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7:33am

Fri August 21, 2015
Europe

In Rome, Reported Mafia Don Has Lavish Funeral

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:58 am

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7:03am

Fri August 21, 2015
It's All Politics

Trump Is Here To Stay — At Least For A While. Here's Why

A woman holds signs depicting the head of Republican presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump as she waits to enter the auditorium to hear him speak, Wednesday in Derry, N.H.
Mary Schwalm AP

Donald Trump's summer of defying political gravity is continuing, despite predictions that various missteps would damage him. Instead, he's surged even more after his controversial Fox News debate performance.

But who exactly are the people backing the boisterous billionaire businessman? Some recent polls offer a glimpse into the Trump coalition — which may run strong within a certain section of the GOP but faces many hurdles when it comes to a general election.

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6:53am

Fri August 21, 2015
Around the Nation

Shooting Range To Add Restaurant That Sells Alcohol

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:58 am

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6:50am

Fri August 21, 2015
The Two-Way

As Tensions Rise, North Korea Puts Frontline Troops On 'Semi-War State'

South Korean protesters with defaced portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shout slogans during an anti-North Korean rally in Seoul on Friday.
Julie Yoon AP

The saber rattling in the Korean Peninsula escalated Friday as the North threatened military action if South Korea does not stop blaring propaganda from speakers across the border by Saturday.

Reporting from Seoul, Haeryun Kang tells our Newscast unit that Pyongyang has put its frontline troops on a "semi-war state"

Haeryun reports:

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5:20am

Fri August 21, 2015
NPR Story

Bumgarner Leads Trend: Big League Pitchers Who Can Hit

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 6:48 am

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5:20am

Fri August 21, 2015
NPR Story

Virtual Summer Camp Uses 'Minecraft' To Teach Digital Skills

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 6:16 am

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5:20am

Fri August 21, 2015
NPR Story

Inside Iran: A Jewish Journalist's Exclusive Look

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:31 am

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5:20am

Fri August 21, 2015
NPR Story

Social Scientists Develop Profile To Spot Likely Tax Evaders

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:58 am

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5:20am

Fri August 21, 2015
It's All Politics

Fact Check: Is Refinancing Student Debt Really Good Policy?

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:58 am

Students protest the rising costs of college loans in Los Angeles in 2012. Citing bank bailouts, the protesters called for student debt cancelations.
David McNew Getty Images

Student loans have become an issue in the presidential campaign, especially on the Democratic side. And it's no wonder. There are more than 40 million Americans with some $1.3 trillion in outstanding student loan debt.

But people who study education finance say one widely popular proposal to help lessen the debt load may not be as good as it seems.

The first problem — the debt load

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4:43am

Fri August 21, 2015
Business

Peer Review Feedback: The Good, The Bad, The Really Ugly

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:58 am

Peer reviews can be helpful for a company, but they can also prove problematic.
akindo iStockphoto

A recent New York Times article about harsh workplace culture at Amazon called attention to how the online retailer handles evaluations: Any co-worker can critique another any time, anonymously. Less exhaustive versions of the peer performance review — or 360 review as they're often known — have been popular for several years.

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4:37am

Fri August 21, 2015
NPR Story

In Town Hard-Hit By Katrina, Buyouts Offer Opportunity — For Lucky Few

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:58 am

A view of Pearlington, Miss., 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. The East Pearl River and St. Tammany Parish in LA. are to the left.
David Grunfeld The Times-Picayune/Landov

After Hurricane Katrina's massive storm surge annihilated tens of thousands of homes on the Gulf Coast, many families tried to quickly rebuild. Ten years later, some are still trying, while others are losing hope.

Tiny Pearlington, Miss., sat unwittingly in the center of Hurricane Katrina's path of devastation. They eye of the storm passed directly overhead, and a 30-foot high storm surge nearly obliterated the town.

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6:31pm

Thu August 20, 2015
The Salt

Food Waste And Beef Fat Will Be Making Airplanes Soar

United has purchased 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel made from beef tallow, or fat, by Alt Air Fuels and plans to use the fuel this year for Los Angeles-to-San Francisco flights.
Tony Ruppe/United

What do beef tallow and manure have in common with t-shirts and pine needles? Turns out you can make high-quality, low-carbon transportation fuel with all of them. A growing number of biofuel producers are teaming up with farms, meatpackers and waste management companies to tap gassy waste to meet new demand for renewable jet fuel and diesel for vehicles.

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6:23pm

Thu August 20, 2015
World

Up In Northeastern Turkey, The Whistles Of A Secret Language

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:34 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A quick language lesson - here's how you say who won the game in Turkish.

(SOUNDBITE OF WHISTLING)

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

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6:23pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Health

How Well Do War And Women's Health Mix?

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6:23pm

Thu August 20, 2015
It's All Politics

Iran Lobbying Battle Heats Up On The Airwaves

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:49 pm

5:50pm

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Vegas Water Manager Reassigned For Poisoning Children's Drinks 15 Years Ago

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 7:59 pm

A 15-year-old crime has come back to haunt a North Las Vegas water department manager.

Jerome Breland, 55, was the interim utilities manager for North Las Vegas, overseeing the safety of the city's water system, before he was reassigned this week to the sewage department while officials investigate a complaint regarding his 2001 conviction for poisoning children.

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5:18pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Books

For Summer Reading Lists, Some Schools Take A More Modern Approach

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:48 pm

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5:17pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Business

In That TV Ad, What Exactly Are Those Parents Worried About?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:37 pm

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If you watch the news shows on Sunday mornings, or cable news at night, you've probably seen that ad where parents are dropping off their daughter at college. And then they start to fret about, well, something involving access to investment advice.

The ad ends by urging you to "Tell Congress: Fix this now."

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5:07pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Race

Black Lives Matter Activist: Hillary Clinton's Racial Justice Record Is 'Abysmal'

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:55 pm

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4:48pm

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Weather Complaints Affirmed: NOAA Says July Was Hottest Month Globally On Record

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:07 pm

A man finds a bit of shade on the boardwalk at Brighton Beach in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

It wasn't all in your head — last month was hotter than ever before.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report that July had the highest average temperatures in records since 1880.

And it's not just in the U.S. Average July temperatures around the world set heat records too, NPR's Kat Chow reports.

She tells our Newscast unit that:

"This confirms what NASA and a Japanese agency found using separate data.

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4:32pm

Thu August 20, 2015
World

UN Critcizes Saudi-Backed Operations In Yemen, But U.S. Stays Silent

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:54 pm

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4:32pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Can Health Care Be Cured Of Racial Bias?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 7:55 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

Jane Lazarre was pacing the hospital waiting room. Her son Khary, 18, had just had knee surgery, but the nurses weren't letting her in to see him.

"They told us he would be out of anesthesia in a few minutes," she remembers. "The minutes became an hour, the hour became two hours."

She and her husband called the surgeon in a panic. He said that Khary had come out of anesthesia violently — thrashing and flailing about. He told Lazarre that with most young people Khary's age, there wouldn't have been a problem. The doctors and nurses would have gently held him down.

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4:32pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Business

Sales Of Convertibles Are Decelerating; Blame The (Fuel) Economy

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:32 pm

A classic Lincoln Continental convertible is seen in Washington, D.C., in June.
Sonari Glinton NPR

Few images evoke the lazy hazy days of summer more than a convertible driving down the coast. Soon, though, that image may be pure nostalgia.

Sales of convertibles have seen a steep decline, falling by more than 40 percent in the past decade alone. And with new, tougher fuel economy standards, the days of riding with the top down could be numbered.

Jack Nerad of Kelley Blue Book has owned a 1962 convertible Corvette for nearly 40 years. Nerad lives in Orange County, Calif., a seemingly ideal place for a convertible, but his classic car often stays at home.

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4:31pm

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

France's Le Pen Forced Out Of Far-Right Party He Founded

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:31 pm

French far-right National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen arrives for a news briefing at party headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris, on Thursday. The executive committee decided to expel Le Pen from the party over remarks downplaying the Holocaust.
Christian Hartmann Reuters/Landov

Jean-Marie Le Pen, a stalwart of France's far-right wing for decades, has been expelled from the National Front he helped found — the culmination of a high-profile spat with his daughter and the party's president over remarks he made earlier this year downplaying the Holocaust.

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3:35pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Goats and Soda

What Jimmy Carter Did After His 'Involuntary Retirement'

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:01 pm

A long legacy in global health: Former President Jimmy Carter has worked to end neglected diseases since 1982. Here he sits with former South African President Nelson Mandela at a ceremony in Soweto, celebrating a new AIDS project in 2002.
AFP/Getty Images

When former President Jimmy Carter spoke at the American Museum of Natural History in New York this past January, the 90-year-old's bright blue eyes seemed to grow even more intensely blue, as he stood tall and spoke with the crisp command of a much younger man.

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3:04pm

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Catching A Movie? Regal Cinemas May Be Checking Your Bag

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:59 pm

The movie theater chain Regal Cinemas, which is run by Regal Entertainment Group, has announced that it is checking the bags of theatergoers.

In its admittance procedures online, Regal says that any bag or backpack is subject to inspection:

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2:02pm

Thu August 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?

Originally published on Fri August 21, 2015 7:01 am

A row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event in Mountain View, Calif. The cars use sensors and computing power to maneuver around traffic.
Eric Risberg AP

From Rosie, the Jetsons' robot maid, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's cyborg in The Terminator, popular culture has frequently conceived of robots as having a humanlike form, complete with "eyes" and mechanical limbs. But tech reporter John Markoff says that robots don't always have a physical presence.

"I have a very broad definition of what a robot is," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "A robot can be ... a machine that can walk around, or it can be software that is a personal assistant, something like Siri or Cortana or Google Now."

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2:02pm

Thu August 20, 2015
Television

'Fear The Walking Dead' And 'Documentary Now!' Riff On Familiar Themes

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This is FRESH AIR. Our TV critic, David Bianculli, has reviews of two very different new TV projects, IFC's "Documentary Now!" which premieres tonight, and AMC's "Fear The Walking Dead," which begins Sunday.

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2:02pm

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Greek PM Steps Down, Calls New Elections, In Wake Of Bailout Deal

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:52 pm

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves his office in Athens on Thursday, hours before he announced he would step down as prime minister amid fresh elections set for Sept. 20.
Giannis Kotsiaris AP

Updated at 2 p.m. ET

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced that he will step down, paving the way for early elections following a bruising battle over austerity measures linked to a European bailout package that caused a major split in the leftist ruling party.

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2:00pm

Thu August 20, 2015
The Two-Way

New Rules Go Into Effect At Busy U.S.-Mexico Border Crossing

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 5:53 pm

Pedestrians going to Tijuana from San Diego must now choose between a line for Mexicans, who get waved through the border crossing, and a line for foreigners, who must first show a passport.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

Fleeing to Tijuana? Not from the San Ysidro crossing, you aren't.

As of Wednesday, foreign pedestrians crossing into Mexico between San Diego and Tijuana are required to present a passport, fill out paperwork and, if they are staying for longer than one week, pay a 330-peso fee (about $20).

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