexander Litvinenko, a critic of Vladimir Putin, died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210. The inquiry would identify "where responsibility for the death lies."

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Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?

New York Times book reviews - July 22, 2014 - 6:00am
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.






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States Experiment With Health Savings Accounts For Medicaid

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 5:43am

People who contribute up to $25 a month would be exempt from cost-sharing requirements. But some consumer advocates say the health savings accounts add a needless layer of complexity to Medicaid.

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The Immigrant Kids Have Health Issues — But Not The Ones You'd Think

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 5:34am

Politicians charge that the nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors who've come to the U.S. could put the nation at risk for everything from TB to mumps. Health officials tell a different story.

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Detroit Pensioners Approve City's Bankruptcy Plan

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 5:27am

The vote marked a major step in moving the city's bankruptcy forward. Retired police and firefighters overwhelmingly approved some cuts in their pensions.

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Gaza Conflict Day 15: Here's What You Need To Know

NPR Top Stories - July 22, 2014 - 4:18am

During day 15 of the current conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo pressing for a truce modeled after the 2012 cease-fire, while Israel continued its offensive.

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