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6:02am

Tue July 21, 2015
Strange News

In Transylvania, Donating Blood Will Get You Concert Tickets

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

An electro-dance festival in Romania "vants to suck your blood."

Concert-goers will get free or discounted tickets for donating blood for transfusions.

Organizers aim to raise awareness about donating in a country where less than 2 percent of people give blood.

The Festival is being held in Transylvania, home of Dracula. Let's hope the Count doesn't make an appearance looking for music from the children of the night.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Sports

Los Angeles Angels Blow Dry Their Wet Field With A Helicopter

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 7:20 am

There may be a drought in California, but the Los Angeles Angels had a home game rained out Sunday, their first in 20 years.

They needed to dry the field on Monday, so they called in a helicopter to hover overhead.

The field was blow-dried, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia was unimpressed.

He recalls a youth league game years ago when wet base paths were doused in gasoline and set on fire.

Presuambly the fire went out before the game began.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Interviews

The Secret Talks That Led To The Negotiations With Iran

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 2:22 pm

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In the many months that Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers met to negotiate a nuclear deal, ministers and diplomats were filmed and photographed at the negotiating table, sightseeing, waving from hotel balconies.

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5:37am

Tue July 21, 2015
Latin America

There's Little To See, But Cubans Gather Outside U.S. Embassy

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:38 pm

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7:20am

Mon July 20, 2015
Sports

For The Rubik's Cube World Champ, 6 Seconds Is Plenty Of Time

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:14 pm

The Rubik's Cube world championships were held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, over the weekend, drawing participants from more than 40 countries. The winner completed his cube in 5.69 seconds.
Lourdes Garcia-Navarro NPR

Brazil hosted the World Cup last year. Next year, it will host the Summer Olympics. On Sunday, though, the country played host to another international gathering of talented competitors: the Rubik's Cube World Championship.

This past weekend, hundreds of "speedcubers," as they're known, descended on Sao Paulo from over 40 countries, to take part in three days of intensive competition.

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6:54am

Mon July 20, 2015
Shots - Health News

Sometimes A Little More Minecraft May Be Quite All Right

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 4:49 pm

At a Minecraft camp in Shaker Heights, Ohio, kids trade secrets about making their virtual worlds come to life.
Sarah Jane Tribble/WCPN

It's family vacation time, and I've taken the kids back to where I grew up — a small plot of land off a dirt road in Kansas.

For my city kids, this is supposed to be heaven. There are freshly laid chicken eggs to gather, new kittens to play with and miles of pasture to explore.

But we're not outside.

I'm sitting in my childhood bedroom watching my 7-year-old son and his 11-year-old-cousin stare at a screen. The older kid is teaching the younger the secrets of one of the most popular games on Earth: Minecraft.

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6:45am

Mon July 20, 2015
Business

Commerce Department: Tighter Controls Needed For Cyberweapons

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 9:18 pm

The Commerce Department is looking to place tighter controls on exporting software that can attack a network. The cybersecurity industry opposes the proposed new rules.
Patrick George Ikon Images/Getty Images

Federal regulators are looking to place tighter controls on the export of cyberweapons following the megabreaches against the Office of Personnel Management and countless retailers.

The Commerce Department wants to ensure that software that can attack a network — the kind that can break in, bypass encryption and steal data — can't be shipped overseas without permission. But the cybersecurity industry is up in arms.

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6:09am

Mon July 20, 2015
NPR Story

How Should Republicans Deal With Donald Trump?

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 8:40 am

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5:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
NPR Story

Scientists Say They Can Read Your Mind, And Prove It With Pictures

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 7:07 pm

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David. Hey, David.

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Yeah?

MONTAGNE: What am I - what am I thinking?

GREENE: (Laughter) I have no idea. I'm not a mind reader.

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5:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
NPR Story

Springsteen Crashes The Show ... And No One Seems To Mind

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 4:16 pm

You could see being upset if you came to a concert to hear a band — and they suddenly stopped playing.

That happened Saturday night at Wonder Bar on the Jersey shore.

Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers were just 20 minutes into their set when ... Bruce Springsteen crashed the show. He played for nearly two hours.

The Houserockers had no hard feelings.

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5:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
NPR Story

The Target Of A Major Terror Attack, A Kenyan Mall Reopens

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:28 pm

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7:55am

Fri July 17, 2015
Animals

Plantigrade Pastry Purloiner Persnickety

A Colorado bear recently had itself a heck of a breakfast: 24 pies.

The owners of the Colorado Cherry Company bakery between Lyons and Estes Park say they've experienced bear break-ins before, but this one was a little choosy.

Apparently during his early morning ransack, the bear went for apple and cherry pies — but left the strawberry rhubarb pies untouched.

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7:55am

Fri July 17, 2015
Strange News

A Siberian Town Throws A Party For Pests — And Masochists

When you have visitors you can't get rid, sometimes you just have to embrace them. That's the idea behind a festival on this week in the remote Siberian town of Berezniki, which is celebrating mosquitoes.

Revelers dress in mosquito costumes, vie to catch the most mosquitoes — and, perhaps oddest of all, hold a "most delicious girl" competition.

A panel of judges inspect contestants for who can get the most bites. The winner two years back had over 100.

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
Shots - Health News

'When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors' To Best Avoid Lightning's Pain

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 10:19 am

You don't have to be outdoors to be hurt or injured by a nearby lightning strike, like this one in New Mexico. The pain for survivors can be lifelong.
Marko Korosec Barcroft Media/Landov

Lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the U.S. so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. That's higher than the average for recent years, the service says.

Most people who are injured or killed by lightning, it turns out, are not struck directly — instead, the bolt lands nearby.

That's what happened to Steve Marshburn in 1969. He was working inside a bank and says lightning somehow made its way through an ungrounded speaker at the drive-through window to the stool where he was sitting.

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
Science

Science Confirms 2014 Was Hottest Yet Recorded, On Land And Sea

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:14 am

Floodwaters from rising sea levels have submerged and killed trees in Bedono village in Demak, Central Java, Indonesia. As oceans warm, they expand and erode the shore. Residents of Java's coastal villages have been hit hard by rising sea levels in recent years.
Ulet Ifansasti Getty Images

For the past quarter-century, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been gathering data from more than 400 scientists around the world on climate trends.

The report on 2014 from these international researchers? On average, it was the hottest year ever — in the ocean, as well as on land.

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
Sports

2-4-6-8, A 401(k) Would Be Great: Calif. Law Makes Cheerleaders Employees

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:55 am

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
Religion

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Raises Questions Of Religious Rights, Tax Status

Originally published on Sun July 19, 2015 2:00 pm

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5:36am

Fri July 17, 2015
History

Seven Decades Ago, A New, Enormous Kind Of Explosion

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 7:55 am

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11:03am

Thu July 16, 2015
The Salt

The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt

Originally published on Thu July 23, 2015 1:52 pm

Cottage cheese peaked in the early 1970s, when the average American ate about 5 pounds of it per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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As you know, here at The Salt we've been a little obsessed with yogurt lately.

But there's a flip side to the story of the yogurt boom. What about that other product made from fermented milk that had its boom from 1950 to 1975, and has been sliding into obscurity ever since?

Cottage cheese took off as a diet and health food in the 1950s.

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8:41am

Thu July 16, 2015
Parallels

The View From Inside Syria

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:46 pm

Saeed al-Batal, a Syrian photographer, posted this image from Douma, Syria, on his Facebook page on March 31.
Courtesy of Saeed al-Batal

Syria's civil war has created the worst refugee crisis in the world, with more than 4 million people fleeing the country. Millions more have been displaced inside Syria, though we rarely hear from them.

Over the past year, NPR's Morning Edition has spoken three times with Saeed al-Batal, a photographer and filmmaker who doesn't use his real name for security reasons.

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5:55am

Thu July 16, 2015
Animals

Stab It With A Dinglehopper! Seagull Goes After Eagle In Alaska

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

Seagulls don't get a lot of respect; they seem to be all screeching and scavenging for food. But at least one sea gull showed the guts of a hero recently.

Photographer David Canales caught what he called this "epic aerial battle" while kayaking in Alaska: A bald eagle, one seagull trapped in its talons, under ferocious assault from another gull.

Unfortunately, for all its fellow seagull's daring, the eagle's snack did not appear to escape.

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5:55am

Thu July 16, 2015
Around the Nation

After 25 Years, The Days In Illinois Can Have One Happy Hour Again

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

It's happy hour in Illinois. Well, not right this instant, but many are happy that happy hour is back.

Alcoholic drink specials were banned in the state more than 25 years ago, but Gov. Bruce Rauner overturned that yesterday.

There are still some restrictions: So-called volume specials — like two-for-one, or all-you-can-drink — are not allowed.

Happy hour also has to end by 10 p.m. That's fine with your hard-working, overnight-hours Morning Edition staff, so long as happy hour can start at noon.

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5:02am

Thu July 16, 2015
The Two-Way

'Buckyballs' Solve Century-Old Mystery About Interstellar Space

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

Harry Kroto, pictured in 1996, displays a model of the geodesic-shaped carbon molecules that he helped discover.
Michael Scates AP

Researchers in Switzerland say they've solved a nearly 100-year-old astronomical mystery by discovering what's in the wispy cloud of gas that floats in the space between the stars.

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5:02am

Thu July 16, 2015
U.S.

U.S. Immigration Agency Again Drops 'Family Friendly' Detention Centers

Originally published on Sat July 18, 2015 12:42 pm

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5:02am

Thu July 16, 2015
Middle East

For Families Of Americans Held Or Missing In Iran, Nuclear Deal Is A Loss

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 11:03 am

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5:02am

Thu July 16, 2015
Europe

After Years Of Recession, Greeks Fear Bailout Will Only Make Lives Harder

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 3:46 pm

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8:25am

Wed July 15, 2015
Middle East

Does Nuclear Agreement Strengthen Iran's Drive To Be A Regional Power?

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And for more now on the Iran nuclear deal, we're joined by Karim Sadjadpour, who's senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment.

Welcome.

KARIM SADJADPOUR: Great to be with you.

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5:43am

Wed July 15, 2015
Strange News

Clearer Than Bureacratese: Airport Official Replies To Politician In Klingon

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

Maj po.

That was "good morning" in Klingon, the fictional language from "Star Trek."

You'd have to be able to speak the language in order to understand a recent statement from a government spokesperson in Wales.

When Darren Miller, an opposition politician, asked about possible UFO sightings at an airport, the spokesperson responded — in Klingon — that her boss would reply in due course.

Millar told the BBC this confirmed his suspicion — that members of government were from another planet.

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5:43am

Wed July 15, 2015
Around the Nation

A Month Into Summer, Boston's Finally Out Of Snow

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 8:25 am

It's mid-July, and winter has finally ended in Boston — at least symbolically. On Tuesday, Boston's mayor announced that the giant pile of dirty snow left over from the city's record-breaking snowfall had finally melted.

The seven-story snow tower took so long to thaw out that there was a citywide contest to guess when it would go away. In response to the news, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker tweeted: "Our nightmare is finally over!"

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5:08am

Wed July 15, 2015
Europe

Bailout Vote May Splinter Greece's Recently Empowered Anti-Austerity Party

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 5:18 pm

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