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8:44am

Sat July 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Greek Official: 'Grexit' Would Cost Europe A Trillion Euros

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 1:17 pm

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks to the assembled media as he leaves his office in Athens.
Daniel Ochoa de Olza AP

Greece's finance minister has accused his nation's creditors of "terrorism" for trying to "instill fear in people" ahead of a referendum on whether to accept the harsh terms of an international bailout designed to keep Athens in the eurozone.

Yanis Varoufakis, in an interview with the Spanish daily El Mundo, said that there was too much at stake for his country to be kicked out of Europe's common currency — "as much for Greece as for Europe, I'm sure."

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Sports

Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Science

Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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Ladies and gentlemen, light your fuses.

(SOUNDBITE OF FIREWORKS)

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Remembrances

Remembering 'Britain's Schindler'

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
The Two-Way

Just A Few Important Words About The Declaration Of Independence

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 2:37 pm

Artist John Trumbull's Declaration of Independence. It can be seen in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
Library of Congress

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics to think about the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Shots - Health News

LA Police Unit Intervenes To Get Mentally Ill Treatment, Not Jail Time

Originally published on Sun July 5, 2015 8:14 am

Officer Ted Simola, a member of the LAPD mental evaluation unit, responds to a call in February.
Maya Sugarman/KPCC

The Los Angeles Police Department's mental evaluation unit is the largest mental health policing program of its kind in the nation, with 61 sworn officers and 28 mental health workers from the county.

The unit has become a vital resource for the 10,000-person police force in Los Angeles.

Officer Ted Simola and his colleagues in the unit work with county mental health workers to provide crisis intervention when people with mental illness come into contact with police.

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Around the Nation

'Chasing Memories' In Their Refugee Camp 40 Years After Fleeing Vietnam

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

Former refugee Kuo Nam Lo, the reporter's mother, stands outside an old army barracks that's been converted into the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum at Fort Indiantown Gap.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

My mother's family fled communism twice.

The first time was from China. Then, after Saigon fell in 1975, they left Vietnam.

My mother, Kuo Nam Lo, was 24 when she spent her first few months in the U.S. at a refugee camp at a military base along a stretch of the Appalachian Mountains in central Pennsylvania.

"I've always wanted to come back here," my mother told me in Cantonese on a recent drive through Fort Indiantown Gap. "Son, you've made my dream come true."

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Europe

Greeks Divided Ahead Of Eurozone Vote

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Middle East

Fuel Is Crucial In The Battle Over Syria

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:56 am

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
National Security

The White House Invites Tourists To Use Their Cameras

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 11:04 am

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7:54am

Sat July 4, 2015
Law

Of All U.S. Police Shootings, One-Quarter Reportedly Involve The Mentally Ill

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 3:48 pm

Lavall Hall's mother, Catherine Daniels, is comforted by her cousin Alfonzo Hill as she speaks with the media in February. Hall, who was schizophrenic, was fatally shot by police officers earlier this year.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

At least 125 people with signs of mental illness have died in police encounters in the U.S. so far this year, according to the latest accounting from The Washington Post.

This week, the Post published a database with information on every fatal shooting by a police officer in the line of duty in the U.S. And they took the extra step of identifying — when they could — details about the mental health of the deceased.

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5:52am

Sat July 4, 2015
Goats and Soda

Need A Hand? Don't Worry, The Ghanaians Got Your Back

Hanna Barczyk for NPR

I finally reached the outskirts of my community after a 5-mile, uphill bike ride from the town where I go to buy groceries.

Hot, exhausted and loaded down with rice, bananas and mangoes, I didn't have the energy to go the final few hundred yards to reach the compound where I live.

Luckily, I didn't have to.

From the distance I heard cries of "n be Wumpini lo lo ni." That means "Welcome home my sister Wumpini." (That's my local name; it means God's gift.)

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5:46am

Sat July 4, 2015
Around the Nation

A Bird Of Courage And A Bash In Denmark: The July 4 You Didn't Know

Benjamin Franklin thought the turkey was a much more respectable bird than the eagle.
Kairon Gnothi (Opportunity Knocks) Flickr

Independence Day is typically filled with revelry — many people drink American beer, shoot explosives into the sky and rock red, white and blue apparel that may not be appropriate for everyday wear. It's also a day full of interesting, quirky history that people usually don't talk about between filling their mouths with hot dogs and singing The Star Spangled Banner off-key.

But if you're destined to spend your holiday at, say, a company cookout, here are five things you may not have known about Independence Day that you can use as conversation starters:

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5:25pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Around the Nation

In Philadelphia's Fishtown, A Fierce Debate Over The Fate Of A Polish Church

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

St. Laurentius, a polish Catholic church in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, was closed in March amid fears that it would collapse. Since then, the community has pushed back to save the historic building.
Kim Paynter WHYY

For more than a century, the copper spires of St. Laurentius have stood tall over Philadelphia's Fishtown. But the city's oldest Polish church — founded in 1882 — could soon face the wrecking ball.

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5:25pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Politics

Donald Trump Controversy Highlights Influence Of Hispanics In U.S.

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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Donald Trump is doubling down on his negative comments about Mexicans and illegal immigration. To recap, here's what he said last month when he announced his presidential run.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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5:25pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Architecture

Chicago To Replace Famed Ferris Wheel With Taller One

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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5:25pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Parallels

Debt Crisis Puts The Squeeze On Greece's Banks

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

Pensioners queue outside a national bank branch in Athens on Thursday. Greek banks are running out of cash and the situation poses further danger to the economy, analysts say.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

As they rapidly run out of cash, Greece's banks could hardly be in a more precarious position.

For months, as this crisis has intensified people have been slowly withdrawing their money. The banks have been able to do business only because of emergency loans from the European Central Bank.

But when Greece missed a payment to the International Monetary Fund this week, the ECB decided not to lend any more money.

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4:34pm

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

#NPRreads: The 'Grexit,' Video Games And Fleeing The Rwandan Genocide

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 5:58 pm

#NPRreads is a weekly feature on Twitter and on The Two-Way. The premise is simple: Correspondents, editors and producers throughout our newsroom share pieces that have kept them reading. They share tidbits using the #NPRreads hashtag — and on Fridays, we highlight some of the best stories.

This week, we bring you five reads.

From Ina Jaffe, NPR's Los Angeles-based correspondent:

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4:28pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Religion

Syrian Christians Face New Threat From Rebel Alliance

Originally published on Sat July 4, 2015 4:43 am

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4:28pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Sports

Portland, Ore., Soccer Fans Gear Up For Women's World Cup Final

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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4:28pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Music

From Jazz To Latin To R&B, NPR Music's Favorite Albums Of 2015 So Far

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

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4:28pm

Fri July 3, 2015
It's All Politics

A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

Cruz in his high school yearbook; he was president of the drama club.
Second Baptist High School

This story is part of NPR's series Journey Home. We're going to the places presidential candidates call home and finding out what those places tell us about how they see the world.

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4:28pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Environment

On The Rebound, Panthers Prowl Expanding Swath Of Land In Florida

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 6:31 pm

Panthers roam in rural Collier County, in southwest Florida. As the Florida state animal's population has grown, wildlife officials may seek to take the panther off the endangered species list.
Courtesy of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

In Florida, the official state animal triggers mixed feelings. The Florida panther has been on the endangered species list for nearly 50 years. From a low point in the 1970s when there were only about 20 panthers in the wild, the species has rebounded.

Now, nearly 200 range throughout southwest Florida. And some officials, ranchers and hunters in the state say that may be about enough.

Florida panthers are a subspecies of the cougar or mountain lion. They're slightly smaller than their cousins, but like them, the panthers need lots of room to roam.

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2:18pm

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 3:58 pm

A sun-powered airplane has landed in Hawaii after a five-day journey from Japan that smashed the previous record of 76 hours for the longest duration nonstop solo flight.

Pilot André Borschberg set the Solar Impulse 2 down on the tarmac at Kalaeloa Airport outside Honolulu after flying for 120 hours from Nagoya, his team reports.

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1:20pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Music Interviews

Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

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1:20pm

Fri July 3, 2015
Movie Interviews

It's All In Your Head: Director Pete Docter Gets Emotional In 'Inside Out'

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12:38pm

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Iceland's Pirate Party Wins Repeal Of Blasphemy Law

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:46 pm

Iceland's minority Pirate Party has its first major legislative victory — repealing a 75-year-old blasphemy law that made it a crime to "ridicule or insult" the teachings of a legally recognized religious community.

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11:36am

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 7:52 pm

The popular Reddit question-and-answer section /r/IAmA, along with hundreds of others, have shut down in an apparent protest over the dismissal of a key figure at the social sharing site.
Screengrab from Reddit.com

An Internet insurrection is taking place on Reddit, where moderators have shut down many of the social sharing site's most popular sections in an apparent protest over the dismissal of Victoria Taylor.

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11:26am

Fri July 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Aetna Announces $37 Billion Merger With Health Insurance Rival Humana

Originally published on Fri July 3, 2015 12:01 pm

Health insurance giant Aetna has announced a $37 billion plan to acquire rival Humana.
Jessica Hill AP

In what could prove the largest-ever merger in the insurance industry, Aetna has announced a $37 billion deal to acquire rival Humana.

The agreement, announced by the Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna, "would bolster Aetna's presence in the state- and federally funded Medicaid program and Tricare coverage for military personnel and their families," according to The Associated Press.

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11:00am

Fri July 3, 2015
Shots - Health News

When The Fish You Eat Have Eaten Something Toxic

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 10:12 am

Barracuda are one kind of fish that has been implicated in poisoning with ciguatera toxin.
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Some tasty saltwater fish carry a toxin that you may never have heard of.

And a recent study found that more people in Florida may be getting sick from eating fish contaminated with the toxin than previously thought.

By comparing Florida public health records with survey results from thousands of fishermen, scientists from the University of Florida found that ciguatera fish poisoning, as the condition is called, is significantly underreported in the state.

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