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Letters: The Word

New York Times book reviews - July 25, 2014 - 7:15am
Readers respond to recent reviews of Alex Beam’s “American Crucifixion,” Josh Ostergaard’s “The Devil’s Snake Curve” and more.
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In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 6:27am

Our writer hated it as a child. Now she loves it: Fill pitcher, pour over head. It's a great way to stay cool in a place where water isn't always running. Maybe you should put it on your bucket list.

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Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 5:57am

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader and has now asked ordinary Indonesians to help him choose his government.

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Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 5:31am

The destruction of the holy site has drawn criticism from the Sunni allies of the so-called Islamic State and may cause a rift between the Sunni groups.

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Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 5:01am

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.

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Kerry Presents Proposal For Seven-Day Truce In Gaza

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 4:11am

Secretary of State John Kerry wants fighting to stop temporarily as Ramadan ends this weekend. Both Israel and Hamas are considering the proposal.

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Book News: Amazon Reports Big Quarterly Loss

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 4:09am

Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.

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At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 3:02am

The Jacksonville team revamped its stadium with a record-sized video display and luxury cabanas with swimming pools. The beleaguered team is banking on drawing more fans to its games.

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France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 2:56am

President François Hollande said that all 116 people died and that one black box had been recovered. France's interior minister said weather likely contributed to the crash.

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Death Penalty Expert On Why Lethal Injection Is So Problematic

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 2:41am

In the wake of Arizona's botched execution, Steve Inskeep talks with Amherst professor Austin Sarat, author of the recent book Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty.

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Kerry Awaits Response From Israel, Hamas On Proposed Cease-Fire

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:58am

The holy month of Ramadan comes to an end early next week with a celebratory feast, and Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a holiday cease-fire in Gaza. He proposed a seven-day truce.

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Honduran Foreign Minister: U.S. Should Address Root Causes Of Migration

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:58am

Steve Inskeep talks with Honduran Foreign Minister Mireya Aguero de Corrales, who's in Washington to help find a solution to the thousands of Central American children arriving at the U.S. border.

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Conservative Rep. DesJarlais Faces Primary Challenge In Tennessee

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:58am

One of the most conservative members of Congress, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, is defending his seat against state Sen. Jim Tracy, who is making the most of the incumbent's personal scandals.

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What's The Outlook For Nigerian Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram?

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:58am

Renee Montagne talks with former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria John Campbell for an update on the 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped in April by the extremist group Boko Haram.

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Fighting In Ukraine A Hurdle As Investigators Try To Access MH17 Site

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:58am

International observers and air-crash experts visited previously unexamined pieces of the Malaysia Airlines wreckage Thursday and made some disturbing discoveries, including unrecovered human remains and what may be shrapnel holes in the plane's fuselage.

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Cape Cod Residents Object As Mass. Governor Offers To House Migrant Kids

NPR Top Stories - July 25, 2014 - 12:58am

Massachusetts is offering to house hundreds of unaccompanied minors who've been detained crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. One of the proposed sites is on Cape Cod, but residents are blasting the plan.

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Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune

NPR Books - July 25, 2014 - 12:58am

Printing your own book used to be seen as a mark of failure. But now many independent authors, both well-known and relatively unknown, say they're making good money without a publishing house.

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ArtsBeat: Comic-Con 2014: Lois Lowry Finally Sees Her Novel On-Screen

New York Times book reviews - July 24, 2014 - 6:09pm
Ms. Lowry, whose novel “The Giver” helped spawn the young adult science fiction genre, says seeing the film version opened her eyes to things left unsaid in the book.
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Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 1:56pm

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.

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UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

NPR Top Stories - July 24, 2014 - 1:43pm

The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.

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