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Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 10:03am

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

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For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 9:58am

Megan Brabec, 24, works three part time jobs with no benefits. "It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else," she said.

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Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 8:18am

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

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Justice Dept. Hires Compliance Expert In Fight Against Corporate Crime

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 8:16am

The department says the new expert will play a big role in determining whether businesses targeted for prosecution have engaged in systemic misconduct or whether the criminal activity is limited.

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3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 8:03am

News of the lawsuit by former Phi Kappa Psi members comes along with word that Rolling Stone's managing editor, Will Dana, has resigned.

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How A Beauty Queen With Diabetes Found Her 'Sugar Linings'

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 8:02am

She didn't know that sporting an insulin pump on her bikini at a beauty pageant would make her an Internet sensation. Sierra Sandison is trying to use that to help others with Type 1 diabetes.

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What Botswana's Teen Girls Learn In 'Sugar Daddy' Class

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 7:09am

They often think an older guy is a great boyfriend. They believe he's less likely to have HIV than a teenager. Plus, he's flush with cash. How do you get them to change their mind?

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Taliban Acknowledge Death Of Leader, Select Successor

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 6:30am

Sources within the extremist organization confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who reportedly died in 2013. A gathering of the group's leaders has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as his successor.

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University Of Cincinnati Officer Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Charge

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 6:17am

The judge said that because Ray Tensing faces a potential life-in-prison sentence, she was setting his bail at $1 million.

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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

NPR Books - July 30, 2015 - 6:03am

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

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'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 6:02am

The trio left the BBC under a cloud, after Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.

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Juan Gabriel Vásquez: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - July 30, 2015 - 4:00am
The author, most recently, of “Lovers on All Saints’ Day” says the toughest thing about translating is being unfaithful to the original: “Doing a little violence to a sentence you love is hard, and many sleepless nights can be caused by it.”









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Testing By AP Finds Water At 2016 Olympic Sites 'Rife With Human Sewage'

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 3:43am

The AP commissioned tests over a five-month period. Experts who reviewed the results found that not a single venue is fit for swimming or even boating.

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Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 3:03am

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.

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'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

NPR Books - July 30, 2015 - 3:03am

Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.

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Egypt Postpones Verdict In Trial Of Al Jazeera Journalists

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 3:00am

The network said it was "outraged" that the court had been adjourned. The three journalists had been jailed for allegedly aiding the Muslim Brotherhood.

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#TheEmptyChair Amplifies Conversation About Sexual Assault

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 1:07am

A provocative New York magazine cover featuring a photo of 35 women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the latest in a growing movement of survivors publicly sharing their stories.

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‘Out of Ashes,’ by Konrad H. Jarausch

New York Times book reviews - July 30, 2015 - 1:00am
A historian tracks Europe’s course through one of its most tumultuous eras.









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In The West Bank, A Rough Start Doesn't Deter New Arab TV Channel

NPR Top Stories - July 30, 2015 - 12:58am

Worried about West Bank Palestinian influence on Arab citizens of Israel, the Israeli government has shut down an Arab TV station that bridges the two groups.

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ArtsBeat: Marilynne Robinson and Anne Tyler Among Booker Prize Nominees

New York Times book reviews - July 29, 2015 - 11:50am
There were five American writers among the 13 nominees for the literary award.









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