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A bi-coastal, 24-hour news operation, Morning Edition is hosted by NPR's Steve Inskeep in Washington, D.C., and Renee Montagne at NPR West in Culver City, CA. Even as hosts, Inskeep and Montagne often get out from behind the anchor desk and travel across the world to report on the news first hand. While they are out traveling, David Greene can be heard as regular substitute host.

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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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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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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5:08am

Wed July 15, 2015
Middle East

Interview: Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu On Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 9:27 am

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5:08am

Wed July 15, 2015
Around the Nation

Pluto Discoverer's Hometown Throws Big Bash For (Non-Dwarf!) Planet

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:21 pm

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11:25am

Tue July 14, 2015
Middle East

After Iran Nuclear Deal, What's Israel's Next Step?

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10:38am

Tue July 14, 2015
Middle East

What Iran's Regional Rivals Are Saying About The Deal

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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10:38am

Tue July 14, 2015
U.S.

In Congress, A Mixed Reaction To Iran Nuclear Deal

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 6:22 pm

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8:48am

Tue July 14, 2015
Middle East

Obama: Iran Nuclear Pact Provides 'Constant International Supervision'

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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6:50am

Tue July 14, 2015
Strange News

You've Heard Of Hot Dogs, Here's A Hot Cat

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

It's like The Incredible Journey, except if the pets had to cross the Sahara.

A cat stowed away under the hood of a pickup truck, and survived a 28-mile ride with the hot engine as the vehicle was driven from Pennsylvania to the parking lot of Mars Chocolate headquarters in New Jersey.

People walking by heard purring from the engine — even after it was switched off.

The kitty was quickly dubbed "Mars" — after the chocolate, or perhaps more appropriately, the fiery-red planet.

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5:51am

Tue July 14, 2015
Middle East

Following A Groundbreaking Pact, Taking The Temperature In Tehran

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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5:51am

Tue July 14, 2015
Politics

Republicans Likely Will Oppose Iran Deal, But Find It Hard To Derail

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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5:43am

Tue July 14, 2015
Space

Earth Gets A Close-Up View Of Its Most Distant Neighbors

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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5:43am

Tue July 14, 2015
Europe

After Tense Negotiations For Bailout, Will Greek Parliament Fall In Line?

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

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5:43am

Tue July 14, 2015
Digital Life

Legal Name Change? Facebook Still Won't Let You Be Maj. Major Major Major

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 11:25 am

Facebook has been cracking down on fake names, and recently went after Jemma Rogers, who set up an account as "Jemmaroid Von Laalaa" in 2008.

Facebook demanded she prove it's her name, so she tried to Photoshop "Jemmaroid" onto her bank cards.

Facebook didn't buy it, so she legally changed her name to "Jemmaroid Von Laalaa."

Facebook still wouldn't budge, but say they're "looking into the matter."

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1:21pm

Mon July 13, 2015
Goats and Soda

How One Woman Found The Courage To Say No To Domestic Abuse

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 3:35 pm

Saroj's teenage son watches her comb her hair before she heads to work.
Rhitu Chatterjee for NPR

Saroj is a cook at a public school in her village, Dujana, in the northern Indian state of Haryana. Like most people in this state, she doesn't have a last name.

She walks to work down narrow streets of concrete homes with cows and buffaloes outside. She is short, only about 5 feet 2, but she walks tall and confident in her traditional mustard-colored tunic and pants. Her tanned face is framed by big, dark eyes and a square jaw.

As Saroj passes an old man sitting outside a house, she leans in close to me and starts whispering.

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