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Thu August 20, 2015
Europe

Greek Island Of Kos Burdened By Migrant Migration

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
NPR Story

Workplace Issues: Offending Scents In The Office

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
NPR Story

Tired Of City-Life Stresses, Many Chinese Return To Farming

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
NPR Story

Best Known As 'Batgirl,' Yvonne Craig Dies At 78

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
NPR Story

How Colorado Politics Could Interfere With New EPA Standards

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 8:07 am

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 12:27 pm

A thermoelectric PowerCard like this one can be used to convert waste heat into an electric power source, Alphabet Energy says.
Alphabet Energy

What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? Matt Scullin thinks there is, and he's formed a company to turn that idea into a reality.

The key to Scullin's plans is something called thermoelectrics. "A thermoelectric is a material that turns heat into electricity," he says.

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
NPR Ed

Are Traumatized Students Disabled? A Debate Straight Outta Compton

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 3:27 pm

Kimberly Cervantes, one of the student plaintiffs, says she witnessed the deaths of two fellow students while in middle school.
Coutesy of Public Counsel

An unprecedented, class action lawsuit brought against one Southern California school district and its top officials could have a big impact on schools across the country.

On Thursday in Los Angeles, a U.S. District Court judge will preside over the first hearing in the suit against the Compton Unified School District. To understand the complaint, you need to understand Compton.

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
Close Listening: Decoding Nature Through Sound

To Decode Elephant Conversation, You Must Feel The Jungle Rumble

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 1:00 pm

African forest elephants stampede in the Central African Republic jungle.
Courtesy of Cornell Lab or Ornithology

The natural world is abuzz with the sound of animals communicating — crickets, birds, even grunting fish. But scientists learning to decode these sounds say the secret signals of African elephants — their deepest rumblings — are among the most intriguing calls any animal makes.

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5:13am

Thu August 20, 2015
It's All Politics

How Realistic Is Donald Trump's Immigration Plan?

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:44 pm

Donald Trump wears what's become a campaign signature: his "Make America Great Again" hat. Part of making the country great again, Trump says, is implementing his hard-line immigration plan.
Scott Heppell AP

Donald Trump's immigration plan is — like the candidate — flashy, strident and headline-grabbing. Fox News called it "an early Christmas gift" for immigration hawks. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter pronounced it "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta."

But some of those in the trenches of immigration reform say it's unrealistic and unworkable.

Donald Trump could write "Immigration Reform for Dummies." He makes a complex issue simple and sexy.

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4:48am

Thu August 20, 2015
It's All Politics

This Famous Campaign Stop Is Actually A Mirage

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

Lindsey Graham (left) and Bob Schroeder at Robie's Country Store in Hooksett, N.H.
Brady Carlson New Hampshire Public Radio

Robie's Country Store, in Hooksett, N.H., has become an almost ritual stop on the presidential campaign trail — one of those places where anyone who is running is pretty much guaranteed to make an appearance. The business isn't what it once was, but presidential hopefuls keep showing up.

The store has stood on the bank of the Merrimack River, between Concord and Manchester, since 1887. When the candidates get there, most know what's expected.

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4:47am

Thu August 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

Online Stars Feel Cheated As YouTube, Facebook Battle Over Videos

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:42 pm

Jack Douglass says he lost thousands of dollars when his YouTube video was uploaded to Facebook.
YouTube

There's a battle brewing between Facebook and the people who make professional videos on YouTube. Facebook has made video a priority over the past year and many of the most popular videos turn out to have originated on YouTube.

A lot of YouTube stars say Facebook is taking money right out of their pockets — and many of them are talking about big money.

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6:47pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Happy With Your TSA Experience? Press A Button. Angry? Press Another Button

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 10:11 am

You may see new customer service technology at the airport soon. It's part of an effort by federal agencies to make it easier for people to give the government feedback, according to the Washington Post.

The equipment has a simple design, and it looks more like it belongs in a playroom than in an airport.

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6:43pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Analysts See U.S. Border With Mexico As More Secure Than It's Been In 40 Years

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 8:28 pm

While Donald Trump's recent position paper on immigration dominates headlines, a new study of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. digs into the latest numbers.

The Washington, D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute released "An Analysis of Unauthorized Immigrants in the United States by Country and Region of Birth." It's based on U.S. Census Bureau data.

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5:54pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Salt

So Long, Big Mac: Cleveland Clinic Ousts McDonald's From Cafeteria

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:52 pm

The McDonald's inside the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, in 2004.
Tony Dejak AP

One of the most prestigious names in health care is taking a stand on food.

This week, Cleveland Clinic announced it would sever ties with McDonald's. As of Sept. 18, the McDonald's branch located in the Cleveland Clinic cafeteria will turn off its fryers and close its doors for good. Its lease will not be renewed.

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5:54pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Around the Nation

More Washington Drivers Use Pot And Drive; Effect On Safety Disputed

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 12:47 pm

When Washington state legalized recreational marijuana, people wondered if it would mean more stoned drivers on the roads. Two and a half years later, one trend is clear: Police are arresting more drivers with pot in their systems — but what's not clear yet is what that means for traffic safety.

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5:28pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

ISIS Beheads 81-Year-Old Scholar Who Tried To Protect Antiquities

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

ISIS militants beheaded a renowned Syrian archaeologist in the ancient town of Palmyra, and then hung his body from one of the town's Roman columns.

NPR's Alice Fordham reported on the brutal murder of 81-year-old Khaled al-Asaad:

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5:25pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Politics

Government Inquiry Into Clinton Emails Likely To Widen

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:16 pm

The Justice Department could soon expand its investigation into the email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a private server while secretary of state.
Mary Altaffer AP

For now, federal authorities characterize the Justice Department inquiry into Hillary Clinton's private email server as a security situation: a simple matter of finding out whether classified information leaked out during her tenure as secretary of state, and where it went.

Except, former government officials said, that's not going to be so simple.

"I think that the FBI will be moving with all deliberate speed to determine whether there were serious breaches of national security here," said Ron Hosko, who used to lead the FBI's criminal investigative division.

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5:00pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Ground Reopens At Site Of Killer Sinkhole in Florida

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:02 pm

In March 2013, a 20-foot-wide sinkhole opened up beneath the bedroom floor of a sleeping Florida man and swallowed him whole.

The body of Jeffrey Bush, 36, was never recovered and the house was razed. With the property roped off and the hole filled in, that should have been the tragedy's last scene.

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4:59pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Arts & Life

As More Women, Minorities Win Hugos, 'Sad Puppies' Blast Sci-Fi Awards

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:39 pm

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4:59pm

Wed August 19, 2015
It's All Politics

Rand Paul Wants To Run For President — And Senate

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 1:35 am

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul wants to run for both his Kentucky Senate seat and the White House, but a current state law prohibits him from doing so.
Charles Krupa AP

Rand Paul is trying to have it both ways — running both for president and re-election to his Kentucky Senate seat in 2016.

But whether he'll be able to keep that electoral insurance policy rests in the hands of Kentucky Republicans this weekend.

Kentucky law is clear: You can't run for president and U.S. Senate at the same time. But Paul has tried to get around that law, by pushing for the state to hold a nonbinding caucus instead of a primary in the presidential nominating process.

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4:59pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Politics

Trump Immigration Plan Raises Legal Questions About Birthright Citizenship

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:13 am

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4:59pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Salt

In Search Of A Drought Strategy, California Looks Down Under

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 6:44 pm

Judging by some of the most pessimistic reports from California these days, the place is doomed. You can read all about the folly of trying to build cities in a desert.

Just this week, economists at the University of California, Davis, estimated that water shortages will cost the state's economy $2.7 billion this year. Many farmers are limiting the economic damage by ransacking the environment instead, draining underground aquifers.

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4:59pm

Wed August 19, 2015
NPR Ed

To Learn More, This High-Schooler Left The Classroom

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 10:29 pm

Like a lot of students, 17-year-old Nick Bain says he really likes his school, but sometimes it can feel like a chore.

"It just feels a little bit like you just have to keep doing one thing after another, but without a whole lot of thinking about an education in general," says Nick.

So one day he decided to write down what he was doing every 15 minutes at the Colorado Academy in Denver.

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4:49pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Police Circulate Sketch Of A Suspect After Fatal Blast In Bangkok

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 6:05 pm

Thai police say they have video of a man who may be responsible for Monday's bombing in Bangkok. As we previously reported, the explosion killed at least 20 people.

As Michael Sullivan tells our Newscast unit from Bangkok, a sketch of the suspect was released Wednesday, and is based on images from surveillance cameras. The sketch shows a man apparently leaving a backpack at the Erawan shrine, minutes before the explosion took place.

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3:58pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Goats and Soda

You Asked, We Deliver: A Portrait Of The World's Finest Panama Hat

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 5:02 pm

This Panama hat woven by Simon Espinal may be the finest one ever made.
Roff Smith for NPR

"Would like to have seen a photo of the completed hat."

That's what one commenter noted when we ran a story on Aug. 8: "He's Just Woven The World's Finest Panama Hat. But Who Will Buy It?"

Now, we did have a nice photo of the hat weaver himself, Simon Espinal, who lives in Pile, a village hidden in the hills of Ecuador's coastal lowlands.

And there is a close-up of the top portion of the hat, which gives a pretty good idea of what it looks like.

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3:47pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Television

With 100th Episode, Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Has Found Its Voice

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 4:41 pm

Larry Wilmore is the host of The Nightly Show, a satirical news show that airs on Comedy Central.
Stephen Lovekin Getty Images

Though Larry Wilmore had always hoped to be a performer, his early career was as a comedy writer. He wrote for shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and In Living Color, and he created The Bernie Mac Show. He moved in front of the camera as The Daily Show's "senior black correspondent" in 2006. So when Stephen Colbert ended The Colbert Report last year, Comedy Central tapped Wilmore to host the replacement show.

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3:35pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Shots - Health News

Price Rises For Ticket To A Quicker Drug Review By FDA

Drew Kilb/Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

A deal struck between drugmakers AbbVie and United Therapeutics Wednesday set a record price for a voucher that can be redeemed for a fast-track review of a new medicine by the Food and Drug Administration.

AbbVie, marketer of Humira and AndroGel, has agreed to pay $350 million to United Therapeutics, a company specializing in treatments for rare diseases, for a ticket to the regulatory fast lane.

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3:03pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Goats and Soda

If You Spill Water On This Book, That's A Good Thing

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:08 pm

Tear out a page from The Drinkable Book and pour water through it. The built-in filter can wipe out bacteria.
Courtesy of Brian Gartside

It looks like a regular hardcover book, though in an eye-catching shade of orange with an even catchier title: The Drinkable Book.

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2:52pm

Wed August 19, 2015
The Two-Way

Louis Stokes, Ohio's First African-American U.S. Congressman, Dies At 90

Originally published on Wed August 19, 2015 3:29 pm

Rep. Louis Stokes was the dean of the Ohio congressional delegation until he stepped down in 1999.
Tony Dejak AP

Former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes of Ohio, who was the state's first black congressman and who represented Cleveland and some of its neighboring suburbs for 30 years, has died. He was 90.

His death Tuesday was confirmed by a family statement and comes a month after Stokes revealed that he had been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. The family statement read, in part:

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2:17pm

Wed August 19, 2015
Shots - Health News

Scientists Create Vomiting Machine To Learn How Norovirus Spreads

Originally published on Thu August 20, 2015 4:58 pm

The vomit machine.
Courtesy of Grace Tung-Thompson

Norovirus is a huge public health problem, sickening as many as 21 million people a year in the U.S. But for all the gastric distress it causes, there are still some basic, unanswered questions about the virus.

One biggie: When an ill person vomits, does norovirus become aerosolized? That is, can an ill person's vomiting launch tiny viral particles into the air, where they might waft into your mouth or onto surfaces that you would later touch?

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